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  • Star Spangling

    I feel like I’ve been star-spangled celebrating since I arrived in Baltimore three years ago. My first bike ride was out to Fort McHenry where I found myself actually tearing up a little at the Visitor’s Center film. That part where the star-spangled banner is waving and the song is playing and then the screen rises slowly to expose a view of the Star-Spangled Banner waving out over the fort? Even my deeply cynical heart can melt a bit, at least until I start to remember the terrible shit that’s been done in the name of patriotism and war. Then I started researching the War of 1812 for a book project about Baltimore museums, and suddenly I knew more about the War of 1812 than 99 percent of people I know. Lo and behold, I was leading bicycle tours of historic sites related to the war and writing blogs about the Battle Monument and Fort McHenry and co-writing a water ballet about the war and pretty much annoying all of my friends and neighbors with War of 1812 factoids. I was deep in it, sunk down in the details, and by the time the big celebration weekend came around, I was, frankly, War of 1812-ed OUT.
  • Hot Wheels

    Hot Wheels
    A caravan of miniature automobiles sets the scene: A white van, a box truck, and a cop car hang in a queue on the right side of the gallery. The flip-phone-size map labeled MD/NY and road signs for I-70 and Route 40 only slightly diminish the feeling of...

    Best Ad Campaign

    Ocean City commercials with Ken doll mascot Rodney the lifeguard hasn’t really sold us any days downy ocean hon, but this year’s focus on the wasted vacation day hits home hard (get it?). Get the fuck out of your life when you get paid not...

    Dead Men Riding Shotgun

    Dead Men Riding Shotgun
    This is what rolled with me as I logged nearly 4,000 miles—Baltimore to the Great Lakes to Maine and back home to Crabtown—in a Toyota pickup this summer. A blue heart for guitarist Johnny Winter, who died on the first night of the trip,...

    The Daft and the Spurious

    The Daft and the Spurious
    The Trip to Italy Directed by Michael Winterbottom Opens Sept. 5 at the Charles Theatre They’re ba-ack! Aloof, self-satisfied British comedian/actor Steve Coogan (played by Steve Coogan) and his friend, Welsh comic, actor, and impressionist...