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  • Sagamore Spirit set to open Port Covington distillery in April

    Sagamore Spirit set to open Port Covington distillery in April

    Sagamore Spirit, Kevin Plank's Maryland-style rye whiskey, is set to open a distillery in Port Covington on April 21, the company announced earlier today. Like many craft whiskeys, Sagamore is currently distilled in Indiana and then sent to Baltimore where it is cut to proof with spring water from...

  • Contact Sheet: Queer Joy

    Contact Sheet: Queer Joy

    Originally I wanted to title these “Babes in the End Times,” something like that—something to recognize the glee that my friends and I felt becoming so close to each other and providing each other such joy in the context of times that already felt dire and menacing. I just looked around and my...

  • Digging into the research for "Hidden Figures"

    Digging into the research for "Hidden Figures"

    Before there was "Hidden Figures," the blockbuster movie and book by Margot Lee Shetterly, there was "Determination of Azimuth," an operetta about the life of mathematician Katherine Johnson and the Apollo 10 mission staged in 2015 by the Baltimore Rock Opera Society. As the writers of "Determination...

  • Savage Love: Fantasy Scenarios

    Savage Love: Fantasy Scenarios

    I am a straight married man. My wife and I have a 4-year-old and a 3-month-old. We've just started having intercourse again. For Valentine's Day, we spent the night in a B&B while grandma watched the kids. We had edibles, drank sparkling wine, and then fucked. It was amazing. After we came and...

  • Democracy in Crisis Episode 3: Immigration Crackdown Special--Aura Bogado & City of Immigrants

    Democracy in Crisis Episode 3: Immigration Crackdown Special--Aura Bogado & City of Immigrants

    In the latest special edition of the Democracy in Crisis Podcast, hosts Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner talk with reporter Aura Bogado about a powerful profile she wrote in Teen Vogue about 14-year-old Jackie Rayos-Garcia whose mother Guadalupe García de Rayos was detained while talking to immigration...

  • Thursday: A Night of Japanese New Wave and Obscure

    Thursday: A Night of Japanese New Wave and Obscure

    Feb. 23, 10 p.m., The Crown, 1910 N. Charles St., (410) 625-4848, facebook.com/TheCrownBaltimore, free. DJs Fun Dad, Doki Doki Jeff, and Miki spin Japanese tunes alongside video projections.

  • Monday: "The Ground" Artist Talk

    Monday: "The Ground" Artist Talk

    Feb. 27 The Hutzler Brothers Palace, the city's first department store, pops up here and there in news articles that often associate it with a period of bustling economic and commercial activity in the city. But you might not dwell on it too much, even if you frequently pass it on the way to Lexington...

  • Saturday: Baltimore's Gifted First Semi-Annual Sip and Shop

    Saturday: Baltimore's Gifted First Semi-Annual Sip and Shop

    Feb. 25 Among the many great works of art at the MICA Art Market back in December was a table of photographs, ceramics, and t-shirts from the youth program at Jubilee Arts. My girlfriend and I bought a wonderful picture and a few ceramic ornaments to give out as gifts, and it didn't cost us much...

  • Friday & Saturday: Django Jazz Fest

    Friday & Saturday: Django Jazz Fest

    Feb. 24 and 25 Acoustic guitar, sax, and violin fireworks light up jazz standards (and original tunes) at the Django Jazz Festival, back for its second year at the Creative Alliance. The two shows feature some of the country’s most spectacular “hot club” musicians dancing along the Gypsy path blazed...

  • Friday: Lewis Black: Rant, White & Blue

    Friday: Lewis Black: Rant, White & Blue

    Feb. 24 Is there a comedian better suited for our times than Lewis Black? The man would push himself to the brink of a stroke with his eye-twitching political rants on "The Daily Show" and onstage, and that was during the Bush years. As Aziz Ansari recently joked on "Saturday Night Live," it's...

  • Monday: Not My President's Day

    Feb. 20 If you have today off in the name of dead presidents, don't stay in bed hiding beneath the covers all day—though the temptation is understandable. Instead, go out and do your part in keeping this country afloat in these very, very trying times by donating to the ACLU and honing in on your...

  • Friday-Feb. 26: "Colorblind: The Katrina Monologues"

    Feb. 17-26 Perhaps in the terrifying weeks following the inauguration you've had the thought, or encountered someone who shared the idea that this presidency is starting to make George W. Bush's reign look like small potatoes, catastrophe-wise. Maybe there's something to be said for that, but it's...

  • Thursday: Cable Salad feat. Astroboyz, Smax, Pardalince Bird, Functionary

    Feb. 16 The world feels chaotic and fucked up in a lot of ways, but there are still instances of how it can be small and wonderful. Take for example that producer David Silva could move from Spain to the U.S. and find himself in our burg of Baltimore, bringing with him his kaleidoscopic electronic...

  • Listen to Abdu Ali and Dan Deacon's 'Liberate Yaself'

    Abdu Ali and Dan Deacon are two of the music scene's greatest advocates, whether it be helping to curate festivals and music series (Whartscape and Kahlon especially) or repping for other artists in the city. So it's only fitting they do a track together. Noisey premiered 'Liberate Yaself,' a thumping...

