Event Pick: A quartet of ‘The Office’ Christmas episodes, screening outside downtown

Photo by Chris Haston, via IMDB

Die-hard “The Office” fans have cycled through the binge-worthy series enough to know the equally vital and disastrous role of alcohol in Dunder Mifflin Scranton’s holiday parties. But it’s unlikely that they’ve seen them all back-to-back, outdoors, in the dead of August.

Event Pick: The Peale Center celebrates Founder’s Day with tours, performances and more

Photo by Preservation Maryland, via Wikimedia Commons

On Aug. 15, 1814, the painter Rembrandt Peale opened the Museum and Gallery of the Fine Arts on Holliday Street, the first building in the United States constructed specifically as a museum. The inaugural exhibit included a mastodon skeleton excavated by his father, portrait artist Charles Wilson Peale, as well as military artifacts and stuffed birds, animals and fish.

Event Pick: The Orioles host ‘Game of Thrones’ night

Image courtesy of the Orioles.

For the Baltimore Orioles, the Red Wedding came on July 31, when second baseman Jonathan Schoop, reliever Darren O’Day and starting pitcher Kevin Gausman were traded away. Those deals, following the earlier trades that shipped shortstop Manny Machado and closer Zach Britton out of Baltimore, cemented the Orioles’ status as a rebuilding team.

As prudent as those moves were, it sapped the club of many of its familiar names. Case in point: Gausman, the player featured on tonight’s “Game of Thrones” bobblehead, seated atop a flying dragon, isn’t even here anymore.

Event Pick: Animal Collective member Deakin plays a solo set at the Parkway

Deakin. Image via Facebook.

There’s a lot going on right now for Animal Collective, the psych-pop band with roots in Baltimore County, as the group prepares the release of “Tangerine Reef,” an audiovisual album set to “slow pans across surreal aquascapes of naturally fluorescent coral.” Per Rolling Stone, it was recorded here in Baltimore, at a studio where Josh Dibb, aka Deakin, works.

Event pick: Monument City Brewing releases a double IPA that helps fight pollution

Image via Monument City Brewing’s Facebook page

In Baltimore’s frustrating, worthwhile fight to keep trash and human waste out of city streets, parks and waterways, local breweries are stepping up to support the cause. Peabody Heights made its mark in the last couple years with two smartly branded brews to benefit the Healthy Harbor Initiative. And Southeast Baltimore’s Monument City Brewing is following suit this summer and fall, starting today with the release of a new double IPA–the first in a series of three–raising money for Trash Free Maryland and Blue Water Baltimore.

Weekend Events Calendar: AFRAM Festival, Muslim Food Fest, Black Label Expo

Local group Dru Hill is just one of the headliners at this year’s AFRAM Festival. Image via Facebook.

There are slight signs of fall as preseason football gets underway, but we’ve got plenty of ways to ignore back-to-school. This weekend’s festival lineup has plenty of cultural celebrations, from AFRAM in Druid Hill Park to the Muslim Food Fest. Meanwhile, in the streets, Dooby’s celebrates its fifth anniversary in Mount Vernon. And there’s a couple rum options, from a roof to a distillery. Check out what’s going on:

Event Pick: The Breeders come to Rams Head Live

Photo by Marisa Gesualdi.

A surprisingly common line about The Breeders is that people picked up the band’s second album, “Last Splash,” the one with the run-away alt-rock hit “Cannonball,” in the ’90s and eventually sold it back, making the release a common find in bargain bins. The rest of the narrative, however, is that the band, centered around sisters Kim and Kelley Deal (the former being an ex-member of the Pixies), has been rather durable, resurfacing in the early 2000s to continue releasing great rough-around-the-edges indie rock.

The League for People with Disabilities Hosts FREE Family Fun Art Festival on 8/18


the league for people with disabilities The League for People with Disabilities, one of Maryland’s oldest non-profit organizations, will host a FREE Family Fun Art Festival on Saturday, August 18 from 11 am to 3 pm.  Held in partnership with Make Studios, Art with a Heart and Karina Association, this  event is open to the public and will include art activities for the whole family, group art projects, and more.  At the event, the Ellene “Brit” Christiansen Memorial Fund will be recognized.

Join Live Baltimore for I Heart City Life Happy Hour – August 24 at LB Skybar



Baltimore Happy Hour

If you LOVE City Life, join Live Baltimore at this month’s Happy Hour on Friday, August 24 at LB Skybar. With a $10 donation, these special happy hours highlight neighborhood hot spots while benefiting your favorite city loving organization. Raise a pint while showing your support for Live Baltimore and their mission to grow the city.

Event pick: Super City releases a new video, plays with a packed lineup at Motor House

Super City, via press handout

There’s still about a month to go before five-piece indie rock outfit Super City drops the much-anticipated “Sanctuary,” the band’s successor to their 2015 debut album “Again Weekend.” But fans of the genre-melding group have already gotten a taste of what’s to come with the promising fuzzed-out, hypnotic title track.