Labs@LightCity: ArtLab Emphasizes the Important Influence of Art and Creativity in Baltimore City

Labs@LightCity ArtLab
Photo courtesy Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts by Mike Oswald

Innovation LABS at the third annual Light City Baltimore concluded last week, packed with unprecedented access to Baltimore’s movers and shakers, and the nudge to get the city collaborating for change.

Universal Fan Con, billed as inclusionary celebration of ‘geek culture,’ postponed indefinitely one week beforehand

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Universal Fan Con, a convention dedicated to “geek culture” that billed itself as the first to celebrate women, the LGBTQ community and people of color, announced today that it would be postponed one week before it was set to take place.

There is no clear timetable for when the inaugural Universal Fan Con, which was originally scheduled to run April 27-29 at the Baltimore Convention Center, will happen.

Event Pick: Psychedelic rock group The Flying Eyes appropriately bids farewell on 4/20

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Like the best heavy psych rock bands before them, such as early Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer and Vanilla Fudge, local group The Flying Eyes has those enveloping, heavy, fuzzy guitar tones that are deployed in heady riffs and winding solos. Founded in 2007, the band got its name from “a 1962 science fiction novel about giant, disembodied eyes that descend from outer space to control humanity.”

Event Pick: Rise Bmore, a spoken and musical commemoration of Freddie Gray’s death

Freddie Gray Mural
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On this day three years ago, doctors pronounced Freddie Gray dead at University of Maryland Shock Trauma, a week after Baltimore police officers dragged him into a van for a fateful ride leading to his death. Tonight, local poets, writers, musicians and others will honor the 25-year-old whose death at the hands of police set off an uprising.

De Sousa appears, alongside Pugh, at Eric B. and Rakim show, gets booed

Mayor Catherine Pugh, right, and Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa address the media on April 4, 2018. Screengrab via Facebook Live.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa, alongside Mayor Catherine Pugh, appeared onstage during last night’s Eric B. and Rakim show at Baltimore Soundstage to “apologize for all the things that the police have done, dating back 200 years.”

The apology was met with boos.

Rising prices and low inventory signal a competitive spring real estate market in Baltimore



With the 2018 spring real estate season underway, prevailing market conditions in the Baltimore area are cause for excitement. Interest rates are rising, but still low. The economy is strong, and Maryland has been steadily adding jobs, with the highest growth in the Baltimore metro area of Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, according to the Maryland Department of Labor.

House prices are steadily rising too. Median prices in the Baltimore Metro area rose 6.5 percent in February over last year’s prices, with Baltimore City showing close to an 11 percent increase. Like it or not, rising prices are an indication of a healthy real estate market, with inflation likely to drive prices even higher in the future.

Bmoreart’s Picks: Baltimore Art Openings, Galleries, and Events April 17 – 23


BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas. For a more comprehensive perspective, check the BmoreArt Calendar page, which includes ongoing exhibits and performances, and is updated daily.

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Wednesday, April 18th – Saturday, April 21st

The Columbus Center – Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET)
701 East Pratt Street : 21202

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces the return of Labs@LightCity, the daytime programming of Light City, a festival of light, music and innovation. Labs@LightCity features seven innovation conferences at the IMET Columbus Center Wednesday, April 18 through Saturday, April 21, 2018. Celebrating its third year in 2018, Labs@LightCity is one of the largest and most unique social innovation conferences in the United States. New speakers for 2018 include celebrity chef Art Smith, CEO of Crisis Text Line and former CEO of Do Something Inc. Nancy Lublin, Art-Activist and former professional football player Aaron Maybin, artist and owner of Fix Baltimore Keith “K.C.” Cooper and renowned artist and former NFL player Mateo Blu. New this year, Labs@LightCity introduces “Pay What You Can” ticketing. The new ticket model is reflective of Light City’s goal to be accessible to all, regardless of ability to pay. To register to attend Labs@LightCity, visit

Also new for 2018, a fresh format featuring seven topics and a daily community collaboration lunch session. As in past years, the entire program focuses thematically on social innovation and equity, explored through the topics of Education, Social, Green, Health, Arts & Culture, Makers and Food in a compelling four-day schedule. In addition, an interactive Design Thinking Lab lunch takes place each day from 11:30am-1pm. The schedule is as follows:

April 18- 8am-1:30pm:  EduLab@LightCity presented by University System of Maryland; 11:30am-5pm: SocialLab@LightCity

April 19- 8am-1:30pm: GreenLab@LightCity presented by BGE; 11:30am-5pm: HealthLab@LightCity presented by Kaiser Permanente

