Rituals, new bar and venue, to take over old home of The Windup Space

Photo by Brandon Weigel.

The former home of The Windup Space will continue on as place for the arts.

Rituals, a new bar and venue operated by bartender Émile Joseph Weeks, is due to open in the North Avenue space later this summer.

BSO supporters call on Hogan to release funds

Marin Alsop conducts a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra rehearsal. Photo via the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Facebook page.

As of 8 a.m. this morning, nearly 2,000 people have sent emails to Gov. Larry Hogan requesting that he release $3.2 million earmarked for the financially struggling Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, according to the musicians.

Percussionist Brian Prechtl, co-chair of the Baltimore Symphony Musicians players’ committee, said 1,813 emails have been sent to the governor since the call for support went out late Friday–1,339 of which came from Maryland representing, Prechtl noted, all six of the state’s Congressional districts.

“It is important that he hears each and every Marylander’s voice if we are to preserve our Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for generations to come,” the committee’s updated plea said on Sunday.

Rocket to Venus owners fundraising to film their search for a long-lost spaceship

Rocket to Venus co-owners Geoff Danek and Brian Carey meet with Lance Barley, Robert Condit’s great-nephew and pour through documents about the mysterious rocket. Photo courtesy of Urban Goat Films.

Legend has it that in the late 1920s, brothers Harry and Sterling Uhler and fellow amateur scientist (and recent Poly grad) Robert Condit built an actual rocket in a western Hampden garage. The primitive spacecraft included a 50-gallon gas tank and steel pipes for rocket tubes, and a sidewalk serving as a launchpad to send them off on their journey—anywhere from 24 to 162 million miles away–from Earth to Venus.

28 theater shows to see in Baltimore in June

“The Play That Goes Wrong,” running June 4-9 at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. Photo via Broadway Across America/Facebook.

Normally, the summer is the slow time for theater, but not so in Baltimore. This month in the city that reads–and loves theater–there are oodles of productions up, including a (mostly sold-out) run of “Hamilton” at the Hippodrome.

Don’t worry if you choose not to shell out rent money on black market or resale tickets for the Lin-Manuel Miranda Broadway hit, as there are 27 other options to see live stories this month, including a hip-hop Shakespeare show, outdoor productions of more Shakespeare and “Hair,” and a bevy of indoor plays and musicals.

FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture takes the Monument Quilt to the National Mall

A mock-up of the Monument Quilt on display at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Stackable, green plastic storage bins with lids crowd the entrance of an Episcopal church in Bolton Hill on a recent Saturday. They’re labeled with numbers written on a piece of white duct tape. These numbers are grouped in fives—”1-5,” “6-10,” “71-75,” etc.—and need to be sequentially ordered.

Some bins are being organized in the outer aisles around the church’s pews. Some are stacked and need to be sorted. And others still need to be unloaded from the U-Haul parked out front. Each bin should contain five four-foot-square pieces of fabric sewn to a four-foot-square stretch of Tyvek. There are one, two, three, four, five—uh, hundreds of bins.

Weekend Events Calendar: Italian Festival, Blockenstein, Taste of 3 Cities and more

Taste of 3 Cities food truck festival. Image via Facebook.

Summer is here, so check out plenty of chances for outdoor festivals, running through the city or relaxing by the water. Plus, a massive yard sale in Highlandtown and the last Dr. Sketchy’s at Windup Space. Here’s a look:

BSO cancels summer concerts, reaffirms proposal to reduce schedule

Image via the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Facebook page.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced today the ensemble is cancelling concerts on its summer calendar, reaffirming the position of management that the orchestra must reduce the number of performances in order to sustain itself.

The New Music Festival, a showcase of work by modern women composers scheduled to start June 19, marks the first of the cancellations. In all, five concerts have been crossed off the calendar, including a performance with Broadway star Leslie Odom Jr. and the orchestra’s Star-Spangled Spectacular at Oregon Ridge on July 3.

A series of performances accompanying the film “West Side Story,” on June 13-16, will be the last concerts before the start of a new season in the fall.

Baltimost: Scott Patterson, pianist and artistic director of Afro House

Credit: Jill Fannon.

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]

Scott Patterson, 42, is a pianist, composer and artistic director of Afro House.  In his words:

“Afro House is a music-driven performance art house. We make things with art and music. We tell stories. We got into the business to break barriers and challenge norms and aesthetics around people of color.

Baltimore Museum of Art to survey hundreds of community organizations about programming

Courtesy BMA

Reviving a citywide public survey that took place in the mid-20th century, the Baltimore Museum of Art will ask 300 organizations what kind of programming they want to see in the North Baltimore museum’s halls.

The list includes schools, local religious organizations, civic and social groups, and businesses. Some groups, such as the American Institute of Architects, Enoch Pratt Free Library, McCormick & Company and Maryland Jockey Club, participated in the first survey in the 1930s. Individuals can offer their thoughts here.

Beach House to serve as WTMD’s inaugural artist in residence

Photo by Shawn Brackbill.

Local dream-pop duo Beach House is the first artist in residence with Towson-based alternative music station WTMD, the station announced today.

So what does that mean exactly? It means vocalist/keyboardist Victoria Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally will offer a series of radio specials in the lead-up to the duo’s June 11 homecoming show at the Hippodrome Theatre.