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‘Hamilton’ to return to the Hippodrome in 2021

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Elijah Malcomb, Joseph Morales, Kyle Scatliffe and Fergie-L.-Philippe in the 2018 touring production of “Hamilton.” Credit: Joan Marcus.

If you thought you threw away your shot at seeing “Hamilton” at the Hippodrome Theatre, here’s some news that is sure to satisfy.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait for it.

Photo Gallery: The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade in Hampden

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On Sunday, Santa and a few friends–a group that included marching bands, Shriner cars and dogs on skateboards–rolled and strolled down Falls Road and onto 36th Street in Hampden as part of the Annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade.

Crowds lined the streets on a mild winter today to watch the procession. Check out our photos.

16 theater shows to see in Baltimore in December

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Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s “A Christmas Carol.”

This month, Baltimore theater companies are presenting a variety of contemporary adaptations, including Christmas favorites, biblical stories, a Greek tragedy, “The Wizard of Oz” and even a wordless acrobatic interpretation of the 1954 epic film “The Seven Samurai.” No doubt, Baltimore’s theater practitioners are a creative bunch. This month is also the first full musical production (“The Wiz”) by the excellent ArtsCentric in its new space at 2600 Howard St., and the first show by brand-new theater company Charm City Classics Co. (“The Santaland Diaries,” based on the David Sedaris book). Read on to see what stories–old and new–are available for your end-of-year enjoyment.

Baltimost: Judy Tallwing, artist

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Credit: Jay Dahm

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]

Judy Tallwing, 74, is an artist.

In her words: “Sometimes the ideas for my paintings come to me in a dream. I work with oils, so it’s not unusual for me to have five or six paintings going at once. I have a thing about starting paintings and not wanting to wait for them to dry. 

GoFundMe campaign seeks $11K to ‘Save Our Sidebar’

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Doom metal band Windhand performs at the Sidebar in 2013. Image via the Sidebar’s Facebook page.

A month after putting the Sidebar, a heavy music haven, up for sale, owner Travis Hunt has taken it off the market.*

This change of heart comes following an outpouring of support amid some financial setbacks for the Sidebar, including a GoFundMe campaign to get the bar and venue back on solid footing.

“About a month ago I felt like I couldn’t do it anymore, but now I’m like, f—, I need to do this for myself and for a bunch of other people,” he says.

Weekend Events Calendar: Miracle on 34th Street lights up, Small Brewery Sunday, Curse and more

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Credit: Lauren Schiszik

The holiday season arrives in Baltimore this weekend, with ceremonies like the lighting of Hampden’s Miracle on 34th Street and markets at AVAM and Zion Church. Plus, check out independent local shops and makers for Small Business Saturday and, new this year, Small Brewery Sunday. Here’s the rundown:

MICA planning off-campus art gallery in sanctuary of Bolton Hill church

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Strawbridge Methodist Episcopal Church. Credit: Maryland Historical Trust.

The historic sanctuary of Bolton Hill’s Strawbridge Methodist Episcopal Church will become an art gallery run by the Maryland Institute College of Art as part of a $1.4 million renovation plan approved by the State of Maryland.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced this week that the Maryland Historical Trust has awarded $294,250 in Historic Revitalization tax credits to help fund renovation of the English Gothic Revival-style church at Park Avenue and Wilson Street, an 1885 structure that has been dormant for more than a decade.

Catonsville named a state arts and entertainment district

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Singer-songwriter and “American Idol” contestant Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon performs at Bill’s Music in Catonsville. Image via Bill’s Music’s Facebook page.

Downtown Catonsville has been selected as a state-designated arts and entertainment district, the first in Baltimore County, officials announced today.

Mickalene Thomas turns BMA’s East Lobby into ‘Baltimore’s living room’

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One of the living room installations at the Baltimore Museum of Art by artist Mickalene Thomas. Photo by Ed Gunts.

City leaders have referred to the Inner Harbor as Baltimore’s “playground.” Henry James likened Mount Vernon Place to the city’s “parlor.”

And for the next 18 months, the East Lobby of the Baltimore Museum of Art will be the city’s “living room,” following the installation of an exhibition by internationally recognized artist Mickalene Thomas.

The front of the museum’s East Wing has been turned into a series of oversized rowhouse facades, one in simulated brick, one in siding and one in FormStone.

It leads to a revamped lobby that has images of residential settings from the 1970s and 1980s, along with a wall containing various house plants.

John Waters to face off against Michelle Obama at the 2020 Grammys

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Image via Baltimore Soundstage’s Facebook.

You have to feel for John Waters.

The good news is that the Baltimore-based writer and filmmaker just got nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award in the Spoken Word category for his latest book, “Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of A Filth Elder.

The bad news is that he’s up against Michelle Obama, one of the most popular people on the planet, who was nominated for the audio version of her bestseller, “Becoming.”

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