They appear in long-vacant buildings and carefully tended structures. Seeds dispersed by wind and birds take root, needing only water, sun and a pinch of soil. The trees are reminders that Baltimore was once a forest, and, if the trees had their way, would become one again.

The  story of the trees that try to take over: http://bsun.md/1A5ntz8.

Pictured, the 1800 block of N. Charles Street, above Station North Cafe. By Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)

Jack Barakat of All Time Low, the pop-punk quartet from Towson, recently became a co-owner of the Fells Point bar.

More than 100 former Playboy Bunnies will be converging on Baltimore this weekend for a semi-annual reunion. The women worked as waitresses and hostesses in the old Playboy clubs, which were once a fixture in most large cities.
The women worked in low-cut satin leotards, bunny ears and fuzzy tails, which were handed out by a “Bunny Mother.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Baltimore’s Playboy club, which closed in 1977.

More than 100 former Playboy Bunnies will be converging on Baltimore this weekend for a semi-annual reunion. The women worked as waitresses and hostesses in the old Playboy clubs, which were once a fixture in most large cities.

The women worked in low-cut satin leotards, bunny ears and fuzzy tails, which were handed out by a “Bunny Mother.”

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Baltimore’s Playboy club, which closed in 1977.

#onlyinbaltimore, via @t_roachdubv on Twitter.
Summer arrived with more than 17,000 county residents seeking work. Still, a unique employment opportunity has remained available for weeks. The Capital ran unanswered classified ads and the hiring manager is nearing desperation. Pay exceeds minimum wage. Hours are flexible. Work outdoors and deepen your tan. Oh, one more thing …
Help wanted: Lifeguards.
Location: Welcome to Pine Tree Associates, a resort nestled on 96 acres of forested hills north of Annapolis. Pine Tree is one of the country’s oldest naturist clubs. This former farmland, still with its bucolic charm, was converted in the 1930s by families with a shared hobby. Today, there are shady campsites and grassy lawns, a sauna and an outdoor pool. Naturist means nudist.

Summer arrived with more than 17,000 county residents seeking work. Still, a unique employment opportunity has remained available for weeks. The Capital ran unanswered classified ads and the hiring manager is nearing desperation. Pay exceeds minimum wage. Hours are flexible. Work outdoors and deepen your tan. Oh, one more thing …

Help wanted: Lifeguards.

Location: Welcome to Pine Tree Associates, a resort nestled on 96 acres of forested hills north of Annapolis. Pine Tree is one of the country’s oldest naturist clubs. This former farmland, still with its bucolic charm, was converted in the 1930s by families with a shared hobby. Today, there are shady campsites and grassy lawns, a sauna and an outdoor pool. Naturist means nudist.

Baltimore’s most distinctive bus stop was unveiled late last month on the side of the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown. The trio of giant letters — which resemble a set piece from ”Sesame Street” — has become a favorite spot for residents to lounge or pose for photos.
"It’s hit-you-over-the-head simple, but a really elegant idea," said Bill Gilmore, executive director of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, an organizer of the project, which brought European artists to a transit stop in each of the city’s three arts districts. The initiative was funded with a $130,000 grant from the European Union National Institutes for Culture and $200,000 from ArtPlace America, Gilmore said.

Baltimore’s most distinctive bus stop was unveiled late last month on the side of the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown. The trio of giant letters — which resemble a set piece from ”Sesame Street” — has become a favorite spot for residents to lounge or pose for photos.

"It’s hit-you-over-the-head simple, but a really elegant idea," said Bill Gilmore, executive director of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, an organizer of the project, which brought European artists to a transit stop in each of the city’s three arts districts. The initiative was funded with a $130,000 grant from the European Union National Institutes for Culture and $200,000 from ArtPlace America, Gilmore said.

Is J.O. Spice the red-headed but incredibly popular stepchild of crab spices?
If the crabs came from one of the area’s carryout restaurants or crab houses, more than likely the seasoning isn’t the iconic Old Bay. Chances are, it’s a seasoning mix produced in an industrial park off Sulphur Spring Road.
This is no McCormick with its giant campus in Hunt Valley and hundreds of employees. J.O. Spice Co. on Old Georgetown Road is still family run and employs a couple dozen people to produce seafood seasoning, as well as a whole line of products to spice up meat, fish and poultry.

Is J.O. Spice the red-headed but incredibly popular stepchild of crab spices?

If the crabs came from one of the area’s carryout restaurants or crab houses, more than likely the seasoning isn’t the iconic Old Bay. Chances are, it’s a seasoning mix produced in an industrial park off Sulphur Spring Road.

This is no McCormick with its giant campus in Hunt Valley and hundreds of employees. J.O. Spice Co. on Old Georgetown Road is still family run and employs a couple dozen people to produce seafood seasoning, as well as a whole line of products to spice up meat, fish and poultry.

You get a crab, and you get a crab, and you get a crab! Everybody here gets a crab! 
First John Stamos, now Oprah. 

You get a crab, and you get a crab, and you get a crab! Everybody here gets a crab! 

First John Stamos, now Oprah. 

Sage advice from this eatery

Sage advice from this eatery

As the Station North arts and entertainment district matures, community leaders are setting their sights on another long-promised part of the neighborhood’s renaissance — market-rate apartments.

As the Station North arts and entertainment district matures, community leaders are setting their sights on another long-promised part of the neighborhood’s renaissance — market-rate apartments.

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.