  • Plank takes out pro-immigrant ad; UA pitches in for student bus passes

    Still smarting from the backlash over his comments in support of President Trump, Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank took out a full-page ad in The Sun to write an open letter to Baltimore in support of immigrants and against Trump's travel ban. "We are publicly opposing the travel ban,"...

  • Kahlon: The Cut Up Series Part II, Proximity to Dead Skin in Photos

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  • Under Armour's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

    We try as best we can to keep our Baltimore City Power Rankings fresh, but the down arrow for Under Armour that came out today already feels out of date as the athletic apparel company continues to rack up bad press. UA's last week or so has been pretty brutal, in fact. Here's a rundown. After...

  • Steve Earle to play "City of Immigrants: A Night of Support" show at Beth Am Synagogue

    Folk singer Steve Earle, who also played drug counselor Walon on "The Wire," will play a show at Beth Am Synagogue on Feb. 13 in support of immigrants, David Simon announced on his blog. Called "City of Immigrants: A Night of Support," the concert asks attendees to donate to "groups assisting visa...

  • Furry Portraits

    For those unfamiliar, Furries are an internet born subculture united by a fascination with anthropomorphic animal characters. Participants in the community create an alternate identity based on an animal character of their own design, and interact over forums and social media and at conventions...

  • The Old Baltimore Eagle in Photos

    Back in 2008, Gutter Magazine ran a series of photos of the Baltimore Eagle shot by photographer Jamie Onderdonk. With the new Eagle finally up and running, City Paper photo editor and former Gutter editor-in-chief J.M. Giordano and Onderdonk offered up these photos from the old Eagle. Read about...

  • Iron Crow Theatre's "Fucking A" is fucking sad

    As the title would suggest, there is no subtlety in Suzan-Lori Parks' "Fucking A." In the dystopian future world crafted by Parks back in 2000, everything seems to exist in the extreme—the subjugation and exploitation of women, the political reach of the aristocracy, the wealth gap, the bloodthirst...

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: Protesters, Bake Sale For Buses, Under Armour, and more

    ↑ Protesters Baltimore has, like the rest of the country, kept on Donald Trump with sizable protests and City Paper applauds the protesters who—deep breath—gathered at BWI two Sundays ago 2,000 strong in opposition to "the Muslim ban"; stood outside Ben Cardin's office last Tuesday to tell the...

  • Savage Love: Wilbur & Rensselaer

    Last week, I spoke at the Wilbur Theater in Boston and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Audience members submitted their questions on tiny cards before the show, allowing them to remain anonymous while forcing them to be succinct. Here are some of the questions I didn't have...

  • Tuesday: The Vagina Monologues

    Feb. 14, 8 p.m., Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, $15-$21. To benefit House of Ruth Maryland and Power Inside and in honor of "V-Day," the Creative Alliance stages Eve Ensler's acclaimed play based on interviews with hundreds of women.

  • Tuesday: Katt Williams: Great America Tour

    Feb. 14 Katt Williams seems to swing through Baltimore every six months or so on one tour or another and if you haven’t seen yet, here’s your chance. Williams, who is probably best known for his stand-up HBO special, “Katt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles Pt. 1," is sharp and funny as hell. He’s also...

  • Sunday: #theexchange

    Feb. 12 This crazy sense of doom that's come with the recent political climate has me indulging in retail therapy on the regular. I'll usually try to find some justification beyond temporary self-help, like "well, 20 percent of these soy candle sales go to Planned Parenthood," or "if I buy this...

  • Saturday: The Opening of the Museum of Trayvon Martin: A Meeting before Labor

    Feb. 11 When I spoke to artist Malcolm Peacock last year in advance of his experiential/participatory artwork "Let the Sun Set on You," he reflected on the many ways in which the deaths of Black people affect history and spark movements, memorials, solidarity. Reflecting on his research for that...

  • Wednesday: Chippendales 2017: Best. Night. Ever. Tour

    Feb 8 If you are anything like me, you’ve been waking up early to check your phone to see what foolishness our tyrant-toddler president has been up to while half the world slept. While I’m certainly very informed, I’m also stressed the hell out. That’s where this event comes in. Watching men who...

  • The 2017 Sex Issue

  • The 2017 Sex Issue

    That a Sex Issue is automatically controversial or at least subversive says more about American attitudes toward sex and sexuality than it does an alt-weekly's “edginess” or whatever; but OK, well, here we are with our annual Sex Issue while Donald Trump occupies the Oval Office (he has, among...

  • Sex Issue Coloring Book

  • Sex Issue Coloring Book

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  • Murder Ink 2/8/17: 7 murders this week, 39 murders this year

    Even as the police department announces near-daily gun seizures from convicted felons, the city's rate of murder and violence is peaking, drawing the attention of police and political officials who say their existing plans and policies need time to work. There were 39 murders in the first 37 days...

