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  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: Joyce Scott, Broadway East Food Hub, Baltimore County Police Dept., and more

    Baltimore City Power Rankings: Joyce Scott, Broadway East Food Hub, Baltimore County Police Dept., and more

    ↑ Joyce J. Scott This year, in particular, the accolades don't stop flying at Sandtown-based sculptor and jewelry maker Joyce J. Scott. After receiving the Baker Artist Awards' $50,000 Mary Sawyers Imboden Prize in May as well as our own Best Artist Award in September (and previously in 2014) and...

  • Tradition is key at Michael's on Eastern Avenue

    Tradition is key at Michael's on Eastern Avenue

    Michael's Steak & Lobster House (6209 Eastern Ave., [410] 633-6485, michaelscrabcakes.com) is the sort of place where everyone carries on some kind of tradition. Doug Heisey Sr. sits at the bar peeling steamed shrimp, flanked by his two sons, Doug Jr. and Rick. They're both tearing into the filet...

  • Saturday: Beer and Wine Tastings

    Saturday: Beer and Wine Tastings

    Oct. 1 Autumn is upon us, bringing with it the need for light jackets and heavier booze to keep warm. There are two tastings today, so why not, with the help of a designated driver or taxi/Uber, attend both? The order you choose is up to you, but might I suggest heading to first to Chesterfield...

  • Saturday: Self, Soul and Resistance

    Saturday: Self, Soul and Resistance

    Oct. 1 In my interview with artist Malcolm Peacock (see page 16), he suggested I look up what he called the best piece of writing about Simone Leigh's "The Waiting Room," an exhibition at the New Museum this past summer that featured workshops and installations involving self care and wellness...

  • Thursday: BBW: Theresa Chromati Artist Talk With Elise Peterson

    Thursday: BBW: Theresa Chromati Artist Talk With Elise Peterson

    Sept. 29 For a few years now, I've seen the show flyers designed by Theresa Chromati around the city and online. You see bubbled, sometimes playful, often empowered, always witty images of black women seemingly out of time with ancient and contemporary design and objects intertwined and curves,...

  • Thursday: Xenia Rubinos, Toyo Mansi, Bobbi Rush

    Thursday: Xenia Rubinos, Toyo Mansi, Bobbi Rush

    Sept. 29 The oft-jagged neo-soul of Xenia Rubinos found on her latest album, "Black Terry," released back in June, is just one of many records from this year—both big loud event albums and insular mini-statements—that soundtracks a busted, frayed, and just plain broken (consider Beyoncé's "Lemonade,"...

  • Saturday: Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes

    Saturday: Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes

    Oct. 1, 9 p.m., The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., (410) 244-8855, thewindupspace.com, $10. Baltimore jazzman Lafayette Gilchrist and his band The New Volcanoes celebrate the release of their new EP "Blues For Freddie Gray" with opening acts from Brooks Long and Navasha Daya.

  • Blacksage LP Release Party at The Ottobar in Photos

    Blacksage LP Release Party at The Ottobar in Photos

    Blacksage dropped their new Friends Records LP, Shivers, last week. Take a listen here. 

  • High society meets 'The Elephant Man'

    High society meets 'The Elephant Man'

    When David Bowie and, more recently, Bradley Cooper took on the role of "The Elephant Man" on Broadway, both celebrities knew the weight of being stared at by the masses. Audiences gawked at Bowie and Cooper much like Victorian gawkers gathered to stare at one of history's most famous sideshow...

  • Sinkhole: What is happening beneath the ground downtown?

    Sinkhole: What is happening beneath the ground downtown?

    The sinkhole has been there so long it is hard to remember a time before the road caved in and the army of robots took over Centre Street, or what was left of it, in what came to seem like a titanic battle with the very earth itself as engineers in white hats stood and stared into the abyss, backlit,...

  • A new book about Adnan Syed delves into Baltimore's racial and religious divides

    I first moved to Baltimore in February 2001, just a year after Adnan Syed was found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend and fellow Woodlawn High School classmate Hae Min Lee. The story had largely disappeared from the news by that time, because it seemed like an open-and-shut case. According...

