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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

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Cruel Summer: City Paper's Sizzlin' Summer 2009 | Feature

Easy Pickings: Local pick-your-own farms offer memories as well as fresh produce | Feature by Lee Gardner

Broke-Ass Summertime Fun: Hey you with no money maybe you could use some ideas? | Feature by Emily Flake

Dancing in the Ruins: Exploring the area's not-so-hidden crumbling gems | Feature by Michael Byrne

Lost in Place: If travel isn't a vacation option, try letting a book take you away | Feature by Bret McCabe

Break Out Another Thousand: Cheap boating might be possible, but not, alas, for the ignorant | Feature by Edward Ericson Jr.

Factory Girl: Greetings from York County, Pa., the factory tour capital of the world | Feature by Michelle Gienow

Shades of Green: Small ways you can make your city home more environmentally friendly | Feature by Erin Sullivan

Balls Up: Let's hear it for Baltimore's favorite (but perhaps not homegrown) summer treat | Feature by Henry Hong

Stay Frosty: The City Paper I-Team™ once again searches for the coldest beer in Baltimore | Feature

Sizzlin' Summer Calendar: Our 2009 guide to great fun in the summer sun | Sizzlin Calendar

Parks/Hiking and Biking: We may live in a concrete jungle, but Baltimoreans are lucky to have such a wide range of options for outdoor adventuring so close to home. | Sizzlin Calendar

Gardens: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, (301) 962-1400, brooksidegardens.org. | Sizzlin Calendar

Downy Ocean, Hon: Stuff to See Art League of Ocean City, 502 94th St., (410) 524-9433, artleagueofoceancity.com. | Sizzlin Calendar

Get Wet and Wade: When you're looking for an escape from the hot, hot heat of Baltimore in the summer, sometimes an air-conditioned bar or movie theater just doesn't cut it. | Sizzlin Calendar

Pools: Baltimore City's Department of Parks and Recreation operates wading pools, indoor swimming pools, and full-size outdoor pools for city residents to use all summer long. | Sizzlin Calendar

Sports: Orioles Promotional Nights, through Oct. | Sizzlin Calendar

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

Festivals and Extra-vals: Sowebo Arts Festival, May 24, around Hollins Market, soweboarts.org. | Sizzlin Calendar

Kids: Stuff to See Clark's Elioak Farm, 10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, (410) 730-4049, clarklandfarm.com. | Sizzlin Calendar

Zoos: Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ, (856) 365-3300, adventureaquarium.com. | Sizzlin Calendar

Fourth Of July: Accident's Fourth of July Homecoming, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., South Street Complex, Accident, (301) 746-6346. Alexandria Fireworks, 4 p.m., Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Alexandria, Va., (703) 838-4844, alexandria.gov. American Celebration at Mount Vernon, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, Va., (703) 780-2000, visitmountvernon.org. Annual Rock Hall July 4th Parade, 10 a.m., Rock Hall Community Center, Rock Hall, (410) 639-7611, rockhallmd.com. Baltimore's Fourth of July Celebration, 9:30 p.m., Inner Harbor, (410) 752-8632, harborplace.com. Baltimore Inner Harbor Fireworks Dinner Cruise, 7-11 p.m., Spirit Cruises, Inner Harbor, (866) 312-2469, spiritcruises.com. Catonsville's July 4th Celebration, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Catonsville, Frederick Road, Catonsville, (410) 744-9655, catonsvillecelebration.org. Chestertown's July 4th Fireworks, dusk, Chester River, Chestertown, (410) 778-0500, chestertown.com. Concert and Fireworks Uptown and Downtown, 8 p.m., Northside Park, 127th Street, the Bay and North Division Street, the Beach, Ocean City, ococean.com. Dundalk Heritage Association Independence Parade, 8:15 a.m., Logan Village Shopping Center, 3400 Dundalk Ave., Dundalk, (410) 466-3526. Fire on the Mountain, sundown, Deep Creek Lake, 898 State Park Road, Swanton, (301) 387-4386, visitdeepcreek.com. Fireworks at Fairgrounds Park, 6 p.m., Fairgrounds Park, 351 N. | Sizzlin Calendar

History: Midnight in a Haunted House, 10:45 p.m. | Sizzlin Calendar

Stage: Pillow Talk, through May 24, comedy, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, (301) 617-9906, laurelmillplayhouse.org. Souvenir, through May 24, comedy, Centerstage, 700 N. | Sizzlin Calendar

Music: May 21: Trey Anastasio with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Meyerhoff) Coldplay (Nissan Pavilion) May 22: Summer Sounds at the Square (Belvedere Square, 6-9 p.m. | Sizzlin Calendar

Outdoor Dining: Plenty of restaurants have a few table set up outside in warm weather, but here are some of the sweetest spots to dine in the open air. Arcos, 129 S. | Sizzlin Calendar

Food Festivals: Summer is really about taking our favorite activities al fresco, and there are few things Baltimoreans--or, you know, human beings--like more than eating and drinking. | Sizzlin Calendar

Farmers' Markets: BALTIMORE CITY Baltimore Farmers' Market, 8 a.m.-noon Sundays May 3-Dec. | Sizzlin Calendar

Useful Info: Maryland Maryland Office of Tourism Development, visitmaryland.org Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, choosemaryland.org Portal to Maryland, portaltomaryland.com Baltimore City African-American Heritage and Cultural Guide, baltimore.org/africanamerican/tours.htm Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association, baltimore.org Baltimore City Paper, citypaper.com Baltimore City Paper Weekly events, citypaper.com/calendar Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, promotionandarts.org Baltimore County baltimorecounty.com, baltimorecountymd.com Baltimore County Conference and Visitors Bureau, visitbacomd.com Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, baltimorecountymd.gov Allegany County alleganyco.com Allegany County Department of Tourism, mdmountainside.com Anne Arundel County Anne Arundel Citizen Information Center, aacounty.org Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau, visitannapolis.org Calvert County co.cal.md.us Caroline County Caroline County Office of Tourism, tourcaroline.com Carroll County Carroll County Tourism, carrollcountytourism.org Cecil County Cecil County Tourism, ccgov.org/tourism Charles County Charles County Office of Tourism, visitcharlescounty.com Dorchester County Dorchester County Tourism, tourdorchester.org Frederick County Tourism Council of Frederick County, fredericktourism.org Harford County Harford County Tourism Council, harfordmd.com Howard County Howard County Tourism, visithowardcountymd.gov Kent County Kent County Tourism, kentcounty.com Montgomery County Montgomery County Visitors Guide, cvbmontco.com Prince George's County Prince George's County Home Page, goprincegeorgescountymd.gov Queen Anne's County Queen Anne's County Department of Business and Tourism, qac.org St. | Sizzlin Calendar

OC Alternatives: Assateague Island National Seashore, 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, (410) 641-1441, nps.gov/asis. | Sizzlin Calendar

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COMICS

Dirt Farm: by Ben Claassen III

Important Comics: by Dina Kelberman

Lulu Eightball: by Emily Flake

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FILM

Anvil! The Story Of Anvil | Review by Lee Gardner

Paris 36 | Review by Jeff Niesel

Fighting | Review by Robert Ignizio

Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past | Review by Pamela Zolov

Next Day Air | Review by Pamela Zolov

Just Another Love Story | Review by Bret McCabe

Terminator Salvation | Review by Joe MacLeod

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EAT

Borderline Bar and Restaurant | Review by Erin Sullivan

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