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July 18, 2008

My excellent Artscape adventure

Artscape%20001.jpgI was sent to Artscape today to come back, quickly, with a good food story for tomorrow's paper. And not to be too long writing it because my editors wanted to go home at a reasonable hour. So what was the first thing I headed for when I finally found a place to leave the car?


Last year McDonald's sponsored it, so rides were free; but this year they cost $1. I haven't been on a ferris wheel in a million years, but I'm not afraid of heights. However, I find I am afraid of being in a moving vehicle, if you can call it that, without a seat belt. I began to be very uncomfortable that I wasn't strapped in. By the time I got down, I really didn't feel like eating some yummy Italian sausage and a gyro in the 100-degree heat. ...

Artscape%20002.jpgI had a crab cake and a Coke from the Brass Elephant's booth (support your local festival food vendor) and headed for the Organic Food Court, which is what's new as far as food is concerned this year at Artscape.

It's in the parking lot across from the Charles Theatre, and not all of its offerings are organic. Minor detail. You can read more about it in my story tomorrow in The Sun.

But along the way there were some great exhibits. Not to be missed: the fantastically decorated art cars and the Heartbreak Cafe. I love the Heartbreak Cafe.

The blackboard menu says, "You may be unceremoniously dumped at the following times," and gives them.

You sit at the table, the waitress brings you a glass of water, and the performance artist comes and, well, breaks up with you.




(Photos by me) 

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 5:09 PM | | Comments (13)


I'm headed to the Heartbreak Cafe post-haste.

Does the break-up at the Heartbreak Cafe include having the performance artist throw the water at you (like what happened to the John Mahoney character in Moonstruck)? If so, given the heat, getting dumped might actually be pleasurable.

Please tell us you are still there.

Where? EL

Whoooooo Hooooo! EL on the GIANT FERRIS WHEEL. You GO girl!

EL, I love the Artscape adventure. Uncharacteristically, you are the reporter with ADD, meaning to make it to the food, but ends up on the giant ferris wheel and then doesn't really want to eat. It's so postmodern.

Sorry, the Sun. There's a sketchy story of the layoff.

I only stayed because of the blog. EL

I was looking at the art cars on Charles St tonight when I noticed a man in business attire, carrying a suitcase, having obviously just gotten off a train at Penn Station. He was looking puzzledly at the art cars. I wondered if he thought they were Baltimore taxis, and if so, which one should he hail? Probably not the one with the singing fish.

I think ferris wheels are the scariest rides around.

During my unceremonious dumping at the Heartbreak Cafe, the guy breaking up with me turned the table upside-down and I got drenched. It was pretty awesome.

The singing fish and lobster art car is one of the funniest things I've seen in some time.

I loved the ocean of weird, vintage Baltimore participatory art stuff by Penn Station. Much more fun than the commercial stuff farther south.

I mean, space aliens, freaks, Heartbreak Cafe, art cars, jugglers...this is art in Baltimore.

The north section felt like a neighbourhood street festival, not like a money-making behemoth.

ITA. I'm not sure how it ended up that way, but I would have been happy just being in that corridor. And the singing fish car, which my photo doesn't do justice to, was the best. Someone should post a video on YouTube of it that I could link to. There's a food theme, right? EL

There are a bunch of videos of the singing car on YouTube. Here's one;

It also has its own web page. Apparently, it is called the Sashimi Tabernacle Choir.

So, yeah, definitely a food theme. Mmmm...sashimi!

Thanks for posting the video Lissa!

I rode the Ferris Wheel at Artscape on Saturday, and in that intense heat, the breeze at the top of the wheel was priceless! I felt like a big kid, and it was fabulous.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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