  • Summer Of The Slam: How two fearless Baltimore poetry slam teams took over the nation

    "Why do you want to win?" Victor "Slangston Hughes" Rodgers, 33, asks an eager group of five young poets at the Edward R. Murrow Park in Washington, D.C., back in July. He has been coaching youth poetry teams for the last five years, but this team, the sixth Baltimore Citywide Youth Poetry Team...

  • Sunday-March 12: Front Room: Guerrilla Girls

    Sept. 25-March 12 Since the Uprising, especially, Baltimore is becoming more and more of an art activist town. In groups and as individuals, we make art to challenge, to upset, and to comfort (which can be a form of protest in itself). And we're doing all this through our own ingenuity, but we...

  • Saturday: 90th John Coltrane Birthday Celebration

    Sept. 24 Saxophonist John Coltrane died in 1967, at the age of 40, with his music still molting. He'd gone from majuscule hard bop to an alarmingly free form of jazz in which structure, melody, and even the idea of music got kind of flipped inside out and then back again. "Coltrane's cries are...

  • Wednesday: "Kiddie Flamingos"

    Sept. 21 With "Kiddie Flamingos," John Waters remakes his 1972 shock classic "Pink Flamingos" with kids, creating a kind of loop of anarchic spirit in which we see a movie remade with a cast of kids acting like the adults in the original who were acting, well, rather juvenile, what with all the...

  • Saturday: Yago Colás, "Ball Don't Lie!"

    Sept. 24 Recently, basketball legend Allen Iverson got into the Basketball Hall of Fame. That in and of itself is not surprise—Iverson was great—but it also seemed to mean something more about shifting attitudes in the sport and represent a win for the post-Jordan era of basketball. "Iverson brought...

  • Friday-Sunday: Baltimore Book Festival

    Sept. 23-25  11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Inner Harbor, baltimorebookfestival.com, free. Exhibitors and booksellers gather to celebrate literature with appearances, signings, readings, and talks by local and nationally-known authors across multiple stages, plus live music, food, workshops, and...

  • Murder Ink 9/21/16: 7 murders this week; 223 murders this year

    In addition to 11 non-fatal shootings (one a double), one barricaded suspect (arrested without violence), and a fatal hit-and-run on a pedestrian, which does not count as a murder even though Anthony Wayne, 39, was killed unlawfully, there were six murders last week. Another person, who died in...

  • Eyes On The Prize: A story of addiction and recovery

    "I got back to Baltimore four months and started back up [using heroin]," Holly Botts says. She is strolling purposefully along the paved pathway of Carroll Park, with maybe 100 other walkers and a few runners, past an equal number of support people volunteering and/or working for the city's drug...

  • Mikita Brottman's "Maximum Security Book Club" offers a surprising look at the classics—and prison life

    Mikita Brottman, a MICA professor, Oxford scholar, and psychoanalyst, spent four years running a book club for nine prisoners at Jessup Correctional Institution and wrote about her experience, turning her sharp gaze on both the selected literature and the men who read it. The resulting book, "The...

  • Back Into The Woods: An interview with 'Blair Witch' screenwriter Simon Barrett

    Screenwriter Simon Barrett, with directing partner Adam Wingard, made his name on two of the best thrillers of the last decade: 2011's "You're Next," a wry and stylish deconstruction of the home invasion horror genre and 2014’s "The Guest," which pitted an unassuming small town against a Terminator-esque...

  • A playlist from Best Of Baltimore winner for 'Best Music Nerd' Brandon Scott

    Last month, when we asked a few local politicians to pick a favorite song for a summer playlist, Councilmember Brandon Scott had one of the most enthusiastic responses—he sent a few songs over and hinted that he could've sent plenty more. As a result, we award Scott a "Best Music Nerd" award alongside...

