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  • No Trivia: Trillnatured, Shawn Smallwood mix protest and pleasure; activists fly a kite for Keith Davis; and the wonky pluralism of the MLK Day parade

    No Trivia: Trillnatured, Shawn Smallwood mix protest and pleasure; activists fly a kite for Keith Davis; and the wonky pluralism of the MLK Day parade

    The past weekend was one where Baltimore typically mixed music and protest, though it seemed even more joyous and determined than usual—as if everybody realized that pretty soon Trump would be the president, we'd all need to have our game faces on, and there may be less time for fun. But first,...

  • Booze News crowdfunds its way back

    Booze News crowdfunds its way back

    The Community Law Center has announced that its "Booze News" liquor board watchblog has been saved.  The long-running blog, which has produced much of the journalism about the politically important Baltimore City Liquor Board for the past several years, was de-funded last fall by the Abell Foundation. ...

  • Savage Love: Risky Business

    Savage Love: Risky Business

    About a year ago, I was pretending to read my boyfriend's mind and jokingly said, "You want to put it in my ear." Since then, I have seen references to ear sex (aural sex?) everywhere! There's even a holiday ("Take It in the Ear Day" on December 8), and I was reading a book just now in which the...

  • Planned Parenthood Pre-March Rally

    Planned Parenthood Pre-March Rally

    Jan. 20 Come to the Ottobar a little earlier than you might usually and support Planned Parenthood—which is fully under attack by the Trump administration and all the wretched Republicans who've fallen in line or are using the pending administration to push the awful policies they've wanted to...

  • Unify Or Die—Trump Is in: The Day After

    Unify Or Die—Trump Is in: The Day After

    Jan. 21 The day after Trump is sworn in, some of the city's most dedicated community leaders and activists are gathering to talk Trump: What now? What next? What does this mean? Featuring speeches from activist PFK Boom, Minister Carlos Muhammad, Chairman Jabari Natur, and Dr. Oya Maat, it should...

  • Murder Ink 1/18/17: 5 murders this week, 11 murders this year

    Murder Ink 1/18/17: 5 murders this week, 11 murders this year

    Because of an early deadline associated with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, this week's Murder Ink covers only the five days from Monday afternoon, January 9 through Friday afternoon, January 13. City Paper will include the weekend's murders (if any) in the next Murder Ink. Monday, January...

  • Crunk-A-Bee's: In praise of Applebee's in White Marsh

    Crunk-A-Bee's: In praise of Applebee's in White Marsh

    Parenthood, especially when it's coupled with the energy-draining stressors of work responsibilities, and marriage, makes you do strange things—things that the single, childless version of you might have turned your nose up at. For me, it means that about once a week, my husband and I slip off...

  • Second Stoop: Not Throwing Away Our Shot

    Second Stoop: Not Throwing Away Our Shot

    Jan. 19 The theme for tonight's storytelling is "Stories about taking a stand" for someone or something and, well, we could all use those right about now. As President Barack Obama said in his farewell address, the most important thing to do in democracy is be involved. That's especially true for...

  • Thomas Dolby's 'The Speed Of Sound' is not like most rock memoirs

    Thomas Dolby's 'The Speed Of Sound' is not like most rock memoirs

    Much as the Parisian bourgeoisie of the late-19th century lived in an era of the novel, we are living in an era of the rock 'n' roll memoir. In the past six months alone we've gotten self-penned accounts by Bruce Springsteen, Robbie Robertson, Johnny Marr, Maurice White, Phil Collins (his sadly...

  • What a Joke: A National Comedy Festival

    What a Joke: A National Comedy Festival

    Jan. 18, 19, 21 Turns out, things can still be funny even though the country's gone to the shitter and everything is terrible. See for yourself: This week you can enjoy four stand-up events dedicated to helping you through this bullshit and supporting the ACLU in a desperate time. Baltimore's shows—which...

  • Nasty Women & Bad Hombres

    Nasty Women & Bad Hombres

    Jan. 20 If you want to check off as many anti-Trump activities in one place tonight, the Creative Alliance is the place to do it. Here you can take a swipe at a pinata, watch a drag show hosted by Betty O'Hellno (who recently wowed me with her Bacchus-chic, Franzia-soaked burlesque act at the Crown),...

