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.