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Tonight at the Ivy, Three Local Authors Discuss Three Aspects of What Makes Baltimore, Baltimore


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Join The Ivy Bookshop tonight, December 18 at 7 p.m., as three local authors celebrate three iconic aspects of Baltimore: painted screens, East Baltimore’s Polish community and Attman’s Deli.  Read more about the authors and their subjects below.

Elaine Eff: The Painted Screens of Baltimore:

Painted screens have long been synonymous in the popular imagination with the Baltimore row house. Picturesque, practical and quirky, window and door screens adorned wtih scenic views simultaneously offer privacy and ventilation in crowded neighborhoods. As an urban folk art, painted screens flourished in Baltimore, though they did not originate there – precursors date to early 18th-century London. They were a fixture on fine homes and businesses in Europe and America throughout the Victorian era. But as the handmade screen yielded to industrial production, the whimsical artifact of the elite classes was suddenly transformed into an item for mass consumption. Historic examples are now a rarity, but in Baltimore the folk art is still very much alive.

The Painted Screens of Baltimore takes a first look at this beloved icon of one major American city through the words and images of dozens of self-taught artists who trace their creations to the capable and unlikely brush of one Bohemian immigrant, William Oktavec. In 1913, this corner grocer began a family dynasty and inspired generations of artists who continue his craft to this day. The book examines the roots of painted wire cloth, the ethnic communities where painted screens have been at home for a century and the future of this art form.

The Gift of Flowers…That Last Forever. Perfect.


24 x 24
Oil, acrylic and and charcoal on wrapped canvas


Local artist Liza Matthews was one of our featured artists in 2012. The MICA-trained painter’s complex yet harmonizing works of art add visual interest to any interior.  See more of Liza’s work on her Facebook page, or read about the artist and her art here.



Cartoonist Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher at The Ivy Bookshop, Dec. 17


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Beloved former Baltimore Sun political cartoonist “Kal” will be at The Ivy Bookshop tomorrow night, Tuesday, December 17 at 7 p.m. to discuss his latest collection, Daggers Drawn.

For over three decades, Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher has entertained and enraged a global audience with his sharp cartoons and witty covers for The Economist magazine. In this large, beautifully printed retrospective collection, 300 of Kal’s best works from his more than 4,000 cartoons and 140 covers are printed, along with essays discussing his celebrated 35-year career with the magazine. Kal aptly captures in this book the important news and newsmakers of recent history through his uniquely artistic and satirical pen.

Ring in the holiday season at Green Spring Station, Sat.. Dec. 14


Per Greenspringstation.com:

Celebration at the Station: A Modern Holiday Soiree
Saturday, December 14 | 2-5pm
Co-sponsored by (cool) progeny

Green Spring Station, located in Lutherville, MD, will ring in the holiday season with Celebration at the Station: A Modern Holiday Soiree featuring a blending of cool style and modern seasonal fun as they sample holiday foods; learn the art of holiday styling with Flowers & Fancies; learn how to craft the perfect party cocktail with Tark’s Grill; decorate an ornament; and enjoy a selection of fashionable gifts for the entire family.

And there is much to enjoy for the younger set, too.  Kids will visit with Green Spring Station’s modern Santa, stop by the hot chocolate bar by Stone Mill Bakery, and create pint-sized holiday crafts perfect for gift giving or keep-saking with The Painted Palette .


The Wish Lust: Harbor East’s 2013 Holiday Collection






 1. Sassanova

A.V. Max Initial Necklace
An adorable charm-style necklace with personalized gold
coin and colorful stone, $70 large, $48 small

2. Curiosity Whiskey StonesW-zi8mWquDPnjwJRWNOfu7H3hKP-twejH7HijEE9aUI

A Scandinavian tradition of chilling your drink. Add a few of
these milled Vermont stones in your whiskey without diluting
the dram! Pair with some tumbler glasses and a bottle of your
favorite liquor, $20

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Holiday Case
If you’re stocking up for a holiday party, seeking a last-minute
gift, or are preparing for those snowy days, Bin 604 Wine
Seller’s holiday case (12 wines) was selected with the season
in mind, $149

4. Lebanese Taverna

Get a $20 bonus card for every $100 worth of gift cards you purchase








5. Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore
Give the gift of a memorable experience. From a weekend
away for that someone special, to a remarkable dinner at Wit
& Wisdom or PABU for a culinary enthusiast, or a relaxing Spa
treatment for busy moms and dads, Four Seasons Gift Cards
allow the recipient to decide how to enjoy their gift. Valid
at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore or any other Four Seasons
hotel or resort worldwide, starting at $100

Santa is Coming to the Red Canoe Bookstore this Saturday, 12/14



santa claus on red ballper the Red Canoe website:

Have you written your letter yet?  Saturday, 12/14, at 2:45 in front of Red Canoe! Singing with the Arcadian Rhythms, hot cider and lotsa cookies.  Bring those beautiful children over and help the Red Canoe kick off the holiday season with a really excellent visit with Santa, and a chance to sing together!

And join the Red Canoe for a holiday pre-school sing along with Zoe Johnstone on Wednesday 12/18 at 10:30 am!

Preschool sing along on at 10:30 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.  Join musician Zoe Johnstone for a delightful toddler and family sing along event.


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