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Sondheim finalists announced

April 18, 2014
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Sondheim finalists announced

This morning the Baltimore Office for Promotion and the Arts announced the seven finalists for the Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. After criticism that last year’s judges seemed to favor Washington, D.C.-based artists and strived too hard for social relevance—with four of the six finalists working in documentary photography or film–this year’s group...
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J. Roddy Walston and the Business release video for “Same Days”

April 17, 2014
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J. Roddy Walston and the Business release video for “Same Days”

When we first heard “Same Days” on Essential Tremors, the latest album from J. Roddy Walston and the Business, we thought it might be some kind of riff on the Talking Heads’ “Heaven,” the place “where nothing ever happens.” Instead, Walston told us that the words dealt with institutional child abuse. Wow. The video,...
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Film Review: Nymphomaniac: Volumes I and II

April 10, 2014
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Film Review: Nymphomaniac: Volumes I and II

Early on in Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, opening in two parts today at the Charles Theatre, my wife said: “Maybe we can have sex after this movie about sex.” Four hours later, when the credits finally rolled, she said, “I don’t think I ever want to have sex again.” So, thanks for that Lars....
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Walter Murch on Malaparte and the Multiverse

March 24, 2014
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Walter Murch on Malaparte and the Multiverse

Walter Murch is a living legend. Lawrence Weschler (who speaks at UMBC tomorrow) calls him “the smartest man in America.” Murch is responsible for the sound design or film editing on iconic films ranging from this year’s Particle Fever back to The English Patient, Star Wars, The Godfather, and Apocalypse Now, where he discovered...
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Vacant View: New Documentary to detail city’s problem with vacants

February 5, 2014
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Vacant View: New Documentary to detail city’s problem with vacants

Filmmakers Tarek Turkey and Julia Pitch are deep into Baltimore’s vacant housing problem. When we wrote about Wallhunters: The Slumlord Project, filmmakers Turkey and Pitch were always around, talking to street artists, activists, and residents. Turkey says he got interested in the issue when he was a senior in high school and started filming...
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BrokeAss Gourmet gets a TV show

February 4, 2014
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BrokeAss Gourmet gets a TV show

Gabi Moskowitz, whose BrokeAss Gourmet is a regular feature in CP, (she also shared her early experiences with waxing for last year’s Sex Issue) is moving from the pixels of the internet to the small screen of network TV. ABC Family has announced production of Young & Hungry which is based on, as Moskowitz...
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R.I.P. Pete Seeger

January 28, 2014
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R.I.P. Pete Seeger

Last May, I had the chance to spend a couple hours talking to Pete Seeger at George’s in the Peabody Court hotel. He was in town to speak at Peabody’s commencement. Later that night, I happened to be back in George’s. A man approached me. “Who was that man you were talking to this...
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Former CP Staffer Tom Scocca tells the smarmy bastards to fuck off

December 6, 2013
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Former CP Staffer Tom Scocca tells the smarmy bastards to fuck off

Finally. Over a decade after the supposed “death of irony” in the Twin Towers and the ascendency of brand-thinking, there is something of a manifesto, penned by former CP staffer Tom Scocca at Gawker, against the ever-widening influence of smarm, which he defines as “an assumption of the forms of seriousness, of virtue, of...
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After outcry, Geico edits ridiculous video about Baltimore music scene

November 21, 2013
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After outcry, Geico edits ridiculous video about Baltimore music scene

When we first noticed that the insurance company Geico was trying to use “indie” bands to give themselves credibility, we balked. Geico’s Indie Across America campaign seemed like a bad idea in general. But even worse, they were using a mediocre D.C. band to promote Baltimore. We tried to warn that band, Shark Week,...
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J. Roddy Walston and the Business rock Letterman

November 19, 2013
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J. Roddy Walston and the Business rock Letterman

Baltimore’s favorite badass long-haired rockers will appear on the David Letterman show this *Thursday, according to the band’s Facebook page. The boys in the Business must be getting pretty used to the teevee, as HBO’s bad-boy ballplayer Kenny Powers’ rocked out to one of their songs on the show’s finale last Sunday. Essential Tremors,...
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Erotic Art Show at Gallery 788

