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...Baltimore City Paper has been dedicated to giving the Baltimore metropolitan area an alternative source of news and opinions on local politics, communities, culture, and the arts.

More than 300,000 readers turn to us every week for Baltimore's most comprehensive calendar of events; coverage of the latest in movies, music, visual arts, and the printed word; provocative voices on topics ranging from sports to s*x to cyberspace to City Hall; and stories they won't find anywhere else. Baltimore City Paper uses a controlled free circulation method, audited by nationally recogniz

More than 300,000 readers turn to us every week for Baltimore's most comprehensive calendar of events; coverage of the latest in movies, music, visual arts, and the printed word; provocative voices on topics ranging from sports to s*x to cyberspace to City Hall; and stories they won't find anywhere else. Baltimore City Paper uses a controlled free circulation method, audited by nationally recogniz

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Reginald Thomas II photos
11/02/2017
Reginald Thomas II photos

Reginald Thomas II photos

Photos from City Paper photographer and reporter Reginald Thomas II.

"When I first moved to Baltimore, my wife and I would walk up Park Avenue and I would point at the brownstone that hoste...
11/02/2017
Woods: Don’t Mourn, Organize

"When I first moved to Baltimore, my wife and I would walk up Park Avenue and I would point at the brownstone that hosted the old City Paper offices. “I’m going to work there,” I would say. When I finally did, I felt like I had been Babe Ruth calling my home run."

If art serves only as a diversion from or concealment of suffering, we’re in trouble.
11/01/2017
Callahan: Joy, pain, and nausea

If art serves only as a diversion from or concealment of suffering, we’re in trouble.

When I tell people who apparently do not read City Paper that I work for City Paper and mostly cover art, I often hear in response something like: “That’s

There’s no script for a life in the arts and you don’t always have to pander to gallerists and people with money, Rebeka...
11/01/2017
Kirkman: Everything happens so much

There’s no script for a life in the arts and you don’t always have to pander to gallerists and people with money, Rebekah Kirkman writes.

Whenever things have started to unravel, there has always been work to throw myself into. I’ve been lucky to always find an outlet.

Athena Towery says everyone’s focus was always on this city and its people.
11/01/2017
Towery: A long goodbye

Athena Towery says everyone’s focus was always on this city and its people.

When I first moved to Baltimore in 1995, I met Jefferson Jackson Steele at the old punk bar Memory Lane before I was even unpacked. He was working at the City

A 2015 intern runs down what were some pivotal lessons and experiences that left an impact on a young career.
11/01/2017
Breckenridge: I found my voice, but Baltimore is losing one

A 2015 intern runs down what were some pivotal lessons and experiences that left an impact on a young career.

“Do you have a favorite writer on the staff?” Rebekah Kirkman, the City Paper visual arts editor and intern coordinator, asked on the other end of the phone as

Brandon Weigel says he's never been as proud to be a working reporter as he was during the Baltimore Uprising.
11/01/2017
This is the end, beautiful friend

Brandon Weigel says he's never been as proud to be a working reporter as he was during the Baltimore Uprising.

“These used to be the servants’ quarters. The Irony is not lost on us.”

Final thoughts from our intrepid convention-attending, field trip-taking columnist, Kate Drabinski.
10/31/2017
The Final Field Tripping

Final thoughts from our intrepid convention-attending, field trip-taking columnist, Kate Drabinski.

This is my last Field Tripping column for City Paper. It has been a good run, a gift to be allowed to write every other week about another adventure in or

Like white dudes everywhere, Gavin McInnes is the only one who can define him, while he spends all his time defining eve...
10/30/2017
Proud Boy lawyer demands alt-weeklies not call "western chauvinist fraternity" alt-right

Like white dudes everywhere, Gavin McInnes is the only one who can define him, while he spends all his time defining everyone else. His disavowal of the term "alt-right" also shows just how ridiculous these "free-speech-loving" right-wingers are.

After last week's column, we got a cease-and-desist letter from the Proud Boys' lawyer, complaining that we described the "Western chauvinist"™ "far-right"™

Sweepstakes, a band that lives in sweet melancholic moments and though they describe themselves as “surf pop,” joins Win...
10/29/2017
Sunday: Wing Dam, Den-Mate, Leggy, Sweepstakes

Sweepstakes, a band that lives in sweet melancholic moments and though they describe themselves as “surf pop,” joins Wing Dam, Den-Mate, and Leggy tonight at The Crown.

Sweepstakes’ songs tend to boil over when Allyson Little’s voice rises to a fever pitch, breaking free of the endless catchy hooks and piercing the air...

Trio Jinx, Peabody Sinfonia, and others play "an evening of chamber music and awareness of the recent disaster in Puerto...
10/29/2017
Sunday: Music For Puerto Rico

Trio Jinx, Peabody Sinfonia, and others play "an evening of chamber music and awareness of the recent disaster in Puerto Rico."

Seeing so many people gathering supplies and donating money, time, and energy to helping Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria, has been...

Baltimore celebrates Halloween with a family-friendly festival  followed by a colorful parade of handcrafted illuminated...
10/28/2017
Saturday: Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival

Baltimore celebrates Halloween with a family-friendly festival followed by a colorful parade of handcrafted illuminated lanterns and artist-made floats.

Baltimore celebrates Halloween with a family-friendly festival followed by a colorful parade of handcrafted illuminated lanterns and artist-made floats.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Baltimore's historic buildings through Doors Open Baltimore 2017.
10/28/2017
Saturday-Sunday: Doors Open Baltimore

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Baltimore's historic buildings through Doors Open Baltimore 2017.

There are lots of places that are rarely open to the public throughout the year, or where it would be a little rude to just show up and snoop. As the name...