  • Best Music Store: Brothers Music

    2112 N. Charles St., (667) 212-5328, brothersmusicbaltimore.com North Charles St. above North Avenue but before 25th Street was awarded "Best Confusing Shopping District" two years ago because of the baffling array of stores and because it's a kind of in-between area: part Charles Village/Charles...

  • Best of Baltimore 2016 Introduction: On enthusiasm and a disappointing reader's poll

    In City Paper’s annual Best of Baltimore issue we offer up our most sustained burst of enthusiasm for the city. It’s a detailed (although not comprehensive) list of what caught our attention this year, whether it’s performances, products, or politicians. The paper is full of the things we really,...

  • Best Farm-To-Table Restaurant: Maggie’s Farm

    4341 Harford Rd., 410-254-2376, maggiesfarmmd.com There’s a reason why Maggie’s Farm keeps raking in the accolades – we named it Best Farm to Table Restaurant in 2014, and it’s made plenty of other best of lists, too. It’s because along with being locally sourced, their food is simple and tasty....

  • James Nasty made a mix for the Best Of Baltimore party, encourages attendees to wear gray if they too are not happy about readers' poll results

    As you may have noticed, our Best Of Baltimore issue is out now. We spent a long time getting it together, and we are sure as hell ready to party at Baltimore Soundstage tomorrow night. James Nasty (who won this year's award for Best Club Song) is going to be DJing, and he created a playlist of...

  • Best Sandwich: The Jerk

    CulturedMt. Vernon Marketplace, 520 Park Ave, baltimorecultured.com This sandwich is not a bum. It is a jerk. It once had wealth and power... No, wrong Jerk. This sandwich may not have its name in the phone book but it's got a top spot in our pantheon of stuff between bread you can eat with your...

  • Best Cheap Haircut: Hair Cuttery

    1607 Whetstone Way, 410-685-0516, haircuttery.com Sure, sometimes we want to blow some cash on a salon haircut that makes us feel pretty, but sometimes our wallets are as thin as our patience, and we just want someone to clean up the edges and take a little off the top for under 20 bucks. For those...

  • Best Super Mario Bros. Level: Centre Street and Park Avenue

    Baltimore’s streets have been pocked with sinkholes at an alarming rate this past year, and this is especially true in Mount Vernon, where deep openings in the ground have formed in once stable streets. But one sinkhole in particular, located just west of the southernmost wall of the Walters Art...

  • Best First Date: Second Chance

    1700 Ridgely St., (410) 385-1700, secondchanceinc.org Is it that sexy 501(c)(3)status, designating Second Chance, Inc., as a non-profit? What about the cute little three-wheeled car that greets people entering the giant warehouse full of stuff? Maybe it’s the optimism of the statement “WHAT IS...

  • Best App: Baltimore 311

    Download for Android or iPhone, or on the web at baltimorecity.gov/311-services Pokémon Go might be the latest app to get people off their couches and out for a walk, but we like to go old school, busting out the Baltimore 311 app as we make our way around the city reporting potholes, cars parked...

  • Best Nontroversy: Roland Avenue Bike Lane

    Roland Avenue from Coldspring to West Lake, transportation.baltimorecity.gov Baltimore City adopted a Bike Master Plan and Complete Streets policy in 2012. At the core of these plans is a commitment to making streets safe for all users—drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. As streets are redeveloped,...

  • Best Surprise Bike Lane: Dundalk Bike Lane

    Dundalk Avenue to Sollers Point Loop OK, this bike lane is technically in the County, but it is such a sweet surprise we need to recognize it. Ride your bike east on Boston Street, taking the lane (or the sidewalk—just this once, we won’t tell) to dodge truck traffic, and you’ll hit Dundalk Avenue...

  • Best Porn: Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival

    humpfilmfest.com Admittedly, Baltimore has its own emerging porn scene. It isn’t Van Nuys or San Francisco, but it can claim Dale Cooper, amateur porn pioneers Jen & Dave, some decent alt-porn Tumblrs, and erotic performer and sex educator Andre Shakti (who now lives in Oakland). So maybe it’s...

