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Searching for Blaze Starr (NSFW)

Blaze Starr, a Baltimore icon and burlesque queen supreme, died on June 15. Starr began dancing at the 2 O’Clock Club in 1950 and her outrageous and witty routines, including an act involving a baby panther and a smoking-couch trick (see page 11) would make her famous. Her high-profile affair with...

  • Clark Burger adds stiff competition to Baltimore's burger scene

    Clark Burger adds stiff competition to Baltimore's burger scene

    We tend to think of burgers and fries as being pretty much the most American cuisine there is, ranked right up there with apple pie and Hooters wings. But it seems that the Canadians have learned how to beat us at our own game, if Clark Burger (5906 York Road, [410] 323-2356, clark-burger.com),...

  • Photographer documents the health effects of living in industrial cities

    Photographer documents the health effects of living in industrial cities

    For years, photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier has been documenting the life she shares with her family, which, in the mill town of Braddock, Pennyslvania, has been fraught with disease and limited access to proper health care. With intimate portrayals of herself, her mother, and her grandmother Ruby...

  • Fast Foodie: A new Popeyes on Howard Street

    Fast Foodie: A new Popeyes on Howard Street

    Incredibly, being a Fast Foodie here in Baltimore can be difficult, especially because we don’t have a car. There’s a McDonald’s on North Avenue, one on Falls Road in Hampden, and a few downtown. A couple of joints, including another McDonald’s and a KFC, are clustered on Greenmount Avenue around...

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  • Control and Maintain: Wume find creative solace in their basement studio

    Control and Maintain: Wume find creative solace in their basement studio

    The suspenseful synthesizer intro to Wume’s ‘Control’—the opener to the duo’s sophomore record “Maintain”—floats over the crowd at the band’s Metro Gallery record-release show. The room reeks of B.O., proof it’s packed tight. A large crowd isn’t surprising—it’s been awhile since the band has headlined...

  • Dank Verse Poetry: Kemet Dank raps like he Instagrams

    Dank Verse Poetry: Kemet Dank raps like he Instagrams

    In a purple t-shirt festooned with embroidered fruit, floral-print leggings, mismatched socks and two small necklaces made up of gold leaves, green jewels, and dotted with pearls, 21-year-old Baltimore rapper Kemet Dank struts down Pratt Street and into the brand new Chick-fil-A. He moves with...

  • Five lessons from a year of local listening

    Five lessons from a year of local listening

    Last year, for the Big Music Issue, we had a big idea. We were going to detail the way that all of the scenes overlapped here by creating some great taxonomy of local music and pointing out the people who acted as nodes to connect them. It was an insanely complicated and daunting task and then...

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  • The High Life: Glass eyedroppers, ideal pot paraphernalia

    The High Life: Glass eyedroppers, ideal pot paraphernalia

    The war on drugs is an obvious, unmitigated disaster, even if nearly every lily-livered politician of either party in this state is too pusillanimous to say so. But let’s face it, the GOP is worse. Democrats like Martin O’Malley and $RB are too scared to go against the drug war—but I imagine Republicans...

  • Meet the new Luigi's Italian Deli, same as the old Luigi's Italian Deli

    Meet the new Luigi's Italian Deli, same as the old Luigi's Italian Deli

    When Luigi’s Italian Deli closed over the winter, we went into a bit of a panic. The Hampden spot cracked the code when it comes to artfully arranging and piling great ingredients on bread, and without it, we’d be a little lost. Our favorites were the Tonno Diavolo ($8.50), with olive-oil-soaked...

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What does local music mean in 2015?

Late last year, City Paper started calling the big-deal acts that aren’t from Baltimore “non-local” instead of “national.” We first did this in our 2014 year-end Top 10 issue in which we provided a list of the best Local Albums of last year and then followed it up with the best Non-Local Albums....

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Busting Borders: LabBodies makes space for performance art

The smell of blood seeped from the entrance of Platform Gallery last March. Inside, two women sat on small pedestals on opposite ends of the room: one slid melting chunks of frozen pig’s blood across her skin, the other spit into her hands and rubbed the saliva all over her body. This went on for...

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