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After the Ceasefire
Lisa Snowden-McCray talks
to Erricka Bridgeford
Photos by Devin Allen
THIS WEEK’S SHOWS
NOVEMBER DECEMBER (cont.)
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The Lone Bellow w/ Up and Vanished Live Sa NOV 11
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Rob Bell
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w/ Battery • Worriers • Big Hush . Th 21
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Tony Kill • Echelon The Seeker
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The Pietasters w/ Bumpin’ Uglies • OG Lullabies • Dawkins • On Sale Friday, November 17 at 10am
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A Drag Queen Christmas .......NOV 26 Dixie Dregs
DECEMBER JANUARY
Yann Tiersen.................................. DEC 5 (Complete Original Lineup
Priests The Dead Milkmen AN EVENING WITH
with Steve Morse, Rod Morgenstein,
w/ Blacks Myths & Mellow Diamond . F 1 w/ Mindless Faith ...........................F 5 Allen Sloan, Andy West,
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Mogwai w/ Xander Harris ........Su 10 Arkells w/ Irontom .............................. Sa 18 Shamir w/ Partner ................................ F 15
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AN EVENING WITH herMajesty
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Hiss Golden Messenger .....M 11 & Honest Haloway ..................Sa JAN 13
& The Monsters ...................Th 25 Moonchild .......................................... Tu 21
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Letter From
The Editor-in-Chief
Last week, Devin Allen, the Baltimore photographer who
continues to make a name for himself with his arresting, graceful
shots of this city and the people in it (go get his book “A Beautiful
Ghetto”), agreed to take the cover shot for this, the first issue of our
new weekly newspaper.
Separately, organizer Erricka Bridgeford, fresh off the second
Baltimore Ceasefire, agreed to talk to us about what she’s learned
since she launched the city-unifying effort aimed at stopping
Baltimore’s troubling murder rate.
The two agreed to meet me on a cold and rainy Tuesday in
Bridgeford’s old West Baltimore neighborhood for a photoshoot.
Allen looked at Bridgeford. Bridgeford looked at Allen.
“Were you . . . a teacher?” Allen asked her.
Yes, she was, she confirmed. Then, she was known as Ms.
T. (short for Thomas, Bridgeford’s maiden name). It turns out
Bridgford was Allen’s kindergarten teacher.
The two screamed, hugged, and snapped a photo together.
This coincidence—this little bit of magic—in what would turn
out to be a busy, stressful week taught me some things. First,
Bridgeford has been a nurturer from way back. Second, according
to Bridgeford, Allen was curious, high-spirited, and whip-smart,
even when he was a little guy.
Everything has to start somewhere. Roots run deep.
We’re starting now with this very newspaper. But we grow out
of the journalistic roots of Baltimore’s old alt-weekly, the Baltimore
City Paper, and other alt-weeklies around the country, staffed by
people who work hard to fill in the details that traditional media Erricka Bridgeford and Devin Allen
often miss, and tell stories that people from all walks of life can
Photo Courtesy Bridgeford
appreciate.
In these pages you’ll find that interview with Bridgeford,
along with information about lots of other events happening in
the city. You will also find an interview that some local students
conducted with famed writer and essayist Chimamanda Ngozi
Adichie. We’d like to note here that in explaining her particular
brand of feminism Adichie has made some troubling comments
about trans women, comments that deserve to be challenged.
But in this instance we’ve chosen instead to focus on the young
people and how they wielded their opportunity to interview one
of the most celebrated authors of our time.
When we announced that we intended to start a new
newspaper, the support that we got before we’d even printed a
word was overwhelming and positive. Journalism isn’t dead, print
isn’t dead, and people will always search out ways to communicate
with one another.
Thank you for your warm welcome. Please keep reading, but
also hold us accountable. We want to make this a place where
people from all parts of the city are seen and heard. Welcome to
the Baltimore Beat.

Lisa Snowden-McCray
Editor-in-Chief
The Baltimore Beat

BALTIMOREBEAT.COM
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• T arget announced it would close its
Mondawmin location in February
because it was underperforming. Crucial
to the redesign of Mondawmin Mall, the
Target was a badly needed resource for
many who didn’t have access to lots of


shopping options in an area that had
been neglected for years. Maybe we The Baltimore Museum of Art
should consider investing locally and stop announced that in conjunction
trying so hard to court giant corporate with a solo exhibition by famed artist
structures who will pull out the moment Mark Bradford, whom BMA Director
things don’t benefit them. Christopher Bedford has called “the


greatest living abstract painter,”
In response to the alarming Bradford will start a partnership with
homicide rate and attacks by teens Greenmount West Community Center,
in neighborhoods that don’t usually providing training and equipment for a
see that sort of thing, Mayor Catherine silk-screening project for kids. At a public
Pugh decided that the heads of more talk hosted at Union Baptist Church
than half of city agencies must meet up over the weekend, Bradford and the
at police headquarters every morning BMA team emphasized the importance
to better combat crime—which pretty of strengthening community-driven
much means everybody answers to projects that already exist and work,
the police now? Crime is a symptom, rightly echoing the sentiments of local
not the disease, and it might help us organizers.


all if we thought about it that way. Our
other complaint? The mayor called for Where there is black pain, there will
the private sector to help finance a $10 always be white people looking to
million expansion of the highly effective profit. Over on Twitter, one-time-officer-
Safe Streets program while continuing to turned-police-brutality-pundit Michael
find more and more public funding for Wood claimed that race was just “a social
police and private developers. construct,” identified himself as “anti-


identity politics,” and said that black
In response to attacks by teens in women were falsely claiming “special
neighborhoods that don’t usually see exemption.” The internet—in particular
that sort of thing, Commissioner Kevin Morgan University’s Dr. Lawrence
Davis has announced a number of hasty Brown—came for him, much to the
crime prevention plans including one delight of many in Baltimore who are
where young-looking undercover cops sick of Wood’s white-centered wokeness.


go to the neighborhoods to catch the
bad kids, “21 Jump Street” style. Davis’ A 2014 incident involving Baltimore
Illustration by Alex Fine
other big plan? Throw more teens in resident Jamal Kennedy and
jail and charge 16-year-olds as adults— Baltimore City Police outside Melba’s

Week In Review
something the law demands for violent Place in Waverly has resulted in a
crime but a policy that has been shown $135,000 settlement with the city, the
not to work. Baltimore Brew reported last week.


Kennedy sued the city, claiming officers
With over a dozen allegations of sexual acted inappropriately when they tasered
All that is frustrating, exciting maddening, and misconduct leveled against Kevin and beat him (the officers were cleared
Spacey, Netflix has fired their leading in court of all wrongdoing). The money,
occasionally heartening in Baltimore—and man from “House of Cards”—and good like all police settlements, comes with
not covered elsewhere in the issue riddance. Production has been put on hold
while writers on show, which is filmed in
a gag order silencing Kennedy from
talking about the specifics of his case.


Baltimore and other parts of Maryland,
are scrambling to rewrite the final season. There were four homicides in
Locally, groups like Hollaback Baltimore Baltimore over the past week (Nov.
have been putting together discussions 6-13, the week before the Beat to
and workshops as the #metoo movement press), with two on Nov. 6 (Latasha
pushes on and more stories come out. Walls, Winfield Parker) and two on Nov.
It’s time to reevaluate how we respond to 12 (Dashon Griffin, Gerald Gardner). It
abuse. follows the second ceasefire weekend


where there was one homicide on Nov. 4
Governor Larry Hogan condemned Roy (Tony Mason Jr.) and a brief burst of hope
Moore after the Alabama maniac was where residents saw no homicides for
accused of propositioning a 14-year-old most of last week. As of Nov. 13, day 316 of
40 years ago. While some have doubled 2017, Baltimore has had 305 homicides.
down in support of Moore, Hogan at least
said Moore has got to go, declaring him
“unfit for office” and asking if Republicans
“would be so quick to excuse him if the
victim was their daughter or if the offender
was a Democrat.” The bar for Republicans
to do the right thing is so low.

NOVEMBER 15, 2017
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we
Public meetings, support
the
Activist events, more. alternative
Trial Board Hearings: Lt. Brian Rice.
and
Second of five disciplinary hearings held as independent
a result of the 2015 death of Freddie Gray.
Through Nov. 17, 9 a.m., University of Balti- voice.
more Learning Commons Town Hall, 1420
N. Charles St., civilrights.baltimorecity.gov.
Baltimore Community Relations
Commission. Monthly meeting of the
group, which works to investigate dis-
crimination claims in Baltimore City. Nov. congratulations
15, 8:30 a.m., The Office of Civil Rights and baltimore
Wage Enforcement, 7 E. Redwood St., (410)
396-3141, CivilRights@Baltimorecity.gov.
West Wednesdays. Tawanda Jones,
beat
the sister of Tyrone West, a man killed in po-
lice custody in July 2013 has been gathering
every Wednesday with other activists in the
city to call attention to West’s death and
police brutality in Baltimore. Nov. 15, at the
corner of Greenmount Ave. and 33rd St., 6:30
p.m., and Nov. 22, at the Northeast District
Police station, 1900 Argonne Drive, 6:30 p.m.
DPW Hosts Plastic Bag Takeback, 201 e fort ave.
Free Community Shredding. The Depart- south baltimore
ment of Public Works hosts a plastic bag
takeback where residents get one reus-
@idlehourbaltimore
able bag for every five they give up. There
will also be free paper shredding for city
residents and recycle bins for sale. Nov. 18,
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Baltimore City Community
College, 2900 Liberty Heights Ave., (410)
2016’s Trans March Of Resilience 396-4511, publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/
events/celebrating-america-recycles-day. NOW ONLINE
Baltimore Beat Photo by Brandon Soderberg NAACP Baltimore Town Hall. A
panel of local leaders look for solu- BALTIMOREBEAT.COM
tions to challenges like housing, unem-
ployment, and crime. Nov. 18, 3-5 p.m.,
Trans March of Resilience Douglas Memorial Community Church,
1325 Madison Ave., eventbrite.com/e/
naacp-baltimore-town-hall-tickets-
N O V . 2 0 38793179444?aff=efbneb.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Transgender Day of Remembrance has been held internationally in Novem- Training. Public education program
ber since 1998 to honor and bring attention to transgender lives lost to violence— that teaches ways to identify and help
and each year, it seems, the need for this gesture grows more necessary. In 2016, a young person in mental health crisis.
27 reported murders of transgender people broke 2015’s record of 21 murders, Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Nov. 19, 2-6 p.m.,
and 2017 is on track to match or exceed that 27. As of press time, 23 transgender Community Mediation of Baltimore,
people have been murdered in the United States this year—and all but two of the 3333 Greenmount Ave., (410) 467-9165,
victims were people of color. One of those victims was Baltimore’s own Alphonza communitymediation.org.
Watson, who was shot in the Barclay neighborhood on March 22. At a vigil honor- Legal Observer Training. The Nation-
ing her life held by the Baltimore Transgender Alliance at Station North’s Ynot Lot al Lawyer’s Guild: University of Baltimore
a few days later, Monica Stevens, founder of transgender network Sistas of the T, Chapter offers training for those who want
lamented “I’m not just sick of the killing, I’m sick of people not seeing the beauty to be legal observers at action, protests, etc.
of our diversity.” Learn how to be one of those people in the
In that spirit of perseverance and celebration of life, the Baltimore Transgen- bright green hats. Nov. 20, 12 p.m.,John and
der Alliance marks Transgender Day of Remembrance once again with the third Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 019,
annual Trans March of Resilience. “While previous celebrations held on this day 1401 N. Charles St..
were focused on remembering our loss; the [Trans March of Resilience] has al- Committee Meeting: Judiciary and
ways been about reminding us of our strength,” reads the event’s Facebook page. Legislative Investigations. The Judiciary
“This strength exists in many forms, in our integrity to our truest selves & in the and Legislative Investigations committee
community we have built for each other.” The march will start from the Ynot Lot gathers to call on the Baltimore Delega-
and will follow with a free banquet at 2640 Space complete with performances tion to the 2018 Maryland General As-
from Coco Nicole, DJ Pancakes, Rahne Alexander, and others. Assembly at 5:30 sembly to change the city’s police district
p.m., Ynot Lot, 1904 N. Charles St.; banquet at 7 p.m., 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul St., boundaries. Public comment is encour-
facebook.com/bmoretransalliance, free. (Maura Callahan) aged. Nov. 20, 5 p.m., Du Burns Council
Chamber, Baltimore City Hall, 100 Holli-
day St. baltimorecitycouncil.com.

