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Need something to watch? Check out Baltimore YouTube series ‘4.5 Stars’

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Need something good to watch to fill the hours? Support local guys telling a Baltimore story in ‘4.5 Stars’, a local YouTube series featuring Baltimore comics and local bands.
The five-episode series tells the real-life story of series creator and star Archie Jamieson, who lived in “the laundry room of an Airbnb that ran a psychedelic magazine,” says director, comic, and co-star Joey Malinski.

Preakness InfieldFest canceled, new date for race still being determined

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The crowd gets hyped up for a musical performance at the 2019 Preakness InfieldFest. Photo courtesy of Stephen Bondio.

With the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it’s still not known when the Preakness Stakes will run at Pimlico Race Course. But there will officially be no InfieldFest this year, the Stronach Group announced today.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced today the Maryland National Guard is going to build a drive-thru testing site on the racetrack’s parking lot. The site will also provide other health resources during the city’s response to COVID-19.

Rapper DaBaby and EDM artist Marshmello were two of the headliners scheduled to perform at the concert, which draws thousands to the track’s infield during the running of the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

The beat goes on at An die Musik with streaming concerts

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Image via Google Street View.

Social distancing and restrictions on crowds have forced live music venues around the country to shut down. But An die Musik, a jazz club located downtown, is trying to keep a regular calendar of sorts, having musicians appear onstage and streaming the performances online.

Artists such as Michael Joseph Harris and Sami Arefin, Warren Wolf Trio and Caleb Stine have already taken part in what the venue is calling the Quarantine Concert Series, and the Christian Hizon Quartet is set to perform this Sunday.

The Maryland Historical Society wants to hear your pandemic story

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A flier posted in the Remington neighborhood asking residents if they need assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society.

While there is no end date in sight for the coronavirus pandemic, each day that passes is historic, with new losses of life, developments, fears and disruptions to everyday life.

The scale of the devastation is still to be determined, but scientists are concerned the virus’ spread and the mortality rate of those who get it could make this the worst public health crisis the U.S. has experienced in more than a century.

Odell’s building to become an arts and technology hub in Station North

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Credit: Ed Gunts.

Three years after the former Odell’s nightclub was sold for redevelopment, the long-dormant building has new tenants and a new youth-oriented mission.

The Tudor-esque structure at 19-21 E. North Avenue will be converted to an arts and technology hub, with the help of a grant from a new investment fund designed to spark revitalization of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District.

Young Audiences of Maryland/Arts for Learning signed a lease this winter to move its headquarters into the building’s first floor and basement by mid-2021.

Baltimore Pride postponed, HoCo Pride cancelled due to coronavirus

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Photo by Tedd Henn

Organizers have canceled this year’s Howard County Pride and postponed Baltimore Pride until August or September as the duration of the coronavirus pandemic remains unclear.

The local celebrations of the LGBTQ+ community have joined a growing list of events that have had to be cancelled or postponed amid the spread of COVID-19.

Parkway Theatre is screening new releases online during the pandemic

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The lobby of the Parkway Theatre. Photo courtesy of Post Typography.

So you’ve finished binge-watching “Tiger King” and the rest of your streaming queues are looking pretty stale.

What to watch now as you do the right, state-ordered thing and stay inside your home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave?

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre has you covered with screenings of nine new movies–only through digital platforms instead of on the big screen.

Baltimore Improv Group moves shows online and opens up classes to offer a much-needed laugh

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The Baltimore Improv Group has performed performances and classes online. Image still via the Baltimore Improv Group.

Like a lot of performing arts organizations, the Baltimore Improv Group has had to quickly retool and move shows online in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Terry Withers, managing director for BIG, said the group is now up to five free improv performances a week, broadcasting live on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Center Stage to stream ‘Where We Stand’ on Vimeo

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Baltimore Center Stage announced yesterday that it will make available video and audio recordings of Where We Stand, originally announced as the fifth mainstage production of the 2020/21 Season.  The theater will offer the play via the streaming platform Vimeo beginning April 2, the date live performances were scheduled to begin.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra launches trove of online videos, podcasts

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Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The 2020-2021 season will be her last as music director. Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Unable to open up the doors of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for concerts, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is taking its performances online.

Earlier today, the orchestra launched BSO OffStage, a collection of videos and podcasts that feature recital performances by the orchestra’s musicians, archival footage, masterclasses, interviews and discussions of classical works by some of the masters.

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