Rainbow Round-up - April-June 2016

Five Questions With: James DeLorbe, Chairman, MADE: In America

Made In America

1. What is MADE: In America?

Made in America is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing American commerce and industry.

2. Why extend it to Baltimore?

MADE: In America and Carroll Museums are working in cooperation with the Office of the Mayor in creating an unparalleled citywide celebration of Baltimore design: Baltimore's American Treasures. Carroll Mansion has been selected as the 2016 All American House and, with agreement and cooperation of MADE: in America, is working with the city to expand this event to broaden its impact city-wide. For nearly three months, Carroll Mansion will be the Nation's most visible historic house property and serve as the epicenter and gateway for discovering Baltimore's American Treasures. Visitors to the city will uncover the city's rich design and cultural heritage and its central role in shaping an American identity and style.

Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Maryland patriot and Baltimore entrepreneur began his visionary investments in early Baltimore industries and institutions over 200 years ago from his office at the Carroll Mansion. He recognized and extolled the city's capacity for commerce, invention, and synergy. These attributes ensured that Baltimore would become a key player in the formation and expansion of modern American commerce and industry and make it synonymous with the best America has to offer the world.

Over the course of two centuries, the city's inspired leadership resulted not only in creating an economic powerhouse, but in the creation of a built environment consisting of residences, commercial buildings, public spaces and monuments, cultural and educational institutions second to none. Baltimore's civic, business and cultural leaders have continued this tradition to this day, supported by key attributes that Baltimore has retained overtime: neighborhoods with historical integrity; engaged and resilient communities; creative citizenry; and the ongoing emergence of new industries for shared wealth. Baltimore today has all that is necessary to be America's model 21st century city.

3. What's different about Baltimore's American Treasures compared to past programs?

Baltimore is the first city in the United States that MADE: In America is working with to create a citywide American Treasures celebration. Prior to the collaboration with Carroll Mansion, the American Treasures program was a separate initiative and focused solely on private events to showcase the awardees.

In addition to bringing the All American House to Baltimore, Carroll Mansion will be hosting American Treasures Culinary Experiences. These unique culinary events feature MADE: In America award winning organic growers, craft producers, farmers, and foragers as presented by young chefs in once-in-a-lifetime culinary and beverage events. American Treasures Culinary Experiences showcase the best in a cutting edge small business sector that is reshaping the American culinary culture.

4. How are Carroll Mansion and other iconic Baltimore destinations involved in this event?

Carroll Mansion in its capacity as the All American House will serve as the gateway to affiliated sites who will stage events and exhibits that showcase the cities singular role in creating and shaping our Nation's design and cultural heritage.

Sites and organizations across Baltimore will be invited to participate in the event and up to 25 will be selected and recognized as one of Baltimore's American Treasures. Each site or organization selected will be required to showcase student art work created for the Design Your Future competition and required to link with the themes and goals of the All American House. Affiliates may also propose their own special tie-in exhibitions to be reviewed and approved by MADE: In America and Carroll Museums.

5. How can visitors take advantage of this event in Baltimore?

To take advantage of the events, visitors to Baltimore should start at Carroll Mansion with a tour of the All American House, which will be open the public with ticketed admission. Information about the Baltimore's American Treasures Affiliate Sites and related events can be obtained there as well as information about Baltimore's American Treasures official events. Visitors will also be able to visit the Carroll Mansion web site at for information.

Baltimore's American Treasures will attract tourists and residents alike to see the city in an entirely new light. The sites selected to participate will showcase Baltimore's singular built environment and the network will be linked together in a way to help visitors understand the city's important role in shaping American design, culture and food ways. It will be a showcase for Baltimore-based companies that, from the city's earliest days, have set standards for excellence in furniture, textile, tableware and fashion design, helping to shaped and influenced similar industries here and abroad. With the cooperation and vision of the city's key leaders and experts in promotion, Baltimore's American Treasures can be the catalyst to position Baltimore as a major international architectural and cultural heritage site and take its place among leading destination cities around the world.

What's New in Baltimore?

Charm City Clue Room
34 Market Place
Now open
You have just 60 minutes to solve the puzzles in this locked room with friends, family or colleagues. Work with your group to solve the mysteries in the themed rooms such as what really happened in Edgar Allan Poe's final days and how to stop a railroad robbery on a Baltimore & Ohio train.

Special Events & Exhibitions

4 Play!
Creative Alliance
April 13, 2016 Baltimore's monthly comedy show is all about sex and hosted by Jacq Jones & Prescott Gaylord with guests. 4 Play! is 2 comedians + 2 sex experts on a panel discussing sex topics- all in an atmosphere of sex positivity. Every month a new national sex expert and a new comedian join the panel and the live band. The audience is encouraged to bring questions, which will be answered (and riffed on) by Baltimore's funniest expert panel. The topic for April: The One About G-Spots.

Question Bridge: Black Males
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
April 28 - August 30, 2016
This innovative video installation probes the lives of black men as they ask and answer provocative questions such as, "Why am I a traitor for dating outside of my race?" and "What's your greatest fear?" The videos are woven together to simulate a stream-of-consciousness conversation, through which important themes and issues emerge, including family, love, interracial relationships, community, education, violence, and the past, present, and future of black men in American society.

