MICA Shows: Where Fashion and Personality Mingle

Allina Liu. All photos by Derek Blanks, '00.

Couldn’t make it to NYC’s Lincoln Center this past February for fashion week, but love a good runway show? No worries. MICA student designers showcase boundary-pushing couture on catwalks near you this spring.

In April, two shows will feature MICA students’ garment and costume designs.  The concept for Transcend, the 19th Annual Benefit Fashion Show at the Brown Center, is “a runway show that will explore the outward manifestation of the unconscious mind.” The students’ collections are a result of thinking about physical adornment as a reflection of the wearer’s emotional and spiritual mindset. Milquetoast, an Experimental Fashion Event at St. John’s Church, is the anything-but-timid culmination of the Experimental Fashion Concentration that combines runway fashion with live performances by costumed characters, projected video and music by DJ J-No and other musicians.

Amelia Stinnette and Erik Clark

JPS Versus SRB Continued


In true political form, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake chose not to answer Jada Pinkett Smith’s letter — which asked the mayor to prevent the jabbing of circus elephants with bullhooks at Ringling Bros.’ upcoming Baltimore performance — head on. Instead, she changed the subject and went on the offensive, chiding Pinkett Smith for not helping the mayor solve homelessness or repair our public schools after being “reached out” to.

Now, when you’re the mayor, it’s unbecoming at best to whine about a private citizen not doing enough for Baltimore; fixing the problems of the city is literally your job. But asking us to blame homelessness and underperforming schools on Jada Pinkett Smith — JADA PINKETT SMITH?! — is patently absurd. That’s the kind of thing you blame on the previous mayor or an uncooperative city council.

But the actress doesn’t need me defending her; she’s got an aunt who’s spitting fire. Karen Evans, who runs Pinkett Smith’s Baltimore-based charity, wrote a letter to the mayor touting her niece’s extensive local charity work and closing with the perfect burn: “I hope that at the end of your administration you will be able to say that you have made as positive an impact as she has.”

If only the elephants themselves could write letters — we’d have an angry-missive battle royale.

Ravens Cheerleader Flash Mob Saturday Night


Saturday night at 10:15 p.m. the Ravens cheerleaders performed a flash mob for surprised crowds at the Power Plant Live!  The dance and acrobatics were all carried out to bring attention to “Making the Cut” the open-to-the-public cheerleader try-outs on Saturday, March 17th at the Lyric. About 90 finalists will bust moves and show their skills on stage in front on a live audience as judges narrow down the pool of candidates to the final 60 person squad.  Go to the Ravens website for more information.

Maryland Counties Consider Making English Official Language


Last month, Frederick County declared English its official language — by the way, I can’t tell you how relieved I am that they ended up settling on English; there were some very persuasive last-minute arguments for Esperanto — and Republicans in Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s have proposed ending the suspense and declaring English the language of the land in those counties too.

In Anne Arundel County, Councilman Jerry Walker recently withdrew his English-only legislation after a fellow member of the currently all white council publicly used a racial slur. As Walker recently told The Sun, he doesn’t want the bill to be seen as racially motivated. Rather, “[i]t’s about sending a message to

Listen Up Loyola: Lessons from a Fellow NCAA Underdog


Lessons from a fellow NCAA underdog

After the thrill of success comes the agony of having to do it again. In Loyola of Maryland’s case, their foray into the 2012 NCAA tournament — their first in nearly two decades — won’t be easy. They’re slated to play  Ohio State in Pittsburgh on Thursday. The Buckeyes are a 2 seed; Loyola is 15. According to the logic of seeding, they don’t stand a chance. But I can’t help but be hopeful, especially when I remember how people were talking in my hometown of Richmond, Virginia last year.

