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From Trenchtown to Sandtown: 'Marley' premieres at Center Stage amid the Baltimore Uprising

From Trenchtown to Sandtown: 'Marley' premieres at Center Stage amid the Baltimore Uprising

It’s April 18, a sunny Saturday in Charles Village, and a dozen or so bros chill out in the front yard of their house near the Johns Hopkins campus. Wobbling out of a stereo is some kind of remix, refix,...

'Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution' provide pointed lessons for today's revolutionaries

'Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution' provide pointed lessons for today's revolutionaries

Imagine if Kevin Moore, the man who recorded the arrest of Freddie Gray, didn’t have a smartphone. It’s hard to say for sure what would’ve happened, but one likely possibility is that witnesses...

Khalik Allah's 'Field Niggas' gleans wisdom from the kind of people Bloomberg, SRB, and others don't think have any

Khalik Allah's 'Field Niggas' gleans wisdom from the kind of people Bloomberg, SRB, and others don't think have any

I have a soft spot in my heart for parts of New York City that remind me of Baltimore. These areas are usually predominantly black, and seem a far cry from the high-fashion, finance-district money orgy that even...

What's Next? Six police officers have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray but convictions and the trial venue are far from certain

What's Next? Six police officers have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray but convictions and the trial venue are far from certain

It looked like smart planning: the announcement of criminal charges against police on a Friday morning, on May Day, as the antidote to the simmering unrest and growing cynicism of thousands of demonstrators against...

Can a truce between Baltimore's gangs help make the city safer?

Can a truce between Baltimore's gangs help make the city safer?

Flex, a member of the Bloods street gang, is sitting on the hood of a taxi in front of Central Booking at the Baltimore City Detention Center, waiting for his brother, who goes by Tragedy, to get...

Radio Free Baltimore: The songs that soundtracked the Baltimore Uprising

Radio Free Baltimore: The songs that soundtracked the Baltimore Uprising

By Wednesday, April 22, just three days after Freddie Gray’s death, Sandtown-Winchester was nearing 48 hours of national news media occupation, and residents and protesters were already sick of it, as a...

The return of Joseph Kent, 'MLK with tattoos and gold fronts'

The return of Joseph Kent, 'MLK with tattoos and gold fronts'

During last Friday’s celebrations after Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that all six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray would be indicted, activist Joseph Kent...

MFF 2015: 'Unexpected'

MFF 2015: 'Unexpected'

Don’t be put off by the “The Blind Side”-like setup of this movie about a white woman mentoring a young African-American woman: Director and co-writer Kris Swanberg’s slice-of-life drama...

MFF 2015: 'Rebels of the Neon God'

MFF 2015: 'Rebels of the Neon God'

If Tsai Ming-Liang doesn’t seem to carry the same cachet in the U.S. as some of his Taiwanese New Wave colleagues, such as Hou Hsiao-Hsien or Edward Yang, it might have something to do with the persistent...

MFF 2015: 'Henry Gamble's Birthday Party'

MFF 2015: 'Henry Gamble's Birthday Party'

Few films feature bros jacking off together in a totally “guys just bein’ dudes” kind of way as their opening scenes, but it seems “Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party” is just one of...

MFF 2015: 'Sailing a Sinking Sea'

MFF 2015: 'Sailing a Sinking Sea'

When you hear “nomad,” you probably think about tribes living on horseback, or maybe migrating via camel or wagon. You probably don’t imagine a people who more or less live on boats. But the Moken...

MFF 2015: 'Tab Hunter Confidential'

MFF 2015: 'Tab Hunter Confidential'

Tab Hunter, an Eisenhower-era teen heartthrob and prolific pop singer turned semi-legit actor in the ’60s turned coy campster in the ’80s, looks like Glen Campbell, Chet Baker, and Ricky Nelson balled...

MFF 2015: 'In the Basement'

MFF 2015: 'In the Basement'

As the saying goes, it does what it says on the tin: Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl takes his camera into the basements of ordinary Austrians and documents what he finds. Sometimes it’s a kitschy wet bar, or a...

Adam Jones, Buck Showalter, and John Angelos speak eloquently despite a historically silent game

Adam Jones, Buck Showalter, and John Angelos speak eloquently despite a historically silent game

In an old news clip dug up for “All In With Chris Hayes,” then-Mayor Kurt Schmoke said this of the newly opened Oriole Park at Camden Yards: “The most important thing is that it really has attracted...

What happened to Freddie Gray? Former cops and arrestees shed light on the question tearing Baltimore apart

What happened to Freddie Gray? Former cops and arrestees shed light on the question tearing Baltimore apart

Nobody knows just how Freddie Gray’s spinal cord ended up severed in the back of a police transport wagon on April 12. Nobody knows why the cops are stationed behind barriers.

