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  • Op-Alt: If Kevin Davis wants a better future for Baltimore, he should rethink the police budget

    Op-Alt: If Kevin Davis wants a better future for Baltimore, he should rethink the police budget

    There are some things in life you can always count on. Policing is not one of those things. When it comes to policing, the name of the game is to spend a lot and get little in return. Depending on where you live and how you look, what you get at all varies greatly. I want to start with a bit of...

  • City Paper's Self Care Issue: Health and wellness for right now

    City Paper's Self Care Issue: Health and wellness for right now

    A song I've been playing on a loop lately is 'Hope The High Road,' by country-rocker Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit—it's encouraging and very much what I need to hear right now. Thanks to Isbell's open-and-honest recovered addict cogency, he admits his flaws ("I used to want to be a real man/ I don't...

  • Forking paths in Submersive Productions' "Incredible Musaeum"

    Forking paths in Submersive Productions' "Incredible Musaeum"

    On a July evening in 1822, more than a thousand people gathered in Baltimore's Peale Museum to see a rare cactus bloom. They crowded around the foot-long bud as it opened, straining to glimpse its "many yellow filaments, forming a deep funnel-shaped cavity." Those who couldn't get close enough...

  • City Paper's Self Care Issue: Health and wellness for right now

    City Paper's Self Care Issue: Health and wellness for right now

    A song I've been playing on a loop lately is 'Hope The High Road,' by country-rocker Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit—it's encouraging and very much what I need to hear right now. Thanks to Isbell's open-and-honest recovered addict cogency, he admits his flaws ("I used to want to be a real man/ I don't...

  • Abdu Ali muses on food as self care

    Abdu Ali muses on food as self care

    Musician Abdu Ali didn't come to this interview to play. On his phone, he's made a list of eateries he loves and wants to shout out. He pulls it up at the start of our meeting at Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant in Mount Vernon because he didn't want to forget anything. "I'm a food thot," he tells me....

  • Reducing anxiety, stress, depression, more with shrooms

    Reducing anxiety, stress, depression, more with shrooms

    Nearly four decades after research into psychedelics was suppressed by the government, a new wave of scientists is restoring legitimacy to a misunderstood and promising area of research. Baltimore is home to arguably the most prestigious psychedelic research program in the world. The studies conducted...

  • How Baltimore's Oyin Handmade is growing and changing to meet natural hair needs

    How Baltimore's Oyin Handmade is growing and changing to meet natural hair needs

    It's a Saturday morning, and at Oyin Handmade's storefront in Old Goucher, 13 women are sitting, watching intently as Akos "Sunday" Regal demonstrates how to wear headwraps. She grabs one woman after another, showing them different ways to wrap different lengths of brightly colored cloth to make...

  • Wickerham & Lomax remix and reimagine stories and styles from Odell's nightclub

    Wickerham & Lomax remix and reimagine stories and styles from Odell's nightclub

    Artist duo Daniel Wickerham and Malcolm Lomax were all of six years old when Odell's closed in 1992. The North Avenue dance club, opened in 1976 by Odell Brock, became Baltimore's legendary hot spot of the disco and house music eras. Brock hired DJ Wayne Davis to keep the dance floor moving, and...

  • Solo play "Mom Baby God" digs deep into pro-life teen crusaders

    Solo play "Mom Baby God" digs deep into pro-life teen crusaders

    I knew from the beginning that comfort was out of the question as I sat in the audience for "Mom Baby God," a one-woman play written and performed by Madeline Burrows and directed by Kathleen Akerly showing as a part of Single Carrot Theatre's four-play festival "Undercurrent: Theatre for Now."...

  • Murder Ink 2/29/17: 4 murders this week, 75 murders this year

    Murder Ink 2/29/17: 4 murders this week, 75 murders this year

    Almost as many people were arrested and charged with murder this week as were murdered. That almost never happens. Police also shot a man who was allegedly threatening two children with a butcher knife. Wednesday, March 22 4:15 a.m. Alphonza Watson, a 38-year-old African-American transgender woman,...

  • "Suspect is down, the kids are safe."

    "Suspect is down, the kids are safe."

    The sergeant's instructions are unequivocal. "I want you to walk in there and kill this guy," he tells the shooter, Zachary Wein, who is a 14-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, and an eight-year veteran of the SWAT team. "He's high on drugs. He can kill the girl at any second," the...

  • Live Review: On Stevie Nicks and her dogged tenderness

    Live Review: On Stevie Nicks and her dogged tenderness

    At Royal Farms Arena on Sunday night, CP's Performing Arts Editor Maura Callahan and I stand among a swarm of people who all look like vaguely different amalgamations of a certain type of person I have known throughout my life—people I grew up going to church with, people I worked for, the friends,...

