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Hidden Gems: Shopping and Recreation Near Goucher

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Writing 206/Spring 2018

Have you ever wondered what amazing places lay hidden deep beneath the areas around Goucher? Have you ever sat in your room, bored because you’ve already done all the “mainstream” activities offered to you by your friends? If you’ve felt yourself pondering these questions then look no further than the newest segment of the Q for ideas of your future adventures! We are helping students find other activities in and around Goucher that we feel are hidden. These places provide wonderful experiences for you and your group!

10 Car Pile Up
If you’re looking to get off campus, try thrifting at 10 Car Pile Up by the Towson Circle! It is a funky second hand vintage shop with a huge variety of clothing and accessories to choose from. Even if you’re not looking to buy, just walking around and trying on old coats and hats can be a fun outing. With its bright yellow exterior and eccentric window displays, it’s hard to miss when walking past. You’ve probably walked by it without even noticing! It’s a different way to get off campus and enjoy the spaces in Towson that doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money.

The Sound Garden
The Sound Garden is a well-loved part of Fells Point, Baltimore, celebrating their 25th year, however many Goucher students might not know about it. It is a local small business music store that has always been a supporter of up and coming bands and is filled with every CD and vinyl imaginable. From the most obscure album to the most popular, it’s the spot to get a hold of your favorite music. Recently, they added a room that is completely dedicated to vinyl. But, if you’re more of a movie fanatic, they have an entire section of DVDs as well! They have a huge collection ranging from music, DVDs, and band merchandise.
Surrounded by restaurants, shops, cafes, and a short distance away from the water, The Sound Garden’s location makes it ideal to visit and turn a warm, sunny day into a great trip to Baltimore with friends. You can also sell your old CDs and DVDs to the store if you’re looking to get rid of some stuff you don’t use anymore. They make sure they separate the new and old stuff in the store to make it convenient for buyers as well.
They also hold outdoor and in-store concerts and meet-and-greets whenever bands come to town. One band in particular that enjoys performing at The Sound Garden is All Time Low, as all band members are from Baltimore and were given the opportunity to perform at the store when the band was just beginning many years ago.

The Book Thing
Founded in September of 1999, The Book Thing is a free book store located in Baltimore. The store’s philosophy is giving books that people don’t want to people who do want them. Every book in the store is completely free. The only catch is that the books are not for resale.
Russell Wattenberg founded The Book Thing after hearing teachers talking about how they were not able to provide lower income students with enough reading materials. There is a limit of “150,000 books per person” so there is essentially no limit to the number of books that an individual can take with them.
The Book Thing is able to keep their doors open because of volunteer workers, and a consistent flow of in-person and mail-in donations. The store is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm, however volunteers work at the store Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm to keep the shelves stocked.
For more information visit: http://bookthing.org/#home

The Tin Roof
The Tin Roof is a small live music joint that serves both cheap beer and tasty food. The fun, casual and eclectic feel of the bar makes it the perfect spot to have fun with friends and make new ones.
The bar has hosted hundreds of bands since their creation, and live musicians are showcased on their stage seven days a week. Apart from live music, The Tin Roof also hosts events ranging from bar crawls to watch parties and karaoke nights. It’s even possible to book the bar for group parties and events with a customized entertainment package that caters to your group’s specific wants and needs.
The bar is open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-2am, Mondays 4pm-2am, and is located within Baltimore’s Power Plant Live at the Inner Harbor. If you’re looking for a laid-back atmosphere and a friendly crew, grab a brew, eat some food, make some friends and support local musicians at the Tin Roof in Baltimore.
For more information visit: https://www.tinroofbaltimore.com/about

The National Aquarium
Although this is not exactly a hidden gem, there are still a great deal of people who don’t know about the Aquarium. Tickets to the National Aquarium normally run $24.95 for children and $39.95 for adults.
Recently I was looking through their website and found that they do half price Fridays after 5 pm. This half price deal makes it much more accessible for college students or those on a budget. Half price Friday night starts at 5 p.m. and the last entrance is 7:30 p.m. which gives you ninety minutes to tour after the last entry–plenty of time to make it through the whole aquarium!

Rocky Point Park and Beach in Essex, MD. Photo Credit: Google Images.

Rocky Point Park and Beach located in Essex, MD
If you are looking for an adventure on a sunny day, check out Rocky Point Park and Beach located in Essex, MD. The park is open to the public year round for fishing, boating, and swimming. The park includes a sandy beach with a designated swimming area and an expansive view of the Chesapeake Bay. This is an ideal spot for a picnic with friends.

Charm City Stories Releases First Publication

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Baltimore’s New Student Art and Literary Magazine of Mental and Physical Health Debuts

You know an event is a success when there are more people than chairs. On Friday, April 6th, Charm City Stories, Baltimore’s first student literary and art magazine of mental and physical health, released its first publication with a poetry reading and gallery showing.

The slim and bold art magazine features the work of at least five Goucher students, including Natasha Hubatsek, ‘21, Michelle Cheifetz, ‘20, Ruth Diaz-Rivera, ‘20, Donche Golder, ‘19, and Sarojini Schutt, ‘18.

The magazine was founded by Johns Hopkins student Arunima Vijay. Through her experience living in Baltimore, Vijay had begun to notice many experiences with illness in the community around her, as well as the abundance of art. She desired to find a way to combine medicine with art, a desire which eventually led to the creation of this publication. Charm City stories is inspired by the field of Narrative Medicine, which is rooted in the idea that effective and humane healthcare relies on the ability to interpret and be moved by the stories of others.

Starting out, Vijay was nervous about how others would respond to her idea. “I didn’t know if I was the only one who thought there was a need for a publication doing this kind of work,” she said.

As it turned, however, Vijay was not alone in wanting a student publication focused on health. She was able to form a team of editors with three other students from Johns Hopkins: Anuradha Haridhas, Julia See, and their magazine and website designer, Coleman Haley. The team publicized through social media, student writing/art groups, and outreach to the heads of the art and writing departments at Johns Hopkins, Goucher, Loyola, UMBC, University of Maryland College Park, and Morgan University. Through these various outlets, they received student poetry, art, creative nonfiction and fiction, all of which was related to physical and mental health. “The most fulfilling part was the overwhelmingly positive response we got from the community,” said Vijay.

In addition to the support of the community, a student publication also requires financial backing. Charm City Stories was fortunate to receive funding by the Mellon Arts Innovation grant from Johns Hopkins University.
Between applying for the grant for funding, contacting writers and artists, designing the magazine, creating the website, and planning the exhibition, Vijay estimates that, altogether, putting together the magazine took several hundred hours. “It’s a year’s worth of hours and effort,” she said.

The publication opens with a poem from Goucher student Natasha Hubatsek entitled “maybe that’s another morning.” Hubatsek’s free verse poem wanders from crisp detail to sensory snapshot, tracing the thoughts of someone asking and answering the question of why they keep on getting up in the morning.
Further into the publication, Michelle Cheifetz’s contemplative poems, “Don’t cry,” “What isn’t,” and “science: Rome,” slide between italics and regular font, images and ideas, beauty and destruction. Cheifetz and Hubatsek both read from their work at the gallery showing and magazine opening.

About halfway through the magazine, Donche Golder’s poem, “This is what you need to hear, and why” speaks directly to the perpetrators of sexual assault. At the end of the poem, the poem’s speaker then addresses a particular yet general “you,” saying, “I could have inserted a name, but this poem isn’t for one person./ This poem is directed at “you,” whoever “you” may be,/ wherever “you” are, for whatever “you” have done wrong./ This is what you need to hear, and this is why.”

Many of the Goucher students involved submitted to the publication because they were in a writing class with Professor Katherine Cottle, and wanted to see how their work would be received outside of the classroom and the Goucher community. It appears that the response was largely a positive one, as the publication features the work of so many Goucher students.

The current team of Charm City Stories editors, consisting entirely of JHU students, hopes, in future years, to have more students from other schools involved in editing the publication. They would also like to have a broader audience, more submissions, a larger event venue…and more chairs.
To read the publication online, visit charmcitystories.com.

If you’re interested in applying for an editor position for next year, click here to fill out an application form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeV8pkhuw70NKOcwf_rL-jcQe-CIFfAuf3sSIrOTzwAHm_TZA/viewform

Featured Image: Charm City Stories Logo. Photo Credit: Charm City Stories Facebook Page

Goucher Students Published in Charm City Stories

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On Friday, April 6th, Charm City Stories, Baltimore’s first student literary and art magazine of mental and physical health, will release its first publication. The magazine will feature the work of at least four Goucher students: Donché Golder, Natasha Hubatsek, Michelle Cheifetz, and Ruth Diaz-Rivera.