Young people involved in the juvenile justice system are given time, space, materials to make art, whether that's drawin...
10/27/2017
Friday: Baltimore Youth Arts First Annual Art Auction Halloween Party Fundraiser

Young people involved in the juvenile justice system are given time, space, materials to make art, whether that's drawing or painting or screenprinting or jewelry-making (and you can often buy their work at various shows and pop-ups around town). Those are just a few things BYA does, and they want to keep that important work going.

We named Baltimore Youth Arts this year's Best Artists in our Best of issue last month because we find their work compelling, radical, and urgent. Young...

A roundup of great Halloween events happening in Baltimore.
10/26/2017
Thursday-Tuesday: Halloween Roundup

A roundup of great Halloween events happening in Baltimore.

The City Paper staff will wrap our last ever issue, which comes out Nov. 1, the day before Halloween. Expect to see us drinking our grief away...

If you still need a Halloween costume, CP has got you covered. Here are print-out masks of a Gun Trace Task Force Member...
10/26/2017
City Paper Halloween Masks by Alex Fine

If you still need a Halloween costume, CP has got you covered. Here are print-out masks of a Gun Trace Task Force Member, a Baltimore Sun commenter, an ineffectual mayor of a mid-size city, the Fatberg, and more.

"This is an organization that operated in that area of Montford and Chase for quite some time," Baltimore Police Deputy ...
10/26/2017
Feds shut down another open-air drug shop; Baltimore abides

"This is an organization that operated in that area of Montford and Chase for quite some time," Baltimore Police Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere said.

Two-hundred police and federal agents from as far away as Georgia raided 13 locations in and around Baltimore this morning searching for drugs, money and guns

This week's low murder count is luck. There were 23 non-fatal shootings, including four double-shootings.
10/25/2017
Murder Ink: 3 murders this week, 285 murders this year

This week's low murder count is luck. There were 23 non-fatal shootings, including four double-shootings.

This week's low murder count is luck. There were 23 non-fatal shootings, including four double-shootings. Police arrested four people with handguns, and

What happened to the Mayor’s Safe Art Space Task Force and how is the DIY scene carrying on?
10/25/2017
In Hibernation

What happened to the Mayor’s Safe Art Space Task Force and how is the DIY scene carrying on?

So as the president and his administration continue to throw fits about athletes "disrespecting the flag," by taking a k...
10/23/2017
Bridge Over Troubled Water: How the right acts as a "bridge phenomenon" for white supremacists

So as the president and his administration continue to throw fits about athletes "disrespecting the flag," by taking a knee during the national anthem, they are actively supporting or receiving support from racist extremists who support either the Nazis or the confederacy.

In his tax speech in Pennsylvania last week, President Trump gave a shout out to "the great Jeffrey Lord."

Featuring a cast of local artists including Ed Schrader as Dewey, as well as Joy Postell, Love the Poet, Jenne Matthews,...
10/21/2017
Saturday: "School of Rock" Live Reading

Featuring a cast of local artists including Ed Schrader as Dewey, as well as Joy Postell, Love the Poet, Jenne Matthews, and more.

“School of Rock,” an absurdly unlikely mainstream film made by Austin hipster/Terrence Malick-acolyte Richard Linklater and misanthropic TV writer Mike White...

A hike for survivors and supporters that helps raise money for the Monument Quilt.
10/21/2017
Saturday: Hike for Healing

A hike for survivors and supporters that helps raise money for the Monument Quilt.

With everyone taking to Twitter etc. to talk out the utterly unsurprising sexual harrassment and assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein...

See the best thoroughbreds Maryland has to offer.
10/21/2017
Saturday: Jim McKay Maryland Million Day

See the best thoroughbreds Maryland has to offer.

The Preakness and Black-Eyed Susan Day are the highlights of the racing calendar that people who rarely set foot at a track know about. Jim McKay Maryland...

Especially with the club closed, the Bourbon Street sign on Guilford always felt ironic overlooking an area that couldn'...
10/20/2017
Soul Kitchen: Ida B's Table brings done-up soul food and Southern hospitality to downtown

Especially with the club closed, the Bourbon Street sign on Guilford always felt ironic overlooking an area that couldn't feel further from the boisterous heart of New Orleans. But through the window at Ida B's Table, where seats were filling up with families and couples and artists and activists I recognized from around, sipping coffee and passing plates of fried chicken, Bourbon Street's suggestion of life felt right.

I first visited Ida B's Table (235 Holliday St., [410] 844-0444, idabstable.com) during the soft opening back in September while I was on my one-hour lunch

It's like an unhinged hybrid of "A Woman Under The Influence," "The Thing," and Rihanna's 'Bitch Better Have My Money' m...
10/20/2017
Cut To The Feeling: "Possession," screening at the Parkway, is an immersive, gnarly sci-fi/horror domestic drama

It's like an unhinged hybrid of "A Woman Under The Influence," "The Thing," and Rihanna's 'Bitch Better Have My Money' music video.

And it's screening at the The SNF Parkway / Maryland Film Festival tonight and tomorrow night.

The hydragogic high point of Andrzej Zulawski's 1981 movie, "Possession," an all-anxiety sci-fi/horror exploration of a relationship ripped apart, is the scene

"You come here and you see those kids, they're happy. They're in seventh heaven, they're out there playing basketball in...
10/20/2017
Sixty years in, Cloverdale Courts remains a hooping staple in West Baltimore

"You come here and you see those kids, they're happy. They're in seventh heaven, they're out there playing basketball in the summertime. That's an opportunity, and we help to foster that."

The bustling Cloverdale Courts of 2017 are a far cry from what William Harris and four of his buddies discovered back in 1958. Searching for a safe new spot to

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