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  • Behind the Scenes at The BBQ in Photos

    Behind the Scenes at The BBQ in Photos

    The BBQ on Greenmount blasts blues and proffers pulled pork, pit beef, and ribs that are delicious but won't leave you falling into a food coma either, all without being so damn bougie about it. That's important. No really—while there is a tendency to kick against everything even remotely respectability-grabbing...

  • On Baltimore's climate of fear and righting systemic wrongs

    On Baltimore's climate of fear and righting systemic wrongs

    Between Pratt Street and the waters of the Inner Harbor lie three beams recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York. The marble base on which they rest bears memory to the 68 Marylanders whose lives ended there on Sept. 11, 2001. I never knew those people, but I watched them...

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: down for Trump, Amerikkka, Pugh, up for Baltimore Bloc

    Baltimore City Power Rankings: down for Trump, Amerikkka, Pugh, up for Baltimore Bloc

    ⬆︎ Baltimore Bloc Baltimore came out in a big way for a rally-turned-impromptu-march in solidarity with Charlottesville. On Sunday, about a thousand people took to the streets of Charles Village following a rally at Wyman Park Dell near the Lee-Jackson Monument. Organized by Baltimore Bloc, the...

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  • Murder Ink: 7 murders this week, 218 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 7 murders this week, 218 murders this year

    While violence elsewhere captures national attention, Baltimore City's violence continues at record levels. Aside from the murders, there were also 18 non-fatal shootings this week, including a triple-shooting on Sunday. Tuesday, Aug. 8 1:21 a.m. Tyrese Davis, a 15-year-old African-American boy,...

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: Baltimore Ceasefire edition

    Baltimore City Power Rankings: Baltimore Ceasefire edition

    ⬆︎ Erricka Bridgeford Bridgeford, the public face of Baltimore Ceasefire, had a lot on her plate this weekend, but she handled it with grace. She said what needed to be said—focusing on community, trauma, and joy—rather than what was "supposed" to be said, showed up at the spot of the first homicide...

  • Murder Ink: 7 murders this week, 211 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 7 murders this week, 211 murders this year

    The murder-per-day pace continues despite the best efforts of community mediators and police. Four people were shot at noon on Aug. 2 at the intersection of Broadway and Eager Street. One 30-year-old man was in such bad shape that homicide was notified, although since then there has been no update....

Democracy in Crisis

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White Supremacy, Monuments, and Power

Donald Trump's press conference, in which he defended the racists in Charlottesville and attacked those there to protest them, was one of the worst performances of his presidency. And it came a day after the Durham statue to Confederate soldiers came down thanks to activists who took it into their...

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Tough guys, cute cats, and dark hippies in "The Long Goodbye"

By the time Robert Altman has dumped '50s leftover Philip Marlowe (Elliott Gould) into the '70s, the utopian dreams of the '60s are on the last legs of their own long goodbye. Hippie communalism has given way to new age self-help. The discourse of civil rights is being co-opted by institutions...More

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  • 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...

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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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Mr. Standing 450: Rich Swann's journey from Rosedale to the WWE

Rich Swann's first memory of pro wrestling is a vivid one: He was 5 years old and watching "Power Rangers" when his older brother came home from basketball and turned the TV to "Monday Night Raw," the flagship program of the WWE—then WWF. "There's Bret Hart with the jacket, the awesome pink lights,...

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