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  • Wet City offers unique brew selection

    Wet City offers unique brew selection

    I'm not really a beer drinker, says one of my dining companions. Let me see if I can change your mind, replies Dion, our charming server at Wet City (223 W. Chase St, [443] 873-6699, wetcitybrewing.com). Which he did, after quizzing my friend briefly on what flavors she found appealing (she affirmed...

  • Monday: CoHosts II: Kimberly Drew & Platform Gallery

    Monday: CoHosts II: Kimberly Drew & Platform Gallery

    Dec. 12 Kimberly Drew, the current social media manager for the Metropolitan Museum of Art (as well as the founder of the popular Black Contemporary Art blog), has a lot to say about platforms, power, and institutions, all based on her own experience. "I learned so much from institutional structures,"...

  • Saturday: Deep Sugar: Anniversary Reboot

    Saturday: Deep Sugar: Anniversary Reboot

    Dec. 10 The Paradox is dead, long live the Paradox! But wait now—it's not quite dead because here's another show in the legendary Baltimore dance club sort of kind of slated for demolition and allegedly closed only not, at least one more time, because owner Wayne Davis has according to the organizer...

  • Friday: Loop Dreams II

    Friday: Loop Dreams II

    Dec. 9 It was at a Kahlon, awhile back, in March 2015—the same one that hosted Juliana Huxtable, Al Rogers, Sunatirene, DJ Haram, and others—that I first caught a set from Peru-born, Philadelphia-based DJ Precolumbian. In the blue room, too many Bohs in me, which is often the best way to experience...

  • Thursday: Ladies of Hampden Calendar

    Thursday: Ladies of Hampden Calendar

    Dec. 8 Last year, a handful of Hampden businessowners and photographer Justin Tsucalas released the mildly risqué wall calendar "Boys of Hampden"and its slightly less clothed companion, the "Boys Gone Wild" edition, to raise funds for the The Hampden Family Center and to titilate those who would...

  • Thursday: Queerology Goth Ball

    Thursday: Queerology Goth Ball

    Dec. 8, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., The Crown, 1910 N. Charles St., (410) 625-4848, facebook.com/TheCrownBaltimore, $5 before 10 p.m., $10 after. The second annual Goth Ball presented by Queerology, City Paper's Best Queer Party of 2016,  kicks off with a screening of "Party Monster" followed  by drag performances,...

  • Field Tripping: Thanksgiving

    Field Tripping: Thanksgiving

    Wow, November was a rough month, and sticking Thanksgiving at the end of it sure didn't help things. I'm all for a day set aside for gratitude—I've got a lot of it for so many things in my life—but Thanksgiving's so wrapped up in ugly histories, it's hard for me to get really pumped for it. At...

  • On separating hunter from prey in Phaan Howng's wryly subversive installation wonders

    On separating hunter from prey in Phaan Howng's wryly subversive installation wonders

    Phaan Howng's "Biological Controls: If It Bleeds We Can Kill It" may be the closest you can get to a waking hallucination in Baltimore right now. The installation occupies the one-room project gallery on School 33's second floor, though the verb "occupy" barely conveys how utterly the installation...

  • Murder Ink 12/7/16: 9 murders this week; 296 murders this year

    Murder Ink 12/7/16: 9 murders this week; 296 murders this year

    A day with five homicides, including a mass shooting and double-murder kicked off the week, which ended with three unidentified bodies found in a house in Harlem Park, all shot to death. Baltimore added nine more dead bodies to the year's murder tally, edging inexorably toward its second year of...

  • Teacher by day, beatmaker by night, meet Jumbled

    Teacher by day, beatmaker by night, meet Jumbled

    Mild-mannered, soft-spoken, and conservatively dressed in a plaid button-down shirt and cardigan, Jumbled doesn't quite fit Baltimore's classic archetype of a DIY hip-hop producer. By day he's known as John Bachman, a high school teacher; but by night he transforms into Jumbled, one of Baltimore's...

