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Explore Baltimore: Handlebar Cafe

Monday, April 3rd, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Handlebar Cafe and Bike Shop

Where: 511 S Caroline St

When: Mon. 7am-2pm, Tues.-Sun. 7am-10pm

Does shopping make you hungry? Well if so, then Handlebar Cafe is the place for you! Shop around for a new bike and then grab a bite to eat at this cozy cafe that has a passion for both bikes and food. Run by Baltimore native and X-Games Champion, Marla Streb, the bike shop offers only the best bikes around which Marla picks herself and helps you to pick out. While she handles all the bikes sales and repairs, Chef Chris Marquis handles the amazing food. With everything from specialty coffee drinks to breakfast burritos to specialty pizzas, Handlebar Cafe serves up only the best of a little bit of everything. As if shopping and eating wasn’t enough, the wooden furnishings of this chic-industrial space will make you just want to hang out all day with its great vibes. So whether you need a bike or not, stop by Handlebar Cafe and get your hand on some delicious food!



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Theatre Thursdays: Beauty and the Beast

Thursday, March 30th, 2017 by Lauren Keyes

What: Beauty and the Beast

Where: The Senator Theatre (5904 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212)

When: See showtimes on The Senator’s wesbsite

A “tale as old as time” comes to life alongside Lumière the candlestick and Cogsworth the clock in the 2017 adaptation of the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast. Now playing at The Senator in Baltimore, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a young woman offers herself as a prisoner to a terrifying beast to free her father. Little does she know, the heinous captor is actually a prince under a magical spell. Dancing teapots, a beautiful and classical soundtrack, and a magical story are brought together in the version of the fairytale that most of us are familiar with, but there are whole new elements in the 2017 version that make a cultural statement, not to mention the phenomenal cast. To see showtimes and step into the magical world, click here!



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Explore Baltimore: MD Chicken Wing Festival

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: 2017 Maryland Chicken Wing Festival

Where: Anna Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway

When: Saturday, April 1st, 11am-7pm

Although it’s not actually in Baltimore, the 2017 Maryland Chicken Wing Festival is worth crossing the road. Located on the Anna Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, this festival offers the best wings from all over Maryland spread out over tons of land. All wings are $1 so go around and taste as many as you can until your full. After you’re stuffed, stop by to watch the best wing competition and then check out some of the live bands, all local to Maryland. Then once your mouth is watering again, join the wing eating competition and later make your own special wing sauce. By the end of the day, your hands will be sticky with the sauce of a thousand wings and your heart will be full of Maryland pride.

You can get your ticket here or at the door on Saturday. Tickets include admission into the event and all the activities, as well as free parking. Oh! And don’t forget to bring the kids along for fun activities like the chicken dance, face painting, and blow up rides!



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Explore Baltimore: Wockenfuss Candies Tour

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Wockenfuss Candies Factory Tour

Where:  6831 Hartford Rd

When: Saturday, March 25th, 9am-4pm

Wockenfuss Candies is having their 5th Annual Factory tour this Saturday! If you can’t get enough of chocolate, then take your obsession one step further and learn about the behind the scenes of everyone’s fave. As one of the oldest candy makers in Baltimore, (celebrating their 102 years anniversary this year) Wockenfuss Candies knows how to do chocolate and candy, so you’ll get the experts advice on you tour. On top of the insider info, on the tour Wockenfuss will be giving out free sample and raffling off candy. A tour and free food? What more could you ask for! Tours will be running continuously throughout the day, so grab your friends or the fam and head over.



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Explore Baltimore: Bowling for Soup

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Bowling for Soup Concert

Where: Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place

When: Tuesday, April 4th, 6pm-11pm

Get transported back to 2004 with 1985! Celebrating their 21st birthday as a band, Bowling for Soup, an alternative band from Texas, is heading out to play the classic as well as songs from their recent album called Sorry for Partyin’. With 10 albums, Grammy nominations, and an Emmy nomination under their belt, Bowling for Soup may have developed as a band, but they claim to be the same guys they were 21 years ago. This means they are the same guys who put on some great, high-energy shows like this show at the Soundstage is bound to be. Buy your tickets here before they sell out, and make sure to get to the show early so you don’t miss Stacked Like Pancakes (a WLOY favorite) when they open!



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Explore Baltimore: Contemporary Print Fair

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair

Where: Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr.

