The Signal

Format: 2014-07-28

  If you shop at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market or the Waverly Farmer’s Market, chances are you’ve heard his voice, singing a soulful melody somewhere in the background.  If you happen to follow that voice to its source, you’ll eventually find a man sitting on a curb, under a parking meter, nestled in the space between two farm stands.  He’ll be wearing an army cap & a pair of black-framed glasses.  He’ll be strumming on a weather-beaten acoustic guitar.

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  Baltimore Folk Fest has become the go-to showcase for the area’s thriving folk music scene. This year more than 20 bands will take part in the festival, which will feature familiar faces like Bobby E. Lee and the Sympathizers, Letitia Van Sant, and Her Fantastic Cats, along with some newly formed acts never before seen on stage.

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  “Closure” is a word we often hear repeated at funeral services.  And while we yearn for that sense of closure when we lose a loved one, we most likely find ourselves relying on a team of strangers – morticians and funeral directors – to keep us at arm’s length from the true reality of our loss.  Jerrigrace Lyons has made it her mission to let us know it doesn’t have to be that way.

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   Ever wish you could do something to bump yourself out of the rut of your daily routine?  That’s how Beth Barbush was feeling.  But unlike most of us, she decided she was going to do something about it – something big.  Producer Aaron Henkin brings us the story of one very trusting woman’s yearlong leap of faith, a project she calls Living Chapters.

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  What happens when a couple of bass players from two noisy Baltimore bands get together? Peals is a new collaboration between William Cashion of Future Islands and Bruce Willen of Double Dagger.

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  The seminal moments of the DC punk scene were captured on film, and images have been rediscovered decades later.  Photographer Lucian Perkins and musician Alec MacKaye share their new photo book, Hard Art: DC 1979, with producer Aaron Henkin.

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  The term ‘gleaning’ goes back to the Old Testament.  In Biblical times, when farmers harvested a field, they’d opt not to go over it a second time, so the poor could follow behind and gather the uncollected grain to feed themselves.  That ancient balancing of bounty and need is a lesson not lost on the modern-day volunteer organization, Gather Baltimore.

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  “Bars and Stripes Forever: Inequalities and Incarceration in America” was the title of the September 17th Constitution Day symposium at the Maryland Institute College of Art, held in partnership with the ACLU of Maryland.

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  This is a full recording of the September 17th MICA Constitution Day symposium, Bars and Stripes Forever: Inequalities and Incarceration in America,  held in partnership with the ACLU of Maryland.

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  Since the first issue hit newsstands 10 years ago, Found Magazine creator Davy Rothbart and his associates have made a habit of occasionally jumping in a van, touring the country, and performing a live show at book stores, clubs, and college auditoriums. Found magazine collects “stuff”  - notes, photographs, love letters – anything that gives a glimpse into someone else’s life.

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