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With allegations still lingering, community dialogue with Iron Crow Theatre abruptly cancelled

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In the wake of allegations made in the spring of sexual harassment and an abusive working atmosphere, the city’s only dedicated queer theater company, Iron Crow Theatre, had scheduled a community discussion for today to “discuss how we as a theatre community can heal, move forward, and ensure a safe environment for our artists and administrators after a recently investigated allegation of harassment at the theatre,” according to a statement on the group’s website.

The conflict resolution group Restorative Response Baltimore was hired to facilitate the dialogue.

Last night, it was abruptly cancelled.

D.C. and Maryland Act to Maintain Estate Tax Limits

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Estate Tax Limits

Sponsored content – The Republican Party has long decried the “death tax,” also known as the estate tax, as unfair double taxation on the lifetime earnings of an individual. Though the estate tax has been regularly increased since 2000, it has continued to be a regular target of Republican legislators. With the election of Donald Trump and the retention of House and Senate majorities by Republicans, they seized the opportunity to, if not eliminate the estate tax, seriously limit its applicability.

Arena Players brings the Harlem Renaissance to life in ‘Ain’t Misbehavin”

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Arena Players’ production of “Ain’t Misbehavin'” charms with charismatic performances, dapper costumes and the infectious joy of its Harlem Renaissance-inspired score.

A five-person cast sings this musical revue, named for a Fats Waller song, celebrating the scene of the 1920s and ’30s Harlem Renaissance and haunts like the Cotton Club and Savoy Ballroom through more than two dozen exuberant, cheeky and tender songs. The Tony Award-winner opened on Broadway in 1978, and has been a favorite musical revue for the past 40 years.

Event Pick: Sing along to ‘Grease’ in public without getting weird looks

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Olivia Newton-John, left, and John Travolta in “Grease.” Photo via IMDB.

You know all the words from “Grease” already, to songs like “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin'” and “We Go Together.”

WYPR’s ‘Out of the Blocks’ wins a national Edward R. Murrow Award

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Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick’s neighborhood-centric storytelling series “Out of the Blocks” has received some much-deserved national recognition, taking home a national Edward R. Murrow Award.

Pusha T coming to Baltimore Soundstage in August

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Pusha T, the acclaimed rapper and man who brutally owned Drake last month, is coming to Baltimore in support of his latest album, “Daytona,” on Aug. 15.

Ella Mai, Dru Hill, Jacquees and VaShawn Mitchell to headline two-day AFRAM festival in August

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Baltimore’s AFRAM Festival, a celebration of the city’s African-American culture, art and life now going on 42 years, will feature “Boo’d Up” singer Ella Mai, local legends Dru Hill, Atlanta R&B crooner Jacquees and gospel singer VaShawn Mitchell, the city announced today. And it will be two days, rather than one, as first reported by The Sun on Friday.

Gov. Hogan Signs One Of The Most Comprehensive Gun Violence Bills Into Law

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Gun Violence Bills Signed into Law

Sponsored content – Gov. Hogan signed a host of bills into law in April that change the way guns and ammunition are governed in the state. The package of bills is one of the most comprehensive to be signed into law of any state in the country.

Part of the legislation includes a ban in the state on bump stocks and any other device that permits semi-automatic fire. Another bill in the package increases the ability of law enforcement officers to confiscate guns from people who have been labeled as an extreme risk. This is now known as the “red flag” law.

States across the country have expressed support for this type of legislation but Maryland becomes one of the first states in the country to act on it following the shootings in Las Vegas and in Parkland, Florida. 

Review: ‘The Quickening’ bridges the world of the living and the dead, and raises heart rates

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Amanda Spellman, left, as Beth and David Shoemaker as Matt in “The Quickening.” Photo by Shealyn Jae Photography.

Pregnant women may be unsettled by “The Quickening,” the slow-burn ghost story on at Fells Point Corner Theatre through July 1. If they haven’t already watched, they’re probably avoiding the movie “Rosemary’s Baby,” which seems to have provided at least a little inspiration for the new play by Baltimore playwright Mark Scharf.

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