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  • 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...

  • Sizzlin' Summer Performing Arts Events

    Sizzlin' Summer Performing Arts Events

    May “BrouHaHa.” Happenstance Theater returns with a “clown-esque” performance based on old-timey entertainment and imagery. Through May 22, Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., (410) 752-8558, theatreproject.org, $12-$22. “Death of a Salesman.” Vincent M. Lancisi directs Arthur Miller’s...

  • 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...

  • Zine Roundup: Reviews of recent DIY publications around Baltimore

    Zine Roundup: Reviews of recent DIY publications around Baltimore

    I spent too much money at this year's Publications and Multiples Fair—on art, poetry zines, and ceramic pieces—and then even more at Red Emma's more recently, and then I said a little prayer and dug into my savings so I could buy a couple things from Bookish, the bookshop-on-wheels that made its...

  • Three Poems

    Three Poems

    Every Rib You Eat is A Consequence google search "latex forearm" and then google search "the soft vulnerable part" every poem I write is actually a better subtweet than maybe anything I would actually subtweet And every subtweet is just like me wanting you to give me all of your attention until...

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  • A chat with activist and poet Tariq Touré

    A chat with activist and poet Tariq Touré

    On April 27, in front of the CVS Pharmacy at Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue, poet/writer/activist (and City Paper contributor) Tariq Touré read his poem, 'April 27th.' With its sobering refrain of, "I looked Freddie in the eyes today," and a series of novelistic details building up a character...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Part of the Team: 'Force Continuum' explores black cops and brutality

    Part of the Team: 'Force Continuum' explores black cops and brutality

    Director Rosiland Cauthen introduces Cohesion Theatre's production of "Force Continuum" with a projected video montage of cell phone and surveillance footage capturing police brutality incidents, starting with the traffic stop arrest of Sandra Bland just days before she was found dead in her jail...

  • Center Stage's 'Detroit '67' draws obvious parallels

    Center Stage's 'Detroit '67' draws obvious parallels

    I wanted to like Center Stage's production of "Detroit '67" more than I did. Playwright Dominique Morisseau's kitchen-sink drama (well, technically, basement-sink, I guess since the play takes place in a basement rec room that doubles as an after-hours club) recounts the story of a black family...

  • Straight, No Chaser: Single Carrot's 'Something Like Jazz Music' goes dark in the '20s

    Straight, No Chaser: Single Carrot's 'Something Like Jazz Music' goes dark in the '20s

    One of the first performances of "Something Like Jazz Music" coincided with Single Carrot Theatre's decadent fundraising gala, The Carrot Club. Keeping with the setting of the play in Prohibition-era Baltimore, the attendees—mostly older white folks—arrived dressed to the nines in beaded fringe...

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