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December 11, 2010

The week, reviewed: Dec. 5 - Dec. 11

Let's take one long, slow ride on the Charm City Circulator to review the week's events. First, yes, it is possible to barhop on the thing. Though only if you're willing to have just one drink at a bar, something I wasn't able to do. Larry Flynt's Hustler Club, Club Pussycat and others closed its doors temporarily after a fire devastated The Block; miles away, the Gentleman's Gold Club also had a tiny fire, but still trashed Hustler Club's clientele.  Usher sweated a lot at his show at 1st Mariner; Trey Songz just disappointed. Bill's Lighthouse Inn didn't sell at auction, but the owner won't close the 30-year-old South Baltimore bar. I got fed up with holiday albums, so did holiday album maker Aaron Neville. Two dollar drafts at Grumpie's are on hold for a while; the new owners closed the bar for renovations. Rye Rye abruptly announced new tour dates, including a stop in Baltimore next weekend. Flying Dog Ales announced plans for a movie festival, but forgot there was already one that needed money.  Wye Oak released a new track, and announced tour dates with Lower Dens, who also performed a new song. Justin Bieber met John Waters, hilarity ensued. The Ottobar will revive its Underground party, not that you'd be able to take the circulator there. Maybe instead of a fourth route, the Department of Transportation should just add a route to a neighborhood where people might actually use it.

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Posted by Erik Maza at 7:00 AM | | Comments (4)
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I've seen a few different posters this week complaining about having their posts deleted recently. I caught one that was deleted.

Has there been a change in the philosophy of free-speech (sans profanity, hate, spam) that Midnight Sun and Sessa established?

Yes, then again I remember when this column mattered.

@trouble: actually, there has. before i came along, comments had to be approved to be posted. now, they aren't.

in other words, comments that voice opinion but make the writer feel Butthurt will be deleted.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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