The Signal

Format: 2014-04-17

  Summer officially begins in Baltimore next weekend with Patterson Park’s Latinofest, the city’s annual open-air celebration of Hispanic food, dance, and music.  Latinofest organizers have booked an impressive roster of live bands for the occasion, including some high-quality local talents.

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  Benn Ray from Atomic Books in Hampden is always happy to recommend a good read. He joins the Signal’s Lisa Morgan with a stack of books to keep you entertained and well-informed all summer long.

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  This year is the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s album, Dark Side of the Moon.  In Baltimore, a cast of more than forty musicians has reimagined the album, and the project’s executive producers, ellen cherry and Sandy Asirvatham, join The Signal’s Aaron Henkin for an unveiling of Mobtown Moon

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The New Gospelites started their vocal harmony group in the 1970s, but they’ve been singing the old hymns since they were kids at Wharton Point’s Saint George Methodist United Church on The Eastern Shore.  They’ve absorbed the musical style of their elders, they’ve made it their own, and today, they’re keepers of a rare and powerful repertoire of songs in praise of The Almighty.

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  A Lumbee proverb:  “Seek wisdom, not knowledge.  Knowledge is of the past.

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  Marion Winik thought she knew what she was getting into when she started dating again in her early fifties.  Then she went on a few dates. Her memoir, Highs in the Low Fifties, explores the ups & downs of middle-age romance and her comical misadventures on her quest to find Mr. Right. 

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  These days, when Jill Yesko shows up at the local dog park with her basset hound, the other folks there can be forgiven for keeping their distance.  Yesko has written a crime novel titled, Murder in the Dog Park:  Bad Girl. Good Cop.  Bad Dog.

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  The cicadas have resurfaced, and while we may not be experiencing the ‘swarmageddon’ we endured back in 2004 with Brood X, this year’s visitors, Brood II, have been buzzing up and down the East Coast form Georgia to Connecticut.  Writer D R Belz has done some research on the subject, and he tells us there might be a bright side to these invasions - for our gardens and forests.

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  Believe it or not, there used to be right-wing counterparts to the left-leaning folk troubadours of the anti-war movement, and their work has been collected in the anthology, Freedom is a Hammer: Conservative Folk Revolutionaries of the Sixties.

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  On May 20th, The Stoop hosted an evening of live storytelling called, “Eureka:  Stories about discoveries, breakthroughs, and brave new worlds.”  One of the storytellers was Richard Huganir.  Dr.

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