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Dr. Francis Nunez Cardozo and Baltimore’s struggle for Civil Rights

June 10, 2014
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Dr. Francis Nunez Cardozo and Baltimore’s struggle for Civil Rights

One hundred years ago, the Maryland General Assembly wrapped up its annual session in a lively debate over whether or not to racially segregate streetcars in Maryland. HB 904, sponsored by George Arnold Frick (D) from the 3rd District of Baltimore, would have required all operators of electric railways in Maryland to establish segregated...
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Steel Panther and their “Fanthers”: On the Prowl

May 19, 2014
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Steel Panther and their “Fanthers”: On the Prowl

The heavy metal band Steel Panther played the Fillmore in Silver Spring on Friday night, May the 16, 2014. I was invited to the show with a group of friends, and only after agreeing to go did I then watch a few YouTube videos of the band. That is when I realized what I had...
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954 artists think Baker Award jurors are idiots—but no one knows for sure

May 2, 2014
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954 artists think Baker Award jurors are idiots—but no one knows for sure

Three artists are extremely happy with the anonymous jurors of the  2014 Mary Sawyer Baker and b grants. Those three, Todd Marcus, Brent Crothers, and Chris Bathgate, each won a $25,000 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. In the estimation of these artists, surely, the judges have the best taste in town. Three other artists disagree,...
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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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SXSW Postscript: Soul Survives

March 28, 2014
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SXSW Postscript: Soul Survives

In the wake of the Dap-Tones’ triumphs with both Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse, not to mention the related success by Adele, Charles Bradley, Aloe Blacc and Joss Stone, the retro-soul movement has gathered considerable momentum. So it was no surprise to encounter plenty of old-school R&B artists—both young and old—at this year’s South...
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CP at SXSW: San Fermin blend contemporary art music and Brooklyn indie-rock

March 17, 2014
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CP at SXSW: San Fermin blend contemporary art music and Brooklyn indie-rock

The South by Southwest Music Conference does a pretty good job of incorporating other genres into its rockcentric extravaganza; in recent years hip-hop and worldbeat especially have become major presences. But the conference has never quite known what to do with jazz. They always showcase a few jazz shows at the Elephant Room, but...
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Open Walls Baltimore 2 comes to Station North this spring and summer

March 11, 2014
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Open Walls Baltimore 2 comes to Station North this spring and summer

Open Walls Baltimore, the project bringing together local and international street artists to create large murals in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, is set to bring 15 new works this spring and summer. Artists from as far away as Finland and Peru are coming to the city to paint murals “to produce...
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J. Cole to headline Hopkins Spring Fair

February 14, 2014
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J. Cole to headline Hopkins Spring Fair

J. Cole was announced by video (below) this week as the headliner for the 2014 Johns Hopkins Spring Fair, the 43rd year of the largest student-run fair in the country. The concert will be held at 8pm on Friday, April 25th, at the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center. North Carolina-based rapper J. Cole rose...
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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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Red Emma’s set to open in Station North

November 15, 2013
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Red Emma’s set to open in Station North

When we toured Red Emma’s new North Avenue location last summer, the collective had just removed the drop ceilings and uncovered the terrazzo floors. It was starting to look good, but they still had a long way to go. When we stopped by last week, Cullen Nawalkowsky was in the process of stocking the...
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Live Review: Lucero at Baltimore Soundstage

November 8, 2013
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Live Review: Lucero at Baltimore Soundstage

“You were 16 when you fell in love,” Ben Nichols sang at the Baltimore Soundstage Thursday night. “No one told you it won’t be enough.” Nichols, Lucero’s 39-year-old lead singer and chief songwriter, was there to tell you. Wearing a shapeless white T-shirt, a faded green baseball cap, a jaw covered in stubble and...
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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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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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Album Review: Blurred Lines, by Robin Thicke

July 24, 2013
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Album Review: Blurred Lines, by Robin Thicke

Blurred Lines is Robin Thicke’s sixth solo album, and fifth with Star Trak Records, the label founded by hitmaking producer Pharrell Williams. Curiously, the title track, which has been topping charts and ruling radio all summer, is only the second actual collaboration between Thicke and Williams. Indeed, for most of his career, Thicke has...
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Matic 808 remixes Kanye’s Yeezus

July 11, 2013
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Matic 808 remixes Kanye’s Yeezus

Over the weekend, producer Matic 808 (formerly known as Lil Matic) released Yeezus: The Baltimore Club Edition, a raw, uncooked Bmore-leaning take on every track from Kanye West’s Yeezus. Yes, every track. It’s an ambitious, inspired, and quasi-viral undertaking. Matic knows when to give listeners exactly what they want and do club music as...
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J. Cole surprise show at Baltimore Soundstage tonight

June 13, 2013
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J. Cole surprise show at Baltimore Soundstage tonight

On this week’s Short List, we clued you in that North Carolina rapper J. Cole would be making a surprise stop on his “Dollar and a Dream” tour in town tonight, with the location to be disclosed. This morning, Baltimore Soundstage tweeted that it would be the location for the show. Tickets are $1...
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Preview: Plasmic Patterns at Baltimore Theatre Project

June 13, 2013
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Preview: Plasmic Patterns at Baltimore Theatre Project

By John Barry Starting Thursday, Baltimore Theatre Project will be hosting Plasmic Patterns, a collaboration between choreographer/dancer Naoko Maeshiba and experimental musician/composer Andy Hayleck. Maeshiba’s pieces have always skirted the lines between theatre and dance and incorporate Noh Theatre elements from her native Japan. Hayleck is a Baltimore-based sound artist and composer, who is...
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Shiiiit button brings the Wire’s Clay Davis to your desktop

June 12, 2013
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Shiiiit button brings the Wire’s Clay Davis to your desktop

We came across the Wire-inspired website shiiiit.com today. It has a “Shiiiit Button” beside a picture of  Clay Davis, the fictional and corrupt state senator on David Simon’s show. Below it is the “patented shiiiit counter.”  When you push the botton with your cursor, Davis says “shiiiit.” The Wire continues to inspire.
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Maryland Deathfest Day 4: Speedwolf, Sleep, Pentagram shred; Venom cut off for curfew

May 28, 2013
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Maryland Deathfest Day 4: Speedwolf, Sleep, Pentagram shred; Venom cut off for curfew

On the final day of Maryland Deathfest, the line for re-entry wrapped around the entire parking lot a half hour after the doors opened. Many suspected it was for security reasons, but upon entering, the security guards didn’t pat down anyone, and security seemed to be fairly relaxed. Speedwolf, one of the more anticipated...
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Artscape lineup announced

May 28, 2013
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Artscape lineup announced

Artscape’s organizers announced the line up for the festival’s Wells Fargo Main Stage at a press conference this morning. On Friday, July 19th, the festival kicks off with an all-R&B lineup, featuring Brittanie Thomas at 4:30, Bridget Kelly at 6, and Kem at 7:30. On Saturday, the 20th, contest winners iLyAIMY kick things off...
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