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Hotel Paradise Roof Garden Orchestra to make its debut at Paulie Gee’s, March 11

“We pattern ourselves after ‘hotel orchestras’ that thrived playing dance music and hot jazz at luxury hotels across the country in the 1920s and 1930s. Our white dinner jackets and red carnations give us an extra-smart—and authentic—look,” Lynn Summerall, musical director, Hotel Paradise Roof Garden Orchestra.

Longing to listen to jazz? Big band? The sound of an orchestra?  Get a mix of all three when The Hotel Paradise Roof Garden Orchestra performs at Paulie Gee’s in Hampden on Sunday, March 11 from 3-5. The 12-piece orchestra specializes in early jazz and sweet dance tunes from 1920 to 1935,(well before the Glenn Miller swing era) with some songs dating back to 1910.

Event Pick: Bring an instrument and jam at Charm City Meadworks

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Volunteer organization 4our Flights 4amily says it has a two-word mission statement: “increase music.” That could be interpreted as releasing a bunch of records or something, but really it means getting people of all skill levels together to jam and try new things. On this eve, the venue for the session is Charm City Meadworks, where no shortage of musical lubrication will be on offer, including special flights. Individual players are invited to jam, as are full ensembles. 4our Flights is providing the full back line, i.e. drums, keys and amps. The only thing missing is you and your instrument of choice.

Sign-up at 6 p.m. 6:30-11 p.m., Charm City Meadworks, 400 E. Biddle Street,, free.

The Nevermore Haunt is bringing its scares to Light City 2018

Mother Nog, last seen in the finale of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society’s fall 2017 production “The Terrible Secret of Lunastus, is joining The Nevermore Haunt for Light City. Photo by Matthew Thomas.

This year’s Light City Festival will be a bit spookier than normal, and not just because of the schedule change.

Q&A: Small Foods Party organizer Mickey Dehn talks about ‘the tiniest potluck,’ inspiration and more

Mickey Dehn. Image by Ann Marie Brokmeier.

Attendees at this year’s Small Foods Party can expect to eat plate after plate of food. Of course, those plates may be as small as their palm or even their thumbnail. Hosted in the American Visionary Art Museum’s Tall Sculpture Barn, Small Foods is attended by hundreds of competitors, judges and “tasters.” Top past entries include an assembly line of “Crappy Meals” (tiny McDonald’s Happy Meals), an impeccable falafel-building station and a brilliant “Valley of the Dolls”-themed martini bar.

And Small Foods has a history as a queer-friendly event. “Several founders of Small Foods are queer, as well as many of the organizers that keep the event alive from year-to-year,” says Mickey Dehn, the organizer of this year’s party. “Not only have many participants and winners been LGBTQ or allies, but Small Foods has served as a space for those folks to come together and be creative, be comfortable and be happy.” Money collected from ticket sales will go toward the mighty work of Moveable Feast.

This week, I met with Dehn over a plate of regularly sized BBQ to discuss his role in what he calls “the tiniest potluck you’ll ever go to.”

Event Pick: Watch ‘American Psycho’ on 35mm film at The Parkway

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Get your fill of staggeringly violent yuppy satire tonight in Station North, watching Patrick Bateman (played by Christian Bale) butcher the world on the big screen.

Event Pick: Grab some free posters and cheap drinks at Ottobar

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Anyone’s who has ever taken a moment in the back room of the Ottobar has seen the old posters covering the tops of the walls. It’s an ever-growing monument to the Ottobar’s history and legacy as one of the best rock clubs in Baltimore. Well, apparently the venue has more posters than wall space, and it’s giving away some extras absolutely free (limit three per person).

Event Pick: Morgan and Coppin State men’s basketball face off

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Baltimore’s two historically black colleges face off tonight for the second time this season, with the Bears hosting the Eagles on their home court for Senior Night.

Event Pick: Go crate-digging at the Baltimore Record Bazaar Winter Show

Photo by Brian Turner, via Flickr.

February is traditionally a time for hunkering down inside, but the temperatures recently have been skewing warm–we’re talking spring-like. Welp, Sunday’s forecast, as of Friday evening, is calling for lots of rain, so we’re back to the idea of doing things indoors. And there’s no finer activity than searching through stacks and stacks of records looking for the title that badly needs to be on your shelf.

Event Pick: Learn up at the Greater Baltimore Democratic Gubernatorial Forum

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Much like the 2016 primary election for mayor, this year’s race for the Democratic spot to challenge Gov. Larry Hogan in November features a deep field. To Democrats: Even though you have until June 26 to figure this out, there’s no better way to make up your mind than hearing from the candidates directly (Republicans, we’re pretty sure you know already).

Event Pick: The Charles screens this year’s Oscar-nominated short films

Still from the trailer for “Negative Space,” from MICA animation faculty members Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, nominated for “Best Short Animated Film” in this year’s Oscars. Image via Tiny Inventions.

Partake in some of the ongoing Oscar buzz tonight by watching some of the lesser-hyped, more abbreviated but equally impressive films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards in the short films categories.