I just got back from Artscape, a sprawling arts fair set up over the weekend in Baltimore’s Mt. Royal area. MICA colleagues Tag and Steve were there, watching some excellent live performances from Afrocelts (world beats) and Thievery Corp (classy electronica). I’m not normally into that kind of music, but these guys were pretty good.

Arts and crafts pavilions consisted largely of the usual: paintings, mounted Baltimore/New York photos, bead bracelets and necklaces, jewelry and themed furniture, ethnic clothes, all quite grossly overpriced. There were a few diamonds in the rough, though: antique salt shakers turned into decorative tassels, colorful hand-carved wooden animal figurines, insect pins made from beads and amber, and an exquisite collection of Japanese porcelainware.

Oh, and the absolute best darn chicken tenders I’ve ever had, bar none.