  • On the tradition of flowers as peaceful resistance

    She was off to the side on the corner of 13th and I St. NW on Inauguration Day, barely visible as protesters swirled all around her. She extended a yellow flower toward a line of cops. It might have been a begonia or a cheap plastic flower, it was hard to tell. What was clear is that it wasn't...

  • Iconic Baltimore gay bar The Eagle is finally back—and revamped

    The Baltimore Eagle has finally landed in Station North. The waiting has been palpable, at least for the queer folks who have watched their bars and clubs close one by one as assimilation and capitalism do their ugly work. When construction delays and a shake up on the liquor board put the Eagle's...

  • Save Your Soul in Photos

  • Democracy in Crisis: Church and Trump

    In front of the illuminated columns of the Supreme Court Building, the Rev. Patrick Mahoney and several other Christian activists gathered together, waiting for Donald Trump to announce his pick for Supreme Court justice—a spot left vacant for nearly a year after Republicans refused to acknowledge...

  • Man in 'grave condition' after he was shot in Red Emma's

    A man is in grave condition after he was shot inside the radical bookstore and coffee shop Red Emma's at about 11:20 a.m. this morning, police said. According to Lt. Jarron Jackson, the man was sitting in the cafe when he was called to the door by someone he knew, who shot the man in the "upper...

  • Democracy in Crisis: Occupying airports and the future of protest

    Donald Trump, Russian sex workers, and Vladimir Putin aren't the only ones who need to worry about piss. In a recent column about the Women's March in Washington on the day after the inauguration, Kate Drabinski wrote: "There's much to say about the politics and critiques of these events, but in...

  • Kahlon's Cut Up Series returns with audio-visual exhibition

    When Kahlon ceased to exist in its capacity as a bimonthly party at The Crown, it felt like a blow to the city's music scene, which was finally starting to feel a bit less siloed. That was due to the series' eclectic lineups, bringing artists of disparate sounds and scenes together under the umbrella...

  • Murder Ink 2/1/17: 12 murders this week, 32 murders this year

    This is some kind of record. Pray for the victims and their loved ones. Tuesday, January 17 2:27 p.m. Aurelio Rios-Rodriguez, a 26-year-old Hispanic man, was on the 3600 block of Mount Pleasant Avenue in the Baltimore Highlands neighborhood, lying on the sidewalk with blood dripping from his nose....

  • 'War and Peace,' Interrupted

    "How original," my sarcastic 12-year-old son Zack says, when I tell him that I'm writing about 9/11—and what it means for the kids who grew up in the shadow of that tragedy, the ensuing wars, the fear of terrorism. I try to explain that sometimes "unoriginal" topics merit examination, forming as...

  • All Day: City Paper's Lisa Snowden-McCray and poet Tariq Touré talk parenting

    Parenting is a jumble of love, frustration, pain, beauty, and more. It can be overwhelming. I've been in the game almost nine years now, and talking to other parents about their own takes on raising small humans is one of the things that has always helped me. The stories I get are usually hilarious,...

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: Deana Haggag, Mayor Pugh, BROS, and more

    ↑ Deana Haggag Baltimore learned that it'd be losing one of its most productive arts leaders with the news that Deana Haggag, executive director of The Contemporary, would be leaving to take the post of president and CEO at Chicago-based organization United States Artists. Haggag helped relaunch...

  • Saturday: MICA Spring Concert

    Feb. 4 We endorse a lot musicians in these pages, but if you're looking for a lineup that distills some of the best of Baltimore's music scene, you could do a lot worse than the lineup for MICA's Spring Concert, which includes Bond St. District, JPEGMAFIA, Butch Dawson, and Micah E. Wood. JPEG's...

  • Friday: Floetic Friday: Hip Hop Open Mic on Black Love

    Feb. 3 Black History Month is always a legit cause of celebration for me, but this one, especially, I intend to make black as fuck. In the face of Nazi-punching debates and KKK parades, my self-care is wrapping myself up in Maya, Sonia, Alice, Zora, and the like. In a similar vein, the Reginald...

  • Saturday: Ornamenta

    Feb. 4, 7-11 p.m., Baltimore Jewelry Center at Impact Hub, 10 E. North Ave., (410) 243-0479, baltimorejewelrycenter.org, $75. The Baltimore Jewelry Center hosts its annual benefit featuring a silent auction of work from art jewelers from around the country, plus displays of local handcrafted jewelry,...

  • Democracy In Crisis: Beachheads and the War on Facts

    The teams of President Trump's temporary appointees laying the groundwork for taking over and remaking federal agencies refer to themselves as "beachheads" or "beachhead teams," a military term for the point of invasion. Politico reports there were approximately 520 members of such teams when Trump...

  • Scorsese's 'Silence' is solemn, unsuccessful, occasionally moving Oscar-bait

    Martin Scorsese's "Silence" explores two frequent obsessions of the gritty, ambitious director: faith and doubt, punctuated by unflinchingly brutal violence. He brings those same interests to "Silence, a slow-burning, thoughtful epic of religious doubt, which at times feels like a fusion of Ingmar...

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