When: Saturday April 1th, 10am-8pm & Sunnday, April 2nd, 10am-6pm

Support your local art scene . . . or in this case your national one! Sponsored by the BMA’s Print, Drawing, and Photograph Society, the biennial Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair is here this year for two fun days full of great art. Come out to meet printers or BMA curators while shopping through photographs, drawings, single prints, and even limited edition art. With vendors like 10 Grand Press from New York, Goya Contemporary for Baltimore, and Crown Point Press for San Francisco, there with be art from all over the U.S. for new collectors and art enthusiasts alike to buy. Attendance to this amazing event is free for BMA members, students and teachers, but costs $10 for a day for others. However, exclusive access to all of these amazing prints and pieces is well worth it!



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Exlpore Baltimore: R. House

Friday, March 17th, 2017 by Lauren Keyes

What: R. House

Where:  301 W 29th St. Baltimore, MD 21211

When: Monday- Sunday (See hours on website.)

Upon hearing the name, you may hear the catchy jingle, “Our house, in the middle of the street,” playing over and over in your head. Or maybe I’ve just seen Maxwell House coffee commercials too many times. Anyway, the house we’re talking about R. House! Located in Remington, R. House is an innovative and community-focused restaurant established by 10 chefs looking to open restaurants. With 10 different restaurants inside, you can get a food market feel, while sitting inside of a transformed and stylish old body shop. Whether you’re in the mood for Mexican food (We suggest the Chorizo,) or you want to fancy your palette with some Korean BBQ, you won’t have a hard time finding something to satisfy your cravings at R. House. A Cool, industrial-yet-homey atmosphere and a variety of food you can’t go wrong with, but what may be the most impressive part of R. House is its community-focused mission to “revive neighborhoods and inspire great ideas.” After a delicious bite at R. House, you’ll be singing to coffee commercial theme songs, but at least you’ll be doing it on a full stomach! Learn more about R. House’s awesome chefs and their inspiration here!



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Explore Baltimore: Hipster Jazz Night

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Hipster Jazz Night

Where: Joe Squared, 33 W North Ave

When: Sunday, March 19th, 8pm

Sick of all that old, mainstream jazz that everybody has heard of? Then come out to Joe Squared and check out some new jazz artists at Hipster Jazz Night! At least three new jazz artists will be playing their hip music for you to discover. The Ephemera Quartet is one of those groups. The local jazz group explores the jazz of composer Liam Hurlbut, combining it with pop and jazz from the 70’s to create their own unique sound. But this great event is not limited to the underground jazz of Baltimore. The Beautiful Mess, a New York based jazz artist will be bringing his experience on the trombone to Joe Squared to perform his hipster sounds. These two artists, in addition to some more groups, will having you tapping your feet to the sound of new, more exciting jazz. Oh! And make sure to grab you sax or kazoo for the chance of an impromptu jam session to end the fabulous night!



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Explore Baltimore: Rent

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Rent: the Musical

Where: The Hippodrome Theater, 12 N Eutaw St

When: March 31st-April 2nd (Times)

In honor of its 20th anniversary, the beautiful musical Rent is touring and taking a weekend stop at the Hippodrome. This rock musical was revolutionary for its time and is keeping its mark in society with its timeless songs like Seasons of Love and La Vie Boheme. Focusing on seven artists living in New York City, Rent shows the everyday struggles they face, as well as the deeper struggles, like HIV/AIDS. With a touching story, this musical will make you laugh, cry, and think. So don’t miss Rent (even though the characters are missing theirs) because you don’t want to miss a great performance about life and the love in it.



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Explore Baltimore: Maryland Zoo

Friday, February 24th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Maryland Zoo

Where: 1 Safari Place

When: Friday-Monday, 10am-4pm

Take advantage of this amazing Spring weather in February with a trip to the Maryland Zoo! The prices at the zoo dropped, just like the temperature should have, but lucky for us, that means low prices and high temperatures. From now until the end of February, the Maryland Zoo will only be charging $10 for admission. Go check out the animals to remind you of winter like the Arctic Fox or the penguins, which you can see up close and personal with Penguin Encounters Tour. Is your mind set on summer? Then  go see some warm weather animals like the Cheetah, African Bullfrog, or Reticulated Giraffe. But, for just $10, you can see any of these animals and many more, so hurry over before this deal ends!



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