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Activist, rapper and ‘Sorry to Bother You’ director Boots Riley to speak at Hopkins

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Photo via IMDB

Radical Oakland rapper and activist Boots Riley, best known for directing 2018’s trippy, anti-capitalist satire-tour de force “Sorry to Bother You,” is coming to Homewood next month.

‘Road diet’ experiment proposed for Roland Avenue

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An artist’s rendering of the proposed road diet for Roland Avenue. Image via flyer from Baltimore City DOT.

Roland Park may be going on a road diet.

As part of efforts to address safety hazards and other issues stemming from the installation of a divisive cycle track on Roland Avenue, city officials are proposing to conduct a nearly month-long “road diet” experiment that would involve reducing the number of lanes for vehicular traffic from two to one during the test period.

Sex and subtext in the BMA’s ‘Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War’ exhibit

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Max Ernst’s “Europe After the Rain II.” Image courtesy of the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Recognizable in the corrosive oranges and reds of “Europe After the Rain II” is the unforgiving desert landscape of Sedona, Arizona, where Max Ernst lived as a refugee for years after fleeing Nazi-occupied France. The 1942 painting, a bombed-out widescreen of radioactive rubble currently on display as part of the Baltimore Museum of Art’s “Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War” exhibition, shows two mutated figures standing among a heap of coral-colored, crushed bones and gazing off into the horizon, frozen by the impossibility–and necessity–of imagining a future.

War is an insistent presence in the exhibit, which frames Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Andre Masson and Ernst as interpreters of a violent century, unable to forget what they saw. But it’s far from the only one. There’s also sadomasochism, cybernetic anxieties and at least one castration fantasy embedded in this slice of the surrealist canon, most of which flies under the radar of the BMA’s cataloging.

Hot Plate: The Elephant is closing, Cosima turns three, Saturday wing festival, new spring cocktails and more

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Cosima celebrates its third anniversary this week with a Tuesday night three-course dinner.

Spring has sprung and even though the temperatures haven’t fully caught up with the season, Baltimore restaurants offer plenty of reasons to head out to brunch or dinner this week. Take a look at what’s on tap:

Weekend Events Calendar: Gogol Bordello, Old Time Music Festival, Baltimore Wing Festival and more

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Gogol Bordello plays in Belgium for Festival Dranouter in 2018. Photo by Luk Dombrecht, via Flickr.

This weekend, do something new. Check out a new brewery, an inaugural old-time festival or a new album from a local band. Here’s the lineup:

Baltimore Eagle sets April 19 for reopening

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Photo by Ed Gunts

After months of dormancy, The Baltimore Eagle leather bar will reopen under new management on April 19.

UMMS board puts president on temporary leave of absence

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Image via Bucknell.edu

Amid the fallout over contracts between the University of Maryland Medical System and members of its board of directors, the institution’s overseers have asked president and CEO Robert A. Chrencik to take a leave of absence starting March 25.

Pugh, SRB, O’Malley, Schmoke urge Legislative Black Caucus to fight for Pimlico

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From left: Martin O’Malley, Mayor Catherine Pugh, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Kurt Schmoke testify before the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland. Still via live stream from Sen. Antonio Hayes/Facebook.

In a historic scene, four of Baltimore’s last five mayors gathered Thursday morning in Annapolis to urge a coalition of black legislators to join them in solidarity to help keep the Preakness in the city.

Council committee approves fees, fines, speed limits and other dockless scooter and bike rules

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Photo by Ethan McLeod

With about a month left in the city’s extended pilot program for dockless transit, a committee of city lawmakers today approved broad rules and regulations for the thousands of rentable bikes and scooters that have been dropped around town by Bird, Lime, Spin and, soon, Jump.

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