Baltimore's American Treasures
Carroll Mansion
April 23 – July 7, 2016
Carroll Mansion will serve as the epicenter of the citywide celebration of Baltimore's built environment and cultural heritage that has played a leading role throughout our nation's history in defining America's design heritage and aesthetic. Carroll Mansion and 25 other iconic Baltimore destinations designated as the nation's first official American Treasures sites will showcase the best of Baltimore's design heritage with tours, lectures, design winners and culinary experiences at participating locations.

Miss Gay Maryland America Competition
Horseshoe Casino
April 23-24, 2016
Miss Gay Maryland America is the preliminary to Miss Gay America. Where the boys are boys and female impersonation is an art. Categories include Male Interview, Solo Talent, Evening Gown, On-Stage Question and Talent.

Charm City Invitational Volleyball Tournament
Volleyball House, Elkridge, MD
April 30-May 1, 2016
Teams from across the country compete in Baltimore's official North American Gay Volleyball Association tournament.

Maryland Film Festival
May 6-10, 2016
Designed to advocate for films and filmmakers as they enter the marketplace, the Maryland Film Festival celebrates the art of film in the tradition of famous Baltimoreans like John Waters and Barry Levinson. Documentaries, short films and features are screened at several locations throughout the city as Baltimore goes to Hollywood for the better part of a week.

Kinetic Sculpture Race
American Visionary Art Museum
May 7, 2016
Kinetic sculptures are amphibious, human-powered works of art custom-built for the race. Each May, the American Visionary Art Museum hosts the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Championship on the shore of Baltimore's Harbor in central Maryland. The eight-hour race covers 14 miles – mostly on pavement, but also includes a trip into the Chesapeake Bay and through mud and sand. This year's theme is myths and monsters.

Running of the Preakness Stakes
Pimlico Race Course
May 21, 2016
The famed Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, is the largest single-day sporting event in the state of Maryland. Preakness InField Fest, a multi-entertainment festival, features national bands, two stages, unique attractions and fun activities throughout the day as fans await the running of the Preakness Stakes. This year's talent includes The Chainsmokers, Fetty Wap, All Time Low, and Chris Janson.

Matt Sesow: Shock and Awe
American Visionary Art Museum
May 27, 2016 – June 4, 2017
Washington, D.C.-based self-taught artist Matt Sesow's "raw, visceral, good to the bone" paintings will be displayed in the museum's third floor gallery of its Zanvyl A. Krieger Main Building. Among the original 150 plus works on display, visitors will witness Sesow's salute to the first 100 American soldiers killed in the Iraq War, his fantastical depictions of animals and birds, personalized tributes to great humanitarians, his own autobiographical paintings, and an illustrated "Key" to understanding the artist's repeated singular language icons. Curated by museum Founder and Director, Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, this will be the first exclusive showing of Sesow's work at AVAM.

36th Street, Hampden
June 11-12, 2016
A truly original festival, HONfest celebrates all things "Bawlmer" and embodies the warmth and affection bestowed upon neighbors and visitors alike by the city's historic working-women. The nationally recognized event covers four city blocks in Hampden, a revered old-style Baltimore neighborhood filled with quirky shops, quaint restaurants and endearing residents.

Latino Fest
Patterson Park
June 25-26, 2016
This music-filled weekend features live Latin music including salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, reggaeton, duranguense, mariachi, dancers in colorful costumes from their native lands, bomba and plena performances, salsa dancing and the hottest Latino DJs. Visitors can also experience arts & crafts displays, Latino cuisine from the Americas and the Caribbean, information booths and family fun activities such as rock climbing walls, clowns, face-painting, two stages of entertainment and more.

Where to Stay

With more than 25 TAG-approved hotels and over 10 IGLTA partner accommodations, choices range from quaint B&Bs and boutique hotels to larger upscale hotels and extended stay properties.

Hotel RL
207 East Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Hotel RL is Red Lion Hotels Corporation's first hotel on the East Coast and the first Hotel RL branded property for the Spokane, WA-based company. The Pacific Northwest-inspired concept is designed for millennials with an open, pavilion-style lobby with tiered seating that is part café, part restaurant, and part workspace lined with curated local art. Billed as an "upscale three-star" property, the 130-room hotel will feature TED Talks-style programming and, instead of a traditional restaurant, a large central bar serving food.

Where to Dine

Baltimore's culinary scene is drawing rave reviews from around the globe. From the Inner Harbor to our trendy, historic and hip neighborhoods throughout the city, dining options in Baltimore have expanded in recent years to feature a veritable smorgasbord of cuisines and a range of stylish environments to suit every taste.

15 East Centre Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Gay owned and operated in the heart of historic Mount Vernon, FLAVOR offers fresh-ingredient handcrafted cocktails and simple American favorites on sharable small plates. The Attic at Flavor is Baltimore's newest LGBTQ hangout located on the upper level of FLAVOR. Come drink, dance and lounge every Friday and Saturday night.