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  • The 2017 Sex Issue

    The 2017 Sex Issue

  • On Parenting

    On Parenting

  • City Paper's Inauguration Day Issue

    City Paper's Inauguration Day Issue

    This week, I stood shoulder to shoulder for two-and-a-half hours with Trump supporters waiting to get through a security check point that would give them access to the sidewalks along the inaugural parade route. I could have used my press pass to circumvent the thing but I figured as a fly on the...

Mobtown Beat

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  • Murder Ink 2/5/17: 6 murders this week, 45 murders this year

    Murder Ink 2/5/17: 6 murders this week, 45 murders this year

    Police shot an 18-year-old man who had a gun this week, and arrested three people on murder charges. The department also reported seizing 11 guns from eight people, including a man who allegedly fired a gun in a dispute over a parking space, and another man who was allegedly seen with the gun inside...

  • Murder Ink 2/8/17: 7 murders this week, 39 murders this year

    Murder Ink 2/8/17: 7 murders this week, 39 murders this year

    Even as the police department announces near-daily gun seizures from convicted felons, the city's rate of murder and violence is peaking, drawing the attention of police and political officials who say their existing plans and policies need time to work. There were 39 murders in the first 37 days...

  • On the tradition of flowers as peaceful resistance

    On the tradition of flowers as peaceful resistance

    She was off to the side on the corner of 13th and I St. NW on Inauguration Day, barely visible as protesters swirled all around her. She extended a yellow flower toward a line of cops. It might have been a begonia or a cheap plastic flower, it was hard to tell. What was clear is that it wasn't...

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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...

Eats & Drinks

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  • Boz's Burger Bistro in Charles Village mostly hits the spot

    Boz's Burger Bistro in Charles Village mostly hits the spot

    Boz's Burger Bistro 3101 St. Paul St., (410) 889-1718, bozsburger.com In Charles Village, on the corner of St. Paul and 31st, where Donna's used to be, Boz's Burger Bistro fills a burger-and-a-milkshake-shaped hole. I had missed the easy, greasy convenience of chains that I grew up around, like...

  • Fast Foodie: Taco Bell's fried chicken taco shell is a winner

    Fast Foodie: Taco Bell's fried chicken taco shell is a winner

    Confession: I never had KFC's Double Down. Before eating fast food became a journalistic concern, the Colonel's double-stacked chicken fillets with cheese, bacon, and secret sauce sandwiched in the middle seemed like a bridge too far, even for me. KFC's chicken is good, bacon is good, cheese is...

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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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  • Scorsese's 'Silence' is solemn, unsuccessful, occasionally moving Oscar-bait

    Scorsese's 'Silence' is solemn, unsuccessful, occasionally moving Oscar-bait

    Martin Scorsese's "Silence" explores two frequent obsessions of the gritty, ambitious director: faith and doubt, punctuated by unflinchingly brutal violence. He brings those same interests to "Silence, a slow-burning, thoughtful epic of religious doubt, which at times feels like a fusion of Ingmar...

  • City Paper writers recommend a few kid movie favorites

    City Paper writers recommend a few kid movie favorites

    "Heavyweights" With its clever, nourishing depiction of childhood body positivity, 1995's "Heavyweights" was two decades ahead of its time. Before countless Tumblr blogs devoted to exalting the fat body became du jour on the internet, this sweet, structurally sound family comedy was one of the...

  • Boozy Movies: Three liquor-fueled flicks you maybe haven't seen

    Boozy Movies: Three liquor-fueled flicks you maybe haven't seen

    "Mean Streets" Currently streaming on Amazon Instant and iTunes Of all the films that explore director Martin Scorsese's wounded Catholicism, the story of Charlie (Harvey Keitel) and his self-flagellating friendship with perennial fuck-up Johnny Boy (Robert DeNiro) is perhaps the most iconic and...

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Booze, pathos, and passivity in 'Suite For Barbara Loden'

Toward the end of Nathalie Léger's discursive, frequently fictional essay-novel, "Suite For Barbara Loden" (first published in 2012 but translated into English for the first time late last year), the author meets famous baseball player and infamous boozer Mickey Mantle, who possibly dated or slept...

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Iron Crow Theatre's "Fucking A" is fucking sad

As the title would suggest, there is no subtlety in Suzan-Lori Parks' "Fucking A." In the dystopian future world crafted by Parks back in 2000, everything seems to exist in the extreme—the subjugation and exploitation of women, the political reach of the aristocracy, the wealth gap, the bloodthirst...

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