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  • The highlights and lowlights of Fields Festival

    The highlights and lowlights of Fields Festival

    Highlights Bobbing around in the pool on Friday night with just about everyone; sipping the Champagne of Beers; the spontaneous whirlpool someone started; the line of beer cans and empty cups around the pool's perimeter that created an ephemeral and interactive installation; the security guards...

  • Conflicts Of Interest: The Starr Report

    Conflicts Of Interest: The Starr Report

    I was sitting in an interview room on the fifth floor of the Police Headquarters and I was hungover as fuck. Two detectives sat across from me; their lieutenant at my side. I was hungover because my band played the night before and I was in Homicide because T.J. Smith, the public information officer,...

  • A Huey Luv Story: HUEY Brand's Larry Luv makes fly shit for dark days

    A Huey Luv Story: HUEY Brand's Larry Luv makes fly shit for dark days

    You are a square if you're in Baltimore and don't know Larry Luv.Thanks to his addictive Sunny Day parties and the whirlwind of high-energy designs flying out of his Huey Brand flagship store, the Douglass Housing Projects native has crafted a simple yet complex cocktail of innovative fashion and...

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Fiction, Poetry, and Documerica

This year, City Paper decided to do something different with its Fiction and Poetry issue. Instead of soliciting reader submissions, we invited local fiction writer Susan Muaddi Darraj to guest edit our feature well of stories and poems. Darraj, fiction editor of Barrelhouse Magazine and former...

  • Escape from Planet Earth: Psychedelics, religion, and outlaw scientist John C. Lilly

    Escape from Planet Earth: Psychedelics, religion, and outlaw scientist John C. Lilly

    Most scientists don't include personal stories in their research reports, but for John Lilly, personal experiences and science experiments were the same thing. His ears, eyes, mouth, and nose were calibrated probes. His mind was the unbiased observer, the ideal model for dispassionate inquiry....

  • Summer Food Issue

    Summer Food Issue

    Baltimore’s favorite foods pay homage to the farmer’s market Last year, City Paper did a “Smoke, Meat, and Heat” issue and declared our intent to “expand the definition of barbecue,” so along with what you'd expect, we also focused on pit beef, that Maryland staple, and vegan BBQ by way of “jackfruit,”...

  • Sonja Santelises says she is up to the task of running the city's troubled school system

    Sonja Santelises says she is up to the task of running the city's troubled school system

    When I sit down with newly-appointed Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises in July, she is barely a week into the new job. There is little to personalize her sunny office at the top of North Avenue, save a few small pictures of smiling children and a few stacks of papers. However,...

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  • Murder Ink 8/24/2016: 6 murders this week, 191 murders this year

    Murder Ink 8/24/2016: 6 murders this week, 191 murders this year

    Police arrested a man and charged him with murder. They arrested two others and charged them with attempted murder. Last year as of this date Baltimore had 225 murders. Monday, Aug. 15 11:30 p.m. Bruce Hamilton, a 17-year-old African-American boy, was shot in the stomach in the BP Gas station parking...

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: BPD

    Baltimore City Power Rankings: BPD

    ↓ BPD Last week, the Department of Justice released its report on Baltimore's police—and its findings were damning. In 163 pages, based on hundreds of interviews and thousands of document reviews, investigators concluded that the Baltimore Police Department "engages in a pattern or practice of...

  • Murder Ink 8/17/16: 6 murders this week, 184 murders this year

    Murder Ink 8/17/16: 6 murders this week, 184 murders this year

    Police arrested several shooting suspects this week, waited out and arrested non-violently an armed suspect who barricaded himself in a house, and arrested a murder suspect minutes after he allegedly shot a man to death in Reservoir Hill. Six people were added to the homicide roll. Last year by...

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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...

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Gunther & Co.'s seasonal menu goes beyond local offerings

Judging by Gunther & Co.'s (3650 Toone St., [443] 869-6874, eatgunther.com) Instagram account, there are three things people already love about the three-month-old Brewer's Hill restaurant: cleverly named cocktails (a Meet the Beet-alls or a Rye'n Gosling, anyone?), oysters all ways, and the 16-foot...More

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Staring back at Charlie Parker on Pontella Mason's 'Bebop'

Charlie Parker, born 96 years ago on August 29, was from the landlocked state of Kansas and he spent some of his worst years in sunny California (including a six-month stay in a mental institution), but Pontella Mason's 2008 mural "Bebop: Charlie Parker and Bettie Carter," painted on one of the...

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'Hoax' brings marks into the con game

Flipping matching card pair after matching card pair onto the floor from a brand-new deck shuffled by a volunteer, Maxwell Fink spits, "You can't win if you play with me." Why? Because he's not just a magician, he may be the devil. Lights dim to the candy pop song 'Sh-Boom (Life Could Be a Dream).'...

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