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Staring back at Charlie Parker on Pontella Mason's 'Bebop' mural under I-83 on the jazz great's birthday

Charlie Parker, born today 95 years ago, was from the landlocked state of Kansas and he had some of his worst years in sunny California (including a six-month stay in a mental institution), but Baltimore muralist Pontella Mason's 2008 "Bebop: Charlie Parker and Bettie Carter" on one of the pylons under I-83, places Parker near the beach.

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Someone in New York offered a Beach House ticket on Craigslist to the band's biggest fan. Here are some responses they got
'Straight Outta Compton' is a complex--though not complex enough--exploration of black totality

"Straight Outta Compton," the N.W.A. biopic directed by F. Gary Gray ("Friday," "Set It Off," and "The Italian Job") comes at an important time.

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More details on the making of 'Unedited Footage of a Bear'
Thinking about the ugly baby Jesuses at the Walters Art Museum
Sun Club signs to ATO Records; a day later, its van catches fire