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BSO taps ‘Turnaround King’ to advise on strategic plan

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Michael Kaiser, the arts administrator once dubbed the “Turnaround King” for his ability to rebuild flagging institutions, is set to advise the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on its plan for a more stable financial future, the orchestra announced today.

Baltimost: Mark Osteen, co-founder Baltimore Jazz Alliance, vice president Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society

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Credit: Kris Faatz.

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]

Mark Osteen, 65, is co-founder Baltimore Jazz Alliance and vice president Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society.

In his words: “When you go to a jazz performance, it’s a different show every night. Art is unfolding before your eyes in that second. It’s never going to come back again. You’re catching art on the fly. You get to see musicians and artists working together to create something bigger than they are.

The HI Baltimore Hostel, an affordable option for travelers, closes and goes up for sale

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

For sale: 38-bed hostel. Prime downtown location. Lots of memories.

After serving thousands of budget-conscious travelers over the past four decades, one of Baltimore’s most affordable lodging options has closed its doors permanently and is now for sale for $675,000.

The HI Baltimore Hostel at 17 W. Mulberry St., served its last customers on Oct. 19 and is being shown to prospective buyers.

Lenny Moore statue moves closer to finding a home

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A rendering of the proposed Lenny Moore statue placed at a city-owned lot just south of M&T Bank Stadium.

Where’s the best place in Baltimore to put a statue honoring Colts great Lenny Moore, who will turn 86 on Nov. 25? The sports complex at Camden Yards? The former site of Memorial Stadium, where he played?

Does the city want one at all?

Those were the questions put before Baltimore’s Public Art Commission, which has the authority to accept gifts of public statuary intended for city-owned land, at a meeting today.

After a three-month break, the Baltimore Eagle reopens today

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

After a three-month hiatus, the lights are coming back on at the Baltimore Eagle.

The Charles Street leather bar, one of the largest LGBTQ-friendly night spots in the city, is reopening today under its third management team in three years.

There’s a new chain link fence motif in the front windows and two Leather Pride flags hanging over the entrance ramp. Managers posted messages online that doors will open Nov. 15. “If you’re not tied up Friday,” one posting says, “come to our place.”

Weekend Events Calendar: Oyfest, Stop Making Sense, Bridal and Wedding Expo

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A still from “Stop Making Sense.” Image via IMDB.

While we’re starting to see some holiday happenings pop up, this remains one last chance to breathe before the big rush. Dress up as an animal and run around the zoo, attend a gala or just dance to the music of the Talking Heads. It’s all on the menu this weekend. Here’s the full lineup:

The BMA Presents Major Exhibition Exploring Development of Abstract Art Through the Work of Black Artists

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The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art, an exhibition that captures the significant contributions that black artists have made to the development of abstraction from the 1940s to the present. On view through January 19, 2020, Generations explores the multifaceted power of abstract art as experimental practice, personal exploration, and profound political choice for decades of black artists. The exhibition features nearly 80 paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media installations by such notable artists as Kevin Beasley, Mark Bradford, Sam Gilliam, Jennie C. Jones, Norman Lewis, Lorna Simpson, and Alma W. Thomas. The exhibition is curated by Christopher Bedford, BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director, and Katy Siegel, BMA Senior Research & Programming Curator and Thaw Chair of Modern Art at Stony Brook University. The exhibition is co-organized by the BMA and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Calling all Baltimore Storytellers

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The Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund at Johns Hopkins has recently announced the opening of the latest round of applications to its groundbreaking program to help build a thriving film and media community in Baltimore.

The Fund is open to all Baltimore area residents and applicants are encouraged to apply by December 15 to one of three categories: narrative; documentary; or, VR/AR immersive media.

“We’re looking to help level the playing field for Baltimore creatives of all backgrounds, at all levels and stages of their careers,” says Annette Porter, director of the fund. “As we head into our fifth round, we are excited to open up new avenues for people to share stories that have been unheard or excluded.”

This year’s new Fellows will be announced on January 17. Throughout the Winter, Fellows will receive support of their projects through a series of workshops and mentorships with industry experts and then be eligible to apply for Production Funding in 2019. Over the last three years, the Fund has supported 70 Fellows and awarded over $900,000 to 41 projects.

Wye Oak announces new single, ‘Fortune,’ Baltimore show in March

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Credit: Kendall Atwater.

The members of Baltimore-born indie rock duo Wye Oak have kept busy since the release of “The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs” in 2018.

Vocalist and guitarist Jenn Wasner became a member of indie powerhouse Bon Iver, and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Andy Stack put out his own music as Joyero.

Rapper Rakim coming to Baltimore next month

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Legendary MC Rakim, one half of the iconic duo Eric B. and Rakim, is coming to Baltimore Soundstage next month.

Once named the greatest hip-hop lyricist of all time by The Source, Rakim is performing on Dec. 13 fresh off the release of his memoir, “Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius.”

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