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  • White Supremacy, Monuments, and Power

    White Supremacy, Monuments, and Power

    Donald Trump's press conference, in which he defended the racists in Charlottesville and attacked those there to protest them, was one of the worst performances of his presidency. And it came a day after the Durham statue to Confederate soldiers came down thanks to activists who took it into their...

  • Murder Ink 8/23: 7 murders this week; 225 murders this year

    Murder Ink 8/23: 7 murders this week; 225 murders this year

    Another week, another seven murders, although one of the victims counted in this week's column was stabbed last September and died in March. There was also a mass shooting Monday in the Park Circle neighborhood which left three people injured and one man dead. Monday, Aug. 14 12:30 p.m. Terrence...

  • Abuse and Accountability in the Arts Scene: A Reckoning

    Abuse and Accountability in the Arts Scene: A Reckoning

  • Abuse and Accountability in the Arts Scene: A Reckoning

    Abuse and Accountability in the Arts Scene: A Reckoning

    Abuse and Accountability in the Arts Scene: A Reckoning Abuse and Accountability in the Arts Scene: A Reckoning By Maura Callahan and Rebekah KirkmanIllustrations by Kirsty Hambrick Lindsay asked Bob why he tweeted something sexual at a friend of hers, and Bob got violent. “He slammed me down on...

  • No More Glory

    No More Glory

    After Charlottesville, activists organize, liberals mobilize, and Baltimore brings down its Confederate monuments

  • Democracy in Crisis Episode 27: Charlottesville

    Democracy in Crisis Episode 27: Charlottesville

    On this week’s episode Marc Steiner talks to co-host Baynard Woods and City Paper editor Brandon Soderberg about their experiences at the racist rally in Charlottesville. Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Calvin Perry for...

  • Baltimore's Confederate Monument Teardown in Photos

    Baltimore's Confederate Monument Teardown in Photos

    "Over night, all four of Baltimore's monuments connected to the Confederacy and white supremacy were swiftly taken down. First, the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Mount Royal Ave (recently splattered with red paint and tagged with "Fuck Trump") and the Roger B. Taney Monument in Mount...

  • Baltimore's Confederate and white supremacist monuments removed by city overnight

    Baltimore's Confederate and white supremacist monuments removed by city overnight

    Overnight, all four of Baltimore's monuments connected to the Confederacy and white supremacy were swiftly taken down. First, the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Mount Royal Avenue (recently splattered with red paint and tagged with "Fuck Trump") and the Roger B. Taney Monument in...

  • Behind the Scenes at The BBQ in Photos

    Behind the Scenes at The BBQ in Photos

    The BBQ on Greenmount blasts blues and proffers pulled pork, pit beef, and ribs that are delicious but won't leave you falling into a food coma either, all without being so damn bougie about it. That's important. No really—while there is a tendency to kick against everything even remotely respectability-grabbing...

  • Friday: Variations on Magic

    Friday: Variations on Magic

    Aug. 18 Summer is not a fun time for theater addicts. You can get small fixes here and there between Artscape, outdoor Shakespeare productions, and off-Broadway tour stops at the Hippodrome if you can swing the pricey tickets, but that’s about all you get while companies take their deserved between-season...

  • Wednesday: Devin Allen With D. Watkins: "A Beautiful Ghetto"

    Wednesday: Devin Allen With D. Watkins: "A Beautiful Ghetto"

    Aug. 16 City Paper contributor D. Watkins and photographer extraordinaire Devin Allen are some of Baltimore’s most widely-known sons. Watkins, for his biting essays, seen most recently on Salon, and for his books, “The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America,” and “The Cook Up,”—and...

  • Friday: "Heavyweights"

    Friday: "Heavyweights"

    Aug. 18 This Disney flick is low-key one of the best mainstream comedies of the '90s and an early proving ground for the likes of Ben Stiller, Judd Apatow, Paul Feig, and Kenan Thompson, in what is ostensibly a kid's movie. Set at a sleep-away fat camp, the film follows a gang of boys who bond...

  • Wednesday, Sunday, Monday: “Stop Making Sense”

    Wednesday, Sunday, Monday: “Stop Making Sense”

    Aug. 16, 20-22 A couple years ago I ran into Steve Scales outside Chip’s restaurant in Orange, Connecticut. Everyone in line for brunch that Sunday seemed to know the Talking Heads (and Tom Tom Club, among many others) percussionist, and he’s just a super nice guy in person. So I asked him about...

  • Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: Red Bull Amaphiko Festival

    Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: Red Bull Amaphiko Festival

    Aug. 16, 17, 20 Alright, so you can still catch the tail end of this 10-day festival put on by Red Bull Amaphiko, which has set its sights on Baltimore artists, storytellers, and entrepreneurs of sorts (as well as a few from elsewhere in this country). On Wednesday, join artists Megan Lewis, Pablo...

  • Saturday: Cherry Hill Arts & Music Festival

    Saturday: Cherry Hill Arts & Music Festival

    Aug. 19 "CHERRY HILL AND DOWN YOUR BLOCK CHERRY HILL AND DOWN YOUR BLOCK CHERRY HILL AND DOWN YOUR BLOCK," goes a Baltimore club hit from producer Mighty Mark and T.T. The Artist—a celebration of the noted South Baltimore neighborhood and this weekend, the site of the first ever Cherry Hill Arts...

  • Wednesday: Flappy Hour II

    Wednesday: Flappy Hour II

    Aug. 16, 7:30-10 p.m., Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., motherloadpuppets.com, free. The Mother Load, a local puppet showcase, hosts its second "puppet summit" featuring a panel discussion, live music by Trucker Talk, and the chance to make your own puppet.

  • Murder Ink: 7 murders this week, 218 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 7 murders this week, 218 murders this year

    While violence elsewhere captures national attention, Baltimore City's violence continues at record levels. Aside from the murders, there were also 18 non-fatal shootings this week, including a triple-shooting on Sunday. Tuesday, Aug. 8 1:21 a.m. Tyrese Davis, a 15-year-old African-American boy,...

  • Jazz Everywhere: Bass clarinet and community organizing mix for Todd Marcus

    Jazz Everywhere: Bass clarinet and community organizing mix for Todd Marcus

    'Pennsylvania Avenue Hustle,' off Todd Marcus' upcoming album, "On These Streets," an album powered by living and working in Sandtown-Winchester, is a manic tune that opens with foreboding cymbals and a running saxophone, and then dives into a frenzied, buoyant piano solo, soon sprinting, even...

  • Savage Love: Quickies

    Savage Love: Quickies

    I've been wondering: Since there are lesbians out there who occasionally crave cock, does the reverse also happen? Are there gay men who occasionally crave pussy? This Possible? There are gay men who watch football—hell, I have it on good authority that some gay men play football, TP. So anything...

  • On Baltimore's climate of fear and righting systemic wrongs

    On Baltimore's climate of fear and righting systemic wrongs

    Between Pratt Street and the waters of the Inner Harbor lie three beams recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York. The marble base on which they rest bears memory to the 68 Marylanders whose lives ended there on Sept. 11, 2001. I never knew those people, but I watched them...

  • Charlottesville and the shattering of America

    Two middle-aged men, one black and one white, were walking up a street in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia yelling at each other. It was a moment of relative normalcy in a day otherwise defined by mayhem. Both men use the phrase “born and bred” to define their relationship to the smallish Southern...

  • Democracy In Crisis Episode 26: With Fire and Fury (We're all gonna die!)

    On this week’s episode co-hosts Marc Steiner and Baynard Woods are back after a two-week hiatus just in time to talk about the possibility of nuclear war. Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Calvin Perry for The Center for...

  • The kind of police violence Trump encouraged in Long Island speech marked his inauguration, according to ACLU suit

    Donald Trump's authoritarian streak has been on full display in recent weeks, nowhere more so than when talking to cops in Long Island. "Please don't be too nice," he said and told the officers that when they arrest someone they don’t need to protect the prisoner's head. "I said, 'You can take...

  • Saturday: Burn, Brunch & Bark Practice

    Aug. 12 Ravens games can be high-energy affairs, with charged-up, boozed-up fans agonizing over every dropped pass and shouting with elation during every touchdown. Practice, as basketball legend Allen Iverson once illustrated, is far less important. But the laid-back vibe is still pretty enjoyable...

  • Sunday: The Corner Bazaar

    Aug. 13 If you’re not in need of serious TLC every hour of every day, I don’t know what 2017 you’re living. Whether you’re beaten down by Trump-era dread and our oppressive social structures, drowning in work, struggling with relationships, staring down unemployment (ahem), or working through those...

  • Saturday: “Concrete / Complex: A Portrait of McKeldin Fountain”

    Aug. 12 We've been losing things left and right this year, it's honestly hard to keep track of them all—neighborhood institutions and landmarks and spaces giving way to the City's finicky desires, and to developers with loads of money for demolition or renovation or rebranding. "Green space." And...

  • Wednesday, Sunday & Tuesday: “Monty Python’s Life of Brian”

    Aug. 9, 13, 15 Originally titled “Jesus Christ – Lust for Glory,” the Pythons’ follow up to “The Holy Grail” is a dumber (smarter?) spoof of big-budget Hollywood biblical epics like “The Ten Commandments” and “Ben-Hur,” where a guileless and innocent chap named Brian gets mistaken for the Messiah...

  • Wednesday: Mystery Science Theater 3000

    Aug. 9 If you’re an MST3K fan you probably know all about the new Netflix version, with Jonah Ray standing in for Joel Hodgson (and Mike), new ‘bot voices, and Rebecca Hanson as Synthia and Patton Oswalt as “TV’s Son of TV’s Frank” pressing the button at the end. You probably at least like it,...

  • Sunday: Mary J. Blige: Strength of a Woman Tour

    Aug. 13 Mary J. Blige—she of hateration, holleration, and danceries—has been going through it lately. Her ex-husband and ex-manager Kundu Isaacs did her wrong, and the two recently divorced after 13 years of marriage. But, in true R&B diva fashion, she’s singing her way through the drama. “There’s...

  • Friday: Jeezy

    Aug. 11 Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that is caused by repetitive blows to the head, is the chief problem of the National Football League that rests at the feet of commissioner Roger Goodell. Before it came to the forefront as the mental health issue of current...

  • Saturday: AFRAM Festival

    Aug. 12, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., The Bowl at Druid Hill Park, 3001 East Drive, afram.baltimorecity.gov, free. Baltimore celebrates its African-American communities and heritage with a full day of food and craft vendors, live performances, kids' activities, resources, and more.

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: Baltimore Ceasefire edition

    ⬆︎ Erricka Bridgeford Bridgeford, the public face of Baltimore Ceasefire, had a lot on her plate this weekend, but she handled it with grace. She said what needed to be said—focusing on community, trauma, and joy—rather than what was "supposed" to be said, showed up at the spot of the first homicide...

  • Dispatches from Baltimore Ceasefire

  • Dispatches from Baltimore Ceasefire

    Dispatches from Baltimore Ceasefire Dispatches from Baltimore Ceasefire By Brandon Soderberg with Maura Callahan, Edward Ericson Jr., Lisa Snowden-McCray, and Baynard Woods Photos by J.M. Giordano with Marie Machin and Reginald Thomas II Even shooters say they could use a break from the violence,...

  • Savage Love: Commit to Something

    My boyfriend of eight months, K, and I are polyamorous. We started the relationship on that foot, and for a while I was the partner he spent the most time with. There have been ups and downs, but overall our relationship is solid and loving. However, recently we both started dating the same woman,...

  • Murder Ink: 7 murders this week, 211 murders this year

    The murder-per-day pace continues despite the best efforts of community mediators and police. Four people were shot at noon on Aug. 2 at the intersection of Broadway and Eager Street. One 30-year-old man was in such bad shape that homicide was notified, although since then there has been no update....

  • Baltimore Ceasefire in Photos

    Read City Paper's Dispatches from the 72-hour ceasefire here. 

  • CityLab Baltimore provides a salve for technocrats and influencers

    At CityLab Baltimore, the people congregate outside the big renovated movie theater at North and Charles and wait in line for name tags attached to lanyards. CityLab, a side project of the respected Atlantic Monthly magazine, is a gathering of professionals, underwritten by the Annie E. Casey Foundation...

  • NAACP in soul-searching mode at last week's convention

    In May, Melissa Harris-Perry wrote a New York Times op-ed that suggested that it was (or should be) a wrap for the 108-year-old NAACP. "Today, the NAACP carries the weight of history and burden of bureaucracy. But it does not seem willing to shed blood, literally, or in terms of the uncomfortable...

  • The Undercard: Bring Kaepernick to Baltimore

    "Let's build the best 53-man squad and the 10-man practice squad that we can." -Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome, circa 2015, discussing the importance of roster depth "Just win, baby!" -the late Raiders owner Al Davis With starting quarterback Joe Flacco possibly sidelined for the first several weeks of...

  • Wednesday: Water For All: A panel on Baltimore’s water affordability crisis

    Aug. 9 Baltimore City’s water bills have more than tripled since 2000 and are set to increase even more, the result of a long-deferred investment in the city’s pipes, reservoirs and water treatment plants. All-in, the drinking water, wastewater and storm-water upgrades cost more than $4 billion—money...

  • Saturday: Union Craft Brewing's 5th Anniversary Celebration

    Aug. 5 In their five years, Union Craft Brewing has become one of the largest brewing presences in the city, and they've concocted two of my favorite brews, Duckpin and Old Pro. And as you've no doubt heard, they're planning on getting bigger and better as the anchor of Union Collective, a new...

  • Wednesday: James Baldwin Birthday Party

    Aug. 2 It feels a little strange to throw a party to celebrate James Baldwin’s birthday. Not because he’s not worthy of celebration, but because the writer’s piercing, sometimes gloomy, always prescient observations about race in America were anything but a good time. His most notable works were...

  • Friday: "Visage" by Dalvin Wade Byron

    Aug. 4 It is very hard to make a thing look like the thing it is. When it comes to portraiture, general rules about proportion can teach you something about facial structure and can guide you towards a certain realism, but then what? And how, in a portrait, can you translate the minuscule details—their...

  • Sunday: J. Cole

    Aug. 6 J. Cole is hip-hop's kind of reclusive, not-so-silent assassin. The Fayetteville, North Carolina rapper rose to prominence upon the release of his second mixtape “The Warm Up” in 2009—a transformative year for Cole, as he would also appear on Jay-Z's “Blueprint 3” album. While for most that...

  • Wednesday: Gunky's Basement presents "Little Shop of Horrors"

    Aug. 9, 9 p.m., Parkway Theater, 5 W. North Ave., (410) 752-8083, mdfilmfest.com, $10. Dan Deacon and Jimmy Joe Roche host a 35mm screening of Frank Oz’s 1986 rock musical starring Rick Moranis as a flower shop assistant caring for a growing, bloodthirsty plant.

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: Up for Tyrone West's family and Marc Steiner, down for Trump, more

    ⬆︎ The West Family The family members of Tyrone West, a man killed in police custody in July 2013, have been tireless and dedicated fighters for police accountability and are in many ways the bedrock of Baltimore's uprising-fueled protest movement. Last week, the family settled a wrongful death...

  • Field Tripping: Cryotheraping

    My dad was really proud of how little he gave my siblings and I when we headed off to college. "All I got was a carton of cigarettes and 50 bucks," he'd chuckle, "and I made it!" I rolled my eyes at that talk, but it was what it was, and I got by pretty fine on my own with the help of a work study...

  • Savage Love: Crossed Dressers

    My wife has been seriously ill for three years, and I have been her sole caregiver. The doctors here weren't getting the job done, so we made the difficult decision for her to move 2,000 miles away to start over and be near her family. Our sex life has been nonexistent since she became ill. She...

  • Murder Ink: 10 murders this week, 205 murders this year

    Baltimore blew through a morbid milestone last week, notching its 200th murder victim of the year. Baltimore police reinstituted special teams to suppress crime in violence-prone areas, but mandated that they wear uniforms. As always, there were many non-fatal shootings and many guns seized. For...

  • Wednesday: “Apocalypse Now”

    July 26 There is nothing about “Apocalypse Now” that is not problematic. Not the premise: the white colonel building a jungle death cult among the ignorant natives; not the other premise: the white assassin sent to make it right; not even the third premise: that all of war—that one war, anyway—is...

  • Saturday: Fleet Foxes and Animal Collective

    July 29 Ostensibly a folk band, Fleet Foxes get a whole lot from their sound, particularly in the booming vocal parts in the style of Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Speaking of, supreme Twitter troll David Crosby said this of the band's music when someone asked for his opinion earlier this year: "Could...

  • Saturday: R. Kelly

    July 29 Yeah so R. Kelly is coming to Baltimore, and he’s probably going to perform all of his hits that get cookouts, wedding receptions, and your parents’ Wednesday night line dancing class at the local rec center popping—the three-time Grammy award winner is thought of as a legend in most circles....

  • Saturday: Bit Gen Gamer Fest XII

    July 29, 3 p.m.-1 a.m., Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $25. Baltimore's 12th annual video game music festival returns with 16 bands and plenty of home console and arcade games on hand for a full day of gaming and live music.

  • Melo Returns

    Carmelo Anthony adds to his Charm City legacy as host of The Basketball Tournament

  • Saturday-Wednesday: NAACP National Convention

    Saturday-Wednesday: NAACP National Convention

    July 22-26 In late May, writer and professor Melissa Harris-Perry wrote an op-ed in the New York Times titled ‘How to Save the N.A.A.C.P. From Irrelevance.’ “Today, it is safe to be a member of the N.A.A.C.P. It is also inconsequential,” she wrote. She said the 108-year-old institution is too bogged...

  • Saturday: "Here!"

    Saturday: "Here!"

    July 22 After three years downtown, Platform Gallery, which was co-run by Lydia Pettit and Abigail Parrish (full disclosure: both are good friends of mine; I also rent a studio above the gallery from Lydia), is shutting down. For their last show, they turned it over to Markele Cullins and Malcolm...

  • Saturday & Monday: "The Maltese Falcon"

    Saturday & Monday: "The Maltese Falcon"

    July 22 and July 24 “He makes crime a career, and ladies a hobby! He’s as fast on the draw as he is in the drawing room!” He is Sam Spade. Humphrey Bogart’s Sam Spade. Or, anyway, Humphrey Bogart’s rendition of John Huston’s version of Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade. The classic (three-Oscar nominated)...

  • Thursday: The New Pornographers

    Thursday: The New Pornographers

    July 20 Bands are lucky if they have one really good vocal presence. The New Pornographers have four, sometimes harmonizing together to deliver the Canadian power pop group's mighty choruses, and other times adding their own style to push the band's sound in different directions without veering...

  • Tuesday: John Legend

    Tuesday: John Legend

    July 25 What is it that makes a love song, or even a love-lost song great? Even if the song is highly personal, an artist pens verses and hooks that transcend the personal experience and make it relatable to the masses. Good Music's resident vocalist John Legend has mastered the art of balladry...

  • Friday-Sunday: Diskoscape

    Friday-Sunday: Diskoscape

    July 21-23, Diskobar, 911 N. Charles St., facebook.com/diskobarbaltimore, free. DJ Biskit, Fuchsia Casual, Jason Drenner, Discuji, Mood Unit, Tyler Schmith, Sad Eyes, and others perform at Diskobar's weekend-long festival featuring the Baltimore premiere of "Northern Disco Lights," a documentary...

  • Altscape: Recommended alternative Artscape themes

    Altscape: Recommended alternative Artscape themes

    Putting together the country’s largest free arts festival seems a formidable undertaking to say the least, and hats off to the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts for pulling it off year after year. That said, there is room for improvement—case in point, the themes. This year, it’s “Camp Artscape:...

  • City Paper's guide to Artscape 2017

    City Paper's guide to Artscape 2017

    FRIDAY Amirror Don’t miss Baltimore singer, City Paper Big Music Issue honoree, and fabulous colorful wig wearer Amirror at Artscape this year. In that issue, CP contributor Nia Hampton said she first heard Amirror at a Kahlon event during First Fridays in Station North, and the performance brought...

  • Murder Ink: 4 murders this week, 187 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 4 murders this week, 187 murders this year

    Four murders a week, for Baltimore, is actually an improvement over the normal pace. And it's just luck: There were 20 non-fatal shootings reported last week, including one to which homicide detectives were called, another in which a man was shot in the throat, and one that police encountered because...

  • Savage Love: Come Again

    Savage Love: Come Again

    I'm a 35-year-old straight woman, recently married, and everything is great. But I have been having problems reaching orgasm. When we first started dating, I had them all the time. It was only after we got engaged that it became an issue. He is not doing anything differently, and he works hard...

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