February 2nd, 2017 by Cara Hullings
What: Dvořák’s Cello Concerto
Where: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Catherdral St
When: Thursday, February 16th, 8pm
Celebrate your Valentine’s Day a little late this year with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as they present Dvořák’s Cello Concerto. This romantic symphony has all the drama and score that a classical music lover could ask for on this romantic holiday. Marin Alsop pairs Samuel Barber’s Romantic First Symphony with Copland’s evocation of the 16th President to create a masterful concerto. But the drama and the romance doesn’t end there! This concerto will also include Czech composer, Antonin Dvořák’s, tribute to a dying love in his amazing cello concerto. All of this beautiful music comes together in a stunning conclusion that will move you and make your Valentine’s Day one to remember.
February 2nd, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh
Annapolis/Baltimore natives, Pressing Strings will be playing today at 8pm right in front of Starbucks (find out more about the event here). Pressing strings is a folky rock/ roots rock type of band. Consisting of friends, Jordan Sokel (guitar/vocals), Nick Welker (bass) and Brandon Barlett (drums) have preformed all over Baltimore, the East Coast and has even played our stage at Honfest! In light of getting through hump day and pump you up for the event tonight, we at the music staff made a playlist to get you into Pressing Strings, full of folky rock and acoustic tunes that will make you love Pressing Strings as much as we do!
- Pressing Strings – Wake up song
- Gary Clark Jr. – Church
- Chet Faker – No Diggity
- Pressing Strings – Fold
- Hozier – Better Love
- James Bay – Hold back the river
- Pressing Strings – Owe the source
- Vance Joy – Mess is mine
- Paolo Nutini – Better Man (I prefer the acoustic!)
- Pressing Strings – Answer for me
February 1st, 2017 by Cara Hullings
What: Ain’t I A Woman Exhibit
Where: Platform Gallery, 116 W Mulberry
When: February 4th-25th, 11-5pm on Saturday & Sunday
The Platform Gallery is proud to present AIN’T I A WOMAN, a multi-disciplinary exhibit by SHAN, a talented Baltimore artist and activist. SHAN is an award-winning photographer and journalist, as well as a freedom fighter in Baltimore whose work focuses on the experience of black life. This exhibition focuses on black women and getting rid of the stereotypes in our culture that surround black women. Through her photography, installations, and open discussion, SHAN ‘s art praises all black women by showcasing their everyday life and the beauty in a woman loving her family, working, and expressing her individuality. On February 4th there will be an opening reception for the exhibition from 7-10pm, so that you can get a first look at this moving and relevant work of art.
January 31st, 2017 by Cara Hullings
What: Diablo Doughnuts
Where: 717 S. Broadway
When: Wednesday-Friday 7am-1pm, Saturday-Sunday 7am-3pm
Michael Roslan, a born and raised Baltimorean started making doughnuts as a pass-time, but then realized his talent and created Diablo Doughnuts, the best doughnut shop in Baltimore. Roslan’s freshly baked doughnuts made with local ingredients will tempt you into buying a dozen the second you lay eyes on them. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw the picture in this article and ran over to 717 S. Broadway right now!
Diablo Doughnuts offers some amazing traditional doughnuts with Roslan’s own twist and original flavors. Want something sugary? Try the Unicorn Farts doughnut. Something savory? Try the Maple Bacon doughnut. Something sweet? Try the Cherry Cheesecake. Feeling adventurous? How about Sin Crunch then. With all these great options, I am getting hungry just writing about Diablo Doughnuts!
January 31st, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh
Review by: Claire Riley
Fractal Cat – The Tower
LIYL: Brooks Long and the MadDogNoGood, Pink Floyd, Stanley Roots
Local Baltimore band Fractal Cat released their third album “The Tower” on the 26th of this month. It can now be streamed online via Spotify and Apple music and purchased on iTunes and CD as well. Previous albums include “Loving Kind” released in 2014 and “The Eye in The Dawn” released in 2012. All three albums have a similar musical style, so if you liked “The Tower,” check the other two! As a band inspired by the golden age of rock n roll when legends like Buddy Holly and Smokey Robinson dominated the music world, Fractal Cat is known for their personal twist of trippy, psychedelic rock. Read the rest of this entry »
January 30th, 2017 by Cara Hullings
Cozy up by Starbucks this Thursday from 8pm to 10pm with the indie-folk group Pressing Strings. This local band will be playing their chill songs like “Life of a Tree” and “My People”. Working with the producers of Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen, Pressing Strings has perfected their soulful sound in a way that will soothe you one song and have you dancing during the next. These skilled musicians are a mix of everything from John Mayer to Skribe to Dirty Heads and will be sure to offer up a great way to spend your Thursday. So, bring your friends (or your homework), get some snacks from Starbucks and enjoy Pressing Strings!
January 30th, 2017 by Cara Hullings
What: Bey vs Ye vs Jay Valentine’s Dance Party
Where: The Ottobar, 2549 N Howard St
When: Friday, February 10th 9pm-2am
Celebrate your Valentine’s Day with the romantic sounds of Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Kanye. Okay, so maybe “Heartless” and “Lemonade” don’t exactly scream Valentine’s Day, but DJ Mills’ mix of these three hot artists will have you feeling some type of way. Playing the classics like Drunk in Love and Izzo, you’ll be dancing all night long. But don’t worry, DJ Mills will be throwing in the slow jams too for you and your significant other. So stop by The Ottobar so you and your bae can get in that Bey and Jay V-day spirit.
January 26th, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh
Review by: Stephen Vanyo
Gift Shop– Jokes Jokes Jokes
January 26th, 2017 by Cara Hullings
What: Lunar New Year Celebration
Where: Walters Art Museum, 600 N Charles St
When: Sunday, January 29th 11am-4pm
Join the Women’s Committee of the Walters Art Museum to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Walters Art Museum is ringing in the Year of the Rooster with some fun art activities and traditional Lunar New Year performances. These authentic performances include ones by Baltimore Chinese School, the Johns Hopkins Lion Dance Troupe, Sang Hee Ju Traditional Dance Company, and Stepping Stones. All these groups will perform various dances representing various traditions in various cultures. With all this celebration, the Walters Art Museum’s Lunar New Year will makes sure the Year of the Rooster is a good one!
January 25th, 2017 by Cara Hullings
What: Beautiful- The Carole King Musical
Where: The Hippodrome Theater, 12 N Eutaw St
When: January 24th-29th (Times)
Throughout the week, The Hippodrome will be putting on Beautiful, a musical that follows the life of Carole King and her rise to fame. Known to my generation as the voice of the Gilmore Girls theme and to past generations as the voice for their time, Carole King has left an ever lasting mark on our culture that this musical showcases. Beautiful tells the story of how Carole King fought her way into the record business at a young age, wrote songs with her friends/husband, and started her successful solo career. Along the plot of the story, this musical features many of King’s amazing hits like “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “You’ve Got a Friend”. With this inspiring story and great music, Beautiful will have you feeling the Earth move under your seat in the Hippodrome.