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As contract expires, BSO management, musicians remain in stalemate over cuts

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Image via the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Facebook page.

With their contract expiring at midnight last night, musicians in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra this morning condemned management for refusing to offer an extension and back off proposals to cut the group’s schedule from 52 weeks to 40 weeks.

Bill would require yearly training for all Baltimore hotel workers to spot human trafficking

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Councilman Kristerfer Burnett speaks inside City Hall. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

A bill introduced tonight by Councilman Kristerfer Burnett would require all hotel workers in the city–not just new hires–to be trained each year to notice the warning signs of human trafficking.

Single Carrot Theatre to leave Remington, focus on site-specific plays around the city

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Photo by Brandon Weigel

After five years of calling Remington home, Single Carrot Theatre is planning to leave its N. Howard Street space, and the next time you see the experimental troupe perform, it may be in someone’s house, an old church or unleased commercial space.

Billy Joel is indeed playing Oriole Park this July

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The Piano Man is indeed coming to Baltimore.

Billy Joel is playing Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 26, the first-ever concert at the history-making ballpark.

Is Billy Joel playing Oriole Park this year? It’s A Matter of Trust in a Milwaukee sleuth

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The Orioles and Live Nation are due to make a major announcement tomorrow morning, and if an online sleuth in the Milwaukee area is correct, the big news is that Billy Joel is playing a concert at Oriole Park at Camden Yards this year.

Let me explain.

Event pick: BSO Musicians, joined by other symphony members, play a brassy benefit at the Basilica

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Photo via Baltimore Symphony Musicians

With Baltimore Symphony Orchestra members’ contract with management set to expire in one week, and potential ensemble-shaping budget cuts still hanging over their heads, the Baltimore Symphony Musicians’ benefit concert for My Sister’s Place, happening tonight at the Basilica downtown, holds a little extra weight.

The 11 biggest happenings of 2018 in Baltimore’s literary scene

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Photo by Corey Jennings.

It’s been a busy year for Baltimore’s writers and literary institutions. Here are some of the most interesting developments and gossipy tidbits.

Weekend Events Calendar: Kwanzaa celebration, The Feelies, WWE and more

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Image via the Reginald F. Lewis Museum’s Facebook page.

It’s the weekend between the holidays, and the celebrations keep rolling. Kwanzaa arrives in Charm City with a special celebration. Elsewhere, laugh off the Christmas spirit or dance your way into 2019.

Eze Jackson combats holiday season stress with Dirty Christmas

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Image via “The Whole Bushel” on Facebook

Versatile Baltimore MC and Real News Network reporter Eze Jackson stands in the local nonprofit news organization’s recording studio looking over some lyrics he’s penned in a spiral notebook.

As studio manager Dwayne Gladden and audio engineer Stephen Frank go over a few things in the control booth, Jackson nods his head along as he mentally reads through his lines, jotting down a few notes in the process. I’ve dropped by to chat with Jackson about his fourth annual Dirty Christmas party taking place at the Metro Gallery Dec. 29, but first he needs to hop into the booth to record a short experiment, an attempt to bring Jackson’s considerable hip-hop gifts to the kinds of news stories the Real News covers: economic inequality, climate change, political corruption.

Gilbert Sandler, the Bard of Jewish Baltimore, dies at 95

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Gilbert Sandler and his iconic hat (sans bow tie), circa 1995. (Jmore file photo)

Gilbert Sandler — author, history columnist, folklorist, radio personality, advertising exec, journalist, city life advocate, raconteur, bon vivant and the great chronicler of Jewish Baltimore — passed away Dec. 19 after a lengthy illness.

He was 95 and would have turned 96 in early February.

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