NOISE: AN ARTS BLOG

Holy shit, 3-D Jean-Luc Godard flick 'Goodbye to Language' to screen at the Senator Theatre

It's frustrating to a be film fan here in Baltimore. Not that that the community itself doesn't do all it can to create an exciting and fairly diverse series of screenings and events all the time somewhere or another, it's just that the larger "film culture," tied to bottom-line concerns about...

Friends Records celebrates its fifth anniversary with a two-day bacchanalia of local music

Running a record label is hard—or so we imagine, because we've never actually tried to do it. Based on what we've heard from people who do, the enterprise requires hours for packaging records,...

Watch the Lotfy Nathan-directed video for Blaqstarr's 'Hands Up Thumbs Down'

This thing where Mad Decent and Blaqstarr repurpose old Blaqstarr tracks for 2014 is weird as hell, man. For Baltimore club heads, tracks 'Feel It In The Air' and 'Hands Up Thumbs Down' (released...

Nerftoss' 'Maiden Powers,' mescaline, and Baltimore's new chill

Here's what immediately came to mind while listening to Nerftoss' stoned, soigné "Maiden Powers," released earlier this week on Ehse...

Introducing our new blog series of art ruminations, Art Fart. Some thoughts on 'The Ideal City' at the Walters Art Museum

In this new weekly feature, City Paper's art critics wll look at a single work of art that is on view somewhere in the city. Except, as this first installment shows, it is almost impossible to talk...

A Center Stage playwright wrote a one-minute play about me during lunch. You can get one too

Thursdays at the City Paper offices often means lunch at the Kooper's Chowhound Burger Wagon parked two blocks away at North Calvert and East Monument streets. On our way to the line last week, we...

Stop playing fast and loose with Bmore club history

This playing fast and loose with Baltimore club history must stop. The innovators, all of them working-class, most of them black, all from Baltimore, haven't really gotten their due or really received...

An introduction to Canon Balls, featuring power-pop bands Luxury, The Letters, and The Shivvers

Arguments about pop canon—the "genuine" articles of highest artistic quality in a given medium as determined by tradition and/or critical consensus—are arguments between pop ideologies. Is...

Michael Owen and Lululemon are collaborating on a clothing line. They deserve each other

Baltimore magazine wrote yesterday that local artist Michael Owen and overpriced athletic-wear company Lululemon are...

Going beyond "Is your refrigerator running?" Some words with the infamous prank caller Longmont Potion Castle

The phone call begins with a seemingly harmless question: "Yeah, when does that Green Julius come out?" The Orange Julius employee on the other end tells the caller he knows nothing of a Green Julius,...

Being a woman on the internet is hard

Here's a fun game. Go to any comment section on an online story/video/blog/whatever about or written by a woman and count how many posts it takes before you see a gendered slur or personal attack...

Listen to James Nasty and DJ Dizzy's butt music EP, 'Bmore Bounce'

Just when you think Baltimore club's ability to grab onto viral pop-culture detritus has hit a wall, some new fresh-faced producer comes along and re-energizes the formula. These days, it's DJ Dizzy,...

Now Hear This: J. Robbins, Jonah's Onelinedrawing, Lushfarm, Invitational

In case you didn't know, part of the reason Roomrunner's new EP "Separate" sounds so damned good, so punchy and direct even at its noise-rockiest, is because of producer J. Robbins of Magpie Cage...

Now Support This: Holdenfest

Larger than life when he was alive, Baltimore photographer and drummer Sam Holden is staying so even after his sudden death in April. The Sam Holden Memorial Fund at Towson University, where he...

Clicking and Streaming: "How To Die In Oregon" and "A Field In England"

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Sweet Adelines International features female barbershop singers from all around the world, and you can see them perform at the Convention Center today

Downtown is buzzing in harmony this weekend, thanks to Sweet Adelines International, which brings 8,000 singers, fans, and supporters to town this week. And most of them are in sequins and...

Live Review: Black Pus and Oozing Wound shook the Floristree, literally and figuratively

The experience of listening to Black Pus' music in the comfort of one's own automobile or domicile is distinctly different from standing two or three feet away from Brian Chippendale while he performs...

Sterling Sisters call it quits; Scout Pare-Phillips debuts new single

Last time we saw the Sterling Sisters (2013's "Best Country Band") at Metro Gallery, Scout Paré-...

