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‘Miss You Like Hell,’ at Center Stage, is a mother-daughter road trip that takes some surprising turns

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Lorraine Velez (left), as Beatriz, and Stephanie Gomérez, as Olivia, in “Miss You Like Hell.” Credit: Bill Geenen.

“Miss You Like Hell” starts with a nervous mother blaring music out of her car radio to gather the courage to greet the teen daughter she hasn’t seen in years. It ends with a surprise, a heart-wrenching earworm of a title song and at least one audience member (me) fighting tears.

The hundred or so minutes in the middle of this tender and exuberant musical now at Baltimore Center Stage take the form of an action- and character-packed road trip. Flirtatious, vivacious Beatriz (Lorraine Velez) and her sullen, cynical daughter Olivia (Stephanie Gomérez) argue, cry, get in and out of trouble, make friends and eventually connect during a weeklong drive from Philadelphia to California.

Q&A: Post Typography founders discuss partnership with Topos Graphics, their work in Baltimore and more

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From left: Seth Labenz, Nolen Strals, Bruce Willen and Roy Rub. Photo courtesy of Post Typography.

You might know them for their signature W sign near the Waverly Farmers Market. Or the striking black-and-white storefront for Beyond Video on Howard Street. The John Waters Star Walk in Hampden. The cinema-themed graphics at the Parkway Theatre.

For more than a decade, the design studio Post Typography has made its mark on Baltimore’s visual landscape, while helping clients strengthen their identities and sharpen their messages.

But 12 years after it was founded, Post Typography, one of Baltimore’s leading graphic design studios, is changing the way it does business. Partners Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals announced this summer that they would scale back the work they do as Post Typography and form a partnership with a New York-based studio, Topos Graphics.

Mary Bubala joins Fox 45 as a reporter

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Photo via Mary Bubala/Facebook

Months after asking a question on the air that many decried as racist, and subsequently being fired from WJZ, TV news anchor Mary Bubala has landed at WBFF Fox 45.

She started working at the station as a reporter yesterday, news director Mike Tomko told Baltimore Fishbowl. The Sun first reported the news of her hiring.

The 2019 Charm City Night Market in photos

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The Charm City Night Market returned in its second year even bigger and better than before, stretching from its inaugural location at W. Lexington Street and Park Avenue all the way to Center Plaza.

Organized by the Chinatown Collective, the market celebrates the area’s Asian heritage near the site of Baltimore’s old Chinatown. Thousands came out on Saturday to sample a variety of Asian food, watch performances and shop at vendor stands.

Check out our photos.

BSO management, musicians agree on one-year deal with shortened season, pay raises

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BSO board chair Barbara Bozzuto addresses media inside the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

After a lockout that ran through the summer, and more than half a year of its musicians playing without a contract, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s management and players have agreed on a deal running through Sept. 6, 2020.

Hampdenfest 2019 in photos

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Another year, another great Hampdenfest in the books. Thousands came to The Avenue for food and art vendors, live music from Raindeer, Outer Spaces, Holy Fingers, Baby Shakes and many others. And, of course, there were the toilet races on Chestnut Avenue.

Check out our photos our photos from Saturday.

Weekend Events Calendar: Hampdenfest, Charm City Night Market, Pigtown Festival, High Zero

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A toilet racer at HampdenFest. Photo by Tedd Henn.

Festival season is in full swing, with Hampden and Pigtown each offering neighborhood celebrations and one-of-a-kind racing events. Elsewhere, show up for your trash wheel fandom, or check out High Zero Festival’s one-of-a-kind musical performances. And don’t forget the return of Charm City Night Market.

Baltimost: Annetta Holser, retired ballerina and ballet instructor

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A framed picture of Annetta Holser in the 1950s, when she was a member of Ballets Russes. Photo by Karen Nitkin.

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]

Annetta Holser, is a retired ballerina and ballet instructor. 

In her words: “Dance was always something that was mine. I have the right temperament. You have to be stable. Grind out the work every day. Dancers are a special type of people. They usually don’t talk a whole lot. They have to listen. 

National nonprofit Artspace plans to repurpose NW Baltimore’s former Ambassador Theatre

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The building at 4604 Liberty Heights Ave., in August 2018. Image via Google Street View.

Artspace, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that operates more than 50 live-work artist spaces and other projects around the country, has purchased the the historic, long-lost Ambassador Theatre.

Photo gallery: Trump protesters and supporters greet the president in Harbor East

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Activist Claude Taylor of Mad Dog PAC brought an inflatable rat resembling the president to the protest, along with “baby” Trump balloons. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

With Donald Trump and GOP members of Congress in town for the House Republican Conference on Thursday, about 150 anti-Trump protesters gathered at the corner of President Street and Eastern Avenue to “welcome” the president.

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