Since last column, I’ve been reminded about both the importance and the precarious position that the Charm City Art Space plays in the Baltimore music and arts scene. In the unlikely case that someone interested in this column is unfamiliar, this 12-year-old venue has been run by “the kids” since 2002, giving local bands a place to play and serving as a punk community center, as well as hosting national acts, art shows, and more. Many crusty old music scene barnacles, including this columnist, got their start as members, learning how to book shows, promote events and run a sound board at 1731 Maryland Ave. (or the original location, next door at 1729). It also, and perhaps more importantly, provides a 100 percent independent, community-run environment for music that is free from drugs and alcohol—something that can’t be said about almost any other venue in this city. Read on.