Baltimore. Most seem to know it from The Wire and occasionally from Homicide: Life on the Street or John Waters’ movies like Hairspray. But whether you know anything about this funny city on the water or not, there’s always something else to discover, learn or do just like any other bigger town or city. And as a Baltimore lover and advocate, I get a LOT of requests for what to do on visits to Charm City, so here are a few things to consider and try beyond the harbor.
As in the past, things are organized more or less by neighborhood and focus mostly on dining as that’s what I get asked about the most. Additionally, I’ve put together a Pinterest map board that includes these recommendations (and more that I just didn’t have the energy to write about here) on an helpful map. As ever, please feel welcome to ask questions, make requests or offer suggestions in the comments.
Think something’s missing or want something more specific not included on the list? Just leave a comment or email me and I will add it in. Happy Trails!
It’s hard to believe, but today it was warm and sunny enough to be driving around town with the windows down. Even though it’s November, Baltimore is, as usual, somewhat reluctant to admit that it’s fall and that winter will be on the way soon enough.
The leaves are still hanging on though. And some flowers too….
Oh well. At least it’s fun while it lasts…
Update: Like these photos? Now they’re available printed on pillows & totes here on Print All Over Me.
The last few weeks have been a blur of work, travel and a healthy dose of stress. Even so, I’ve been generating new work and at long last am happy to share some of it with you, dear readers.
Before the rain blew in this weekend, I went on a long walkabout and had a chance to capture a few textures I’ve had my eye for weeks:
Open for the first time to the public, Sunday’s event will feature letterpress and screenprinting demonstrations and light refreshments; all for FREE. Come one, come all–Sunday October 17th, from 3-7 PM at 18 W. North Ave.(between Maryland Ave. and Charles St.) in the Station North Arts District.
This weekend the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will play host to the Contemporary Print Fair. Visitors to the event can enjoy and purchase prints from fourteen major contemporary art dealers, galleries and presses. The two day event will also feature guided tours, artist lectures and a panel discussion.
Consult the event Web site for a full list of scheduled events and participants
The Baltimore Fair for Contemporary Prints & New Editions
Saturday and Sunday, 27-28 March 2010 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
at The Baltimore Museum of Art 10 Art Museum Drive Baltimore, MD 21218
Looking for something to do this sunny weekend, Charm City and D.C. metro readers? Then why not check out the Highlandtown Spring Artfest this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday 20 March 2010, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Skylofts 3701 Bank Street, Baltimore, MD 21224, check it out
The event itself was great; bigger and even better than IB4.
Here are a few of the more memorable presentations:
transcript of Brian Sacawa’s talk
Part of what I liked about this talk was the belief in Baltimore he expressed– that we are not simply, “Brooklyn’s farm team.” His tongue-in-cheek humor didn’t hurt either.
Wolverine AND Teddy Roosevelt in the same presentation?! Yes, please. Why do I have a feeling Tom has a master’s thesis worth of notes on this topic lurking in his sketchbooks.
A great, smart young woman who is working hard to change the world around her.
To me, this was the most important talk of the night–a brand strategist talking about the power of storytelling and the values of theatre being applied in business.
How about you dear readers? What do you depend on during harsh winters?
Unless you live under a rock or more likely, are one of my readers from abroad you might not know that this weekend brought Baltimore an historic blizzard.
So this afternoon once the snow had stopped, I helped my family dig out. My mum was kind enough to supply the following video of my father and I shoveling their massive drive:
Ok, so my sense of humor is especially punchy today– we’re all a little batty from the miles of sparkling white everywhere…
Today finds Charm City buried once again, in a blanket of sparkling white. The effect is beautiful, bewildering and even a little inspiring though at some point after hours of shoveling, the snow will become less than charming. In the meantime, here is a piece of visually stunning eye/brain candy straight from Japan for you, dear readers, snowbound or otherwise:
Doesn’t this just make your eyes smile and the snow a little more fun?
This morning, I was not feeling terribly motivated– it has been a bitterly cold, WINDY winter day in Charm City and my inner bear just wants to hibernate this time of year. But I’ve kept my favorite mug full of fresh coffee and even went so far as to pull together a playlist to keep myself motivated. If your motivation is waning or you just need some new music, you can find most of my playlist available through iTunes as an iMix here.
How do you stay motivated and productive at work, dear readers?