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  • Students use the digital arts to capture the city, the uprising, themselves

    Students use the digital arts to capture the city, the uprising, themselves

    On a Tuesday evening in early April, seven students sit at iMacs in a classroom, some wearing headphones, as they transcribe interviews or watch video footage on the computers' screens. Two instructors unplug recording equipment from retractable extension cords connected to plastic orange spheres...

  • April 27th

    April 27th

    I looked Freddie in the eye today and watched infants drenched in the placenta of revolution stream down from his tear ducts, cascade onto the cement, and roll in the crevices of the sidewalk I watched puffs of dirt bike smoke swim across his pupils as the two-wheeled Lords of concrete swam through...

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  • Baltimore mayoral candidates turn to the arts

    Baltimore mayoral candidates turn to the arts

    At last week's mayoral forum organized by Citizen Artist Baltimore, many of the 10 participating candidates addressed arts-related issues by tying them into their existing, non-arts-focused platforms: If we solve the city's problems, they suggested, we solve the art community's problems. Though...

  • Degenerate City: Charm City Demolition Derby

    Degenerate City: Charm City Demolition Derby

    Baltimore is getting a major investment in more nothing. Right? I've been traveling for all of 2016, but trying to stay somewhat informed. Apparently Gov. Larry Hogan has generously offered to give Baltimore $700 million worth of nothing, by way of demolishing vacant buildings to make way for vacant...

  • Student exhibition at Gallery CA traces factors that led up to the Baltimore Uprising

    Student exhibition at Gallery CA traces factors that led up to the Baltimore Uprising

    On a late February afternoon, Gallery CA's bright white room is full of splotches of color—and lively activity. A student stands on a black chair to reach the top of the mural with her paintbrush. Several others stand on the ground, all working together on a mural in the middle of the gallery....

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  • Raymond Carver meets Raymond Chandler in reissued romantic noir "Black Wings Has My Angel"

    Raymond Carver meets Raymond Chandler in reissued romantic noir "Black Wings Has My Angel"

    There is a curious (and admittedly, mostly made-up) film noir subgenre I've taken to calling "picaresque noir." It consists of crime stories that don't stay in one place for too long and feel more episodic and stitched together than short and sweet. Plug novels such as Jean-Patrick Manchette's...

  • Dear Diary: Emily Lindin's 'Unslut' exposes slut-shaming

    Dear Diary: Emily Lindin's 'Unslut' exposes slut-shaming

    Emily Lindin’s middle school diary is not so much an emotional rollercoaster as a runaway train speeding through a nightmarish Boschian hellscape, frequently interrupted by sparkling yet anxiety-inducing preteen fantasies and ‘90s pop-inspired poems. Published in the book “UnSlut: A Diary and Memoir”...

  • James Franco is not a Queer Poet

    James Franco is not a Queer Poet

    I want to believe in James Franco. For those readers who are new to the figure of Franco the artist, the actor-cum-poet has been part of the literary conversation since his collection of short stories, “Palo Alto,” was published by Scribner in 2010. Much of this conversation has been skepticism,...

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  • Stillpointe Theatre hosts 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'

    Kids are cute sometimes. More often, they're pretty scary—if not because of their limitless energy and emotional range, then for the disturbing reflection of how adults have fucked them up. Even if they aren't all that screwed up, they're trying desperately to show the world (or at least themselves)...

  • 'Under the Skin' at Everyman Theatre toys with sympathy

    'Under the Skin' at Everyman Theatre toys with sympathy

    Raina clearly deserves our sympathy. The main character in Michael Hollinger's "Under the Skin," she is a single mom with a mediocre job in Perrysburg, Ohio. She recently lost her own mother to a bitter battle with cancer, and now the father that she's been estranged from for years is knocking...

  • The Stoop Storytelling Series' co-hosts reflect on 10 years of making people cry

    The Stoop Storytelling Series' co-hosts reflect on 10 years of making people cry

    On the eve of the 10th anniversary of The Stoop Storytelling Series, Baltimore's beloved stranger-than-fiction storytelling event, co-producers and co-hosts Jessica Henkin and Laura Wexler sat down to interview each other. Because the theme of The Stoop's anniversary show is "Awkward Adolescence,"...

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