  • A.G. Sessions warns Maryland on sanctuary status

    A.G. Sessions warns Maryland on sanctuary status

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today he will withhold federal funds from cities and states that do not certify that they are not "sanctuary" jurisdictions. At stake is more than $4 billion in federal aid to law enforcement.  "Countless Americans would be alive today," Sessions told...

  • Promises, even words, are meaningless to Pugh when it comes to the minimum wage hike—a rant

    Promises, even words, are meaningless to Pugh when it comes to the minimum wage hike—a rant

    As "spanked Eddie Munster" Paul Ryan fumbled and faltered along with the rest of the Republicans in ultimately pulling their nonsense Affordable Care Act replacement after talking this shit up for years, here in Baltimore we could only partially luxuriate in this massive Trump "L." That's because...

  • Check, Please: The Last Shift at Baltimore's Bel-Loc Diner

    Check, Please: The Last Shift at Baltimore's Bel-Loc Diner

    After serving up customers for 53 years, the iconic Bel-Loc Diner was sold to Starbucks last year. The current plan, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun, is that the diner will be demolished this year. The last shift at the diner ran from 6:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on March 26, culminating...

  • Vigil for Timothy Caughman at the Lafayette Monument in Photos

    Vigil for Timothy Caughman at the Lafayette Monument in Photos

    On Saturday night, poet, activist, and occasional City Paper contributor Tariq Touré, with the help of other frequent faces at protest and resource-sharing events in the city, organized a vigil for Timothy Caughman, the New York man killed by Hampden resident James Harris Jackson, in Mount Vernon...

  • Vigil for Timothy Caughman and Hate-Free Hampden in Photos

    Vigil for Timothy Caughman and Hate-Free Hampden in Photos

    On Saturday evening in Hampden, the neighborhood where James Harris Jackson lived before taking a bus to New York to kill Timothy Caughman, several dozen gathered in front of St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church to hold "Black Lives Matter" and "Hate-Free Hampden" signs as The Avenue bustled....

  • Future Islands announce Ottobar album release show

    Future Islands announce Ottobar album release show

    Future Islands have been prepping the release of their fifth album, "The Far Field," but a release of tour dates did not include a Baltimore show. But come on y'all, of course the band was gonna do right by their adopted hometown. This morning they announced an Ottobar show on the night of the...

  • Vigil held for slain transgender woman Alphonza Watson

    Vigil held for slain transgender woman Alphonza Watson

    As clouds darkened a remarkably warm Saturday afternoon, a sizable crowd filled the Ynot Lot on North Avenue to mourn and celebrate the life of Alphonza Watson, a 38-year-old woman who was murdered in Baltimore last week, making her at least the eighth transgender woman of color killed in the United...

  • Democracy In Crisis: Paul Ryan’s No Good Very Bad Day

    Democracy In Crisis: Paul Ryan’s No Good Very Bad Day

    Friday afternoon, after a dramatic capitulation, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan walked out before the press and conceded defeat on what had been his party’s primary concern for the last seven years. “Obamacare is the law of the land,” Ryan said. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the...

  • Solo play "Mom Baby God" digs deep into pro-life teen crusaders

    I knew from the beginning that comfort was out of the question as I sat in the audience for "Mom Baby God," a one-woman play written and performed by Madeline Burrows and directed by Kathleen Akerly showing as a part of Single Carrot Theatre's four-play festival "Undercurrent: Theatre for Now."...

  • Saturday: Radical Support Benefit

    March 25, 7 p.m., The Sidebar, 218 E. Lexington St., (410) 659-4130, sidebarbaltimore.com, donations accepted at the door.  Eze Jackson, Bruised Ego, the dalai parton, Ninety Six Ghosts, and Kev Kannon perform to raise funds for Food Not Bombs and the Mid-Atlantic General Defense Committee.

  • Sunday: Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders

    March 26 Now pushing 70, Stevie Nicks' famous raspy voice sounds the same as it did 35 years ago when 'Edge of Seventeen' lifted her into the pantheon of rock gods. She does it with discipline; she is dedicated to the show. The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde is cut from the same stuff: the unique voice,...

  • Friday: BALTI GURLS Presents BLK LUV 2

    March 24 Valentine’s Day has come and gone but February doesn’t have a monopoly on love—especially black love, anyway. For the second year, members of the black and brown female-identified artist collective Balti Gurls are putting together another art exhibition that will celebrate the place where...

  • Contact Sheet: Students' Work from the Excel Academy

    "[This] is the work of students from the Excel Academy at Francis M. Wood High School. These young adults were challenged to focus their lenses on West Baltimore and give an account of the faces that they encounter daily. Equipped with point and shoot cameras, a single camcorder and multiple Iphones,...

