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Searching for Blaze Starr (NSFW)

Blaze Starr, a Baltimore icon and burlesque queen supreme, died on June 15. Starr began dancing at the 2 O’Clock Club in 1950 and her outrageous and witty routines, including an act involving a baby panther and a smoking-couch trick (see page 11) would make her famous. Her high-profile affair with...

  • Clark Burger adds stiff competition to Baltimore's burger scene

    Clark Burger adds stiff competition to Baltimore's burger scene

    We tend to think of burgers and fries as being pretty much the most American cuisine there is, ranked right up there with apple pie and Hooters wings. But it seems that the Canadians have learned how to beat us at our own game, if Clark Burger (5906 York Road, [410] 323-2356, clark-burger.com),...

  • Photographer documents the health effects of living in industrial cities

    Photographer documents the health effects of living in industrial cities

    For years, photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier has been documenting the life she shares with her family, which, in the mill town of Braddock, Pennyslvania, has been fraught with disease and limited access to proper health care. With intimate portrayals of herself, her mother, and her grandmother Ruby...

  • Fast Foodie: A new Popeyes on Howard Street

    Fast Foodie: A new Popeyes on Howard Street

    Incredibly, being a Fast Foodie here in Baltimore can be difficult, especially because we don’t have a car. There’s a McDonald’s on North Avenue, one on Falls Road in Hampden, and a few downtown. A couple of joints, including another McDonald’s and a KFC, are clustered on Greenmount Avenue around...

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  • 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...

  • Checking the facts on two recent police-involved shootings

    Checking the facts on two recent police-involved shootings

    Amid a backdrop of tensions between police and Baltimore residents, two recent police-involved shootings have gotten little coverage in the media, but both have left the suspects’ families and supporters upset and angry—that their loved ones had been shot, and that they could not at first get into...

  • Op-Alt: Baltimore must address educational apartheid

    Op-Alt: Baltimore must address educational apartheid

    Despite the proliferating analyses and reflections about Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray and subsequent social unrest, a significant social institution has escaped the critical scrutiny it deserves for its role in the creation, maintenance, and reproduction of the racialized social...

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  • The High Life: Glass eyedroppers, ideal pot paraphernalia

    The High Life: Glass eyedroppers, ideal pot paraphernalia

    The war on drugs is an obvious, unmitigated disaster, even if nearly every lily-livered politician of either party in this state is too pusillanimous to say so. But let’s face it, the GOP is worse. Democrats like Martin O’Malley and $RB are too scared to go against the drug war—but I imagine Republicans...

  • Meet the new Luigi's Italian Deli, same as the old Luigi's Italian Deli

    Meet the new Luigi's Italian Deli, same as the old Luigi's Italian Deli

    When Luigi’s Italian Deli closed over the winter, we went into a bit of a panic. The Hampden spot cracked the code when it comes to artfully arranging and piling great ingredients on bread, and without it, we’d be a little lost. Our favorites were the Tonno Diavolo ($8.50), with olive-oil-soaked...

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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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Busting Borders: LabBodies makes space for performance art

The smell of blood seeped from the entrance of Platform Gallery last March. Inside, two women sat on small pedestals on opposite ends of the room: one slid melting chunks of frozen pig’s blood across her skin, the other spit into her hands and rubbed the saliva all over her body. This went on for...

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