Back then, another small, obscure mid-Atlantic school with a charismatic coach and low expectations from the wider world made the tournament as a wild card pick. Then Virginia Commonwealth University went on to power through all the way to the Final Four. Their improbable success galvanized Richmond, and is still celebrated on billboards all over town. Here are a few lessons the Greyhounds could take from the Rams:

Made-in-Maryland Movie “Game Change”: Look for These Baltimore Spots


This past weekend HBO movie “Game Change” premiered.  We’ll leave the review to our favorite TV critic, The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik, but whether you liked the film or not (I did), there is a little thrill for Baltimoreans of every political stripe when scenes of the region appear on screen.  Early in the movie, Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin takes the initial call from John McCain while she’s at a state fair with her kids.  That’s really Six Flags.  At the end of the movie, when the McCain operatives are having a drink?  That’s the Explorer’s Lounge at the Harbor Court Hotel.  The rope line Sarah Palin walks?  It’s Goucher College.  Look also for The Valley Inn, the Tremont Hotel, and an unmistakable view of the Walgreen’s at the southwest corner of St. Paul’s and Fayette.  Let us know if you saw something we missed.  The film shows again on HBO Monday night at 9 p.m.

Changes at Baltimore Fishbowl


About nine months ago, we launched BFB, armed with little more than an abundance of enthusiasm and ideas, a good writing staff and some seed money. Now, we have a loyal audience and our growth exceeds our expectations.

Because you have responded every step of the way (btw, we’re just a hair away from reaching our year-one traffic goal of 60,000 hits a month — and it’s only been 36 weeks!) we’re assessing and rerouting our course.

On Monday, you’ll notice some exciting changes at Baltimore Fishbowl.

All our columns — Bohemian Rhapsody, Hot House, Sartorial Baltimoreal and more — will be accessible from the homepage. We want to share your comments as they happen so they will land on the homepage, too. Our events calendar becomes more visible, too.

We’ve been pleased and surprised at the interest in real estate — so we’ll be adding products to enhance house hunting on our site. We’re also bringing on an ad sales force to meet the demand for more and better ad space.

In the near future, look for even more content on the site — plus, we will continue to increase content in the months ahead.

We love what we’re doing — mixing the serious news and the silly, trying to see the humor in life and figuring things out along the way — but please keep telling us what you’d like to read more of, and where we can improve. We are here to build an engaging, entertaining online community with you and for you — and for ourselves! We can’t promise we’ll take all of your suggestions, but we can promise we’ll take them all seriously — unless, of course, you ask for gratuitous swear words and gross scatological humor, that’s just not our style. We will however aim to post more photos of Lindsay Lohan’s worst plastic surgery decisions, if at all possible. Much love, the Eds.

Honor Student in Jail! A JHU Production


Playing this weekend at Johns Hopkins, “Legion” follows the story of a teenage honor student, who happens to be in jail, while the service organization he founded is under siege. And, perhaps most interestingly, a drug dealer is in the hospital. How are all of these things connected? Come to the John Astin Theatre this weekend and find out!

“Legion,” written by award-winning playwright Nick Glossman, is produced by the Johns Hopkins University Theater and directed by James Glossman. It will feature performances by Johns Hopkins theater students and a guest appearance by John Astin.

Performances are this weekend, March 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., and March 11 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for students with ID, $13 for seniors/faculty/alumni, and $15 general admission. To reach the Box Office, call 410-516-5153 or email [email protected]



Annapolis Legislates Lead Poisoning


Statewide, more than 500 children were found to have “harmful levels” of lead in their blood as recently as 2010. The effects of lead poisoning are wide-ranging and long-lasting. And right now there is a whole bunch of lead poisoning legislation up for debate in Annapolis right now. Eight different bills seek variously to expand state regulations (expanding regulations to cover later-built homes, requiring windows be replaced as opposed to painted over, etc.), and to protect landlords from lawsuits.

After a recent Court of Appeals ruling overturned the $17,000 limit on damages in cases of lead poisoning, landlords have threatened to board up their units rather than to rent and take the chance of have to shell out upwards of a million dollars per victim. This argument – “If we can’t poison our tenants, how will we survive financially” – is a variation on the but-if-we-don’t-feed-our-chickens-poison-how-will-we-remain-competitive? argument used by the state poultry industry back in February, and it’s a little hard to sympathize with. On the other hand, if a landlord was in good faith following state lead regulations to a T, then how culpable is he? One of the bills says, basically, “not at all.”

While hashing out who owes how much for an instance of lead poisoning is certainly an important issue. Let’s not forget that what everyone wants is fewer cases of lead poisoning. It’s ultimately in the interests of both landlords and tenants – all Marylanders, really – to demand effective, definitive lead regulations that reduce the risk of poisoning to near zero.