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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’...

Master Of Puppets: Kevin Sherry brings kids' imaginations to life

Master Of Puppets: Kevin Sherry brings kids' imaginations to life

Kevin Sherry describes a letter from Quentin Blake, illustrator of Roald Dahl’s many children’s books, as his “best possession.” It’s fitting for someone who is now in the business of...

Indie mom of comedy Meshelle's tips for raising a kid you'd want to know as an adult

Indie mom of comedy Meshelle's tips for raising a kid you'd want to know as an adult

Have you ever been in the midst of a great conversation, two-stepping with a dance partner, or laughing uncontrollably with someone and thought, “wow, this person used to be a kid”?

Time Will Tell: Passing Bob Marley and other music down to my daughter, responsibly

Time Will Tell: Passing Bob Marley and other music down to my daughter, responsibly

“You always got a request . . . ”

A Wrinkle In Storytime: A parent thinks too hard about children's stories

A Wrinkle In Storytime: A parent thinks too hard about children's stories

When you have a baby, you imagine reading to them, snuggled up in a rocking chair, sharing beloved stories. And it’s like that, in the early days, when your baby is an adorable casing for...

Luke Skywalker Is a Lie: One dad attempts to counteract the lessons his kids learned from movies

Luke Skywalker Is a Lie: One dad attempts to counteract the lessons his kids learned from movies

Who wouldn’t want to be Luke Skywalker? Not Luke when we meet him, of course. At the outset of the “Star Wars” saga, he’s just another nobody, stuck doing chores and huffing failure fumes at...

Movie Magic: Family Saturdays at the Senator will get your kids to appreciate great films

Movie Magic: Family Saturdays at the Senator will get your kids to appreciate great films

The first time I took my kids to the Family Saturdays series at the Senator, which usually runs every other Saturday at 10 a.m., we saw “The Black Stallion,” the Oscar-nominated 1979 adaptation of...

Why So Much P.R.?: WYPR seems to routinely trade underwriting for air time. Is that a problem?

Why So Much P.R.?: WYPR seems to routinely trade underwriting for air time. Is that a problem?

At 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 10, the voice of John Hoey comes over the public’s airwaves on 88.1 FM, WYPR. The short segment—a monthly show Hoey says he does for free at the behest of station...

Exile On Charles Street: Restaurateur Qayum Karzai's life is split between Baltimore and his native Afghanistan

Exile On Charles Street: Restaurateur Qayum Karzai's life is split between Baltimore and his native Afghanistan

Last September, Hamid Karzai, the outgoing president of Afghanistan, made a number of disparaging remarks about U.S. involvement in that country. “America did not want peace for Afghanistan because it had its own...

The Influence of Anxiety: Dan Deacon riffs on mortality, his new album 'Gliss Riffer,' and the Bill Murray video that changed his life

The Influence of Anxiety: Dan Deacon riffs on mortality, his new album 'Gliss Riffer,' and the Bill Murray video that changed his life

Dan Deacon pulls open two unassuming, boarded and chained-up doors to reveal his Charles Street studio. The walls are covered with wires of varying lengths, all hanging on top of a huge multicolor...

A Dog In the Fight: Baltimore's enforcement of animal-cruelty laws is getting some bite

A Dog In the Fight: Baltimore's enforcement of animal-cruelty laws is getting some bite

Last March, the door of a vacant house at 6203 York Road in Baltimore was forced open by police to reveal a scene of prolonged horror. The broad contours of what happened were pieced together by...

Bone To Run: Porn star and MICA grad Colby Keller hits the road, searching for sex and art in every state

Bone To Run: Porn star and MICA grad Colby Keller hits the road, searching for sex and art in every state

Marxist porn star Colby Keller towers over the well-dressed, slightly stooped forms of the pilgrims to the Phillips Collection of Modern Art in Washington, DC., where he stopped en...

Columnist and activist Dan Savage on his toughest questions, alt-weeklies, and raising a son who might've beaten him up in high school

Columnist and activist Dan Savage on his toughest questions, alt-weeklies, and raising a son who might've beaten him up in high school

Mondays at City Paper are crazy, as the staff hurries to make sure everything is in place for another delicious steaming-hot pile of Baltimore’s Best...

The Pussy Economy: A cam girl talks Dungeons and Dragons, capitalism, and cash with City Paper

The Pussy Economy: A cam girl talks Dungeons and Dragons, capitalism, and cash with City Paper

Like a lot of women, we investigated sex work a few times in our more desperate years. But despite modeling nude for almost a decade,  we never made an entry...

One night at a Curtis Bay Sex Party

One night at a Curtis Bay Sex Party

Sir Loyal Wolfe starts drawing across Kitten¿s back with a dull butter knife. It leaves a red mark, but doesn¿t appear to be painful. He draws one line straight down her spine this time, which makes her wiggle around and playfully squeak,...

Devil in the Details: A local pastor says he wants to help the helpless, but everything is not as it seems

Devil in the Details: A local pastor says he wants to help the helpless, but everything is not as it seems

Greg Gilchrist lost everything. His furniture, his car, and all of his belongings were swallowed and scattered during the deadliest and most destructive tornado outbreak in recorded history. In late April 2011, 355...

Wonder Drug

Wonder Drug

Standing outside of Man Alive on Maryland Avenue on a cold March morning, it is impossible to divine what goes on inside. The facade is pure bricks and mortar, concrete, and unembellished stone. There's no...

Local Liquor: A spirited look at our homegrown hooch

Local Liquor: A spirited look at our homegrown hooch

Whiskey-making is back in Baltimore. On a recent Friday morning, with anticipation and exhilaration trumping most of my trepidation, I raised a plastic shot glass of amber liquid to my lips for an initial taste of Louthan Distilling¿s Oak-...