  • Savage Love: Quickies

    My boyfriend of almost two years is wonderful, and we have had very few issues. But there is one thing that has almost been a deal breaker. He fiddles with his penis almost constantly—in front of me and in front of our roommates. I've confronted him about it a number of times. He said he should...

  • City Paper's 2016 Holiday Event Guide

  • Wednesday: Microshow: Bond St. District

    Dec. 7 Two Artscapes ago, Bond St. District played in the middle of the day (this year, they were headliners!) and the duo of rapper DDm and producer Paul Hutson closed their set with a then-new song titled 'Don't Panic.' It burst out of the speakers and its frustrated and paranoid political mood...

  • Wednesday: Reverend Horton Heat

    Dec. 7 People say “psychobilly” but that doesn’t cover it. In the pantheon with The Cramps, Butthole Surfers, Webb Wilder, the other plug uglies who grabbed southern rock and blues by the balls and kissed full on the mouth with no irony whatsoever, the Reverend Horton Heat stands proud. He’s been...

  • Saturday: 0ZONE Vol. 2

    Dec. 3 About a week after election night, I went to a poetry reading at Hopkins, featuring three poets (Janea Kelly, Jess X. Chen, and Safia Elhillo), all women of color. Throughout the night, each poet spoke passionately about the need for these kinds of spaces and platforms for women of color...

  • Wednesday, Monday, Tuesday: "Zodiac"

    Nov. 30, Dec. 5, Dec. 6 A master of the obvious and a cinematic filibusterer, David Fincher ("Seven," "Fight Club," "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button") chilled the fuck out for once with 2007's "Zodiac," an intricate and tricky movie about the police hunt for the Zodiac Killer and the journalistic...

  • Saturday: Rosemary's Baby Shower

    Dec. 3, 8 p.m., Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $6. The Ottobar greets the apocalypse with spooky sets from DJ Penfold and DJ Sex Charges,  live music from occult electronic project Worms of the Earth, a speech from "actual Satan worshipper" Bob Rose, and more.

  • 2016 Holiday Events: New Year's Eve

    Big Night Baltimore. Count down to the new year in multiple party rooms and dance floors with food buffets, live music and DJ sets, dancers, body painters, party favors, and more. Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., The Grand, 225 N. Charles St., bignightbaltimore.com, $114.99-$154.99. Magooby’s NYE Party...

  • 2016 Holiday Events: Special Events

    Baltimore Krampuslauf. Dress up as Krampus, a Christmas demon from German alpine folklore, and walk through Hampden, singing carols and spooking onlookers. Participants can also try a special Krampus ice cream flavor from The Charmery. Dec. 10, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., De Kleine Duivel, 3602 Hickory Ave.,...

  • 2016 Holiday Events: Music

    Boister Annual Solstice Concert. Anne Watts’ chamber-pop group returns with its annual Solstice Concert complete with spins on Eartha Kitt and Ray Conniff, plus Christmas cookies. Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m., An die Musik Live, 409 N. Charles St., (410) 385-2638, andiemusiklive.com, $10-$17. Charm City...

  • 2016 Holiday Events: Stage

    Christmas Special Radio. Spencer Humm returns for the Baltimore Christmas Special’s 14th season with live music, comedy, and more set in the style of an old radio production. Dec. 9-18, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, (410) 636-6597, chesapeakearts.org, $35-$55. “A Christmas...

  • 2016 Holiday Events: Shopping

    A(nother) Holiday Thing. Make Studio hosts an art market featuring fine art and craft wares from local vendors as well as Make Studio artists, plus The Drawing Zoo and Digital Harbor Foundation on site with drawing, 3-D printing, and a photo booth. Dec. 3, 2-7 p.m., Make Studio, Schwing Art Center,...

