Shannon and the Clams, Dirty Fences headline first batch of U+N Fest bands

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Oakland garage band Shannon and the Clams, New York rock group Dirty Fences and locals Smoke Bellow and Romantic States are among the first batch of bands announced for this year’s U+N Fest.

Church of the Redeemer VOICES Series: Joy and Wes Moore, Wednesday, September 26, 7 p.m.

Joy and Wes Moore
Wes Moore with his mother Joy Moore, author of “The Power of Presence: Be a Voice in Your Child’s Ear Even When You’re Not with Them” She will speak at the Church of the Redeemer on Wednesday, September 26.

As the mother of Wes Moore, whose memoir about overcoming the obstacles that face a fatherless young black man was a huge bestseller, Joy Moore is constantly asked: How did you do it? How can you be a good parent, have a career and stay healthy when you don’t have a partner to pick up the slack?

Joy’s answer is “presence.” In The Power of Presence: Be a Voice in Your Child’s Ear Even When You’re Not With Them, Moore explores seven pillars: heart, faith, mind, courage, financial freedom, values, and connectedness–that all parents can use to positively influence their children.

Joy Moore will speak at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles Street in North Baltimore on Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.  The event is presented in partnership with the Pratt Library’s “Writers Live” Series, and is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.


Weekend Events Calendar: Charm City Night Market, Pigtown Festival, Cherry Hill Arts and Music Festival and more

SQUEAKness (via Pigtown Main Street)

The city’s cross-section of cultures is on full display with the Night Market at the former site of Chinatown, and festivals celebrating Polish and German heritage across town. Plus neighborhood festivals spotlight Pigtown, Belair-Edison and Cherry Hill. Elsewhere, check out the BMA’s new exhibit with Mark Bradford, or some of the best in local music at Baltimore magazine‘s festival. Here’s the rundown:

John Mayer to play acoustic benefit at Modell Lyric next month

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Fresh off some recent questionable commentary on feminism, yet another successful summer of touring with Dead and Company and a busy few days of guest gigs around Lockn’ in Virginia last month, virtuoso guitarist John Mayer is coming to Baltimore to play an acoustic set.

Jed Dietz, founding director of Maryland Film Festival, to retire

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Jed Dietz, who helped start the Maryland Film Festival two decades ago and guide it to what The New Yorker called “one of the crucial showcases for independent films” with a new headquarters in the renovated Parkway Theatre, is stepping down this fall, the festival announced Tuesday.

The Baltimore Fishbowl Guide to Baltimore Independent Schools is out


It’s our third annual issue and our best yet. Flip through the pages, above, or read on to learn what’s inside.

Church of the Redeemer VOICES Series: Marin Alsop, Tuesday, September 18



Tuesday, September 18, 7:00 p.m. – Marin Alsop in conversation with Tom Hall at the Church of the Redeemer

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Marin Alsop will speak about composer Leonard Bernstein’s influence on her life and career, as America marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of its most famous composer.  Alsop writes, “Bernstein was my hero as a child and my mentor as an adult. Like the man himself, his music transcends barriers and breaks boundaries, reminding us of music’s incredible power to speak directly to our souls.”

Church of the Redeemer is located at 5603 N. Charles Street in North Baltimore.  For more information about the event, click here.

Baltimore boxing star Gervonta Davis arrested after fight outside D.C. bar

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Two-time super featherweight world champion boxer and Sandtown-Winchester native Gervonta “Tank” Davis was arrested early this morning after a fight outside a bar in downtown Washington D.C.

Everyman Theatre’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ is a poetic portrayal of family and memory

From left to right, Katie Kleiger, Annie Grier, Labhaosie Magee and Megan Anderson in “Dancing at Lughnasa.” Credit: Teresa Castracane.

Everyman Theatre’s season-opening play “Dancing at Lughnasa” is a poetic, nostalgic remembrance of a family teetering on the brink of change in 1936 rural Ireland.

Weekend Events Calendar: Defenders Day Weekend, Baltimore Seafood Festival, Butchers Hill Flea Market

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With Hurricane Florence bearing down to the south, a few cancellations have come through. Yet the creative energy goes on with festivals featuring pinball, podcasts and more. Plus, there are new theater openings, a big flea market in Patterson Park and a block party in Abell. Check out the weekend plans: