Happy Thanksgiving from Baltimore Fishbowl

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We are taking the rest of the day off. We will be back on Monday. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

John Waters’s list of 11 best movies of 2020

Filmmaker and writer John Waters models a face mask with his likeness outside Atomic Books. Credit: Rachel Whang.

Hunkering down over the long Thanksgiving weekend and thinking about watching a movie or two?

Let John Waters offer a few suggestions.

Every fall, the Baltimore-based writer and filmmaker comes out with a list of what he considers the Best Films of the Year for Artform, an international magazine that specializes in contemporary art. These are the films that Waters is most enthusiastic about, the ones he talks about in interviews and recommends to others.

Peek into The Park School of Baltimore


We invite you to explore Park through a variety of virtual Admission events that will highlight our distinctive teaching and learning, and will introduce you to our community, our curriculum, and our outdoor and indoor campuses.

Peek into The Park School of Baltimore
December 1 • 9–10 a.m.

During this Zoom event, take a visual tour of Park and hear directly from the principals. You will learn about Park’s educational philosophy, mission, student-centered programming, inspiring faculty, and how, at Park, excellence is the natural outcome. Zoom details will be sent prior to the event. To register: parkschool.net/events2020.

American Visionary Art Museum celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend


The American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore’s home to works by self-taught artists, will celebrate its 25th anniversary this weekend.

Small Business Weekend at Spa Adagio


Small business weekend is coming. What better gift to give than the gift of wellness this holiday season – we could all use some after 2020! Spa Adagio will be celebrating Small Business Weekend. On Saturday, 11/28, from 3pm – 6pm, enjoy specials on membership promotions, gift certificates and take a tour of the spa, taking in the old charm of the former rectory of St. Patrick’s Church.

Thank you for your support for small businesses like Spa Adagio.

Maryland records third-highest daily new COVID-19 cases, while deaths and hospitalizations continue to climb

This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC tests are provided to U.S. state and local public health laboratories, Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and select international laboratories. Photo courtesy of CDC.

Maryland’s coronavirus caseload rose by 2,697 cases on Wednesday, the third highest daily increase in reported cases since the pandemic began, state data show.

Charm City Cook: These are a few of my favorite things


The Charm City Cook shares her go-to carry-out restaurants 

Since March, like most people, I have been hunkering down at home. A lot. Very thankfully, I like where I live, and as luck would have it, I rescued a wonderful senior dog in January. My girl Magnolia is an 11-year-old terrier mix, spry for her age, a little nutty, and definitely attached to me now that we’ve been together almost all the time for about nine months. She has been great company for me during confinement. What lucky timing, huh?

I’ve dined inside three times since March. Once was at Petit Louis in June, True Chesapeake in July, Dylan’s in September and Ananda in October. All of these experiences felt very, very safe, but I would have preferred to be outside now that I think about it. Hindsight, yeah. Petit Louis has done an incredible job with their outdoor set up. I will try to go there for as long as I possibly can. I just ordered hats and gloves on Etsy, and as I walked my dog last night, I thought…wow, it’s already cold. November 24.

I’ve ordered takeout from about 15 places with varying degrees of success. Since I live in Hampden, most of these are close to home. Here are a few favorites:

Meet Jen Katzen


Jen Katzen Under Rapid Fire

Here are 10 things you might not have known about Baltimore transplant by way of PA, FL and NJ, Jennifer Katzen, mom, wife, and marketing professional.

1. What is your favorite holiday and why?
Hanukkah! We host at our house (pre-Covid), and I love seeing all the kids open their presents together. It’s pure joy!

2. What is the last book you read? Book or e-Reader?
Educated by Tara Westover (e-Reader)