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Sexy Jesuses: The hottest messiahs at the Walters

The Roman Catholic Church’s two-thousand-years-long marketing campaign runs under the basic tenet of advertising: People will flock to pretty stuff. Hence the gilded, towering architecture, expensive commissioned frescoes, and stylish clerical wardrobe. We’re told this pricey splendor was created...

  • Fucking Art: Toward being more mindful of what sex toys go inside you

    Fucking Art: Toward being more mindful of what sex toys go inside you

    “Do you respect wood?” -Larry David What makes an object sexy lies somewhere in between the eye, the mind, and the hoo-ha of the beholder. Even sex toys are not just arousing because of what they can do to us. When they’re more considerate of the tenets of design and aesthetics, they can inspire...

  • James Franco is not a Queer Poet

    James Franco is not a Queer Poet

    I want to believe in James Franco. For those readers who are new to the figure of Franco the artist, the actor-cum-poet has been part of the literary conversation since his collection of short stories, “Palo Alto,” was published by Scribner in 2010. Much of this conversation has been skepticism,...

  • Baltimore gets a new sex-education program

    Baltimore gets a new sex-education program

    The federal government gave Baltimore $8.5 million  to revamp its sex-education curriculum last year. Depending on who is asked, the money is: a) just being used to enhance an already comprehensive sex-ed program that is taught in every city secondary school, as mandated by the state (Baltimore...

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  • Stakes Are High: The night shift in shock trauma

    Stakes Are High: The night shift in shock trauma

    It's 6:45 p.m. at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at University of Maryland Medical Center when June Guadalupe, a nurse in the Trauma Resuscitation Unit (TRU), arrives. He will be there until 7:30 a.m. the next day. He joins the other night shift nurses, all fully clad in their pastel pink...

  • A bay pilot spends his nights guiding massive ships through the bay's tricky waters

    A bay pilot spends his nights guiding massive ships through the bay's tricky waters

    It is 9 p.m. on a cold January night. Capt. Al Watts climbs the rope rungs of a ladder to board the cargo ship that sits in the harbor loaded with 5,000 cars that range from Chryslers to Mercedes. Watts, who has 38 years of experience in nautical navigation, takes command on the bridge of the Equuleus...

  • Watching the CitiWatcher: The night shift monitoring Baltimore's security cameras

    Watching the CitiWatcher: The night shift monitoring Baltimore's security cameras

    It is 11 p.m. on a friday night and Scott is laughing as the shooting victim hobbles down Eager Street holding his neck and limping. He was hit in the neck and leg. "Almost every shooting I see," Scott says, "either the police was right there two minutes ago, or they're there, a block away." He's...

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  • Misunderstanding blackfolks

    Misunderstanding blackfolks

    It is too easy to view the verbal tirade of Ta-Nehisi Coates against the radical bona fides of Bernie Sanders from the perspective of Democratic presidential battle lines and, if you "feel the Bern," to immediately decry Coates as a threat to Sanders successfully wooing black voters. Mind you,...

  • Reparations and the Racial Residual

    Reparations and the Racial Residual

    Over the past several years the issue of reparations has received more traction than at any other time in the 21st century. While activists have been working on the issue for decades, Ta-Nehisi Coates' work in The Atlantic has been largely responsible for bringing reparations back into the public...

  • Rationale for the Omnibus American Reparation and Restitution Bill

    Rationale for the Omnibus American Reparation and Restitution Bill

    In this proposal, I outline seven separate but interrelated claims for reparations and restitutions that African-Americans are due in order for this country to help repair the trauma and damage of white supremacy inflicted on the population in a very targeted fashion. University of Connecticut...

  • The Mail: 2/10-2/17

    The Mail: 2/10-2/17

    From the Web, Facebook, and Twitter "DeRay Mckesson begins run for mayor, with experience on state Sen. Ferguson's campaign to draw on" Well said. It is going to take more than a new mayor to turn Baltimore around. City government is entrenched in its past and it may take more than a bright, young...

