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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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Sizzlin' Summer: Our annual comprehensive guide to surviving, thriving, and diverting yourself until September | Introduction

The Scenic Route: Rediscovering the countryside from a skinny-ass bike seat | Sizzlin Feature by Michael Byrne

Parks and Rec: Use our amazingly all-out, exhaustive and full-fledged key to find the outdoors-y hot spot you can call heaven. | Sizzlin Calendar

Gardens: Adkins Arboretum, 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely, (410) 634-2847, adkinsarboretum.org. | Sizzlin Calendar

Fishing For A Dip: Looking for clean water? Look for guys in hip waders | Sizzlin Feature by Van Smith

OC and OC Alternatives: Ocean City Things to See Art League of Ocean City, 502 94th St., (410) 524-9433, artleagueofoceancity.com. | Sizzlin Calendar

Pools: Baltimore City's public pools were put in the crosshairs of the budget crunch this year, but the Department of Recreation and Parks' Aquatics Division has high hopes that all the pools will open again this summer, though at press time a final budget for the program had not been reached. | Sizzlin Calendar

It's Time: World Cup 2010 kicks off in June--got your barstool lined up yet? | Sizzlin Feature by Bret McCabe

Sports: Druid Hill Park Disc Golf, pretty much any time you want, goofball. | Sizzlin Calendar

Ramping Up: Local skaters spend the summer combining street art and activism | Sizzlin Feature by Alex Ebstein

Art: AIA Baltimore Bookstore and Gallery, 11 1/2 W. | Sizzlin Calendar

Festivals and Extra-Ivals: Sowebo music and Arts Festival, noon-9 p.m. | Sizzlin Calendar

Get Them To The Creek: Family fun is as close as the nearest running water | Sizzlin Feature by Lee Gardner

Kids And Zoos: Stuff to See Adventure Park USA, 11113 W. | Sizzlin Calendar

Fourth Of July: Gotta love it when July 4 falls on a weekend--for those who really dig the Independence Day merrymaking, it means you can party, parade, and watch things explode two days in a row. | Sizzlin Calendar

History: The Fells Point Haunted Pubwalk, 7 p.m. | Sizzlin Calendar

Cinema Al Fresco: Dusk! Projector! Action! | Sizzlin Feature by Martin L. Johnson

Stage: Welcome to all things theater during the hottest, stickiest part of the year. | Sizzlin Calendar

Roll Down Your Windows: Baltimore musicians make a playlist of their personal local summer jams | Sizzlin Feature by Al Shipley

Summer Concert Guide: May May 22-23: Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival with Buddy Guy, Chuck Berry, Jimmie Vaughan, Shemekia Copeland, and more (Sandy Point State Park, bayblues.org) The B-52s, Elizabeth and the Catapults (Rams Head Live) Southern Culture on the Skids (Rams Head Tavern) May 26: The Neville Brothers (Rams Head Tavern) May 27-30: DelFest with the Del McCoury Band, the Avett Brothers, Keller Williams, and more (Allegany County Fairgrounds, delfest.com) Maryland Death Fest VIII Pre-Fest Party (Sonar) May 28: Height With Friends CD Release Show (Hexagon) Land Speed Record (Windup Space) May 28-29: Live Music on the pier featuring Mobtown Saints (Hard Rock Café) May 28-30: Maryland Death Fest VIII (Sonar) May 29: Underground Railroad: An Evening with Kathleen Battle and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Meyerhoff Symphony Hall) The Reverend Horton Heat, Cracker, Miss Derringer (9:30 Club) Toad the Wet Sprocket (Rams Head Tavern) May 30: Erykah Badu, N.E.R.D, Janelle Monae (Pier Six) May 31: Little River Band (Rams Head Tavern) Dave Rawlings Machine (Recher Theatre) June June 1: The Psychedelic Furs, She Wants Revenge (Rams Head Live) June 1-2: Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler (Verizon Center) June 2: Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club (Rams Head Live) June 3: The Hard Travelers (Baldwin's Station) Forks of Ivy, 2" Astronaut, Bethany Dinsick, SIN ROPAS (Hexagon) The Futureheads, the Like (Ottobar) moe. | Sizzlin Calendar

Numb: The City Paper I-Team™ tips it hard for the coldest beer in Baltimore | Sizzlin Feature

Outdoor Drinking: Here in the Land of Pleasant Living, enjoying a refreshing legal beverage in the out-of-doors in the "sizzlin'" summertime is not exactly a new idea (see: "stoop sitting"), but doing so at a Licensed Establishment has become, finally, a trend we can all get behind--propelled no doubt by the indoor smoking ban--and we'll take our fresh air any way we can get it, but mostly we'll take it on ice. | Sizzlin Calendar

Food Festivals: Funnel cakes, corn dogs, and other renditions of deep-fried dough may not be enough to make you want to brave summer's outdoor crowds. | Sizzlin Calendar

Farmers Markets: Baltimore City Baltimore Farmers' Market and Bazaar, 7 a.m.-noon Sundays May 2-Dec. | Sizzlin Calendar

Wineries: Basignani Winery, 15722 Falls Road, Sparks, (410) 472-0703, basignani.com. Black Ankle Vineyards, 14463 Black Ankle Road, Mt. | Sizzlin Calendar

Unhampered: Pack a better picnic basket | Sizzlin Feature by Wendy Ward

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Dirt Farm: by Ben Claassen III

Important Comics: by Dina Kelberman

Lulu Eightball: by Emily Flake

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Harry Brown | Review by Justin Strout

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