Sports Saturdays: Free Salsa Lessons at Talara

August 17th, 2013 by Chris Furino

TalaraMondays at 9:00PM

Talara Restaurant | 615 President Street

Every Monday evening, beginning at 9PM, head down to Talara Restaurant in Harbor East for free Salsa Lessons. The class itself will go until 9:30PM, and from then until midnight there will be open dancing. The class is designed for people of all experience levels, so don’t be embarrassed if you don’t think you can dance! There are sure to be tons of people around you from all skill levels, just looking to have a great evening! Talara also features many food and drink specials, with a happy hour that runs from 4-7PM. Plus, the food at Talara is extremely unique and delicious, featuring things like mojitos, fresh salsa, and other South American cuisine. Heading down to Talara for dinner, drinks, and dancing certainly sounds like the perfect date night! Put on your best dancing shoes, and check out Talara this upcoming Monday!

For more information, visit Talara’s website!

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Brothers Bring Back the Beat

August 16th, 2013 by The Professor

The Jacksons reunite to reignite their catalogue across the global stage

by Radio RockonTour host Timothy Tilghman

The Jacksons brought their 13-month long Unity Tour to an end in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. With only four dates scheduled in North America for this year, the Jackson brothers appeared at the intimate Borgata Music Box thrilling an appreciative audience to both their popular catalogue and a handful of chart toppers from their deceased brother Michael.

The Jacksons: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon Jackson, reunited to tour together after a 28 year hiatus from the stage. The Jacksons long overdue world tour is as much a reunion as it is a tribute to their fallen brother and a nostalgic romp to recapture their former glory and treat their loyal fans to one night of turning the clock back in time. Brother Michael Jackson had passed at the age of 50 in June 2009.

Briskly, The Jacksons tromped out on stage and froze in their tracks to heighten the excitement as the house was already up on their feet in anticipation. The brothers were all sharply dressed in black faux military style suits emulating the stage fashion of their missing brother. Launching into their opening song “Can You Feel It”, each brother took a turn at vocals and then refroze standing still on stage to resounding applause.

Characteristically, the crowd was a bit older and a bit grayer, but this only enhanced the fervor of those in the venue to enjoy a musical platter of golden oldies served piping hot. Marlon, Jackie, and Jermaine Jackson all shared vocals on “Rock With You” bolstered by a strong groove that kept the exhilaration level at a highpoint. Jermaine sang a heartfelt tribute to Michael covering his brother’s 1991 ballad version of “Gone Too Soon”.

The Jacksons delivered a jam-packed medley of their biggest hits as the Jackson Five stitched together as an audible suite of familiar tunes engaging the audience to cheer in unison. Ecstatic fans were partying together to non-stop power grooves as the final four numbers featured the cool vocal vibes of Jermaine on “This Place Hotel”, “Starting Something”, “Don’t Stop” and “Shake Your Body”. The Jacksons charged across the stage creating a frenzy that climaxed in a crescendo of echoing applause after thanking the fans for their loyal support and attendance.

Formerly The Jackson Five, the original band was Jackie Jackson on vocals, Tito Jackson on guitar, Jermaine Jackson on vocals, Marlon Jackson on vocals, and Michael Jackson as lead vocalist. Bassist Randy Jackson did not join the group until 1975 and was a member until the band folded in 1989. The bothers began as an amateur sibling ensemble in 1964. They were discovered and signed to Motown records in 1969.

The Jackson Five would go onto score multiple hit singes on the American Top 40 charts. All six Jackson brothers participated in a reunion concert held in New York City at Madison Square Garden in September 2001. Michael Jackson was poised to reboot his own comeback to the stage in London with a series of sold out concerts in 2009. Once again, the Jackson Brothers are sharing their musical gift on their own terms.

