Sondheim Artscape Prize finalists exhibit launches online

An image still of the virtual gallery for Hoesy Corona’s “The Nobodies.”

While there may not be an Artscape this year, the prestigious Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is continuing on.

Starting today, art-lovers can view the works of the finalists online and tour submissions as if walking through a curated art gallery, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts announced.

Five of the six exhibits are online now, with visual artist and photographer Phylicia Ghee’s work expected to post soon.

Enoch Pratt Free Library expands sidewalk service, WiFi access

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is expanding its contact-less pickup program and offering more ways for patrons to access WiFi.

Heidi Daniel, the library system’s president and CEO, announced on Monday that the Pratt has added four more branches to the Sidewalk Service program, which launched in June with eight locations offering contact-free pickup of books and other items.

How Baltimore Musicales is Coping during Coronavirus


Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Thea Tullman Moore, Executive Director at Baltimore Musicales, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
To stay connected to our audience and our artists during quarantine, we are recording virtual performances of the music we love, beginning with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Recording from seven different homes has presented us with unique challenges, especially because we are used to collaborating closely and in person with our pianist and with each other, but we are learning to adapt and use technology to simulate the experience of ensemble singing. We look forward to premiering a longer virtual concert on July 12 at 6:30 PM on our YouTube channel. We may convert our fall programming to virtual performances or offer a mix of both online content and live performances, depending on this ever-changing situation.

Waterfront Partnership launches self-guided walking tour of Inner Harbor plant gardens

The Waterfront Partnership on Wednesday launched their “Waterfront Walks” series to help people learn and connect with Baltimore’s nature sites. The series will begin with a self-guided walking tour of native plant gardens around the Inner Harbor. Map courtesy of Waterfront Partnership.

The Waterfront Partnership is giving people another way to enjoy Baltimore’s Inner Harbor with a self-guided walking tour of native plant gardens along the waterfront promenade.

The organization on Wednesday announced the “Waterfront Walks” series, which aims to help residents learn and connect more with Baltimore’s natural scenery in a “social distance-friendly” way.

‘Design for Distancing’ guidebook provides ‘tactical concepts’ for reopening local businesses


Baltimore’s leaders have joined with designers and public health officials to help restaurants, stores and other businesses find ways to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and others on Monday released the “Design for Distancing Ideas Guidebook,” a free online resource created to show business owners and communities how they can use streets, sidewalks and vacant lots to reopen and improve their own properties while complying with public health guidelines for social distancing.

Towson house from John Waters’ ‘Serial Mom’ goes up for sale

Credit: Ed Gunts.

The residence for sale in Towson has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a two-car garage on a half-acre lot near a golf course.

And it was purportedly the home of a serial killer.

The house at 600 Lake Drive was used as the home of Beverly Sutphin, the knife-wielding homemaker portrayed by Kathleen Turner in the 1994 movie “Serial Mom,” written and directed by filmmaker John Waters.

American Visionary Art Museum cancels Flicks From the Hill, July 4 pet parade goes virtual

Photo courtesy of the American Visionary Art Museum.

The American Visionary Art Museum has canceled this year’s Flicks From the Hill movie series and will hold its July 4th Visionary Pets on Parade virtually.

Museum officials on Thursday said that they decided to change those two annual events due to concerns for staff and community members’ health and well-being during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are truly sorry to disappoint Flicks fans and Pet Parade devotees,” Rebecca Hoffberger, the museum’s founder and director, said in a statement. “The gathered crowds themselves always looked so much to me like art—many dressed in costumes, gathered as one community, all to watch movies or share their love of four-legged best friends.”

Baltimore Center Stage announces 2020-2021 lineup

Image via Baltimore Center Stage’s Facebook page.

Baltimore Center Stage on Wednesday announced its theatrical lineup for the 2020-2021 season, including a four-play Mainstage Series and a mixture of other virtual and in-person programs throughout the 58th season.

The Mainstage Series will begin in January in the Head Theater, which Baltimore Center Stage said it has reconfigured to allow for appropriate social distancing.

Maryland Science Center to reopen July 2 at limited capacity

The inside of the Maryland Science Center. Photo by A. Currell, via Flickr.

The Maryland Science Center will reopen on July 2, bringing back the museum’s educational programming and exhibits at a limited capacity and with added guidelines to guard against the threat of coronavirus.

The Senator Theatre partners with ShortsTV on new virtual series

The inside of the Senator Theater on York Road in 2014. Photo by Amy Davis,
used with permission.

Starting this week, Baltimore cinephiles can watch a series of short films and help support The Senator Theatre, which, like theaters across the country, has had to shutdown to limit the spread of coronavirus.