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Porterfield’s ‘Sollers Point,’ ‘The Land Before Time’ among first announced picks for Maryland Film Festival

A still from Matthew Porterfield’s “Sollers Point.” Image via Maryland Film Festival.

Hometown filmmaker Matthew Porterfield’s “Sollers Point” and the 1988 animated dinosaur adventure “The Land Before Time” are among the first four announced films that will screen at the Maryland Film Festival early next month.

Also in the lineup: “I, Olga Hepnarová,” a Czech film hand-picked by local filmmaker John Waters about a woman who mowed down 20 people with a truck in Prague in 1973; and “A Page of Madness,” the 1926 silent Japanese film about a man trying to free his wife from an asylum, which will be live-scored by the Alloy Orchestra.

My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase Races This Saturday, April 14


The My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase Races, one of Maryland’s oldest and most competitive days of timber racing, will be run for the benefit of The Manor Foundation. Since 1909, this exciting day of equestrian sport has marked the beginning of spring in the Harford County countryside! The afternoon includes 4 steeplechase races: The My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase Race with a $30,000 purse (and the first of Maryland’s Steeplechase Triple Crown), The John Rush Streett Memorial (two divisions $15,000 purse in each), and The John D. Schapiro Memorial ($15,000purse). ​The day is presented by PNC.

Event Pick: It’s Bulldog Day at Pimlico

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Pimlico still has more than a month until it’s under the national spotlight for the Preakness Stakes. But today, the famed track will be occupied by runners of a more squat variety: bulldogs. The Racing of Bulls, as it’s known, is all part of Bulldog Day, hosted by Hunt Valley Animal Hospital. There will also be contests for English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Pugs and Boston Terriers; prizes; food trucks and, apparently, a kissing booth. Come on out for a day of human and canine socializing during a celebration of all things bulldog.

9 a.m.-2 p.m., Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave., (410) 527-0800,

Event Pick: BROS throws a glamorous Prohibition-era bash for its annual fundraiser

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With a successful capital campaign in the books, its very own signature beer shelf-ready and a new show all about the undead set to premiere in a matter of weeks, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society is ready to party. Tonight, the city’s DIY rock opera collective will do so in Roaring ’20s fashion with live bop, vintage cocktails and sumptuous attire for its annual Swanktacular fundraiser.

Event Pick: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends headline the Hippodrome

Bill Murray and Jan Vogler.

Tonight in Baltimore, accomplished cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez will be performing selections by Franz Schubet, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein with accompanying vocals from Bill Murray. Yes, that Bill Murray.

Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County will pay homage to Bel-Loc Diner for fundraiser

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The Towson area lost an icon last year after the Bel-Loc Diner closed up shop after more than five decades and, despite a battle from preservationists, was razed to make room for yet another Starbucks.

It wasn’t the diner from the movie “Diner,” but it was one of the few remaining authentic diners from the mid-20th century. And the tri-fold red neon sign at Loch Raven Boulevard and Joppa Road was a landmark.

Weekend Fun in the Fishbowl
April 5 – 8


Looking to get out this weekend with family or friends? Today we launch Weekend Fun in the Fishbowl, a round-up of events over the weekend. Look for it every Thursday (or as we call it, pre-Friday). Want us to feature your event? Send us an email at

Odesza joins bean-spillers Post Malone and 21 Savage on Preakness InfieldFest bill

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The owners of Pimlico Race Course announced today that rappers Post Malone and 21 Savage and electronic duo Odesza will headline the InfieldFest at this year’s Preakness Stakes.

Extraordinary Equestrians Prepare for Thundering April Steeplechase Races

Gas Can Eddy and Bethany Baumgarner in the lead

What could be more Maryland than a fine Saturday in April spent picnicking on the grass while taking in some thrilling steeplechase races?