Atlantic City setlist: Can You Feel It * Blame It On The Boogie * I Wanna Be Where You Are * Rock With You * Let Me Show You The Way To Go * Lovely One * We’re Here To Entertain You (video) * Good Times * Looking Through The Windows * Time Waits For No One * Heaven Knows I Love You Girl * Push Me Away * Man Of War * Gone Too Soon * I Want You Back > ABC > The Love You Save > Never Can Say Goodbye (medley) * Al I Do Is Think Of You * I’ll Be There * Can’t Let Her Get Away * This Place Hotel * Wanna Be Starting Something * Don’t Stop `Til You Get Enough * Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)

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Food Fridays: Charm City Food Tours

August 16th, 2013 by Chris Furino

2308791658-1Hours Vary Based on Tour

Federal Hill, Fells Point, and Little Italy Neighborhoods

Charm City Food Tours provides a unique experience by combining history, architecture, culture, and local cuisine from family owned restaurants and shops in the area’s historic neighborhoods. Guests can visit some of Baltimore’s most historic neighborhoods, like Fells Point, Federal Hill, Little Italy, Jonestown, and Mt. Vernon! The company also hosts tours to Lexington Market and the Cross Street Market. Guests will be able to sample both some Baltimore classics and cutting edge cuisine from some of the city’s most brilliant chefs. The Food Tours and Culinary events both pay homage to Baltimore’s indigenous food while simultaneously embracing progressive techniques and styles practiced by local chefs. The company also hosts private tours and pub crawls for groups and private parties! Prices range from $53 to $58 and reservations can be made Thursdays to Sundays!

For more information, visit Charm City Food Tour’s website or call (800) 979-3370!

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Theater Thursdays: Nick Offerman – American Ham

August 15th, 2013 by Chris Furino

NickOffermanSeptember 4th, 2013 | 8:00 pm

The Lyric | 140 W. Mount Royal Ave

On the Emmy Nominated show Parks and Recreation, Nick Offerman works along side an ensemble cast of some of the funniest comedians, like Amy Poehler and Rob Lowe, in the game. Yet, Offerman has still managed to stand out and has developed a cult-following from many viewers. For you avid fans, head on down to The Lyric to see this funny man perform his act, live! Tickets are approximately $50 per person, and there are a lot of great seats still available! If you don’t recognize Offerman from Parks and Rec, you’ve also likely seen him in Casa De Mi Padre, 21 Jump Street, and Men Who Stare at Goats! He has also received numerous awards and nominations for his various roles! This show promises to be a good time, so purchase your ticket before it’s too late!

For more information, check out The Lyric’s website.

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Wacky Wednesday: Baltimore Comic Con

August 14th, 2013 by Chris Furino

ComicConSeptember 7th – 8th | All Day

Baltimore Convention Center | 1 W. Pratt Street

Baltimore’s annual gathering of comic-book lovers will be returning to the Baltimore Convention Center from September 7th to September 8th and this year is expected to be the best one yet! This convention is featuring various, world-renowned Comic Book artists and collectors alike. For fun, the convention will be holding it’s fifth annual costume contest, with some really awesome prizes. Plus, the convention will be featuring the annual Harvey Awards, which recognize greatness in the comic-book field. Guests can also purchase a $40 ticket for a session with Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, also known as Jay and Silent Bob, featuring a Q&A and a viewing of their latest movie. Two day, general admission tickets are $40.00, and specials and VIP packages are upwards of $200. You still have time, so start constructing your best Spiderman or Thor costume, and head on down to Baltimore Comic Con!

For more information, check out Baltimore Comic Con’s website!

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Tourism Tuesdays: Autobahn Indoor Speedway

August 13th, 2013 by Chris Furino

AutobahnOpen Daily | Hours of Operation Change

8251 Preston Court, Jessup, MD

Speed-lovers, adrenaline junkies, a racers alike, rev your engines for one of the newest attractions taking over Baltimore and DC! This European-style indoor go-karting center is housed in an almost 70,000 square-feet state-of-the-art facility in Howard County. Because it is indoors, the racing conditions are perfect every day. The facility features two different tracks for a truly unique racing experience. Autobahn also features state-of-the-art, high-speed, electric, Italian pro-karts that reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. The Autobahn Indoor Speedway is also a great place for a birthday party! The venue holds weekly specials, like Ladies night, and welcomes drivers of all experience levels. All guests are required to purchase a racing license, for $6.00, that is good for a year. Racing packages range in price, but the most basic one is $19.99 and includes 12-14 laps.

For more information, hours of operation, and pricing, check out Autobahn Indoor Speedway’s website.