  • Dec. 31: Throw 2016 In The Trash: a New Year's Eve Bash with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society

    Fuck this year. All kinds of people we liked died. The elections were wack. The summer was extra hot because of global warming and shit.  I’m through with this steaming mass of rubbish. If you couldn't catch a break either, our friends at the Ottobar are coming together to help us Throw 2016 in...

  • Dec. 31: Hold a New Year's Eve Séance for all the 2016 Dead Celebrities

    The passage of time ensures that celebrities will die every year, but holy hell, 2016 was a real blower. Prince. David Bowie. Gene Wilder. Sharon Jones. Alan Rickman. Muhammad Ali. Glenn Frey. Leonard Cohen. Phife Dawg. Garry Shandling. Merle Haggard. George Martin. Harper Lee. Arnold Palmer. Abe...

  • Dec. 25: Baltimore Chanukah Festival

    OK, so this year Chanukah begins on the same day as Christmas, which is kind of cool, if only because it reminds a bunch of people that Christmas isn't what everybody celebrates and that they don't have a monopoly on dates, even Jesus' birthday (which is not Jesus' birthday technically anyway)—all...

  • Dec. 22-Jan. 2: 12 Days of Science

    In a year where we have been made to make life-changing decisions while being bombarded by fallacies of every kind and from every direction, it’s best that we spend this season of myth and tradition at the Science Center, discovering the secrets of the universe. 12 Days of Science introduces the...

  • Dec. 25: Watch Ravens-Steelers... Even If You Hate Football

    Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, and because money never sleeps, the National Football League will go on as scheduled. Your Baltimore Ravens will be traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the dreaded Steelers. Though the Ravens are in the mix to win the AFC North this year, they've been pretty...

  • Dec. 21-Jan 8: City Paper's "Year In Photos"

    Okay, maybe we're partial but we think the photographers who work for City Paper do amazing work chronicling our city—from its protests to its parties and everything in between. Every year we celebrate their work in our year end issue, The Year in Photos. But this year we got thinking, let's take...

  • Dec. 16-17: "The Great Russian Nutcracker"

    If you’ve seen “The Nutcracker” ballet performed by some rinky-dink regional company, dance students, or youth group, set that experience aside; the Moscow Ballet is performing “The Great Russian Nutcracker” at the Hippodrome and it is an opportunity for you to take your kids—notice I did not say...

  • Watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to fall asleep

    I often have trouble sleeping, and it's nothing noble or special, just some standard worry, anxiety, grief, and loss that keep me up at night. There are a few things I do to deal; like, I think I've bought more sweatpants over the last year than I had previously owned in my whole life. And I like...

  • Dec. 11: Baltimore Record Bazaar Holiday Show

    A record I didn't buy at a record fair years ago still haunts me: a copy of the rather rare 'I Rock Boots' 12-inch, a fairly obscure track from an early hip-hop stylist Jimmy Spicer, who on other tracks rapped in a Dracula voice and wrote a whole song about a fat family ('The Bubble Bunch'). It...

  • Dec. 10:“It’s a Wonderful Life” Annual Benefit Screening

    “It’s a Wonderful Life” turns 70 this year, but we watch it every year and this particular showing benefits GEDCO Cares food pantry, which has been feeding people in Govans for a quarter century. In 2015, GEDCO responded to more than 7,000 requests for emergency food and financial assistance and...

  • Dec. 10: Charm City Craft Mafia Holiday Heap

    I look forward to the Holiday Heap every year, amping myself up as I walk down to the 2640 Space to wind through the crowds of people and babies clamoring around every table so that I can pick up a nice bar of soap for my aunt or a screenprinted cactus T-shirt for my cousin. This year, you'll find...

  • Dec. 10: 3rd Annual Baltimore Krampuslauf

    Nothing says “Merry Christmas” quite like wreaking havoc upon your neighbors and scaring the shit out of some kids. If the inevitable mayhem that comes with holiday shopping has gotten mundane and you’re craving a dose of anti-establishment Christmas chaos, Krampuslauf has you covered. Hosted in...

