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  • Savage Love: Degrading Games

    Savage Love: Degrading Games

    I am a pretty handsome gay (I have been told) and I am dating a gorgeous man. I am 34, and he is 31. I am bottom only, and he is top only—so it’s a good match. He seems sincerely interested in me and we are talking about being together. But here is the thing: He noticed that I have a rather small...

  • Herrick: Commie pot orgy—don’t tell my parents

    Herrick: Commie pot orgy—don’t tell my parents

    I started out at City Paper answering phones, a gig I got through the calendar editor at the time, with whom I worked at Video Americain. Once I made my artistic skills known (by doodling on Post-it notes), I was offered a job in the design department under Athena Towery. The job was more Tetris...

  • Giordano: Everything looks worse in black and white

    Giordano: Everything looks worse in black and white

    In the early days of City Paper, photography was almost an afterthought, with small, single images—usually a portrait or a photo of a restaurant front—illustrating long stories. Starting with the editorship of Evan Serpick, who published the first online galleries, photography become as important...

  • Ericson: So long, City Paper, and thanks for all the fits

    Ericson: So long, City Paper, and thanks for all the fits

    The woman who called to get the hose turned on sticks in my mind. It was a few years ago, during a heat wave. She lived in public housing, and the outside faucets didn’t work. Maintenance had shut them down for some reason. The kids were hot; it was too far from one of the few remaining open public...

  • Callahan: Joy, pain, and nausea

    Callahan: Joy, pain, and nausea

    When I tell people who apparently do not read City Paper that I work for City Paper and mostly cover art, I often hear in response something like: “That’s good—we need positive press about Baltimore. It’s not just murder and drugs here.” Because I rarely have the energy or patience to go down that...

  • Kirkman: Everything happens so much

    Kirkman: Everything happens so much

    Whenever things have started to unravel, there has always been work to throw myself into. I’ve been lucky to always find an outlet. By the end of the summer of 2013 I had gotten out of a bad relationship that I was still reeling from, and I was also questioning everything about everything as a...

  • Soderberg: 14 digressions about the Baltimore City Paper, which is dead now

    Soderberg: 14 digressions about the Baltimore City Paper, which is dead now

    1. The Punishment Begins Tom Breihan and Ray Cummings, two former Baltimore City Paper interns and big deal music writers who liked my amateur music blog, got me a meeting about possibly freelancing for City Paper with Bret McCabe, then the arts editor of the paper, back in 2007. Bret dropped a...

  • Towery: A long goodbye to City Paper

    Towery: A long goodbye to City Paper

    When I first moved to Baltimore in 1995, I met Jefferson Jackson Steele at the old punk bar Memory Lane before I was even unpacked. He was working at the City Paper as their staff photographer at the time. He said I should talk to Joe MacLeod because they needed someone to work on the Sizzlin’...

  • Weigel: This is the end, beautiful friend

    Weigel: This is the end, beautiful friend

    “These used to be the servants’ quarters. The Irony is not lost on us.” That, or something to that effect, was what former City Paper editor Lee Gardner told me as he showed me around the top floor of a grand old house at 812 Park Ave., the paper’s headquarters, after my job interview. It was once...

  • Breckenridge: I found my voice, but Baltimore is losing one

    Breckenridge: I found my voice, but Baltimore is losing one

    “Do you have a favorite writer on the staff?” Rebekah Kirkman, the City Paper visual arts editor and intern coordinator, asked on the other end of the phone as I paced nervously around my living room. Truth is, I hadn’t read the paper enough to know. “Joe MacLeod,” I answered, after flipping two...

  • Thursday-Tuesday: Halloween Roundup

    Thursday-Tuesday: Halloween Roundup

    Oct. 26-31 The City Paper staff will wrap our last ever issue, which comes out Nov. 1, the day before Halloween. Expect to see us drinking our grief away, indulging fully in the loud, spooky diversions this time of year has to offer. Here's what's on our (blood) bucket list: On Thursday, Oct. 26,...