Print copies of the free publication will be released at Johns Hopkins University at a gallery exhibition in the Second Decade Society Room of the Center for Visual Arts from 7-9pm. The publication will also be available online at charmcitystories.com.

Charm City stories is inspired by the field of Narrative Medicine, the idea that effective and humane healthcare relies on the ability to interpret and be moved by the stories of others. The first annual publication builds on the collaboration of writing departments at Johns Hopkins, Goucher, Loyola, UMBC, University of Maryland College Park, and Morgan University. The first annual publication of the free magazine is sponsored by the Mellon Arts Innovation grant from Johns Hopkins University.

One day, Goucher writing professor Katherine Cottle asked her writing students to submit at least one piece for publication before they left class, and this was the assignment that led to the publication in Charm City Stories for Donché Golder. Golder, ’18, submitted a poem, entitled “This is what you need to hear, and why.”

Through his poem, Golder explores themes of healing and accountability. “Without beating around the bush,” he said, “the poem is about sexual assault. The bulk of the poem addresses the agony of those who have been effected by sexual violence/abuse and the last four lines drive the point home: ‘I could have inserted a name, but this poem isn’t for one person./ This poem is directed at “you,” whoever “you” may be,/ wherever “you” are, for whatever “you” have done wrong./ This is what you need to hear, and this is why.’”

Golder, a 4th year English Major, Professional Writing minor, was inspired to submit for Charm City Stories because, he admitted, he hadn’t been published since seventh grade. “I’ve come a long way since then and I think it shows in my work,” he said.

To find out more, visit charmcitystories.com.

Events in Baltimore: April 2nd – April 21st

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Events in Baltimore

 

KEY:
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**​ ​21+

April 2

  • Japanese Breakfast, Emily Reo at Ottobar
  • Krosis, Silent on Fifth Street, Terraform, The Seamstress, Feed Me Fear, The Ominous They at Sidebar
  • Nobunny, Homosuperior, Mallwalker at Metro Gallery
  • Revival Series: “Edward Scissorhands” (1990) dir. Tim Burton at The Senator Theatre
  • Revival Series: “Trouble No More” (2017) dir. Jennifer LeBeau at The Charles Theatre

April 3

  • Rusty Blue, Old Eastern, The Vibesmen at Sidebar
  • Let My Pizza Go at Joe Squared
  • Grateful April, Catullus, Naked Jungle at The 8×10
  • Revival Series: “Edward Scissorhands” (1990) dir. Tim Burton at The Senator Theatre
  • “Speak Up” (2016) dir. Stephane de Freitas, Ladj Ly (one night only!) at The SNF Parkway

April 4

  • Sirenia, Threat Signal, Valinor Excelsior, Niviane, Marzy Maddox** at Ottobar
  • avoid., Clairvoyant, Hostile Array, Summer Homes, Human Travesty at Sidebar
  • Grateful April, Stewbone, A Benefit for Dean at The 8×10
  • Andrew Robear at Tin Roof
  • Spirited Away screening at The Crown
  • $1 Roller Skating at Hot Skates
  • Bread and Puppet Presents: The Basic Bye Bye Show! At 2240 Space
  • Revival Series: “All the President’s Men” (1976) dir. Alan J. Pakula at The Senator Theatre
  • “Silent Italian Cinema in Baltimore” (1917) (one night only!) at The SNF Parkway

April 5

  • Katie von Schleicher, Liz Yayda, Wishing Rock** at Ottobar
  • Dirkschneider, Elm Street, A Sound of Thunder, Cyber Strike at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Withered, Wake, Embalming Process, Rukut, Drugs Of Faith at Sidebar
  • BWC Presents: Gin and Jokes at Joe Squared
  • 90’s Night with live music by As If at Tin Roof
  • Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes at Royal Farms Arena
  • My So Called Trivia and Comedy at The Crown
  • Hey You, Come Back! April Reading at The Crown
  • Ruune, Little Gunpowder at The Ballroom Gallery
  • Sweaty Eyeballs presents: “The Breadwinner” (2017) dir. Nora Twomney (one night only!) at The SNF Parkway
  • Revival Series: “Trouble No More” (2017) dir. Jennifer LeBeau at The Charles Theatre

April 6

  • Pretty in Pink 80’s Prom Party!* at Ottobar
  • Cradle of Filth, Jinjer, Uncured at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Billy Winn, Logicoma, Woven In, L. Valerie at Sidebar
  • Talegunner** at Fish Head Cantina
  • Magic Beans, Slow Lights at The 8×10
  • Nate McCormick at Tin Roof
  • Skies in Chaos at Tin Roof
  • Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes at Royal Farms Arena
  • Broken Social Scene, Belle Game at Rams Head Live!
  • Bleachers, Foreign Air at Power Plant Live!
  • World Sound Series: Anbessa Orchestra at The Motor House
  • Jawn Parker Lewish Art Show at The Crown
  • “Claire’s Camera” (2017) dir. Hong Sangsoo opening at The SNF Parkway
  • “The Great Silence” (1968) dir. Sergio Corbucci opening at The SNF Parkway

April 7

  • Current Joys, Romantic States, Reagan Cats at Ottobar
  • lil bill, El Plaga, Al Rogers, Jr., Grotto Gang with DJs James P and S at Sidebar
  • Jack Russell’s Great White, Korupt, Ace Holiday, Scarlet Angel** at Fish Head Cantina
  • Higher Education, Stratus Fear, The Vibesmen, The Harbor Boys at The 8×10
  • Skies in Chaos at Tin Roof
  • Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes at Royal Farms Arena
  • Amplify: Work by Matthew Moore and Gideon Bok at Exeter Gallery
  • Natural Velvet, Toxic Moxie, Ratboiler, Pinkwench at The Crown
  • Your Dream Coat, June Pastel, Mothpuppy, Salt Circles at EMP Collective
  • Revival Series: “Mean Streets” (1973) dir. Martin Scorsese at The Charles Theatre

April 8

  • 3teeth/H099O9: Lights Out America, Street Sects, Eu1ogy at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Judah Friedlander at Joe Squared
  • Mike Manos at Tin Roof
  • Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes at Royal Farms Arena
  • Lil Skies, Landon Cube, YBS Skola at Rams Head Live!
  • The Collection, Super City, Josephy Mulhollen (solo) at The Crown
  • Revival Series: “All the President’s Men” (1976) dir. Alan J. Pakula at The Senator Theatre

April 9

  • Social Club Misfits, Riley, Clemmons at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Pinkish Black, Dark Water Transit, Blacksage at Metro Gallery
  • Revival Series: “All the President’s Men” (1976) dir. Alan J. Pakula at The Senator Theatre
  • “Tainted Blood” dir. Jill Yesko (one night only!) at The SNF Parkway
  • Revival Series: “Mean Streets” (1973) dir. Martin Scorsese at The Charles Theatre

April 10

  • Maxo Kream, Cuz Lightyear, Nature Boi, Dre Thompson at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Signs of Spring at Metro Gallery
  • Colorful Sounds: Concord Jazz Project ft. Khalid Thompson at The Motor House
  • An Evening with Lou Barlow at Baby’s on Fire!
  • Revival Series: “All the President’s Men” (1976) dir. Alan J. Pakula at The Senator Theatre

April 11

  • Vampire Beat, Duchess And The Deadbirds, Tenwatch at Sidebar
  • Negative Gemini & George Clanton, Amy Reid, Giddeon Gallows at Metro Gallery
  • Grateful April, Jerry Tripsters at The 8×10
  • Trevor Davis at Tin Roof
  • The Holy Mountain screening at The Crown
  • GRID, the WHRD, Heraldry at EMP Collective
  • Revival Series: “The African Queen” (1951) dir. John Huston at The Senator Theatre
  • Revival Series: “Mean Streets” (1973) dir. Martin Scorsese at The Charles Theatre

April 12

  • Third Grade Friends, Teenage Mortgage, Holy Fingers, The Fun Boys at Ottobar
  • Prisoner at Sidebar
  • Bit Brigade, Rare Candy, Double Ferrari, Garbage Masher at Metro Gallery
  • 90’s Night with live music by As If at Tin Roof
  • Fortunate Youth, Ballyhoo!, Tatanka at Rams Head Live!
  • Disney Junior Dance Party Live! at The Lyric
  • Surf Harp, Pet, Bilge Rat, Scroll Downers at The Crown
  • Bob’s Burgers and Beats at The Crown
  • “New World” (2013) dir. Hoon-jung Park (one night only!) at The SNF Parkway