  • Through Dec. 25: Profess the Brilliance of Paul McCartney's 'Wonderful Christmastime'

    We're simpLY/ HAVing/a WONDerful Christmastime! All I had to do was type that out and now you almost certainly have that big, dumb, goofy, joyous chorus stuck in your head. Sir Paul's simple, repetitive synth-laden ode to the holiday season has become loathed in recent years, perhaps because it...

  • Dec. 10: 5th Annual Post Typography Print & Poster Sale

    For the fifth year running, the posters of Baltimore’s scene, created by graphic design studio Post Typography, are on sale, from Maryland Film Fest to various gig posters (Future Islands, Beach House, etc.) to that one poster for the Dan Deacon show at the Ottobar that was printed on actual firing...

  • Dec. 9-11: Swingin' Nutcracker à la Ellington Featuring Step Afrika

    In 1960, Duke Ellington and composing partner Billy Strayhorn put together their version of  “The Nutcracker Suite,” a jazz-informed take on “The Nutcracker” that both builds on the compositions and fights with it a little. It's a bold refix of a Christmas classic with big band style expanding...

  • Attend or Host a Cocktail Party

    Anytime Before New Year's Day Fashion-wise, we keep things pretty casual here at the City Paper office: Band T-shirts, jeans, and the latest thrift store finds are all par for the course. Still, now and then it's fun to get dressed up a little bit, and this time of year, it's best to gather all...

  • Dec. 9: Under $500

    Maryland Art Place's annual "Under $500" is a great event to find some good artwork that bolsters this city's art scene. And for a nice price—a portion of the proceeds from work that sells goes back to MAP, and the artists keep the rest. (Disclosure: I was invited to participate in 2014, and sold...

  • Have a Good Cry

    Hey. Hey. It's OK. I mean, maybe it's not OK—maybe nothing's OK—but it's OK to run to the bathroom during your family gathering to let out some tears, or just weep directly into your dinner plate or glass of eggnog. That saccarine holiday cheer can be hard to maintain in better times, and this...

  • Dec. 7-10: MICA Art Market

    The MICA Art Market, featuring the work of 275 students, alumni, staff, and faculty functions best if you do not know who you are shopping for so that when you find the perfect object that you absolutely must buy, you simply cast back through your array of family and friends to find someone it...

  • Stockpile Eggnog

    Once you get past its vaguely gross-sounding name, eggnog is really one of the best parts of the holidays. What you’re basically drinking is melted ice cream in a glass, and you can spice it up with a splash of rum or brandy. This year, cartons of the stuff started popping up in grocery stores...

  • Dec. 6-11: "A Christmas Story, The Musical"

    Some families have this 1983 classic playing nonstop on their TV screen—and I suppose it is this take on the consummate dysfunctional family that makes all our own family dramas (revived and heightened with holiday gatherings) just a little easier to swallow. That uncle that irritates the hell...

  • Through Dec. 10: Holiday Bazaar

    The newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture has been getting a lot of shine lately (and rightly so—it’s huge and boasts an impressive collection), but we in Baltimore already have our own cultural resource in the form of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Visit the museum’s...

  • Dec. 6: The Stoop’s Die Hard Holiday Show

    “Everybody’s got a story,” Stoop founders Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin insist. “What’s yours?” Since 2006, Wexler and Henkin have been gathering local storytellers and hosting their Stoop Storytelling series in theatrical venues around the city—The Creative Alliance, Center Stage, the Meyerhoff,...

  • Dec. 3 and 4: XXChange Pop-Up Shop

    The maker movement keeps building, and the XXChange Pop-Up, the closing event of the month-long "XXChange" exhibition held nextdoor at Area 405, offers up goods handmade by woman-identifying makers for you to take home. As you shop, be sure to also catch the exhibition, which showcases 30 regional...

