Culture, Featured, Hampden

Hampdenfest 2014 Gets Uncanceled, Pushed Back a Week

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 8:48am


hampdenfest 2014 gets uncanceled

The Toilet Bowl Race at Hampdenfest 2013. Photo by Russ Bradshaw, via

The recently canceled Hampdenfest 2014 gets new life and a new date: Sept. 20.

When organizers announced the abrupt cancellation of Hampdenfest 2014 due to a scheduling conflict, City Council members Mary Pat Clarke and Nick Mosby reached out right away to see what they could do to save the festival. And, man, are we happy they did! According to the City Paper, Clarke and Mosby with organizers and representatives from the permits office to move the festival a week later.

But it’s still unclear what the resurrected Hampdenfest will look like. In an email to the City Paper, Atomic Books co-owner Rachel Whang wrote that the festival has “lost almost all of [its] regular attractions and competitions.” I hope that doesn’t include the toilet races!


Culture, Featured, Money & Power

David Simon Bonds with O’Malley over The Pogues

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 8:25am

David Simon

David Simon

So recently — and there’s photographic evidenceThe Wire creator and frequent O’Malley critic David Simon found himself on an Acela train with Maryland governor and The Wire hater Martin O’Malley. At the urging of his son, Simon bought O’Malley a beer and the two attempted a civil interaction.

Simon details the friendly encounter — well, not so much “details” as the two spoke mostly off the record — on his blog, The Audacity of Despair. It’s a good read, and Simon’s blog is one of the few places on the Internet where the comments section does not shatter one’s faith in humanity. Read More →

Culture, Hampden

A Night of Apocalyptic Fiction at Atomic Books on Saturday

0 Written by: | Monday, Jul 21, 2014 10:16am

Lucy Corin's One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses

Lucy Corin’s One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses

On Friday, July 26, Atomic Books in Hampden will host two heavy-hitting fiction writers with new books on apocalypse.

Lucy Corin will be reading from her collection of stories One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses, published by McSweeney’s last summer. The book offers up a collection of 100 flash fictions that capture variously traumatic, visionary, and transformative narrative moments — often disturbing and familiar all at once — as well as three longer pieces.

You can read several of the shorter apocalypses at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Read More →

Culture, Station North

Baltimore Party-Rap Duo AK Slaughter Are Playing Their Final Show

0 Written by: | Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 1:31pm

AK Slaughter

Aran Keating and Emily Slaughter

After 3 EPs, a mixtape, several compilation appearances, and eight years of joyous, barn-burning live shows, Baltimore hip-hop duo AK Slaughter are breaking up. Lucky for us, they’re ending their run with a final EP, It’s Not You… It’s Us, and a farewell show at Metro Gallery in Station North on Aug. 1.

AK Slaughter distinguished themselves in the Baltimore rap scene and beyond with AK’s old-school-inspired, sample-heavy beats and live DJing as well as Emily Slaughter’s extreeeemely laid back delivery. Sure, you’ll be able to spin those records forever, but their upbeat live shows, full of that sense of spontaneous creation that is the lifeblood of hip-hop, are coming to an end!

Final show details: Read More →

Culture, Monkton, Real Estate, Home & Garden, Sponsored Post

The Dan Haas Band Lights Up Ladew Garden Concert Series Sunday

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 18, 2014 4:59pm


July 13: Dan Haas Band at Ladew Gardens

Despite being from Annapolis, the Dan Haas Band performs much more than yacht rock! From Motown to today’s hits, to rock, pop and classics, this band’s set list is an auditory smorgasbord that all ages will enjoy!  

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Culture, Mt. Vernon, Station North

10 Must-See Exhibits This Weekend at ArtScape

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 18, 2014 3:00pm


Photo via ArtScape/ Don’t miss the Art Car Parade Saturday morning on the Charles St Bridge

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440 East Oliver Street

“GUTSY: Taking the Fear Factor Out of Feminism”

Artscape Weekend Gallery Hours: July 18 – 20, 12 – 4 pm
Regular Gallery Hours: Monday thru Friday 12 – 4 pm

“GUTSY: Taking the Fear Factor Out of Feminism,” seeks to highlight the work of 21 female artists and artists dealing with feminist issues, themes, and aesthetics.  The show is presented by The Feminist Art Project – Baltimore, which recognizes the aesthetic, intellectual and political impact of women on visual arts and culture.  As part of TFAP-B’s mission to support female artists and local organizations working to support women, 20 percent of each work of art that is sold will go to Power Inside, a human rights and harm reduction organization that serves women and girls who are survivors of gender-based violence and oppression.

