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Baltimore Opens First New Recreation Center in a Decade

0 Written by: | Monday, Jul 28, 2014 9:44am

Today is an historic day. It marks the opening of Morrell Park Community Center, the first recreation center in Baltimore to be built from the ground up in ten years. It’s also the first recreation center to open in the city since Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake closed four over the past two years.

The new recreation center is 17,000 square feet and will be a resource for adults as well as young children, as part of Rawlings-Blake’s plan to serve more people with fewer but better-equipped centers. Read More →

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Four Things You Can No Longer Bring to Maryland State Fair

0 Written by: | Monday, Jul 28, 2014 9:03am

The rides! The quilts! The horses! The blooming onions! The Holstein futurities! The Maryland State Fair is just a few short weeks away, and this year there are some new items they won’t allow in. As announced Friday, fair-goers will no longer be able to bring: Read More →


Pigtown Design: #This is Baltimore

1 Written by: | Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 9:55am

In early June, I posted a series of images which I have hash-tagged #ThisIsBaltimore. As you know, one raison d’etre of  Pigtown Design is to present the side of Baltimore generally not seen by those who do not live here. Here’s a funny piece on Yahoo by Bryn Mawr alum Annie Thomas on what NOT to say to someone from Baltimore. Click here to read.

The always amazing and fascinating American Visionary Art Museum.instagram1

The secret Buddha, a project of a student at Maryland Institute College of Art.image

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The Ukulele is 135 Years Old – Celebrate Saturday at the Creative Alliance

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 25, 2014 3:00pm

Charm City Ukelele Festival

Have an itch to strum something? The Charm City Ukulele Festival will take care of that! It all takes place tomorrow, Saturday, June 26 at the Creative Alliance. Attendees will have the option to take part in beginner ukulele workshops, new strumming technique classes, hula dancing workshops, ukulele history classes, and a night of performances featuring nine world-class musicians, all hosted by ukulele icon Don Peyton. Read More →

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In Memoriam: Nelson Carey, Grand Cru Owner and Friend to Many

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 25, 2014 2:10pm

I’ve been having a hard time writing this post. It’s not a eulogy. It’s not an obituary. Fred Rasmussen has written a quite lovely one. Have you read it? Here you go.  Nelson Carey, Grand Cru wine bar owner, dies at 50.

This is just a thank you.

Many considered Nelson a friend, mentor and touchstone and for me he was a little bit of all of those things. I’ve worked at Friends School for about 13 years, so over the years, I’ve visited Grand Cru it feels like hundreds of times after school. I always thought that Nelson was super smart having his bar open before 5:00pm… as a person working in education, I can tell you that many friends of mine who are teachers could use a cocktail around 3:30pm.
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Classic Rock Cover Band – Tall in the Saddle – to Steal Your Heart Sunday at Ladew Gardens

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 25, 2014 12:00pm


July 27: Tall in the Saddle at Ladew Gardens

Tall in the Saddle formed in 1977 and remains one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premiere classic rock bands. The band’s roots lie in Southern California rock featuring the Eagles, Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt. Listen for other popular tunes from Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac. All eight members are seasoned professionals featuring tight harmonies and excellent musicianship.

Photo via Tall in the Saddle

Tall in the Saddle’s repertoire is posted here.

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Tomorrow at the Ivy Bookshop – Loch Raven Review Spring Issue Contributors to Read

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 5:00pm

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Loch Raven Review Publication Reading And Tribute To Dino Pantazonis


Friday, July 25, 2014 – 7:00pm

Join several contributors to Loch Raven Review’s spring issue, reading from their work.

The reading is to celebrate works published in the Spring issue of Loch Raven Review and to remember local poet Constantine Pantazonis, who passed away suddenly from liver cancer on June 16.

Grace Cavalieri has published 16 books, the latest beingGotta Go Now. She founded “The Poet and the Poem” radio series 37 years ago, now recorded at the Library of Congress for public radio. Ms. Cavalieri also writes for theater and has seen 26 plays produced, her newest work being Anna Nicole: Blonde Glory, inspired by her book of poems on Anna Nicole Smith.

Clarinda Harriss, a longtime supporter of Loch Raven Review and the Baltimore literary scene, teaches poetry, poetic forms and editing at Towson University. She has worked for many years with writers in prisons. Her latest collections of poems are Dirty Blue Voice and Mortmain. She edits and directs BrickHouse Books, Inc., Maryland’s oldest continuously publishing literary press.

D.R. Belz, fiction editor at the Loch Raven Review, is a Baltimore satirist and fiction writer. He is contributor to NPR’s The Signal, and his poetry, fiction and humor have appeared in the Southern Literary Messenger, Oregon Review, Antietam Review, Mcguffin and other literary journals. He is the author of the collection White Asparagus.

Carol Bindel is a poet who lives quietly in rural Maryland where she wriites often and publishes occasionally. Her works have appeared in numerous places, including Buddhist Poetry Review, Time of Singing, Manorborn and The Gunpowder Reivew. Her first book is Inherited Estate: A Song Cycle.

Loch Raven Review editor Dan Cuddy has had poems published in numerous magazines and anthologies. Two of his poems are featured on the CD anthology Words on War. He is the author of a book of poems, Handprint on the Window.