  • Best Baltimore Appropriation: Natty Boh

    A not insignificant number of Orioles fans felt victimized when it was reported that National Bohemian beer would no longer be sold at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. It’s tradition, they squawked. Bohs and O’s, they uttered, robotically spitting out the meme-ified version of life in Baltimore. We’ve...

  • Best Statistician: Richard Gorelick

    Baseball is a game filled with numbers and measurable stats. This is especially true now that stat geeks have added things such as WAR, UZR, FIP, and exit velocity into the lexicon. Former Sun food critic Richard Gorelick has been obsessively tracking something way more fun and way less complicated:...

  • Best Park: Druid Hill Park

    900 Druid Park Lake Drive, (410) 396-3835, druidhillpark.org Things are happening in the rolling hills and wooded paths of Druid Hill Park where maintenance workers have re-paved walkways, completely reconstructed the soccer and baseball fields, spruced up the pool, planted new trees, fixed the...

  • Best Truffle Shuffle: Public Transit Users, Reacting to Baltimore City Department of Transportation’s Insane Whims

    Dear Baltimore City DOT and Larry Hogan: What does Baltimore have to do to get one decent, fully functioning public transportation system? Pull up our shirts and jiggle? Our metro is a half-completed blooper reel waiting to be turned into a movie set for something taking place in Toronto, the buses...

  • Best Door Knocker: Elizabeth Embry

    We have to be honest—we miss the primary election season. Sort of. Sure, people complained that there were just too many candidates running in the Democratic primary, but we loved all the attention candidates showered on us. The best parts were the door knocking sessions that brought candidates...

  • Best Hampden in Training: Remington

    Hampden is all set, how about Remington? That’s something we imagine developers intoning as they squint into the distance from the top of the nearly unrecognizable Rotunda. Seawall might be a well-intentioned developer, but they remain a developer, and their mission for Remington is as unwieldy...

  • Best Suburban Flight Lite: Hamilton-Lauraville

    bmoremainstreet.com Established as a “little Eden” north of downtown, the neighborhood that locals now call Hamilton is a suburb in the best sense of the term. It isn’t exactly the city—it has none of the increasingly expensive apartments of downtown and few of the rowhomes for which Baltimore...

  • Best Call: 'Trumbo Bumbo'

    Nothing about Mark Trumbo’s two-run home run against the New York Yankees on May 3 was all that special. He turned on an inside pitch and launched it deep into the left fields stands, something he’d been doing quite regularly during his red-hot start to the baseball season. What came out of MASN...

  • Best Oriole: Manny Machado

    The way the ball hit him in the back and he looked back at Yordano Ventura as if to say, “Oh, FUCK no!” The way he charged the mound and tossed his helmet to the ground. The way he dodged a weak-ass swing from Ventura and then popped Ventura right in the cheek. Manny Machado has done many amazing...

  • Best Raven: John Urschel

    Typically this award is related to what happens on the field. While John Urschel is a fine offensive guard, who will no doubt be a contributor on the Ravens this year, he’s winning for a very different reason: Dude loves math. Like, loves it enough to get a sponsorship deal with Texas Instruments....

  • Best Blast: Pat Healey

    When we honored a member of the city’s indoor soccer team last year, the award went to stellar goalkeeper William Vanzela, a co-captain on the Blast. This year, it goes to his fellow captain, defender Pat Healey, who was named Defender of the Year in the Major Arena Soccer League during the Blast’s...

  • Best Champions: The Baltimore Blast

    baltimoreblast.com Think about how things played out for Baltimore’s two best-known sports teams after the Best Of issue came out a year ago. The Orioles won their last five games just to get to .500, and the Ravens stumbled to a 5-11 season. As of this writing, playoff baseball in Baltimore is...

  • Best Long, Slow Death: The Superblock

    The Superblock has had many deaths in its nearly 15-year existence in the grist-mill of bureaucracy, lawsuits, and false starts. But it died forever and ever amen earlier this year, when four groups bought bits and pieces of the parcel of land that planners once envisioned would house a giant skyscraper...

