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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.
  • The Star-Spangled Spectacular is actually pretty bad ass

    The Star-Spangled Spectacular is actually pretty bad ass
    While it may not seem like the cool or hip thing to do, and something City Paper readers may particularly be avoiding, you'll be kicking yourself if you don't check out the festivities surrounding the Star-Spangled Spectacular going on right now and...

    Mr. Wrong

    Chikungunya!
    Man, I don’t know about you, but I am having a great summer, seriously, I have gone places and eaten things, I have relaxed in many of the lovely greenspaces in Our Fair City, and also on the spacious grounds of Fort McHenry, a Federal greenspace,...

    Saving the Day

    Saving the Day
    Baltimore needs some explaining. It’s a city of contrasts: poverty and luxury, friendliness and crime, packed with both history and innovation, where neighborhoods can change drastically from one block to the next. Whether you’re just in...

    Getting Around

    Getting Around
    Baltimore infamously lacks an integrated, comprehensive mass transit system connecting all neighborhoods with the tourist areas and larger interstate transit hubs. Fifty years of poor planning and general stupidity have left the city with a mishmash of...