This Week

Thursday: Queerology Goth Ball

Dec. 8, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., The Crown, 1910 N. Charles St., (410) 625-4848, facebook.com/TheCrownBaltimore, $5 before 10 p.m., $10 after. The second annual Goth Ball presented by Queerology, City Paper's Best Queer Party of 2016,  kicks off with a screening of "Party Monster" followed  by drag performances,...More

  • Wednesday: Reverend Horton Heat

    Wednesday: Reverend Horton Heat

    Dec. 7 People say “psychobilly” but that doesn’t cover it. In the pantheon with The Cramps, Butthole Surfers, Webb Wilder, the other plug uglies who grabbed southern rock and blues by the balls and kissed full on the mouth with no irony whatsoever, the Reverend Horton Heat stands proud. He’s been...

  • Wednesday: Microshow: Bond St. District

    Wednesday: Microshow: Bond St. District

    Dec. 7 Two Artscapes ago, Bond St. District played in the middle of the day (this year, they were headliners!) and the duo of rapper DDm and producer Paul Hutson closed their set with a then-new song titled 'Don't Panic.' It burst out of the speakers and its frustrated and paranoid political mood...

  • Dec. 7-10: MICA Art Market

    Dec. 7-10: MICA Art Market

    The MICA Art Market, featuring the work of 275 students, alumni, staff, and faculty functions best if you do not know who you are shopping for so that when you find the perfect object that you absolutely must buy, you simply cast back through your array of family and friends to find someone it...

  • Dec. 6-11: "A Christmas Story, The Musical"

    Dec. 6-11: "A Christmas Story, The Musical"

    Some families have this 1983 classic playing nonstop on their TV screen—and I suppose it is this take on the consummate dysfunctional family that makes all our own family dramas (revived and heightened with holiday gatherings) just a little easier to swallow. That uncle that irritates the hell...

  • Thursday: Ladies of Hampden Calendar

    Thursday: Ladies of Hampden Calendar

    Dec. 8 Last year, a handful of Hampden businessowners and photographer Justin Tsucalas released the mildly risqué wall calendar "Boys of Hampden"and its slightly less clothed companion, the "Boys Gone Wild" edition, to raise funds for the The Hampden Family Center and to titilate those who would...

  • Friday: Loop Dreams II

    Friday: Loop Dreams II

    Dec. 9 It was at a Kahlon, awhile back, in March 2015—the same one that hosted Juliana Huxtable, Al Rogers, Sunatirene, DJ Haram, and others—that I first caught a set from Peru-born, Philadelphia-based DJ Precolumbian. In the blue room, too many Bohs in me, which is often the best way to experience...

  • Dec. 9: Under $500

    Dec. 9: Under $500

    Maryland Art Place's annual "Under $500" is a great event to find some good artwork that bolsters this city's art scene. And for a nice price—a portion of the proceeds from work that sells goes back to MAP, and the artists keep the rest. (Disclosure: I was invited to participate in 2014, and sold...

  • Dec. 9-11: Swingin' Nutcracker à la Ellington Featuring Step Afrika

    Dec. 9-11: Swingin' Nutcracker à la Ellington Featuring Step Afrika

    In 1960, Duke Ellington and composing partner Billy Strayhorn put together their version of  “The Nutcracker Suite,” a jazz-informed take on “The Nutcracker” that both builds on the compositions and fights with it a little. It's a bold refix of a Christmas classic with big band style expanding...

  • Saturday: Deep Sugar: Anniversary Reboot

    Saturday: Deep Sugar: Anniversary Reboot

    Dec. 10 The Paradox is dead, long live the Paradox! But wait now—it's not quite dead because here's another show in the legendary Baltimore dance club sort of kind of slated for demolition and allegedly closed only not, at least one more time, because owner Wayne Davis has according to the organizer...

  • Through Dec. 10: Holiday Bazaar

    Through Dec. 10: Holiday Bazaar

    The newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture has been getting a lot of shine lately (and rightly so—it’s huge and boasts an impressive collection), but we in Baltimore already have our own cultural resource in the form of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Visit the museum’s...

  • Dec. 10:“It’s a Wonderful Life” Annual Benefit Screening

    Dec. 10:“It’s a Wonderful Life” Annual Benefit Screening

    “It’s a Wonderful Life” turns 70 this year, but we watch it every year and this particular showing benefits GEDCO Cares food pantry, which has been feeding people in Govans for a quarter century. In 2015, GEDCO responded to more than 7,000 requests for emergency food and financial assistance and...

  • Dec. 10: 5th Annual Post Typography Print & Poster Sale

    Dec. 10: 5th Annual Post Typography Print & Poster Sale

    For the fifth year running, the posters of Baltimore’s scene, created by graphic design studio Post Typography, are on sale, from Maryland Film Fest to various gig posters (Future Islands, Beach House, etc.) to that one poster for the Dan Deacon show at the Ottobar that was printed on actual firing...

  • Dec. 10: 3rd Annual Baltimore Krampuslauf

    Dec. 10: 3rd Annual Baltimore Krampuslauf

    Nothing says “Merry Christmas” quite like wreaking havoc upon your neighbors and scaring the shit out of some kids. If the inevitable mayhem that comes with holiday shopping has gotten mundane and you’re craving a dose of anti-establishment Christmas chaos, Krampuslauf has you covered. Hosted in...

  • Dec. 11: Baltimore Record Bazaar Holiday Show

    Dec. 11: Baltimore Record Bazaar Holiday Show

    A record I didn't buy at a record fair years ago still haunts me: a copy of the rather rare 'I Rock Boots' 12-inch, a fairly obscure track from an early hip-hop stylist Jimmy Spicer, who on other tracks rapped in a Dracula voice and wrote a whole song about a fat family ('The Bubble Bunch'). It...

  • Monday: CoHosts II: Kimberly Drew & Platform Gallery

    Monday: CoHosts II: Kimberly Drew & Platform Gallery

    Dec. 12 Kimberly Drew, the current social media manager for the Metropolitan Museum of Art (as well as the founder of the popular Black Contemporary Art blog), has a lot to say about platforms, power, and institutions, all based on her own experience. "I learned so much from institutional structures,"...

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