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This Land is Your Land

From the news reports about family separation at the border to the rising anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe, few issues in contemporary society have been more present, highly contested and emotionally charged than immigration. It is fitting, then, that the winner of the 2018 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize has tackled …

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Crickets and Dragons

We arrived by rickshaw, rolling through bustling alleys, witnessing life in Beijing’s hutongs as it was a century ago: ramshackle buildings, potholed streets, the smells of unfamiliar and fishy foods, grandmothers hanging laundry — and then, a 21st-century detail, men on buzzing scooters making deliveries. The hutongs, or “well-water” settlements, …

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Manny Up

The Manny Machado era in Baltimore was … an experience. I’ve been a fan of Orioles’ baseball since I ran the bases at Camden Yards with my Little League team as a goofy 7-year-old first-baseman, and I’ve yet to feel this way about a player leaving my hometown team. When …

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Meat Market

“There are very few things you can’t do at home,” muses Chef Ashish Alfred, owner of Fells Point’s new Duck Duck Goose, and that includes making his signature côte de boeuf. The chef has had a love affair with meat since age 5, when his father “accidentally burned the house …

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5 Can’t-Miss Events at Artscape 2018

Baltimore’s largest free arts festival (and America’s, for that matter) returns this weekend for a three-day, city-wide celebration of creativity. Featuring the works of over 150 artists and creators, the 37th annual Artscape provides a unique opportunity to see and learn about all of the ways in which Baltimore is …

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Liquid Confidence

Longtime Baltimore makeup and skin expert Karen Weiner and I share many clients and friends, and one thing I have noticed about them in recent years is their skin. They always seem to have a glow about them. Their secret? They may not have time for a makeover, but they …

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Window to the World

If you think of libraries as old, out-of-touch places where you’re wont to be shushed,  Randallstown native Erica Palmisano is here to change your mind. As a media relations and communications professional working for Baltimore County Public Library, it’s basically her job to show the world that libraries are not …

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Is There Such a Thing as Ugly Art?

Not all art is conventionally beautiful. Sometimes, it’s meant to scare you. Beginning this Sunday, July 15, The Baltimore Museum of Art will display art from sub-Saharan Africa in a new exhibition, Subverting Beauty: African Anti-Aesthetics. Featuring 21 never-before-displayed pieces, the show aims not to please the eye, but to stimulate …

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Maryland Man Honored by Audubon

On July 2, the National Audubon Society, in association with Nature’s Best Photography, hosted their annual Audubon Photography Awards. Out of the 8,000 photo submissions, 4 winners and 3 honorable mentions were selected–and first-time submitter Scott Suriano of Baltimore was one of them. Suriano was awarded the Honorable Mention photo from the …

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Well-Healed

Baltimore artists Daniel Wickerham and Malcolm Lomax (known professionally by their surnames) are anything but inflexible. In interviews about their various installations and projects, the pair are often quoted as saying something to the effect of “We were going to do it this way, but then we saw that we …

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Twisting Tales

This year has been a great year for watching science fiction. It’s been the year of the superhero blockbuster, with “Infinity Wars” and “Black Panther” leading the way. It’s been another year that HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has dominated pop-culture conversations, as has Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and “Altered Carbon.” Even …

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Curtain Call

  What better way to spend a summer evening than enjoying hit show tunes sung by two of Broadway’s best? Starring Judy McLane and Philip Hernández, Broadway Favorites: A Summer Cabaret will run July 15-17 and 20-22 at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore and will include high-energy, heart-wrenching music from Broadway’s most-loved musicals. …

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The Latest on Diets

Consider this your annual reminder: The only way to achieve healthy, sustainable weight loss is by eating balanced meals packed with fruit, vegetables and lean proteins. What else is new, right? But at a time when it seems like there’s a new miracle means of weight loss coming out every …

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Say Cheese

This Saturday, July 14, marks one of our country’s greatest holidays: National Mac & Cheese Day. To celebrate, the pasta experts over at Noodles & Company brought three of their main macs to the office to share with our staff. After an intensive taste test from our in-house aficionados, Mid-Atlantic …

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On the Cuff

You may remember textile designer and artist Liza Hathaway Matthews from our March issue (and cover!). Then, we chatted with Matthews about the different forms in which she’d like to see her art — and now, one of those dreams is coming to fruition. While she had previously collaborated with a …

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