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Yes, Chef: Two nights of the kitchen life at The Brewer's Art

It’s a busy Friday night in the Brewer's Art kitchen, where five cooks, three food runners, and Head Chef Andrew Weinzirl all move together in a chaotic waltz while I’m tucked away in a corner trying not to fuck up. There’s a way of doing things here, and everyone seems to know it but me. “Fire!...

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  • Murder Ink 3/1/17: 5 murders this week, 52 murders this year

    Murder Ink 3/1/17: 5 murders this week, 52 murders this year

    Another week of comparatively few murders dropped the pace to just .9 homicides per day. This is progress. Tuesday, Feb. 21 7 p.m. Jackie Burris, a 26-year-old African-American man, was on the 2800 block of Wenburn Street, around the corner from his home on Sidney Avenue, when someone shot him...

  • Democracy In Crisis: Democrats in the Afterlife

    Democracy In Crisis: Democrats in the Afterlife

    As Democrats choose the new chair of the Democratic National Committee this weekend, the worst thing they could do is claim credit for the resignation of former general Michael T. Flynn as national security advisor and the withdrawal of Hardee's honcho Andy Puzder as secretary of labor nominee....

  • 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...

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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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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...

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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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Digging into the research for "Hidden Figures"

Before there was "Hidden Figures," the blockbuster movie and book by Margot Lee Shetterly, there was "Determination of Azimuth," an operetta about the life of mathematician Katherine Johnson and the Apollo 10 mission staged in 2015 by the Baltimore Rock Opera Society. As the writers of "Determination...

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