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ALL WE GOT, ALL WE NEED
300 Gangstas give away turkeys and counter the non-profit industrial complex
By Brandon Soderberg bsoderberg@baltimorebeat.com

Last year, 300 Gangstas, a radically rising, really—happened, that was an for a moment and then repeats. knew they needed someone who knew
pragmatic collective of gang mem- opportunity for people to come get this “All nations. White, black, yellow, green, how to march and stepped in.
bers and organizers, gave out about money and that’s why 300 Gangstas Christian, Blood, Crip, BGF, ex-addict, who- Since the uprising, 300 Gangstas
100 donated turkeys to families in need stepped out on the frontline so people ever actually want to help,” he says. has stuck around. Its core dozen or so
on Monument Street, all the while also didn’t get it twisted, because these peo- These are 300 Gangstas’ people, members—including co-founder Big
hosting a block party, dropping plenty ple weren’t out here when the problems and these are the people who can get Wolfe, a Blood no longer in the life; and
of knowledge, and clothing and feed- were here—they were only here when things done. Bonez, also a Blood and a writer, educa-
ing the homeless, and this year they’ll the cameras were here,” Lugar says. “The “The guys and girls we go after are tor, and prognosticator of yoga—pop up
do it again. Freddie Gray situation was comprehen- the ones that people throw away—the wherever needed. 300 was present with
“Our goal is basically to inspire,” says sive but there are kids and people in ones that people feel are lost,” Lugar the Fruits Of Islam for overnight events
Ray Lugar, 300 Gangstas’ head of enter- those communities still dealing with it adds. “We see their potential. They just during Baltimore Ceasefire and for Tent
tainment and a veteran rapper, posted now and they were dealing with it be- need someone to stop in and show City, the 10-day homeless encampment
up with 300 Gangstas co-founder PFK fore then too.” them some love.” and protest in front of City Hall.
Boom at the park on St. Paul and Lafay- Indeed, a whole bunch of social jus- “It takes the people who are afflict- “What we did at Tent City was we pro-
ette streets. “We want you to get involved tice-oriented groups have fallen by the ed and conflicted to understand the re- vided security,” Boom says. “But my kids’
in your own transformation and we use wayside or collapsed post-uprising. 300 alness,” Boom says. mother and daughter was also feeding
ourselves as an example.” Men, the anti-gun violence campaign Boom was one of the afflicted. He them spaghetti for the first few days too—
the city wasn’t providing any of that.”
“The volunteers there stayed the
night, that experience was a represen-
tation of what 300 Gangstas was about:
You had people from different walks
down there to support Tent City. They
were about the sacrifice, man,” Lugar
says. “We were there for them, it was
more than security.”
The longview is proper, cop-free
community policing. It’s through reach-
ing people on their level and realistically
that change can happen—it has almost
nothing to do with the city or the state
or any elected officials. Wolfe has de-
clared that his goal is to put a 300 Gang-
stas chapter (or as he’d write it “khapter”)
in cities around the country.
“It’s about people taking owner-
ship,” Lugar says. “We want to build that.
Right now we have to be the faces of
it, but it’s not about 300 Gangstas. We
need to show when it’s not us, when it’s
all the people doing the work. And we
want to inspire people our age as well.
‘Just let it go, the times is different,’ peo-
ple say. You can’t complain about how
times is different, you played a role in
accepting: Terms change, but we gonna
PFK Boom and Ray Lugar of 300 Gangstas have to change.”
“It’s crazy how certain things didn’t
Photo by J.M. Giordano change but then you look at the unrest
and a new generation, most of these
kids are from the Sheila Dixon era, so
they see someone who stole gift cards,”
“The movement is important: By me which predated the uprising (the name was charged with murder in 1993 and Boom says. “And now they got Pugh, and
knowing you, you knowing me, all these 300 Gangstas, by the way, is a churlish spent years in solitary confinement until when she talks they hear their mom or
collectives can grow,” Boom says. “If we response to 300 Men’s respectability pol- he was found not guilty in 1995. Out of their dad and shit—”
all throw $10 out and someone who has itics) has been mostly silent over the past that experience came a commitment to “You all right ma?” Lugar shouts
$50 can pull that out for someone who two years despite praise from police and helping others, a focus on changing how across the street, interrupting Boom.
doesn’t have $10, then you can get it, other city officials, and initiatives such as ex-felons are treated, and a hyper-co- A woman in a walker is wheezing,
they can get it, and we can get it.” former mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s gent rage that motivates him. He’s a struggling to move up the slight incline
This year’s turkey giveaway will take One Baltimore shuttered last year with lit- masterful talker—like an amalgamation of Lafayette Street.
place at Latrobe Homes public housing tle evidence it did much of anything be- of H. Rap Brown, 2Pac, and Bernie Mac— Lugar dashes across the street to
on Nov. 18. The event is an extension of the yond pay some people’s salaries. and a bold, unafraid organizer. Just a few check on her— there are more important
work 300 Gangstas began during the Bal- “All money isn’t good money...We days after Freddie Gray’s death, in the things than this interview, than talking.
timore Uprising, when they were founded don’t take any money that we don’t early days of the uprising, Boom helped There’s action.
as major players in the much-publicized put into the movement,” Boom says. marshall a large protest of mostly teens She just lives up the street and
“gang truce” and as a corrective to many of “You know what ‘GANGSTAS’ mean? from Gilmor Homes to downtown and needs some help getting there, Lugar
the opportunists who swooped in to cash- Gathering All Nations Gaining Salvation back. It wasn’t his march; it was set up by tells Boom.
in on the unrest. Through Advancing Society.” Pastor Westley West—a figure then crit- “I got you ma,” Lugar says, crouched
“When the so-called riots—the up- He rests on the phrase “all nations” icized for chasing cameras—but Boom down, his hand on her back.

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Erricka Bridgeford, one of the main organizers behind Baltimore Ceasefire

Photos by Devin Allen

Just a few days after the second has been killed. She started this during about Jesus’ blood making you not be with the group Community Mediation
72-hour Baltimore Ceasefire weekend, the first ceasefire when 24-year-old sinful people are like ‘oh yes, yes, yes,’” Maryland, she felt she wasn’t doing
which ran from Nov. 3-5, Erricka Lamontrey Tynes was found shot (he later she says. “But then when you say, ‘Well everything she possibly could do to stop
Bridgeford and I are sitting in her car died at Shock Trauma), and again when we have the power to pour light into the violence in Baltimore. Now, with two
in her old Rosemont neighborhood Washington, D.C. officer Tony Mason was concrete,’ that sounds like devil work. ceasefire events under her belt, she’s still
escaping the cold and rain. killed on Nov. 4—the first homicide of the People don’t like it.” pushing herself to do more.
She has a bit of a cough and she’s second ceasefire. That spirituality is why she’s been “This whole movement has made
just off a speaking engagement at the “We lost Tony Mason at 24.5 hours in,” able to tackle the seemingly impossible me stand in my power,” Bridgeford says. “I
Community College of Baltimore County’s reads a post on the Baltimore Ceasefire goal of stopping deaths in a city that can’t ask other people to look at murder
Essex campus, but Bridgeford has gamely Instagram account. “People responded has experienced over 300 murders this in this more spiritual, public health kind
agreed to take a few moments to share by showing up in the place where we year. We shouldn’t just hope for miracles, of way if I’m not willing to not just do
her thoughts about the second ceasefire, lost Tony, and by pouring love into the Bridgeford says—we should expect them outreach on drug corners in the west, I
meant to pause the violence in the city and murder spot and into the residents who because we have the power to make gotta go over east in those drug markets
connect with and create community. live in that neighborhood.” them happen. and hop out my car too. Because they’re
“The ceasefire movement has made Bridgeford implores people not “All religious traditions teach that still people and they got spirits.”
me become more actively spiritual in to be numb, to allow themselves to we’re made in God’s image in some kind Speaking of what this looks like
relation to death,” Bridgeford says. “I did stop and feel the impact of each of the of way, but then man’s doctrine gets in it when she reaches out to others, she
not expect to be the person people call city’s murders and what the loss means and it makes us think we don’t have the talks about harnessing the positive
when their child gets killed. And they for the city and for the family of the same creative powers that God has,” she power of Baltimore City’s ego. People
don’t want me to do nothing, just come deceased. It’s part of a kind of spirituality says. “So we keep limiting ourselves to here are quick to challenge somebody
and hug them ‘cause they feel like there that she says she’s been thinking about what we can do in this earth.” who is trying to overstep their personal
is something about my energy.” and building on for a while, but is just Knowing this, Bridgeford says that boundaries, she observes, but are less
She has started doing something now able to really put into words. she must continue to challenge herself, aggressive in combating systemic
she calls pouring light into the concrete— “People really only accept and people in the city. problems that go deeper than face-to-
going out and placing her body into the spirituality if it’s said in a religious frame She decided to launch the first face conflict.
places around the city where someone that they understand, so when you talk ceasefire because, despite her work “We don’t remember that kind of

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Organizer Erricka Bridgeford talks
about how the effort to stop Baltimore
homicides has changed her and By Lisa Snowden-McCray
lmccray@baltimorebeat.com
how she hopes it changed the city.