November 8, 2013
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Erotic Art Show at Gallery 788

“We’re the only gallery in Baltimore with a glory hole,” said Eduardo Rodriguez at the opening of Gallery 788’s fifth annual Erotic Art show, and the first in its new Hampden location. They actually didn’t have a glory hole, but they did have a spanking station and a stripper pole (both of which, being...
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Wendel Patrick on 40 years of hip hop

October 25, 2013
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Wendel Patrick on 40 years of hip hop

Wendel Patrick has brought together many of the city’s best musicians and MCs, including Eze Jackson, John Dierker, Jon Lipscomb, and Kane Mayfield, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of hip hop at the Windup Space tonight by creating live versions of hip hop classics. We called Patrick to ask how this project came about....
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GEICO offers to give Baltimore an identity by promoting shitty D.C. band

October 2, 2013
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GEICO offers to give Baltimore an identity by promoting shitty D.C. band

“Baltimore, beautiful city, little bit of a lack of an identity though, especially when it is so close to Washington, D.C.. It has a bit of a tendency to get overshadowed. And bands from have a tendency to move . Because there is kind of a scene in D.C. which Baltimore has...
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Mole Suit Choir at Creative Alliance and curators’ talk and closing of Knowing at 405

September 26, 2013
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Mole Suit Choir at Creative Alliance and curators’ talk and closing of Knowing at 405

If you think you have too much to do tonight, try being Liz Downing. As part of the Mole Suit Choir, one of our favorite new bands, she and Normals Books’ Rupert Wondolowski create the kind of space folk that follows in the tradition of the Holy Modal Rounders, with the kind of surreal,...
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Album review: Another Self Portrait by Bob Dylan

August 30, 2013
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Album review: Another Self Portrait by Bob Dylan

When Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait came out in 1970, everybody hated it. But, by the early ’90s, when I discovered it, we weren’t expecting Dylan to be the “voice of a generation” or to save us in any way at all–except, perhaps, from the shitty music that flooded the airwaves of our generation. It...
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Cute cats, drunken rants, and great books

August 16, 2013
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Cute cats, drunken rants, and great books

There was a while when everybody who launched a Kickstarter campaign thought it was big news that needed to go on the cover of the local alterantive weekly. And we are hoping that this post does not encourage you to return to that mind-frame, because really, begging your friends for money is generally about...
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Listen: Teach Me Equals

August 13, 2013
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Listen: Teach Me Equals

Last weekend we went to the Windup Space to see a couple of our favorite bands, Impatience Machine and Jonathan Badger, both of whom use their highly-trained classical chops to produce something between classical, avant jazz, and rock and rock and roll (full disclosure: Impatience Machine’s Ruby Fulton and City Paper contributor Michael Shank,...
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FORCE hosts community conversation around monument for survivors of sexual assault

August 6, 2013
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FORCE hosts community conversation around monument for survivors of sexual assault

We talked to Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle last February when they were planning to create a temporary monument for survivors of sexual assault, by projecting “I can’t forget what happened, but no one else remembers” on the reflecting pool on the Mall in Washington, D.C. “This temporary monument is a call to create...
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GEICO poses as indie; Shark Week takes bait

July 15, 2013
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GEICO poses as indie; Shark Week takes bait

GEICO is apparently under the impression that being “indie” is “so easy a caveman could do it.” The uber-annoying insurance giant is sponsoring “GEICO Presents Indie across America,” which features “today’s hottest emerging bands.” Washington D.C. band Shark Week took the bait and will be playing under GEICO’s reptilian banner at 8×10 on Thursday,...
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As Virginia-based artist wins Sondheim Prize, Mayor urges artists who can’t afford D.C. and New York to move to Baltimore

July 15, 2013
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As Virginia-based artist wins Sondheim Prize, Mayor urges artists who can’t afford D.C. and New York to move to Baltimore

Saturday night in the auditorium of the Walters’ Museum, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced that Gabriela Bulisova, an artist from Northern Virginia, won the $30 thousand Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, “Baltimore’s Most Prestigious Art Award.” (Artscape’s website reported that the award was $25 thousand, but M&T Bank announced they would once again add $5 grand...
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