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  • In Vogue Marquis Clanton has traveled the world with an underground dance | 6/10/2014
  • Listening Party Friendbeast, Hive Bent, Expert Alterations, and Y.L.O. | 6/4/2014
  • Controlled Burn Bessma Khalaf explores that timeless man vs. nature conflict—spoiler alert: nature wins | 6/4/2014
  • Film Review: Ping Pong Summer Drown in nostalgia for the Ocean City of decades past | 6/4/2014
  • Booed Music What’s up with avant-garde music | 6/4/2014
  • Soccer Struggle The Nation’s sports editor talks about Brazil’s Dance with the Devil | 5/28/2014
  • National Identity Sheila Pree Bright’s portraits seek to annihilate cliches | 5/14/2014
  • Whole Lotta Lovecraft Fresh off the breakout success of his micro-budgeted found-footage flick WNUF Halloween Special, Chris LaMartina returns with his most ambitious outing Call Girl of Cthulhu | 5/7/2014
  • Stage Review: Sweeney Todd Stillpointe highlights the horrendous in their production of Sondheim’s classic | 5/7/2014
  • Stage Review: Chronotony Connor Kizer’s play imagines all time as a single moment | 4/30/2014
  • Stage Review: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark A play presents a hilariously bleak picture of the travails of early African-American performers in Hollywood | 4/23/2014
  • Soul Man Bosley plots a course toward pop stardom | 4/23/2014
  • The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret Glass Mind Theatre reaches for bald emotional honesty—with some success | 4/16/2014
  • Detroit Rock City Protomartyr creates musical world view with urban stories set to post-punk throb and garage-rock rush | 4/16/2014
  • Art Review: InDirect Effect Large-scale works reflect on perspective and structure | 4/9/2014
  • Booed Music What’s up with avant-garde music | 4/2/2014
  • Mr. Marmalade Home alone and abandoned and afraid and disturbed in the pitch-black comedy | 3/26/2014
  • Alex Queral Face|Book Sculptures skirt the line between art and kitsch | 3/26/2014
  • Sound Trumps Stuff Veteran underground musician Al Margolis reflects on changing music formats and commodity | 3/12/2014
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love Chekhov’s short plays plumb the absurdities of romantic life | 3/12/2014
  • Five Years Out of Your Head The vital music series celebrates a milestone | 2/26/2014
  • Film Review: Like Father, Like Son A hospital mix-up leads to a sometimes ham-handed examination of Japanese class differences | 2/19/2014
  • BiPolar School 33’s five-artist exhibit vacillates between elusive and alluring | 2/12/2014
  • Booed Music What’s up with avant-garde music | 2/12/2014
  • The BIG 1-0 Baltimore Improv Group, celebrating its 10th anniversary, continues to bravely strip off its improv instincts | 1/22/2014
  • Book Review: Work Ethic Tim Paggi’s new chapbook tackles the pressures and pleasures of adulthood | 1/8/2014
  • Art of War Coco Fusco investigates the role of aesthetics in human aggression | 1/8/2014
  • Booed Music What’s up with avant-garde music | 12/25/2013
  • Brothers in Horns John Dierker and Gregory Thompkins have shared a lifetime of music together | 11/27/2013
  • No Safe Harbor Laura Amussen’s first solo show in seven years is awash in tension | 11/13/2013
  • Gunwife Gone, Back Again Colorful indie crew returns to local scene, plays Anti-Death Fest | 11/6/2013
  • Booed Music What’s up with avant-garde music | 11/6/2013
  • The Spaces in between For Anne Watts and Boister, music is about the lives lived while making it | 10/9/2013
  • Album Review: Atlas Infinite Honey Such intimate tensions run through the 10 songs Infinite Honey delivers | 10/2/2013
  • Bards in a Car Furniture Press Books takes poetry to the brewery and on the road | 9/25/2013
  • God Is Love LOVE the Poet introduces a one-woman show based on interpretations of the Bible | 9/11/2013
  • Booed Music What’s up with avant-garde music | 9/11/2013
  • Biblical Imagery Ashe to Amen represents the efforts of African-Americans to assert an authorial voice in America | 9/4/2013
  • Strength in Numbers New label taps into Baltimore’s eclectic jazz scene | 8/28/2013
  • Boy N (and Out) the Hood MK Asante’s new memoir dissects inner-city life with fierce intelligence | 8/28/2013
  • Such Stuff as Dreams are made on Shakespeare’s substantial pageant is marred by last-minute cast change | 8/28/2013
  • Psychokinesis, Qu’est que c’est? D’Metrius Rice steals, borrows, appropriates, and misappropriates to arrive at original visual language | 8/21/2013
  • The Stage of Aquarius Stillpointe’s production of hippy-era musical raises interesting questions about history | 8/14/2013
  • Moving Art Gregory Vershbow’s photographs make us wonder what makes objects museum-worthy | 8/7/2013
  • Film Review: Jazz on a Summer’s Day This isn’t a spoiler: Mahalia Jackson is no joke. | 7/31/2013
  • Booed Music What’s up with avant-garde music | 7/24/2013
  • Oh the Humanity As Human Host, Mike Apichella reconnects with the creative spirits of ’90s Baltimore County | 7/24/2013
  • Krar Hero Krar Collective brings an electric update of Ethiopian music to Artscape | 7/17/2013