swag as when it comes to social issues,” up to both events, Baltimore Ceasefire She gets scared a lot. She also gets be now that I’m a big enough target. I
Bridgeford says. “What has happened to signs could been seen in shops all over. angry. It’s a process, she explains, to walk must be doing something so big that
us for so long, we don’t notice that they People here took the impetus and away from anger and into peace and now they can just hit it from anywhere in
trying to bitch us. If we looked at it like, ran with it—organizing marches, food compassion. the city if they want to because you can
‘They say we got to live over here, we gotta giveaways, and more. Eager community “It’s so many people, I think, need to see it everywhere now.”
live in these conditions, we can’t have members packed the room at a post- be punched in their face,” she says, but Bridgeford says that ceasefire
good food, our schools gotta be bullshit?’” ceasefire event held in August. All of adds that she pushes herself to move events will happen quarterly, and the
That’s why the ceasefire had to be this has happened with Bridgeford at past that feeling. “It takes me a minute next one is scheduled for February. Her
community-driven. the center, as the movement’s most to come to, because we are socialized goal is to for everyone in the city to be
“If the police had said there was a public organizer. She says she’s coming to think that love is weak. We don’t aware when a ceasefire is going on.
ceasefire, people would have been like, to terms with her more public position, understand that love really don’t take Bridgeford imagines a day where
‘You not gon’ tell me what to do.’ Had and the negativity it can open her up to. much shit. In real life, it really does not ceasefire events are ingrained in
the mayor said it they’d be like, ‘She not For example, there are people who will because it is honest and it’s transparent everyone’s minds, but at the same
gon’ tell us how to live,’” she says. never believe that Baltimore is anything and it is long-suffering and it’s strong as time she’s realistic about what she can
Because it was the community’s but a haven for uncivilized, murderous fuck, so love is really not the one to come accomplish.
own thing, done of their own volition, black savages. For them, Bridgeford can for. But we don’t view it that way so it “I’m really aware that the next time,
more became involved. be a target for their derision and hate. takes me a minute to find something four people might get killed,” she says.
Since the beginning, Bridgeford has “I have learned to show up in my that would be a God-like response.” “I understand how things go up and
maintained that the ceasefire events wholeness, being a black girl from this She says she never reads the down, and at the same time, I know that
weren’t just about stopping murders. neighborhood with one hand,” she says. comments on stories written about her there will come a time where this is an
She’s been clear about the societal and “Every hard thing that I’ve been through or the ceasefire. She also remembers that institution in Baltimore and it is seen as
structural forces that keep violence has prepared me for this. Ever since I if people are coming for her, it’s because something that is sacred. It’ll start to seep
going—changing those, she’s said, isn’t was born, people have been looking at the work she is doing is successful. out into the days before the ceasefire and
something that can happen overnight. me like I’m broken, thinking that I’m “It makes me remember, well, when after the ceasefire because that’s just what
But the ceasefire has created a not as good as them, thinking that I’m they thought I wasn’t doing nothing they light does. It just starts seeping out into
shift in the energy of the city. Leading something to pity.” ain’t pay me no mind,” she says. “It must everything that is around it.”

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Mothers Of Murdered Sons And Daughters at the 2016 Stop The Killing Drive

Photo by J.M. Giordano

Spreading The Word
Mothers Of Murdered Sons And Daughters offers space to deal with grief
By Eze Jackson
At around 1:50 a.m. on Aug. 8, just with his girlfriend at a party when some- loneliness these women may have felt. The group reaches out to every par-
two days after Baltimore’s first 72-hour one shot and killed him. When Alston No one was paying attention to people ent or grandparent when someone is
Ceasefire, Dejuane Beverly was shot near got the call, she was devastated. She like them, the mothers left devastated murdered. They attend the funeral ser-
a house on Liberty and Tulsa roads. He was living in Harford County and tried by the bullets that snatched their sons. vices and try to keep in touch with the
died. Police found no motive. No suspect a couple different groups, but she says They decided to start Mothers Of family of the deceased. They also have
was arrested. they were predominantly white and the Murdered Sons and Daughters in the two liaisons who work to follow up with
Naturally, Dejuane’s mother De- members were mostly parents who had city. A co-worker introduced Daphne to detectives to be sure that cases are con-
drah Johnson was caught completely off lost their children to drug addictions, the pastor of St. John’s Alpha and Ome- sistently being worked on.
guard. It was the last thing she expected motorcycle accidents, or suicide. She ga, a church in West Baltimore. He gave “Look, I’m on the phone seven days
to hear on that Tuesday morning. says she eventually felt uncomfortable MOMSD space to operate out of their a week, still talking to who I can about
“It’s like, you become shut off from speaking in the groups. building and the group has been meet- what happened to my son,” Alston said,
people sometimes because you feel like “It would interrupt the group every ing there ever since. MOMSD officially “but everybody can’t do that.”
nobody understands what you’re going time,” she said. “So I stopped coming became a non-profit 501(c)3 two years Dedrah Johnson knows the kind
through,” she said. because the women would be so over- ago. Daphne says the group has been of support that these mothers need
After taking time to mourn, John- whelmed with my story. How could I live predominantly self-funded, only receiv- through her first-hand experience.
son has been actively volunteering and through something like that? Many of ing their first grant this year. “Sometimes they just need some-
spreading the word about Baltimore them had lost homes, marriages broken “The majority of black people who one to sit in the courtroom with them
Ceasefire 365. up, got addicted and all kinds of stuff live in this city, when they walk out they while they have to relive this over and
“I want to put it out there. This has to while going through their grieving pro- door, they don’t see hope,” she said. over again. Some of them have the kill-
stop,” she said. “I really want to do what- cess.” “Broken bottles, trash, blunt guts. How is ers walking the streets again in the same
ever I can to stop this from happening, But there was one woman, Mildred somebody supposed to be hopeful liv- neighborhoods because the courts
but some days are harder than others. So Samy, whose son Samuel had also been ing in these conditions?” didn’t have enough evidence to convict
I go to my therapy group on Tuesdays.” shot and killed during a dispute at a The conditions of poverty are them. How are they supposed to live
The therapy group is Mothers of Mur- Waffle House one night. heightened by the trauma of living in with that?”
dered Sons and Daughters (MOMSD), At the time, Alston and Samy felt what she calls “homicide density.” Johnson paused.
which meets every Tuesday and Sunday they were the only women in Harford “We just went to a boy’s funeral the “We are abnormal. Losing a child is
at St. John’s Alpha and Omega Church. County that had this shared experience other day . . . Dante,” Alston said as she hard regardless, but let’s be real, losing a
In that group she connected with of losing their sons to gun violence. took a pause, thinking about him and child to murder is different than losing a
other mothers dealing with the same “That year I think it was only one his mother as if they were her own fam- child who is sick,” she said. “Sometimes
kind of grief—and one whose 15-year-old murder for the whole county,” Alston re- ily. my husband has to point things I do out
son was murdered just 30 minutes be- called. Today, the group has around 65 ac- to me and say, ‘Baby, that’s not normal.’
fore Dejuane, in almost the exact same But when they watched the news at tive members who regularly attend the These women need to know that it’s OK to
way, in the same part of town. night and talked to one another, Alston meetings and more than 300 in their ex- be abnormal. You can come on over here
Daphne Alston founded MOMSD says they saw so many women in Balti- tended network. and be abnormal with us . . . together.”
in 2008. She knew firsthand what these more City who were going through the “A lot of the mothers don’t come
women were going through. On July 14, same thing. They felt their pain. Without out much, but we have a lot of phone This piece runs courtesy of
2008, her son Tariq was on the phone knowing any of them, they still felt the conversations,” Alston said. the Real News Network.

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Activists prove prescient for City Hall;
Kids counter cops on Goodson

Housing activists argue for new
community land trust plan
On Wednesday, Nov. 8, a coalition of housing activists marched into the offices 10th grade students at Reginald F. Lewis High School
of the city’s finance department, where they presented petitions demanding that
the city adopt a plan called 20/20 Vision for Baltimore, a proposal to establish two Photo Courtesy The Real News Network
separate $20 million funds to bolster affordable housing and fight blight through
community land trusts.
Financed by city-backed bonds, the two pools of money would be administered
in part by community groups, not just the mayor or city council. Activist Destiny
Watford said the distinction was critical to address the dearth of affordable housing What we can learn from the 10th grade
and the further encroachment of vacant homes in neighborhoods that have received
little attention from City Hall. mock trial of Caesar Goodson
“This tool will allow us to keep wealth in our neighborhood,” Watford said. “It would
allow us to build the things that we need in our neighborhoods because no one else in Last week, an all-police panel cleared officer Caesar Goodson on all 21
Baltimore knows what we need more than the people that live there.” administrative charges he was facing for the in-custody death of Freddie Gray.
Led by Workers United, a textile and gaming union under the umbrella group Last year, a group of students at Reginald F. Lewis High School came to a very
United Not Blighted, the housing activists made their case during a press conference different conclusion.
just before entering City Hall. They argued that the existing process of funneling The 10th grade law class spent the semester preparing for a mock trial for
housing funds through the city council and the mayor has not worked. Goodson, who drove the van that transported Gray. The students, who were
“We need for our city leaders to be more than leaders at the podium,” said Terell mostly black, said they were touched deeply by Freddie Gray’s death.
Askew. “We need for them to join us and this great cause of building the city into a “We’re scared because what happened to him could have happened to any
better place to live and building us all into better people to live in it.” one of us,” Antonio Satchell said.
This argument seemed prescient just 24 hours later when the City Council held a Living in the same world and facing many of the same problems as Freddie
briefing on the myriad tax breaks the city has granted developers to stimulate growth. Gray, the students found Goodson guilty of involuntary manslaughter for his
During the hearing finance officials presented statistics that revealed just how costly role in Freddie Gray’s death. The hearings Goodson faced focused instead on
this policy has been. technicalities of what an officer should be expected to do, rather than what the
Baltimore Development Corporation President William Cole told the council that law requires. Although no other public body has found Goodson—or anyone
in 2017 the city lost $12 million in tax revenue annually as the result of payment in lieu else—guilty of any crimes in Gray’s death, many students say that the months they
in taxes (PILOTs), tax incentives that allow developers to forgo taxes for a prescribed spent studying the case in preparation for the mock trial inspired them to work
length of time. During the same period the city collected just $2 million from projects on correcting the injustice and institutional racism they face everyday. Satchell
where the PILOT had either ended or was winding down. said that after college he would like to work at an organization like the Innocence
Deputy Budget Director Steve Kraus also told the council the that the city’s Project, which works toward exonerating the wrongfully convicted.
tax increment finance deals (TIFs), which hand over future property tax revenues to Poverty, joblessness, and a lack of hope are still endemic in these students’
developers to invest in infrastructure, has almost maxed out the city’s credit. communities. And the police don’t make it easier. With fresh reports on youth
“With Port Covington, we will reach $1 billion,” Kraus said of the amount the TIFs violence across the city, there have been calls to increase the number of police
have contributed to the city’s debt. That number has nearly quadrupled as a result of a and set up undercover squads of officers who look young.
roughly $600 million TIF to build out Port Covington, a development backed by Under There is media hysteria. “Baltimore leaders, community frustrated by juvenile
Armor billionaire Kevin Plank. crime they say is ‘out of control,’” a Sun headline blared.
“We don’t have much room left,” Kraus said. “This kind of headline and reporting drives false narrative. Buried in story is
The numbers didn’t seem to faze the council: A number of members heaped the truth ‘Overall juvenile arrests in the city are down 11 percent,’” Public Defender
praise on the presenters even as they failed to give an in-depth accounting of just Jenny Egan tweeted.
how much the tax breaks are costing the city in aggregate, or what terms the city has There is no denying violence remains a problem for young people. But they are
committed to going forward. able to see its causes. It’s “caused by unnecessary laws and poverty,” Satchell said.
The moment that best encapsulated the concerns of the 20/20 supporters “Because if you have nothing else to do you are going to resort to selling drugs.”
was a question from Councilman Kristerfer Burnett, who asked Kraus if there was a Students like Sa’mon Fedd don’t need the studies that have found that
database or web site where residents could track the progress of the growing array of Baltimore is among the worst places to grow up poor and black to explain their
tax subsidies. realities, they already knew all that.
“We don’t have the resources for that,” Kraus replied. (Taya Graham & Stephen Janis) “We’re trapped, we’re afraid, and we’re hurting,” she said. (Jaisal Noor)

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A roundup of LGBTQ news
from the region and around
the world courtesy the
Washington Blade

Patrick Wojahn (center) won election to a second term.

