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Baltimost: Cori Dioquino, actor and co-founder of the Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective

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Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Cori Dioquino, 34, is an actor, producer, arts integration educator and co-founder of the Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective (BAPAC). In her words:

Baltimost: Scott Patterson, pianist and artistic director of Afro House

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Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Scott Patterson, 42, is a pianist, composer and artistic director of Afro House.  In his words:

“Afro House is a music-driven performance art house. We make things with art and music. We tell stories. We got into the business to break barriers and challenge norms and aesthetics around people of color.

‘Queens Girl’ plays at Everyman Theatre are a tour de force of acting and storytelling

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Dawn Ursula, left, and Erika Rose. Credit Teresa Castracane Photography and ClintonBPhotography

Partway through “Queens Girl in Africa,” protagonist Jacqueline Marie Butler finally feels like she’s making friends at her fancy new school in Nigeria.

There’s a problem, though. Some of the students want to raise money for a school dance by holding a “slave sale.” Students will get to “buy” other students and tell them what to do. And to make it even more fun, one girl announces, owner and slave will be tied together with rope.

Jacqueline, a recent transfer from Queens, New York, screws up her courage and gives a short, eloquent argument against this terrible idea–only to be promptly shut down by an American student who tells her that slavery is in the past, so there’s no reason to be upset. The grisly fundraising event goes on.

Baltimost: April Smith, local tour guide

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April Smith.

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected].

April Smith is a local tour guide. In her words: “I love showing people my city. I give tours like I’m talking to a new friend.

Baltimost: Chris Conlon, aphasia advocate and marathon runner

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Credit: Laura Lynn Photography.

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Chris Conlon, 43, is an athlete, beer vendor at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and volunteer.

Baltimost: Iman Alshehab, co-founder of the Mera Kitchen Collective

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Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Iman Alshehab, 46, cooks for the Lord Baltimore Hotel and Mera Kitchen Collective. Her interview is translated from Arabic by Aisha Alfadhalah. Both are founders of the Mera Kitchen Collective. 

Baltimost: Joyell Arvella, founder and CEO of harp + sword

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Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Joyell Arvella, 31, is the founder and CEO of harp + sword, a consulting and advocacy firm that promotes racial and gender justice. In her words:

True to its name, State Fare offers an elevated take on Maryland comfort food

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Family-friendly yet stylish, with a large, varied menu of elevated comfort foods and a lively bar scene, State Fare in downtown Catonsville hits a sweet spot of being broadly pleasing without dumbing down its offerings.

Baltimost: Tahir Juba, electrical engineering student and producer at Wide Angle Youth Media

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Credit: Ayanna White

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Tahir Juba, 20, is a junior majoring in electrical engineering at Morgan State University and a producer at Wide Angle Youth Media. In his words:

Baltimost: Bill Stevenson, owner of Waverly Color Company and co-owner of Waverly Brewing Company

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Credit: Laura Lynn Photography.

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Bill Stevenson, 55, is the owner of Waverly Color Company and co-owner of Waverly Brewing Company. In his words:

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