  • Booze, pathos, and passivity in 'Suite For Barbara Loden'

    Booze, pathos, and passivity in 'Suite For Barbara Loden'

    Toward the end of Nathalie Léger's discursive, frequently fictional essay-novel, "Suite For Barbara Loden" (first published in 2012 but translated into English for the first time late last year), the author meets famous baseball player and infamous boozer Mickey Mantle, who possibly dated or slept...

  • Delineate It Yourself: After the Bell Foundry, mayor's Safe Arts Space Task Force is formed

    Delineate It Yourself: After the Bell Foundry, mayor's Safe Arts Space Task Force is formed

    Within a few weeks of Station North arts space the Bell Foundry being condemned and its upstairs tenants evicted, Mayor Catherine Pugh stood in front of members of city agencies, artists and artist groups, lawyers, developers, and funders, and announced a Safe Arts Space Task Force. Pugh cited...

  • A tour of some of the best bars for affordable booze and priceless conversation

    A tour of some of the best bars for affordable booze and priceless conversation

    In search of a more adventurous night out in Baltimore, I skipped my usual weekend dance parties in favor of Baltimore's storied neighborhood bars. Over a whirlwind of a week, I dragged along a few friends to visit a bunch of Baltimore's dive bars, corner joints, and neighborhood watering holes....

  • Tuesday: Hear Our Stories

    Tuesday: Hear Our Stories

    Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m., Motor House, 120 W. North Ave., themonumentquilt.org, free. FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture hosts its annual open house with live poetry, music, storytelling, a silent auction, and quiltmaking to recognize and support survivors of rape and abuse.

  • Wednesday: 'Moonrise Kingdom'

    Wednesday: 'Moonrise Kingdom'

    Jan. 25 I've been thinking about Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" a lot lately while listening to one of my favorite albums from last year—cowboy country Luke Bell's self-titled album. Bell does a mix of laconic folk, serious honky-tonk, and witty western swing and it's all touched with a sense...

  • Wednesday: 4-Play: The One About Birth Control

    Wednesday: 4-Play: The One About Birth Control

    Jan. 25 Birth control: What is it? How many kinds are there? Is there birth control for people with penises other than just condoms? Is it wrong to play with your NuvaRing? Will we still have access to affordable birth control under a Trump presidency, or will we be forced to hold a Viking funeral...

  • Sunday: Vermin Supreme

    Sunday: Vermin Supreme

    Jan. 22 Vermin Supreme loves the smell of ponies in the morning. Rob Potylo loves serenading riot cops to the tune of  “Hotdogs & Applesauce.” Both like bringing a McD’s “McRib Is Back” banner to those let’s-show-everyone-giant-posters-of-dead-fetuses anti-abortion rallies, then insisting that...

  • Friday: Pictureplane, Chiffon, Hi$to, Everything

    Friday: Pictureplane, Chiffon, Hi$to, Everything

    Jan. 20 Would you like to know what the future might sound like? If so, this show at Metro is a good place to get a sense of where electronic music and dance are headed, especially, if all of the terrifying things Trump seems ready and willing to do actually do indeed happen. In a sense, this is...

  • The Booze Issue

    The Booze Issue

    There are always reasons to drink, but the start of this year, with lots of worry about our incoming president and the creeping cold of winter (which sometimes concedes and suddenly it’s nearly 70 degrees outside—also troubling!), boozing is particularly appealing this month. So we've got a Booze...

  • Events in Baltimore this week to help you cope with Trump

    Events in Baltimore this week to help you cope with Trump

    The day after Trump is sworn in, some of the city's most dedicated community leaders and activists are gathering to talk Trump: What now? What next? What does this mean? Featuring speeches from activist PFK Boom, Minister Carlos Muhammad, Chairman Jabari Natur, and Dr. Oya Maat, it should be an...

  • Contact Sheet: Baltimore Whiskey Company

    Contact Sheet: Baltimore Whiskey Company

    Baltimore is a brewery town with a rich history of making beer that goes back 100-plus years, at least. More recently though, the city's creative brewers are shifting their sights on distilling. Baltimore Whiskey Company, Old Line Spirits, and further down the state, Lyon's Distilling, have dedicated...

  • Events in Baltimore this week to help you cope with Trump

    Events in Baltimore this week to help you cope with Trump

  • The Booze Issue

    The Booze Issue

    There are always reasons to drink, but the start of this year, with lots of worry about our incoming president and the creeping cold of winter (which sometimes concedes and suddenly it’s nearly 70 degrees outside—also troubling!), boozing is particularly appealing this month. So we've got a Booze...

