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It’s Your Lucky Day: [Early] Friday Events Roundup

May 12, 2011 ● By Anonymous

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A Day at the Races

May 10, 2011 ● By Anonymous

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Kinetic Energy

May 09, 2011 ● By Anonymous

Although I've known about it for quite some time, this year is the first that I attended the Kinetic Sculpture Race in Baltimore, sponsored by the American Visionary Art Museum. This is one of the events that makes me realize what makes Charm City so - well - charming. It consists of pedal-powered movable art making a trek of 15 miles through the streets of the city. Not only is it an art event, but it is also a cycling event, with dozens of spectators, many dressed in costume, following the race on bikes, unicycles, tricycles and even on foot.   I first caught up with the race in Canton, where competitors were required to launch their creations into the Bay and complete a circular route of about 200 feet. It's beyond interesting to see a 10-foot long caterpillar being pedaled slowly into the water -- almost like Baltimore's own version of Mardi Gras. Did I mention that the caterpillar was accompanied by a pit crew dressed like Alice in Wonderland characters and it was smoking a hookah pipe? Another interesting water entry was made by the Claw Machine, which looked like an overgrown version of the arcade staple. It earned the coveted Golden Flipper Award for pretty much falling over sideways when it touched the boat ramp. After much merriment in Canton, and a stop at an amazing ice cream vendor for a scoop a salty caramel, a friend and I followed the race up to Patterson Park. In the park, the sculpture pedalers were charged with the task of navigating their creations through sand and mud. The mud was, of course, located on an uphill, with the pit starting with a large speed bump. Most pedalers got running starts, and many even got pushes from their costumed pit crews. However, a lot of them still got stuck. It was great to cheer on the perseverance as some riders kept pedaling and pedaling and were able to clear themselves from the muck. This was a necessity for those competing for the ACE Award, which required them to make it through the entire course without assistance. As the sculptures headed back to the Visionary Art Museum, I made my way to Pimlico for some Derby watching and a concert by the Plain White Tees. An interesting day, indeed.The Kinetic Sculpture Race is an annual event, occurring in May each year. Find out more, and start designing your sculpture now.  

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Walk It Off: Friday Events Roundup

May 06, 2011 ● By Anonymous

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A Royal Engagement

May 05, 2011 ● By Anonymous

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She Came; She Saw; She Bought Kangaroos

May 03, 2011 ● By Anonymous

A couple weeks ago, my sister sent me a Facebook invitation for the She-Sale, a consigment event where ladies of all ages buy and sell clothes, books, and household goods. I pretty much ignored it. I don't know anything about this kind of thing. However, after the past week of it being about 150 degrees in the office, especially where I sit -- by the window, with the sun beaming down on me constantly, I decided maybe I should get some lightweight clothing to wear to work. I arrived at the sale, cookies in hand (from another event I will write about tomorrow) and was immediately overwhelmed. What better sight to a girl (even one who's not particularly girly) than wall to wall clothes, shoes, and books -- okay, books is a personal preference -- at super cheap prices. My first purchase was a pair of Kangaroo shoes. Do you remember those from the 80s? What other shoes have pockets in the side? How awesome is that? And they are bright purple and yellow. I will never lose them. 10 bucks. I also scored two pairs of Lucky Jeans for 20 dollars each, a ton of work tops for like 5 bucks each, and a couple books I've been meaning to read for a while, including the Dirty Girls Social Club, which was all the rage probably 10 years ago. So maybe I'm a little behind on my reading ... A couple other cool items that I had to pass up were a toaster decorated with neon flowers and a collection of Great American Novels, including the Great Gatsby and On the Road. Fortunately and unfortunately, you are able to pay for all of your items by credit card, so you're not limited to the cash in your pocket. Plus, you don't have to go to individual tables and buy everything separately, like you do at a flea market. Everything's labeled with a price, and you just take it up to the register. The powers that be sort out what profits belong to who after the sale is over. Most of the leftovers are donated. The lines weren't too long, but they were long enough for my sister to discover a courdoroy purse and add it to my stack of already 17 items. Foiled again, but it was super cute. To continue celebrating girly week, tomorrow's blog will incorporate the royal wedding ....            

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