Baltimore Mayoral Race Random#LizEmbry

Heading home this afternoon, I was driving up Greenmount Avenue and happened upon Baltimore Mayoral Candidate, Elizabeth Embry behind a podium and being interviewed by WYPR’s Fraser Smith.

She was also being filmed but it didn’t seem to be from a news organization. Nothing big to report other than there weren’t any spectators??  Here’s my lame, non-criminal stalking cellphone photo.

EmbryOnly thing to note is that she was speaking in front of a closed Bank of America location, near some trash bags that were set out to be picked up and wall mural depicting, Ghandi, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Baltimore Native, Eubie Blake.  Like I said, random.  Maybe someone from her campaign will read this and provide a little context.

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Kindness, Food&Fun@Dovecote Cafe

0I have stopped by Dovecote Cafe twice and here is what I know: The owners and staff are so gracious and kind and fun-loving that you just know that opening Dovecote is a dream come true for them. They make the most PERFECT Kale salad I have ever had and they will brew you a great pretension-free cup of coffee…and they make that fun, too. Apparently, when it comes to coffee, I’m a “Smidge”. Who knew?!

When I was there today, they had a Pixilated Photobooth contraption and one of the owners, Aisha, wanted me to get in on that. So she and I did a little vogueing for the camera. It’s so wonderful to have this charming spot in Reservoir Hill.  Do yourself a favor and stop by and say, Hi!


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Collectors’ item?


Since the Orioles have disallowed Adam Jones from smashing Dangerously Delicious pies in teammates faces after a clutch, game-winning performance,  it seems that this Dangerously Delicious T-shirt might stop being printed. In fact, my lovely wife,  Anna said that this was the last one in the beloved Hampden pie shop when she bought this for me. Might be the last of its’ kind.

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Baltimore’s Barclay Street Beauty

For the first time in a quite a while, I had the opportunity to just relax on an actual day off.  While running errands and trying to track down a small piece of architecture that is supposedly a standing remnant of the International League Baltimore Orioles’s home, the original Oriole Park in Northeast Baltimore, I found some more of Baltimore’s amazing public art pieces that I am so fond of and write about so often.

These are all on Barclay street in the neighborhood of Greenmount West. 1800 block and below to be precise. These pieces are just so great and I wanted to share them.Barclayart2

This little one is fun! BarclayYawningSee! It’s an awning that’s yawning! Some nifty photo-realism going on here.

This next one is great. Malcolm X, Nina Simone and James Baldwin. That rendering of Baldwin is spot on. BarclayArtBaldwinI’m off again tomorrow so stay tuned!

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Frederick Douglass, Devin Allen & The Language of Image

The Baltimore Sun of December 21st, contained an excellent Op-Ed piece written by Harvard University’s, John Stauffer. In it, he dispenses two amazing facts.  The first being that Frederick Douglass sat to have his picture taken no fewer than 160 times and that, in fact, he was the most photographed American in the 19th Century.

I have included the link to the piece but I wanted to highlight one paragraph in particular because it plucked a string within me that I feel I don’t illuminate well enough when I find myself ruminating upon the weight and far-reach of racism in our country. In this paragraph, Stauffer notes that even though photography was becoming an incredibly popular and powerful medium, slave states were less accepting of it.

“Defensive about slavery, white Southerners seemed to tacitly agree that there was much about their society best left un-illustrated.  Photographic portraits bore witness to blacks’ essential humanity, countering the racist caricatures evident in lithographs and engravings based on drawings.”

It causes me to wonder, if Southerners of that time were indeed, “defensive” about slavery, wouldn’t that be ample evidence, coming from their own consciences, that slavery was cruel, inhumane and frankly a seriously flawed business model.

Here are two of my favorite portraits of Frederick Douglass:Frederick_Douglass_c1860s


I like these two the most because he is looking almost directly at the camera as opposed to the semi-profile angle that was so prevalent in portraiture of the time. I believe these photos are from the 1860’s.

It would be awesome, if by some trickery of the time-space continuum, that Baltimore’s Devin Allen could photograph Frederick Douglass. Mr. Allen’s almost-exclusive use of black&white photography in our instagramfiltered world would yield something magical; not to say that the 160 photographs of this most powerful man of ideas, morals and letters, done by different photographers over 100 years ago, aren’t.

Devin Allen has been thrust into the international spotlight because TIME Magazine used one of his photos for the cover of their issue that covered the unrest in the City of Baltimore. He has used this new-found “celebrity” to further document the struggles and triumphs of Baltimore’s African-American community, not only through his own photography  but through  his work with Baltimore’s youth, getting cameras into their hands and teaching them how to find their art and give voice to their experience.

You can follow his work at @byDVNLLN on Twitter.


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Old, Beat Down Baltimore Bus, Beautiful in Its’ Degradation

I’ve always enjoyed driving down Falls Rd between Hampden and the area now known as Station North. I enjoy any swath of land in the City that is devoid of the typical urban features.  Part of this stretch of road is the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. I have to admit that I’ve never visited the museum, but I have to admit that, more interesting to me is an open air version of the museum that is completely dilapidated.  For the longest time, there has been a huge tarp over something.  I now know what that something is. Dig this!busGLongview It’s definitely a bus from the 60’s or 70’s, at least that’s what my memory thinks, I have nothing to back that up. Here are some more photos of it.BusSideviewBusSOSHAvefunthat’s right, SOS Have Fun! BusCASHObviously, the artist is a BIG Johnny Cash fan!

BusWindowWhat’s really amazing about this photo is that this only shows half of the side doors.  They have this interesting patina that is highly reflective as evidenced by this horrible selfie.BUSreflectionIsn’t that zany!!  I wonder if any of ya’ll old school Baltimorons can verify if City busses had these almost mirror-like windows in their doors.

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Best Halloween Album EVER

If you


are hosting a haunt this #Halloween,  you simply must use the soundtrack to David Lynch’s Eraserhead.  Prepare to creep out the world!

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Toynbee Tile outside Oriole Park!


Toynbee Tile outside Camden yards

I was just walking to Camden Yards to see what will be the final game that I can attend this snakebitten season and as I was crossing Camden street from South Paca street, I looked down and saw this Toynbee Tile! I never approach the ballpark from South Paca and I was only doing so because I found awesome street parking for a game that will be poorly attended due to the Orioles being officially eliminated from playoff contention and the fact that it has started raining steadily. If you read my silly little blog, you know that I am a little Toynbee Tile obsessed. Recently I found two near Lexington Market that I blogged about and watched the documentary,  “Resurrect Dead” on YouTube. Anyway,  if you are Toynbee Tile obsessed like me and are fond of going to Orioles games , you are in luck. This tile is always part of a cordoned area free from Automobile traffic on game days. If you are in Pickles pub, you can stumble out on to it.


Lexington Market tiles

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Happy Birthday to Me!


I was cruising through Mondawmin Mall today and came across a kiosk that sells Classic Kung Fu, Anime and Blaxploitation movies. I picked up this classic!
The kiosks’ business name is Foreign Cinema.  It’s in front of the Popeye’s on the first level.  Go check it out!

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Thrushes9.19Arrive and be mesmerized!! Hey, WTMD, how about making Exposing Seas the Album of the Month for October!

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