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Vegan Condoms? That’s a Thing?

With the growing popularity of the vegan lifestyle, it’s not surprising that plant-based products are popping up for every aspect of life. Add to that list vegan condoms. “It’s really important that people are able to access protection that’s in line with their ethics and values,” says Jacq Jones, owner …

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It’s Black History Month!

Here are seven great events to celebrate and honor Black History Month, for everyone from movie buffs to outdoors lovers. We also want to recommend a trip to the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum if you haven’t been recently. Saturday, Feb. 9 African American Firsts in Baltimore County Learn …

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Drama to rave about

At an after-party for the premier of Everyman Theatre’s staging of “Everything Is Wonderful,” playwright Chelsea Marcantel mentioned that she had recently received a grant to write a musical from the story of Frankenstein, a book that has always intrigued her and is an obvious parallel to our current social …

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California Beckons

Tempted by the cheap airfare displayed on my computer screen, I wondered aloud if we could, or should, plan a trip to San Francisco three weeks out. “Sure. We could finally go to Yosemite National Park,” my husband, Kevin, said. I’ve visited San Francisco often enough to know its summer …

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Weekend Plans: Jan. 31-Feb. 3

Thursday Writer’s LIVE: David A. Taylor’s ‘Cork Wars: Intrigue and Industry in World War II’ Join author and journalist David A. Taylor for a reading of his story about how cork—from cork oak forests around the Mediterranean—was a big deal in the mid-20th century. The Ivy Bookshop will have copies …

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The Main Dish: Philanthropy

Can one dinner make a difference? Laurie Stroope and Kathy Porsella like to think so. The two women met in the early ’90s while working at Johns Hopkins University and quickly became friends through an unlikely shared passion — philanthropy. Four years ago, the pair started the Baltimore Chapter of …

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We Heart Art!

In this season of romance, we find ourselves in love with Baltimore’s ever-growing, ever-exciting art community and what it has in store for us this spring. ART & HISTORY American Visionary Art Museum Esther & The Dream of One Loving Human Family For nearly a quarter-century, a collection of collages …

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A Royal Night

The theme for Baltimore Style’s fifth annual Big Bash was a “A Royal Affair,” and the evening lived up to this billing. Held at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court at the Inner Harbor, this party brought out the fashionable and fashion envy, ending with a show that featured the best …

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Weekend Plans: Jan. 24-27

Thursday Mindful Parenting Workshop with YogaWorks A workshop on tending to ourselves and our relationships so we’re better parents and partners. American Visionary Art Museum,  5:30-7:15pm. $25, members, $30 nonmembers. avam.org Howard County Restaurant Week Get out and support your local eateries during Howard County’s biannual restaurant week, where top chefs …

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Weekend Plans: Jan. 17-20

Thursday ‘Fun Home’ Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel, this Tony Award-winning play is a memoir of childhood, secrets that shaped her life and stories from the family’s funeral home business. Baltimore Center Stage, through Feb. 24. Tickets start at $20. centerstage.org Friday Baltimore County Restaurant Week Baltimore County Restaurant …

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Quiet house, full heart

My social media feed is filled with sad posts from parents who have taken their children back to college after winter break. My own daughter returned to Temple University this past weekend. Our cat, sensing that one of us would soon be gone, did what he always does in these …

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Oysters + Beer: Watch and See

A brown-speckled egg may be ruling the internet right now, but an eight-minute video about Maryland oysters and beer are what you need to whet your appetite today. Created by local filmmakers Mark Burchick and Jena Richardson and chock full of shell shots of everybody’s favorite bivalve, this short film …

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Snow’s coming? Check out this ice.

In one corner of the showroom at Samuelson’s Diamonds stands a display case with some pretty cool family mementos: A diamond cutter, a manual cash register that still works and a matchbook/cigar cutter from the bar that owner Ron Samuelson’s great-grandfather ran decades ago. The Samuelson family has been linked …

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Weekend Plans: Jan. 10-13

Thursday Skatefest Enjoy winter’s best sport and support the Special Olympics of Maryland. Pandora Ice Rink, 6-8 p.m., $5 for admission and skate rental. innerharboricerink.org     Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops Story This documentary tells the story of three African-American musicians coming of age …

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