Photo by Tom Hausman / Courtesy Washington Blade

Gill Action Fund Action’s website, which is no longer
Mayor Wojahn wins re-election ‘shut down’: sources in operation. The spokesperson said
the website had merely contained the
in College Park bios of the two employees who left
The Gill Action Fund, a prominent and is being redesigned, but couldn’t
College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn, who’s gay, won election to a second term LGBT political organization founded say when the website would be back
in office last week, finishing ahead of three challengers by a wide margin. by gay philanthropist Tim Gill, has online. (Chris Johnson)
Final but unofficial returns showed that Wojahn received 1,495 votes. Council effectively been “shut down” according
member Mary Cook came in second place with 572 votes followed by candidates to two knowledgeable sources.
S.H. Tom Chen and Lalzarliani Malsawma receiving 351 votes and 98 votes Sources familiar with Gill Action Diplomat insists
respectively. said the recent departures of two U.S. committed
Wojahn became College Park’s first out gay mayor when he was first elected individuals — Shawn Werner, who
to the mayoral post two years ago. served as national political director, to LGBT rights
“I’m excited, honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to serve and Tim Meinke, who served as director
College Park another two years as mayor,” he said in a statement Tuesday night. of political outgiving — brought the SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — An official
“I’m eager to continue the progress we’ve made over the past two years on group’s operations to an end. with the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica on
revitalizing our city and making our neighborhoods safe and our communities A spokesperson confirmed the Thursday stressed the U.S. continues to
strong,” he said. departures of the two employees, but support the rights of LGBT and intersex
Also winning re-election on Tuesday was College Park’s gay City Council said Gill Action continues its work. The people around the world.
member P.J. Brennan, who finished ahead of four challengers. (Lou Chibbaro Jr.) only change is turning to a consultant “Our government has a strong
model and one of the two employees commitment to support the rights of
was retained in that capacity, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and
spokesperson said. intersex people,” said Eric Catalfamo at
Tim Gill and his spouse, Scott the opening of the Civil Marriage Equality
Miller, remain as engaged in political Congress that is taking place at the Inter-
DNC chair to stand Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William), had work as they’ve always been, the American Institute of Human Rights in the
sought to pass a bill banning transgender spokesperson said. Costa Rican capital of San José.
with Roem on day people from using the restroom consistent But one source insisted the Catalfamo, who spoke on behalf of
she takes office with their gender identity.
“Danica Roem not only won her race
departures — even if one is retained as
a consultant — means the organization,
U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Sharon
Day, said the embassy continues to work
in Virginia, she won handily, and she won which once had 15 employees working with Costa Rican LGBT rights advocates.
Democratic National Committee it against the incumbent who authored on political activities, has “shut down.” He noted embassy personnel took
Chair Tom Perez said last week the defeat the bill on transgender bathrooms and “I don’t think anything exists part in San José’s 2016 Pride march, which
of a Virginia anti-LGBT Republican at the refused to refer to her by her pronoun,” anymore,” one source said. “It’s probably included a tribute to the 49 people who
hands of transgender candidate Danica Perez said. “That is justice in my opinion, there on paper, but I know that they’re were killed inside the Pulse nightclub
Roem was “justice,” pledging to stand and that reflects the fact that Virginians not really doing anything anymore.” on June 12, 2016. Catalfamo also pointed
with her on the day she takes office in understand fairness.” The spokesperson called the assertion out the embassy flies the rainbow flag
the state legislature. Perez said election night was Gill Action is closed “not true” and said the throughout the month of June.
“I look forward to her service in “remarkable on so many levels,” comparing organization remains as active as it has Catalfamo in his speech noted he
Richmond, and I’m going to be there — Roem’s win to other victories for diversity, been in previous capacities. himself is gay and cited Secretary of State
I want to go there on day one because such as the election of a Sikh as mayor “There’s no change in the way that Rex Tillerson’s Pride month statement
that will be a remarkable moment for of Hoboken, the election of the first two they’ve been doing business other than in which he said, among other things,
her,” Perez said. Latinas and Vietnamese-American to the the fact that they are using consultants the State Department and the U.S. “will
Roem’s first day in the Virginia House Virginia House of Delegates, the election as opposed to using two employees in continue to support the human rights
of Delegates will be Jan. 11, when she’ll of a Liberian-American refuge as mayor house,” the spokesperson said. “So the of LGBTI persons together with like-
become the first openly transgender of Helena, Mont., and the election of a things that they have been funding and minded governments, businesses and
person seated to a state legislature in the black candidate for the first time as mayor the things that they have been focused civil society organizations globally.”
history of the United States. of St. Paul. on for years are going to be the things “The dignity and equality of everyone
Asked about the nationwide “You look at the people who won, that they continue to fund and continue is engrained into the constitutional,
implications of wins by Roem and other and they reflect the diverse quilt that to work on.” fundamental principles of the U.S.,” said
transgender candidates, Perez pointed out is the United States of America,” Perez As evidence of the organization’s Catalfamo, referring to the statement.
the Republican she unseated, anti-LGBT said. (Chris Johnson) closure, another source pointed to Gill (Michael K. Lavers)

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The government’s case sets low bar for conspiracy charges on eve of this week’s J20 trial

By Baynard Woods

A year ago, after the election of ning meetings has put Petrohilos at “This is a fundamental attack on the called organizing,” he said. “That’s the
Donald Trump, Dylan Petrohilos hung an the center of what could be the most right to organize,” Petrohilos said. real danger of this case to democracy
Antifa flag out in front of his house. important political conspiracy trial of a Petrohilos is not among those to and dissent in this country—that any
“I had [the flag] flying outside my generation—one that could change the stand trial this week. The prosecution form of organizing or civil resistance
home because Trump was elected and way we think about our data and other classed all of the defendants into four stands to become a crime.”
there was a belief he was a fascist, and records of our actions. categories based on their alleged in- The threshold for conspiracy is so
so we had this idea that we needed to Almost any statement made by volvement in planning or participating low that two journalists, Aaron Cantú
bring back the moniker of anti-fascism,” Petrohilos about the day’s protest ev- in the riot. He is in category two, which and Alexei Wood, are still facing charges
Petrohilos told me at a bar where he was idence was at play in what was to be Kerkhoff has referred to in court as the for following a group that they were cov-
discussing the Washington D.C. Riot Act the final hearing before this week’s tri- “planners.” ering. Wood is part of the group who de-
case with other defendants arrested in als. The Nov. 9 hearing was intended to “Dylan Petrohilos said, ‘Come with manded a speedy trial and goes to court
connection with the protests of Trump’s establish the fact of the conspiracy, a me if you want to talk about black bloc. this week.
inauguration. move that would make co-conspirators’ I am black bloc,’” Kerkhoff said in court, With long hair, black clothes, and
When Petrohilos’ home was raided statements admissible in court, despite citing the planning meeting that was in- a leather wide-brimmed hat, Wood
by D.C. police in April, the flag was the hearsay rules. filtrated. may have looked a bit like an outlaw at
first thing they took. They also took seven Prosecutor Jennifer Kerkhoff cit- “Black bloc” is the essence of a large the hearing, but he was arrested and
small black flags, copies of The Nation ed statements made on the It’s Going part of the J20 charges. It is a political charged with conspiring because he was
and In These Times magazines, and a Down podcast as evidence of conspiracy. strategy in which wearing identical livestreaming the political actions.
banner, made during the financial crisis, At one point, the judge, Lynn Leibovitz, clothing and face masks allows a group “The chilling effect is obvious,” he
that read “Kiss Capitalism Goodbye.” surmised that appearing on a podcast to move collectively through the city in said. “It took me months to go docu-
These items are evidence in the J20 required planning, so if Petrohilos was protest, mimicking the black flag of an- ment another protest. Even the most
case, the first mass trial of which be- going on the podcast to talk about the archism and making it harder for police like, Grannies Against Trump thing, I
gins this week. Most of the defendants protests perhaps the existence of the to identify individuals, which is why the didn’t want to go to. I was traumatized.
were arrested on inauguration day, after podcast could be evidence of conspiring. government is using clothing as evi- Absolutely traumatized.”
a protest (which the government has “Saying that coming on a podcast dence of conspiracy. Finally, he says, on May Day, he was
deemed a riot) resulted in several bro- recorded for public consumption to talk Isaac Dalto, Petrohilos’ friend who is fed up.
ken windows. Police officers threw more about a public demonstration is evidence also included in Category 2 as a planner, “I was like, ‘Fuck it, this is what I do.
than 70 “non-lethal” grenades, sprayed of conspiracy, is like saying that someone says the government is using affiliation This is my beat. This is what I’ve done for
dozens of canisters of pepper spray, and writing a column in High Times is proof with the Industrial Workers of the World years,’” Wood said. “I didn’t do anything
cordoned off around 200 people in a that they are in a drug cartel,” Paul Her- union, for whom he organizes, as evi- wrong. I live-streamed myself from be-
“kettle” flanked by riot police and walls nandez, a member of the It’s Going Down dence of conspiracy. ginning to end, and the entire world can
on all sides. editorial collective wrote me. “The State is “Because they went to legitimate, decide whether I incited a riot. . . . It’s out
And though the Department of Jus- trying to make the case that anyone that above-ground union meetings about there for the whole world to decide, and
tice claims that Petrohilos conspired to attends a demonstration or protest is forming a union in their workplace, their I’m glad it is.”
plan the riot, he was not arrested that thus involved in a conspiracy.” Google calendars say IWW, and that’s
day. He says he was not even there. All the prosecution needed to es- being used against them to prove mem- Baynard Woods is a reporter at the
But the fact that he spoke about tablish was a conspiracy to commit any bership in this criminal conspiracy that Real News Network and the founder of
J20 on a podcast and was recorded by crime, including “conspiracy to disrupt we’re alleged to be part of,” says Dalto. Democracy in Crisis. Email baynard@
undercover police and the far-right sting public congress.” This could refer to any “Conspiring to commit lawful acts democracyincrisis.com; Twitter @
video site Project Veritas at protest-plan- protest at any time. is not a crime. It’s not a conspiracy. It’s baynardwoods

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LabBodies’ third annual performance art review channels pain into resistance

Park Hyun Gi performing ‘Cigarettes as the Western Incense’

Photo by Alexandro Orengo / Courtesy LabBodies

At the Friday night opening for LabBodies’ third incense sticks she held between each finger. She waved And so it is not unusual that pain, endurance,
annual performance art survey, I smell at different her smoking hands in circular motions as she strode and dissent are present here at the third iteration of
moments burning incense and the strange, hot aroma around the long white scroll rolled out onto the floor LabBodies’ “Borders, Boundaries, and Barricades (BBB)
of bricks colliding and shattering—the latter I haven’t and topped with an assortment of apparent offerings or Performance Art Review.” After all, it was no coincidence
recognized before but likely encountered passing talismans—burning candlesticks, oranges, altoids, a mini that the first “BBB” arrived on the heels of the Baltimore
demolition sites. In each case, the sources of these trophy inscribed with “World’s Best Daughter Lisa Park Uprising. Further, this year’s curatorial focus is “freedom,”
scents are threatening bodily harm to the artists who 2014”—while another performer in beekeeping gear sat in which LabBodies co-founder and co-director Ada
wield them. But there is purpose in that pain, and its lotus pose and rolled two chiming silver balls in his hand. Pinkston says has become a matter of urgency.
intensity activates the audience. Park stopped to stare at a member of the audience as “Mind you, freedom is important all the time,
Carrie Fucile, whose performance “Occupational the sticks burned out, their faces inches apart. but I think that considering the current political
Enterprises” kicked off the event, tossed and toppled The artist’s eyes watered. circumstance, freedom is on people’s minds and on
white bricks as she built up and dismantled various Though far from a defining factor, physical pain is the agenda,” Pinkston told me two nights before the
structures around her own body. Contact microphones commonly associated with performance art, thanks in opening as she, fellow co-founder/director Hoesy
picked up and distorted the clamor of bricks smashing part to art world stars like Chris Burden (who had himself Corona, and program manager Ashley Dehoyos worked
to the floor, delivering a thunder that rose and sank as shot himself in the arm, among other things) and Marina on installing the exhibition at SpaceCamp on North
each haphazard edifice grew and collapsed. Wearing a Abramovic (spent 12 days in a museum exhibit without Avenue. “It’s more at the forefront.”
red worker’s jumpsuit and no protection aside from a food, among other things). Early in the tradition’s history, Fucile’s and Park’s performances both draw from
pair of gloves and goggles, the artist handled the visibly the Viennese Actionists attempted to shock the Austrian direct narratives dealing with freedom: In her statement,
heavy bricks as if they were toy blocks. She disappeared bourgeoisie out of their conservatism through ritualistic Fucile condemns the exploitation of artistic labor (the
inside the final structure completely before pushing aktions that often employed self-mutilation, a movement white bricks are a nod to the historically exclusive
against each of its four teetering sides, as if breaking out that climaxed when artist Günter Brus cut into his own and viciously capitalistic white cube art galleries)
of an egg. Bricks rained down, splitting into shards; what skull in 1970. In 2014, Columbia University student Emma that constrains and punishes cultural producers. Park
sounded like fireworks burst from the speakers. That Sulkowicz carried a dorm room mattress everywhere she describes her multi-step performance—in which she
faintly chemical smell charged forward from the debris. went on campus for nine months, refusing to quit until also hand-pokes tattoos onto orange rinds, doused
I soon after noticed Fucile holding an ice pack to the school expelled her rapist (he wasn’t; “Untitled [Carry herself with a self-made elixir, and more—as “a healing
her head as she sat observing a performance by Park That Weight]” instead concluded with her graduation—the ceremony to the repressed traumas of my sexual
Hyun Gi—the source of the incense. Specifically, Park’s mattress joined her onstage as she received her diploma). assault, my parents’ rejection, and society’s rejection
knuckles, about to be singed by the near-depleted Protest is often a thread here. of women of color.” Whether or not these messages

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By Maura Callahan mcallahan@baltimorebeat.com

Domineka Reeves performing ‘Eroica’

Photo by Alexandro Orengo / Courtesy LabBodies

make themselves clear, ultimately, is secondary to Follins, a ghostly floor-to-ceiling sculpture by Sarah what we can get.” Standing nearby as a kind of IRL
the experience of the work; the performers’ struggle Stefana Smith, and a video drawing by Helina Metaferia avatar (dubbed by the game as “the real Black Megan”),
against containment is felt, even smelled. The arc of the (who will also present a performance at the second night the artist returns the clicks with song and spoken word,
performances could be compared to a long inhale, held of programming). Though LabBodies—and performance which she records and replays in loops. With each cycle
almost too long, then finally released all at once as the art in general—are typically rooted in ephemeral work of the game, participants are directed to remove a sheet
artists concluded their work. that directly incorporates the body as a medium, the of black plastic tarp where Livingston stands, revealing
Nearly all artists represented in “BBB” this year are bigger through line is in disciplinary intersections and a maze that stretches across the floor. With all the
female-identifying, and most are people of color. Not finding alternative ways to engage with an audience. tarps finally gone, Livingston slowly navigates her way
all artists, however, offer performances; stand-alone “Because LabBodies is a performance art presenter,” through the labyrinth and out to the audience, singing
installations and objects from five artists take over the Pinkston said, “the concept of freedom is that much more her way around each corner. The repetition in process
front room. In the center, a sculpture by Julia Kim Smith important and relevant because we’re all about pushing here feels like the unabating pattern of questioning
reflects the viewer’s face behind the words “In Trump’s boundaries and considering the freedom of what it is for and reevaluating one’s place in the world, how for black
America, I am worth nothing” etched into the surface of artists to express themselves outside of traditional forms women in particular that place is determined by other
a small round mirror. On the back, “I am secretly going and also outside of traditional institutions.” players in the game.
to burn this thing down from the inside.” A noose hangs That push naturally extends to artists whose At the end of the night, I think about how pain—
from the stand holding up the mirror. identities are excluded from the traditions championed whether felt by the body or being or both—winds itself
Nearby, pieces from the same artist’s series titled by the art world and art history. around resistance as both a tool and impetus while
“What To Wear To A Protest”—a leather handbag spray- “To some marginalized folks—I’m thinking queer dancer Domineka Reeves kicks up dirt and charcoal
painted with the words “DEFY HATE” and a sweater vest folks, people of color—it’s always been important to and dry leaves, swaying and leaping in response to a
donning the logo “RESIST.” The kicker: Both the purse push and create these dialogues that are not within live sound performance by Erick Antonio Benitez in a
and the top are repurposed items from the Ivanka the mainstream or are even themselves marginalized in collaboration dedicated to the empowerment of black
Trump line. The tags are still attached, though the T-word conversation,” said Corona. women. Reeves’ limbs slam into the floor, and at the
is crossed out and replaced with “resist.” By the way, both In Megan Livingston’s participatory performance end, the dust settles, but the air still smells like earth
pieces are for sale with all proceeds going to the ALCU. “Freeing Us Is Easy,” people in the audience are asked to and sweat.
Also on view here are re-embellished boxing click through a text-based computer game that muses LabBodies will hold a second night of performances
paraphernalia and a documentary short championing over the artist’s search for freedom in her identity: featuring Lynn Hunter, Olu Butterfly, Helina Metaferia,
Latina women by Tanya Garcia, an installation “Love is a political act. Black Love is a political act. An and Nicoletta de la Brown at SpaceCamp on Nov. 17 at
connecting land and the black body by Najee Haynes- economic act. We ain’t free but we act free. We free 8 p.m. The exhibition runs through Nov. 30.

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ON PAPER

April Camlin, “The Love Manifesto.” Open edition screen print, 10x14 inches, 2017.

April Camlin is a Baltimore-based labor artist. She employs the languages of textile, percussion, and writing in an attempt to
understand and subvert power struggles, repression, and repetition. She currently works as an artist and educator. Find her
work at aprilcamlin.com and on Instagram @aprilcamlin.

IMAGE COURTESY OF CAMLIN

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ART “CENSORED”
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. (410) 244-1900, avam.
org. “The Great Mystery Show,” A group exhibition of self-taught artists exploring
the unknown and human imagination. Through Sept. 2, 2018. “Reverend Albert N O V . 1 6
Lee Wagner: Miracle At Midnight,” Art by the late visionary artist who experienced
a spiritual epiphany at age 50. Ongoing.
Area 405, 405 E. Oliver St., are405.com. “Retreat,” In a dual exhibition, Balti- Few people seem to agree on what
more-based artist Lu Zhang presents an in-flux, experimental installation ‘Head- “censorship” really means. The alt-right,
space’ alongside New York-based artist William Lamson’s video installation ‘Unti- MRAs, and even plenty of leftist ding
tled’ (Infinity Camera).’ Through Jan. 13, 2018. dongs have a habit of co-opting the word
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, (443) 573-1700, artbma.org. in an effort to discredit anyone who calls
“Njideka Akunyili Crosby: Counterparts,” A suite of new paintings by 2017 MacArthur them on their shit. Censorship is real, but
fellow Njideka Akunyili Crosby drawing from her experience as a Nigerian immigrant. it’s not what the trolls would have you
Through March 18, 2018. “Phaan Howng: The Succession of Nature,” in collaboration think. A new group show at the Motor
with Blue Water Baltimore, local artist Phaan Howng highlights local environmen- House highlights artists whose work was
tal issues through a toxic-toned immersive installation. Through Aug. 31, 2018. “Spi- taken down in other exhibitions as a result
ral Play: Loving in the ‘80s,” Three dimensional collages in intense colors and spiral of complaints and fears of protest—remov-
shapes by the late African-American abstract expressionist Al Loving. Through April als that were deemed sensible responses
15, 2018. “Annet Couwenberg: From Digital to Damask,” Maryland-based artist Annet by some and acts of censorship by others.
Couwenberg investigates the intersections of science, art, history, and technology In the wake of the white supremacist ral-
through 11 textile works. Through Feb. 18, 2018. “Tomás Saraceno: Entangled Orbits,” ly and terrorist attack in Charlottesville,
Web-like clusters of iridescent-paneled modules are suspended in the museum’s Baltimore artist Paul Rucker’s touring Paul Rucker’s “REWIND” exhibition
East Lobby. Through June 10, 2018. “Black Box: Kara Walker & Hank Willis Thomas,” exhibition “Rewind”—which includes im-
Courtesy/ Paul Rucker
‘Salvation’ by Kara Walker and ‘And I Can’t Run’ by Hank Willis Thomas are paired ages of lynchings and KKK robes made
as explorations of the legacy of slavery. Through March 18, 2018. “Crossing Borders: from Kente, camouflage, and other tex-
Mexican Modernist Prints,” 30 prints and drawings by artists including Diego Rivera, tiles—was closed to the public by the York
José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Elizabeth Catlett. Nov. 19-March 11. College of Pennsylvania. Locally, a black erate monuments before and after their
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org. “Erin employee from Goucher College’s public removal (i.e. documentation of a debate
Fostel: A Measure of Place,” Baltimore artist Erin Fostel draws from grief in her safety department took issue with Ste- in which “censorship” was often thrown
charcoal drawings of Baltimore architecture. Through Dec. 1. phen Towns’ six paintings representing around incorrectly) and performance
Current Space, 421 N. Howard St., (410) 343-9295, currentspace.com. “Layers,” Turner rebellion insurgents, whose raised work from Lynn Hunter, whose art deals
Interwoven paintings and quilts by Baltimore-based artists Elena Johnston and fists held nooses around their necks. As a with the black female body—a target of
Monique Crabb. Through Dec. 3. “It’s Not Complicated (But It Is),” Paintings by Sara result, the paintings were removed from historical and cultural censorship if there
Havekotte. Through Dec. 3. his show “A Migration” in the college’s ever was one. Opening reception Nov. 16,
Guest Spot At The Reinstitute, 1715 N. Calvert St., (718) 541-9672, guestspot. Rosenberg Gallery. Works from both exhi- 5-7 p.m., Motor House, 120 W. North Ave.,
org. “Not on View: Re/Activating the Archive and its A/Effects,” Work from Con- bitions will be on view at the Motor House (410) 637-8300, motorhousebaltimore.
rad Bakker, Eric Doeringer, Noah Fischer, Kang Seung Lee, Antoine Lefebvre, Ka- alongside photos of Baltimore’s Confed- com, free. (Maura Callahan)
meelah Janan Rasheed, and Paul Soulellis; with selected ephemera, texts, and
archival materials from John Cage, Juan Caloca, Sylvia Federici, Coco Fusco, the
Guerrilla Girls, Martin Herbert, David Horvitz, the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest,
Miranda July, Sister Corita Kent, Zoe Leonard, Mess Hall, Occupy Museums, John
O’Connor, Press Press, Public Collectors, The Reinstitute Press, Gregory Sholette,
Temporary Services, W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy), Kara
Walker, and Caroline Woolard. Through Jan. 6, 2018.
Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., (410) 685-3750, mdhs.org.
“Unscripted Moments: The Life & Photography of Joseph Kohl,” Photographs from
c.1980 through 2002 by the late Baltimore photojournalist Joseph Kohl. Ongoing.
Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St., (410) 244-0899, themetrogallery.net. “Complicat-
ed World Views,” Works by Ryan Travis Christian, Lauren Genovese, Kat Kennedy, Matt
Leines, and Anna Silina. Opening reception Nov. 16, 7-10 p.m., on view through Dec. 31.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Cul-
ture, 830 E. Pratt St., (443) 263-1800, lewismuseum.org. “Maryland Collects: Jacob
Lawrence,” Over 50 prints by Jacob Lawrence from personal collections in and
around Maryland. Through Jan. 7, 2018.
School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St., (410) 396-4641, school33.org. “Slow Form,”
A juried exhibition featuring the work of Mary Baum, Mollye Bendell, Kei Ito,
Elizabeth Mead, Lake Newton, Nick Primo, Margaret Rorison, Matthew Sepielli,
and Doohyun Yoon. Through Jan. 6, 2018. “Decompositions,” A solo exhibition by
Chris Zickefoose employing common construction materials and negative space.
Through Jan. 6, 2018. “Lost Earring,” A multi-media installation by Elliot Doughtie
considers the shift of cultural touchstones and the evolution of the artist’s own
queer sexuality and transgender body. Through Jan. 6, 2018.
Springsteen, 502 W. Franklin St., springsteengallery.com. “Four Thieves Vine-
gar,” In Springsteen’s final exhibition at its current location, Sydney Shen presents a
solo exhibition inspired by a prophylactic against bubonic plague. Through Nov. 25.
St. Charles Projects, 2701 N. Charles St., stcharlesprojects.com. “Pre-Verse,”
Paintings by June Culp, Joshua Bienko, and Delphine Hennelly in conversation
with Grace Hartigan. Ongoing.
The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410)547-9000, thewalters.org.
“Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire’s Legacy,” 70 works includ-
ing the Walters’ two famed Fabergé Easter eggs alongside gold and silver vessels,
enamels, jewelry, carved stones, and icons from Russia. Through June 24, 2018.
“After Fabergé,” Five digital prints of surreal, digitally-rendered Fabergé eggs by
artist Jonathan Monaghan complement the exhibition “Fabergé and the Russian
Crafts Tradition.” Through June 24, 2018.

