Five ways to safely experience live music in Baltimore this fall

Keystone Korner will stream Rufus Roundtree and Da B’more Brass Factory on October 15.

Usually, this time of year, music lovers look back over a summer of great outdoor concerts and music festivals, while eagerly pouring over the fall schedules for their favorite concert series. COVID-19 has put a damper on live performing leaving both audience and artist starved for performances. There are still some places where you can hear great local music, albeit mostly online, while also supporting local artists.

For all of you getting a little stir crazy looking for something different to do, or want to keep your entertainment dollars going to local artists and venues, here are a few ways you can get your local music fix.

African penguin chicks hatch at the Maryland Zoo


Three African penguin chicks — the first to hatch during the 2020-2021 breeding season — have hatched at the Maryland Zoo, the organization announced today. The chicks hatched on September 18th, September 22nd and October 4th.

Ivy Bookshop to reopen Saturday at new location with private browsing

The Ivy Bookshop will open the doors of its new location this Saturday with time slots for private browsing that patrons can sign up for online. Courtesy of The Ivy Bookshop/Facebook.

The long-awaited return of The Ivy Bookshop is finally here, with the store preparing to reopen at its new location this Saturday.

Free Fall Baltimore Schedule of Events


Free Fall BaltimoreFree Fall Baltimore continues this week with live concerts, virtual theater, outdoor art exhibitions, dance classes, a film screening and more.

You Look Like Your Dog Just Died


We didn’t realize how many things would expire in 2020, did we? Where were the tiny numerals stamped on the restaurants, the stores, the jobs, the knees, the relationships?

            — from last month’s column

I wrote those sentences about two weeks before my darling Beau — Beau Heinie Beau, Hein-Pooch, Beau-linsky, Bitty Hom Poo Chem, Poochadeen Mateen, Mon Peauché, more recently and who knows why, Pumpala (Pum Pum Pum) — a nearly sixteen-year-old black-and-tan miniature dachshund, left me for good, at 10:30 am, on Friday, September 18th, at the Aardmore Veterinary Hospital.

I have repeated the insane nicknames above so often they seem like actual words to me, and only when I try to spell them do I realize how far over the linguistic edge I have gone. (Speaking of silly names, didn’t it used to be called the Aardmore “Veterinarium”? I pictured dogs paddling around the squat brick building like furry four-legged fish, a few aardvarks in there, too.)

Maryland casinos’ September revenue up one percent from 2019 despite limited capacity due to COVID-19

Photo via Horseshoe Casino/Facebook

For the first time since their three-month shutdown due to COVID-19, Maryland’s six casinos have produced a year-over-year increase in gaming revenue.

Regal Cinemas in Hunt Valley, Bel Air and Columbia to close temporarily, starting Thursday

Regal Cinemas, Hunt Valley. Photo credit: Hunt Valley Towne Centre website.

Thirteen multiplex cinemas in Maryland will close for the foreseeable future after Regal Cinemas decided to suspend operations at all of its theaters in the United States and United Kingdom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Baltimore County Council To Vote On Tenant Protections Bill


The Baltimore County Council is voting on a bill Monday evening that aims to protect tenants from eviction during the pandemic. The bill consists of regulations on sudden residential rent increases.

D. Watkins’ book selected for ‘One Book Baltimore’


One Book Baltimore has selected Baltimorean D. Watkins’ book We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America for the 2020-2021 school year. One Book Baltimore seeks to promote literacy for Baltimore City seventh- and eighth-graders and facilitates city-wide dialogue with families and community members by reading the same book.