  • Savage Love: Curious Minds

    I recently spoke at Curious Minds Weekend in Toronto at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Audience members submitted questions on cards before the show—anonymously—but the moderator, Lisan Jutras of the Globe and Mail, and I were having so much fun talking with each other that we didn't get to many...

  • Murder Ink 3/22/17: 11 murders this week, 71 murders this year

    After a comparatively light week, Baltimore's killers returned with vigor. There were two double-homicides, one an arson and one a discovery of two decomposing victims. Police arrested one murder suspect and identified another. Seventy-one murders in the first 77 days puts 2017 19 killings ahead...

  • Field Tripping: Cat Lady-ing

    The City Paper editors sent me an email last week: "We're doing an issue on pets. Any chance you could write a column about your cats?" Oh, so you want 1,000 words on my cats, I thought. ONLY ONE THOUSAND??? Tough sell, but I'll see what I can do! You see, I love my cats. I have two of them, grown...

  • Sheltered Pets: Unwanted animals find a new home with some help from BARCS

    Cutie, an 11-year-old black, orange, and white cat relaxing in a large Purina cheddar cheeseburger-flavor food box slowly flips her tail back and forth while the intake staff member at Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) asks his owner why she was being brought in. Dan, a tall older...

  • Origin Stories: How Fritz and Stockholm came to us

    Rescue Dog He was just a pup. A ball of black fur, hardly bigger than my hand. But he knew his way around Kabul, and way better than we did. "No time to explain—get in the car," he barked, pulling up in an ancient MG. We hadn't much choice. It was Jan. 22, 2008. I and my compatriots—two Red Crescent...

  • The scene at O'Flynn's in 'Free Brooklyn' during St. Patrick's Day

    Protest songs of the Irish Republican Army drift through the speakers and smooth pints of the Guinness are passed down the bar to beard-y patrons lined up at O'Flynn's for the St. Patrick's Day celebrations. The talk at this former police bar is not shamrocks or March Madness, but the new mural...

  • Democracy in Crisis: Enough with the "alt" already

    It's a shitty time to have any kind of identification with the prefix "alt." Richard Spencer and other Nazi-types started using "alt-right" in 2010 to refer to their racist, misogynist bullshit. And instead of ignoring their hate, it became apotheosized in the election of Donald Trump and we were...

  • Democracy in Crisis Episode 7: The Deconstruction of the Administrative State

    In this week's episode, hosts Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner take a step back to try to figure out just what the hell Steve Bannon means by "the deconstruction of the administrative state." Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered...

  • Following officer indictments, a slew of old cases to go over

    On the heels of the arrest and indictment of seven Baltimore Police officers on conspiracy charges last month, the Office of the Public Defender is scrambling to revisit all the cases where these officers were involved. The 45-page federal indictment charges the officers with extortion as well...

  • The State of the City is Optimistic

    Mayor Catherine Pugh's first State of The City address promised more school funding and a forensic audit of police overtime, an independent monitor for the Department of Justice decree, a stronger police civilian review board, more opportunities for minority businesses, and more job opportunities...

  • Photos from Poly Players Jeff and Jabray

    During the season, some of the guys expressed an interest in journalism and photography. Cleveland Horton played with the idea of being an on-camera personality, which he may have a future in. Jabray Franklin, who is a good writer and can draw very well, wants to explore other talents to one day...

  • Poly B-Side Photos

    There are only but so many spots on the final roster of photos that made the two-part Poly basketball photos essay, but here are some strong contenders and moments that didn't quite make the final cut. Check out Part One and Two of our year-long coverage of Polytechnic's route to the state championships.

  • Democracy in Crisis: Inauguration day protestors arraigned amid doubts about evidence

    The morning of Wednesday March 8, as women across America were striking for International Women's Day, the struggles of 10 female felony defendants were obscured by D.C. courtroom walls, justice system bureaucracy, and public indifference. The defendants, who are among more than 200 being prosecuted...

  • Baltimore Rock Opera Society releases "Gründle Jammers" compilation album

    The Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) have released what they call a "Best Of Our Personal Favorites" album to reward all donors of their Crowdrise campaign to acquire a permanent headquarters and venue. "Gründle Jammers" features 20 Spinal Tap-esque numbers from past BROS productions such as...

  • Portrait of the war president as an artist

    George W. Bush wants us to forget. Because we are Americans, we're likely to fall for it. In "Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors," the forty-third President of the United States presents a book of sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural that...

  • Devin Allen's 'A Beautiful Ghetto' will get a release event at the Lewis museum

    Devin Allen, the local photographer whose iconic images from the Baltimore Uprising spread across the world and landed on the cover of Time magazine, has a new photography book, "A Beautiful Ghetto," coming out this year. A proper release event was just announced at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum...

