’90s alt-rock greats Gin Blossoms to headline Fells Point Fun Festival

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Gin Blossoms, the band behind such “MTV Buzz Bin” staples as “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You” and “Til I Hear It From You,” is headlining this year’s Fells Point Fun Festival, organizers announced today.

The free concert is on Oct. 12, the first day of the two-day festival in the waterfront neighborhood.

Campaign raises $2,300 for meal fund to support BSO players

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With a lockout taking effect earlier this week, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians are facing a paycheck-less summer as they remain in a deadlock with management over proposed schedule reductions.

A supporter has stepped in to start a meal fund for the players, raising more than $2,300 on GoFundMe in one day. Organizer Tee Mitchell wrote she wanted to support the musicians as they protest and fight “to raise awareness of the egregious management problems that led to this.”

Opportunity zones are meant to spur new investment in poor areas. But Port Covington could get a tax break


By Jeff Ernsthausen and Justin Elliott

Under a six-lane span of freeway leading into downtown Baltimore sit what may be the most valuable parking spaces in America.

Lying near a development project controlled by Under Armour’s billionaire CEO Kevin Plank, one of Maryland’s richest men, and Goldman Sachs, the little sliver of land will allow Plank and the other investors to claim what could amount to millions in tax breaks for the project, known as Port Covington.

Maryland to test out digital license plates on 22 state vehicles

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Maryland is testing out the license plates of the future, though they won’t be available to the general public just yet.

Wreck Room, a place to smash things to vent your rage, coming to Hampden

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Coming soon to North Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood: A spot where you’re not only permitted, but encouraged to break things in search of emotional catharsis.

Joyce and Elizabeth Talford Scott’s exhibition ‘Hitching Their Dreams to Untamed Stars’ feels potent, if out of place within BMA

“Plantation” (1980), by Elizabeth Talford Scott. Image courtesy of Baltimore Museum of Art/Estate of Elizabeth Talford Scott.

Joyce Scott’s “Inkisi #2” is one of her sculptural works that sneakily knocks you out. It’s a wooden figurine from Nigeria that Scott clad in a billowing tiered skirt made of cast glass, beads of clay, plastic, thread and wire. Scott sewed some of the beads together to become faces on large medallions that hang among the skirt’s folds. Strings of beads end in some relic—a hand, an animal shape—that suggest some aspect of a spiritual practice.

Interspersed among the folds are columns of coke-bottle green glass that end in a bell-shaped bulge. Stare into the face of the figurine and you start thinking its features suggest a knowing smile. Phalluses, icons, prayer, wit, “Inkisi #2” hits the eyes like a totemic relic even though it vibrates with a contemporary tension. Past and present converge in an object that feels like it has something to say to you about the here and now.

Slyly funny, sexually frank, historically complex, politically astute and above all, visually striking, “Inkisi #1” greets visitors to the intimate gallery space at the Baltimore Museum of Art where a small assortment of Scott’s works are paired with those of her mother, Elizabeth Talford Scott. Titled “Hitching Their Dreams to Untamed Stars,” the exhibition spotlights the artistic potency of a creative family.