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  • Wednesday: “Apocalypse Now”

    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

    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

    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

    Melo Returns

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

  • 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!"

    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"

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...

  • Saturday & Sunday: One Caribbean Carnival

    July 15 and 16 Every summer photographs of Caribbean men and women dressed in extravagant, brightly-colored costumes emerge and circulate throughout social media. These men and women are “playing mas” and dancing to calypso and soca bands during what is called a fête, or street festival. This tradition...

  • Saturday: Born in Baltimore Film & Photography Festival

    July 15 Since last year, Baltimore Youth Film Arts has offered photography, video, and animation workshops to local teens and young adults in an effort "to build an online archive of Baltimore voices," according to BYFA's website. On BYFA's website you'll find a bunch of short video profiles of...

  • Thursday: Mario Livio: “Why? What Makes Us Curious”

    July 13 The astrophysicist Mario Livio is brilliant and readable and has earned his science-popularization stripes, so there is no reason not to go meet him. His new book “Why?” is a series of case studies, profiles of really smart people talking about their curiosity. Among them: the astrophysicist...

  • Friday-Sunday: Warm Up Dance Festival

    July 14-16 I can’t dance for shit, but I got over that a while ago when I realized that even if I look like a coked-up chimpanzee on the dance floor, it still connects me to a deeply human mode of expression that predates text and perhaps language itself. Dance has carried people—including Baltimore—through...

  • Thursday: "Black Girl"

    July 13 Ousmane Sembene's "Black Girl”—a Senegalese tragedy about Diouana (Mbissine Thérèse Diop, in one of the best performances in any movie), a young woman who goes from Dakar to Antibes, France to work for a wealthy white couple—is often credited with kicking off international interest in African...

  • Friday: My Morning Jacket, Gary Clark Jr.

    July 14 Though My Morning Jacket hasn't released an album since the celebrated 2015 release "The Waterfall," they're one of the best live rock acts going, so of course you should schlep out to Columbia to go see them. They deftly mix elements into their songs from psych rock, electro-pop, folk,...

  • Saturday: PrattCon 2017: World Builders

    July 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave., (410) 396-1580, prattlibrary.org, free. The Pratt Library's free comic book convention features panelists, demos, game trucks,  workshops, and local artists with a focus on world-building.

  • Western District Police Station gets an updated look for its 'customers'

    Baltimore officials, philanthropists, and the business elite packed a new community room at the Western District Police Station today to hear Scott Plank extol the renovation his company did, apparently using $4.5 million in charitable gifts.  "We've done police station fitness facilities in two...

  • Newsday reveals it could not track down 109 sources in "Pill City" author's previous reporting

    After a months-long investigation, the Long Island newspaper Newsday revealed it could not locate 109 sources from 77 stories written by former reporter Kevin Deutsch, the author of a book about Baltimore's drug trade, "Pill City," whose accuracy was questioned by City Paper,  The Sun, and others...

  • The Renovated Western District Precinct in Photos

    The Baltimore City Police Department took media and guests on a tour of the Western District Police Station, which recieved a $4.5 million renovation thanks to Under Armour and other donors. Read our blog about the tour here. 

  • The Undercard: Rip the Orioles up and start again

    Staring at a seven-and-a-half game deficit in the AL East and carrying a record four games below .500, the Baltimore Orioles re-emerge from the All-Star break with one foot in the Wild Card race and the other in irrelevancy. As recently as July 1, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations...

  • The 2017 Fiction and Poetry Issue

  • The 2017 Fiction and Poetry Issue

    The 2017 Fiction and Poetry Issue Edited by Rebekah Kirkman Saida Agostini Olu Butterfly Woods Janea Kelly Charlie Jay Anna K. Crooks Suzanne Doogan Sharea Harris Grace Davis Maya Martinez Alain Ginsberg Lily Herman Caitlin Goldblatt jessica hudgins Ellen Paul Aurora Engle-Pratt celeste doaks Evan...

  • Murder Ink: 8 murders this week; 183 murders this year

    One good thing about the week is that there were no homicides over the weekend. This was remarkable because seven people were shot between Friday afternoon and Monday morning. So if you happen across a trauma surgeon or an off-duty EMT this week, buy them a drink. They probably need it. Monday,...

  • Savage Love: Scrubs

    I'm a gay medical student with a medical fetish, and I can't even open up to my therapist about this. I think the fetish started when I was young; I was once in the hospital and given a suppository for a fever. Then one time I was given a Fleet enema. I don't think the "butt stuff" turned me gay,...

  • Saturday: Art Auction + Protect-U, 1432r, Co La, F1k

    July 8 A couple of years ago at a fundraiser for PMF held at a warehouse space in East Baltimore, I was zonked out purely from exhaustion, sinking into a comfortable couch, mesmerized by Co La, who collages all sorts of sounds like nose-sniffling, bleep-blooping, bees-buzzing, into his whooshing...

  • Friday: Little Italy Open Air Film Festival: “Moonstruck”

    July 7 Pop icon and Twitter mom/poet Cher’s Oscar-winning performance in “Moonstruck” as a very, very Italian-American widow from a very, very Italian-American family is as big and memorable as, well, her hair. After losing her husband, Loretta Castorini is done with love, settling for the first...

  • Friday: No Sleep Till Baltimore

    July 7 With the beer-swigging braggadocio of the frat boys they claimed to be mocking, three New York City Jews, Adam Yauch, Mike Diamond, and Adam Horovitz, changed the history of hip-hop and pop forever as the Beastie Boys. Their hard-partying, bratty 1987 debut album, "Licensed to Ill," became...

