On this day three years ago, doctors pronounced Freddie Gray dead at University of Maryland Shock Trauma, a week after Baltimore police officers dragged him into a van for a fateful ride leading to his death. Tonight, local poets, writers, musicians and others will honor the 25-year-old whose death at the hands of police set off an uprising.
Summer has officially begun and the local food scene is ready to celebrate the season. This week brings ice cream news, farm festivals, outdoor parties and more. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:
The Orioles have unveiled a commemorative emblem to celebrate a quarter-century of baseball played on their home field.
After more than 30 years, the BMA will reopen next year the historic entrance for visitors beginning on November 23, 2014, in celebration of the museum’s 100th anniversary. The landmark event will also herald the reopening of the renovated Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing and a new presentation of the BMA’s outstanding collection of American fine and decorative arts, considered one of the finest on the East Coast. A dramatically redesigned East Wing Lobby and Zamoiski Entrance will reopen in fall 2014 as well.
The grand reopening is a significant milestone in the BMA’s $28 million renovation to provide visitors with a more welcoming environment and more imaginative and inspiring encounters with art. The first phase of the BMA’s ambitious multi-year renovation was realized when the Contemporary Wing reopened in November 2012. Since then, more than 92,000 people have visited the wing to see the museum’s significant collection of contemporary art and a series of focus exhibitions, installations, and programs highlighting works by Sarah Oppenheimer, Raqs Media Collective, Jimmy Joe Roche, An-My Lê, and others.
I’m sure the owners of the Light/Pratt Street 7-11 woke up today with a quaky feeling in their stomachs. It’s the company’s 85th Anniversary, and they’re celebrating with yeah, you guessed it, a free Slurpee giveaway. While supplies last, stores will be handing out free 7.11-ounce frozen drinks.
I’ve always looked forward to “slurpFREE” day, even though it’s got nothing on Dunkin’ Doughnuts Iced CofFREE. But the last time 7-11 handed out Slurpee’s, they did more damage than brain-freeze – the store’s May giveaway caused a small riot, with 20 -30 school kids stealing, damaging the store, and even physically attacking its owner. It’s a brave man that dons a 7-11 cap on Light Street today.