CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Best of Baltimore

Best of Baltimore

Even my hangover is hungover after what was the best Best of Baltimore party in years. It’s always great. We bust ass on an issue for months, have countless sleepless nights,...

Copycat Kids Grow Up

Copycat Kids Grow Up

A few weeks ago, I started corresponding with Brooks Kossover after I heard his gallery, AmEx Contemporary, was asked to quit using that name by the American Express Corporation. I examined the letter and...

Freedom and Order

Freedom and Order

My wife, CP contributor Nicole King (pictured, left), and I were sitting in a park sipping from a big bottle of beer as dogs frolicked and people talked softly and drank. When our beer was empty and we were hungry, we decided to go and...

Pussy Riot Hates Me

Pussy Riot Hates Me

On Friday morning, my wife told me Pussy Riot was in town filming “House of Cards.” She said she’d bumped into a friend who worked on the set the day...

Cubists, gods, strippers, and slow contraptions

Cubists, gods, strippers, and slow contraptions

The writer Lawrence Weschler has spent the last several decades helping two very different artists, David Hockney and

Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of Interest

Watching the electronic duo Matmos on the stage in the lot beside Metro Gallery, I was still thinking about the differences between live and recorded music that Amanda...

Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of Interest

For the first time in decades, City Paper was not invited to the V.I.P. Artscape kickoff party. In fact, Bill Gilmore, the head of the Baltimore Office of...

Report from AAN

Report from AAN

Last week, I was in Nashville for the conference of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN). In case you didn’t know, this thing splayed out on the bar in front of you, or on your computer screen or...

The Power of Powers

The Power of Powers

Baltimore’s art scene is often lauded as being collaborative rather than competitive (for competition, see this week’s feature, page 18). But that collaboration rarely extends outside of the art...

Corrections of Interest

Corrections of Interest

> Last week, Conflicts of Interest began with an error, when I misspelled my friend Dan Pavlik's name. The error made it through fact checking and copy editing. Then I saw it again as I proofed the story and yet...

“Slick Ass” Dan Pavlick was having a bad night. In his first round of kick the can, all four of Pavlick’s beer cans had skittered across the wooden floor of the practice space and merely bounced off the bottoms of the three trash cans into which he was trying to propel them.

“Slick Ass” Dan Pavlick was having a bad night. In his first round of kick the can, all four of Pavlick’s beer cans had skittered across the wooden floor of the practice space and merely bounced off the bottoms of the three trash cans into which he was trying to propel them.

"Slick Ass" Dan Pavlick was having a bad night. In his first round of kick the can, all four of Pavlick's beer cans had skittered across the wooden floor of the practice space and merely bounced off the bottoms of the three...

Festfest

With Deathfest—and the parasitical Deathscape—a couple weeks ago, the season of fests has kicked off. We usually count Transmodern the beginning of the season, but organizer Laure Drogoul tells us it has been...

Art Walk, Art Talk

A couple weeks ago, we had a little disagreement with our friends down at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Or rather, I thought all of the celebrations of the certainly meritorious Fred Lazarus IV...

Vaudeville Again

Evan Moritz of Annex Theater recalls a conversation with Ryan Haase of Stillpointe Theatre. "Ryan Haase came up to me one night and he was like, 'Wouldn't it be awesome if the old vaudeville area that had theaters before had theaters again?...

Photo shoots and tributes

Russell De Ocampo, the owner of the Windup Space, accidentally told City Paper photographer J.M. Giordano that he could photograph Chris LaMartina, the director of Call Girl of Cthulhu, for this issue (see "Whole Lotta Lovecraft,") at the...

Yellow Journalism

Yellow Journalism

Many of the galleries and performance spaces in and around the Copycat Building took part in "Alloverstreet" last weekend. I stopped into the extraordinarily white and bright Springsteen Gallery wearing white sunglasses to complement the...

Stepping in broken glass

In 2012, we gave Sun columnist and WYPR host Dan Rodricks "Best Stepping In It" for his coverage of pit bulls. We misspelled his name on the certificate we mailed him. It came back, ripped in half, in an envelope addressed to "Evan Seprick"...

Steelworking, square-dancing, and the f-word

This column used to be called "Art Seen," but last week we had the headline "Conflicts of Interest" and we liked it better, so that's the new name. And though there won't always be conflicts, this week, again, there are plenty.

Conflicts of Interest

Baltimore's small art scene is difficult to write about without getting involved in personal relationships. So, for the critic, every venture on the town becomes a fraught experience. "Smalltimore," people say. This...

Grosse Fatigue and PMV V

In conjunction with the opening of Camille Henrot's Grosse Fatigue at the BMA, MICA hosted a multimedia screening of her film Psychopompe with live music.

Buymoreart

Last week, occasional CP contributor Cara Ober threw Baltimore's art world into something of a tizzy with a post on her generally authoritative blog, Bmoreart, about the insularity of the black-clad art scene and the lack...

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