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Preservation Maryland releases study of state’s LGBTQ+ history, map of sites that are significant to community

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A group holds a sign for the National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays. Photo credit: Louis Hughes.

Maryland is the second state in the nation to complete a statewide historic study of the LGBTQ+ community, nonprofit Preservation Maryland announced Tuesday.

The multi-year study culminated in a more than 100-page report detailing Maryland’s LGBTQ+ history from the 17th century through 2016, authored by Dr. Susan Ferentinos, an LGBTQ+ research expert from Indiana. The project also features a map of important LGBTQ-associated locations across Maryland, which was compiled by Benjamin Egerman, a paid intern for Preservation Maryland.

Controversial Baltimore Museum of Art auction called off

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1957-G (1957) by Clyfford Still
The Baltimore Museum of Art announced today that its trustees have decided to “pause” a planned sale of three works from the museum’s collection to raise $65 million for operating funds and to support programs encouraging diversity.

Baltimore Writers’ Club: Q&A with local writer Justin Sanders, editor of ‘The Horror is Us’

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Halloween feels different this year. Masks are now everyday attire; unable to tell friend from foe, we perceive threat everywhere. A shroud hovers in the air from coast to coast. Our fellow Americans are gasping for breath. In short, it’s hard to take pleasure in fear.

FREE + VIRTUAL: Baltimore Next Media Web Festival – 10/28 – 11/1

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From October 28 through November 1, explore the best of National and International Digital Media during The Baltimore Next Media Web Fest. This five-day festival in Baltimore showcases some of the very best of New Media Content. This year, the festival will be FREE and VIRTUAL for all! With 133 screenings, the festival will include blocks of short films, web series, music videos, VR content and screenplays by creators and writers from 22 different countries.

The festival will also include keynotes, panels, live Script Readings with Actors, live musical performances, a virtual Halloween Party and costume contest, an Awards Ceremony with Celebrity Presenters and a Zoom After-Party with Red Carpet speeches!

Some of the highlights of the Panel Discussions include:

BALTIMORE OPEN STUDIO GOES VIRTUAL IN 2020

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Get a peek inside artists’ studios, enjoy performances, and listen to panel discussions during virtual Baltimore Open Studio Tour this Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25. Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), the event takes place on BOPA’s Facebook page at @promoandarts and YouTube page BOPAInc. Twelve artists and galleries are featured in Baltimore Open Studio Tour with video tours of studios, Lunch Live Artist Conversations, and the virtual exhibition “B2020.”  Baltimore Open Studio Tour is part of Free Fall Baltimore presented by BGE and Maryland State Arts Council.  For information, visit www.promotionandarts.org.

Q&A with Stephen and Alexa Kinigopoulos, local sibling filmmaking team behind the thriller/drama “Fishbowl”

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“Fishbowl,” a thriller/drama film about a small town family wrestling with their faith, will premiere on Oct. 27 at the Historic Savage Mill. It was shot in Howard and Frederick counties. Photo courtesy of “Fishbowl” movie.

In the town of Bishop, people either talk or get talked about. After the mysterious disappearance of their mother, the Simon sisters — Belle, Rachel and Jessa (Belle Shickle, Emily Peachey and Caroline Coleman) — and their father, Rick (Rick Kain), find themselves ostracized at school, at church and in the county that has been nicknamed “the fishbowl” for its inescapable nature.

Haunted by visions of The Rapture, Rick discovers a new path in a televangelist’s message and decides to use his daughters to try to convert as many of their neighbors as possible before the end of their earthly days. As their father wrestles with his faith, the sisters lean on one another in an attempt to maintain normalcy. But with teenage rebellion dueling against religious expectations, the Simons find themselves having to go through hell in the hopes of reaching heaven.

That’s the gist of the thriller/drama film “Fishbowl”– no relation to this news site — directed by brother-and-sister duo Stephen and Alexa Kinigopoulos and shot in Howard and Frederick counties. The Kinigopouloses were raised in Ellicott City.

Maryland Bobcats FC soccer team goes professional, aims to bring an inclusive, community-driven approach to sports

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The Maryland Bobcats FC are now the only professional men’s outdoor soccer team in Maryland after they received membership into the National Independent Soccer Association last week. Photo via Maryland Bobcats FC/Instagram.

When the Maryland Bobcats FC soccer team was formed in 2009, it was started as a way for a group of college friends to keep in touch and stay in shape.

Over the past decade, the team has gone through multiple name changes and played in several amateur leagues. But last week, the Bobcats became a member of the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), making them the only professional men’s outdoor soccer team in Maryland — the Baltimore Blast is an indoor soccer team — and the first since Crystal Palace Baltimore dissolved in 2010.

BMA hosts ‘Me Too’ activist Tarana Burke and Pussy Riot co-founder Nadya Tolokonnikova on Oct. 22

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Pussy Riot. Photo by Igor Muhkin.jpg – Wikimedia Commons.

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will host on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. The Necessity of Tomorrow(s): Tarana Burke and Nadya Tolokonnikova. Burke is an activist and founder of the Me Too movement and Nadya Tolokonnikovais a conceptual artist, political activist and Pussy Riot co-founder. The event will take place on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and on bmatomorrows.org.

Help The Maryland Zoo name the newest female chimpanzee

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The Maryland Zoo’s baby chimpanzee, born in August at the Oklahoma City Zoo, needs a name, and the zoo is turning to the public to choose the name.

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