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Why Prizes Matter

A few days ago, I couldn't remember whether or not I had applied for this year's Sondheim Prize (I shot them an email and found out that I had). I consider applying every year, but most of the time I don't. That's dumb!...

The Sondheim Artscape Prize

The Sondheim Artscape Prize

When will the Baltimore art scene stop griping, speculating, and guessing about who will win the Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize and just start betting on that shit? Last year, we lost a five spot to a...

Lauren Frances Adams

Lauren Frances Adams

Of all the installations in the Sondheim Exhibition, the work of Lauren Frances Adams feels most at home in the Walters Art Museum. And that’s not entirely due to her appropriation of the museum’s work...

Neil Feather

Neil Feather

Imagine an experimental band made entirely of machines—not the animatronic kind that haunts your childhood memories from bad birthdays at Chuck E. Cheese, but something that looks like it came from the basement of a...

Kyle Tata

Kyle Tata

Last year’s much-maligned Sondheim finalist show was dominated by photographs that felt desperate to appear relevant. While Kyle Tata works in the same medium, his photographs seem to take the opposite, high-modernist...

Kyle Bauer

Kyle Bauer

In an exhibit with a lot of sounds, collages, and moving pieces, Kyle J. Bauer’s showcase is easy to take in. It’s full of playful, balanced sculptures with solid colors or simple patterns. His pieces are mainly...

Stewart Watson

Stewart Watson

There is something pathetically beautiful, even comical, in art that concerns itself with memory. Memories are intangible and flawed, and the people and things attached to these memories eventually go away. Stories...

Shannon Collis

Shannon Collis

Like so much in this year’s show, Shannon Collis’ work is as audible as it is visual. In fact, her intent is to “make audible the visual qualities of hand generated” lines and images, so that they...

Marley Dawson

Marley Dawson

That horrid, high pitched screeching you hear is not some mechanical error—it’s coming from Marley Dawson’s 'Slow Burn (full circle).' One of three pieces Dawson has in the exhibit, 'Slow Burn (full...

Snap City

Snap City

Trains of skaters up to 10 deep are ripping around the rink. People are doing a little dip known as the “Baltimore Bounce,” snapping half turns in double and triple time, skating backward, kicking their legs...

Down on the Corner

Down on the Corner

It's four p.m. on April 22, a beautiful spring day in Baltimore. At the corner of Mount Royal and North avenues, a group of seven people are working in traffic. Dressed in yellow T-shirts, they carry five-gallon buckets...

District Line

District Line

In politics, population is power: The more people a place has, the more legislators it gets. Successive U.S. Census counts since the 1970s have halved Baltimore City's delegation to the Maryland General Assembly,...

40th Legislative District

40th Legislative District

Location: From Northwest Baltimore's Lower Park Heights corridor to portions of Hampden and Remington, reaching southward to Mount Vernon and Midtown and southwest to Violetville.

41st Legislative District

41st Legislative District

Location: A big chunk of the city's northwest corner, reaching east to Charles Street and south as far as Frederick Road.

43rd Legislative District

43rd Legislative District

Location: In north/northeast Baltimore, roughly between Charles Street and Harford Road from North Avenue to the city line.

44th Legislative District

44th Legislative District

Location: The city portion of this city/county district, dubbed District 44A, runs roughly from the Upton and Harlem Park neighborhood west to the area between Frederick and Wilkins avenues out to the city line.

45th Legislative District

45th Legislative District

Location: A swath of east/northeast Baltimore from Midtown to the city line, roughly between Harford Rd. and Route 40 East.

46th Legislative District

46th Legislative District

Location: Wraps around the waterfront from Hawkins Point to Brooklyn, northward to the Inner Harbor, then eastward to the city line, roughly south of Route 40 East.

Miss Tony Stands Alone

Miss Tony Stands Alone

Gravel-voiced, with the thickest of Baltimore accents, the six-foot-tall, 350-pound, dress-wearing, bouffant-sporting Miss Tony couldn't help but stand out.

Know Your Subculture

Know Your Subculture

The LGBTQ community is diverse, and not just in terms of race, class, and gender. We're also diverse in terms of the stuff we're into, and just like straight folks, we can get really, really into our shit. And we sort of have to, because...

Leaving the Gayborhood

Leaving the Gayborhood

Baltimore's gay nightlife can feel a bit claustrophobic. Many think our options are limited to a handful of uptight Mount Vernon clubs, which seem to cater more and more to weekend warriors who wear T-shirts emblazoned with the name of...

Good Ride Number Nine

Good Ride Number Nine

Excerpt: Fiction Bernice Last Chance, Colorado, may have been the first chance I've had to be happy naked in public, but the carnival must move on and so must I. Before the whole troupe wakes up...

Custom Cool

Custom Cool

It was thirty years ago, more or less, on a balmy evening not unlike this one, when a group of men—six to 10 of them, witnesses recall—were gathered in the Crown fuel station parking lot near Mondawmin Mall....

Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil

It is a sunny, cool beautiful winter day in the suburbs of Jerusalem. Rays of light enter broad windowpanes and illuminate a group of chatty little children as they make their way from their gan (nursery school)...

The Quiet Revolution

The Quiet Revolution

More than a quarter-century has passed since Maryland's last truly competitive Democratic primary for governor in 1986, when Attorney General Stephen Sachs lost to Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer. So this year's polling on June 24...

POUNDING FISTS AND GOING FOR THE JUGULAR WITH THE BALTIMORE URBAN DEBATE LEAGUE

POUNDING FISTS AND GOING FOR THE JUGULAR WITH THE BALTIMORE URBAN DEBATE LEAGUE

Competition was fierce this weekend as young debaters from Baltimore’s finest elementary and middle schools met at Carver Vocational-Technical High School for a St. Patrick’s Day weekend showdown. Judges met early for training...

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