  • Colors of the Rainbow Baltimore Playwrights Festival lets many hues shine | 7/17/2013
  • I am, I said A night of monologues humanizes the homeless | 7/10/2013
  • Stage Review: Romeo and Juliet, by Baltimore Performance Kitchen Shakespeare’s classic play of teen love is given an update in Station North | 6/26/2013
  • Sharp Dressed Man Chris Schafer brings custom menswear back to Baltimore | 6/19/2013
  • Smoke and the Water Two solo shows exhibit mastery of medium | 6/19/2013
  • Film Review: Before Midnight Two young people who spent a magical night in Vienna in 1995’s Before Sunrise, miraculously reconnected nearly a decade later, in Paris, in 2004’s Before Sunset. | 6/12/2013
  • Booed Music What’s up with avant-garde music | 6/5/2013
  • Screwballs Iron Crow’s show explores gender as a performance with madcap hijinks | 6/5/2013
  • Visual Activists at Work LGBT Film Festival brings groundbreaking South African doc to town | 6/5/2013
  • Cool For Cats New EMP exhibit recalls “godawfulism”—in a good way | 5/29/2013
  • Lift Every Voice Ian Nagoski’s Canary Records collects less-heard streams of music | 5/29/2013
  • Community Metal Killing Machine Baltimore Rock Opera Society reaches epic new heights with Murdercastle | 5/8/2013
  • Say you want a revolution Single Carrot investigates 126-day hostage crisis in Peru | 4/24/2013
  • Seattle’s Super Sonics Kinski joins hometown contemporaries in embracing ’70s rawk | 4/10/2013
  • Booed Music What’s up with avant-garde music | 4/10/2013
  • Abstract Romance If Terrence Malick directed a soap opera, it just might look like this | 4/10/2013
  • Backdoor Economics The American obsession with smuggling, from the Boston Tea Party through today’s drug trade | 4/3/2013
  • Uncanny Valley Artist uses language of 20th century abstraction to examine current condition | 4/3/2013
  • Sunny Disposition Liz Meredith and John Somers go epic on five-LP box set | 3/20/2013
  • The Accidental Artist Experimental writing that aims for a broad audience | 3/20/2013
  • Persian Visions Contemporary Photography from Iran | 3/20/2013
  • The awkward teenage blues Stephanie Barber's new book, "Night Moves," recognizes that online commenting has become a form of literary modernism | 3/13/2013
  • No Words NOVO Festival lets the music do the talking | 3/6/2013
  • Booed Music What’s up with avant-garde music | 2/20/2013
  • Cotton Matters Jeffrey Kent’s Preach! seeks to deliver us from the history we may have forgotten | 2/20/2013
  • Awkward teenage Blues Stephanie Barber didn’t write one word in her new book, Night Moves (Publishing Genius). She didn’t even place one punctuation mark in its 70-something pages. She edited the text—if by “editing” you mean deleting the original authors’ names. | 2/13/2013
  • Falling Out Filmmaker explores the strained relationship with his father in an experimental documentary | 2/6/2013
  • Lost in Place Interactive show at Creative Alliance investigates our relationship to maps, space, and each other. | 2/6/2013
  • Chris Toll The kind intellectual | 1/2/2013
  • Booed Music What’s up with avant-garde and experimental | 1/2/2013
  • Liberty and Lunacy Reissue of 85-year-old book reminds of America’s history of cultish ideas | 12/26/2012
  • Dick in a Box Annex Theater brings the philosophical sci-fi of Philip K. Dick to the stage | 12/19/2012
  • The Art of War Exhibition forces us to see soldiers as artists | 12/5/2012
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me The challenging prequel to TV’s Twin Peaks | 11/28/2012
  • Surface Tension Two shows place experience above image | 11/28/2012
  • Booed Music What’s up with avant-garde and experimental | 11/14/2012
  • Red Flags Baltimore Performance Kitchen asks a lot from the audience | 10/29/2012
  • Murder By Numbers Local author looks at the forgotten victims of serial killers | 10/17/2012
  • Remembering Chris Toll Poet Chris Toll died on Sept. 27 at the age of 64. | 10/10/2012
  • Back to the Future Open Space show mines 1970s sci-fi speculation | 9/26/2012
  • Booed Music What’s up with avant-garde and experimental | 9/26/2012
  • Quiet Riot Leo Svirsky melds radical ideas and refined music | 8/29/2012
  • Running Free Horse Lords push Krautrock in adventurous new directions | 8/22/2012
  • Martin Amis: Lionel Asbo: State of England Martin Amis takes aim at the contemporary world | 8/22/2012
  • Go Tell It On Charles Street Station North Arts Café hosts James Baldwin conference | 7/25/2012
  • Booed Music What’s up with avant-garde and experimental | 7/25/2012
  • Red Tape Local horror filmmakers Chris LaMartina and Jimmy George bring their celebration of VHS’s idiosyncratic qualities to Artscape | 7/18/2012
  • Booed Music What’s up with avant-garde and experimental | 7/18/2012
  • Art of the party Terry Thompson’s paintings draw on his days as a Baltimore club DJ | 6/27/2012
  • Rewiring The Classics Americana meets electronica on new releases from Blues Control and Daughn Gibson | 6/20/2012
  • Gary B and the Notions How Do We Explode | 6/13/2012
  • Melting Pot Christopher LaVoie occupies a new gallery with slippery rage | 6/13/2012