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July 27, 2002
Street closures The following street closings have been planned for the Artscape festival through the weekend.
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By Justin George and Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
People at Artscape stared at the group of dancers in a small pocket park. A man in a tucked-in checkered shirt twirled his fingers, a woman in a red bandana danced the hula and a boy in an Outkast T-shirt moved his hips. Yet there was no music in the air. That was the magic of the Silent Disco, one of the exhibits at the city's 33rd annual free arts festival. Dancers inside Pearlstone Park at Cathedral and Preston streets wore wireless headphones that pumped house and club music into their ears.
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By Kayla Cross, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2010
There's so much to do at Artscape every year — and more than ever this year — but sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. The festival, in its 29th year, is awash in entertainment options, including comedic performances in the new LOL@Artscape, experimental music at the Exotic Hypnotic stage and the new BetaScape, a three-day series of demonstrations on technology, particularly robots and video games. In addition, artisans will showcast their wares — check out the custom pet portraits provided by Fuzzy Mug — and runways will display local and regional fashions.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
Artscape is remembered by many for perennially steamy weather, but that won't be the case for this year's edition of the weekend arts and music festival. Temperatures are forecast to peak only around 80 degrees Saturday and Sunday afternoons, about 8 degrees cooler than normal for this time of year. Humidity will also be on the lower end of the spectrum for summertime, with dew points around 60 degrees, about 10 degrees lower than in typical heat spells. Some storms are possible Sunday afternoon and evening, but no washout is expected.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2012
As cool as Artscape's Roadside Attractions corridor sounds, it's far from all Baltimore's free arts festival has to offer for 2012. Here are six more reasons not to stay home this weekend: Music, music, music R&B singer Brian McKnight headlines the main stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. Clutch, a rock band whose members hail from Germantown, perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. And the Rebirth Brass Band, which won a Grammy this year, closes out the festival at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. But these three acts barely scratch the surface of all the music at this year's festival.
NEWS
July 18, 2013
I remember vividly the Baltimore police officer who strode into my tent at Artscape, glanced at my art, and in very explicit terms told me how angry he was. My wife looked at me, wondering whether I was about to be arrested. "So why is this about the only fine art in the whole place?" He asked. "This is Artscape - so where's all the art?" Having slowly roasted in a large tent by the Lyric for three Artscapes while displaying pastels and oil paintings of wild storms, I can tell you exactly why - having Artscape in July is insane.
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July 22, 2012
The choice of Brian McKnight for headliner at Artscape is not the only poor decision made by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts ("X-rated songs by Artscape headliner stir controversy," July 19). They also nearly eliminated jazz from the concert line-up, except for trumpeter Dontae Winslow (who at least is a good choice). Over the last few years, jazz has been featured on a dedicated stage at the end of Charles Street. The performances have featured many of Baltimore's stellar jazz musicians and have been well-attended.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2011
One of the many costumed people at Artscape over the weekend, by flickr user @rockndroll . To see your nightlife and music photos on Midnight Sun, join our flickr pool or e-mail me directly. A longer gallery of Artscape photos can be found here .
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2012
Undeterred by the wet weather, thousands strolled Saturday among the art displays, the crafts tables and the Italian sausage vendors of Artscape. "I think it's great," said Jerry Fields, keeping dry under a poncho fashioned of plastic garbage bags. "It's free, the music's still going on. It would be better if it were 75 and sunny, but we're having a good time. " The first full day of the mostly outdoor festival opened under heavy rains Saturday morning, with thunderstorms forecast for the afternoon.
NEWS
July 19, 2011
In Friday's paper, you wrote that various prizes "make Artscape a magnet for high-quality entries from artists across the region and raise the city's profile as a cultural destination. " Huh? I was at Artscape on Saturday. I estimate that about one-third of all booths were selling commercial products, including two home improvement companies peddling new windows, two auto companies displaying new cars, at least two banks (neither were local), a booth displaying electric fans and vacuum cleaners, and trucks promoting razor blades and hot dogs.
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By Dan Singer, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
This weekend, Artscape (you know, just "America's largest free art festival") will bring an abundance of color and quirkiness to Baltimore for the 33rd year. The annual festival will entertain over 350,000 attendees with a slate of free performances, exhibits and activities. We've rounded up five of Artscape's new must-see attractions - ranging from high-flying spectacles to a party game played on a giant pizza - so you can make the most of your festival experience.  Aerial Arts Arena Up in the air (just a little aerial arts humor)
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
Last year, after Sharon Jones' third round of chemotherapy to treat stage-two pancreatic cancer, the 58-year-old soul singer cried as she decided to cut off her remaining hair, which was “hanging onto strings in little braids.” Moments later, the frontwoman of the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based group Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings found humor and strength in her new hairstyle. She even seemed to like it. “When I looked in that mirror, I was like, 'Oh! My head is pretty round. I got a nice pretty round head.
NEWS
July 15, 2014
This weekend, Artscape will bring an abundance of color and quirkiness to Baltimore for the 33rd year. Here are new must-see attractions.  Aerial Arts Arena Up in the air (just a little aerial arts humor) about checking out this lineup of acrobats, dancers and more? Don't be. Curated by Baltimore's Daydreams + Nightmares Aerial (DNA) Theatre, the Aerial Arts Arena takes to the skies for a host of performances and visual eye candy. The schedule includes contemporary circus troupes, comedic magician Brian Kehoe.Friday-Sunday, Charles and Preston streets.
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By Dan Singer, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
The leaders of Baltimore's fashion scene are collaborating to stage three days of fashion marketplace events in the city this summer.  The third annual Fashion Block at Artscape and the Fashion and Art Block in the Inner Harbor will bring fashion trucks, boutiques, designers and other vendors to the city to showcase and sell their work. Fashion Block at Artscape, which is being held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 19 in the parking lot next to the Walbert building in Station North, began in 2012 after the arts festival's fashion stage was discontinued because of a lack of funding.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
Funk revivalists Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Latin rockers Ozomatli, the jazz-funk sextet Galactic and R&B singer Anthony Hamilton headline the roster of musicians scheduled to perform at this year's Artscape, event organizers announced Tuesday. This year's free arts festival, scheduled for July 18-20 and billed as the largest such event in the country, will also feature an increased emphasis on dance and all things motion-related. Included under Artscape's exhortation to "Join the Movement!"
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
For years, Baltimore Pride tradition has held that the Saturday parade turns into a rowdy block party in the heart of Mount Vernon, while the Sunday festival in Druid Hill Park attracts families and kids. This year will be different, with the lines between the two events blurring. The parade and block party on Saturday, June 14 and the festival on Sunday, June 15 will both be centered this year around the intersection of West Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street, near Pearlstone Park in the Mid-Town Belvedere neighborhood and a location many visitors may associate with the city's Artscape festival.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Nine Baltimore arts groups, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Artscape, have received a total of nearly $2.53 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grants, announced Wednesday, included $100,000 for the BSO, $80,000 for the BMA and $45,000 for Artscape, Baltimore's free annual arts festival, which is scheduled this year for July 18-20. "These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation's artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape," said NEA acting chairwoman Joan Shigekawa.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
Nearly 400 activists are planning to stage a protest at Artscape this year and they'll be leaving their pants at home. The members of the group " No Pants, No Problem ," will be strolling through the arts festival sans pants to show support for victims of sexual assault. "I wanted to do something meaningful that spoke out against victim blaming and shaming," said Brittney-Elizabeth Williams, 27, who is organizing the protest with her sister, a burlesque performer who goes by Bunny Vishsus.
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