  • Murder Ink: 6 murders this week, 20 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 6 murders this week, 20 murders this year

    A triple shooting at a Southeast bar punctuated the city's increased violence last week. There were a total of nine nonfatal shootings reported, and a fight in Fells Point that escalated into a panicked hit-and-run that left a woman hospitalized with skull fractures and was caught on video. Last...

  • The Mail: 2/3-2/10

    The Mail: 2/3-2/10

    David Bowie: Icon I love the tribute cover for David Bowie (Feature, Jan. 13), because he is the king of counterculture and so is the City Paper, so they go together like the right and left side of a Twix. But, when I read the articles, I realized your writers are younger than myself, and they...

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A Baltimore crime lab technician moves through a surreal city

People danced their hearts out to the Cupid Shuffle as Rodney Montgomery collected forensic evidence at a gruesome Mother's Day homicide scene. That night a 22-year-old man had been shot in the head several times in southeast Baltimore while various family gatherings and holiday festivities were...

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Charm City Meadworks is making an ancient brew modern

A small Toyota pickup truck sits outside a warehouse on 8th Avenue, at the south end of the 895 Harbor Tunnel. It's purplish-black, with orange flames painted on the front, and the dashboard is covered in white faux fur. It's not something you see every day—a little different, definitely bold,...More

  • The High Life: Weed Maximalism

    The High Life: Weed Maximalism

    My dealers have mostly been selling mixes and weed hybrids lately. I have taken to calling this kind of experimentation with weed, this mixing and matching and mashing-up of strains, weed maximalism. It dovetails with maximalism in the artistic sense1—a response to there being too much (as a tribute...

  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que delivers uneven results

    Dinosaur Bar-B-Que delivers uneven results

    Harbor East already features a menagerie of bars and restaurants, from chains to local spots with a range of cuisines, and when chain restaurant Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (1401 Fleet St., [443] 708-9070, dinosaurbarbque.com) decided to settle in, locals had mixed feelings. While diners were enthusiastic...

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Troll 2, semi-sequel of a semi-movie is a semi-masterpiece

Russian novelist, historian, Gulag survivor, and all-around inspiring fellow Aleksander Solzhenitsyn once wrote, "Some things lead beyond words. Art inflames even a frozen, darkened soul to a high spiritual experience." I'm not sure what exactly he was talking about, but he could very well have...More

  • Benghazi becomes a blockbuster in "13 Hours"

    Benghazi becomes a blockbuster in "13 Hours"

    In "13 Hours," Benghazi, a misguided Republican talking point turned internet punch line about right-wing paranoia, gets the ludicrous film treatment it deserves—and absolutely does not need—from Michael Bay, a grown man on record as saying "I make movies for teenage boys." The events, in which...

  • In 'The Revenant,' Leonardo DiCaprio seeks truth but gives his fakest performance yet

    In 'The Revenant,' Leonardo DiCaprio seeks truth but gives his fakest performance yet

    It's hard to say when exactly the national conversation surrounding Leonardo DiCaprio became a meme-laden dissertation on how much he deserves an Academy Award. He's been a movie star for decades and one of the most well-respected performers of his generation. He gets to keep making movies with...

  • Almost there: "Carol" is more alive than past Todd Haynes films

    Almost there: "Carol" is more alive than past Todd Haynes films

    Beginning with 1988's "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story," a biopic which tackled body image issues and suburban family values using Barbie dolls, Todd Haynes has vacillated between postmodern reconfigurations of pop mythology ("Poison," "Velvet Goldmine," "I'm Not There") and navigating the...

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Dear Diary: Emily Lindin's 'Unslut' exposes slut-shaming

Emily Lindin’s middle school diary is not so much an emotional rollercoaster as a runaway train speeding through a nightmarish Boschian hellscape, frequently interrupted by sparkling yet anxiety-inducing preteen fantasies and ‘90s pop-inspired poems. Published in the book “UnSlut: A Diary and Memoir”...

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'Under the Skin' at Everyman Theatre toys with sympathy

Raina clearly deserves our sympathy. The main character in Michael Hollinger's "Under the Skin," she is a single mom with a mediocre job in Perrysburg, Ohio. She recently lost her own mother to a bitter battle with cancer, and now the father that she's been estranged from for years is knocking...

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