  • Friday: Baltimore Youth Arts First Annual Art Auction Halloween Party Fundraiser

    Friday: Baltimore Youth Arts First Annual Art Auction Halloween Party Fundraiser

    Oct. 27 We named Baltimore Youth Arts this year's Best Artists in our Best of issue last month because we find their work compelling, radical, and urgent. Young people involved in the juvenile justice system are given time, space, materials to make art, whether that's drawing or painting or screenprinting...

  • Sunday: Wing Dam, Den-Mate, Leggy, Sweepstakes

    Sunday: Wing Dam, Den-Mate, Leggy, Sweepstakes

    Oct. 29 Sweepstakes’ songs tend to boil over when Allyson Little’s voice rises to a fever pitch, breaking free of the endless catchy hooks and piercing the air. Like at the end of ‘Bad Enough,’ from their 2015 album “Tongues Out,” (their only album, I’ve listened to it about 30 times now), when...

  • Sunday: Music For Puerto Rico

    Sunday: Music For Puerto Rico

    Oct. 29 Seeing so many people gathering supplies and donating money, time, and energy to helping Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria, has been heartening. But if you think about it hard enough (like pretty much anything), it's also frustrating because so much of this assistance...

  • Saturday: Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival

    Saturday: Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival

    Oct. 28, 3:30 p.m. festival, 6:30 p.m. parade line-up, 7 p.m. parade; Pulaski Monument, Patterson Park, creativealliance.org, free. Baltimore celebrates Halloween with a family-friendly festival  followed by a colorful parade of handcrafted illuminated lanterns and artist-made floats.

  • In Hibernation

    What happened to the Mayor’s Safe Art Space Task Force and how is the DIY scene carrying on?

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: Up for rich assholes, whoever spray painted the speed camera, more

    ⬆︎ Rich Assholes Elon Musk showed up in Maryland the other day digging a hole, and Gov. Hogan heartily approved. "Get hyped," the governor tweeted, referring to Musk's The Boring Company and his plans to dig an underground hyperloop along MD RT 295. Meanwhile, Mayor Catherine Pugh sent a love letter...

  • In Hibernation

    What happened to the Mayor’s Safe Art Space Task Force and how is the DIY scene carrying on?

  • The Final Field Tripping

    This is my last Field Tripping column for City Paper. It has been a good run, a gift to be allowed to write every other week about another adventure in or around the Greatest City In America, for over three years. For this last turn, I'm going to take a field trip around Field Tripping, even though...

  • Murder Ink: 3 murders this week, 285 murders this year

    This week's low murder count is luck. There were 23 non-fatal shootings, including four double-shootings. Police arrested four people with handguns, and charged four people, including two women, with shootings. Keith Davis Jr. was convicted of murdering Kevin Jones. Tuesday, Oct. 17 7:37 p.m. Demetrius...

  • Savage Love: Necking

    In a frank exchange early in our courtship, I told my girlfriend that I have no kinks. As a faithful reader of Savage Love, I'm obviously not opposed to kinks—but I've never had any inclinations in that direction and am probably a typical hetero vanilla. As a result, I'm damn near clueless in that...

  • So we're really going to go through with this Amazon thing, huh

    Opened with a Talking Heads reference and sealed with a kiss from Mayor Catherine Pugh, Baltimore's bid for Amazon's second national headquarters was sent on its way yesterday in a ceremony at Port Covington, with politicians and officials from the city and state hoping they will be the last contestant...

  • Keith Davis Jr. convicted of second-degree murder, handgun charges in death of Kevin Jones

    Keith Davis Jr. was convicted on second-degree murder and use of a firearm in a violent crime charges in the shooting death of Kevin Jones, a security guard at Pimlico Race Course who was shot and killed near the track on the morning of June 7, 2015. The jury of eight African-American women, two...

  • Wednesday—Nov. 5: Dia De los Muertos

    Oct. 18-Nov. 5 Mexico’s Day of the Dead originated 3000 years ago as an Aztec tradition and has spread worldwide with the Mexican diaspora. It’s a time to remember the departed, gather with family, and help ancestors on their spiritual journey by constructing and decorating altars in their honor....

