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Baltimore’s music scene is more of a mindset than a specific sound—our musicians are fearless. A sense of community, enthusiasm and total lack of ego have brought notoriety to B’more’s bands. Each year brings new surprises, and in that spirit, here are three bands to watch. Stylistically, they couldn’t be …

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Seen and Heard

Even on a summer’s morning, the college crowd at Charles Village’s Bird in Hand is a serious lot. Bent over laptops or conferring over coffee and notebooks, they present a cheerless contrast to poet Shirley Brewer, whose purple tassel earrings match the streak in her blond hair and the three …

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A Sense of Place

Not Our Country “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” Robert Frost ~dedicated to poet friend Agnieszka Studzinska at Kingston University After I listen to her poems about forests in Poland, quiet and beautiful, and she listens to my rollicking …

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Pizza and Research

Joshua and Stephanie Herskovitz, a brother and sister who grew up in Owings Mills (and both attended McDonogh School) opened Hersh’s Pizza and Drinks in 2011. Stephanie handles the front of the house, while Josh serves as chef. His first restaurant job was in 2001 as garde manger (making salads …

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Reality Star: 5 Questions for Elliot Hirshman

On July 1, Elliot Hirshman became the seventh president of Stevenson University, an institution that has spent the past decade building its brand and expanding its reach. This is Hirshman’s second tour of duty in Maryland; he is a past provost and senior vice president of University of Maryland Baltimore …

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A Strong Foundation

Architect Alissa Werres had been in the business for about 10 years when she decided it was time for a change. Lacking a real plan, the D.C.-based designer decided to take some courses at a local arts league—only to find she hadn’t quite left her old job behind. “Everything I …

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Comic Sense and Sensibility

For years, my favorite part of opening the City Paper was reading “Lulu Eightball,” the cartoon by Emily Flake. And when the Brooklyn-based artist started appearing in the New Yorker in 2008—alongside another personal favorite, Connecticut-based Roz Chast—I was cheered again. I love the relative simplicity of both Flake’s and …

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Seoul Searching

Since the age of 6, Irvin Seo has been helping his mother cook traditional Korean food in their family kitchen. A latchkey kid, he was the one his mom called from work to check on the soups simmering all day on the stove top, asking him to add a potato …

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Field Trip: Racing Waters

It’s a revival nearly 60 years strong. Skipjack racing, a once popular sport on the Chesapeake Bay, fell out of fashion after the Great Depression and with the decline of traditional fishing boats. But in 1959, a few Deal Island boat captains and members of the Deal Island-Chance Lions Club …

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The Look: Tony Jefferson

  The amethyst aura of M&T Bank Stadium at night has made a great first impression on rookie Raven Tony Jefferson, a safety and former Arizona Cardinal who says he is looking forward to playing on his new home field. Here, he makes his own strong impression in a three-piece …

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Creative Space

The sound of several children simultaneously practicing instruments is not a sound most people find relaxing. But to Sarah Feiss, mother of three and Bryn Mawr School teacher, listening to the cacophonous strains of concertos or scales in the hallways of Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory’s Towson branch is one of …

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Standing on Ceremony

Vincent Iatesta was inspired to learn more about coffee when, as a graduate student in international marketing in the 1990s, he spent time in France and Italy. When he returned home, he immediately bought an espresso machine. He worked as a strategic planner in the healthcare industry and helped his …

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