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: DOJ, BPD, Pugh, R. House, FOP, more

    Baltimore City Power Rankings: DOJ, BPD, Pugh, R. House, FOP, more

    ↑ DOJ, BPD, Pugh Okay, so the Justice Department and the city blew the Nov. 1 deadline for the consent decree, but to their credit they still managed—by the skin of their teeth—to crank out this agreement before Donald Trump ascends his throne. (Oh, wait, sorry, is "throne" the wrong term for a...

  • On the scene as Obama bids farewell

    CHICAGO—The scene at the McCormick Place convention center was like a rock concert. Crowds descended on this gargantuan place by the Lake Michigan shore, many of them outwardly giddy about their luck in getting a ticket. A space with restaurants and bars in an adjacent Hyatt hotel was packed beforehand,...

  • Trump, Putin, and Ownership of the Means of Seduction

    Having the goods on someone garners instant and lasting respect, especially when that someone has no idea how you know.  I learned this in 2006, while researching Baltimore’s uncanny tendency toward house collapses. John Elder, a former city-employed engineer who had gone into business as a plan-stamper...

  • Savage Love: Clubbing

    My partner and I have been playing with male chastity devices. We've been considering going to a strip club while his cock is caged up and getting him lap dances. Is there some etiquette for this with the dancers? Do we let the dancer know before she is on his lap? Or do we not mention it? Is it...

  • 'Raising Arizona' rips Reagan, offers up sympathy for the underdog

    The Coen Brothers would go on to make movies more grand than 1987's "Raising Arizona" and more "important" ones, and pretentious ones, too, but this rubbery, rip-roaring portrait of a well-meaning, oft-poetic, possibly prophetic redneck recidivist in the final years of Reagan's America is their...

  • Conflicts Of Interest: Trump's anti-drug cabinet is 'the worst of the worst'

    After resounding victories for legal pot on the same day that America elected Donald Trump president, activists and advocates were cautiously optimistic. Now, as the cabinet confirmations begin, they are freaking the fuck out. "Even though there's been a big rise in support for drug policy reform...

  • Field Tripping: Resolutioning

    It's a new year, and that of course means a new you, right? Looks like I'm going to be stuck with the same old me, unfortunately, but this past month of field trips has got me thinking about resolutions for 2017. My first December field trip took me to New Orleans to visit old haunts from my time...

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: Dayvon Love, SAO, Mayor Catherine Pugh, more

    ↑ Dayvon Love Encouraging news: Jill P. Carter is leaving her seat in the House of Delegates to head up the city's Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement. The city needs a strong advocate for civil rights and fair wages. More encouraging news: Dayvon Love, the director of public policy at...

  • R. House in Remington serves pretty decent, pretty expensive food, lacks conviviality

    Everybody's talking about R. House, the new Remington food hall, like it's the World's Fair or something. Not even so much the "Have you eaten there yet and how is it?" chat but a giddy, urgent, desperate, "Have you seen it? Have you been there? And what have you heard about it from others?" Meanwhile,...

  • Odyssey Works engineers transformative experiences

    Ayden LeRoux awoke on the morning of Nov. 12 to find her mother and a stranger in her Brooklyn bedroom. The stranger introduced herself as Kristen Racaniello, a sculptor. She'd be making casts of Ayden's breasts that morning. Ayden began to weep. Her mother comforted her as Kristen poured the...

  • Odyssey Works engineers transformative experiences

    Art collective Odyssey Works transforms one life at a time Audience of One Odyssey Works engineers transformative experiences By Maura Callahan Ayden LeRoux awoke on the morning of Nov. 12 to find her mother and a stranger in her Brooklyn bedroom. The stranger introduced herself as Kristen Racaniello,...

  • Missed a court date? This month, you could be forgiven

    For three weeks this month, defendants who missed a court date for a nonviolent misdemeanor are being given a “second chance” to have their case heard without risking arrest for failure to appear (FTA) — if they voluntarily come forward. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, the University of Maryland...

  • “Matisse/Diebenkorn” draws lines from California painter Richard Diebenkorn to his lifelong study of Matisse

    I’ve never been to California, but the light and colors in Richard Diebenkorn’s paintings offer a glimpse of it. A frantic, sunny chaos permeates his Berkeley paintings, and the coastal colors in his landlocked Urbana paintings feel less real, more simulated and remembered. And then there are his...