  • Saturday: Jim McKay Maryland Million Day

    Oct. 21 The Preakness and Black-Eyed Susan Day are the highlights of the racing calendar that people who rarely set foot at a track know about. Jim McKay Maryland Million Day is for the diehards, boasting a full slate of stakes races featuring the top Maryland-bred horses. Named for the late host...

  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, defunded, votes to keep meeting

    There was no free food at the last Criminal Justice Coordinating Council meeting.  The CJCC, a state-funded consortium of political leaders, prosecutors, state officials, judges, and police that has existed since 1999 in a bid to manage the basic elements of the courts, jails, treatment programs,...

  • Contact Sheet: Behind the Scenes at Monument City Brewing

  • Saturday & Sunday: Oyster Fest

    Oct. 14 and 15 Mothershuckers of all ages are hereby summoned to Ryleigh’s Oyster in Federal Hill for the 11th running of the Oyster Fest. Beer and live music round out the festivities, which benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership and the Living Classroom Foundation. On stage will be Jenny Leigh,...

  • Saturday: Pigtown Festival

    Oct. 14 I was gonna tell you to check out, among the other attraction of Pigtown's annual neighborhood party, the Squeakness—the pig racing tradition that, I think, could be a suitable and conveniently already established replacement for the Preakness when it (seemingly inevitably) leaves Pimlico....

  • Saturday: "Retreat": William Lamson and Lu Zhang

    Oct. 14 The old hard wood floors, the dark stone walls, and the spare/unobtrusive lighting in artist-run stalwart Area 405, the 170-year-old warehouse turned art gallery and studio building, sometimes seem like they're competing for attention with the art that's on display. For this exhibit, Baltimore...

  • Friday & Saturday: The Charm City Kitty Club Presents: Fifteen Years of Queer

    Oct. 13 and 14 Queerness in identity and in art are tricky to reconcile, as they can be very much integrated but not necessarily so. But through queer-focused artist platforms like the now-15-year-old Charm City Kitty Club, it's made clear that there is no one kind of queer art or artist—you know,...

  • Thursday: The H.H. Holmescoming Dance

    Oct. 12 I'm not alone in this unsavory fascination with serial killers and brutal slayings—just look at the popularity of the podcast "My Favorite Murder," and, you know, Halloween. But despite the obsession being commonplace, I still don't feel good about it. Murder is bad, cruelty is bad, suffering...

  • Contact Sheet: Second Alarm. Engine 1, Truck 11.

    For my senior thesis at the Maryland Institute College of Art, I spent a year photographing the Baltimore City Fire Department. I got permission from the chief of the department at the time, Peter J. O’Conner, through a combination of luck and nerve—I walked into headquarters, knocked on his door,...

  • Friday: Chilibrew 11

    Oct. 13, 7-10 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 400 E. Lexington St., chilibrew.org, $25 general admission ($10 for competitors). Kicking off Baltimore Beer Week, the annual benefit competition returns with the opportunity for attendees to taste and vote for their favorite homemade chili and beer, all...

  • A Significant Victory: State settles Maryland Housing discrimination complaint, hundreds of affordable homes promised

    Affordable housing for the poor has long remained elusive in the Baltimore region's most prosperous communities—and under pressure from fair housing advocates, Maryland's housing department just took a step toward changing that. On Sept. 20, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved $225,000...

  • Q&A: Dan Deacon on the 10th anniversary of "Spiderman of the Rings" and "Ultimate Reality," the state of DIY, and more

    Full disclosure: The last time I saw Dan Deacon I hugged him. It's not worth detailing in full, but here are the basics: He was DJing the last Best of Baltimore party, I was drunk, and he said some nice and important things to the entire crowd about the end of City Paper that everybody on staff...

  • Savage Love: Poly Wants

    I'm a 25-year-old woman currently in a poly relationship with a married man roughly 20 years my senior. This has by far been the best relationship I've ever had. However, something has me a bit on edge. We went on a trip with friends to a brewery with a great restaurant. It was an amazing place,...

  • Murder Ink: 5 murders this week, 275 murders this year

    A comparatively light week for killings should not mask that 18 other people were shot non-fatally, including three double-shootings. Monday, Oct. 2 On Sept. 28 at about 8 p.m., Leonard Carolina, a 40-year-old African-American man, was near the intersection of Poplar Grove and Riggs Avenue in the...

  • Democracy in Crisis Episode 35: Trump and country music

    In this week's episode cohosts Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg talk about right-wing politics, country music, guns, and the terror in Las Vegas. This episode was engineered and edited by Brandon Soderberg, with music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra, and the Barnyard Sharks.

  • Club Charles is back

    The iconic Club Charles reopened for business last night after closing in late July for renovations.  Fortunately, as the many reopening night posts on social media show, the bar's red walls, neon lights, and Art Deco touches all remain intact. "It looked the same, there was a lot of speculation...

  • Thursday: Josh Davis presents "From Head Shops to Whole Foods"

    Oct. 5 The commodificiation of wokeness, as it were, is not new; it just feels particularly pungent and annoying and icky right now because, well, most things do and because we're very much up against this Trump regime. And all this fretting about troubling hasthags, usurped kneels during the National...

  • Friday-Oct. 29: "Lear"

    Oct. 6-29 Shakespear’s "King Lear" sans Lear is a sort of Seinfeld: The Next Generation. Edgar enthuses: “The soup was covered by nearly an inch of baked cheese!” Replies Edmund: “I’m a bad person!” Beginning at the point when Lear and Gloucester, newly blinded, have been banished to the storm,...

  • Saturday: Baltimore Craft Beer Festival

    Oct. 7 Baltimore Beer Week kicks off on Oct. 13, but hey, who says there's such a thing as too much beer? Well, medical professionals probably do. Anyway, the Brewers Association of Maryland is gathering 45 breweries from across the state and setting them all up at Canton Waterfront Park for attendees...

  • Saturday: "We* Are the Asteroid"

    Oct. 7 Everything right now feels hot and frantic and dire, and many fingers are pointing at many directions toward what's to blame or what needs to change. In this show at Current Space, "We* Are the Asteroid," artists Liz Ensz and David Moré confront the global issue of climate change through...

  • Saturday-Sunday: 2017 Baltimore Open Studio Tour

    Oct. 7-8 Some artists—see the Abstract Expressionists—bring process to the forefront of their work, leaving all their marks and scraps and methodology visible in their final product. That transparency, on one hand, could be seen as a vulnerable kind of exposure into the intrinsic humanity within...

  • Wednesday: The Monument Quilt

    Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Beach at Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., themonumentquilt.org, free. The massive, growing quilt carrying messages by and for survivors of rape and abuse is displayed in Hopkins' Homewood campus with the opportunity for visitors to create their own quilt...

  • “Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play”

    Nov. 30 “The Simpsons” feels oddly at home in small theater—those who saw the Acme Corporation’s “Stranger Kindness,” City Paper’s Best Play this year, will remember the tiny TV screen looping the episode “A Streetcar Named Marge” as the actors performed the characters of Tennessee Williams’ play...

  • Free Thursdays: "195 Lewis"

    Nov. 19 This web series about a young black queer couple in Bed-Stuy has been premiering the first five episodes around the country, glowing and vibrating with the energy of a lot of the best recent comedy-dramas unabashedly for right now such as "Tangerine," "Broad City," "Chewing Gum," "Spring...

  • “Crossing Borders: Mexican Modernist Prints”

    Nov. 19 The first (and only) Mexican Soviet was a special time. Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Leon Trotsky, and Jose Clemente Orozco swanned about, fighting and fucking, getting drunk, plotting, getting killed (in Trotsky’s case) and making art that transported the nascent USSR’s muscular propaganda...

  • "The Lion King"

    Nov. 16 Paws down, “The Lion King” is the best movie Disney has ever made. ‘Hakuna Matata,’ ‘Circle of Life,’ and ‘I Just Can't Wait To Be King’ are all bangers. The movie sends you through a whirlwind of emotions and balances—love, humor, sadness, betrayal, guilt, support, death, suffering, and...

  • The Jesus and Mary Chain

    Nov. 14 “My favorite parts are the cheapest; when the feedback wells up over the chords in perfect pseudomelodic formation I feel as if I've been waiting to hear this music all my life,” wrote Robert Christgau, dean of rock critics, about the Jesus and Mary Chain’s seminal debut album, “Psychocandy.”...

  • “Suspiria”

    Nov. 11, 13, 16 It’s nearly impossible to talk about Dario Argento’s “Suspiria” without considering the role of color in the film’s particular brand of fright. In a world of horror films defined by light and dark—namely, scary shit jumping out of pitch black—cinematographer Luciano Tovoli set out...

  • No Age

    Nov. 10 It has been a little over four years since the last album from very noisy power-pop duo No Age—2013's "An Object," which many thought didn't rock hard enough and others thought wasn't noisy enough. Both sides were wrong: The whole thing is a really good record about discontent and limits...

  • “Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry”

    Nov. 9 America’s greatest living philosopher is an ancient farmer and poet who advocates for small-c, no-buck, slow, steady, and fully-personal community development of the kind that used to be Standard Issue and is now nowhere. You’ve heard Wendell Berry’s name but perhaps never read any of his...

  • “Buena Vista Social Club”

    Nov. 8, 12, 13, 14 Two decades ago, Nick Gold and Ry Cooder went to Havana and coaxed legends from retirement. Ruben Gonzalez no longer owned a piano, Ibrahim Ferrer was shining shoes, Compay Segundo was 89 years old. Guitarist Eliades Ochoa and singer Omara Portuondo joined Guajiro Mirabal’s trumpet...

  • Baltimore '90s Block Party

    Nov. 4 I would be remiss by not beginning this blurb by saying that it is in these moments where I truly miss former CP staffer Lisa Snowden-McCray, who would clearly write the shit out of a blurb such as this one, but she is now one floor below at the not-soon-to-close Baltimore Sun. So you'll...

  • U+NFest 6

    Nov. 3-5 You already know, don't you? One of the best collections of bands in Baltimore, all put together by Dana Murphy of Unregistered Nurse, now in its sixth year. This year, U+N features a few City Paper favorites including Post Pink (City Paper's Best Band of 2016: "It’s kind of incredible...

  • Charm City Fringe Festival

    Nov. 2-12 Some people are able to rapidly binge on art and performance, catching show after show without break for as long as their schedules will allow. Others find that they best experience creative work in moderation, taking time to chew on each piece. For editors and writers of a paper committed...

  • Screaming Females

    Nov. 1 Last year, New Brunswick-based punx/screamers Screaming Females played to a packed and exuberant crowd at Windup Space and the next morning there was a picture on the band’s Instagram of someone’s extremely gnarly, bloody, fucked up fingertips—presumably  guitarist/singer Marissa Paternoster’s,...

  • New Found Glory: 20 Years of Pop Punk

    Oct. 27 One of pop punk’s rallying cries is a rather protective stance that the genre must be defended. And in a way, that makes sense: The genre has never been taken seriously by critics and the angsty lyrics are now being sung by dudes pushing 40 (note that this is a 20th anniversary tour). And...

  • “MANIFESTO! A Theatrical DaDa Diversion”

    Oct. 26 As people alive during what feels like an extreme point in history, we might look to DaDa for how to aesthetically channel our confusion and fear and fuck-it-all state of mind. Born in Zürich out of horror and disgust toward the first World War and the rise of nationalism, DaDa was one...

  • Front Room: Njideka Akunyili Crosby

    Oct. 25 Nigerian-born, Los Angeles-based artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby is well-known for her large-scale, mixed media collage works and paintings featuring interiors and people in them that feel like memories a la Mamma Andersson or Edouard Vuillard—though sometimes her spaces are hauntingly devoid...

  • "Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D"

    Oct. 18, 22, 23, and 24 The "Terminator" movies are now a franchise with a parade of sequels and a forthcoming reboot due for 2019. The first of these sequels, "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," released in 1991, felt more like a natural continuation of the story instead of a cynical cash grab, even...

  • Steely Dan

    Oct. 24 Donald Fagen has done plenty without Walter Becker, the guitarist who died last month, widely-regarded to be Fagen’s lesser half in Steely Dan. There were the several early ‘90s “Rock and Soul Review” shows (though Becker showed up for some of them too), “The Nightfly,” “Bright Lights,...

  • “Birdland and the Anthropocene”

    Oct. 6 Local artist and long-time birder Lynne Parks has curated this group show at the Peale Center after researching and taking note of dwindling local bird populations, asking us “to consider how our city’s architecture and the built environment impact the natural ecosystems in the Anthropocene”—that...

  • Friday: Kids Who Know Everything

    Friday: Kids Who Know Everything

    Sept. 29 A few weeks ago we ran a cover story comprised of poems and profiles of various Baltimoreans written by the teen participants of Writers in Baltimore Schools’ Summer Writers’ Studio, and like other examples of writing by non-adults, the issue demonstrated how kids are often as clued-in...

  • Friday: Here and There

    Friday: Here and There

    Sept. 29 It's always cool to see art spaces promote a healthy exchange of ideas—it can be a rupture of what we're used to seeing, the way that some galleries stay super strict to whatever kind of concept/ethos they've branded themselves with and made themselves beholden to. Ugh, screw brands. For...

  • Monday: Magic Mike Monday

    Monday: Magic Mike Monday

    Oct. 2 I am really, super into the artistry and performance in Channing Tatum's oily, almost-nude beefcake body writhing around on stage and atop sawhorses in his woodshop to Ginuwine's 'Pony,' featured in "Magic Mike" and its sequel "Magic Mike XXL." But what I appreciate most about the films...

  • Saturday: Made in Baltimore Short Film Festival

    Saturday: Made in Baltimore Short Film Festival

    Sept. 30 Creative Alliance screens a dozen home-grown film shorts at The Patterson, showcasing the best local moving-picture talent as determined by Abbie Algar of the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, entrepreneur and political man-about-town Dave Troy and Matt Porterfield,...

  • Wednesday: Gunky's Basement presents: "RoboCop" on 35mm

    Wednesday: Gunky's Basement presents: "RoboCop" on 35mm

    Sept. 27 Do you ever watch those Boston Dynamics videos of the robots they make prancing around and get a little freaked out? I do. Slap a machine gun on those things and we're not far off from the Enforcement Droid Series 209, the hulking trigger-happy robot made by mega-corporation Omni Consumer...

  • Sunday: Al Rogers Jr.: "A Bright Hearted" Release Party

    Sunday: Al Rogers Jr.: "A Bright Hearted" Release Party

    Oct. 1 Al Rogers Jr. can meld Baltimore club music with Sade or Dru Hill to make a sound all his own. His versatility allows him to make slower records that are perfect for chilling in the park, or sitting in the room pondering life's greatest greatest quandaries while eating Life Savers gummies....

  • Saturday: Evil Hate Monkey's "Ass Menagerie"

    Saturday: Evil Hate Monkey's "Ass Menagerie"

    Sept. 30, 9 p.m., Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $17-$20. Boylesque performer Evil Hate Monkey returns to Baltimore with a lineup of animal-themed acts in tow.

  • We Are Kinda Unbreakable

    We Are Kinda Unbreakable

    Trans sex workers remain resilient in Baltimore while navigating neighborhood associations, cops, gentrification, and more

  • Raising Hell: "The Christians" and "Sally McCoy"—two plays about the good, evil, and people at odds to see now

    Raising Hell: "The Christians" and "Sally McCoy"—two plays about the good, evil, and people at odds to see now

    "The Christians" Those who do not belong to megachurches tend to find them alienating, to put it kindly—and I count myself here. For one thing, there's the stripping away of any aesthetic value established by the old religions (say what you will about the Roman Catholic Church, at least they know...

  • Savage Love: At the Palace

    Savage Love: At the Palace

    I had a blast hosting Savage Lovecast Live at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts. Audience members submitted questions before the show, and I consumed a large pot edible right after the curtain went up and then raced to give as much decent sex advice as I could before it took effect. Here are...

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