Today is Baltimore’s 285th birthday. 
Or is it?
[Spoiler: "It’s like the old accountant who’s asked how much is two and two, and he said, ‘How much do you need it to be?’"]

Today is Baltimore’s 285th birthday.

Or is it?

[Spoiler: "It’s like the old accountant who’s asked how much is two and two, and he said, ‘How much do you need it to be?’"]

Remember Dan Janssen, the Ellicott City man who has eaten pizza every day for the past 25 years?

Justin Levy, a New York-based documentary film maker (and former Baltimorean) who broke Janssen’s story for VICE, has returned with a 15-minute documentary depicting Janssen’s relationship with pizza.

The cast and crew of “House of Cards” kicked off their third season of filming in Baltimore with a party at The BoatHouse Canton last weekend. Kevin Spacey — who stars as Machiavellian politician Frank Underwood — attended the Saturday evening gathering, as did Michael Kelly — who plays Underwood’s right-hand man, Doug Stamper — according to the restaurant’s marketing manager, Hanly Heubeck.
The restaurant’s staff was barred from photographing the stars of the show, but they provided us with photos of the gathering and platters of yummy-looking food. Since everyone wants to see the show’s star, we took a little creative license with the photos and doused them with a heavy dose of Spacey.
Is this the way the party went down? We can’t be sure, since the gathering was closed to outsiders, but this is how the party appears in our imaginations. — Julie Scharper
(via 'House of Cards' party at The BoatHouse Canton [Pictures] - baltimoresun.com)

The cast and crew of “House of Cards” kicked off their third season of filming in Baltimore with a party at The BoatHouse Canton last weekend. Kevin Spacey — who stars as Machiavellian politician Frank Underwood — attended the Saturday evening gathering, as did Michael Kelly — who plays Underwood’s right-hand man, Doug Stamper — according to the restaurant’s marketing manager, Hanly Heubeck.

The restaurant’s staff was barred from photographing the stars of the show, but they provided us with photos of the gathering and platters of yummy-looking food. Since everyone wants to see the show’s star, we took a little creative license with the photos and doused them with a heavy dose of Spacey.

Is this the way the party went down? We can’t be sure, since the gathering was closed to outsiders, but this is how the party appears in our imaginations. — Julie Scharper

(via 'House of Cards' party at The BoatHouse Canton [Pictures] - baltimoresun.com)

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Sharon Jones at The Beachland Ballroom(2011) Cleveland, OH
50mm lens, 1/100 second at f/1.8

INTERVIEW: Artscape headliner Sharon Jones is stronger than ever after pancreatic cancer battle.

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Sharon Jones at The Beachland Ballroom(2011) Cleveland, OH

50mm lens, 1/100 second at f/1.8

INTERVIEW: Artscape headliner Sharon Jones is stronger than ever after pancreatic cancer battle.

Retro Baltimore Trivia

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QUESTION: John Waters is known for that pencil-thin mustache. What celebrity inspired him to grow it?

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John Waters  (William Hotz, Baltimore Sun file photo, 1972)

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Bonus: Picture of John Waters with long hair.

Honfest, through the years.
Spray, wigs and lampshades are just some of the ways 20 years of Honfest Best Hon winners did their hairdos.

Pop-culture references are not new to sermons, but a high-profile Baltimore pastor is making national headlines for quoting a popular Chris Brown song.

“God help me. Old saints, y’all forgive me, but I got to tell you: These hoes ain’t loyal!” Bryant said to cheers. (It begins at around the 18-minute mark in the above YouTube clip that was published on Tuesday.)

We think somebody is looking for you, Lt. Gov. Brown. 

How to define Baltimore? Happy eclecticism, we say. Taking a page from the British Museum’s A History of the World in 100 Objects, we tried to capture the region’s myriad personalities with 50 objects that tell the story of Baltimore and its environs.

If you composed a list of local brands that could be considered venerable, Old Bay would probably sit at the top.

The first-ever Old Bay TV advertisements will debut this weekend in Baltimore; they will soon appear in other markets in the region. And the brand, in collaboration with the frozen potato brand Mr. Dee’s, has released its first freezer-case products.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake loves tweaking budgets, announcing comprehensive plans and chatting on “Meet the Press.”
But she also likes to get down on the dance floor.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake loves tweaking budgets, announcing comprehensive plans and chatting on “Meet the Press.”

But she also likes to get down on the dance floor.

Are Charm City drivers not so charming?

Compared to drivers in other cities, Baltimoreans are:

— Most likely to make obscene gestures 

— Most likely to do other things while driving, like put on mascara, a distinction we share with Orlando

— Second most likely to see others tailgate and admit to tailgating ourselves

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sem título by patrickjoust on Flickr.

Angelo’s pizza shop has closed in Hampden.

Let’s face it: Charm City can be a strange place. We want to see the photos that make you shrug and say “Only in Baltimore.”