April 20- 8am-1:30pm: CultureLab@LightCity presented by Brown Advisory; 11:30am-5pm: MakersLab@LightCity

April 21- 10am-3pm: FoodLab@LightCity presented by Visit Baltimore with Baltimore Food Makers Marketplace by Cureate immediately following

April 18-21- 11:30am-1pm: Interactive Lunch: Design Thinking Lab




Regular Goods: E. Saffronia Downing & Nicole Dyer | Closing Reception
Wednesday, April 18th : 7-10pm

218 West Saratoga Street : 21201

Please join us for the opening of Terrault’s newest exhibition, ‘Regular Goods’ by E. Saffronia Downing and Nicole Dyer

Regular Goods: Bananas. Corn. Phones. Sardines. Daily objects that make up our lives. Nicole Dyer and E. Saffronia Downing play with the boundary between painting and sculpture by re-thinking the object as painting, and painting as object.

E. Saffronia Downing molds her sculpture through notions of femininity, sexuality, and childhood, leaving the mark of her body on each piece. Ceramic fruit and vegetables are the building blocks of work that expresses the kinship between body and vessel.

Nicole Dyer’s paintings are a visual recording of the primal, sensual, and sometimes violent need to be with others. A plate of food can be both nourishing and dangerous; a beautiful moment can be over in an instant, yet preserved forever through social media.

E. Saffronia Downing (b. 1992) was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She received a BA from Hampshire College in 2014 in Studio Art and Women’s History. Downing has recently completed residencies at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME, and Mall of Found Residency in New Lebanon, NY.

Nicole Dyer​ (b. 1991) is an artist currently based in Baltimore, MD. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013 with a BFA in Drawing. Dyer has shown in several two person and group shows including “Wide Eyed” at Savery Gallery (Philadelphia), “Phantom Limb” at Guest Spot (Baltimore), and “Sad Intentions” at LVL 3 (Chicago). She has exhibited internationally at the Burren College of Art in Ireland, where she studied in 2012. In 2017 she was a recipient of an Elizabeth Greenshields Grant. Dyer most recently completed a three month residency at the Wassaic Projects in Wassaic, NY.

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 3rd 7-10PM
Closing Reception: Thursday, April 18th 7-10PM
Exhibition Runs: March 3, 2018 – April 21, 2018
Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 1-5PM (except for opening night)


Arts Every Day 2018 Annual Student Exhibit | Opening Reception
Thursday, April 19th : 5-7pm

Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street : 21201

Arts Every Day is happy to book end the school year with our annual student exhibition at the Walters Art Museum! Arts Every Day’s annual exhibit showcases how teachers integrate visual arts, music, dance, theater, and media across grade levels and subject matter such as Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. The exhibition will display over 100 pieces of arts integrated work created by students across Baltimore City.

Reception: Thursday, April 19th 5-7pm
Musical Performances: Saturday, April 21st 12-1pm
Performances will feature Baltimore Boom Bap Society, Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School, Baltimore City College, Banneker Blake Academy, and City Neighbors Charter School.


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Event Pick: An die Musik holds Baltimore’s First Black Composers Forum

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The city’s indie rock, hip-hop and club music scenes garner plenty of national press, and deservedly so. But jazz in Baltimore doesn’t seem to get as much love. With such luminaries as Cab Calloway, Cyrus Chestnut, Chick Webb, Eubie Blake and Ella Fitzgerald calling Baltimore home at one point or another, and the Peabody Institute continuing to draw top young talent, the city’s jazz bona fides are well established.

A photo tour of the installations at Light City

Pedicabs, curated by Lance M. Fung, wait for riders. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

Starting tonight, the Inner Harbor will be awash in reds, blues, yellows, oranges and greens as the third annual Light City festival gets underway. The BGE Light Art Walk around the water’s edge is the heart of it all, featuring illuminated works of art, food and drink, performances and much more.

Last night, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts held a preview to show off the pieces featured in this year’s festival. Below are photos of most of the major works on display, with accompanying descriptions. Everything will be up through April 21. For an interactive map of the festival, click here.

As ‘House of Cards’ nears end, Maryland aims to remain film contender

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ANNAPOLIS— Eduardo Sanchez is sleeping in his own bed for once.

He’s taking a short break from work, but the majority of his time over the course of the next few months will be spent in Dallas, where the filmmaker best known for “The Blair Witch Project” is able to work on film and TV productions with what he says are better state tax incentives than in his Maryland.