JPEGMAFIA announces a pair of homecoming shows at Ottobar

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Damn, Peggy is back!

The L.A.-based rapper JPEGMAFIA, who cut his teeth and put out several acclaimed albums here in Baltimore, today released the incredibly titled single “Jesus Forgive Me, I’m a Thot.” In typical fashion, JPEG’s bars teeter between a winking, extremely online humor (“SMH, no ASMR”) and a kind of frenetic edge–and this time Peggy, a.k.a. Barrington DeVaughn Hendricks, threw in dashes of mainstream R&B into his ominous, avant-garde production.

Design Distillery’s Summer Spruce Up Event – 8/16 – 8/18


What’s better than a house party? A Design Distillery Summer Sale! Head over to the Summer Spruce Up Event this Friday, Saturday or Sunday (8/16 – 8/18) for design inspo, give-aways, special savings and a dash of fun. You’ll find everything you need at Design Distillery, Baltimore’s go-to spot for modern home furnishings, located at 1414 Key Highway in Baltimore.

Store-wide savings include: 20% savings on all Gus* Modern Upholstery; markdowns on outdoor furniture and showroom models; and event savings on all in-stock gifts and accessories. While soaking up design inspiration throughout the expertly curated 9000 square foot showroom, enjoy complimentary beer and wine from 3-5pm each day, as well as free Skee-Ball games all day long. Test out some of the gorgeous sofas and chairs while sipping on a cold one and when you are ready to tackle your design dilemmas, a friendly expert will be on hand to help you solve them.

PLUS – Jump-start your sprucing up process by registering to win a Modern Leather Sofa valued at $5700, In-Home Design Consultations, or a Design Distillery $100 Gift Card. No purchase necessary but you must be present to register. Six winners will be announced on 8/21.

In ‘Crusade,’ a battle over the future of the U.S. may already be lost

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From its first moments, when militants crash into an isolated cabin and threaten the elderly woman living there, “Crusade” brings the adrenaline. Tensions during the hourlong production just keep mounting after that.

The gunmen, it soon becomes clear, belong to a makeshift rebel army formed after the United States abandoned its Constitution and forged a new one, creating the United Christian States of America. 

Weekend Events Calendar: AFRAM, Moonrise Festival, Baltimore Jazz Festival and more

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After a brief respite following Artscape, festivals are back in full force around the city. The AFRAM Festival is in Druid Hill Park, while Moonrise touches down at Pimlico and the Baltimore Jazz Festival is at GAME sports bar near Horseshoe Casino. In Parkville, you can celebrate with a festival all about peaches and blackberries, and elsewhere there are crab feasts, block parties and outdoor concerts. Sounds like summer.

Q&A: Director Danielle Criqui discusses her Fields Festival documentary

Future Islands performs at the 2016 Fields Festival. Credit: Lauren Castellana.

Looking over the wreckage of the last three years, Fields Festival almost doesn’t seem real, like the whole experience was a wonderful fever dream that was somehow imprinted on many of our memories. In 2014 and 2016, Baltimore’s independent and avant-garde music scene was uprooted and placed at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, Maryland, and hundreds of people came along for a full weekend of camping that included music, performance art, poetry, theater, comedy and, yes, incredible pool parties.

What We Make Now: Samuelson’s Diamonds

Master jeweler Eric Sanchez inspects a diamond ring before beginning repairs. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

Baltimore to Saratoga streets. Park Avenue to Howard Street. Names of jewelers like Samuelson’s, Fetting, Arminger’s and Booke used to pepper the Midtown area. Today they’re just empty storefronts, with a few newer jewelry shops thrown in.

Weekend Events Calendar: Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival, Vegan Soulfest, BronyCon and more

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For those staying in town, this weekend marks a good chance to live the local life, summer-style. A host of bands are playing the city’s clubs, locals are rallying for peace with fun events for another Baltimore Ceasefire weekend, and there are chances to enjoy delectables in outdoor environs from Vegan Soulfest to Frosé in the Park. Plus, Solange Knowles’ film debuts at Lexington Market.

Music review: New albums by The Holy Circle, Lafayette Gilchrist, Eze Jackson and Multicult

The Holy Circle. Handout image.

The Holy Circle “Sick With Love” (Deathbomb Arc)
Synthesizer-based pop mood swings have gone through a litany of derided genre tags over the past four decades; one person’s synth-pop may be another’s dream pop and still another’s new wave. So let’s step right into this kiddie pool: If dream pop is your thing but Beach House sounds like musical Goop, have I got a band for you.

OK, it’s official: Woodstock 50 at Merriweather isn’t happening

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After a last-ditch attempt to bring a three-day, 50th anniversary edition of the iconic Woodstock music festival to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, the organizers have thrown in the towel.

22 theater shows to see in Baltimore in August

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While August is traditionally slow, Baltimore companies this year have as many options as busier months on the theater calendar. If you’re not satiated by political Twitter following the Democratic primary debates, head to the theater for a dystopian interpretation of the future of America in Rapid Lemon Productions’ “Crusade,” or to a fictional Baltimore bar during the 2016 presidential elections in “Properties! A Political Play.”

To be included in monthly Baltimore theater features, email writer Cassandra Miller at [email protected] with show information.