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  • The 2017 Sex Issue

    The 2017 Sex Issue

  • On Parenting

    On Parenting

  • City Paper's Inauguration Day Issue

    City Paper's Inauguration Day Issue

    This week, I stood shoulder to shoulder for two-and-a-half hours with Trump supporters waiting to get through a security check point that would give them access to the sidewalks along the inaugural parade route. I could have used my press pass to circumvent the thing but I figured as a fly on the...

Mobtown Beat

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  • Democracy In Crisis: Confirmation Bias

    Democracy In Crisis: Confirmation Bias

    Senators shuffle by the desk on Tuesday to cast their votes on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education, chattering like kids returning from summer break to find that everything has changed. Somehow even the victors seem confused. None of them really expected the world to look...

  • Murder Ink 2/5/17: 6 murders this week, 45 murders this year

    Murder Ink 2/5/17: 6 murders this week, 45 murders this year

    Police shot an 18-year-old man who had a gun this week, and arrested three people on murder charges. The department also reported seizing 11 guns from eight people, including a man who allegedly fired a gun in a dispute over a parking space, and another man who was allegedly seen with the gun inside...

  • Murder Ink 2/8/17: 7 murders this week, 39 murders this year

    Murder Ink 2/8/17: 7 murders this week, 39 murders this year

    Even as the police department announces near-daily gun seizures from convicted felons, the city's rate of murder and violence is peaking, drawing the attention of police and political officials who say their existing plans and policies need time to work. There were 39 murders in the first 37 days...

City Folk

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Gallery owner, artist, once an insider, now a step away from being out

Dwight Whitley is better than this. His connections used to mean something. Back when George Winfield ran public works, Whitley would meet him at home after work and hang out. "His wife was a sweetheart," Whitley says. "He'd come in and say 'why'd you let this nigger in here?'" He laughs, remembering...

Eats & Drinks

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  • Iconic Baltimore gay bar The Eagle is finally back—and revamped

    Iconic Baltimore gay bar The Eagle is finally back—and revamped

    The Baltimore Eagle has finally landed in Station North. The waiting has been palpable, at least for the queer folks who have watched their bars and clubs close one by one as assimilation and capitalism do their ugly work. When construction delays and a shake up on the liquor board put the Eagle's...

  • Boz's Burger Bistro in Charles Village mostly hits the spot

    Boz's Burger Bistro in Charles Village mostly hits the spot

    Boz's Burger Bistro 3101 St. Paul St., (410) 889-1718, bozsburger.com In Charles Village, on the corner of St. Paul and 31st, where Donna's used to be, Boz's Burger Bistro fills a burger-and-a-milkshake-shaped hole. I had missed the easy, greasy convenience of chains that I grew up around, like...

Music

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Kahlon's Cut Up Series returns with audio-visual exhibition

When Kahlon ceased to exist in its capacity as a bimonthly party at The Crown, it felt like a blow to the city's music scene, which was finally starting to feel a bit less siloed. That was due to the series' eclectic lineups, bringing artists of disparate sounds and scenes together under the umbrella...

  • Florida Noir: Broward County rap phenom Kodak Black echoes Boosie but brings with him a troubled past

    Florida Noir: Broward County rap phenom Kodak Black echoes Boosie but brings with him a troubled past

    If you missed Bronx rapper French Montana's excellent "Wave Gods" mixtape from last year, you probably still heard a song called 'Lockjaw.' The duet with a young rapper named Kodak Black was repurposed for French's album, "MC4," hit #16 on the Billboard Rap charts, and eventually went gold. Bad...

  • Delineate It Yourself: After the Bell Foundry, mayor's Safe Arts Space Task Force is formed

    Delineate It Yourself: After the Bell Foundry, mayor's Safe Arts Space Task Force is formed

    Within a few weeks of Station North arts space the Bell Foundry being condemned and its upstairs tenants evicted, Mayor Catherine Pugh stood in front of members of city agencies, artists and artist groups, lawyers, developers, and funders, and announced a Safe Arts Space Task Force. Pugh cited...