  • Thursday: WTMD 1st Thursday Concert

    July 6 The ‘TMD free 1st Thursday afternoon concerts in the park have been happening since 2005, but they only moved to Canton’s waterfront a couple years ago, and they’re getting to be ridiculous. Two stages and six bands with food and beer outside is more like a music festival than a “concert,”...

  • Staring at the Sondheim

    The Sondheim finalists, reviewed—and inching toward an art practice based in resistance

  • Staring at the Sondheim

    The Sondheim finalists, reviewed—and inching toward an art practice based in resistance

  • Outrage and Ecstasy: Queer dance party descends on McConnell’s house, dancing with anger over health care repeal

    A swanky stretch of C Street near the Capitol in Washington D.C. is blocked by a raucous crowd dancing in front of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's house on an unseasonably cool summer evening. As music blasts from loudspeakers, the scene resembles a Pride block party as about 50 members...

  • Taking Big Shots: Juan Dixon plots overhaul for Coppin State basketball

    It's spring, and Juan Dixon is zooming on the Jones Falls Expressway when he sees a billboard with his grinning face, right next to a message that reads: "Welcome Coach Juan Dixon/Coppin Takes Big Shots." "You come around 83, that thing smacks you in the face, right?" he says with a smile, seated...

  • Savage Love: Sacrifice

    I'm a 29-year-old straight woman facing a dilemma. I dated this guy about a year ago, and in many ways he was exactly the guy I was looking for. The main hitch was sexual. Our sex was good, but he had a fetish where he wanted me to sleep with other guys. Basically, he gets off on a girl being a...

  • Proven: Terry Hosley's road to Baltimore basketball relevance

    It's standing room only inside the sweltering UA House—formerly and more affectionately known as the Melo Center—as spectators try to catch a glimpse of Terry Hosley, the 6-foot, 160-pound, no-frills point guard who feverishly rubs his hands together and blows into them as if he was standing near...

  • Alt-Right in Fat Elvis Mode: 100 or so Nazis gather for “Freedom of Speech” rally

    Alt-Right in Fat Elvis Mode: 100 or so Nazis gather for “Freedom of Speech” rally

    "Can I get some sunscreen?" one young Nazi asks another young Nazi near the Lincoln Memorial where the alt-right's "Free Speech" rally—the more edgy of two right-wing rallies scheduled for the same time in Washington, D.C. on June 25—is about to kick off. The second rally, which is supposed to...

  • Sad Vol. 3 in Photos

    Sad Vol. 3 in Photos

    Sad sounds at The Crown with Trillnatured, :3lON, Drew Scott, Josephine Olivia, Infinity Knives and Randi, Eyas, and host Jennyfication. 

  • Edge Control: The Return with BALTI GURLS in Photos

    Edge Control: The Return with BALTI GURLS in Photos

    BALTI GURLS hosted Edge Control featuring Jazze Belle, Gun$ Garcia, Odd Mojo, Shiva Sounds, YAY BEY, D0UZE, and Amorous Ebony at The Crown. 

  • Friday-Sunday: Dundalk Heritage Fair

    Friday-Sunday: Dundalk Heritage Fair

    June 30-July 2, Friday 4-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon-10 p.m.,  2717 Playfield St., dundalkheritagefair.com, $8. Dundalk celebrates Independence Day weekend with pig races, carnival rides, fireworks, a parade, karaoke, and live performances by KIX and more.

  • Wednesday: "First Blood"

    Wednesday: "First Blood"

    July 5 I have a Rambo tattoo on one of my arms. It's a scratchy stick-and-poke that reads, "they drew first blood, not me," and it's a thing that John Rambo (played with Brando-esque mumbling aplomb by Sylvester Stallone) says toward the end of the movie after he's been essentially chased into...

  • Tuesday: Inner Harbor Fireworks

    Tuesday: Inner Harbor Fireworks

    July 4 Here we are, our first Independence Day in Trump’s America. Remember all those years before when you’d stare off at fireworks, zoning out and not totally feeling the nationalism this holiday is intended to promote because then we were in a war we should’ve quit long ago or never should’ve...

  • June 30-Aug. 19: New exhibits at School 33

    June 30-Aug. 19: New exhibits at School 33

    June 30-Aug. 19 Three new exhibits are going up at School 33 and they're open to the public a week before the official opening reception, at which point it'll be mostly impossible to get a good look at a possibly overwhelming amount of work among a bunch of people schmoozing and noshing. So I suggest...

  • Friday: IF UR COOL WITH BILL MAHER SAYING NIGGA THEN U HATE YOURSELF

    Friday: IF UR COOL WITH BILL MAHER SAYING NIGGA THEN U HATE YOURSELF

    June 30 Bill Maher, who recently created a stir when he decided he had enough liberal white person street cred to start throwing the n-word around on his show, was recently in Baltimore at the Lyric. But this isn’t about that show; this is about another, better event, one put together by recent...

  • Thursday: Busta Rhymes

    Thursday: Busta Rhymes

    June 29 Yo, as a shorty I was watching cartoons in the basement of the crib and I fell down and bumped my head. After that woozy feeling wore off and I regained my vision the cartoon was better, wackier, and filmed with a wide fish eye lens, stretching the edges of the frame and making the characters...

  • Long Ride: A Baltimore addict escapes the city for the South in hopes of getting clean

    Long Ride: A Baltimore addict escapes the city for the South in hopes of getting clean

    John, a 36-year-old handyman from Baltimore County who describes himself as a “dope fiend” needs a ride to Myrtle Beach, and I’m it. A friend told me their...

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