Rams Head Live postpones shows through end of May due to coronavirus

Matt and Kim perform at Rams Head Live in November 2019. Image via Rams Head Live’s Facebook.

After closing its doors a week ago under state orders in response to the new coronavirus, Rams Head Live has postponed all shows through the end of May.

The downtown Baltimore rock club announced last Monday that it would close due to state restrictions on large gatherings in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Creative Alliance helps artists adapt to pandemic with mini concerts, online storytimes, kite sales

As the spreading coronavirus pandemic causes event cancellations in Baltimore, Creative Alliance is helping performers continue sharing their art. Photo courtesy of Creative Alliance.

Recent statewide restrictions on crowds during the coronavirus pandemic have resulted in event cancellations left and right. For working musicians and other performers who rely on gigs for their main source of income, no audiences means no money.

But Creative Alliance is working to ensure that performers and audiences practice safe social distancing while not distancing themselves from great art.

Single Carrot Theatre will present the final show of its season online

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With social distancing in place amid the coronavirus pandemic, the site-specific theater company Single Carrot Theatre will perform the final show of its season entirely online, the group announced today.

And it’s a fitting move, given that the two protagonists are internet personalities going through a break-up.

Baltimore Soundstage offers space to livestream events, produce projects during pandemic

Photo courtesy of Baltimore Soundstage.

Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order on Monday prohibiting events and gatherings with more than 50 people has left many musicians, performers and other groups unable to present their art as originally planned.

But Baltimore Soundstage is proposing a way for the show to go on amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Soundstage said it will livestream any artists’s event or help create a music video, album, recording or other project for digital audiences to enjoy “in an effort to help support our hardworking and dedicated staff.”

‘The Wire’ actor Idris Elba tests positive for COVID-19

Idris Elba attends the “Defeating Ebola in Sierra Leone” conference on Oct. 2, 2014. Photo courtesy of Jessica Lea/UK Department for International Development.

English actor Idris Elba, best known in Baltimore for his role as Russell “Stringer” Bell on David Simon’s HBO television series “The Wire,” has tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Elba announced the test results Monday afternoon in a video he posted to Twitter.

UPDATE: Choral Arts Gala now an Online Auction from Friday, April 3 – Sunday, April 5


UPDATED: The safety of our patrons, artists, volunteers, and staff is Choral Arts’ top priority. Therefore, we are announcing that our in-person Gala will be transformed into an online auction, and you can bid on fun and exciting auction items from the comfort of your own home! The auction will be held from Friday, April 3 at 9 am to Sunday, April 5 at 9 pm. You will be able to bid on fun and exciting auction items from the comfort of your own home! Click here for more information.

BSO to fuse Brahms and Radiohead in May concert

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This is what you get when you put the music of composer Johannes Brahms side by side with art rock legends Radiohead: a “mood of anxiety and brooding pathos.”

So says arranger and conductor Steve Hackman, who will join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on May 15 to weave together the works of these two artists whose creative work is separated by more than a century, the orchestra announced today.

ONE NIGHT ONLY – Parkway & Union Craft Brewing Present Polyester this Thursday 3/12


This Thursday, March 12, Parkway Theatre and Union Craft Brewing present Polyester. Doors open at 6pm and the first 48 guests will receive a limited edition Union Craft Brewing Divine IPA Glass. Enjoy a Divine Flamingo Cocktail at the bar while Drag Queen Bambi Galore hosts a special happy hour with Polyester and Divine IPA giveaways. Advance ticket buyers will be entered into a special raffle whose prizes include: a private tour of the Union Craft Brewing facility and tasting for 12, 1 criterion collection Blu-ray of POLYESTER, and 5 Odorama cards signed by John Waters. It wouldn’t be a Polyester party without costumes so dress like Divine and drink a Divine IPA for free!!

On ‘The Common Task,’ Horse Lords takes a step toward the future

Credit: Audrey Gatewood

The music of Baltimore’s Horse Lords has always borne, at heart, a radical trigonometry. Formed in the early 2010s, the quartet–drummer Sam Haberman, guitarist Owen Gardner, saxophone player/percussionist Andrew Bernstein and bassist/electronics guy Max Eilbacher–dependably tussle genres into cinched shapes.

Clavel chef Carlos Raba founds Guardian Baltimore jiu-jitsu studio with free kids classes

Right, Carlos Raba, owner of the newly opened Guardian Baltimore jiu-jitsu and yoga studio on Huntingdon Avenue, talks with one of the studio’s instructors during a Brazilian jiu-jitsu seminar at the studio on Feb. 15. Photo by Isaiah Robert Winters.

Children pair off inside the newly opened Guardian Baltimore jiu-jitsu studio and try to cross one of their legs behind their partner to take their rival down.

As they fall, the students slam their hands against the mat–a trick that studio owner Carlos Raba says will stop their heads from hitting the ground–and the sound reverberates through the room.

Safety comes first for Raba as he teaches the kids to let themselves fall, rolling backwards, rather than trying to catch themselves with their arms or elbows, which could dislocate a shoulder or cause other injuries, he said.

“When we fall, we want to fall across the mat like we’re spilling across the mat,” he said, first describing the motion, then rolling backwards from a squatting position.