Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

10 Virtual Events This Weekend in Baltimore: The Take-Out Get-Down; Romantic Music; West Baltimore Ruins

Keystone Korner hosts a virtual concert with Jean Carn. (Courtesy photo)

Once again, it’s time to spend at home a day that would normally have big plans and packed restaurants. Fortunately, Baltimore venues have a few options for giving Valentine’s Day at home some romance, or fun. Plus, a chance to learn about a new book, new beers and learn about memory.

10 Virtual Events in Baltimore This Weekend: Restaurant Relief Gala; Ceasefire Weekend

(Photo by Ethan McLeod)

There’s no question: Virtual events aren’t the same as an in-person experience. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being in the room with others, and having a chance to chat with some of those fellow attendees before and after the program.

One advantage of the virtual format, however, is that local organizations can host personalities from wherever they might be, without having to come to Baltimore. It’s local meets global. That’s especially apparent this weekend, as Baltimore organizations bring us live streaming concerts and talks, and a benefit for local restaurants brings together numerous entertainment and sports figures. Plus, Baltimore CeaseFire weekend returns.

Power Moves: Former City Councilman Leon Pinkett is the new executive director of BARCO

Leon Pinkett, III, is leading BARCO as executive director. Cortesy photo.

A former Baltimore city councilman has a new role leading an organization creating space for the city’s artists and makers.

Weekend Events Calendar: Polar Bear Plunge; Looking at Leadership; ‘Anatomy of Wings’; and more

Polar Bear Plunge, circa 2000. Is it your backyard this year? (via Md. Special Olympics)

The long winter of virtual events remains this weekend, but there’s good news: We’re seeing more variations and creative approaches to keep annual events alive. This weekend, revisit H.L. Mencken’s last hours, check out gallery openings and take a polar plunge — all from home.

10 Virtual Things to Do in Baltimore This Weekend: Ice Festival, Catalyst Quartet

Harbor Post Ice Fest goes virtual )Image via Facebook.)

Events are all virtual, but that’s not stopping the city’s happenings from going forward. An ice festival, concerts, gallery openings and author talks are all going forward. You just have to tune in from home. At least it’s warm there.

In 2020, Maryland saw most VC funding dollars since 2001


Venture capitalists invested $1.159 billion into Maryland companies, according to data from the MoneyTree Report by PwC/CB Insights. It marks the third-highest VC dollar total in a year since 2000 and the highest since 2001.

10 Things to Do in Baltimore This Weekend: MLK Lecture; Livestream Concerts; Bengie’s Double Feature


On MLK weekend, celebrate the legacy of civil rights, or virtually attend a lecture on race in America today. Elsewhere, there are a few livestream concerts from local musicians and venues. Or, if you’re seeking escapism, take a virtual tour of the Cloisters.

PPP is back in 2021. Here are the details on getting a second small business loan

Photo by Kaique Rocha from Pexels

As we enter 2021, the U.S. still facing an economic recession and massive unemployment as a result of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. That means relief packages we were introduced to in 2020 will continue, too.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: An Afternoon of Asimov; Ravens in the Playoffs

Explore the work of Isaac Asimov in a virtual event on Jan. 10.

Welcome to winter. The holiday season is over, and the vaccine is still at least a few months off. This is the time when we’re going to have to hunker down. It might also be a time to check out a virtual event from a local institution. This week’s options include literary, musical and film options, all to be enjoyed at home. Or, perhaps the Ravens will give us a playoff run.

10 Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Baltimore: Virtual Dance Parties; Take-out Get Down; Countdown at Noon

Sorry, not this year.

We’re ready to say goodbye to 2020. Will 2021 be better? We don’t know, but it will be new and that’s something.

When it comes to marking the new year, however, it remains very 2020. Baltimore city canceled New Year’s Eve fireworks, and officials are telling residents not to attend big events. Still, the event organizers of Baltimore are providing some options to soundtrack your living room dance party, and provide the menu. Plus, the kids have plenty of options for the noontime new year. Ending the year a bit early? They’ve got the right idea. Check out local New Year’s Eve events below: