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  • Jack Young defends meeting with Trump administration—should he have taken it in the first place?

    Jack Young defends meeting with Trump administration—should he have taken it in the first place?

    One of the many challenges of the Trump presidency, especially for leaders who represent black people, is how much to play politics and proceed as if things are business as usual in a time that is not only very unusual, but marked by a sharp spike in unabashed racial hatred. It's a challenge the...

  • Saturday & Sunday: LatinoFest

    Saturday & Sunday: LatinoFest

    June 24 & 25, Noon-10 p.m. on Saturday, noon-9 p.m. on Sunday, Patterson Park, 27 S. Patterson Park Ave., facebook.com/Bmorelatinofest, $10 (free for kids 12 and under). Baltimore celebrates Latino culture with live Latin music and dance, cuisine from the Americas and the Caribbean, community outreach,...

  • Tuesday: Jill Scott

    Tuesday: Jill Scott

    June 27 Jill Scott, the powerfully golden Philadelphia-born singer who moonlights as an actress, has been gracing fans with her down-to-earth appeal in music and film since the late 90's. Scott got her start as a spoken word poet, and after linking up with The Roots, co-writing the song “You Got...

  • Sunday: Tender FM Vol. 18

    Sunday: Tender FM Vol. 18

    June 25 You’ve heard City Paper sing the praises of Tender FM before; we awarded the Crown’s monthly reading event Best Poetry Series last year, and before and since then we’ve touted the work of performers who have graced the Tender stage. So I won’t go too deep into why the series is so special...

  • Saturday: Hyrsteria Issue No. 2 Launch

    Saturday: Hyrsteria Issue No. 2 Launch

    June 24 Last year, local artists Tanya Garcia and Valeria Molinari released the first issue of Hyrsteria, a zine "highlighting social differences that challenge us in our day-to-day lives" such as gender, race, sexuality, class, ability, and so on. Through visual art, poetry, and essays, contributors...

  • 2017 Big Music Issue

    2017 Big Music Issue

    City Paper’s Big Music Issue I’ll level with you: This year’s Music Issue is a rip-off of the New York Times’ feature “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going,” a very neat thing that paper has done over the past two years, offering up some great song recommendations and music writing along...

  • 2017 Big Music Issue

    2017 Big Music Issue

    I’ll level with you: This year’s Music Issue is a rip-off of the New York Times’ feature “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going,” a very neat thing that paper has done over the past two years, offering up some great song recommendations and music writing along the way. 

  • Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah announces departure

    Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah announces departure

    Baltimore Center Stage announced Tuesday that its artistic director since 2011, Kwame Kwei-Armah, will be leaving the theater at the end of the 2017/2018 season. As artistic director, Kwei-Armah steered Center Stage through three of the top-selling shows in its 54-year history: "The Mountaintop," "One...

  • Dream Darker: The indictment of journalist Aaron Cantú portends grim future for First Amendment

    Dream Darker: The indictment of journalist Aaron Cantú portends grim future for First Amendment

    Dozens of defendants, each sitting with their own lawyer, fill a Washington, D.C. courtroom, looking like college students wearing their nicest clothes for a job interview. It is far more serious than that. They are all facing charges of felony rioting, conspiracy to riot, and destruction of property...

  • Murder Ink: The past three weeks of homicides in Baltimore

    Murder Ink: The past three weeks of homicides in Baltimore

    Because of vacation and a holiday, this week's Murder Ink covers three weeks from May 30 through June 19. The first two were quiet weeks, by Baltimore standards, with several murder-free days. Last year by this date there had been 129 murders, 31 fewer than this year. Young people continue to commit...

  • Baltimore Pride 2017 in Photos

    Hundreds showed up to party and march at North and Charles which became the new home for Baltimore's Pride weekend celebrations this year. Check out City Paper's Queer issue here. 

  • I took my Trump-loving father to Mar-a-Lago

    A couple of weeks ago, my dad and I stood on a Palm Beach sandbar staring at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago golf club and resort. My dad didn't dress up much for the trip. He was wearing his quintessential summer garb of kneehigh white sport socks, a faux polo shirt from the sale rack, and a pair...

  • CP's J.M. Giordano, Adam Katzman named finalists for AAN Awards

    City Paper photo editor J.M. Giordano and freelance film critic Adam Katzman were named finalists for the 2017 AAN Awards, the yearly prizes handed out by the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. The AAN represents alt-weeklies like City Paper from all across the country, so we're pretty stoked...

  • Dovecote Café plans Juneteenth celebration with games, trivia, demonstrations, and more

    Juneteenth marks the time when slaves belatedly found out they had been freed. The Emancipation Proclamation officially freed "all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State," on Jan. 1, 1864, but slaves in Texas didn't get the news until June 19, 1865. It's celebrated...

  • Democracy in Crisis Episode 20: Maryland AG Brian Frosh sues the president

    On this week’s episode co-host Marc Steiner interviews Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh about the Emoluments Clause. Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Imani Spence for The Center for Emerging Media. Theme music by Ruby...