April 13

  • Emo Nite Baltimore* at Ottobar
  • Rico Nasty, Abby Jasmine, Cellis, Phizzals at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Infinite Pizza, BRAT, Manners Manners, Midnight In Rome at Sidebar
  • Queens of Noise: The Runaways Tribute, Amazing Bill, Taller Tales,  The GoAround, The Stereophonic Heartbreak* at Metro Gallery
  • YoNoSay, Bloomer, The Ok-Ok’s, SunNotYellow at Joe Squared
  • Madhouse (Ozzy Tribute), Uncalled4, One Day Waiting, Jamnation, Munk** at Fish Head Cantina
  • #NoGenreShow ft. Mundy, Marc Evans, Blackroot Underground
  • Andrew Robear at Tin Roof
  • Sons of the Radio at Tin Roof
  • Wolf Alice, The Big Pink at Rams Head Live!
  • Pique Collective presents: Attach Mode at The Motor House
  • Snakes (record release), Quitter, Pearl, Strawberry Sleepover at EMP Collective
  • “Leaning Into The Wind” (2017) dir. Thomas Reidelsheimer opening at The SNF Parkway
  • “Where is Kyra” (2017) dir. Andrew Dosunmu opening at The SNF Parkway

April 14

  • The Coffin Daggers, Quattracenta, The Bali Llamas, The Phantom Killers at Ottobar
  • The Werks & Litz, Deaf Scene at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Local3, Sleepers, Edorra, Treazon, Oncedrowned at Sidebar
  • Hide, Blacksage, Drone Theory, Necere, DJ Blasphemous Rumors at Metro Gallery
  • NYC Comedy Invades Baltimore at Joe Squared
  • Sadistic Vision, Final Flesh, Crimson Orchid, Black Rose, Bridges Will Burn** at Fish Head Cantina
  • Depth Perception Presents: Alignment Tour ft. Deerskin, Aliens at Work, Zero Gravity, Cntrlla, Morphics at The 8×10
  • Boom Boom Jones at Tin Roof
  • Shogun Fights XVIII at Royal Farms Arena
  • Revival Series: “L’Argent” (1983) dir. Robert Bresson at The Charles Theatre

April 15

  • School of Rock – Baltimore at Ottobar
  • Spring Kick-Off at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Footwerk, Jackie Venson at Metro Gallery
  • Josh Lewis of Joint Operation at Tin Roof
  • Wild Kratts LIVE! at The Lyric
  • Revival Series: “The African Queen” (1951) dir. John Huston at The Senator Theatre
  • “Stage Russia: Uncle Vanya” opening at The SNF Parkway

April 16

  • Grateful April, Jordan August and Friends at The 8×10
  • Revival Series: “The African Queen” (1951) dir. John Huston at The Senator Theatre
  • “Blade” and “Blade II” double feature (1998, 2002) dir. Stephen Norrington, Guillermo del Toro (one night only!) at The SNF Parkway
  • Revival Series: “L’Argent” (1983) dir. Robert Bresson at The Charles Theatre

April 17

  • Dumbfounded – The Yikes! Year of the Ox, Nafla, Isaac Flame, DJ Zo, Jahn Rome at Baltimore Soundstage
  • This Curse. at Sidebar
  • Revival Series: “The African Queen” (1951) dir. John Huston at The Senator Theatre
  • Sight Unseen presents: “Note to Self: Films of Nazli Dincel” dir. Nazli Dincel (one night only!) at The SNF Parkway

April 18

  • Punchline, The Stolen, Fives at Ottobar
  • Eric B. & Rakim – The Technique Tour, Yo-yo at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Forever Finessin Movement presents: Tha Rumble in the DMV at Sidebar
  • Weaves, Stef Chura, Wishing Rock at Metro Gallery
  • Chris Diller at Tin Roof
  • Soulfly & Nile, Bridge to Divide, Seventh Seal, Fire in Elysum at Rams Head Live!
  • Superman 3 screening at The Crown
  • Revival Series: “Dead Man” (1995) dir. Jim Jarmusch at The Senator Theatre

April 19

  • Juice Bruns, Jett Bailey, Solesky, Famos Amos, Faraji Jacobs at Ottobar
  • Rhiannon Gidden at Baltimore Soundstage
  • The Dirty Grass Players, Dirty Blanket, Friend Pickin’ at The 8×10
  • Artist Talks w/ Ernest & Gail Kromah at The Motor House
  • Sentient Planet 6 at The Crown
  • Revival Series: “L’Argent” (1983) dir. Robert Bresson at The Charles Theatre

April 20

  • Kevin Morby, Hand Habits, more TBA! At Ottobar
  • Buckethead at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Syringe (EP Release Show) at Sidebar
  • Stoned to Death 420 Metal and Magic, The Flying Eyes (final Baltimore show!) Haze Mage, Heavy Temple, Lazlo Lee and The Motherless Children, Tombtoker* at Metro Gallery
  • So Lonely (Police Tribute)** at Fish Head Cantina
  • Psycho Killers at The 8×10
  • Joey Harkum at Tin Roof
  • Badfish – A Tribute to Sublime, Bumpin Uglies, Edjacated Phools at Rams Head Live!
  • The Matt Davis Comedy Hypnosis Show at The Motor House
  • Up in Smoke: JoshStokes, MedicineMan, DavonneD’Neil, Theabbitt at The Crown
  • “Love After Love” (2018) dir. Russel Harbaugh opening at The SNF Parkway
  • “The Endless” (2018) dir. Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead opening at The SNF Parkway
  • “Vampire Clay” (2017) dir. Soichi Umezawa opening at The SNF Parkway
  • “The Devil and Father Amorth” and “The Exorcist” (2017, 1973) opening at The SNF Parkway

April 21

  • RECORD STORE DAY 2018
  • Bully, War on Women (record release), Shellshag at Ottobar
  • Tesseract, Plini, Astronoid at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Modern Fuzz, Tild, Apex, Sycamyre, Paid in Full at Sidebar
  • Black Alley Band at Metro Gallery
  • My Life with The Thrill Kill Kult, 51 Peg, Machines of Living Death, Screaming in Silence** at Fish Head Cantina
  • Ivy Lab, PAINT, Shield, Chee at The 8×10
  • Rally in the Alley at Tin Roof
  • Platinum Comedy Tour ft. Mike Epps, Earthquake, Deray Davis, Rickey Smiley, Tony Rock
  • The Journalouges at The Motor House
  • A Lor Bit of Soul at The Motor House
  • Revival Series: “Port of Call” (1948) dir. Ingmar Bergman at The Charles Theatre

Events in Baltimore (March 17th – March 30th)

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Events in Baltimore (March 17th – March 30th)

 

KEY:
*​ ​18+
**​ ​21+

March 17

  • Santa Librada album release party w/ Gateway to Hell and Holy Fingers at The Windup Space
  • Kurt Deemer Band, Cancled Stamps, Divining Rod, The Jennifers at Ottobar
  • “Don’t Kiss Me. I’m Not Irish” Dance Party** at Ottobar
  • The Mantras, Squaring The Circle* at Metro Gallery
  • “FOOD NOT BOMBS” Benefit at Sidebar
  • Herd of Main Street, Run Come See, Echo Bloom at Joe Squared
  • The Legwarmers: Ultimate 80’s St. Patrick’s Day at Rams Head Live!
  • Torrey Smith Family Fund Charity Basketball Game at Royal Farms Arena
  • Schubert The Great at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • Gallery Show: Ernest Kromah “Legacy of an Icon” (ongoing) at The Motor House
  • Zip Into the Yellow Light ft. Abdu Ali at The Motor House
  • Revival Series: “The Big Heat” (1953) dir. Fritz Lang at The Charles Theater
  • Sugar ‘n’ Spice at The Crown
  • Skin Tight Soul Party at The Crown
  • “Family Life” (2017) dir. Cristian Jimenez & Alicia Scherson (3 shows only!) at The SNF Parkway

March 18

  • Drinking and Dragons** at The Windup Space
  • Little Tybee The Reign of Kindo, Del Florida at Ottobar
  • The Sweet Spot Baltimore: Mardi Gras Edition* at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras Concert at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • Romeo and Juliet at The Lyric
  • Coffee Fest at Baltimore Convention Center
  • “Stage Russia: Chekhov’s Three Sisters at The SNF Parkway
  • Bobbi Rush, Josh Stokes, Lambda Celsius & Internet Boyfriend at The Crown

March 19

  • The Noise Presents: Iced Earth – The Incorruptable World Tour and more! at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Comedy Night! at Sidebar
  • Revival Series: “The Big Heat” (1953) dir. Fritz Lang at The Charles Theater
  • “Sight Unseen and Secret Psychic Cinema co-present Spatial, Celestial, Cerebral: Short Films by Woman Filmmakers (one night only!) at The SNF Parkway

March 20

  • Baltimore Boom Bap Society at The Windup Space
  • Brown Angel, Hangers, Tombtoker, Wayward at Sidebar
  • The Great Uprising: Race Riots in Urban America during the 1960’s at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse
  • “Everyman at the Parkway: Big Night (1996) dir. Stanley Tucci & Campbell Scott (one night only!) at The SNF Parkway

March 21

  • Snail Mail, Shame, Romantic States, more TBA at Ottobar
  • Soft Kill, Choir Boy, Blacksage, Carl Gene* at Metro Gallery
  • Red Sun Rising, Imbued, Old Eastern at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Ether, Deep Rest, Dead Empires, Pickwick Commons at Sidebar
  • Miguel at The Lyric
  • The Art of Comedy Open Mic at The Motor House
  • Revival Series: “Festival!” (1967) dir. Murray Lerner at The Senator Theatre
  • “Stage Russia: Chekhov’s Three Sisters at The SNF Parkway
  • TWEN (TN), Den-mate, Hexgirlfriends, Albert Bagman at The Crown
  • Co-op Happy Hour with BRED at Baltimore Bicycle Works
  • Michael Loadenthal presents The Politics of Attack at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse
  • “Maineland” (2017) dir. Miao Wang at The SNF Parkway

March 22

  • Bugg, Wildhoney, Post Pink + Ultra Beauty at The Windup Space
  • Steely Dan vs Fleetwood Mac Vinyl DJ Night** at Ottobar
  • Forever Came Calling, In Her Own Words, Hold Close, Something More, Chris Swartz* at Metro Gallery
  • Elohim at Baltimore Soundstage
  • MUNK, Evergroove, Xactil Xperience at Sidebar
  • BSO Pulse: Valerie June at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • Turntabliss Thursday’s w/ DJ Pope at The Motor House
  • Film Screening: Release at The Motor House
  • Revival Series: “The Big Heat” (1953) dir. Fritz Lang at The Charles Theater
  • Everything Will Be Okay (A stand-up comedy show) at The Crown
  • “The Times of Harvey Milk” (1984) dir. Robert Epstein at The SNF Parkway

March 23

  • Shannon and the Clams, LIP at The Windup Space
  • Lightning Bolt, Glockabelle, James Twig Harper, Book of Morrin at Ottobar
  • Movements, Can’t Swim, Super Whatevr, Gleemer at Metro Gallery
  • Our Last Night – Selective Hearing North America tour 2018 w/ I The Might, Don Bronco, Jule Vera at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Hungover, One Life To Lead, Matt Talley at Sidebar
  • Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour at Royal Farms Arena
  • The High & Wides (early show!) at Joe Squared
  • Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • “12 Days” (2017) dir. Raymond Depardon opening at The SNF Parkway
  • “A Ciambra” (2017) dir. Janas Carpignano opening at The SNF Parkway

March 24

  • Icon for Hire, Makeout, Courage My Love at Ottobar
  • “Feed The Tree” 90’s Alternative Party w. DJ Matthew Rubbish** at Ottobar
  • Breakforth & Think Again, Indianhead, Palm Trees in Moscow, The Revived* at Metro Gallery
  • Barely Alive & Virtual Riot, Anoxex, Cybin Quest, Don DC, Campbell at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Dark Waters End, Genevieve, Pathogenic, Emerge A Tyrant, Constituents at Sidebar
  • DysDopia: Comedu Music End of the World Party at Joe Squared
  • Area 301, Milton J and The Leftovers, Old Eastern, The Control** at Fish Head Cantina
  • Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour at Royal Farms Arena
  • Classical Revolution presents Lost & Found at The Motor House
  • Revival Series: “Crisis” (1946) dir. Ingmar Bergman at The Charles Theater
  • “Belly and Set It Off” (1998/1996) double feature (one night only!) at The SNF Parkway

March 25

  • Expert of Nothing at The Windup Space
  • Ottobar Equinox Spring Flea Market at Ottobar
  • ATM, George’s Bush, Joe Biden, Mallwalker at Ottobar
  • Gost, computer Magic, Ca8al* at Metro Gallery
  • Timeflies, Bryce Vine, Baby Raptors at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Revival Series: “Festival!” (1967) dir. Murray Lerner at The Senator Theatre

March 26

  • Horatio Dark at The Windup Space
  • Generations Tour: Mega Ran, Non Like Joshua, and more! at Ottobar
  • Comedy Night! at Sidebar
  • Revival Series: “Festival!” (1967) dir. Murray Lerner at The Senator Theatre
  • Revival Series: “Crisis” (1946) dir. Ingmar Bergman at The Charles Theater
  • “Gummo” (1997) dir. Harmony Korine (one night only!) at The SNF Parkway

March 27

  • Norma Jean, Gideon, Toothgrinder, Greyhaven, Birthright
  • Cloak, Mother Moon* at Metro Gallery
  • Revival Series: “Festival!” (1967) dir. Murray Lerner at The Senator Theatre
  • Filthy (TX), Nightmare Difficulty & Sword Prom at Holy Frijoles

March 28

  • The Screams, Morning Dew, Dedyuth, Triple Backflip, Committee at Ottobar
  • Watain, Destroyer 666, Tomb at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Sidebar Flea Market! at Sidebar
  • Drake Bell, Tyron, Joe Kirk, Cecilia Grance, Brian Hardy at Fish Head Cantina
  • Revival Series: “Edward Scissorhands” (1990) dir. Tim Burton at The Senator Theatre
  • Royal Brat (MN), No Hair, Eggman at True Vine Record Shop
  • Resounding Silence at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse
  • Patsy’s Rats, Outer Spaces, Glue Traps at Asian Taste

March 29

  • Billy Lyve & Ill Luck, Jaymoney Hackett, Ignorant Idols at Ottobar
  • Daddy Issues, PLRLS, James & The Giant Peach* at Metro Gallery
  • The Contortionist, Silent Planet, Skyharbor, Strawberry Girls at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Flower at Sidebar
  • Control Top, Empath, Vo//id, Wipeout at Joe Squared
  • Revival Series: “Crisis” (1946) dir. Ingmar Bergman at The Charles Theater
  • MLK, Jr. and the Memphis Strike at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse

March 30

  • DA KID EMM, Teemonee, and more!*
  • Joh Works, Death by Bong, Dj Selah* at Metro Gallery
  • Australia’s Thunder From Down Under* at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Apex tha Genius, Elaye, Lil Millzz, Yung Easy, Silent Tough Guys, Dre Thompson at Sidebar
  • The Fun Boys, Phase Arcade, Phantasm, Lushfarm at Joe Squared
  • Eve to Adam, Blacklight District, VEER, Calisus, Demyze at Fish Head Cantina
  • Saved by the 90’s with the Bayside Tigers at Rams Head Live!
  • Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band at Royal Farms Arena
  • Women’s History Month Performance Celebration at The Motor House
  • “Flower” (2017) dir. Max Winkler opening at The SNF Parkway
  • “Outside In” (2017) dir. Lynn Shelton opening at The SNF Parkway
  • “The Chine Hustle” (2017) dir. Jed Rothstein opening at The SNF Parkway

Featured Image: Baltimore’s Snail Mail. Photo Credit: BrooklynVegan

KATYA CASTRO

Readings in Baltimore (March 1st – March 16th)

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UPCOMING READINGS IN THE AREA (through March 16)
For more information: http://www.theivybookshop.com/event

Thursday, March 1: Eric Puchner In Conversation With Nate Brown: Last
Day On Earth
BIRD IN HAND

Tuesday, March 6: Giles Milton: Churchill’s Ministry Of Ungentlemanly
Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler's Defeat
THE IVY BOOKSHOP

Wednesday, March 7: Elliot Ackerman: Dark At The Crossing
THE IVY BOOKSHOP

Thursday, March 8: Peter Edelman: Not A Crime To Be Poor: The
Criminalization Of Poverty In America
CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER

Monday, March 12: Elana Zaiman: The Forever Letter: Writing What We
Believe For Those We Love
CHIZUK AMUNO CONGREGATION

Tuesday, March 14: The Writing Seminars Presents: Jessica Anya Blau, Jane
Delury And Rahul Kanakia
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY WRITING SEMINARS

Tuesday, March 14: Writers LIVE: Joshua Clark Davis: From Head Shops To
Whole Foods: The Rise And Fall Of Activist Entrepreneurs
MD STATE LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED

Wednesday, March 15: Antero Pietila: Not In My Neighborhood: How
Bigotry Shaped A Great American City
BALTIMORE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY – PIKESVILLE BRANCH

Thursday, March 16: Brown Lecture: Dr. Mary Frances Berry: History
Teaches Us To Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded In
Challenging Times
ENOCH PRATT FREE LIBRARY, AFRICAN AMERICAN DEPARTMENT

Thursday, March 16: Imbolo Mbue: Behold The Dreamers
THE IVY BOOKSHOP

Events in Baltimore (March 2nd-March 16th)

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KEY:
*​ ​18+
** ​21+

March 2

  • “Take Me Out!” 2000’s Indie Dance Party!* at Ottobar
  • Tomason (record release), Sea Lilies (record release), Flying Faders, Yanni II at The Windup Space
  • Pressing Strings, Skribe* at Metro Gallery
  • Lost in Society, Rooney’s Show, The Stifled, Old Bay Thrashers* at The Sidebar
  • American Nightmare, Pissed Jeans, Protester, Cloak/Dagger at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • SOOHAN, Anna Morgan, Christian Dope* at The 8×10
  • Border and Prison Empire with Todd Miller and Nasim Chatha at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse
  • Your Solar, In The Presence of Wolves, Heavy Wire, Geph* at Downsquares
  • Outcalls, North by North, Hexgirlfriends at The Bun Shop
  • “Western” directed by Valeska Grisebach (2017) opening at The SNF Parkway
  • “Loveless” directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev (2017) opening at The Charles Theatre
  • “Nostalgia” directed by Mark Pellington (2018) opening at The Charles Theatre
  • “The Party” directed by Sally Potter (2018) opening at The Charles Theatre

March 3

  • Koru Mindfulness Workshop (3pm) at ACE Multipurpose Room, JR 233
  • New Wave Dance Party w/ DJ Billy** at Ottobar
  • Bedlam Brass, The Mondawmen, J Pope and the HearNOW at The Windup Space
  • Midvale (album release), The New Reign, Saturine, Navarium, Spermasaurus Rex at Metro Gallery
  • Madball, Next Step Up, Flatline, Evade* at The Sidebar
  • Kid Rock: American Rock n’ Roll Tour at Royal Farms Arena
  • Jeanne Robertson at The Lyric
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • Dermot Kennedy at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Endless Hyteria (CD release party), Go On Red, Common Corpse, After the Broken at Fish Head Cantina!
  • 15th Annual MammoJam Music Festival at The 8×10
  • Fox 45 and The CW: B’More Healthy Expo at Baltimore Convention Center
  • Purim in Space!** at The Crown
  • NYC Comedy Invades Baltimore at Joe Squared
  • Baltimore Family Biking Open House at Peabody Heights Brewery
  • Revival Series: “The Earrings of Madame De…” directed by Max Ophüls (1953) at The Charles Theatre
  • Cinema Sundays: TBD (announced the week of) at The Charles Theatre

March 4

  • Bedlam Brass, The Mondawmen, J Pope and the HearNOW at The Windup Space
  • Vista Kicks, Rent Party, Stranger at Metro Gallery
  • Alice Cooper at The Lyric
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • Aaron Watson, Jack Ingram, Ryan Beaver at Baltimore Soundstage
  • World Sound Series: Meklit at The Motor House
  • The Body Is Not an Apology with Sonya Renee Taylor at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse
  • March Drone Brunch ft. Forrest Marquisse & his Ocatones, La Llorona, Will Ryerson, Dan Zink at Holy Underground
  • Sunday Night Video game Throwdown ft. GoldenEye 64! at Holy Frijoles
  • “Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles” directed by Chantal Akerman (1973) opening at The SNF Parkway
  • Revival Series: “Singin’ in the Rain” directed by Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly (1952) at The Senator Theater

March 5

  • Hippie Sabotage, Melvv, Olivia Noelle at Rams Head Live!
  • Brett Dennen, Dean Lewis at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Revival Series: “The Earrings of Madame De…” directed by Max Ophüls (1953) at The Charles Theatre
  • Revival Series: “Singin’ in the Rain” directed by Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly (1952) at The Senator Theater

March 6

  • Arts on Stage: The Peking Chinese Acrobats (10:15am, 12pm) at Kraushaar Auditorium
  • Dell Upton – What Can and Can’t be Said: Commemorating African-American History in the Shadow of the Confederacy (7:30pm) at Kelly Lecture Hall
  • Standup Comedy at The Windup Space: Benefit for Homeless in Baltimore at The Windup Space
  • Sweet Ascent* at The Sidebar
  • Eric Johnson (with original band members Tommy Taylor & Kyle Brock, guest Arielle) at Rams Head Live!
  • Transgender History with Susan Stryker at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse
  • “Until the Birds Return” directed by Karim Moussaoui (2017) One night only! at The SNF Parkway
  • Revival Series: “Singin’ in the Rain” directed by Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly (1952) at The Senator Theater

March 7

  • Arts on Stage: The Peking Chinese Acrobats (10:15am, 12pm) at Kraushaar Auditorium
  • Drink and Draw!** at The Windup Space
  • The Zephyr Bones, The Dune Flowers, hellp* at Metro Gallery
  • TRON-PING: Black Light Table Tennis at The Windup Space
  • JJ Grey & Mofro, Hollis Brown at Rams Head Live!
  • People’s Blues of Richmond, March Residency, Disco Risque, Medusa’s Disco* at The 8×10
  • “Everything Is Terrible!’s The Great Satan” LIVE SHOW! One night only! at The SNF Parkway
  • Revival Series: “Dune” directed by David Lynch (1984) at The Senator Theater

March 8

  • Music Program Student Showcase (8pm) at Haebler Memorial Chapel
  • “Queer Qrush” All-Inclusive dance party w/ DJ Pancakes at Ottobar**
  • Epic Beard Men (Sage Francis & B. Dolan), Height Keech, Seez Mics* at Metro Gallery
  • Lost Stars, FIVES, Saving Apollo, Cecilia Grace* at The Sidebar
  • From Vienna to Broadway at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • Raw Baltimore presents: “Envision” at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Toubab Krewe, Suga Grits* at The 8×10
  • USA Fencing 2018 March North America at Baltimore Convention Center
  • The Slim Jimmies, Pinkwench, Your Ex’s Pets at New America
  • Revival Series: “The Earrings of Madame De…” directed by Max Ophüls (1953) at The Charles Theatre

March 9

  • Arts on Stage: Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad (10:15am, 12pm) at Kraushaar Auditorium
  • Le Malade Imaginaire  (7:30pm) at Mildred Dunnock Theatre
  • Emo Night Baltimore* at Ottobar
  • Super City, :3Lon, Raw Silk* at Metro Gallery
  • The Dissociated* at The Sidebar
  • From Vienna to Broadway at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • Deer Tick, Solomon Georgio at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Crazy Town, Davey Suicide, Dead Atlantic, 13 Prisons, Ethics** at Fish Head Cantina!
  • TRUTH, DMVU, Distinct Motive, Seromatic* at The 8×10
  • Revolution Talent at Baltimore Convention Center
  • USA Fencing 2018 March North America at Baltimore Convention Center
  • The Ward, Silver Gulls, Pale Stag, Vickers* at Joe Squared
  • End It, Hangman, Paper Trail* at Asian Taste
  • Witches, Wine, & Tattoos at Ripp’d Canvas Tattoo
  • “The Young Karl Marx” directed by Raoul Peck (2017) opening at The SNF Parkway
  • “Werewolf” directed by Ashley McKenzie (2017) opening at The SNF Parkway
  • “Submission” directed by Richard Levine (2018) opening at The Charles Theatre
  • “The Leisure Seeker” directed by Paolo Virzì (2018) opening at The Charles Theatre
  • “Thoroughbreds” directed by Cory Finley (2018) opening at The Charles Theatre

March 10

  • Le Malade Imaginaire  (7:30pm) at Mildred Dunnock Theatre
  • The BPM Experience: The Baltimore Experience at The Windup Space
  • Fade To Black (Metallica Tribute), Bastards of Reality* at Metro Gallery
  • From Vienna to Broadway at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • St. Patrick’s Celebration at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • Family Luncheon: St. Patrick’s Celebration at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • Senses fail, Reggie and The Full Effect, Have Mercy, Household at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Dethstrike (Megadeth tribute), Impact, Season of Fear, Start the Scene, Dark Entity** at Fish Head Cantina!
  • Charm City Bluegrass Festival: Battle of the Bands FINALS* at The 8×10
  • Revolution Talent at Baltimore Convention Center
  • USA Fencing 2018 March North America at Baltimore Convention Center
  • Bollymore* ft. DJ NativeSUN, Hoeteps, Nikilad and Bharatanatyam Dance Performances by Sylvia Vadakara at The Motor House
  • Graffiti Warehouse Broadway Meet n’ Greet Party!
  • Awesome – Art Addiction at The Impact Hub
  • Revival Series: “Good Morning/Ohayo” directed by at Yasujiro Ozu (1969) at The Charles Theatre
  • Cinema Sundays: TBD (announced the week of) at The Charles Theatre
  • MET Opera: Semiramide opening at The Charles Theatre

March 11

  • Patricia Racette at The Lyric
  • From Vienna to Broadway at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • PNB Rock, Lil Baby at Baltimore Soundstage
  • The Music Workshop at The 8×10
  • Revolution Talent at Baltimore Convention Center
  • USA Fencing 2018 March North America at Baltimore Convention Center
  • BPS Presents: “Thank God It’s Friday” at Homewood Friends Meeting, Baltimore
  • Revival Series: “Dune” directed by David Lynch (1984) at The Senator Theater

March 12

  • Aseethe, Vile Creature, Curse, No/Mas at Ottobar
  • Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: Baltimore at The Windup Space
  • Music Adventures with Michael Ferraguto at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • Dark Funeral & Septicflesh, Thy Antichrist at Baltimore Soundstage
  • USA Fencing 2018 March North America at Baltimore Convention Center
  • Revival Series: “Good Morning/Ohayo” directed by at Yasujiro Ozu (1969) at The Charles Theatre
  • Revival Series: “Dune” directed by David Lynch (1984) at The Senator Theater

March 13

  • Arts on Stage: The Wizard of Oz (10:15am, 12pm) at Kraushaar Auditorium
  • Division of Student Affairs Spring Diversity Speaker: Laverne Cox at Towson University – SECU Arena
  • Bachelor Boys Showcase at The Windup Space
  • Raising Cadence* at The Sidebar
  • Nightwish at The Lyric
  • Dumpstaphunk* at The 8×10
  • The Legend of the Black Mecca with Dr. Maurice Hobson at Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse
  • Revival Series: “Dune” directed by David Lynch (1984) at The Senator Theater

March 14

  • TRON-PING: Black Light Table Tennis at The Windup Space
  • Movie Night! ft. Hackers + Post-movie DJ set at The Sidebar
  • People’s Blues of Richmond, March Residency, Tweed, Hustle Souls* at The 8×10
  • “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” directed by Blake Edwards (1961) at The Senator Theater

March 15

  • Arts on Stage: Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (10:15am, 12pm) at Kraushaar Auditorium
  • Clayton Fletcher at Joe Squared
  • Us and Us Only, Nina Gala, Mess at Ottobar
  • Heresy – Goth/Industrial Night** at Ottobar
  • Iron Chic, At Face Value, American Television, Cowabunga Pizza Time* at Metro Gallery
  • Schubert The Great at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • Dokkem, Korupt, Reckoning Crew, The Methmatics** at Fish Head Cantina!
  • Third Thursday Bluegrass: The Plate Scrapers, Strong Water, West King String Band* at The 8×10
  • Keith Harkin at Tin Roof
  • Revival Series: “Being John Malkovich” directed by Spike Jonze (1999) at The Charles Theatre

March 16

  • 4 Hours of Funk** at The Windup Space
  • The Blow, Joint Combo* at Metro Gallery
  • Fourth Dominion, Ancalagon, Genevieve, Mother Moon* at The Sidebar
  • Blake Shelton: Country Music Freaks Tour at Royal Farms Arena
  • Schubert The Great at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Center
  • The Noise presents “Pop Evil: Music Over Words” Tour: Black Map, Palaye Royale at Baltimore Soundstage
  • Dying Breed, Voodoo, Fast As Lightning, Adjust the Sails** at Fish Head Cantina!
  • Christian Lopez & Plevyak, Conor Brendan and The Wild Hunt, Splendor Tree* at The 8×10
  • Coffee Fest at Baltimore Convention Center
  • Thee Lexington Arrows, The Combs, The Forwards, The Creachies at Joe Squared
  • June Pastel, B.R.A.T at New America
  • “Kill Me Please” directed by Anita Rocha da Silveira (2015) opening at The SNF Parkway

Poetry as Community

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It is not so frequent an event that speakers are introduced as having created oceans. Oceans with “clear and clean water,” into which one can be submersed, “with no part left dry.”
On Thursday, February 15th, poets Airea D. Matthews and Ladan Osman visited Goucher for an evening of dinner, conversation, and, most importantly, poetry. They were the first in a series of poets whose visits will be sponsored by the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College.

Airea D Matthews and Ladan Osman.
Photo Credit: Goucher College Events Calendar

Typically, the Kratz Center sponsors one visiting writer event in the fall semester. For example, last semester Elizabeth Strout made a visit, and in previous years, other big names like Sherman Alexie, Seamus Heaney, and W.S. Merwin have come to Goucher. Then, in the spring semester, the Kratz Center sponsors a visiting writer to teach a course. This semester H.G. Carrillo is leading a fiction writing workshop. Goucher alumni Edgar Kunz is also visiting and teaching creative writing. In addition to these annually-run programs, however, the Kratz Center is also sponsoring something new this year—an “experiment,” in the words of Bill U’Ren, current Kratz Director and Goucher creative writing professor.
The Poetry Series is the experiment. Although U’Ren is the acting Kratz Director, the go-ahead for this experiment was given by last year’s co-directors Madison Smartt Bell and Elizabeth Spires. Meant to work in conjunction with this semester’s theme of “community,” the series involves creating several smaller events with visiting writers, rather than try to acquire big-ticket names. The series is also an attempt to organize a variety of readings which may not be the most traditional. For example, Matthews and Osman both employed mixed media presentations, using images along with their work. Future visiting poets include The Black Ladies Brunch Collective, a group of poets who work collaboratively.
Goucher poetry and peace studies professor Ailish Hopper was the curator of the series (and the author of the lovely introduction at the Thursday night event). As the curator, Hopper reached out to poets in the broader Baltimore community and asked for their help in creating the events. To create a pair for a joint reading, she would first contact one poet, and then ask whom that poet would like to read with, be it “a friend, or mentor or poetry-crush,” as Hopper put it. The poets were then asked what the phrase “poetry as community” meant to them. The focus, or subtitles, for each event, came from their answers to this question. Aptly, Hopper used a metaphor to describe her involvement as curator in this process: “I was like a sail on a sailboat, and all these winds came along to push the sail,” said Hopper, miming the movement of blowing winds to represent the various people who made the series possible.
At the event on Thursday, throughout the evening Matthews and Osman showed their friendship and respect for each other, each sharing stories about the other. At the end of the night, Hopper thanked both for their time, their poetry, and, ultimately, for their togetherness. Matthews and Osman laughed and looked at each other. “We really love each other,” said Matthews.
The Poetry Series has already been building connections between members of the poetry community. Of the 40-50 people at Thursday night event, there were a number of local poets, who teach in colleges, high schools, and after school programs. One outcome of this community-building is co-publicity and the creation of a master list of all the poetry events happening this spring. If you’re interested in attending poetry events on or off campus, click here for events and bios of the poets.
The final visiting poet of the semester, Rudy Francisco, who specializes in spoken word poetry, will lead a master class at Goucher in the morning but will perform in the evening at the DewMore Baltimore Poetry Festival. Hopper hopes that Goucher students connect with Francisco and make an effort to travel into the city for the festival.
Upcoming events at Goucher feature Poets Jenny Johnson and francine harris on March 29th, 7-9 in Batza Room and The Black Ladies Brunch Collective on Thursday, April 12th, 7-9, also in Batza.