Legendary gangster-cum-author Linwood 'Rudy' Williams is ready to talk after nearly a quarter-century in prison

Legendary gangster-cum-author Linwood 'Rudy' Williams is ready to talk after nearly a quarter-century in prison

The rumor mill, says 60-year-old Linwood Rudolph Williams, has it that “I killed like 200 people with my wife” over the years. The imprisoned-for-life Baltimore gangster denies it, of...

Don't Wait 'Til Midnight: Baltimore Adapts to the New Curfew Law

Don't Wait 'Til Midnight: Baltimore Adapts to the New Curfew Law

As a Senior Capstone project for the Juvenile Justice Reporting Project at Morgan State's School of Global Journalism and Communication, nine students spent the fall semester looking at the ramifications of Baltimore's new curfew law, which...

This is What Democracy Looks Like: A new generation of activists emerges from the turmoil of the Ferguson and New York grand-jury decisions

This is What Democracy Looks Like: A new generation of activists emerges from the turmoil of the Ferguson and New York grand-jury decisions

When the protestors took a step back, the police stepped forward. It was 24 hours after a grand jury in Missouri failed to indict a police officer for shooting Michael Brown, an...

Baltimore's New Deal: WPA-level spending has the power to remake the city, but much of it might be going away

Baltimore's New Deal: WPA-level spending has the power to remake the city, but much of it might be going away

Baltimore City’s first manufacturing forum took place on Oct. 7 in the Hilton, a deluxe hotel the city spent $300 million to build, which has lost about $50 million since its 2008 opening.&...

Exploring the lives of transgender women on the street

Exploring the lives of transgender women on the street

If you drive up Charles Street past North Avenue late at night, you're likely to glimpse the seamy world of prostitutes and the johns who pick them up. Many of the women standing on the street corners and (in the words of...

The Oyster Counters: On the water with the scientists on Maryland's 75th annual Chesapeake Bay oyster survey

The Oyster Counters: On the water with the scientists on Maryland's 75th annual Chesapeake Bay oyster survey

It’s dark outside, and the pre-dawn Monday morning traffic in Baltimore’s Harbor Tunnel is light. I just made a mad dash out of bed, into my truck, and to the ATM and gas station,...

A Horseshoe Up My Ass: 24 hours at Baltimore's shiny new casino

A Horseshoe Up My Ass: 24 hours at Baltimore's shiny new casino

Since it is open 24 hours, I proposed to The Editors of City Paper that I would occupy the new Horseshoe Casino on Russell Street for 24 hours straight as a paying customer, even though this is not a full-fledged casino,...

Educate yourself on the monsters running for office this election day

Educate yourself on the monsters running for office this election day

All 373,171 registered voters in Baltimore City are free to cast ballots in the Nov. 4 general elections—if they haven’t already, since early voting opened on Oct. 23. It’s an opportunity many voters...

Ballot Questions

Ballot Questions

Along with the usual (and unusual) candidates, voters will be asked to decide how much money to lend several venerable institutions, with taxpayers as the co-signers. And there are several...

Maryland Green Party still struggles for a seat at the political table

Maryland Green Party still struggles for a seat at the political table

It’s important that I see Ian Schlakman’s office, because it’s apparently a first. It’s a tiny, corner room on the second floor of 218 E. Lexington—just above Sidebar,...

On The Threshold Of Greatness

On The Threshold Of Greatness

Days before Dr. Gregory Thornton started his new job as CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools in July, the Baltimore Teachers Union filed a class-action grievance over teacher evaluations.

State of the Arts

State of the Arts

This year, we’ve decided to mix up the standard “Fall Arts Guide” formula. For one thing, the city’s art scene doesn’t often work in such a way as to make long-term...

Separate But Equal

Separate But Equal

In 2012, after my first six months of building the Baltimore Art + Justice Project (BA+JP) in the Office of Community Engagement at MICA, I attended an artists’ community meeting at the Arena Players theater on...

Light From the East

Light From the East

There is something almost clandestine about XOL Art Gallery, which is hidden in a small warehouse between Park Avenue and Tyson Alley in Mount Vernon. To get there from Park, we have to push open a...

Out the Mud

Out the Mud

In Central Booking, Young Moose only gets two calls a day. 

The Detective and the Rapper

The Detective and the Rapper

On Oct. 19, 2012 Kevron Evans, who raps under the name Young Moose, was arrested by Detective Daniel Hersl on the 1900 block of North Collington Avenue and charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics. On May...

Octobertest

The City Paper I-Team goes in search of The Perfect Pint

There is a Voice in the head of every Alco-Journalist engaged in this latest adventure in Pseudo-Science, and the Voice says: I absolutely must remember to perform the Scientific Portion of...

Return Of The Baltimore Beer Week Belly

Return Of The Baltimore Beer Week Belly

Baltimore Beer Week is here again. You probably already know this by now, but there are so many beer offerings on tap in the days ahead that the head on your beer is about to explode. I’ve...

Bad Seeds

Baltimore police misconduct profiled in lawsuits portrays a department beset by allegations of violence and dishonesty

After Baltimore police officer Vincent Cosom apparently sucker-punched Kollin Truss at Greenmount and North avenues in June, it took about three months before a video of the incident hit the...

The House that Mencken Built

As Mencken Day Approaches, We Stop To Reflect On The Legacy Of The Sage Of Baltimore

When the Sunpapers bought City Paper last spring, we were uncertain, to say the least. We’d been through a heavy battle with our old owners. We’d been for sale for a long time. We were tired. And then the...

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