July, 2012 Archives

It’s always a treat to see Baltimore’s creative community in action. Artscape is a weekend of artistic madness that takes over several streets. I took the MARC train to Penn Station, which is right next to the festival; you can see the Ferris Wheel as the train approaches the Charles Street bridge. At last year’s Artscape I was introduced to the awesomeness that is the Baltimore Rock Opera Society; thank the Party God they returned, this time with their Monster World show. The highlight of the show was seeing Mr Boh (the mascot of National Bohemian beer) brought to life, and then seduced by a giant bag of Utz potato chips (recalling Smyth Jewelers’ iconic billboard of Mr Boh proposing to the Utz girl). But the most astoundingly absurd piece of imaginative theatre was the AutoSpa. Organized by a group of artists from Pittsburgh, the 15-minute experience required three people to enter a car which was driven into a tent, where actors treated the car to “an entire body treatment.”

The Iron Lady
“Face Forward” robotic head, by Christian Ristow

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No one puts as much charm and creativity into a group bike ride as BicycleSpace, the little bike shop by the convention center on 7th St. Last year they started a series of full-moon bike rides, encouraging folks to dress in white, and treating everyone to a warm summer ride through the city. July’s full moon ride was given a theme of fireflies; everyone was given a yellow glow stick at the starting point in Mount Vernon Square. Around 800 cyclists participated, making quite the sight. Midway through the ride, it started to rain, but not heavily enough to discourage the hardy cyclists. We were treated to a few beautiful bolts of lightning. Arriving at Lincoln Park in Capitol Hill, volunteers laid out a wonderful picnic, with the rain soon coming to an end. Here are a few photos from the ride.

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