The Fight for Freddie Gray: Dispatches from last week's protests

The Fight for Freddie Gray: Dispatches from last week's protests

“All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray.” Freddie Gray died on Sunday, April 19, a week after police took him into custody in Sandtown-Winchester’s Gilmor Homes. As news spread throughout the...

Many organizers at the forefront of protests are women, despite men taking center stage

Many organizers at the forefront of protests are women, despite men taking center stage

The struggle to control the narrative of Saturday’s protests is part of a much longer struggle for control over the narratives of marginalized individuals and communities in the United States....

How drunk sports fans helped spark Saturday night's post-protest violence

How drunk sports fans helped spark Saturday night's post-protest violence

On Saturday night, following the violence that broke out near Camden Yards, a photo of me supposedly protecting a woman from violent protesters surfaced on BuzzFeed and then trickled down to the conservative armpit...

The Battle of Sandtown-Winchester: The police occupation of a West Baltimore neighborhood

The Battle of Sandtown-Winchester: The police occupation of a West Baltimore neighborhood

The scene at the corner of Gilmor Street and Riggs Avenue on Saturday night is not a protest. It is an occupation. The police, wearing riot gear and holding batons and shields, outnumber the protesters more than 3-to-1...

Grieving for a Nation: Reflection, hope, and dismay at the funeral of Freddie Gray

Grieving for a Nation: Reflection, hope, and dismay at the funeral of Freddie Gray

Dick Gregory came to Freddie Gray’s funeral.

The Battles of Lexington: City Paper goes deep inside and under Baltimore's oldest market

The Battles of Lexington: City Paper goes deep inside and under Baltimore's oldest market

A serpentine line of people waits to order one of Nancy Faidley Devine’s crab cakes at Faidley’s, the fish market her grandfather, John Faidley Sr., established at the Lexington Market in...

City Paper takes a trip to D.C. to experience weed freedom

City Paper takes a trip to D.C. to experience weed freedom

People used to have to go all the way to Amsterdam to smoke some legal weed, but here I am, in an office/house on Embassy Row in Washington, D.C., wearing a weird red smurf-looking hat and smoking a joint with Adam...

A stoner's guide to the nation's capital

A stoner's guide to the nation's capital

After you get legally high at your friend’s house in the district, what else is good to do? Our art team spent much of the day visiting the museums, which is always a great way to spend a day, but there’s a lot more that might...

The Lineup

The Lineup

Sun sports scribe Dan Connolly schools O's fans who think they know it all

Sun sports scribe Dan Connolly schools O's fans who think they know it all

Without giving it much thought, most Orioles fans would tell you Jim Palmer is the best pitcher in franchise history. They might not know about the right shoulder injury in 1968 that nearly ended his career—and...

Ballpark food, DIY-style

Ballpark food, DIY-style

Spring has been a total tease this year—how many times have we collectively thought “OK, that’s it for winter FINALLY!” and the next day the fucking harbor is frozen?—but I think now for...

The cheap bastard's guide to Baltimore baseball

The cheap bastard's guide to Baltimore baseball

My Depression-era parents never threw anything out. Dad would say, only half-joking, that he didn’t need to buy a new shirt because he already owned a shirt. I married into cheapness, too—my wife is so...

The State of the Orioles

The State of the Orioles

For the Baltimore Orioles, many of the questions heading into the 2015 season lead to bigger questions about the overall direction of the franchise. How will catcher Matt Wieters recover from Tommy John surgery on...

@Who_Is_U may be the funniest thing on Instagram

@Who_Is_U may be the funniest thing on Instagram

The gym, full of mid-twenty- and thirtysomethings in brightly colored Under Armour and Nike gear, was a box with slippery blue floors and cloudy backboards. I wasn’t the fattest dude in the gym, so I figured I could put on show or...

A convict, a war veteran, and a white guy walk into an art gallery: A conversation with Dark Mark, Ivan Martin, and Chris Colletti

A convict, a war veteran, and a white guy walk into an art gallery: A conversation with Dark Mark, Ivan Martin, and Chris Colletti

It all came together when Chris Colletti’s silver-sleeve jacket got stolen. “I think it was a moment of growth, because as soon as you lost that jacket we accomplished more,” Ivan...

Do not ask David Sedaris where his boyfriend is

Do not ask David Sedaris where his boyfriend is

David Sedaris is a funny person and the author of numerous books and a zillion stories and essays in publications such as The New Yorker, and is a darling of the Public Radio crowd,...

Benchmarks Revisited: New snapshots of 'The Greatest City in America'

Benchmarks Revisited: New snapshots of 'The Greatest City in America'

The last days of “The Greatest City in America” are upon us. On Jan. 20, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signed an ordinance supplanting former Mayor Martin O’Malley’...

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