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Film Fest Frenzy

Last year's Maryland Film Festival almost seemed like it wasn't going to happen. Not because of anything MFF did or didn't do, but because the week before the fest, Baltimore found itself occupied by the National Guard and on a curfew. It wasn't clear when the curfew would be lifted—just as it...

  • Freddie Gray One Year Later

    Freddie Gray One Year Later

    City Paper picks back up with its Freddie Gray anniversary coverage. In this issue we have a list of Freddie Gray-related anniversary events; some photos from the student photographers of Wide Angle Youth Media along with a profile of the organization; a look at Westside Elementary and how unrest...

  • Center Stage's 'Detroit '67' draws obvious parallels

    Center Stage's 'Detroit '67' draws obvious parallels

    I wanted to like Center Stage's production of "Detroit '67" more than I did. Playwright Dominique Morisseau's kitchen-sink drama (well, technically, basement-sink, I guess since the play takes place in a basement rec room that doubles as an after-hours club) recounts the story of a black family...

  • April 27th

    April 27th

    I looked Freddie in the eye today and watched infants drenched in the placenta of revolution stream down from his tear ducts, cascade onto the cement, and roll in the crevices of the sidewalk I watched puffs of dirt bike smoke swim across his pupils as the two-wheeled Lords of concrete swam through...

  • 'Not About a Riot' shows many facets of the Baltimore Uprising

    'Not About a Riot' shows many facets of the Baltimore Uprising

    Sitting down at a table in the quiet Midtown coffee shop where she works, Malaika Aminata Clements watches "The Art of Organized Noize," a documentary about the Atlanta trio of musicians responsible for crafting the sound of OutKast and many others, from a TV mounted to the wall. She almost loses...

  • For Westside Elementary, unrest was just one of many challenges

    For Westside Elementary, unrest was just one of many challenges

    Spencella Dobson, a volunteer at Westside Elementary School in Baltimore's Penn North community, says that people don't talk nearly enough about the effect that last year's unrest had on the city's children, specifically the impact it had on kids at Westside Elementary. "I think one of the main...

  • Students use the digital arts to capture the city, the uprising, themselves

    Students use the digital arts to capture the city, the uprising, themselves

    On a Tuesday evening in early April, seven students sit at iMacs in a classroom, some wearing headphones, as they transcribe interviews or watch video footage on the computers' screens. Two instructors unplug recording equipment from retractable extension cords connected to plastic orange spheres...

  • Four events related to Freddie Gray and racial justice this week

    Four events related to Freddie Gray and racial justice this week

    A Baltimore Uprising Anniversary Gathering April 27 A year ago this week, rioters burned down the CVS on Penn and North. It was the ugliest image from the mostly peaceful uprising and the national and international press, obsessed with this narrative, played it on a loop ad nauseam. Since then,...

  • A conversation with Police Commissioner Kevin Davis

    A conversation with Police Commissioner Kevin Davis

    On the one-year anniversary of Freddie Gray's death, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis sat in his southeast corner office at Baltimore Police Department headquarters and reflected on the journey that the department has been on for the last year. He said his mission, after taking the reins from Commissioner...

  • Wanna Be Startin' Somethin': A year later, viral Michael Jackson tribute artist dances on

    Wanna Be Startin' Somethin': A year later, viral Michael Jackson tribute artist dances on

    Dimitri Reeves went viral last year during the riots, dancing on North Avenue as police faced off with protesters and looters emptied nearby stores. Most notably, he danced and lipsynched to 'Beat It,' and immediately became known as "the Michael Jackson protester." "I hated that. With a passion....

  • The 2016 Weed Issue

    The 2016 Weed Issue

    Let's begin this year's Weed Issue with a brief, maddening story from a few years ago, before decriminalization, about being homeless and getting busted for pot, as told to City Paper's Kenneth Stone Breckenridge by deputy public defender for Baltimore Natalie A.M. Finegar. In 2012, police arrested...

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