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Crabtown Observed No. 17: A Hankering for Horn & Horn

This dining institution was one place where Baltimoreans mixed — from executives to exotic dancers — and could get a pretty good meal.

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Crabtown Observed No. 16: Birds & Small Talk

It's the morning of January 11, 2012--a gray, cold Wednesday in Highlandtown--and as people wait outside for the bus on Eastern Avenue, Andy Farantos dumps a stainless steel

Crabtown Observed No. 14: Looking Out the Window on Eastern Avenue

It is an image worthy of the very best of immigrant literature, Call It Sleep, by Henry Roth; film -- Coppola's Godfather Part II -- and art, particularly

Crabtown Observed No. 13: Wire Actor Waxes Poetic on Indie Film

As jet-set Hollywood actor Doug Olear hops from one coast to the other – whether baking bread in his Beverly Hills apartment or breaking bread with old friends

Crabtown Observed No. 12: The Rock & Roll Regrets of Richard Snyder

"God's third mistake was the invention of the poodle . . ." -- Frank Zappa Richard Snyder, the coolest cat on Orchard Road in suburban Linthicum back in the days

Crabtown Observed #11: Remembering the Deluxe Theatre

By Bill Hughes I grew up during World War II in Locust Point, a peninsula that juts out into Baltimore harbor. At its cutting edge lies Fort McHenry, the birthplace

Crabtown Observed #10: Wishful Thinking on Falls Road

"Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt ..." -- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922 to 2007) I am not a fan of graffiti, which I deem to be vandalism. The graffiti on the

Crabtown Observed #9: Footlong Farewell on Film

"My greatest desire is to get my picture made with the life-size wax likeness of Harriet Tubman. If the guards take mercy on me & allow me to indulge

Crabtown Observed #8: The Daily Camden

One of Baltimore’s great photographers was Leroy Merriken, a street shooter near the end of a career that had begun in the Roaring ‘20s, when I landed on

Crabtown Observed #7: Corbett and Scalia Score in Writing Game

Christopher Corbett, a professor of English at UMBC, released his third book: Poker Bride, a history of the Chinese in the American West. And Rosalia Scalia -- who