(from Artscape Website)

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BMA’s The Thinker Goes 3D at Artscape

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 18, 2014 12:30pm

Photo via

Photo via

Using three-dimensional replicas of the iconic sculptureThe Thinker as its inspiration, The Baltimore Museum of Art it is partnering with Owings Mills-based Direct Dimensions to launch a Big Thinker promotion at Artscape this weekend with three activities:

  • BMA Biggest Thinkers Tell your best memories, biggest ideas, and burning questions at the booth or at  In appreciation, the top 100 participants will receive a mini replica of The Thinker created from Direct Dimensions’ high-resolution scan of the BMA’s sculpture.
  • Thinker Scavenger Hunt—Search for any or all of the five 9-inch 3D replicas of The Thinker placed around the festival, take your photo with it, and post it on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with #bmabigthinker for a chance to win a high-resolution bust of yourself created by Direct Dimensions.  The winner will be announced Monday, July 21.
  • Free 3D Face Scanning Stop by the BMA booth located on the plaza next to MICA’s Brown Center to receive a free 3D face scan from Direct Dimensions with the option to purchase your likeness as a 3D selfie, Lego piece, bracelet charm, mug or other products from

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Culture, Station North

Exhibit of the Week – Bald Ego: New Work by Killian Barnes, Rachel Lowing, and Alexander Shaw

1 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 3:00pm

Bald Ego

Acrylic on canvas/Photo via Killian Barnes


New Work by Killian Barnes, Rachel Lowing, & Alexander Shaw

July 11-18

The Annex 2E @ 419 east Oliver St.

“Society is obsessed with whether technology will enlighten us, destroy everything, or enslave us,” wrote Baltimore artist Killian Barnes in an email earlier this week. “I like to think that I can encapsulate that anxiety in painting.” In the group exhibition “Bald Ego,” Barnes’s paintings are currently on view along with the sculptures of Rachel Lowing (Michigan) and paintings of Alexander Shaw (New York) at the Annex 2e, a gallery and living space on Oliver Street. Lowing and Barnes are both responsible set up the show. Read More →

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Book Club Picks from The Ivy Bookshop – Literary Ladies Book Club

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 3:00pm

A little known fact:  There are over 80 book clubs throughout the city of Baltimore (and beyond) that are registered with The Ivy Bookshop.  Starting this week, Baltimore Fishbowl will feature a current read from a local book club that is currently registered with the Ivy.  Lucky for us, their pics are noted online at Club Ivy.
This week’s pick from Literary Ladies Book Club


A Guide For The Perplexed (Paperback)



Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an application that records everything its users do. When an Egyptian library invites her to visit as a consultant, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to go. But in Egypt s postrevolutionary chaos, Josie is abducted leaving Judith free to take over Josie s life at home, including her husband and daughter, while Josie s talent for preserving memories becomes a surprising test of her empathy and her only means of escape.

A century earlier, another traveler arrives in Egypt: Solomon Schechter, a Cambridge professor hunting for a medieval archive hidden in a Cairo synagogue. Both he and Josie are haunted by the work of the medieval philosopher Moses Maimonides, a doctor and rationalist who sought to reconcile faith and science, destiny and free will. But what Schechter finds, as he tracks down the remnants of a thousand-year-old community s once-vibrant life, will reveal the power and perils of what Josie s ingenious work brings into being: a world where nothing is ever forgotten.

An engrossing adventure that intertwines stories from Genesis, medieval philosophy, and the digital frontier, A Guide for the Perplexed is a novel of profound inner meaning and astonishing imagination.”

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The Ivy Bookshop is Baltimore’s literary bookstore.We actively support book clubs and their members throughout the city.

As a registered Club Ivy member, you are entitled to a number of benefits:

1    Club Ivy participants will receive a 10% discount on all book club purchases.
2    Upon request, The Ivy will host catered book club meetings for its registered clubs.

3    Registered Club Ivy members will be invited to participate in publisher-sponsored receptions and other book events, some of them invitation-only.

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Neil Feather, Local Sound Mechanic, Wins Sondheim Prize

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 11:00am

Photo via Baltimore City Paper/ Charlie Herrick

Photo via Baltimore City Paper/ Charlie Herrick

Last Saturday evening Neil Feather, local sound mechanic and champion of Baltimore’s experimental music scene, won the 2014 Sondheim Prize. Feather creates sculptural machines that produce sound (a.k.a. instruments), redefining what we usually consider “music.” Both gorgeous to be seen and heard, the sculptures are on view with the other five finalists’ work at the Walters Art Museum until August 17. Read More →

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