  • Best Festival: Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival

    Lake Clifton Park, 2801 Harford Road, dccarnival.org In July, Baltimore hosted its fifth combined Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival, snagging from D.C. one of the most vivacious cultural festivals in the region. It was Baltimore’s 35th festival, but its expansion since D.C.’s trouble-addled...

  • Best Monument: FORCE’s Monument Quilt

    themonumentquilt.org Displaying portions of the Monument Quilt across the country, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture aims to create a public monument of healing for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, and the effects are powerful. In April, the artist-activist group blocked off part...

  • Best Cat-About-Town: Killer

    If you walk around the Avenue in Hampden often enough, you’re more likely to start seeing past the fancy restaurants and other charming spots and focus instead on the weekend chaos: puddles of puke on the sidewalk on a Friday night or, say, those beehived housewives touting the tourist-friendly...

  • Best Trail: Wyman/Stony Run Trail

    stonyrun.org Tucked in a valley and running alongside a stream, wedged between Tudor Arms Avenue and San Martin Drive, the Wyman Park or Stony Run Trail (no one seems quite sure what its actual name is) is ideal for when you want to jog and feel left alone. Located along a former rail line that...

  • Best Do-Gooder: Ericka Alston-Buck

    Penn North Community Resource Center 1620 N. Carey St., (410) 728-2080, penn-north.com/kids-safe-zone If you’ve ever visited the Sandtown-Winchester-based Kids Safe Zone, you’ll see highly organized chaos. Founder Ericka Alston-Buck is a ball of energy, directing one volunteer to do this, another...

  • Best Neighborhood: Highlandtown

    H ighlandtown remains a Baltimore working class neighborhood at a time when change and gentrification are slowly altering many parts the east side. It is also home to much of Baltimore’s Hispanic population, which has introduced new restaurants, grocery stores, and art galleries to the area over...

  • Best Reason to Stay in Baltimore: The City Needs You

    There are plenty of reasons to stick around in the city: the art galleries, the theatre scene, the musicians, the restaurants, the bookstores, the parks, the people…and especially the good Samaritan who painted the hopeful mural on the boarded-up door of one of the above-mentioned vacants, a persevering...

  • Best Reason to Leave Baltimore: The City's Messed Up

    Where to begin? The murder rate? 344 people were murdered last year, most shot down on our city streets. The crappy, mostly segregated schools? A whopping 14 percent of our 8th graders met or exceeded standards in language arts while 5.7 percent did so in math last year. The housing? Roughly 16,000...

  • Best Freaky Friday: Trials of Officers in Freddie Gray Case

    Much of this year felt like one of those movies where people swap roles for a day. Activists and people who would normally favor the defense were cheering on the city’s top prosecutor, while the police, who normally work with the state’s attorney’s office, were attacking Mosby and claiming the...

  • Sunday: The Mountain Goats

    Sept. 18 Back in 2008, The Mountain Goats put out "Heretic Pride" and around the same time, Houston rapper Scarface released "Made," and both records just kind of wrecked me. And they had more in common than just emotional honesty ("I am coming home to you, with my own blood in my mouth/ If it’s...

  • Saturday-Sunday: SPX 2016

    Sept. 17-18 Besides being in oh brother, Bethesda, the Small Press Expo is pretty idyllic. A massive room and then a few conference rooms full of small press, indie, underground, or whatever comics and prints and zines, allowing you to hand your money directly to the creators and publishers and,...

  • Thursday: Best of Baltimore Party 2016

    Sept. 15 As you can tell by the paper in your hands or on your computer or mobile device, we've just finished nearly blurbing ourselves to death—so, so many blurbs. Boy, are we ready for lots and lots of drinks, and this party's got an open bar, motherfuckers! Please join us and many of this year's...

  • Best Don Quixote: Marilyn Mosby

    Pretty much everyone is down on the top prosecutor these days. She set out to get convictions against the officers charged with Freddie Gray’s death—and got beat again and again and again. It was brutal. And winning is important, but when you can’t win, fighting the fight still matters. Mosby may...

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