Poetry in Baltimore, Spring 2018

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Poetry Events in Baltimore This Semester

*for bios, below
3/4 Artivism Day
5pm, Impact Hub
3/8 ART Rising open mic, with featured performer TBA (Brought by Slammageddon Baltimore)
7:30pm, GLCCB, $5
3/29 Jenny Johnson* and francine j. Harris*
7pm, Batza Room in the Athenaeum, Goucher College
4/4 ART Rising open mic, with featured performer TBA (Brought by Slammageddon Baltimore)
7:30pm, GLCCB, $5
4/10 Terrance Hayes*
6pm, Mudd 26, Johns Hopkins University
4/11 Rigoberto Gonzales
5pm, Skylight Room in the Commons, UMBC
4/12 ART Rising open mic, with featured performer TBA (Brought by Slammageddon Baltimore)
7:30pm, GLCCB, $5
4/12 Black Ladies Brunch Collective*
7pm, Batza Room in the Athenaeum, Goucher College
4/19-21 DewMore Baltimore Youth Poetry Festival
4/21 Rudy Francisco,* featured performance
5/10 ART Rising open mic, with featured performer TBA (Brought by Slammageddon Baltimore)
7:30pm, GLCCB, $5

Chris August is a teacher and writer based out of Baltimore. He travels the world performing his work and has authored the collection Loving Instruments (Sargent Press, 2013). His poetry has been featured in Hyperlexia and the anthology From Page to Stage and Back Again. For over ten years, Chris August worked as a special educator in and around Baltimore city. During this time, he spent all of his free moments writing poetry and traveling the country to perform it. Over that time, he became involved in the national slam poetry community, which challenges writers to take their poetic works to the stage, competing with performance-ready versions of their best work. He has represented Baltimore, Washington, DC and Philadelphia at the National Poetry Slam and the Individual World Poetry slam, which he was lucky enough to win in 2011, after which he represented the United States at the Poetry World Cup in Paris, France.

Airea D. Matthews​’s first collection of poems, Simulacra, recipient of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, has received praise from outlets including The New Yorker and The Washington Post. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Best American Poets 2015, American Poet, and elsewhere. She received the 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and was awarded the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in 2016 from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Ms. Matthews is working on her second poetry collection, under/class, which explores poverty. She is an assistant professor at Bryn Mawr College.

Somali-born poet and essayist Ladan Osman​ is the author of The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony, winner of
the Sillerman First Book Prize, and the chapbook Ordinary Heaven. Her next collection Exiles of Eden, a
work of poetry, photos, and experimental text, is forthcoming in 2019. Osman’s writing is a lyric and
exegetic response to problems of race, gender, displacement, and colonialism. Throughout her writing,
Osman is concerned with the question of testimony. Whose testimony is valid? Whose testimony is worth recording? Osman has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem, and Luminarts Foundation, Michener Center for Writers Fellowship, among numerous other nominations. Osman’s writing and photographs have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Roar, Rumpus, Transition, and Washington Square Review. She is a contributing culture editor for The Blueshift Journal. Osman currently lives in Brooklyn.

Jenny Johnson​ is the author of In Full Velvet, published by Sarabande Books in 2017. Her honors include a 2015 Whiting Award and a 2016-17 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University. She has also received awards and scholarships from the Blue Mountain Center, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia
Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo. Her poems have appeared in The New York Times, New England
Review, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and elsewhere. After earning a
BA/MT in English Education from the University of Virginia, she taught public school for several years in
San Francisco, and she spent ten summers on the staff of the UVA Young Writer’s Workshop. She earned
an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. She is a Contributing Editor at Waxwing Literary Journal. She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and at the Rainier Writing Workshop, Pacific Lutheran University’s low-residency MFA program.

francine j. harris​ is originally from Detroit, Michigan, where she grew up in one of many neighborhoods
operating in economic limbo in the aftermath of the motor industry collapse. After high school, harris moved to Arizona and attended several community colleges part-time before earning scholarship to attend Arizona State University, where she earned a BA in English. harris spent the next several years working with grassroots organizing projects for community radio, social justice, and queer performing arts, while facilitating poetry workshops for young people and practicing visual art. harris moved back to Detroit in 2002. In 2011, she earned an MFA in Poetry from University of Michigan, where she was awarded a Zell Fellowship. harris is the author of allegiance (2012), a finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award; and play dead (2016). Her poetry has appeared in many journals, including McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Poetry, Meridian, Indiana Review, Callaloo, and Boston Review. A 2008 Cave Canem fellow, she has also won the 2014 Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest and was awarded a 2015 NEA fellowship. harris has taught creative writing at University of Michigan and Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and she is currently writer in residence at Washington University in St. Louis.

Terrance Hayes​ is the author of Lighthead (Penguin 2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box (Penguin 2006), Hip Logic (Penguin 2002), and Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999). His honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a United States Artists Zell Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. How To Be Drawn (Penguin 2015), his most recent collection of poems, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award, and received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry. He is the current poetry editor at New York Times Magazine and has two forthcoming manuscripts: American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin (Penguin, 2018), and To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight (Wave, 2018).

Rigoberto González​ is the author of 17 books of poetry and prose, most recently Unpeopled Eden, winner of the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Recipient of the Guggenheim, NEA, NYFA, and USA Rolón fellowships, he is currently professor of creative writing at the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark and on the board of trustees of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). His book of criticism Pivotal Voices, Era of Transition: Toward a 21st Century Poetics is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press Poets on Poetry Series.

Black Ladies Brunch Collective​:
Katy Richey​’s work has appeared in Rattle, Cincinnati Review, RHINO, The Offing and other journals. She
received an honorable mention for the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Poetry Award. She is a Cave Canem fellow and hosts the Sunday Kind of Love reading series open mic at Busboys and Poets in Washington D.C. Tafisha A. Edwards​ ​is the author of THE BLOODLET, winner of Phantom Books’ 2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize. Her work has appeared in The Offing, PHANTOM, Bodega Magazine, The Atlas Review, The Little Patuxent Review, and other print and online publications. She is a Cave Canem Graduate fellow and a graduate of UMD College Park’s Journalism school. Saida Agostini​ ​is a Cave Canem fellow, and lover of Prince. A queer Afro-Guyanese poet and social worker, Saida’s work has been featured in several publications. Anya Creightney​, a Cave Canem fellow, is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico with roots in Kingston and Copenhagen. A poet, editor and coordinator, she is a Programs Specialist at the Poetry & Literature Center in the Library of Congress. Teri Ellen Cross Davis​ is a Cave Canem fellow and has received scholarships to attend the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her first collection HAINT was published in June, 2016 by Gival Press. Poet and journalist celeste doaks​ i​s the author of Cornrows and Cornfields,  (Wrecking Ball Press, UK) March 2015. Cornrows was listed as one of the Ten Best Books of 2015 by Beltway Quarterly Poetry. Her journalism has appeared in the Huffington Post, Village Voice, Time Out New York. Currently, she is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at University of Delaware.

Rudy Francisco’s​ spoken word art is an amalgamation of social critique, introspection, honesty and humor, using personal narratives to discuss the politics of race, class, gender and religion while simultaneously pinpointing and reinforcing the interconnected nature of human existence. He has conducted guest lectures and performances at countless colleges and universities across the nation. Francisco has shared stages with prominent artists such as Gladys Knight, Jordin Sparks, Musiq Soul Child, and Jill Scott. He is also the co-host of the largest poetry venue in San Diego, competes in domestic and international poetry slam competitions and had the honor of being nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Ultimately, Rudy’s goal is to continue to assist others in harnessing their creativity while cultivating his own. Rudy Francisco is the 2009 National Underground Poetry Slam Champion, 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and appeared on TV One’s “Verses and Flow”

A Sweet Treat

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The Scoop on an Ice Cream Stall in Baltimore Where Six Alumae/i and Students Happen to Work

Rae Walker, ‘17, and Hannah Speigelman, ‘15, at the Little Baby’s Ice Cream Stall. Photo Credit: Sophia Hancock

