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Save the Date for Art Outside – Free Art Festival in Druid Hill Park

0 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 4:30pm

From the Art Outside Website:

Back by popular demand, Art Outside recaptures the spirit of the historic outdoor festival that was held on Sundays around the Druid Hill Reservoir during the 1950s and 1960s connecting communities and local artisans.

This day-long arts festival on Sunday, May 18, 2014, will feature Maryland artists showing and selling their artwork, a Maryland Distinguished Artist Gallery, performing arts from Baltimore area schools and arts organizations, strolling entertainment, children’s arts & crafts, some of Baltimore’s best Food Trucks, lots of free parking and more. Art Outside will be held rain or shine.




Will the Maryland Hunt Cup Challenge Cup Fall This Weekend??

0 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 1:19pm

Photo by Douglas Lees. Copyright 2013

Photo by Douglas Lees. Copyright 2013

For the past 31 years, not since Mrs. Miles Valentine with Cancottage in 1983, has anyone has been able to take home the coveted Maryland Hunt Cup Challenge Cup. This year, at the 118th running of the most difficult timber race in the world on Saturday, April 26, four miles and 22 fences over Worthington Farms in Glyndon, three owners have a chance to jump into that void: Lucy A. Goelet, Northwoods Stable, and Arcadia Stable. Read More →

Culture, Featured, Lifeline

The Truth Is Out About Baltimore Musicians’ Judge Judy Appearance

1 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 11:38am

Kate Levitt crying wolf about a cat on Judge Judy

In February 2010, four Baltimore musicians and housemates appeared on Judge Judy in a dispute over a dead cat. Kate Levitt and Andrew Burt, both formerly of Teeth Mountain, were there to accuse Jonathan Coward, aka Shams, of killing Levitt’s cat by throwing two TVs across the room at it. Appearing with Coward as a character witness was Brian Blomerth, aka Narwhalz.

Don’t worry — the cat didn’t actually die. The event never happened. It was a story cooked up after Coward had heard that settlements from television court shows are not paid out by the defendants, but by the shows themselves. It was an open secret at the time that the dispute was a sham, but only yesterday did Coward publicly acknowledge it in an interview at Vice.

When the segment originally aired, City Paper‘s coverage hedged its bets, guessing that cat story was probably a put-on, but staying a little too cool to actually enjoy the prank. It’s true, credits sequence with soundbites from the plaintiffs and defendants is hilarious — and rightly went viral on YouTube — but the whole segment is gold. The incident itself strains credulity — two TVs?! — and caricatures youth culture for a daytime television audience. At one point Coward says, “I was pretty wasted, but I don’t think ever killed a cat.” Plus, there’s the incredible exchange between Blomerth and Judge Judy. Read More →

Culture, Featured

Concerto Inspired by Tiny Murder Dollhouses is the Most Baltimore Thing Ever

0 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 11:01am

Photo by Sarah Fask

Photo by Sarah Fask

The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death are one of my favorite secret Baltimore treasures: They’re a series of domestic dollhouse dioramas from the 1930s, complete with tiny upholstered furniture and other adorable details. And each dollhouse includes a dead body, as well as some hidden clues as to whether the death was murder, accident, or natural causes. (Read more about the Nutshell Studies here.) I’m not the only one to have been fascinated by the tiny death scenes; over the years, everyone from David Byrne to John Waters has paid the Nutshells a visit. And now a Peabody professor has created a concerto that takes the Nutshell studies as its inspiration.
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Culture, Featured

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Brilliant Plan to Save Classical Music and Journalism–At the Same Time!

0 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 9:21am

Baltimore Symphony November 20, 2008

Journalism and classical music: two beloved, long-standing institutions that are having a hard time making it in today’s world. But put them together, and you get an ingenious plan that benefits both sides.
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Columns, Culture, Prologue

The Asylum of the Heart: An Interview with Maud Casey

0 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 9:00am


Maud Casey’s latest novel, The Man Who Walked Away (Bloomsbury, 2014), is the real life-inspired tale of the nineteenth-century Frenchman Albert Dadas who, in the first documented case of fugue, wandered Europe in a mysterious state of amnesia. After Casey’s character Albert Dadas meets the imaginary asylum doctor (named “Doctor”), the novel becomes an irresistible study in contrasts. The Man Who Walked Away has been praised by The Washington Post and NPR.  Casey will read along with authors D. Foy and Joseph Riipi at the Ivy Bookstore’s Starts Here! reading series at Artifact Coffee on Monday, April 28th at 7:00 pm.  
Starts Here! cohost Sandy Fink talked with Casey about The Man Who Walked Away and the connections between pathological wanderlust and the search for “home.”

