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With ceremonial ‘ship christening,’ Port Discovery unveils two new exhibits

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Photo via Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Baltimore’s Port Discovery children’s museum finally has a port–and a ship to sail in it.

Baltimost: Cori Dioquino, actor and co-founder of the Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective

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Credit: Human Being Productions

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]

Cori Dioquino, 34, is an actor, producer, arts integration educator and co-founder of the Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective (BAPAC). In her words:

Weekend Events Calendar: Baltimore Pride festivities, Father’s Day, Baltimore Wine Festival

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The Pride Parade makes its way through Mount Vernon. Photo by Ted Eytan, via Flickr.

Pride Weekend has arrived, kicking off three days of celebrating the LGBTQ+ community from Druid Hill Park to Station North. In Southeast Baltimore, it’s World Refugee Day, the Baltimore Wine Festival and a pair of pool parties. Check out the summer fun:

Hippodrome, Everyman team up for ‘Hamilton’ karaoke night

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Austin Scott, left, as Alexander Hamilton and Carvens Lissaint as George Washington in “Hamilton.” Credit: Joan Marcus.

While the Broadway smash “Hamilton” is only hitting the Baltimore stage for the first time starting June 25, many theater-goers already know the musical’s songs about “The ten-dollar Founding Father without a father.

The soundtrack, which has tens of millions of streams on Spotify, has been the primary way for audiences to experience Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical tribute to Alexander Hamilton.

On the Monday before the curtains rise on the play’s run in Baltimore, Westside neighbors the Hippodrome and Everyman Theatre are teaming up for a night of “Hamilton” karaoke, called “HamilTunes.” Proceeds from the tickets, appropriately priced at $17.76, will benefit the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Cohesion Theatre cancels remaining 2019 shows, announces hiatus

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The cast of Cohesion Theatre’s “Frankenstein.” Press handout.

With the lease up at its Canton home and an executive director departing, Cohesion Theatre Company announced it’s cancelling its final shows in 2019 and taking an indefinite hiatus as it regroups.

Productions of “Blood Wedding” and “All We Know is Not Enough” have been called off, Cohesion said in a release, because staff “felt that it would be a disservice to their artists and audiences to attempt to mount them without adequate personnel and resources.”

HonFest 2019 in photos

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The local tradition continues on, hon. Thousands descended on The Avenue in Hampden this weekend for two days of music, food, vendors and beehive hairdos at HonFest, the annual celebration of Baltimore’s working women.

Attendees also enjoyed a contest to crown the Best Hon, an oyster shucking contest and (mostly) great weather.

Check out our photos from 2019’s HonFest.

What We Make Now: Pure Chocolate by Jinji

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Welcome to the photo series What We Make Now. If you live in Baltimore, you may hear people on social media say “Baltimore used to make things” or “The city doesn’t make things any more.”

This series was created to show that nothing could be further from the truth. Baltimore’s traditional industries–iron working, steel fabrication, candy-making, silversmithing, brewing, distilling, textiles–are all still here and, in some cases, thriving. In this series, I’ll be looking at the modern-day factories and industrial spaces in the city where things are still made, with some guidance from the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Look for a new gallery twice a month until Labor Day.

Weekend Events Calendar: HonFest, Tour Dem Parks, St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival and more

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HonFest. Photo via Facebook.

It’s the weekend of back-to-back events celebrating Baltimore neighborhoods, hon. HonFest is in Hampden and Boltonstock is in Bolton Hill, while Tour Dem Parks, Hon heads out on a bicycle tour of the city. Plus, outdoor concerts are back in full swing at Riverside Park, Patterson Park and Harbor Point, to name a few.

SWV, English Beat and James Brown Dance Party to headline 2019 Artscape

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SWV. Image via Facebook.

R&B vocal group SWV (Sisters With Voices), New Wave/ska greats English Beat and an all-star tribute to James Brown will headline this year’s Artscape, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts announced today.

Rapper Chad Focus wanted people to know about his rising career. The feds say it’s a fraud.

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Image via Facebook.

Six days ago, local rapper Chad Focus posted a video message to his 187,000 Instagram followers, a word of advice from the self-described “#BestMarketerOnEarth” about how to land at the top of the charts.

The message: other aspiring rappers only need a marketing budget of $300,000 to reach the top.

“A lot of these marketers, a lot of these record labels, a lot of these ni–as talking shit, they don’t understand how to efficiently take a artist from zero to $300,000,” he said to the camera. “Instead they spending millions of dollars.”

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