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LOCAL SINGLES, REVIEWED
Anti-Trump emo from Chaz Monroe, slow-motion trap music from It’s Tadoe, and more
By Brandon Soderberg bsoderberg@baltimorebeat.com

MUSIC
Maxine, ‘Boo Hoo’
A cajoling shoegaze-y riff (the sort you didn’t think
could be conjured anymore because all the good jangly
guitar parts had been taken decades ago), drums that
hide in the background then lurch forward and back
jazz-like (think Beat Happening’s Heather Lewis meets
free and then fusion percussionist Tony Williams), and
reticent, placeholder-like vocals leads to ‘Boo Hoo’—like
some ‘60s Marianne Faithfull pop song reimagined by
a few 4AD-obsessives. “Possibly america’s only lesbian
dreampop band,” declares this lackadaisical trio on
their Bandcamp and well, factually I’m not sure about
the “only” part, but let’s just say they’re surely one of the
best lesbian dreampop bands around?

Pale Spring, ‘Proud Of Your Poison’
Maxine: “Possibly america’s only lesbian dreampop band”
Named after a “Lord Of The Rings” quote (“Like a
Photo by Jenny Revilla
morning of pale spring still clinging to winter’s chill”),
Pale Spring makes shame-dogged slow jams culled
from influences tied together by feelz more than genre
(“The musicians I look up to and respect most are Chel-
Bully Preston, ‘Tony Iommi’ It’s Tadoe, ‘Back To It’ sea Wolfe, Patsy Cline, CocoRosie, Aaliyah, The Knife,”
she said in an interview with the blog The Witzard). “EP
Rapper Dwell teams up with low-key boom-bap Less of a song and more of a nearly three-minute vibe, 2” highlight ‘Proud Of Your Poison’ is a Future Islands
unraveler Jumbled for Bully Preston (named after an iP- West Baltimore’s Tadoe raps like Migos’ Offset in slowed ballad at half-speed, a Beach House song contorted
hone autocorrect fuck-up of Billy Preston). The two keep down “The Matrix”-style bullet time, whispering askew into a sci-fi waltz, and an intimate word-nerdy confes-
it simple, stupid, and occasionally zooted with a loop of rhymes that often meander back to the terror of living and sional (appropriately, Pale Spring also performs as Anna
The Young-Holt Unlimited’s ‘Sombrero Man’ (thanks to hustling in Baltimore: “Too much hatin’, shit ridiculous/ My Notte, an arch sort of serpentine rapper).
Jumbled for the tip) and a whirl of rhymes and referenc- niggas shooting, no witnesses”; “In my city, shit be crazy/
es to among other things Brand Nubian, “Doctor Who” Got shooters with guns like the Navy.” These rhyming asides
superfans, Prince, and Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi: nag Tadoe’s statement of purpose (he’s back, duh) and the Voyager & Liz Downing, ‘Lying On
“Show me you know me and tell your girl to blow me rainy lullaby of a beat is a modest contrast to Tadoe’s nervy, Thorns’
homie you phony-baloney, yeah I’m Tony Iommi, I’ll rip swaggering song from last year, ‘Project Shit.’
shit, yeah I’ll admit it sometimes what I spit is explicit.” Borne out of a performance at Normal’s Red Room
earlier this year, this collaboration between Liz Down-
Lex Chapo, ‘.38 Baby’ ing (of Mole Suit Choir and many, many other projects)
Chaz Monroe, ‘The State We’re In’ The late Lor Scoota’s assistant turned insistent MC and Tennessee’s Voyager (short bio: “I am Josefine W.
The visionary behind the short-lived, totally legend- Lex Chapo offers an oblique refix of NBA Young Boy’s 2016 W. Parker. I am Ruby L. L. Voyager. I am Voyager”) whirls
ary Imaginary Hockey League—imagine a trans punk My song of the same name (though this isn’t a freestyle) to re- Mortan Feldman-like noise out of banjo along with
Chemical Romance with a more lived-in love of show- veal another way in which women rappers best the dudes some haunted, some comforting howls over a reading
tunes and black metal—returns as an apocalyptic trou- these days every damn time—it is deeper than the delight- by Voyager of the essay “To Bear Hair Removal.” The re-
badour on “This Suffering Shall Not Be In Vain,” a dented ful Cardi B and always has been. Meanwhile, Infamous sult is an incorporeal, trans transmission: “Transgender
EP of fateful acoustic threnodies. ‘The State We’re In,’ Rell’s beat offers up a replacement to Hans Zimmer’s people turn to bodily invention like laser hair removal
the enraged, afraid closer, diagnoses the past year of dopey, tasteful score to “Blade Runner 2049” through its in a contemporary system of medicine that we largely
Trump fuckery and offers the obvious, immediate way bleeps and bloops amid the echoing emptiness of space have not devised—these techniques seldom are on our
for the most vulnerable to deal with it: “Won’t defend shifting Lex’s swift and effective street tale and ode to a own terms.”
their hateful speech/ I guess I’m gonna have to punch a gun into a grand, brooding piece of neon-noir.
Nazi in the teeth/ And yet I’m scared/ But I’m always be
prepared/ To do what’s right.” YBS Skola feat. Young Moose,
Lor Choc, ‘Fast Life’ ‘YBS X OTM’
“What’s better than one billionaire?” aging-out
HI$TO, ‘Let Me Know’ neoliberal rap icon Jay Z asked earlier this year. “Two,” A recent cosign by Philadelphia’s Meek Mill com-
Aaliyah’s ‘We Need A Resolution’ gets a horrorcore was his answer. The correct answer is “no billionaires.” plete with a deal with Meek’s Dreamchasers label (free
footwork treatment. Samples of Timbaland’s bro-y “I’m But hey, I’ll take Lor Choc of Gilmor Homes’ chirp of Meek Mill, by the way, about to serve a few years at least
tired of arguing girl” semi-come-on and demands to solidarity and wealth redistribution at the beginning for decades-old probation violations because the sys-
“hollaaaaaaa,” that clarinet cry from the soundtrack to of ‘Fast Life’ when she declares, “There’s enough paper tem devours young black men) makes YBS Skola local
the 1998 movie “Incognito” starring charismatic void Ja- out here for everybody,” and subsequently sing-raps rap’s big hope right. On ‘YBS X OTM,’ he maintains some
son Patric (which grounded Aaliyah’s original) interrupt like a dancehall Boosie about hustling however you continuity by joining up with Young Moose (who along
an attack of treated Aaliyah vocals and tripping, trippy gotta, giving sound advice (“Run it up, call the plug, with the late Lor Scoota made street rap viable in Balti-
drums. From “Psych’d Out,” available for download and grab everything for the low”) over a “Soothing Sounds more again) and delivers his strongest verse yet, a com-
limited run cassette, which is the best way to hear these For Baby”-like beat. As Noisey’s Lawrence Burney wrote pelling, aggressively on-beat scene-stealer—all thought-
tracks—with too many ideas and a cacophony of sounds last month, “Lor Choc’s ‘Fast Life’ is the financial opti- ful, meter-sensitive spitting. Moose meanwhile remains
threatening to overcrowd the magnetic tape. mism we all need.” flailing, angry, unhinged, and always compelling.

