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  • Veteran underground musician Al Margolis reflects on changing music formats and commodity

    Al Margolis is mulling over a new idea for how he's going to release his music in the near future: with stuff that doesn't contain music at all. By phone, the New York-based veteran DIY sound artist (aka If, Bwana) and improviser says that he's...
  • Brilliant adaptation follows a family through Nigeria's brutal Biafran War

    Half of a Yellow Sun Directed by Biyi Bandele Opens at the New African Films Festival at the AFI Silver Theatre March 13; additional screening March 16, followed by discussion with author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie In many ways, Half of a Yellow Sun,...
  • Stephanie Barber's new film addresses the quiet risks involved in artistic practice

    Stephanie Barber is a filmmaker, a poet, a teacher, and a musician, but she simply considers herself an artist. Last year, her band Bobby Donnie was named CP's "Best New Band" and she published a book, Night Moves (Publishing Genius Press), which...
  • 1950 - 2013

    When Richard Ben Cramer* died of lung cancer last January, he was primarily remembered for his monstrously great book on the 1988 presidential elections, What It Takes. Ezra Klein of The Washington Post said the book changed his life and, after Cramer...
  • A local cabbie's second book about life behind the wheel is a bumpy ride

    Thaddeus Logan analyzes every potential customer who hails his cab. First, he tries to figure out if you are likely to kill him, and then if you are likely to have the fare. From there, it gets more subtle. “If you seem like you might like opera, I&...
  • The Black Guerrilla Family gang aimed to show a way out of the criminal lifestyle-until its criminal activities brought it down

    “It’s hard to promote black nationalism when you have a black man in the White House,” Thomas Bailey said on Jan. 6, 2009, weeks before Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African-American President of the United States. Bailey, a...
  • Even the shortest of short stories have to make the reader care

    Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty Diane William McSweeney’s, hardcover Microfiction is, as the term would indicate, extremely brief. Stories can clock in at less than 100 words. It’s a form that I usually like, two of my favorite collections being...
  • . . . but who are these guys, anyway?

    The Baltimore Grand Prix has been billed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other civic leaders as a tremendous win for the city and its residents, with a potential $100 million economic impact on the local economy and a $6 million boost to the city&...
  • E-Reader

    On July 4, 1971, Michael S. Hart typed the Declaration of Independence onto the mainframe computer at the University of Illinois, where he had just been given an account after enrolling at the school where his father taught Shakespeare and his mother...
  • Director Tate Taylor and actress Octavia Spencer talk about The Help

    Read a review of The Help This summer’s funny and moving history lesson—about the often uneasy relationships between black housekeepers and the white women they worked for in 1960s Jackson, Miss.—comes via The Help, a film version of the...
  • Black Classic Press founder and director

    City Paper: What are you reading right now? Paul Coates: My reading is strange at this point, in the sense that I spend a lot of time reading manuscripts, books that we’re preparing to republish. So right now I’m reading a book that we&...
  • Massive tome celebrates 135 years of the humble menu

    Menu Design in America Taschen Hardcover We’ll go out on a limb here and assert that everyone reading Menu Design in America has read at least parts of at least one restaurant menu, which is all the background you need to deal with the subject...