BSO, players remain at impasse after latest bargaining session

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It appears the labor battle between the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and its musicians is no closer to reaching a resolution.

Baltimore Symphony Musicians, a group representing the orchestra’s players, blasted management this afternoon for keeping its “draconian” demands to cut the concert schedule by 20 percent during a federally mediated bargaining session today.

’90s alt-rock greats Gin Blossoms to headline Fells Point Fun Festival

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Gin Blossoms, the band behind such “MTV Buzz Bin” staples as “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You” and “Til I Hear It From You,” is headlining this year’s Fells Point Fun Festival, organizers announced today.

The free concert is on Oct. 12, the first day of the two-day festival in the waterfront neighborhood.

Campaign raises $2,300 for meal fund to support BSO players

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With a lockout taking effect earlier this week, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians are facing a paycheck-less summer as they remain in a deadlock with management over proposed schedule reductions.

A supporter has stepped in to start a meal fund for the players, raising more than $2,300 on GoFundMe in one day. Organizer Tee Mitchell wrote she wanted to support the musicians as they protest and fight “to raise awareness of the egregious management problems that led to this.”

Joyce and Elizabeth Talford Scott’s exhibition ‘Hitching Their Dreams to Untamed Stars’ feels potent, if out of place within BMA

“Plantation” (1980), by Elizabeth Talford Scott. Image courtesy of Baltimore Museum of Art/Estate of Elizabeth Talford Scott.

Joyce Scott’s “Inkisi #2” is one of her sculptural works that sneakily knocks you out. It’s a wooden figurine from Nigeria that Scott clad in a billowing tiered skirt made of cast glass, beads of clay, plastic, thread and wire. Scott sewed some of the beads together to become faces on large medallions that hang among the skirt’s folds. Strings of beads end in some relic—a hand, an animal shape—that suggest some aspect of a spiritual practice.

Interspersed among the folds are columns of coke-bottle green glass that end in a bell-shaped bulge. Stare into the face of the figurine and you start thinking its features suggest a knowing smile. Phalluses, icons, prayer, wit, “Inkisi #2” hits the eyes like a totemic relic even though it vibrates with a contemporary tension. Past and present converge in an object that feels like it has something to say to you about the here and now.

Slyly funny, sexually frank, historically complex, politically astute and above all, visually striking, “Inkisi #1” greets visitors to the intimate gallery space at the Baltimore Museum of Art where a small assortment of Scott’s works are paired with those of her mother, Elizabeth Talford Scott. Titled “Hitching Their Dreams to Untamed Stars,” the exhibition spotlights the artistic potency of a creative family.

BSO musicians protest as lockout begins, prompted by collapsed negotiations

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Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra showed up at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Monday morning with their parking passes disabled, unable to access the building without scheduling an appointment with management.

Pride 2019 in photos

Photo by Tedd Henn

One of the oldest Pride celebrations in the country, Baltimore’s tradition now brings out tens of thousands each year to celebrate love, peace and progress for the LGBTQ+ community.

With ceremonial ‘ship christening,’ Port Discovery unveils two new exhibits

Photo via Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Baltimore’s Port Discovery children’s museum finally has a port–and a ship to sail in it.

Baltimost: Cori Dioquino, actor and co-founder of the Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective

Credit: Human Being Productions

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Cori Dioquino, 34, is an actor, producer, arts integration educator and co-founder of the Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective (BAPAC). In her words:

Weekend Events Calendar: Baltimore Pride festivities, Father’s Day, Baltimore Wine Festival

The Pride Parade makes its way through Mount Vernon. Photo by Ted Eytan, via Flickr.

Pride Weekend has arrived, kicking off three days of celebrating the LGBTQ+ community from Druid Hill Park to Station North. In Southeast Baltimore, it’s World Refugee Day, the Baltimore Wine Festival and a pair of pool parties. Check out the summer fun:

Hippodrome, Everyman team up for ‘Hamilton’ karaoke night

Austin Scott, left, as Alexander Hamilton and Carvens Lissaint as George Washington in “Hamilton.” Credit: Joan Marcus.

While the Broadway smash “Hamilton” is only hitting the Baltimore stage for the first time starting June 25, many theater-goers already know the musical’s songs about “The ten-dollar Founding Father without a father.

The soundtrack, which has tens of millions of streams on Spotify, has been the primary way for audiences to experience Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical tribute to Alexander Hamilton.

On the Monday before the curtains rise on the play’s run in Baltimore, Westside neighbors the Hippodrome and Everyman Theatre are teaming up for a night of “Hamilton” karaoke, called “HamilTunes.” Proceeds from the tickets, appropriately priced at $17.76, will benefit the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.