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The Senator Theatre partners with ShortsTV on new virtual series

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The inside of the Senator Theater on York Road in 2014. Photo by Amy Davis,
used with permission.

Starting this week, Baltimore cinephiles can watch a series of short films and help support The Senator Theatre, which, like theaters across the country, has had to shutdown to limit the spread of coronavirus.

How NBA vet Rex Chapman helped the Ouzo Bay video spread like wildfire

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Image via the Atlas Restaurant Group’s Facebook page.

On Monday night, after video from a Black woman showed her son being denied service at Ouzo Bay because of his attire, even though a white boy who was similarly dressed had just finished his meal, the restaurant’s owner, Atlas Restaurant Group, released a statement promising to change.

The company called the incident “disturbing” and pledged to revise its controversial dress code, which critics had already decried as racist, so it doesn’t apply to children age 12 and younger.

Atlas apologized to the woman who posted the video, Marcia Grant, and her son, Dallas, and said the manager seen enforcing the dress code had been placed on indefinite leave.

LGBTQ-friendly Night Shift 2.0 in East Baltimore closes permanently

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Night Shift 2.0 in East Baltimore. Photo by Ed Gunts.

Night Shift 2.0, the East Baltimore nightclub that opened last September with the goal of creating an “adult entertainment experience” where anyone in the LGBTQ community would feel welcome, has closed for good.

Managers posted a notice on Facebook to thank staffers and patrons and say they won’t be coming back after the state-imposed shutdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“It is with a heavy and sad heart to announce that whenever the Coronavirus pandemic is over, Night Shift 2.0 will not be reopening,” the message said, in part.

Baltimore Museum of Art to reopen sculpture gardens on Wednesday

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The Ryda and Robert H. Levi Sculpture Garden at The Baltimore Museum of Art. Photo by Mitro Hood.

The Baltimore Museum of Art will reopen its sculpture gardens to the public on Wednesday, allowing visitors to roam the outdoor space filled with works by Auguste Rodin, Joan Miró, José Ruiz de Rivera and others.

Nolita Project checks in with teenagers looking for support

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Tanasia Thomas and Larry Thompson, Reach! Partnership High School students, talk with Wesley Hawkins during their weekly session in spring 2020. (Photo by Victoria Daniels/Capital News Service)

By Sydney Clark and Victoria Lorren Daniels
Capital News Service

Larry Thompson, a junior at Reach! Partnership School, in the the Clifton Park area, counts at least nine friends who died in the last two years—shootings, stabbings, a car crash, a drowning.

“I’ve been losing friends back to back,” he said.

These teenagers deal with trauma every day.

Deaths are announced over the school intercom.

Classmates decorate the dead students’ lockers as memorials, grim reminders of the school’s losses.

Pride Center of Maryland announces departure of executive director, citing desire for ‘new direction’

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The Pride Center of Maryland, a community organization for sexual and gender minorities, on Tuesday announced the departure of their executive director, Mimi Demissew. Photo courtesy of Pride Center of Maryland.

The Pride Center of Maryland on Tuesday announced the departure of executive director Mimi Demissew, who had served in the role since 2016.

Merrick Moses, president of the center’s board of directors, told Baltimore Fishbowl on Thursday that he “can’t really go into the specifics” of Demissew’s departure but that the board “decided it was time for the Pride Center to go in a new direction.”

“It’s a new day at the Pride Center and we decided to move forward,” Moses said.

Frosh announces settlement with Ticketmaster over Hippodrome resale tickets

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Photo by David Stone, via Flickr

The Maryland Attorney General’s Office reached a settlement with Ticketmaster after thousands of patrons were charged fees buying resale tickets for events at the Hippodrome Theatre, Attorney General Brian Frosh announced today.

Baltimore barbershops and salons help neighbors cope with trauma

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Troy Staton heads a network of barbers and beauticians helping clients cope with trauma in Baltimore in May 2020. He owns New Beginnings barbershop in Baltimore’s Hollins Market neighborhood. (Photo courtesy Troy Staton)

By Kaanita Iyer, Jason Fontelieu and Jamal Williams
Capital News Service

In most barbershops, you might find posters that show style trends or magazines stacked on tables. But in New Beginnings barbershop, what stands out are student artwork on the walls and stacks of pamphlets promoting art exhibits and health screenings.

New Beginnings is not just a place for a trim. It’s also a place where you can address health concerns and trauma that stem from violence in Baltimore.

“I had to start doing things to address the issue of senseless violence, starting with myself, as well as others, that brought forth the urgency to unite barbers and beauticians with much more depth,” New Beginnings owner Troy Staton said.

Doors Open Baltimore becomes a virtual event for 2020

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Rawlings Conservatory is one site that has opened up for tours during Open Doors Baltimore. Photo by Patrick Gillespie, via Flickr.

Doors Open Baltimore, a free annual event that gives people a chance to visit places that are usually off-limits to the public, is the latest local activity to go virtual for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizers of the popular citywide festival announced this week that they decided to make Doors Open a virtual event this year because of uncertainty over holding in-person events and concerns about potential health risks to participants, including volunteers who greet visitors at every featured location.

Hampdenfest canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

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Baltimore’s end of summer party featuring the annual toilet bowl races. Credit: Tedd Henn.

Hampdenfest, the late-summer festival bringing toilet bowl races and punk and indie rock to the heart of Hampden, has been canceled due to coronavirus, organizers announced last night.

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