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By MICHAEL OLESKER | December 4, 1990
In his delicate coming-of-age years in the mid-'60s, Steve Yeager would cut classes at Poly to partake of a local rite of adolescent passage: the afternoon show at the Gayety Burlesque on The Block.Yeager would pack a brown lunch bag and catch a bus from North Avenue to Baltimore Street. There, he would sit in the Gayety and watch such distinguished professional undressers xTC as Irma the Body and Miss Liberty Bell do their stuff."Cutting classes at Poly," Yeager was saying yesterday, "was not easy.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | June 23, 2002
FOR REASONS of spiritual guidance, we turn this morning to that eminent philosopher, the late Baltimore city councilman and maestro of the malaprop, Dominic "Mimi" DiPietro. I was there when Mimi committed linguistic history. He did it one fine spring morning on The Block, on a grand municipal tour of peep-show booths. "Now, I'd like to have that done to me, and who don't is not a human being," Mimi declared, gazing at some erotic miracle as several of us squeezed into a narrow viewing area.
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By Gilbert Sandler | March 30, 1993
IT SITS empty now, a dark cavern of movie memories, most of them from the '30s and '40s. The marquee, hanging over the sidewalk on the south side of 315 West Fayette St. just off Eutaw, still reads "Town." And for a classic showbiz memoir, there is no story quite like the Town story.What we came to know as the Town opened in 1910 as a burlesque house called the Empire. In 1913 the name was changed to the Palace and the fare to vaudeville, and here the plot thickens. Shortly after its rebirth, the Palace began to play burlesque again, and the rival Gayety (the remnants of which are still at 404 East Baltimore St.)
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | July 12, 2002
The Deja Vu national strip club chain got a green light yesterday from the liquor board to open what the club's owner said will be the glitziest adult entertainment venue on The Block. The board's action granted Deja Vu the necessary liquor and adult entertainment licenses to operate. Deja Vu will hire the "classiest girls we can find," enforce a dress code for customers and station attendants in restrooms to hand out paper towels, said owner Jason Mohney. Unlike most Block clubs, where patrons cluster around a bar, Deja Vu's clientele will sit at tables and be served drinks by tuxedo-clad waiters.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 6, 2010
Baltimore firefighters were working to control a massive fire downtown on The Block, the city's main hub of strip clubs near City Hall. Thick, black smoke could be seen rising over the city as firetrucks raced down Interstate 83. Initial reports indicated that the fire was based at 404 E. Baltimore St., the location of the Gayety Show World.
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By DAN BERGER | March 26, 1992
Clinton is a mole from Republican GHQ, sent to defeat Democratic contenders, then self-destruct. Ditto, Brown. Defeat the new state tax increase. Boycott pretzels. Cheer up. The old Gayety Burlesque has a new sign, if no theater. Gadhafi is playing for time. About 20 years more if he can manage. Cosmonaut Krikalev will take one look around and go right back up. The Russians are nuking St. Petersburg! P.S., when driving to BWI from downtown while a Game is ending, allow one extra hour, minimum.
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By Paul McCardell | May 18, 2013
The Preakness forecast remains a tough call with varying chances of rain predicted. Weather is a major factor every year. From the May 12, 1940, edition of The Baltimore Sun: "Weather man had a tough time making up his mind. Sunshine and gayety until the first race. Everybody talking about first decent Preakness day in three years. ... Sun disappeared, cool wind blew, fancy parasols topping tables on Clubhouse lawn being took off like kites, after second race. ... Sun out again for third race.
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By Louise Vest | March 28, 2013
100 Years Ago 'Refined' burlesque An ad in the Times: "Gayety Theatre - A Big Event in Local Theatricals - An announcement will soon be made of the coming to Baltimore of one stellar aggregation of stars, that will surprise even the regular theatre patrons. In the last few years we have had several All Star Revivals, the Lambs and Friars Star Gambols, etc., but the first and only Burlesque Jubilee will be seen at the Gayety theatre, Baltimore, Md. "The signal honor was tendered Al Reeves, who will head this big organization as Mr. Reeves is considered without a peer in his line.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | July 22, 2004
Before Larry Flynt's Hustler Club opened in downtown Baltimore, the manager said he would run such a clean operation that it would be "just like you go to T.G.I. Friday's" restaurant, except for the nude women on stage. "No touching," promised Jason C. Mohney, 30, trying to distinguish the huge new club from the nearly 20 other strip joints crammed onto The Block, steps from City Hall and police headquarters. Today, the city liquor board is scheduled to hear police allegations that four days after the club's Nov. 12 gala opening, several people -- including Mohney's brother -- violated the city law barring sexual touching.
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June 13, 1991
Mary Ellen Kansler, a 100-year-old native Baltimorean who played the piano for silent movies, died Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital of complications of diabetes.A mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Kansler, who lived on Rosalie Avenue, was being offered today at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, 6806 McClean Blvd.She was an Oriole fan, who ignored a congratulatory message from the president at her 100th birthday party last Jan. 1 in favor of an autographed picture of former Oriole pitcher Jim Palmer, the best player Mrs. Kansler said she had seen since Babe Ruth.
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