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Operatic Entrepreneurship Rises From the Ashes in Baltimore

"We're not your grandmother's opera company, but we sure sound like it." So declare the folks behind Baltimore Concert Opera -- a grassroots, entrepreneurial, modern attempt at making opera relevant in today's crowded entertainment landscape. Is it working? We tracked down founder Brendan Cooke to find out.

Embracing the "F" Word at Failure Support Group

Failure is a part of life. It's unavoidable, and -- when it comes to our creative endeavors -- it's often even necessary. Yet the word itself is a taboo. People are afraid to share their failures with the world. But not the Failure Support Group. They'll be at Baltimore's 8th Annual Transmodern Festival this month, and they want to expose failure. The more gruesome, the better. Because only once we talk about our failures can we learn from them and help others learn from them, too.

Mobtown Modern Makes a Name For Baltimore's Contemporary Music Scene

What do you do when the kind of music you enjoy and would like to hear simply isn't being staged in your area? For Brian Sacawa the answer was simple: make it happen. Today he's the curator of the Contemporary Museum's Mobtown Modern Music Series, through which he's rapidly turning Baltimore into a contemporary music hub. Read on to find out how.

Laugh it Up, Baltimore

It's one of the east coast's largest comedy venues and it's growing fast -- right here in Maryland. Owner Andrew Unger has positioned Magooby's Joke House for an impressive run.

Eat and be merry on the cheap in Bmore

Our mission? To discover the inexpensive pleasures Charm City residents enjoy. What we found? We're a city that loves to eat. Whether it's a visit to a locally-owned restaurant or a trip to one of the area farmer's markets, what brings a smile to the faces of many in Baltimore is, quite simply, a good meal and a sense of community.

A College Kids' Guide to Baltimore

It's that back-to-school time of year with colleges and universities around the city welcoming the class of 2014. It's hard enough for new students to find their way around campus, much less around a new city. So, we've come up with a guide that'll help the newbies -- and even returning students -- get around town to grab a bite or have some fun.

Playing their part -- Baltimore's Theater Masterminds

Whether they're cutting-edge plays from local playwrights or modern updates of tried and true classics, Baltimore's independent theater community is home to serious artists who've turned the term "community theater" upside down. With the 2010-11 theater season just around the corner, we're shining a spotlight on a few of community's innovators.

It's happening in Bmore! August 10-16

We've rounded up three choice entertainments this week that'll take you from Thursday through the weekend! A contest pitting local chefs against one another to create the best app around, a dance performance from the Baltimore Song Project, and a weekend of yucks and improvisations at the Creative Alliance.

From the bank to the ballroom: Catherine Noblitt dances to her own tune

Texas native Catherine Noblitt headed east to further her banking career. What she discovered when she got to Baltimore, however, was a passion for acting and ballroom dancing that had her trading in her business suits for sparkly dresses and dancing shoes.

It's happening in Bmore! August 3-9

This week it's a performance Wednesday by students from the 58 real-life Schools of Rock located around the U.S. Ranging in age and background, these amazing All-Stars play over 60 dates a year at theaters, festivals and the nation's top music venues. On tap this weekend is Open Space Arts' Summer Playwrights' Festival held at the group's outdoor theater in Reisterstown, MD.

Baltimore's art community paints a pretty picture of the Baltimore economy

In the wake of another successful Artscape, it's hardly necessary to point out that Baltimore has a thriving arts community. It is worth mentioning, however, that Charm City's ar ts community has a large impact on the City's overall economy, its neighborhoods and its development.

It's happening in Bmore! July 27 - August 2

It's a great week for pint-sized partiers and crab lovers. Center Stage will become Party Animal central with a carnival pre-show and rock-n-roll show. Baltimoreans (heck all of Maryland) loves blue crabs. To celebrate its first anniversary, the B&O American Brasserie is hosting its first annual Crab Bash. Seven chefs competing to create the best crab dish -- and it's all for a good cause! Sounds like a good time!

Whartscape music festival exemplifies Baltimore's indie music scene

Rock? Check. Hip-Hop? Check. Country? Check. Corporate sponsor? No way! Whartscape music festival puts the "indie" in independent with its no corporations allowed attitude. Why would a small group of music lovers decide to organize an all volunteer multi-day music festival featuring hundreds of bands?

It's happening in Bmore! July 20-26

Now that Artscape has come and gone, it's time to focus your attention on other artistic pursuits. There's Whartscape, of course, but if you'd like to try something with air conditioning step on over to the BSO as the orchestra celebrates two sons of Baltimore -- Frank Zappa and Philip Glass -- while showcasing Baltimore beatboxer, Shodekeh. We've also compiled a list of the areas outdoor movie venues for those who love watching great flicks under the stars.

In the 'hood: Station North Arts District

The name says it all and with the Maryland Institute College of Art just down the street, it's no wonder that Station North was the first neighborhood in the city to receive the state's designation as an arts district. It is one of the most vibrant locations in Baltimore with an ever-growing community of artists helping to fuel the area's cultural and economic revitalization. So, we decided to take a closer look.
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