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Maxwell to perform two April shows with the BSO

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Image via the artist’s Facebook page.

Grammy Award-winning soul singer Maxwell will join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for two April performances, the orchestra announced today.

Weekend Events Calendar: Charm City Django Jazz Fest, American Craft Show and more

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Photo via the American Craft Council’s Facebook page.

Feeling like winter is dragging on? Well, luckily there are chicken nuggets. This weekend, the poultry form is celebrated with a fest all its own. Plus, check out gypsy jazz, crafts and Baltimore’s version of Mardi Gras. Here’s the lineup:

Ahead of March show, Wye Oak releases new song, mini-doc

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Credit: Kendall Atwater.

We’re only 11 days away from Wye Oak’s homecoming show at 2640 Space, and Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack are back with another new track, “Walk Soft,” plus a six-minute documentary with the band members explaining their creative process.

‘Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally’ presents a dark future for a childhood classic

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Treshelle Edmond, left, and Neimah Djourabchi in “Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally.” Credit: Teresa Castracane.

Even if you never read a “Dick and Jane” book, you probably can conjure one up in your head: an illustrated reading primer with simplistic “see Spot run” sentences, starring an equally simplistic white, middle class, suburban nuclear family.

Well, playwright Noah Diaz, currently earning his MFA at the Yale School of Drama, has imagined a more complex and interesting future for the Dick and Jane of these anodyne books.

In his “Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally,” now making its world premiere at Baltimore Center Stage, Dick and Jane have grown up, and grown apart. Throughout a darkly comic 90-minute, no-intermission production, they struggle with fear, loneliness and epic failures to communicate.

Horse Lords share new song ‘People’s Park’

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Credit: Audrey Gatewood

Nearly a month out from the release of their new record, “The Common Task,” Horse Lords today released new single “People’s Park,” a reference to a park founded by the Young Lords, a Chicago street gang-turned-community group.

Baltimore Writers’ Club: A Q&A with Jessica Anya Blau and Tracy Walder about ‘The Unexpected Spy’

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In 2015, popular Baltimore novelist Jessica Anya Blau (The Trouble With Lexie, The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, etc.) decided to try her hand at something completely different — ghostwriting. After working behind-the-scenes on a few books, including a bestselling memoir of child abuse and dysfunction, she was offered the opportunity to collaborate on a very different project – the memoir of a sorority girl from the University of Southern California who ended up working for the CIA and the FBI. An ex-spy named Tracy Walder, then a high school teacher in Dallas, was ready to tell her story.

Weekend Events Calendar: Valentine’s Day, Chocolate Fest, Belgian Beer Fest and more

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It’s time to return to the quiver and find the arrow that will point toward love. Luckily, Baltimore has Valentine’s Day events for all comers, from the sweet to the doomed. Even the songs range from saucy to sad. Plus, check out Black History Month events around the city from Pennsylvania Avenue to Highlandtown.

BSO adopts five-year plan for the future with new programming, community initiatives

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Image via the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Facebook page.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra today announced the unanimous adoption of a five-year plan the organization says will present a sustainable financial path forward and create new programming, months after economic struggles caused the cancellation of the summer season and a 12-week lockout of musicians.

Under the program, the orchestra will add more cross-over concert series, perform at various locations around the state, collaborate with other arts institutions and strengthen its educational programs, among other proposals.

The Night of 100 Elviras in photos

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Halloween arrived early this year as the Ottobar, along with MC Aurora Gorealis, on Saturday hosted the Night of 100 Elviras celebrating the horror icon and Mistress of the Dark. The inaugural party came complete with trivia games, lots of drinks and local music. A Date With Elvira (a Cramps cover band), The Universal Donors (Type O Negative cover band) and Total Maniac and RjVj playing soundtracks from horror movies were all on the bill, and DJ Shellvira kept the music going with goth rock cuts.

Check out the photos:

Q&A: ‘Charm City Kings’ director Angel Manuel Soto talks filming in Baltimore, uniting marginalized communities and more

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Courtesy: Angel Manuel Soto

It is very rare that Hollywood makes the decision to take on a story that includes the uniqueness of Baltimore City. This year, “Charm City Kings,” a coming-of-age story about the complexity of black masculinity and the pressures of inner-city social infrastructure, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to the sold-out Ray Theater in Park City, Utah.

The film stars Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Will Catlett and features a break-out performance by rapper Meek Mill. Angel Manuel Soto directs from a screenplay written by Sherman Payne, which is derived from a story by Kirk Sullivan, Chris Boyd and Barry Jenkins. Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith executive produced.

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