  • Saturday: Not Another Benefit

    Jan. 7, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., The Sidebar, 218 E. Lexington St., (410) 659-4130, sidebarbaltimore.com, $10. Scum Again, Bellicosas, Eze Jackson, Braincase, Son of Nun, Majestic, and Bidet (City Paper's Best New Band 2016) perform to raise funds for Food Not Bombs and the Mid-Atlantic General Defense Committee.

  • Wednesday: "Raising Arizona"

    Jan. 11 Before the Coen Brothers got all respectable, they made dour cartoonish semi-comedies such as "Blood Simple" and "Raising Arizona," wherein a young family who can't have kids (played by Holly Hunter and an especially slackjawed Nicholas Cage) steal a rich person's kids—not for ransom mind...

  • Starting Friday: "The Complete History of America (Abridged)"

    Jan. 6-Feb. 5 Unless you're from Japan or have evaded the bottomless pit of viral #content, there's a good chance everything you know about the country's history you learned through YouTube by way of the viral video/meme-worthy school project "History of Japan" by Bill Wurtz. In nine minutes and...

  • Saturday: Beanie Sigel and Freeway

    Jan. 7 Hopefully this isn't news to you, dear reader, but Jay Z is a bit of a fraud. Like many massively successful pop icons, he gloms onto "lesser" artists, takes what he needs from them, and then leaves them languishing in semi-stardom at best. Back in the early 2000s, this is what Jay did to...

  • heroes

    The drawings included here were made when I was in the third and fourth grade. I kept them in a binder with “heros” written on the front cover. I drew close to 50 of these guys (of course, they were all guys); by the pool, secretly in my binder in school, at night instead of homework. They're superhero...

  • heroes

    Heroes heroes by Brandon Soderberg The drawings included here were made when I was in the third and fourth grade. I kept them in a binder with “heros” written on the front cover. I drew close to 50 of these guys (of course, they were all guys); by the pool, secretly in my binder in school, at night...

  • Murder Ink: 2016 ends with 318 murders; new year starts with three

    Murders This Week:12 Murders This Year: 3  This Murder Ink tallies homicides since Dec. 19. Baltimore finished 2016 with 318 murders—down from last year's 344 but still more than any other year since the early 1990s. Police made several homicide arrests during the holiday week, including one young...

  • Contact Sheet: Shawn Young

  • Saturday: The Millennium Ball

    Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m., Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St., (410) 244-0899, themetrogallery.net, $15-$20. Kotic Couture hosts a "New Queers Eve Party" featuring performances by J Pope and Wendell Patrick, DJ sets from Trillnatured and Ducky Dynamo, a live collaborative mural, gogo dancers, small bites,...

  • Sunday: 1st Day Hike

    Jan. 1 We can all pretty much agree that 2016 was the shittiest year in recent history, and now we begin 2017 days away from the inauguration of Donald J. Trump. But let us use the changing of the calendar for a brief moment of reflection and restoration. What better place than Druid Hill Park,...

  • Saturday: New Year's Eve At the Dox

    Dec. 31 OK, so at this point the end of the Paradox is an ongoing nightmare deferred, having had endless final parties into the summer only to reopen here or there for a party. I'm not complaining. It kind of turns the place into a diaphanous club or something, here but not quite there, and about...

  • Saturday: Litfest II

    Dec. 31 A follow-up to last year's Litfest and the latest endeavor from the newly expanded (and incorporated!) Kahlon, this New Year's Eve celebration stacks local talent including: Kahlon figurehead and noisy club poet Abdu Ali (Ali's "Mongo" made CP's Top Ten Local Albums list); moody, oft-changing...

  • Saturday: 4th Annual Kiddie Ball Drop

    Dec. 31 Is your kid a total fucking nerd? Can they not stay up until midnight? Do they prefer going to bed early? Are they best described as "Niles Crane-esque"? Or worse, are you one of those wet sandwich fun police parents who makes your kid go to sleep early even on New Year's Eve? If so, then...

  • Top Ten Television Shows of 2016

    1. “Stranger Things” (Netflix) There are the obvious precedents for this story about a bunch of kids in ’80s Midwest who stumble upon an alternate universe after their friend goes missing ("The X-Files," early Stephen King, "E.T.") and there is the less canonical stuff that the show latches onto...

