Weekend Events Calendar: Chesapeake Crab and Beer Fest, LatinoFest at Patterson Park, record release shows, food truck gatherings, Bikes and Beers

Baltimore Crab Run on 6/23
Charm City Crab Run 5k is on 6/23 starting at 9:30 a.m. at Rash Field

Welcome, summer. The Solstice means plenty of daylight to get out and soak in the happenings around town. This weekend features some unique local music experiences, with BSO’s New Music Festival heading to various venues among the highlights. The festival schedule remains strong with celebrations of Latino culture, getting fit, Chesapeake crabs (and eating them) and World Refugee Day, among others. Enjoy.

Event Pick: Creative Alliance hosts global craft making, food and music for World Refugee Day

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If there were ever a week to celebrate the cultural gifts, cuisine and art that the world’s refugees bring to our country, this would be it. As the Trump administration grapples with fallout from the inhumane treatment of Latin American refugees at the border, you can familiarize yourself with the cultures of immigrants from other regions of the world today on Eastern Avenue.

Det. Daniel Hersl sentenced to 18 years in federal prison

Det. Daniel Hersl. Photo via the Baltimore Police Department.

Det. Daniel Hersl, a member of the notorious Gun Trace Task Force that stole money, property and drugs from citizens and falsified police reports and time sheets, was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison today, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Event Pick: An evening of dancing to acoustic Lauryn Hill covers

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You’d be right to get excited about this week’s announcement that R&B great Lauryn Hill is finally going on tour again to celebrate 20 years for “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill”–and with a star-studded lineup of openers at that. Sadly, she’s skipping right over Baltimore this summer, but it’s still news that her fans can celebrate.

With allegations still lingering, community dialogue with Iron Crow Theatre abruptly cancelled

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In the wake of allegations made in the spring of sexual harassment and an abusive working atmosphere, the city’s only dedicated queer theater company, Iron Crow Theatre, had scheduled a community discussion for today to “discuss how we as a theatre community can heal, move forward, and ensure a safe environment for our artists and administrators after a recently investigated allegation of harassment at the theatre,” according to a statement on the group’s website.

The conflict resolution group Restorative Response Baltimore was hired to facilitate the dialogue.

Last night, it was abruptly cancelled.

Cuffs for a Cause: The ‘Chinoiserie Chic’ Collection by Liza Hathaway Matthews

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The Chinoiserie Chic Collection by Liza Hathaway Matthews.

As Henri Matisse once wrote, “Creativity takes courage.”

Never has that been truer than in the modern commercial jewelry market, where companies mass produce focus-tested designs, trading more on off-brand cachet than artistic panache. For artisanal jewelers, finding a way to make individually handcrafted works stand out is a constant challenge to both creativity and the courage that fuels it. For Lema J Design and its signature cuff line, a powerful cause serves as inspiration for both.

Hot Plate: The Island Room at Pen & Quill launches, Alewife and Cask & Grain close, Pickles to expand and more

The Island Room, a collaboration between Baltimore Whiskey Company, Lyon Distilling and Pen & Quill, will pop up at Pen & Quill for a month, starting Thursday, June 28.

It’s officially summertime, Baltimore, which means it’s time to get serious about al fresco dining, beachy cocktails and crabs. This week, local restaurants have you covered. Here’s a look at what to expect:

D.C. and Maryland Act to Maintain Estate Tax Limits


Estate Tax Limits

Sponsored content – The Republican Party has long decried the “death tax,” also known as the estate tax, as unfair double taxation on the lifetime earnings of an individual. Though the estate tax has been regularly increased since 2000, it has continued to be a regular target of Republican legislators. With the election of Donald Trump and the retention of House and Senate majorities by Republicans, they seized the opportunity to, if not eliminate the estate tax, seriously limit its applicability.

Carey Foundation Endows College Counseling Center and Lecture Series at Gilman School

Ribbon cutting during the dedication of the renovated Carey Hall in 2007.

Headmaster Henry P. A. Smyth announced a $3 million investment from the W. P. Carey Foundation to endow the Gilman School college counseling program. This leadership gift to the School’s First Things First campaign is the largest donation to support college counseling received by the School.