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Museum Mondays: Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

August 12th, 2013 by Chris Furino

AntiqueShowAugust 22nd – August 25th | All Day

Baltimore Convention Center | 1 West Pratt Street

The 33rd Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show will return to the Baltimore Convention Center, August 22-25, 2013. Put on by the Palm Beach Show Group, this show is anticipated to attract tens of thousands of collectors and dealers from all over the world. The show is the largest indoor antiques show in the country, offering access to aisles of fine art, furniture, Asian art, American and European silver, jewelry, porcelain, glass, textiles, American folk art and more, ranging from the antiquities to the 20th century. The show is anticipated to have more than 200,000 items on display! Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the show’s free lecture series, headlined by exhibiting dealers and industry experts. There will also be an antiquarian book fair within the show, featuring rare books, first editions, autographs, fine manuscripts, and unusual bibliographical material. Tickets are for sale online at $15 per person and are good for all four show days.

For more information, check out the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show’s website.

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Sports Saturdays: 2013 Baltimore Grand Prix

August 10th, 2013 by Chris Furino

BaltimoreGrandPrixAugust 30th – September 1st | All Day

The Streets of Baltimore!

From August 30th to September 1st (Labor Day Weekend) SRT will present the third running of the Baltimore Grand Prix in downtown Baltimore. The streets will come alive with the sights and sounds of high-speed automotive racing. With a modified racing circuit from previous years, and an even better fan experience, this years event will surely establis Baltimore as the Mid-Atlantic’s premier motor-sport destination. Guests will be able to see there favorite IndyCar drivers whip around the streets of Baltimore all three days, with the major races culminating on Sunday. This year, the Baltimore Grand Prix is more than a race; however, it will be the “must attend festival of the summer!” For “Accelerated Flavors”, the Taste of Maryland will feature culinary creations to die for. For “Accelerated Sensations” there will be tons of live musicians and 98 Rock will be broadcasting live. Finally, for some “Accelerated Fun” for the whole family, to the Esskay Family Fun Zone that will have an obstacle course from Port Discovery Children’s Museum, KIDRACERS go-karts, and live performances from Radio Disney! The Grand Prix is going to be a great weekend all around, so be sure to purchase your ticket for one loud and speed fueled weekend.

Please be aware that traffic will be high and there will be roads closed this weekend.

For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the Grand Prix’s website.

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Food Fridays: Summer Thursdays at The Can Company

August 9th, 2013 by Chris Furino

TheCanCompanyThursdays through August 29 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Can Company – 2400 Boston Street

It’s summertime, and the living is easy—especially at The Can Company, Canton’s premier shopping and dining destination. Every Thursday through August 29th, enjoy live outdoor music, happy hour specials from restaurants and retailers, and other one-of-a-kind events. The Can Company, situated in the heart of Canton, is filled with great restaurants, boutiques, shops, and bars that guarantee to be a great time for all. You can shop the best, designer clothes, settle your electronic needs, and pick up a bottle of wine all in one place. The Can Company has food options ranging from Mongolian to Italian to Ice Cream, so you’ll be sure to find something you like. Plus, the live music series is free and open to the public. Looking for something to do? Reconnect with family and friends and head on down to The Can Company for Summer Thursdays, you’re sure to have a “Cantastic” time!

For more information, visit The Can Company’s website.

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Theater Thursdays: Prelude to a Dream

August 8th, 2013 by Chris Furino

TheMarchSunday, August 25, 2013 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Enon Baptist Church – 601 N. Schroeder Street

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, THE MARCH: A Civil Rights Opera Project will be holding a free mass meeting performance called Prelude to a Dream on August 25th at the Enon Baptist Church. Prelude to a Dream is a dramatization of the tension and uncertainty during the final preparations for the march and the stories of ordinary Americans who planned to attend the march. THE MARCH: A Civil Rights Opera Project explores the personal and political circumstances surrounding the 1963 March on Washington, and will be premiering in full in the Fall of 2014. Until the project is completely developed, however, creator Alan Marshall has been producing theatrical based “mass meetings” which display certain episodes around the civil rights movement during the Summer of 1963. These performances include freedom songs , speeches, testimonies, and character driven drama, all happening around the audience. After the mass meeting performance, there will also be a preview of the grand finale of THE MARCH: A Civil Rights Opera. This scene, set at the Lincoln Memorial, includes several opera singers portraying characters who delivered speeches at the 1963 march including A. Philip Randolph, John Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr. and Roy Wilkins. This event definitely will be very informative and beautiful.

For more information, visit THE MARCH: Civil Rights Opera’s website.

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