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Performance Venues Stay Steeped In Community

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How do you design programming in order to attract a diverse audience? We talk with two new proprietors about re-envisioning and running performance spaces in Baltimore -- and how they plan to keep their venues entertaining and safe for all audiences to enjoy.

Émile Joseph Weeks reveals plans for the soon-to-open Rituals … And Tecla Tesnau, new owner of Remington’s Ottobar, discusses the power of art to bring people together.

Correction: The Ottobar has been open for more than 20 years, but it has only been on Howard Street since 2001.

Jamyla Krempel is WYPR's digital content director and the executive producer of Wavelength: Baltimore's Public Radio Journey. She collaborates with reporters, program and podcast hosts to create content for WYPR’s online platforms.
Melissa Gerr is a producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'