The bustling upscale “food hall” R. House is home to a surprising subset of the Goucher community. Tucked into a corner of the marketplace, Little Baby’s Ice Cream sells handmade, small batch ice cream with unique flavors, like Earl Gray Sriracha. The slim, brightly lit stall also happens to be the workplace of six former and current Goucher students.
Perhaps you’ve seen the ad. Sitting in front of a black backdrop, a person who appears to be made of a thick white substance stares outward, wide-eyed. He reaches up, scoops at the top of his head with a large spoon, brings the spoon to his mouth, and licks it. A faint lullaby plays as a slow voiceover begins his hypnotic monologue by saying, “there’s good reason for my glistening skin.” The camera zooms out. At the end of the clip, a cheerful logo for Little Baby’s Ice Cream appears—a smiling ice cream cone holding a spoon and an ice cream scooper. While perhaps it is not the most immediately appetizing, the popular youtube ad certainly gets your attention.
My knowledge of this ad campaign, however, did not lessen my surprise when Goucher alum Rae Walker (’17) informed me, somewhat offhandedly, that in addition to teaching full-time and getting a Master’s degree in education, he also scooped ice cream at a place called Little Baby’s.
Little Baby’s Ice Cream (LBIC) was founded in Philadelphia in 2011 and has expanded over the years to offer catering services in Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Baltimore, and Washington, DC., with stalls located in D.C. and at Baltimore’s R. House. The founders believed that that ice cream could “bring people together.” Classic. It gets a little weirder, however, in the next part of their mission statement, which states that they see ice cream as “a unique opportunity to subvert people’s expectations,” a goal which they achieve in their ads, flavors, and business model.
“Little Baby’s is known for its weirdness,” said Hannah Spiegelman, ’15, the current manager of the Baltimore branch. Spiegelman worked in ice cream shops during the summers. At Goucher, she studied history, with a minor in art history. After graduating, she was determined to go down a path that involved museum work. However, after working in Special Collections at Goucher, she realized that it wasn’t the right path for right for her. In December 2016, when she saw on Instagram that the Little Baby’s Ice Cream (LBIC) stall at R. House was hiring, she applied. Within a year, she would become the manager herself.
“I realized that food is my greater passion,” said Spiegelman. “When I graduated…I thought that whatever I decided to do now [immediately after graduation] would be my life, but the more I talk to people, I see people who’ve completely changed what it is they’re doing. It’s okay not to know. People say ‘you’ve had four years to figure it out,’ when actually, no, I’ve had four years to become a completely different person and now I need to take time to process it.”

LBIC has kooky initiatives like a Pay It Forward Board through which you might pay for ice cream for a cancer survivor or a single dad, or for someone to do ten push-ups in the shop. Their biggest competitor in the area is The Charmery, probably due to the fact that, in addition to selling small-batch high-quality ice cream, both the Charmery and LBIC cater to eccentric tastes, with flavors like the Charmery’s Old Bay Seasoning and LBIC’s Pizza flavor.
When the photographer and I arrived at Little Baby’s for the interview with Spiegelman, Walker, who was manning the stall, handed us samples of every flavor that they had in stock. Earl Gray Sriracha was unexpectedly delicious and had a nice kick to it. After the interview, we walked away with scoops of Lychee Lemonade, which was very lemony and similar to sorbet, and Chocolate Mint Cookie, which was like eating Girl Scout Thin Mints in ice-cream form. Both were vegan flavors but certainly did not taste “vegan.”
LBIC’s unusual offerings attracted Spiegelman. “I hate boring ice cream flavors,” she said.

During Spiegelman’s time at LBIC, the number of Goucher-affiliated employs has steadily increased. Many of them work at LBIC in addition to having other positions and/or applying for or saving money for graduate school.
For example, Yael Ben Chaim, ‘16, started at LBIC in April 2017, while she had an AmeriCorps position working at the Maryland Farmers Market Association at a nearby location. She appreciated the combination of the office-based AmeriCorps job and the customer-service. Currently she works at MOMs Organic Market and she plans to go to graduate school for social work within the next two years. Yael’s favorite flavor is Plain. “It is simple, sweet and easy to enjoy,” she says. “It also mixes well with any other flavor on the menu!”
Rae works at LBIC at night and on the weekends. During the week, he is a Special Education teacher in a Baltimore public school, and is getting his master’s in education through Teach for America. Rae is also a fan of LBIC’s plain ice cream, but will willingly try any of the more unusual options.
Emily Abramson, ‘18, self-described avid tea drinker, started at LBIC in July 2017. She’s currently at Goucher in her final year for a Masters in Management. She also works part-time as a graduate assistant for the Office of Community-Based Learning (CBL) and is an intern for AARP Maryland’s state office, working to coordinate a statewide food drive in April. Other than all of that, she’s a freelance artist.
Emily’s favorite LBIC flavor would either be “Pumpkin Curry for the sweet/savory combo [and] the currants and cream because it reminds me of picking currants from my backyard when I was a little kid” or the “Cherry Hibiscus because the strong bitter flavor of the hibiscus counters the sweetness of the candied cherries perfectly.”
After she was hired at LBIC, Abramson encouraged Sophie Anger, ‘17, who was still a student and was looking for a weekend job, to apply. Anger started in September, while she was student teaching second grade at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School. Her favorite flavor is Coffee Toffee, because “I just love coffee ice cream, but I also loved our seasonal crushed candy cane, and chocolate ginger.”
Goucher student David Hernandez, ‘18, also works at LBIC. A history major, he is currently working on an archeological dig on campus, called the Epsom Project. His favorite flavors are a tie between Cherry Hibiscus because he’s “never tasted anything like it,” and Vegan Thai Iced Tea, which is made with delicious coconut cream.
This little ice cream stall has turned into a mini-Goucher community outside of Goucher. They work hard together and enthuse about their coworkers’ positivity, passion, and inspiring desires to make positive change in the world.

Rae Walker, ‘17 scoops ice cream at Little Baby’s Ice Cream when he’s not working as a Special Education teacher at Dr Carter G Woodson Elementary Middle School. Credit: Sophia Hancock

Spiegelman’s job as a manager, however, is not without its difficulties.
“R. House oozes that white men built it,” said Spiegelman. At the time that Spiegelman started at the newly-opened Baltimore branch, LBIC was partnered with Blk//Sugar, a bakery owned by Krystal Mack, who was the only woman and only black person working as a manager at R. House.
“I love the people that work here,” said Spiegelman. “It’s just the people upstairs…When I go to meetings with them, I’m the youngest, I’m the only woman…Everyone else is a white male.” Spiegelman laughed, drawing connections between her awareness of her management situation and her experiences at Goucher. “You don’t realize everything you’ve learned until you’re put into a situation, and then you’re like oh, that was very Goucher of me.”
A Goucher education can be taken in many directions. In addition to reflecting on how Goucher had opened her to a certain way of thinking, Spiegelman also emphasized how proud she was of all of her co-workers. “When you hear about alums, you just hear about alums in law firms, but the majority of graduated students are working in food service or something like that…[they are] working five jobs…and it’s all valid and awesome,” said Spiegelman. “There’s a lot of pressure to get salary jobs right out of school, and it would be great to have a salary job right now but there’s nothing wrong with working just because you love it. People should be celebrated for making it in this crazy world.”

In addition to managing Little Baby’s, Spiegelman works part-time in Goucher’s Special Collections. And on the side, she makes her own ice cream, based on historical art, events, and people, etc.! (Follow her on Instagram: @asweethistory). Her favorite LBIC flavor is Maryland BBQ because “it is unexpectedly delicious” and she hopes to go to graduate school for food studies in the fall.

A Little Extra
As part of the interviews, I asked alums to write what they appreciated about their co-workers. They all had many lovely things to say. Emily Abramson’s comments were so sweet and individualized, however, that it was impossible to resist publishing them all.

From Emily, on her co-workers:
Hannah: A sweet boss and always someone that is there for me. Both of us have this unique quality in which it can take one of us upwards of half an hour to tell a story, so there’s never a quiet moment when we’re working together.
Yael: An angel, and one of the sweetest people in the world. She brings out the goofy side in me, and we’ve heard reports from other R House staff that they can sometimes hear us laughing from across the building.
Efehi: I love Efehi for many many reasons, one of which being that she’s the only one that can keep up with me when I’m dancing in the stall.
Rae: Rae and I always manage to make each other laugh so hard we wheeze when we work together.
David: David’s smile always charms the older gay men into giving us lots of tips, which I appreciate. He’s so so sweet, and incredibly understanding.
Sophie: Through thick and thin, Sophie is a dear friend and a great person to work with. We spend slow days at work experimenting with weird flavor combinations and laughing at ridiculous college stories.
Zac: An impeccable fashion sense and such a down to earth dude.

Spiegelman also happily made it clear in her interview that Goucher students who visit Little Baby’s (while she is the manager, at least) will receive a discount.

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