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  • ParityFest brings underproduced plays by women playwrights to Baltimore

    ParityFest brings underproduced plays by women playwrights to Baltimore

    Women are underrepresented and underpaid in virtually every sector of the arts. Art created predominantly by white men continues to fill museums and galleries, while films with male directors, producers, and lead roles continue to dominate box offices and award shows. The case is no different for...

  • 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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Boss Hög: Larry Hogan has Baltimore right where he wants it

Larry Hogan gave two press conferences during the week of June 22. At the first, on June 22, Hogan bravely announced that he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer. Standing beside his wife, children, and grandchild, he acknowledged that the cancer was “very aggressive...

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  • Police plant drugs, kill couple's dog, and nothing happens, a lawsuit alleges

    Police plant drugs, kill couple's dog, and nothing happens, a lawsuit alleges

    Jennifer Catalano was steps from her back door on the night of June 13, 2012 when a neighbor intercepted her. “Jen, Jen, Tiny’s dead,” the neighbor told her.

  • Real life on The Block

    Real life on The Block

    “Lotta new girls. Keep your shit stashed. You don’t know who you be trusting,” one dancer said to another, looking directly at me. The changing room upstairs at Chez Joey serves a couple of purposes. The bathroom doesn’t have a door and one wall is lined with lockers, but you’ve gotta bring your...

  • On Baltimore and its monuments

    On Baltimore and its monuments

    I thank City Paper for sharing the short radio piece I produced with my colleague Mark Gunnery for The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9 FM over Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend in January (“Why Does Baltimore Have So Many Confederate Monuments?”). But I cringed when I read my words (“I don’t think...

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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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'Rampage,' a gritty witty Rambo rip-off from Turkey

The 1986 reggae oddity ‘Call Me Rambo’ is full of dubby percussion and the sounds of automatic weapon fire and features a vocalist, Ackie, who hums, mumbles, and croons about “The F.B.I. and the K.G.B.” and lyrically reframes the character made famous by Sylvester Stallone into a criminalistic...More

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