  • Top Ten Non-Local Albums of 2016

    Top Ten Non-Local Albums of 2016

    1. Beyoncé, “Lemonade” (Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment) Beyoncé did a lot this year. Most recently, she took the stage at the Country Music Awards, flanked by the Dixie Chicks, and dared anyone in the audience and at home not to enjoy themselves. The song she performed, ‘Daddy Lessons,’...

  • Top Ten Baltimore Singles of 2016

    Top Ten Baltimore Singles of 2016

    1. Dooley, Tlow, and Lor Roger, ‘CIT4DT’ (self-released) The day after the election, when everyone was trying however they could to grapple with the reality that Donald Trump is evidently going to be our next President, it was important to remember that while some people were presented with the...

Screens

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Jim Jarmusch's new film 'Paterson' meditates on poetry and trauma

Jim Jarmusch's thorough adaptation of William Carlos Williams' poetic motto "No ideas but in things," should be no surprise. After all, the film, like Williams' epic poem, is called "Paterson" after the New Jersey city where it's set. Its main character is also named Paterson, who is a Williams-obsessed...More

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  • Photographer Shawn Young sees Baltimore differently

    Photographer Shawn Young sees Baltimore differently

    I sat on North Avenue one afternoon in mid-October during an abnormally hot day, the kind when global warming smirks at us, specifically Baltimore. I was there to catch up with Sandtown-Winchester photographer Murshaun Young, Shawn to friends, "Freeze" to some, @MrFreezePhotography to his Instagram...

  • Contact Sheet: Shawn Young

    Contact Sheet: Shawn Young

  • "About Face" at the Creative Alliance carves out room for a new kind of canonical portraiture

    "About Face" at the Creative Alliance carves out room for a new kind of canonical portraiture

    While I was observing a T-shaped portrait of an afroed woman who stares off into the distance, I overheard a conversation a man was having with his friend about the artist, Tim Okamura. "I was just surprised…" the man gasped, "I just assumed that Okamura was, you know, black. Because, just look...

  • Top Ten Art Shows of 2016

    Top Ten Art Shows of 2016

    1. Abigail DeVille, “Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See the Stars” via The Contemporary at the Peale Museum There is always more to say about this work, an installation by Abigail DeVille in the former Peale Museum, commissioned by The Contemporary, which is why it’s our number one art show...

  • The Year in Photos

    The Year in Photos

    We're not gonna lie, we're happy to see the tail end of 2016. This particularly tumultuous year began with a massive snow dump in the city that stranded residents and threatened the city's homeless with frigid temperatures. It ended on a similarly bleak note, with Donald Trump preparing to move...

  • On separating hunter from prey in Phaan Howng's wryly subversive installation wonders

    On separating hunter from prey in Phaan Howng's wryly subversive installation wonders

    Phaan Howng's "Biological Controls: If It Bleeds We Can Kill It" may be the closest you can get to a waking hallucination in Baltimore right now. The installation occupies the one-room project gallery on School 33's second floor, though the verb "occupy" barely conveys how utterly the installation...

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Booze, pathos, and passivity in 'Suite For Barbara Loden'

Toward the end of Nathalie Léger's discursive, frequently fictional essay-novel, "Suite For Barbara Loden" (first published in 2012 but translated into English for the first time late last year), the author meets famous baseball player and infamous boozer Mickey Mantle, who possibly dated or slept...

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Iron Crow Theatre's "Fucking A" is fucking sad

As the title would suggest, there is no subtlety in Suzan-Lori Parks' "Fucking A." In the dystopian future world crafted by Parks back in 2000, everything seems to exist in the extreme—the subjugation and exploitation of women, the political reach of the aristocracy, the wealth gap, the bloodthirst...

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