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Venues An Die Musik. Joanna Wallfisch.
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Bertha’s. Baltimore Songwriters Association
The Last Revel.
The Ottobar. Lucero, Two Cow Garage;
Karaoke Happy Hour; Extra Medium Dance
Bluesicians; Pete Kanaras & The Hi-Fliers.
The Crown. Theta Flux Bastet, Mall Prowler,
Kendall Cahan, BWO.
An Die Musik, 409 N. Charles St., (410) Songwriters Showcase. Party. The 8x10. Jerry Joseph, Revelator Hill.
385-2638, andiemusiklive.com The Birchmere. Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt. Royal Farms Arena. Trans-Siberian The Fillmore Silver Spring. Curren$y, Dave
Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW, Washington, The Black Cat. Queer Girl Movie Night. Orchestra. East, Lil Bibby, Ethan Spalding, The Traprock
D.C., (202) 888-0020, theanthemdc.com Cat’s Eye Pub. Rachel & Chick Hall. Rams Head Live. Luke Combs, Josh Phillips, Band, Billionell.
Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place, The 8x10. Bunk Buddha, Goose, FFiiZZyy. Faren Rachels. Germano’s Piattini. Showstoppers Present
(410) 244-0057, baltimoresoundstage.com Germano’s Piattini. Open Mic Night with Rams Head On Stage. Savoy Brown. “Sentimental Journey.”
Bertha’s, 734 S. Broadway, (410) 327- Mary Reilly. Red Room. Diffusion: Kassel Jaeger, Leila 9:30 Club. Angus & Julia Stone, Luke Sital-
5795, berthas.com Joe Squared. Church Girls, Them Animals, Bordreuil, Wobbly. Singh.
The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Pinkwench. Reverb. Breadfoot, Kurt Deemer Band, The Ottobar. Cults, She-Devils, Hideout.
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birchmere.com Spring. The Sidebar. Complex, Joe Biden, Pearl. U Street Music Hall. Hot Chip (DJ set).
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Washington, D.C., (202) 667-4490, The Ottobar. Emery, CIVILIAN, LOYALS, The U Street Music Hall. Kelela, Lafawndah.
blackcatdc.com Funeral Portrait, In Your Memory. M o n . 2 0
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Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Rams Head On Stage. Bruce Cockburn. An Die Musik. “Saud” The Music of McCoy Baltimore Soundstage. Fit For A King, In
(410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org Tin Roof. Nate McCormick. Tyner. Hearts Wake, Like Moths To Flames, Phinehas,
The Crown, 1910 N. Charles St., (410) 625- The Windup Space. Downtown Boys, Olivia Anthem. Erykah Badu, The Crossrhodes, Artifacts.
4848, facebook.com/TheCrownBaltimore Neutron-John, Mallwalker. Pinky Killacorn. The Birchmere. The Stanley Clarke Band.
The 8x10, 10 E. Cross St., (410) 625-2000, Baltimore Soundstage. Rodrigo y Gabriela, Cat’s Eye Pub. Phil Cunneff New Trio.
the8x10.com Marc Scibilia. Rams Head On Stage. Gaelic Storm.
E.M.P. Collective, 307 W. Baltimore St., T h u . 1 6 Bertha’s. June Star. U Street Music Hall. Sheppard.
(410) 244-0785, empcollective.org An Die Musik. AppalAsia. The Birchmere. Paul Thorn Band, Alice The Windup Space. Sadistik, Nacho Picasso,
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road Baltimore Soundstage. Whitechapel, Drinks The Kool-Aid. Rafael Vigiliantics, Butch Dawson, Drew
NE, Washington, D.C., (202) 503-2330, Carnifex, Rings of Saturn, Entheos, So This Is The Black Cat. Take Me Out: 2000s Indie Scott.
echostage.com Suffering, Emerge A Tyrant. Dance Party.
The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Bertha’s. Jeff Reed Trio. Cat’s Eye Pub. Nothin’ But Trouble, Eddy &
Colesville Road, (301) 960-9999, The Birchmere. Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt. The Haskyls. T u e . 2 1
fillmoresilverspring.com The Black Cat. The Drums, Methyl Ethel. Creative Alliance. The Quebe Sisters. Baltimore Soundstage. mewithouyou.
Germano’s Piattini, 300 S. High St., (410) Cat’s Eye Pub. The Racket. The Crown. Mega Funk II: Skin Tight Soul The Black Cat. Branch Manager, Bells Of,
752-4515, germanospiattini.com The 8x10. Manly Deeds, High & Wides, Two Party, 4 Hours of Funk, RAW Content. Ruin By Design.
Joe Squared, 33 W. North Ave., (410) 545- Ton Twig. The 8x10. Ivy Lab, Brightside, And More. Cat’s Eye Pub. Cat’s Eye Blues Jam.
0444, joesquared.com The Fillmore Silver Spring. Thrice, Circa Echostage. Afrojack, Cheat Codes, Ravitez. The Fillmore Silver Spring. Jhene Aiko,
Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Survive, Chon, Balance & Composure. E.M.P. Collective. Told Slant, Yowler, Molly Willow Smith, St. Beauty, Kitty Cash.
Ave., (410) 685-5086, modell-lyric.com Germano’s Piattini. John and Kristy Cocuzzi. Soda, Maya Martinez, Alain Ginsberg, Grace 9:30 Club. Strike Anywhere, City Of Caterpillar,
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Joe Squared. The GTVs, Woolly Bushmen, Davis. Battery, Worriers, Big Hush.
Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, (410) 715- The Hall Monitors. Germano’s Piattini. Kings of Crownsville. The Ottobar. Left Stronger, Kan Of Worms,
5550, merriweathermusic.com. 9:30 Club. The Revivalists, Mt. Joy. Lyric Opera House. Chicago. The Control, Trite & Cheap.
Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St., (410) The Ottobar. Lucero, Two Cow Garage. Metro Gallery. The Dirty Grass Players, Rams Head On Stage. The Stanley Clarke
244-0899, themetrogallery.net Rams Head Live. Slowdive, Cherry Glazerr. Pressing Strings. Band.
Motor House, 120 W. North Ave., (410) Rams Head On Stage. Lez Zeppelin. 9:30 Club. Bleachers, Bishop Briggs, Amy U Street Music Hall. Moonchild.
637-8300, motorhousebaltimore.com U Street Music Hall. Bully, Aye Nako. Shark.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW, Washington, The Windup Space. Drinking and Dragons. The Ottobar. Unsane, Plaque Marks, Hangers,
D.C., (202) 265-0930, 930.com Birth (Defects). W e d . 2 2
The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) Rams Head Live. The Infamous Stringdusters, Baltimore Soundstage. Pierce Fulton,
662-0069, theottobar.com F r i . 1 7 Cris Jacobs. Nvdes, Noosa.
Pier Six Pavillion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) An Die Musik. Jeff Cosgrove Trio. Rams Head On Stage. Simply Three. The Black Cat. The Mattson 2, Foots x Coles.
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to play their little Super Bowl or what- certgoers in different cities have posted
ever (funny how his career didn’t take a online of Jackson and her dance crew,
hit after that 2004 Nipplegate mishap— you’ll see that she hasn’t missed a beat.
wonder why?), but Baltimore has Janet Go to catch her in all of her what-have-
Jackson—at least for one night. Her Un- you-done-for-me-lately-that’s-the-way-
breakable Tour was supposed to stop in love-goes-I-get-so-lonely-ness. 8 p.m.
Baltimore last year, but legends do what Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore
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Writers In Baltimore Schools students interview author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
By Anastasia Farley, Maia Washington, and Cin’Shea Williams

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Maia Washington, Cin’Shea Williams, and Anastasia Farley introduce Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (sitting bottom right)

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Back in September, three high school students in- Anastasia Farley: What was most difficult to write with having a voice. I remember when she came to me—
volved in Writers in Baltimore Schools—Anastasia Farley, about in this novel? because, you know, sometimes characters will just sort
Maia Washington, and Cin’Shea Williams—were tasked CA: The scene where [Kambili’s] father punishes of come to me—and I remember that for me the thing
with delivering remarks on Chimamanda Ngozi Adi- her in the bathtub was really difficult. I wrote it and re- was the hushed-ness of her voice, and her nature, that
chie’s 2003 novel, “The Purple Hibiscus,” which Maryland wrote it 10 times, maybe. That was the most difficult. she had—it’s kind of like growing up in a place where even
Humanities had chosen as the One Maryland One Book your soul becomes smothered. And to then watch her
read for 2017. The students are writers; they perform their AF: In previous interviews you’ve said you put real- very slow, just slowly, come alive, I wanted that to be the
work for audiences throughout the city. But on this night, ism before likeability in your writing. Did this influence journey of the book. And it’s nothing dramatic, but it’s that
in the Evergreen Museum and Library’s Carriage House, your ending, including Father Amadi and Kambili’s re- thing where she’s becoming a whole person who can be.
the author herself sat in the front row, beaming. lationship?
After the event, the girls sat down to interview Ms. CA: Did I say that in a past interview—oh? I never MW: What advice would you give to people who
Adichie at a table set up in the venue’s stables. The think about likeability. And I don’t want you to think were in the same position, or feel the same way, feel
famed novelist began the interview by joking about the about likeability. You just need to be yourself. I think trapped?
interview setup itself. “It feels like an interview. You have girls are always thinking about being liked, even by as- CA: I just wish I could wave a magic wand and make
the second interview, you’ve passed through the first sholes—oops, sorry, I guess the language isn’t appropri- it all okay for them. But I believe in trying. The thing I
stage, so this is the head of human resources, this is the ate—and the thing is the world is such a lovely place that would say is be kind to yourself. And I’m going to talk
vice president, and this is the communications execu- someone will like you, and I feel girls are always, “How about girls in particular—but I’m sure also boys—but
tive,” she said. “‘What would I like to bring to the compa- many likes did I get?” Sorry, what was the question? when girls feel voiceless they feel helpless, and they don’t
ny? I would increase the diversity quota.’” know how to be kind to themselves, by which I mean
All four writers laughed. Ms. Adichie had put the AF: Did this influence the ending, including Father that you feel like you’re voiceless, you feel like a failure,
girls at ease and the interview began. (Patrice Hutton, Amadi and Kambili’s relationship? and you beat yourself up, and it becomes this cycle. So
founder and director of Writers in Baltimore Schools) CA: That’s an interesting—yes, that’s a simple an- it’s important to remember to be kind to yourself, and
swer, yes. Just because I think it’s important to be real- you haven’t done anything wrong. And to keep trying.
Cin’Shea Williams: What made you want to write istic, and also because Father Amadi and Kambili—she’s You know how [Kambili] tries? When the book
this novel? not old enough. And he’s a good man, he’s the sort of starts, when she goes to Nsukka the first time, she’s not
Chimamanda Adichie: I wanted to write a novel man who does the right things, so I kind of imagine—I talking. And she wants to talk, but she just can’t. But
that felt true—to me. I was in Connecticut, it was my don’t know but I kind of imagine when she turns 18 . . . we watch that she keeps trying and at some point—she
third winter in America, I was so homesick, so I want- gets help, obviously, Father Amadi and her cousin, with
ed to write about home. I wanted to write a book that Maia Washington: What were some of your inspira- all of her sharpness, care about her. So she gets help,
is both sad and beautiful about what it means to love, tions for the development of Kambili? but what is also important to remember is that Kambi-
what family means, what religion means, all of those CA: I wanted to have a character who doesn’t real- li helps herself when she keeps trying. Because people
things. So it wasn’t one thing. ly have a voice, who has trouble with speaking because can’t help when you don’t do your part. She does her
I think—well, first of all, because most people go through part, she keeps trying. And suddenly she’s talking, and
CW: What about your past life is the biggest reason that at some stage in their life, where we feel voiceless she can laugh because she tried. So I think being kind
you are who you are today? and struggle with voice and also we feel that we can’t be to yourself, being patient, and trying. And always re-
CA: The fact that I was fortunate to be raised by re- heard, so I wanted to write that. Also, I think that a child membering that it’s not your fault. I think it’s important
ally wonderful parents who gave me space to be myself. who goes through what she went through would struggle to keep that in mind.

