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The Signal: 12.13.13

The second season of HBO’s “The Wire” focused on the Baltimore waterfront and the men and women who worked there.

Two of the people responsible for the authentic feel of that season, writer Rafael Alvarez and actor Charley Scalies, formed a lasting friendship working together on the show. They’re collaborating this holiday season for Alvarez’s annual holiday literary celebration, and they join producer Lisa Morgan in with a preview.


Electronic musician Wendel Patrick

If you’re a musician, your album-release date is a big deal.  It’s the culmination of months, sometimes years of dedication, a chance to finally let the rest of the world hear the fruits of your labor.  Now, imagine taking that sense of anticipation and quadrupling it.  On New Year’s Day, 2014, Wendel Patrick is on track to release not one, but four albums.  He joins Signal producer Aaron Henkin to talk about how – and why – he’s doing it.

a preview of Wendel Patrick’s quadruple-album release


The site of the former I. J. Heneson Pharmacy, on the corner of 25th and Charles Street

  From 1955 to 1980, IrvHeneson was the proprietor of the I. J. Heneson Pharmacy on the corner of 25th and Charles Street.  The pharmacy is long gone now, but the pharmacist’s daughter, Nancy Heneson, has fond memories of being there when her dad was working behind the counter.  Nancy Heneson joins us to share a reading of her memoir-ette “The Corner Store”.

Nancy Heneson’s requiem for a corner store


Annette March-Grier at The Stoop (photo credit Josh Flynn)

The Stoop recently partnered with the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers’ Betsy Nelson Legacy Fund to host a night of live storytelling titled, “The Giving Life:  Stories about purpose, passion, and the power of generosity and service.”  One of the featured storytellers was a woman whose life has come full-circle.  Annette March-Grier took the stage and shared a story about returning to start fresh at the site of her family’s old funeral home business to start a new grief-counseling center called, “Roberta’s House.”

Annette March-Grier at The Stoop