Sandy Fink:  It is a pleasure to welcome you to Starts Here! on April 28, 7:00 at Artifact Coffee in Baltimore.  You teach at the University of Maryland, so I assume you’ve been to Baltimore…

Maud Casey:  I lived in Baltimore for three years, from 2002-2005.  I was writer-in-residence at Gilman School for a year, and then was hired by the University of Maryland to teach in the MFA Program. Read More →

Culture, Food & Drink, Giveaways, Harbor East, Shop Local, Sponsored Post

Last Chance to Win a Pair of Guest List Tickets to FashionEASTa in Harbor East

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 4:45pm

From the Harbor East Website:

The FashionEASTa Fashion Show

The FashionEASTa Fashion Show will commence at 3:30PM, bringing audiences a high-energy runway production highlighting spring fashions with local celebrity models Baltimore Raven Lardarius Webb, Emily Gracey from WBFF and Sharon Gibala from WJZ, hosted by Shelly May from Baltimore magazine. The most fabulous part? All the show’s styles come straight from Harbor East shops, so if you love what you see you can #OwnIt.

Participating retailers include: Amaryllis Handcrafted Jewelry, City Sports, Handbags in the City, Loafers & Laces, lululemon athletica, MAC Cosmetics, Sassanova, South Moon Under, Under Armour Brand House, Urban Chic and White House/Black Market.

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Guest List Tickets

FashionEASTa: The Fashion Event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve seating and other VIP amenities for the day, including an exclusive FashionEASTa Shopping Bag, discounted refreshments and garage parking purchase your Guest List ticket for only $35. A portion of the proceeds to benefit Dress for Success Baltimore. Click here to purchase tickets.

Bonus:  Baltimore Fishbowl viewers have a chance to win ‘Guest List’ tickets!  Please comment below on your favorite or least favorite fashion trend.  Winner Announced Thursday April 24th 2pm!


Hagerstown Hosts Maryland International Film Festival, May 1 – 3

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 3:38pm

The Last 40 Miles – trailer from Onalaska Films on Vimeo, one of the films to be featured this year at the Maryland International Film Festival, May 1 – 3.

You’ve heard of — and have probably even attended — the Maryland Film Festival (this year, May 7 – 11).  But have you ever been to the Maryland International Film Festival?   The film festival, which takes place in Hagerstown, features dozens of films from around the globe, and tickets are on sale now for the event, May 1 – 3. Read More →


Maryland Should Ditch House of Cards and Give All Our Money to Veep Instead

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 10:21am

Governor Martin O'Malley schmoozes with the cast of Veep

Governor Martin O’Malley schmoozes with the cast of Veep

Veep, HBO’s political satire show starring Elaine–sorry, Julia Louis-Dreyfus–announced this week that it’s been re-upped for a fourth season, and that it’ll return to Baltimore for filming. You may have not heard about it, because Veep producers didn’t cause a huge kerfluffle by demanding millions of dollars in extra tax breaks, like some locally-filmed shows we know.
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Culture, Sponsored Post

Upcoming Events at The Ivy Bookshop

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 2:30pm


Thursday, April 24, 7 PM.
Benjamin Ross: 
Dead End

Environmental scientist and transit activist Benjamin Ross discusses his exploration of suburban sprawl.  Dead Endtraces how the ideal of a safe, green, orderly retreat where hardworking members of the middle class could raise their children away from the city mutated into the McMansion-and strip mall-ridden suburbs of today.


Benjamin Ross was president of Maryland’s Action Committee for Transit for 15 years. He is an environmental consultant and has served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences and EPA Science Advisory Board.

Saturday, April 26, 7 PM.
Jon Leiberman: Whitey on Trial

Whitey on Trial reveals the truth through dramatic trial testimonyand interviews with victims, FBI agents, state police, federal prosecutors, Bulger’s defense team and members of the jury who convicted Bulger on 31 counts, including eleven murders.

Jon Leiberman is a nationally recognized expert on crime, victims’ advocate and hard-charging investigative reporter, as well as the host of “Leiberman Live” on Sirius XM.


Monday, April 28, 7 PM.
STARTS HERE! reading series, hosted by Jen Michalski 
At Artifact Coffee
  1500 Union Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211

The April installment of our Starts Here! reading series at Artifact Coffee. Hosted by Jen Michalski, the evening will feature writers Maud Casey (The Man Who Walked Away), D. Foy (Made to Break), and Joseph Riippi (A Cloth House).

Tuesday, April 29, 7 PM.
David Grimm:  
Citizen Canine

Citizen Canine explores the rich and surprising history of our favorite companion animals.  Grimm reveals the changing social attitudes that have turned pets into family members, and the remarkable laws and court cases that have elevated them to quasi-citizens.   We are entering a new age of pets–one that is fundamentally transforming our relationship with these animals and reshaping the very fabric of society.


Thursday, May 1, 7 PM.
Ayelet Waldman: Love and Treasure

 At Chizuk Amuno Congregation   8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208

Love and Treasure weaves a tale around the true history of the Hungarian Gold Train. The stories of an American lieutenant charged with guarding a captured train filled with unspeakable riches, his granddaughter and a Hungarian woman who lost everything in the ravages of the Holocaust intertwine in Ayelet Waldman’s novel.

Monday, May 5, 7 PM.
Murder, They Wrote

Join mystery writers Frances Brody (Dying in the Wool), Sujata Massey (The Salaryman’s Wife), Hank Phillippi Ryan (The Wrong Girl), Marcia Talley (Dark Passage), and Elaine Viets (Catnapped!), for readings, discussion and refreshments.

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