Baynard Woods

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  • Why Opera? Short answer: We're all fucked

    Why Opera? Short answer: We're all fucked

    It was hard to figure out how to write about "Adam's Run," a climate change media criticism tragicomic opera. I'm editor at large at the paper and was the arts editor for a few years and I wrote the libretto for the opera, which Ruby Fulton composed for Rhymes With Opera. It's an inherent conflict...

  • Arcades Project: On Lexington Market, again

    Arcades Project: On Lexington Market, again

    I am inclined to thoughts of perdition. As a student of history, I know that destruction is the only constant. I have never believed that the arc of history really moves toward justice. The norm is slaughter. Peace and decency are fragile and hard won. These feelings have accelerated to a debilitating...

  • The High Life: On CBD

    The High Life: On CBD

    The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is severely fucked up and not in a good way, like stoned, but like someone you see that is about to tip over but miraculously remains standing at an impossible angle. The problem is, people suffer while these fuckers nod. First, they get too many applicants,...

  • Mosby announces proposals for prosecuting police

    Mosby announces proposals for prosecuting police

    Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced five proposals to make it easier to investigate and prosecute police for misconduct on Thursday. "To those who have been hurt, I promise that you are heard. You are seen. Your presence is felt," Mosby wrote in the opening of the proposals, echoing...

  • Conflicts of Interest: Culture wars come to Mount Vernon and The Drinkery

    Conflicts of Interest: Culture wars come to Mount Vernon and The Drinkery

    When it comes to alcohol, there is a strange puritanism that sometimes sweeps through the city like a witch-hunt fever as well-meaning people—usually progressives—attempt to shut down bars or liquor stores. Sometimes, as in the plan to eliminate the licenses of liquor stores in "impoverished" neighborhoods,...

  • Sinkhole: What is happening beneath the ground downtown?

    Sinkhole: What is happening beneath the ground downtown?

    The sinkhole has been there so long it is hard to remember a time before the road caved in and the army of robots took over Centre Street, or what was left of it, in what came to seem like a titanic battle with the very earth itself as engineers in white hats stood and stared into the abyss, backlit,...

  • Jane Jacobs tells us a lot about cities, but a new biography 'Eyes on the Street' doesn't tell us much about her

    Jane Jacobs tells us a lot about cities, but a new biography "Eyes on the Street" doesn't tell us much about her

    I think of the writer and champion of cities Jane Jacobs every time I walk to work. I have a small office studio on the 200 block of Park Avenue. As I cross Saratoga heading south on Park, I pass International Fragrance, Blue Sky Diner, Jeanius Styles (closed), Dimensions In Music (closed), the...

  • Conflicts Of Interest: The Starr Report

    Conflicts Of Interest: The Starr Report

    I was sitting in an interview room on the fifth floor of the Police Headquarters and I was hungover as fuck. Two detectives sat across from me; their lieutenant at my side. I was hungover because my band played the night before and I was in Homicide because T.J. Smith, the public information officer,...

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