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BmoreArt Picks: Sept. 29 – Oct. 5

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BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas.

This Week: We are featuring online events that you can participate in from the comfort of your own couch plus a few ways to get involved locally and nationally. Stay home, stay healthy, stay engaged in the arts.

BmoreArt’s Picks presents the best weekly art openings, events, and performances happening in Baltimore and surrounding areas. For a more comprehensive perspective, check the BmoreArt Calendar page, which includes ongoing exhibits and performances, and is updated on a daily basis.

To submit your calendar event, email us at [email protected]!

In All Transparency | Call for Artists

In All Transparency is a socially engaged project that focuses on getting out the vote during the pandemic, the history of voting rights, racial oppression in voting, and the United States Postal Service. The USPS has become a nexus for these issues leading up to the general election in 2020. Through an open call, artists and activists will create mail art aiming to shed light on various aspects of these histories and our current moment. The artists will use translucent materials to create mail art that will be sent in transparent vellum envelopes; when illuminated on a light table, various messages and perspectives of the makers will be transparent. The mail art messages will be photographed and then projected large scale in a loop outside Gallery CA in Baltimore, MD and read by people passing by as we approach the general election. Once documented the mail art will then be sent to a person of the makers’ choosing to encourage voter participation and demand fair elections. These luminous messages might be sent to a targeted voter in a swing state, a family member or politician, for example. In All Transparency engages with the history of mail art during this time of physical isolation and social solidarity.

BSO announces digital concert series, ‘BSO Sessions’

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David Sheets, Associate Principal Bass. Photo credit: The BSO.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) today announced “BSO Sessions,” a new digital concert series that follows the orchestra and its return to the stage. BSO Sessions will be exclusively available on BSO OffStage, a virtual platform for sharing orchestral performances and content.

Baltimore County postman delivers mail with a big dose of kindness

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Rick Einheltz has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 39 years. He took the job because it promised a stable career after his military service, and he’s devoted to the Baltimore route, just past the city-county line, that he’s worked for 15 years.

“I’ve established really nice relationships along the way,” he says.

One such relationship is with the Croft family. Ericka and Russell first met Rick around the time their oldest child, Shapard, was born. In the ensuing years, the Croft family grew from one child to four, and each member struck up a special rapport with their friendly postal worker.

Ivy Hotel to re-open Oct. 1, new concept for hotel restaurant Magdalena

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Ivy Hotel front room.

The Ivy Hotel, the 19th-century boutique hotel in Mt. Vernon, will reopen October 1, and its lower floor eatery, Magdalena, will reopen on Oct. 9, re-launching with a new restaurant concept: Magdalena, a Maryland Bistro.

The Baltimore Robotics Center is rebooting competitions this fall

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As virtual learning becomes the new normal, extracurriculars of the old world are beginning to plan how they’ll function during the pandemic.

Robotics competitions were typically held in school gyms with hundreds of spectators and competitors coming from different areas to compete.

Amtrak offers ‘buy one, get one free’ on Acela and Northeast Regional trains

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While COVID may keep most people on the Northeast Corridor home this fall, Amtrak is looking to incentivize travelers with its Buy One Get One Free sale on all Acela and Northeast Regional trains – from Boston to Virginia.  By booking between September 21 through Wednesday, September 30 for travel from Thursday, September 24 through Saturday, December 12, 2020, customers on the Northeast Corridor can purchase tickets at a steep discount.

Jewish Community Center’s New Approach to Arts and Culture

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Maryland University Staff Describe Unsafe Conditions

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Shower curtains act as barriers in financial aid and admissions offices at Frostburg State University.

Maryland’s public universities have for months strategized about ways to keep students and faculty safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. But staff members who provide essential services, from housekeeping to IT, at many of those universities say their schools’ leaders have treated their safety and wellbeing as afterthoughts.

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