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  • Altscape: Recommended alternative Artscape themes

    Altscape: Recommended alternative Artscape themes

    Putting together the country’s largest free arts festival seems a formidable undertaking to say the least, and hats off to the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts for pulling it off year after year. That said, there is room for improvement—case in point, the themes. This year, it’s “Camp Artscape:...

  • City Paper's guide to Artscape 2017

    City Paper's guide to Artscape 2017

    FRIDAY Amirror Don’t miss Baltimore singer, City Paper Big Music Issue honoree, and fabulous colorful wig wearer Amirror at Artscape this year. In that issue, CP contributor Nia Hampton said she first heard Amirror at a Kahlon event during First Fridays in Station North, and the performance brought...

  • The 2017 Fiction and Poetry Issue

    The 2017 Fiction and Poetry Issue

    The 2017 Fiction and Poetry Issue Edited by Rebekah Kirkman Saida Agostini Olu Butterfly Woods Janea Kelly Charlie Jay Anna K. Crooks Suzanne Doogan Sharea Harris Grace Davis Maya Martinez Alain Ginsberg Lily Herman Caitlin Goldblatt jessica hudgins Ellen Paul Aurora Engle-Pratt celeste doaks Evan...

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Self Help: Kendrick Lamar's "DAMN." as intervention

Kung Fu Kenny, the 5-foot-5 giant and hip-hop's resident Vitruvian Man, awoke from his sleep to deliver us his fourth studio album back in April—"DAMN.," a proper follow-up to put detractors of 2015's "To Pimp A Butterfly" back in their cocoons. "DAMN." is a 14-track, 55-minute cathartic therapy...



Visual Art

  • Staring at the Sondheim

    Staring at the Sondheim

    The Sondheim finalists, reviewed—and inching toward an art practice based in resistance

  • Artist Gloria Garrett makes art with makeup

    Artist Gloria Garrett makes art with makeup

    Gloria Garrett is moving her hands. She is moving her arms in wide circles. She is pacing, gesticulating, dancing, and talking. Gloria Garrett talks loudly: "Those dolls are made from old sheets! You cover them with wax paper and then iron them. That wreath is made from a hanger. This is the picture...



The City Paper staff's recommended summer reading

David Gessner, "Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth" (Riverhead Books) A sprawling memoir and charting of one semi-toxic male's evolution as viewed through the oft-derided, but very popular and high-impact sport of ultimate frisbee, "Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My...