Author Talk & Book Signing with Kwame Onwuachi


In celebration of Baltimore’s Restaurant Week (August 2nd-11th), join Reginald F. Lewis Museum for a culinary conversation. On Thursday, August 8 at 6:30pm, take part in Chef Kwame Onwuachi’s Author talk and book signing – Notes From a Young Black Chef. In Onwuachi’s inspiring memoir about the intersection of race, fame, and food, he shares the remarkable story of his culinary coming-of-age. Onwuachi is the winner of the 2019 James Beard Foundation Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year, recognized as one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs. He was also a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef, Season 13. RSVP today!


What: Author Talk & Book Signing: Notes From a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi

When: Thursday, August 8 at 6:30pm

Where: Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, 21202 United States

In Pursuit of The Impossible


“What if magic is real?”  It’s a question that local entrepreneur, Joel DeWyer, has been asking himself for most of his life.  Tapping into over 25 years of experience as a magician, DeWyer uses his refined skills of sleight-of-hand and playful deception to explore this idea, albeit, in ways audiences often don’t expect.  DeWyer is part of a new wave of performers, shifting the paradigm of the modern magician.  “Forget the coin behind the ear or feather flowers from nowhere, my objective is total wonder and astonishment,” he confidently claims.

Organizations and individuals most often seek out DeWyer’s services when they want to add something unique, yet sophisticated to their event, whether that’s a corporate gathering, a social networking function, a private dinner party, or a formal celebration, such as a wedding reception.  DeWyer’s relaxed approach and charming, professional style, make it easy to adapt what he does to comfortably fit almost any gathering or situation.  “For many of us, our limited experience of magic has been some goofy trick mixed in with a lot of bad jokes and cheesy humor – sometimes that works.  I offer a more refined approach, creating impossible moments for my clients and making sure their guests remember the event for a long time to come.”

Baltimore Symphony Musicians will play three subway concerts, starting today

Image via the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Facebook page.

Earlier this year, the Maryland Transit Administration installed a piano at the Charles Center Metro station with the invitation: “Play us a song. I’m the piano, man.” According to a Sun story from this month, few people have been willing to take that offer.

So the Baltimore Symphony Musicians, still locked out of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, will give the piano some use with a series of concerts, starting today at 4:15 p.m.

Welp, Violent Femmes cancelled the WTMD show

Image via the artist’s Facebook page.

A day after it was announced, the Violent Femmes show at WTMD is gone daddy gone.

The station announced the free Live Lunch show with the folk punk pioneers is cancelled “due to circumstances beyond our control.”

Violent Femmes to play free show at WTMD studio

Image via the artist’s Facebook page.

UPDATE: The show has been cancelled.

Violent Femmes, the folk punk heroes behind such indie staples as “Blister in the Sun,” “American Music” and “Add it Up,” are playing a free show as part of WTMD’s Live Lunch series.

The group is squeezing in the free gig on July 31, in between shows in Washington D.C. and New York on a tour in support of “Hotel Last Resort,” the band’s 10th album. The record is due out tomorrow, and to the delight of hardcore fans, the website said it “follows the formula the Violent Femmes have been perfecting since their inception, delivering an above average batch of their wiry, smart, and sometimes tortured songs.”

Weekend Events Calendar: Billy Joel, Gervonta Davis’ Homecoming, Union Anniversary and more

Image via Facebook.

For those who aren’t on vacation, there’s plenty of reason to celebrate birthdays this weekend. From Baltimore’s 290th to Union Craft’s 7th, the parties are a great way to show pride in what the city has created. Elsewhere, the big shows include Billy Joel and Camden Yards, and Baltimore-born boxer Gervonta Davis’ title defense at Royal Farms Arena.

With weeks to spare, Howard County offers to host Woodstock 50 concert at Merriweather

Screenshot from Woodstock 50’s website

In the unlikeliest of twists, Howard County is offering to bring the 50th-anniversary celebration of the legendary Woodstock music festival to Columbia in just three weeks, after the event’s organizers lost financial backing and failed to get a permit to do it in New York.

With no lead sponsor, Inner Harbor ice rink may be a no-show this winter

Courtesy Waterfront Partnership

After a solid five-year run that’s brought an estimated 65,000-plus visitors, the Inner Harbor’s seasonal ice rink may not be returning this winter.

BMA receives $5 million gift for a Matisse center

Henri Matisse’s “Blue Nude (Souvenir de Biskra),” on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The Baltimore Museum of Art has received a $5 million gift to create a center to study the works of French modernist Henri Matisse, the museum announced today.

With more than 1,200 pieces, the BMA has one of the largest Matisse collections in the world, and the museum hopes the new center will serve as a resource for scholars and the general public.

Young Moose, YG Teck performing free show at Davis-Nunez weigh-in


The hype continues to build as we inch closer to boxer Gervonta Davis’ hometown title defense.

Davis, a homegrown boxer who studied at the Upton Boxing Center under the tutelage of Calvin Ford, is scheduled to face off against Ricardo Nunez at Royal Farms Arena on Saturday with the WBA Super Featherweight Championship on the line.

But first the fighters have to weigh in, and that will be a huge event itself with performances by local rappers Young Moose and YG Teck.