  • Top Ten Non-Local Books of 2016

    1. Heather Ann Thompson, “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Aftermath” (Pantheon Books) In September, Red Emma’s was packed the night Heather Ann Thompson came to talk about what happened at the Attica Correctional Facility in 1971, when a takeover of the prison by...

  • Top Ten Baltimore Books of 2016

    1. D. Watkins, “The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir” (Grand Central Publishing) Watkins didn’t break through to a national audience because of dumb luck. He’s become Baltimore’s new favorite literary export because he’s revising the story that has been told about our city from the perspective of someone...

  • Top Ten New Restaurants of 2016

    1. Gunther & Co. (3650 Toone St., [443] 869-6874, eatatgunther.com) When I walked through the doors of Gunther & Co., the first large-scale restaurant that has opened in Canton in a while, I was taken aback with how owners Nancy Hart and Jerry Trice (who’s also the chef) reimagined the former Gunther...

  • Top Ten Baltimore Dishes of 2016

    1. Fettuccini with lemon and pistachios at Hersh’s (1843 Light St., [443] 438-4948, hershs.com) There are many factors that may be keeping you from discovering Hersh’s pasta section. Maybe it’s the fact that the comfortable neighborhood joint is hidden away on the southside, requiring a drive past...

  • Top Ten Stage Productions of 2016

    1. “Cleveland” (Psychic Readings) Anchored by spit-take performances from Madison Coan as a girl who just wants a dress to wear to the school dance and Cricket Arrison as her mother who may be from outer effing space, this production captured everything that makes Psychic Readings’ Late Night Theatre...

  • Top Ten Art Shows of 2016

    1. Abigail DeVille, “Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See the Stars” via The Contemporary at the Peale Museum There is always more to say about this work, an installation by Abigail DeVille in the former Peale Museum, commissioned by The Contemporary, which is why it’s our number one art show...

  • Top Ten Baltimore News Stories of 2016

    1. All charges are dropped against officers accused in Freddie Gray’s death. President Barack Obama told The New Yorker that the day after the election, he held a meeting with staff members, many of whom were demoralized after Donald Trump’s surprise presidential victory. “History does not move...

  • Top Ten Non-Local Albums of 2016

    1. Beyoncé, “Lemonade” (Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment) Beyoncé did a lot this year. Most recently, she took the stage at the Country Music Awards, flanked by the Dixie Chicks, and dared anyone in the audience and at home not to enjoy themselves. The song she performed, ‘Daddy Lessons,’...

  • Top Ten Films of 2016

    1. “Moonlight” (Barry Jenkins, United States) One of many ways “Moonlight” feels transcendently sensitive is in its storytelling; we drop into the life of Chiron at three distinct chapters, but we aren’t filled in on the gaps or the backstory. We’re just there in the moment with young Chiron (Alex...

  • Top Ten Baltimore Albums of 2016

    1. JPEGMAFIA, “Black Ben Carson” (Memorials Of Distinction) Every song on “Black Ben Carson” wields the kind of weaponized vitriol usually reserved for socialist meme pages on Facebook. The title is reason enough to draft legislation to make license plates wider in the new year, but it isn’t just...

  • Top Ten Baltimore Singles of 2016

    1. Dooley, Tlow, and Lor Roger, ‘CIT4DT’ (self-released) The day after the election, when everyone was trying however they could to grapple with the reality that Donald Trump is evidently going to be our next President, it was important to remember that while some people were presented with the...

  • Top Ten Newsmakers of 2016

    1. Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen We at City Paper knew we wanted—no, needed—to cover Dr. Wen this year because she is so forward-thinking, tireless, and committed to the city. She packs her schedule from sunrise to sunset, because her ability to do the job well is related to her...

  • Pugh announces a Safe Arts Space task force, includes artists, developers, more

    This morning at Station North venue the Windup Space, Mayor Catherine Pugh stood in front of members of city agencies, artists and artist groups, lawyers, developers, and funders, as media and other members of the arts scene looked on, and announced a Safe Arts Space Task Force. Pugh cited the...

  • The Year in Photos

    We're not gonna lie, we're happy to see the tail end of 2016. This particularly tumultuous year began with a massive snow dump in the city that stranded residents and threatened the city's homeless with frigid temperatures. It ended on a similarly bleak note, with Donald Trump preparing to move...

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