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  • In her new book, Mike Brown's mother writes about the life of her slain son

    In her new book, Mike Brown's mother writes about the life of her slain son

    Lezley McSpadden is not here to bullshit you. McSpadden is the mother of Missouri teen Mike Brown, who was gunned down in August of 2014 by police officer Darren Wilson, and whose death arguably sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. In her new book "Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil: The Life,...

  • Three Beach Reads For Convention Season

    Three Beach Reads For Convention Season

    Norman Mailer, “Miami and the Siege of Chicago: An Informal History of the Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1968” (Random House) Random House couldn’t have chosen a better time to reprint Norman Mailer’s account of 1968’s political conventions than in the current 2016 election season. We’re...

  • City Paper's Summer Beach Reads

    City Paper's Summer Beach Reads

    Alice Munro, “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories” (Alfred A. Knopf) My requirement for a good summer vacation read is tricky. I like to fall into a book, the way you stand backwards on the edge of a pool and free fall. And down under the water, as you plummet, everything...

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  • Single Carrot penetrates an aging mind in 'Midlife'

    Single Carrot penetrates an aging mind in 'Midlife'

    "The rules have changed." Those words are almost an incantation throughout "Midlife," Single Carrot's last production of their ninth season, which is devoted to the theme "No-Fear New Work." Indeed, Single Carrot's commitment to taking risks continues in a big way with the world premiere of playwright,...

  • Arena Players' 'Luther' merges soaring slow jams with quiet, stormy melodrama

    Arena Players' 'Luther' merges soaring slow jams with quiet, stormy melodrama

    As you'd expect, this hypnagogic Luther Vandross musical doles out the legendary R&B-er's inviolable songs. Along the way though, it shrewdly excavates the ennui and loneliness which dogged the singer up until his death—namely, endless speculation surrounding Vandross' private life (something he...

  • Performance artist Naoko Maeshiba turns inward

    Performance artist Naoko Maeshiba turns inward

    When I visit Naoko Maeshiba in her Mount Washington studio, she tells me little about her upcoming performance at the Baltimore Theatre Project, and yet she shares almost everything. She's preparing a solo performance titled "Subject/Object," opening this Thursday. Billed on the venue's website...

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