Your Guide to Labs@LightCity 2018

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Celebrating its third year in 2018, Labs@LightCity is one of the largest and most unique social innovation convenings in the U.S.

Each day emerging voices and established thinkers explore the innovations and practices that build stronger, more equitable cities. Each Lab explores the future of society and every attendee will have the opportunity to learn, network and be heard.

Introduced this year is the “Pay What You Can” ticketing. Attendees must register but can choose to pay what they can to participate in the Labs, including attending at no-cost. The event takes place at the IMET Columbus Center, 701 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD. Seating is limited so make sure to register and “pay what you can”!

Johns Hopkins students created a medical journal, without the jargon

Courtesy photo.

Rushabh Doshi wants patients to be more informed about medical care. To do so, a natural place to look would be medical journals. But Doshi realizes the articles in these publications aren’t necessarily written with the average reader in mind.

Legislature passes bill to expand post-conviction relief

Photo by Julie Depenbrock/Capital News Service

By Alex Mann
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Many bills remained in the balance as the minute hand ticked toward midnight on April 9, the last of Maryland’s 90-day legislative session.

Among them was legislation addressing the rights of criminals to petition for post-conviction relief–a process of challenging a conviction in court.

Bmoreart’s Picks: Baltimore Art Openings, Galleries, and Events April 17 – 23


BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas. For a more comprehensive perspective, check the BmoreArt Calendar page, which includes ongoing exhibits and performances, and is updated daily.

To submit your calendar event, email!


Wednesday, April 18th – Saturday, April 21st

The Columbus Center – Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET)
701 East Pratt Street : 21202

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces the return of Labs@LightCity, the daytime programming of Light City, a festival of light, music and innovation. Labs@LightCity features seven innovation conferences at the IMET Columbus Center Wednesday, April 18 through Saturday, April 21, 2018. Celebrating its third year in 2018, Labs@LightCity is one of the largest and most unique social innovation conferences in the United States. New speakers for 2018 include celebrity chef Art Smith, CEO of Crisis Text Line and former CEO of Do Something Inc. Nancy Lublin, Art-Activist and former professional football player Aaron Maybin, artist and owner of Fix Baltimore Keith “K.C.” Cooper and renowned artist and former NFL player Mateo Blu. New this year, Labs@LightCity introduces “Pay What You Can” ticketing. The new ticket model is reflective of Light City’s goal to be accessible to all, regardless of ability to pay. To register to attend Labs@LightCity, visit

Also new for 2018, a fresh format featuring seven topics and a daily community collaboration lunch session. As in past years, the entire program focuses thematically on social innovation and equity, explored through the topics of Education, Social, Green, Health, Arts & Culture, Makers and Food in a compelling four-day schedule. In addition, an interactive Design Thinking Lab lunch takes place each day from 11:30am-1pm. The schedule is as follows:

April 18- 8am-1:30pm:  EduLab@LightCity presented by University System of Maryland; 11:30am-5pm: SocialLab@LightCity

April 19- 8am-1:30pm: GreenLab@LightCity presented by BGE; 11:30am-5pm: HealthLab@LightCity presented by Kaiser Permanente

April 20- 8am-1:30pm: CultureLab@LightCity presented by Brown Advisory; 11:30am-5pm: MakersLab@LightCity

April 21- 10am-3pm: FoodLab@LightCity presented by Visit Baltimore with Baltimore Food Makers Marketplace by Cureate immediately following

April 18-21- 11:30am-1pm: Interactive Lunch: Design Thinking Lab




Regular Goods: E. Saffronia Downing & Nicole Dyer | Closing Reception
Wednesday, April 18th : 7-10pm

218 West Saratoga Street : 21201

Please join us for the opening of Terrault’s newest exhibition, ‘Regular Goods’ by E. Saffronia Downing and Nicole Dyer

Regular Goods: Bananas. Corn. Phones. Sardines. Daily objects that make up our lives. Nicole Dyer and E. Saffronia Downing play with the boundary between painting and sculpture by re-thinking the object as painting, and painting as object.

E. Saffronia Downing molds her sculpture through notions of femininity, sexuality, and childhood, leaving the mark of her body on each piece. Ceramic fruit and vegetables are the building blocks of work that expresses the kinship between body and vessel.

Nicole Dyer’s paintings are a visual recording of the primal, sensual, and sometimes violent need to be with others. A plate of food can be both nourishing and dangerous; a beautiful moment can be over in an instant, yet preserved forever through social media.

E. Saffronia Downing (b. 1992) was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She received a BA from Hampshire College in 2014 in Studio Art and Women’s History. Downing has recently completed residencies at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME, and Mall of Found Residency in New Lebanon, NY.

Nicole Dyer​ (b. 1991) is an artist currently based in Baltimore, MD. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013 with a BFA in Drawing. Dyer has shown in several two person and group shows including “Wide Eyed” at Savery Gallery (Philadelphia), “Phantom Limb” at Guest Spot (Baltimore), and “Sad Intentions” at LVL 3 (Chicago). She has exhibited internationally at the Burren College of Art in Ireland, where she studied in 2012. In 2017 she was a recipient of an Elizabeth Greenshields Grant. Dyer most recently completed a three month residency at the Wassaic Projects in Wassaic, NY.

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 3rd 7-10PM
Closing Reception: Thursday, April 18th 7-10PM
Exhibition Runs: March 3, 2018 – April 21, 2018
Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 1-5PM (except for opening night)


Arts Every Day 2018 Annual Student Exhibit | Opening Reception
Thursday, April 19th : 5-7pm

Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : 21201

Arts Every Day is happy to book end the school year with our annual student exhibition at the Walters Art Museum! Arts Every Day’s annual exhibit showcases how teachers integrate visual arts, music, dance, theater, and media across grade levels and subject matter such as Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. The exhibition will display over 100 pieces of arts integrated work created by students across Baltimore City.

Reception: Thursday, April 19th 5-7pm
Musical Performances: Saturday, April 21st 12-1pm
Performances will feature Baltimore Boom Bap Society, Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School, Baltimore City College, Banneker Blake Academy, and City Neighbors Charter School.


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4.1 million gallons of sewage flowed into the harbor as a result of Monday’s storm

Photo by Ethan McLeod

An estimated 4.1 million gallons of sewage flowed into the Inner Harbor as a result of Monday’s rainstorms, according to the Department of Public Works.

Wen issues warning after fake weed gives four Marylanders extreme bleeding

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

There’s a reason Baltimore City banned stores from selling so-called synthetic marijuana in 2016. The substance, often branded as “K2” or “Spice” and sold at gas stations and corner stores, is usually made with a potpourri of leaves and various unknown chemicals designed to mirror marijuana’s effects. It’s been known to induce severe physical problems, such as heart attacks, kidney failure and extreme bleeding.

David Simon weighs in on a Md. Senate race, endorsing Laskin over Zirkin

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David Simon, the creator of “Wire,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “The Corner” and, most recently, “The Deuce,” has thrown his hat into the primary election for the Maryland State Senate seat in District 11, endorsing Democratic challenger Sheldon H. Laskin over the incumbent Sen. Bobby Zirkin.