John Waters unveils his own line of face masks and other merchandise

Filmmaker and writer John Waters models a face mask with his likeness outside Atomic Books. Credit: Rachel Whang.

Filmmaker and writer John Waters is making a splash in the public health arena with a line of face masks to wear during the COVID-19 pandemic, including one with his signature pencil moustache.

Waters recently joined a California-based company to offer officially licensed John Waters themed-merchandise, including washable cotton masks displaying an image of the lower half of his face.

Pratt Library to start offering sidewalk service at eight locations on June 15

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Eight locations of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will start offering a contact-free pickup service for books and other items starting June 15, the library system announced.

The Central Library and Brooklyn, Northwood, Orleans Street, Roland Park, Southeast Anchor, Walbrook and Waverly branches will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday to fulfill orders.

Maryland Film Festival to be held virtually from June 12-21

The Parkway Theatre hosts the Maryland Film Festival. Image via Facebook.

While the Parkway Theatre remains closed, the Maryland Film Festival will screen many of its selections virtually from June 12-21, organizers announced Thursday.

Over those 10 days, 15 feature films and 150 short films that were previously picked for the festival will be screened online. Each feature film will have a live interactive event with the filmmaker.

John Waters says in commencement address he has found the cure for COVID-19

John Waters virtually addresses the students at School of Visual Arts New York City.

Filmmaker John Waters announced today that he has found the cure for COVID-19.

In a virtual commencement speech to the graduating class of 2020 from School of Visual Arts New York City (SVA), Waters revealed that the solution to ending the pandemic has been right out in the open all along:

“Artists, you are the cure… the only people that can inspire the world to notice and then alter its destructive behavior,” he announced. “You’re not the new normal, you’re the vaccine.”

Baltimore Museum of Art announces three initiatives to support local artists

Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore Museum of Art Photo by Ethan McLeod

With the COVID-19 pandemic limiting artists’ ability to make and sell their work, and galleries to display it, the Baltimore Museum of Art today announced three new programs to help the local artists and the community.

Rhea Feikin reflects on her career in ‘Rhea: A Life in Television’

Courtesy: Maryland Public Television.

Rhea Feikin for Mayor? At least she’d have the fundraising part down.

During a half-hour program about broadcasting pioneer Rhea Feikin and her recent retirement as “First Lady of Maryland Public Television,” filmmaker John Waters suggested that she run for public office now that she has some time on her hands.

“What’s next? Everybody’s going to say that. Why don’t you run for mayor?” he told her on the show, in which he interviewed her. “You have the name recognition.”

Johns Hopkins hosts a virtual commencement featuring Gomez Addams and Thing, among many surprise guests

John Astin as Gomez Addams. Astin is a professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Universities come up with some surprising speakers for their graduations, but Gomez Addams and Thing? That’s who opened the 144th Commencement Ceremony of the Johns Hopkins University, during which 9055 students received degrees on Thursday.

The proceedings started on an empty stage at Shriver Hall, with the Hopkins seal against a blue velvet curtain, and a familiar, slightly befuddled-sounding voice making an announcement from behind the curtain.

Artscape, AFRAM, July 4th fireworks and all special events with more than 250 people canceled through August


Baltimore will not have Artscape, AFRAM or the July 4th fireworks this year.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced that the city is canceling all special events with more than 250 people through Aug. 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I want to inform residents and visitors that the City of Baltimore will be canceling all special events through August of this year,” he said. “After consultation with our public health experts, we believe this is the best move for the health of our city and its residents.”

Fate of historic Martick’s building still in question after panel rejects removing the roof

A rendering of the former Martick’s building with a “green screen” in place of the roof. Courtesy: Chris Janian.

The developer who agreed last year to explore restoring part of the historic Martick’s restaurant building in downtown’s west side now says he is not able to carry out his original plan because the public funds he was seeking never came through.

How Zinnia Films is Coping during Quarantine


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 David Morley, Principal at Zinnia Films, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
We have been working with our clients about video messaging related to COVID-19, for both their customers and their employees. Our in-person production work now includes social distancing measures and equipment disinfecting before and after entering our clients’ workspaces.