David Eberhardt was incarcerated at Lewisburg Federal Prison in 1970 for 21 months for pouring blood on draft files with Father Philip Berrigan and two others to protest the Vietnam War. He has published three books of poetry: The Tree CalendarBlue Running Lights and Poems from the Website, Poetry in Baltimore. He is at work on a memoir, For All the Saints, influenced by Thoreau, Nabokov, Mailer, Agee, Thomas and Cousteau.

Loch Raven Review editor Christopher T. George is editor at the Desert Moon Review poetry workshop. He is co-author ofFirst, the Dream and, as a historian, author of Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay.

Sid Gold’s second book of poetry, The Year of the Dog Throwers, was published in 2010. A third book of poetry is forthcoming this year. His prose poem, “10 More,” is in the current issue of Poet Lore. He is also a two-time recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for Poetry. A native New Yorker, he lives in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Eric D. Goodman is the author of Tracks: A Novel in StoriesFlightless Goose and the forthcoming Womb andSetting the Family Free. His fiction, travel stories and articles about writing have been widely published in literary journals, magazines, newspapers and online. Tracks won the Gold Medal for Best Fiction in the Mid-Atlantic Region from the Independent Publishers Book Awards.

Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka, translations editor of Loch Raven Review, writes and translates poetry and prose in English and Polish. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Between Here and There and On the Verge of Light and Shadow. Her work has appeared in the USA, Ireland, UK, Sweden and Poland in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her translations of poems by Lucille Clifton, Josephine Jacobsen and Linda Pastan have been published in Poland. She is the translator for two bilingual books of poems by Lidia Kosk,niedosyt/reshapings and Slodka woda, slona woda/Sweet Water, Salt Water.

The late Constantine Pantazonis is the author of the poem “elas” in the Spring issue of Loch Raven Review. Dino was a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati. Dino took pride in being a poet and satirist whose work focused on the human experience – the interplay between memory, dream and fantasy that constitutes our sense of reality. In 1994, Dino published the chapbook Alley Entrances.

Charles Rammelkamp‘s latest book, Fusen Bakudan(“Balloon Bombs,” in Japanese), was published in 2012. It’s a collection of monologues involving missionaries in a leper colony in Vietnam during the war. A chapbook, Mixed Signals, is forthcoming. Charles edits an online literary journal, The Potomac.

Katherine E. Young‘s translations of Russian poet Inna Kabysh were awarded a share of the 2011 Joseph Brodsky-Stephen Spender Prize and commended by the judges of the 2012 Brodsky-Spender Prize. Young’s translations of Vladimir Kornilov appear in the forthcoming anthology Russian Poetry from Pushkin to BrodskyDay of the Border Guards, a book of original poems, was published in 2014 by the University of Arkansas Miller Williams Award Series.



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Exhibit of the Week: GUTSY – Taking the Fear Factor Out of Feminism

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 3:00pm

Quinn Palmer/ Saint Bibiana/ Photo via Quinn Palmer

Quinn Palmer/ Saint Bibiana/ Photo via Quinn Palmer

GUTSY: Taking the Fear Factor Out of Feminism

Gallery CA

440 E Oliver St
Baltimore, MD 21202

July 18 – August 8

Aiming to challenge traditional notions of feminism and highlight the elasticity of new feminism, the exhibition GUTSY at Gallery CA on Oliver Street showcases 22 female artists who handle feminist issues, themes, and/or aesthetics. The show features artists working in a variety of mediums including, but not limited to, paint, wood sculpture, digital video, fashion, and paper maché. Don’t miss GUTSY. Read More →

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Local Vendors on Display at Union Graze Happy Hour

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 2:05pm

10409331_530176540428151_6816438784504047764_n This is one fun little party. The best of both worlds: a super low-key, family-friendly happy hour held every other Friday behind Artifact Coffee in Hampden/Woodberry.

Each week local vendors — some just starting out, others are more experienced — gather in the courtyard behind Union Mill. Last year, it was held every Friday and had a farmers market/CSA component. This year, it’s mainly local food and beverage producers selling their wares. You can also enjoy adult beverages. The event runs from 5:00-8:00pm (thus, the happy hour aspect.)

This week’s musical entertainment will be provided by Brad Kolodner and Luke Chohany playing, Appalachian Old-Time music.

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Book Club Picks from The Ivy Bookshop – Salinger’s Girls Book Club

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 1:00pm

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 Salinger’s Girls:


The Tide King (Paperback)



The story of a bewitched Polish herb that makes immortal those who are lucky (or unlucky) enough to take it.


Jen Michalski is the author of a collection of novellas from Dzanc Books, two collections of fiction, Close Encounters(So New, 2007) and From Here(Aqueous Books, 2013), and the editor of the anthology City Sages: Baltimore (CityLit Press 2010), which won a 2010 “Best of Baltimore” award from Baltimore Magazine. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is the founding editor of the literary quarterly jmww, a co-host of the monthly reading series The 510 Readings and the biannual Lit Show in Baltimore, and interviews writers at The Nervous Breakdown.


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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