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Union, AVAM team up on new brew called Bling Universe

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Image courtesy of Union Craft Brewing.

Union Craft Brewing has beers for fall, spring and winter in its Hoppy Seasonal Series, and the time has come to roll one out for the summer.

Enter: Bling Universe, an India Pale Lager–not an ale, but a lager–that includes “copious amounts of Amarillo, Cascade and Grungiest hops,” per a release. The brew joins fall’s Foxy Red IPA, winter’s Rye Baby IPA and spring’s Steady Eddie IPA in the hopped-up lineup of seasonal releases.

Q&A: Small Foods Party organizer Mickey Dehn talks about ‘the tiniest potluck,’ inspiration and more

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Mickey Dehn. Image by Ann Marie Brokmeier.

Attendees at this year’s Small Foods Party can expect to eat plate after plate of food. Of course, those plates may be as small as their palm or even their thumbnail. Hosted in the American Visionary Art Museum’s Tall Sculpture Barn, Small Foods is attended by hundreds of competitors, judges and “tasters.” Top past entries include an assembly line of “Crappy Meals” (tiny McDonald’s Happy Meals), an impeccable falafel-building station and a brilliant “Valley of the Dolls”-themed martini bar.

And Small Foods has a history as a queer-friendly event. “Several founders of Small Foods are queer, as well as many of the organizers that keep the event alive from year-to-year,” says Mickey Dehn, the organizer of this year’s party. “Not only have many participants and winners been LGBTQ or allies, but Small Foods has served as a space for those folks to come together and be creative, be comfortable and be happy.” Money collected from ticket sales will go toward the mighty work of Moveable Feast.

This week, I met with Dehn over a plate of regularly sized BBQ to discuss his role in what he calls “the tiniest potluck you’ll ever go to.”

AVAM’s ‘The Great Mystery Show’ Probes Universal Mystique, Human Tragedy, Spirituality

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Ingo Swann’s “Madre Dolorosa.” Image courtesy of American Visionary Art Museum.

What do missing persons, Edgar Allan Poe, the mother of Jesus and a robotic cat have in common? That’s what you get to sort through with the American Visionary Art Museum’s newest 11-month exhibition, “The Great Mystery Show.”

American Visionary Art Museum Offering Naming Rights for a $25M Donation

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The American Visionary Art Museum. Photo by Jack Hoffberger.

A deep-pocketed philanthropist or art lover has an opportunity to make a lasting mark on Baltimore’s coolest art museum.

One-of-a-Kind ‘BAZAART’ Holiday Market Returns to Visionary Art Museum

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Last year's Bazaart preview party, Courtesy AVAM/Facebook
Last year’s Bazaart preview party, Courtesy AVAM/Facebook

An artistic twist on the traditional holiday market returns this Saturday to the American Visionary Art Museum in South Baltimore.

Someone Delivered This Anti-Trump Toilet to the American Visionary Art Museum

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A partial shot of the decorative toilet, Courtesy Matt Craft/AVAM
A partial shot of the decorative toilet, Courtesy Matt Craft/AVAM

Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum is nationally renowned for its displays of work by fringe and self-taught artists. This past weekend, one of those hopeful artists attempted to add to AVAM’s collection by leaving the museum with a toilet scrawled over with anti-Trump sentiments and quotes.

‘Doors Open Baltimore’ Offers Exploration Into Charm City’s Unique Architecture

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Courtesy Baltimore Basilica
Courtesy Baltimore Basilica

Baltimore has an impressive way of preserving and finding new uses for many of its historic mills, museums, churches and industrial structures. This weekend offers a chance for city residents and visitors to learn about the rich history and attention to detail underlying many of those buildings.

American Visionary Art Museum Inspires Hope & Imagination

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The American Visionary Art Museum. Photo by Jack Hoffberger
The American Visionary Art Museum. Photo by Jack Hoffberger

This summer, Lauren Eller is visiting some of Baltimore’s neighborhood-level museums. Like the communities they are located, these museums have a strong, colorful identity all their own. Each deserves a closer look, for though they may be off the beaten track, the history held within is both harrowing and fascinating in equal turns.

Before paying a visit to the American Visionary Art Museum this summer, I’d only been once before for a bat mitzvah that was held in the Jim Rouse Visionary Center. Even then, although the space was arranged to accommodate the celebration, I was struck by the works of art on display: their unusual, spontaneous forms and the ingenuity with which they’d been crafted.

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