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July 2, 2011

June 27 - July 2 reviewed: Muggsys's, R. Kelly, African American Heritage Festival

Looking for places to watch the fireworks this weekend? We have a helpful guide from last year. Personally, I'm a fan of Tide Point Waterfront Park. This week was a definite change of pace from last. We released the schedule for the African American Festival, or as it's being called this year, the African American Heritage Festival. The festival is taking place through Sunday. Charlie Wilson talked about his legacy in our interview. If you wanted an interview with another veteran who's also performing this weekend, Chuck Brown talked to us last week. The IFC show that goes all Bruce Parry on Baltimore premiered on Friday. The Black Eyed Peas, Ani DiFranco and Stephen Malkmus all announced area shows. In bar news, Muggsys's served its last beer. Baltimore Taphouse was reviewed. Power Plant Live started offering $1 Miller Lites at its new Friday happy hour, a good deal or not depending on your tolerance for Miller Lite. Beer prices went up by 25 cents at some bars thanks to the new state alcohol tax. We looked for fourth of July drink specials. Nick's Fish House, for instance, has $2 domestics all weekend. If you're still looking for other stuff to do this weekend, you might find some suggestions here. Later today, we'll have pictures from Friday night's R. Kelly concert.

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Posted by Erik Maza at 7:00 AM | | Comments (1)
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Does anyone know exactly where they launch the fireworks from? I know in the past they launched a portion of them from from a barge in the harbor, but most get launched from somewhere on land. Anyone know exactly where that is? Is it that big empty gravel lot to the west of the Morgan Stanley building? I just moved into a new apartment and I am not sure if I will have a clear view from my window or not. Thanks!

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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