Bob Dylan’s first permanent public sculpture will be installed at MGM National Harbor. courtesy MGM

From a press release:

“When MGM National Harbor opens its doors in Prince George’s County, Maryland later this year, guests will be ushered into the $1.3 billion resort casino through “Portal,” a sculpted iron archway designed by legendary folk artist Bob Dylan. The 26-foot by 15-foot custom piece will adorn the west entrance as part of the property’s art collection and is Dylan’s first permanent work of art for a public space. (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

My friends’ dog Capote bolted after they were involved in a serious car accident early this morning. He was last seen wearing a red harness and blue collar, heading toward the woods on BW Parkway near 95. They suspect he may have gotten into Greenbelt Park. The owners are both in hospital at the moment and completely broken up about this as they can’t search themselves. Local animal shelters are being contacted. If you’re up in the College Park/Greenbelt area, please keep a lookout. Please send sightings to [email protected]

via Maryland DNR

Putting snakes falling from the sky in proper perspective…

“Black Bears Spotted in Suburban #Maryland. Take Commonsense Precautions.”

From Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources:

“The Maryland Department of Natural Resources would like to alert citizens that juvenile black bears have been seen wandering through the state’s more suburban areas this spring. There have been recent, confirmed bear sightings in Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties as juvenile bears disperse, or seek out a new territory.

“Please treat bears the same as you would any wild animal,” Bear Project Leader Harry Spiker said. “Give them plenty of space and allow them to move on at their own pace. If a bear has been spotted in your neighborhood, please take down bird feeders and secure trash cans so that the bear does not get an easy meal, which may prolong their visit to your neighborhood.”

A reader passes on the horrifying account from the Washington Post:

“A 39-year-old woman was raped at knifepoint on a moving Metro train just before 10 a.m. last month in the Wheaton-­Glenmont area of Montgomery County, prosecutors said in court Monday.”

Update from Metro Transit Police:

“Metro GM has directed MTPD to make public notification of any violent crime the same day where doing so will not hinder investigation #wmata”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Gary House

From a press release:

“Chef/owners Susan Limb and Patrick Musel announce the opening of Praline Bakery & Bistro at historic Glen Echo Park. The concept will be quick service/casual with items such as sandwiches, soups, quiches, salads, freshly popped popcorn and other delicious fare to eat in the café or take out. They will also offer a kid-friendly menu and full-service catering for onsite events. The café will be located next to Glen Echo Park’s historic Spanish Ballroom and will open around Glen Echo Park’s ‘Family Day’ on April 30th. (more…)