  • Sunday: GRL PWR x Loop Dreams present: FIN | A Pride Finale

    June 18 Whether you've had a beautiful, affirming, loud, boisterous Pride weekend or you've had a beautiful, affirming, quiet, restorative Pride weekend, do the right thing for yourself and come out ready to move at this Pride finale party put on by GRL PWR and Loop Dreams. Both sets of organizers,...

  • Thursday: Spectrum: Miss Gay Maryland Crowned Queens

    June 15 If you’ve ever wandered into one of the many drag shows in this city or even watched five minutes of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race,” you know that getting glam is hard work. A good drag queen has equal parts style, grace, fashion sense, and makeup skills, not to mention that little bit of je ne...

  • Thursday: "Queer, There, and Everywhere"

    June 15 That one of the most truthful retellings of the story of the Stonewall Riots came from—of all things—Comedy Central’s “Drunk History,” wherein the pivotal role of transgender people and in particular Marsha P. Johnson, a black trans woman (played by transgender actress Alexandra Grey—very...

  • Saturday & Sunday: Baltimore Pride

    June 17 and 18, Parade and block party on June 17, 1:30-10 p.m. in Charles North; festival on June 18, noon-6 p.m. in Druid Hill Park, baltimorepride.org, free. Baltimore celebrates its LGBTQ communities with the annual Pride parade, block party (featuring headliner Big Freedia), and festival,...

  • City Paper's 2017 Queer Issue

  • Canton's Cask & Grain Kitchen keeps it real

    When you think of farm-to-table restaurants, Canton Square, with its slew of sports bars, isn't exactly the neighborhood that comes to mind. And if I'm being frank, the term "farm-to-table" itself has become as ubiquitous as "hipster" over the years, used, more often than not, as a branding tool...

  • Savage Love: Get Out

    I hate how my boyfriend has sex with me. He is 40 years old. It used to be fine, but a year ago he started adding new moves he obviously got from porn: smacking my pussy with an open palm, vigorously rubbing my clit, wrapping his hands around my neck. I'm not anti-porn; what bothers me is that...

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: Up for Creek Boyz, Pugh screws cyclists, down for BOPA, Trump

    ↑ Creek Boyz Woodlawn rap group Creek Boyz, consisting of J Reezy, Turk P Diddy, Young Fedi Mula, and ETS Breeze, have been slowly gaining interest for a few months now thanks to their touching, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony-esque song, 'With My Team.' You've no doubt heard it on 92Q and playing off kids'...

  • Chance the Rapper headlines Royal Farms Arena tonight

    Chance The Rapper is a mix between Kirk Franklin and Eminem. The often unpredictable president of the new black boy joy brigade and ardent, yet palatable advocate for Christianity ushered in a new lane for artists, gaining an enormous following while remaining independent. He makes his living by...

  • Cathy Scott-Clark discusses new book on bin Laden, "The Exile," tonight

    June 6 If newspaper journalism is history’s rough draft, the second draft is written by journalists too, acting as quasi-historians a few years after the fact, pumping out books like “The Exile.” British journalists Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy, long-time reporters for The Guardian and the...

  • There is No Such Thing as a Reading Level in Photos

    "Ms. Clay teach too fast. Don't she know we the dumb class?," she wrote in her life-book journal. The prompt was to recall your biggest take-aways from what was explored in Humanities that week, which also happened to be my first week of teaching them. Read the rest of the feature here. 

  • The Parkway announces its Pride Week screenings and free world cinema favorites in July

    Every Thursday evening in July, you can head over to the Parkway and see a world cinema touchstone for free. The series kicks off on July 6 with Julie Dash's "Daughters of the Dust," a meditative Gullah community masterpiece from the early '90s turned into a big deal once again thanks to its large...

  • Looks like Gogol Bordello is playing Artscape

    Though this year's Artscape programming won't be officially announced by Mayor Catherine Pugh until tomorrow at noon at the Parkway Theatre, we have a good idea of who will perform as "Camp Artscape's" musical headliner. Gogol Bordello, a multicultural gypsy punk nine-piece with a fervent international...

  • Finding Turner Station: The town that gave us Henrietta Lacks' immortal life

    On the day before "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," starring none other than Oprah Winfrey, is due to premiere on HBO, Mrs. Courtney Speed of Turner Station—the historically black community in Baltimore County where Henrietta Lacks once lived—comes bustling up to City Paper Photo Editor J....

  • Shit Hits The Fan: Everyman Theatre is nimble and quick in farcical obstacle course "Noises Off"

    "Our tour is on its very last legs," says a mortified actor, oddly dressed in a burglar costume and dinner jacket, as he dodges the interruptions of backstage spats. He notices a whiskey bottle lodged in the cushion of a nearby chair, and as he inches toward it, he bids the audience: "Ladies and...

  • Sunday: Listening Party 14: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron

    June 11 Backwood wrappers are in the street you know, as time stands still on the Bromo Seltzer Arts, while the uptown natives can't see it from their homes with walls glazed with sweet paint chips. The new catchphrase tagline here is unity. Real people don't want to hear her officials give their...