  • Dec. 3: Kwanzaa Family Day

    Yes, Virginia, there is indeed such a thing as too much family togetherness at this time of year. Get the little ones out of the house and channel some of that holiday, um, enthusiasm into kid-friendly activities at Creative Alliance’s Kwanzaa Family Day. Make art, enjoy performances, and participate...

  • “A Christmas Carol"

    There’s not much I can say about “A Christmas Carol” at this point. You either know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Charles Dickens’ most famous miser and all-around jerk, or you don’t—and if that’s the case then bah, humbug to you, too. Since its publication in 1843, Dickens’ story of greed, redemption,...

  • Dec. 2: Perverted and Pervertable Holiday Craft Time

    Glitter has two primary but typically very separate uses: wholesome holiday craftmaking and sexy stuff. But why can't those things be one and the same? After all, you still need to come up with a gift, or at least a card for your beau, or beau-to-be, or fuckbuddy. So grab your glue and lube and...

  • City Paper's 2016 Holiday Event Guide

    Two weeks ago in our annual Holiday Gift Guide, City Paper told you what to buy for your loved ones, work buddies, and acquaintances—in between processing the pending Trump presidency—and this week, City Paper offers up a list of the events you should drag your loved ones, work buddies, and acquaintances...

  • Police shoot a man in Waverly, residents react with frustration, speculation

    A man was shot by police this morning near 33rd Street and Greenmount Avenue, while downtown, activists staged a sit-in at the Wells Fargo building downtown in opposition to the North Dakota Access Pipeline. The man was "threatening folks" with knives and did not respond to three uniformed officers'...

  • Skip the Stores for the Streets, Solidarity with Standing Rock Sit-In and Protest in Photos

    Downtown earlier today, activists staged a sit-in at the Wells Fargo Bank downtown, in solidarity with Standing Rock and in opposition to the North Dakota Access Pipeline, the 1,168-mile long crude oil pipeline meant to transport oil from North Dakota to Illinois that goes through Indigenous land....

  • 300 Gangstas Thanksgiving Turkey Giveway in Photos

    In front of the T & M All In One store at 2325 E. Monument Street yesterday, members of 300 Gangstas, a coalition organized by PFK Boom and Big Wolf focused on the goal of communities policing themselves, and likeminded organizers including Duane "Shorty" Davis, Minister Carlos Muhammad, Abdul...

  • Contact Sheet: The Tulsa Voice at Standing Rock

    At the beginning of the the month, The Tulsa Voice's assistant editor Liz Blood and photographer Joseph Rushmore drove from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Cannonball, North Dakota where Native Americans are protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Reservation. "Going to...

  • Savage Love: Eat Me

    I'm a very sex-positive girl and I finally convinced my boyfriend to open up about his fetishes. I could tell he was ashamed and torn about sharing them with me, but I've been with my fair share of guys and surfed the net for years, and I was convinced nothing would shock me. Well, it turns out...

  • A Thanksgiving reflection on what is said, and what is left unsaid

    I stand at the top of the stairs and cannot remember why I have climbed them. Am I heading to the left, into my son's bedroom? Right, into my study? Straight-ahead, into the bathroom? I try to retrieve the errand that has sent me up all three flights of stairs on this Thanksgiving morning with...

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: SRB, BCPS, Baltimore Police, more...

    ↑ Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Last week, the mayor announced that Baltimore is, and will continue to be, a safe space for immigrants and refugees, despite The Donald and his vitriol on the topic. As we all know by now, Trump fanned the flames of xenophobia during his campaign, saying that Mexico was...

  • Friday: Black Friday Planned Parenthood Fundraiser

    Nov. 25, 6 p.m.-2 a.m., Grand Voyager Rock and Art Gallery, 3317 Keswick Road, (443) 678-2746, facebook.com/events/ 1567015996647845, $5 suggested donation before 8 p.m., $8 after. Josephine Olivia, Black Lung, Eze Jackson, DJ James Nasty, and more perform alongside an art exhibition and live painting...