  • Thursday: MagiQ ManiFEST

    March 16, 9 p.m., The Crown, 1910 N. Charles St., (410) 625-4848, thecrownbaltimore.tumblr.com, $5. Blaqstarr's monthly party returns with a special all-femme show hosted by Alanah Nichole and featuring live sets from XHRIIY, Eat the Cake Band, and Lor Chrissy Stay High, and DJ sets by ZMickeyC...

  • Thursday: Mondo Birthday Bash

    March 16 The road to Le Mondo has been long and hard-fought: Talks of the art and performance hub began in 2013, but this year the city will see the opening of one of three Howard Street buildings slated to house Baltimore's newest artist-owned, mixed use complex, offering artist studios, live/work...

  • Friday: BAF Bowl-a-Thon Kickoff Party

    March 17 It’s becoming increasingly clear that we can’t count on our government to help out women in need. Luckily there are other options, and the Baltimore Abortion Fund is one. Come hang out with members of BAF this Friday as they prepare for their biggest fundraiser of the year—the Bowl-a-Thon....

  • Wednesday: Barrel-Aged Cocktail Launch Party

    March 15 Aging does wonders to booze, as evidenced by the best wines and whiskies in the world, but I didn't realize the same was true for pre-made cocktails until I saw this event. Here's the deal. As Jeffrey Morgenthaler, a bar manager at Clyde Common in Portland, explained to Food & Wine, "[Y]ou...

  • Democracy In Crisis: Russia, Race, and Jeff Sessions

    Washington these days has the paranoid atmosphere of a John Le Carré novel, with whispers of shady Russian connections lingering in the air like stale cigarette smoke and old tweets. Existential dread is the dominant mood—not only the dread of nuclear annihilation, but also of continuing to exist...

  • Just Us: Poly's state championship-winning season in photos

    Just Us: Poly's Championship Season in Photos Just Us Poly's Championship Season in Photos by Reginald Thomas II Head coach Sam Brand embraces freshman point guard Rahim Ali as the team storms the court after winning the state title. A thletes usually give contrived postgame responses to questions...

  • Just Us: Poly's state championship-winning season in photos

    Athletes usually give contrived postgame responses to questions from the press. The remarks, usually marked by political correctness and brevity, reflect the public relations side of sports culture: the meticulous crafting of a non-controversial personae that can sell products and not get anybody...

  • Savage Love: Wishful Kinking

    I went to Dark Odyssey Winter Fire, the big kink hotel takeover event in Washington, D.C., in February. There was one thing I saw there that is messing with my head, and I hope you can set me straight. There was this lovely little six-person orgy going on with two cute-as-could-be hippie girls...

  • Murder Ink 3/15/17: 6 murders this week, 60 murders this year

    After a lull lasting more than a week, Baltimore notched six murders in four days, including a woman who police initially thought died of natural causes. They later arrested her son and charged him with strangling her to death. Wednesday, March 8 2:50 p.m. Sean Wood, a 26-year-old African-American...

  • Sunday: St. Patrick Parade

    March 12, 2 p.m., N. Charles and Pratt streets, irishparade.net, free. Baltimore shows off its green with wild costumes, bagpipe marching bands, and elaborate floats strolling from the Washington Monument to Market Place.

  • Wednesday: House Beautiful Lectures: "A Cole Porter Companion"

    March 15 If you’re old-fashioned, and like the old-fashioned songs, you’ll get a kick out of an evening of well-known tunes by and little-known stories about Cole Porter hosted by Peabody musicology professor Susan Forscher Weiss, who co-edited “A Cole Porter Companion,” a new book of essays and...

  • Wednesday: "The Warriors"

    March 15 In a New York that never was, every street gang sends an emissary to the big meeting in the park. The plan? “One gang could rule this city! Caaaan youuu dig it?” But when the unification’s leader is gunned-down mid-rally, all eyes turn to The Warriors, who must make their way through hostile...

  • Wednesday: Alia Malek: "The Home That Was Our Country"

    March 15 Syrian-American journalist and civil rights lawyer Alia Malek has a foot in two different worlds. One is here in the United States (she was raised here in Baltimore), the other is in Damascus, where her family lived before they were forced to flee war-torn Syria in the 1970s. In her book...

  • Saturday: SHE: a benefit for Planned Parenthood

    March 11 It’s easy to feel helpless and stuck as attacks on women, the environment, the arts, etc. mount up. But there are small things you can do to help, and small things you can do to take care of yourself as we all trudge through this less-than-thrilling time in modern human history. This event,...

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