  • Saturday: Whedonism VI: Buffy Slays: A Burlesque Tribute to Buffy The Vampire Slayer

    June 10 Somehow, my partner and I are just now watching “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”—we recently started the seventh and final season—which, we know, is kinda crazy because we’re both ‘90s babies and we love spooky shit and strong female characters and we’re powerful queer witches. But, better late...

  • Democracy In Crisis: Marching for truth days before Comey testimony

    Ten members of St. Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band gathered at the trolley turnaround at the corner of Market and Powell St in San Francisco last Saturday. The New Orleans second line brass band usually just “marries ‘em and buries ‘em,” as one band member told me, but today the band volunteered...

  • Saturday: Vegan Food Fest

    June 10 “Oh, you’re a vegan? I’ll hook up a nice garden salad for you.” Vegans were getting really tired of hearing that not so long ago, when hardly anyone knew how to make veggies delicious. Nowadays, veganism is breaking through that wall of mainstream cuisine with countless recipes representing...

  • Saturday: Summertime Adopt-a-Thon at Timonium Fairgrounds

    June 10 OK, so, all I want to tell you about how I wound up with my sweet, weird cat friend, Toast, is that he came into my life a stray at a time when I sincerely doubted my ability to take care of a house plant, let alone myself, or any other living and breathing creature. But once I got him,...

  • Contact Sheet: Baltimore BMX Street Jam in Photos

    Contact Sheet: Baltimore BMX Street Jam in Photos

    City Paper was invited to shoot behind the scenes of the upcoming documentary "Riding Wild," directed by Charles Cohen, a former contributing writer at City Paper. The film follows So Called.ltd, a Baltimore BMX crew that organizes the annual BMX Baltimore Street Jam, where riders meet and pull...

  • Jackson, Trump, Hitler and the seeds of global fascism

    Jackson, Trump, Hitler and the seeds of global fascism

    I'm writing this week from North Carolina, the state that may be the center of our current illiberal, anti-democratic and yet ostensibly populist politics; the place that should be called North Coup-d'etat-arolina after the Republican legislature tried to disempower the democratically elected Democratic...

  • Slasher classic "Friday the 13th" screens at the Senator tonight

    Slasher classic "Friday the 13th" screens at the Senator tonight

    Slasher films—defined by that that ominous “ch-ch-ch” sound that means trouble’s afoot, a bunch of hot, white teens being hot and dumb, and a pretty much anonymous and unstoppable killer—have been referenced and replicated so often that the horror movie subgenre can lose some if its bite. Or in...

  • Field Tripping: Prom-ing

    Field Tripping: Prom-ing

    This May marks the end of my first decade as a full-time college teacher. I've been moving in school calendars for virtually all of my 41 years, minus the first few before kindergarten and two eventful years between college and graduate school; I'm basically in the 35th grade this year. My circadian...

  • Ass and tits and dick: "Psycho Beach Party" and the theater of the body

    Ass and tits and dick: "Psycho Beach Party" and the theater of the body

    When you talk about "an intimate piece," that usually has to do with honesty, or fine-tuned subject matter, or emotional pitch—pretty much anything other than actual physical closeness, intimacy of the body. Stillpointe Theater's "Psycho Beach Party" brings the term closer to its somatic roots....

  • Savage Love: Looking

    Savage Love: Looking

    I'm a middle-aged homo trying to figure out Grindr. Is it impolite to go on Grindr if you're not looking for an immediate hookup? My preferred form of sexual relationship is the friend-with-benefits situation. I go on Grindr looking to make friends who could, at least potentially, be sex partners,...

  • City Paper’s 40 Years In Photos

    City Paper’s 40 Years In Photos

    City Paper’s 40 Years In Photos City Paper’s Years In Photos About a minute into Netflix's new serial documentary "The Keepers," journalist Tom Nugent, in a too-big gray sweatshirt, his hair a little messy, digs around his attic, turning boxes on their side, pulling up notes and flipping through...

  • 40 Years of Photography in City Paper: Josh Sisk

    40 Years of Photography in City Paper: Josh Sisk

  • Friday: Natural Velvet Album Release

    Friday: Natural Velvet Album Release

    June 2, 9 p.m., Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $10-$12. Local post-punk favorite Natural Velvet celbrates the release of its latest record "Mirror to Make You" with support from Blacksage, Halloween Tres, Infinity Knives with Randy, and DJ Pancakes.

  • Elissa Blount Moorhead is no longer executive director of Station North Arts Entertainment District

    Elissa Blount Moorhead is no longer executive director of Station North Arts Entertainment District

    Elissa Blount Moorhead, the Executive Director of the Station North Arts Entertainment District (SNAED), has resigned, according to a statement sent to City Paper by SNAED via Amelia Rambissoon, Director of Development & Operations and later posted on SNAED's Facebook. Blount Moorhead, who took...

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