  • Monday: CoHosts II: The Yes Men & Transmodern Festival

    Nov. 28 One of the Contemporary's biggest contributions to the dialogue and community-building in the local arts scene and beyond has been its CoHosts Speaker Series, bringing notable figures in the art world—past speakers have included the Guerrilla Girls, Andrew W.K., Nick Cave,  and Coco Fusco—to...

  • Sunday: Bmore Than Dance All Age Social Mixer

    Nov. 27 Earlier this month, Bmore Than Dance, a community-oriented group of Bmore club dancers, cathartically closed out the Here 4 Reentry event held at the War Memorial. The evening, which featured a number of rappers (including Tate Kobang) and advocates for assisting those out of jail all built...

  • Saturday: Craft fairs, bazaars, pop-ups, and more

    Nov. 26 Y'all know by now that the hype and frenzy of Black Friday are not really worth it, that the bargains and sales these stores offer are often rather paltry, and that supporting multi-million-dollar big box stores and corporations with your hard-earned-dollars isn't really where it's at....

  • Wednesday: The Last Waltz Live Toy Drive

    Nov. 23 The best way to watch "The Last Waltz," the Martin Scorcese-directed concert film of The Band's "final show" (it wasn't) on Thanksgiving Day in 1976, is slightly inebriated, so as not to feel shy  about singing along to 'The Weight,' 'Up On Cripple Creek,' 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie...

  • The Screen and the Streets: An excerpt from Sohail Daulatzai's 'Fifty Years of the Battle of Algiers: Past As Prologue'

    The Baltimore Uprising did not begin in April 2015 following the death of Freddie Gray but, rather, back in November 2014, following the non-indictment of Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. Then, Baltimore, like so many other cities, took to the streets in protest and...

  • Field Tripping: Honeymooning

    The ladyfriend and I got hitched at the courthouse on Monday, November 7. The ceremony was two minutes long, streamed live on Facebook, and after a few hours hamming it up for pictures we were happily settled in at Charles Village Pub, our neighborhood bar, eating chicken strips dipped in buffalo...

  • Dovecote Café looks to create strong local bonds

    Bright, sunny, and inviting, Dovecote Café (2501 Madison Ave., [443] 961-8677, dovecotecafe.com), located in Reservoir Hill, might not look revolutionary, but it is. Since Aisha Pew, Aisha's mother Gilda Pew, and Aisha's partner Cole opened Dovecote a little over a year ago, the eatery has served...

  • The last homeless man in Port Covington

    Crossing the train tracks under the highway near the Schuster Concrete building, Jim Petway looks hale and hearty on this sunny Friday morning. He looks pretty good for a guy who is being evicted from a tent. "They came down here last week and gave me 'til the 17th to vacate," he says on Nov. 5....

  • The last homeless man in Port Covington

    Crossing the train tracks under the highway near the Schuster Concrete building, Jim Petway looks hale and hearty on this sunny Friday morning. He looks pretty good for a guy who is being evicted from a tent. "They came down here last week and gave me 'til the 17th to vacate," he says on Nov. 5....

  • Bernie Sanders urges Hopkins students to keep fighting for change

    "Do not let the Trumps of the world divide us up," Senator and former Democratic candidate for president Bernie Sanders said last week as he spoke to 1,100 students at Johns Hopkins University's packed Shriver Hall (and hundreds more in overflow rooms via video monitors). In fact, Sanders insisted,...

  • Murder Ink 11/23/16: 9 murders this week; 280 murders this year

    Nine people were killed in Baltimore last week, including the namesake son of a whistleblower who was fired last year from the Housing Authority. Two days had two murders each. One day had three murders. Police charged a woman with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a 30-year-old man after...

  • 'Arrival' is a worthwhile escape from Planet Trump

    The world of "Arrival," wherein a tense and frightened Planet Earth sits helpless in the face of the unknown, isn't too far removed from the one we're living in or the world we'll be living in for the next four miserable years. "Sicario" director Denis Villeneuve's latest is a markedly grounded...

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