Potential Gallery CA art exhibit causes controversy with its culturally insensitive message, critics say

An exhibition intended to be shown at Gallery CA, still in the very beginning stages of planning, has come under fire for communicating a culturally insensitive message. "Xenos," curated by Lizz...

Why you should ignore "F-Bombs for Feminism" and the company that made it

Whenever your mom shares something on Facebook about feminism, it's time to get skeptical.

Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes impressively blend jazz and go-go at the Windup Space

Baltimore pianist Lafayette Gilchrist has been playing bits and pieces of his "Go-Go Suite" for several years now, but the first official recording of the project was finally released Sunday and...

Watch the excellent video for 'Matinee' by Bond St. District, a collaborative project between DDm and Paul Hutson

Bond St. District is a collaborative project between DDm (here credited as "Unkle Lulu") and beatmaker Paul Hutson and their EP, "Everybody’s So Sleepy," is out today. Certainly, once we've...

Q&A: Boister's Anne Watts on 'Intolerance'

Boister, the chamber-pop ensemble led by composer/keyboardist Anne Watts (who won CP’s Best Pop Composer this year), will perform their original score to D.W. Griffith’s 1916 silent...

What's good today?: Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes, Boister scores 'Intolerance'

Baltimore jazz pianist/composer Lafayette Gilchrist and his band the New Volcanoes play the Windup Space to celebrate the release of "The Go-Go Suite,"...

Review: The Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra at An Die Musik Live

Even An Die Musik Live, which boasts a really big stage for a jazz club, was crowded Friday night when all 11 members of the Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra came aboard to play Marcus’ “Blues...

Watch the video for Lor Scoota's 'Bird Flu' remix featuring Shy Glizzy

Yesterday, Lor Scoota released a new mixtape "Still N The Trenches 2.5," at an event at the Downtown Locker Room at Mondawmin Mall (it is presumably, on its way to being officially uploaded onto...

What's good today?: The Exchange, MAGFest costume contest, the Baltimore Crown Awards

Red Emma’s hosts The Exchange, a panel discussion about the state of hip-hop in Baltimore, with panelists including Scottie B., Labtekwon,...

No Trivia: DIY? OTM? What's the difference?

Over the past month, the conversation surrounding "DIY" (do it yourself) has gotten a lot more interesting here in Baltimore. A few weeks ago, Dan Keech, better known as the rapper Height, penned an...

Catch up with Salvia Plath's Michael Collins, who now lives in L.A. and performs as part of the soul duo Silk Rhodes

Michael Collins, known locally for the blissed-out songs of Salvia Plath

Clicking and Streaming: "Messiah of Evil," "Dark Mountain," and 23 other horror movies you probably haven't seen

For this Halloween edition of 'Clicking and Streaming' we reviewed two rather slept-on horror flicks that don't exactly play the scary-movie game and offer up a list of 23 others in a similar vein....

Local street artist Nether creates work on bus stop where video captured police beating citizen

Over the last year or so, Baltimore street artist Nether has been demolishing the somewhat-stale lines between politically engaged work and avant-garde conceptual art. Unlike so much of the boosterish...

Premiere: DJ AngelBaby and Mighty Mark's 'Avenue' music video

DJ Angelbaby has spent the past few years helping to resurrect Baltimore club music in Baltimore, in the clubs, on the radio, and on the internet. Yeah yeah yeah, Bmore club never left or died out and...

Great Lantern Parade lights up Patterson Park

Hundreds upon hundreds of people descended on Patterson Park Saturday to join the Creative Alliance and the Friends of Patterson Park for their 15th annual Great Lantern Parade. The event started at...

Be sure to watch the music video for Dope Body's 'Repo Man' ahead of tonight's release show

Dope Body recently released a beautifully shot visual tribute to south Baltimore County with its new music video for the song 'Repo Man,' off the band's new album "Lifer." Featuring shots following...

The Contemporary creates a new grant, the Grit Fund, to support artist collaboration

On the heels of last week's Cultural Town...

Elaine Eff to talk about "The Painted Screens of Baltimore" on CBS News Sunday Morning

When we wrote about Elaine Eff’s book, “The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed," Rafael Alvarez said it was a “masterful” history of screen painting and...

Who benefits from the mayor's plan to boost the Baltimore art scene?

During the Cultural Town Meeting on Wednesday night at the Maryland Historical Society, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake boasted the numerous arts- and community-based projects, research, and grants...

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