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and the Living in Viet Nam,” talk about 6:30 p.m, Enoch Pratt Free Library North-
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the huge subject of the Vietnam War free. (Lisa Snowden-McCray) Reproductive Justice Anthology” book release party with Jamia Wilson, executive
director The Feminist Press at CUNY in conversation with the book’s editors Loret-
ta Ross, Lynn Roberts, Erika Dermas, and Whitney Peoples. Nov. 18, 7 p.m.
Baltimore County Public Library Cockeysville Branch, 9833 Greenside
“Marching Dykes, Liberated Sluts, Drive, (410) 887-7750, bcpl.info. Matthew A. Crenson discusses his latest and high-
and Concerned Mothers” ly-praised book “Baltimore: A Political History.” Nov. 17, 2 p.m.
Baltimore County Public Library Pikesville Branch, 1301 Reisterstown Road,
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N O V . 1 9 rent senior editor on foreign affairs for the Washington Post, talks about his book
“March 1917: On The Brink Of War And Revolution.” Nov. 15, 2:30 p.m.
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“Pinball Wizards: Jackpots, Drains, And The Cult Of The Silver Ball” author Adam
Ruben in conversation With Marion Winik. Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. Starts Here! reading
series featuring Christopher K. Doyle, Jill McCroskey Coupe, and Michelle Junot.
Nov. 18, 7 p.m.
Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch, 400 Cathedral St., (410) 396-5430,
prattlibrary.org. Poetry and conversation with Hilary S. Jacqmin, Greg Williamson,
and Michele Wolf. Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m.
Enoch Pratt Free Library Light Street Branch, 1251 Light St., (410) 396-1096,
prattlibrary.org. Ceil Lucas, professor emerita of Gallaudet University in Washing-
ton, D.C. discusses her book “How I Got Here: A Memoir,” which details her life in
Guatemala City, Rome, and then the U.S. Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Enoch Pratt Free Library Roland Park Branch, 5108 Roland Ave., (410) 396-
6099, prattlibrary.org. Holly Lewis Maddux reads from her book “I Wouldn’t Have
Changed a Thing,” based on the memoirs of her grandfather Luther S. “Ludie” Tall,
one of Roland Park’s earliest residents. Nov. 18, 11 a.m.
Impact Hub, 10 E. North Ave., (443) 821-7482, baltimore.impacthub.net. Book re-
lease party for photographer Kyle Pompey’s “Perspective Baltimore.” Nov. 17, 5 p.m.
The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road, (410) 377-2966, theivybookshop.com.
James Archer Abbott, Philip Franklin Wagley Director and Curator of Evergreen
It is, as always, a dangerous time to white women who don’t understand Museum & Library at Johns Hopkins University, discusses his book “Evergreen:
be a woman. Republicans seem poised why you won’t just fall in line with the The Garrett Family, Collectors And Connoisseurs.” Nov. 16, 7 p.m. Courtney Pip-
to take away our access to abortions and larger, more mainstream agenda. Writer pin-Mathur reads from her new children’s book Dragons Rule, Princesses Drool
other forms of healthcare, and the cur- Elizabeth Currans tackles all of this, us- alongside crafts and treats for the Ivy Bookshop’s Read Local Party. Nov. 19, 10 a.m.
rent focus on prominent predators like ing her book “Marching Dykes, Liberated Maryland State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, 415 Park
Harvey Weinstein shows how deeply en- Sluts, and Concerned Mothers: Wom- Ave., (410) 230-2424, marylandlibraries.org. Dr. Lydia Kang, a practicing internal
trenched our society is in rape culture. en Transforming Public Space” to look medicine physician and author of young adult and adult fiction, discusses her
And it’s not as if women don’t speak thoughtfully at the way feminist, queer, book “Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything,” co-written
out—we do. But when we do we are often and race theory shape the way women with Nate Pedersen. Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m.
silenced. That silencing can come from protest. 3 p.m., Red Emma’s, 30 W. North Red Emma’s, 30 W. North Ave., (443) 602-7611, redemmas.org. “Punishing Dis-
men, who call us angry, nags, bitches, Ave., (443) 602-7585, redemmas.org, free. ease: HIV and the Criminalization of Sickness” author Trever Hope in a conversa-
and worse—or, if you are a minority, from (Lisa Snowden-McCray) tion with Tyrone Hanley, Esq., moderated by Mark S. King, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.

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“ Colin Kaepernick:
For the Love of The Game ”
POETRY

B y T a r i q To u r é

Tariq Touré is a native Baltimorean, Muslim essayist, poet, educator, humanitarian and public speaker. Since the age of 19, Touré has mentored at-risk African-American
Males in Baltimore and Washington D.C. Find his work at tariqtouré.com and in his 2016 collection of poetry “Black Seeds.”

Screen Capture courtesy of YouTube

Yes sir Coach, Shoot, But my job is just to play!?
Yes sir Coach,
Yes sir Coach, So me without a ball My foundation gave out
Yes sir Coach, is Clark Kent without a cape, 10,000 turkeys in the hood last year
I knock a couple helmets off What’s more for me to say?
I throws the ball coach they depositing my papes. I don’t wanna get cornered in debate.
I runs the ball coach But wait... What you say? We ain’t supposed to mixing
I catches the ball coach 44 shots? Three of em to the face? this blessed game here with politics.
I knows the ball coach Plus there’s mortgage in the way,
I holds the ball coach Now wait... it’s how I afforded the estate
I controls the ball coach But could I be mortgaging my play?
Did he hold on to the steering wheel Could my legs be the leverage
But you, you, you… owns the ball coach? was a smile up on his face!? that makes owners more
Did he say yes officer no officer cordial with the tape?
And this here field and them there stands, please check my registration
and that there JumboTron, And them there fans, And and my plates!? And is a mouth wide shut,
oh Lord my fans, you ain’t got to ask! and blind eyes open help
Just last week I signed a grown man’s forehead and Oh naw... absorbing all the hate.
the palms... of his newborn’s hands This game is all I’ve had for my escape!
you know how we be bucking the law and I escaped..
Oh boy they love me, too much damn attitude But I assure you they love me!
on my grandmomma’s grave they surely do, get them weapons involved surely they’ll understand today
You know a bullet be the only thang So you saying he was unarmed? So when I take this knee
keepin this game from me and you. And fit a description as that anthem starts to play.
wasn’t no shakin it off? You think they could look at me
God got to be a gifted artist with this passion in my face
the ways I been picked and prodded. They were looking for a And truly be able to say,
Since sixteen I been lean whole hood knew 6’4” black male this is the land of the free
I’d get the farthest… away from our fathers 245 lbs to be exact and home of the brave?
away from slaughters... away from coffins, And you sayin he was
Can you believe, USC wanted me?  reaching for his license
They only pick the hardest. Three year starter. and got rounds up in his back?
2 All-Americans, Banker’s daughter.
Loud sounds
This got to be a dream. See, see where I’m from you and then collapsed?
either Hustle, get high, get hit,
or hurdle defenders. But you take children Well look here we got to do something
with trauma and tempers, I means something gotta shake!
from august december. That could be me arms folded
Blow a whistle let them loose cousins gettin consoled and
tear limbs from the tendons. everybody huddled at my wake...
Only the strong survive there you
betta remember

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MEN RUIN EVERYTHING
Two plays about women forming connections in the face of erasure
By Maura Callahan mcallahan@baltimorebeat.com

STAGE
“Origin of the Species”
The Biblical creation myth pegs all human folly on
women just because Eve deigned to access knowledge.
But evolution and the story of the first hominids aren’t so
kind to women either: That history has been told by big
great male geniuses, who, naturally, tell us that man dis-
covered fire, man learned how to use stones as tools, man
created civilization. The term “man” here might be a proxy
for “humankind,” as is often the case, but that exclusionary
language has proven damaging enough on its own.
In her 1987 two-hander “Origin of the Species,”
now receiving a run directed by Erin Riley at the Strand
Theater through Nov. 19 to kick off their 10th season
of women-focused theater, Bryony Lavery attempts to
right this disastrous wrong in perhaps the most literal
way imaginable: by digging up an early female human
and letting her tell the story.
This early woman comes to us by way of Molly, an
eccentric archaeologist in her golden years. She relays
to the audience from her artifact-stuffed Yorkshire cot-
tage how she traveled to East Africa ostensibly for a
dig—though really, she says, she embarked on the jour-
ney to find herself a man (why someone would cross
Jade Wheeler (left), Dawn Ursula, and Beth Hylton in ‘Intimate Apparel’
thousands of miles to an archeological site where there
are more bones than breathing men is beyond me;
Photo by ClintonBPhotography / Courtesy Everyman Theatre
Laverny never really illuminates). Instead, she finds her
four-million-year-old female ancestor beneath the dirt,
still breathing. Molly quietly smuggles her miraculous
“Intimate Apparel” and her fine handiwork in the mirror. Her two favorite
customers couldn’t be more dissimilar: One, Mrs. Van
find, whom she names Victoria, back to Yorkshire and
begins to teach her the English language and customs.
Depending on who you ask, a corset is either a Buren (Beth Hylton), is a white Southern belle, wealthy As she demonstrates to Victoria how to identify col-
symbol of feminine beauty and sexuality, or one of and married, privileged but painfully repressed. The ors and use her imagination among other things, Mol-
women’s subjugation—a literal and figurative means of other, Mayme (Jade Wheeler) is a black prostitute—a ly studies and interrogates her ancestor in an attempt
suffocation—or both. In the hands of lauded playwright self-made businesswoman like Esther, though Mayme to uncover secrets about the beginning of human life.
Lynn Nottage, and those of her nimble heroine Esther, feels more liberated than incomplete in the single life. Struggling with her limited but growing vocabulary,
it’s not that simple. But when we meet Esther, she is not single for long. Victoria signals to Molly it was woman, not man, who
Nottage’s “Intimate Apparel,” now running at Ev- Out of the blue she receives a letter from George (Bueka discovered fire; woman, not man, who figured out how
eryman Theatre through Nov. 19 under the direction Uwemedimo), a laborer working on the construction of to use a sharp stone to skin animals for their hides.
of Tazewell Thompson (who directed “Ruined” by the the Panama Canal, and they strike up a correspondence, Molly, like most, has learned everything she knows
same author at Everyman in 2015, a production that which illiterate Esther keeps going with the help of Mrs. about everything from men, and has accepted most
shared three cast members with “Intimate Apparel”), Van Buren and Mayme. With their expertise, Esther’s mes- of their stories as fact—though not without skepticism.
Esther (played by Dawn Ursula, deservedly cast once sages go from friendly introductions to the 1905 equiva- Among the various male-authored scientific texts Molly
more as Nottage’s protagonist, again a businesswom- lent of sexts to full-blown love letters, and they become reads to Victoria with an eyebrow raised, a real quote
an) is a seamstress in turn of the century New York who engaged. George sails to New York, they marry, and—sur- from one of the founders of social psychology, Gustave
specializes in crafting women’s undergarments. For her, prise—Esther finds her new husband is not the smooth Le Bon: “Women represent the most inferior forms of
a corset is not merely a piece of lingerie; it has a story— talker, caring lover, and dedicated worker he’d made him- human evolution. . . . They excel in fickleness, inconstan-
there are the origins of the fabric and lace and how it self out to be in his letters. But it’s too late to swipe left. cy, absence of thought and logic, and incapacity to rea-
arrived in Esther’s hands, who will wear the piece and Now a married woman with a gold-digging son. Without a doubt, there exists some distinguished
why. There’s even a story in how silk feels against one’s spouse, Esther’s labor and craft take on new mean- women, very superior to the average man, but they are
back. And then there’s the story only Esther knows: the ing, as do her relationships with her clients and her as exceptional as the birth of any monstrosity, as for ex-
18 years of labor spent at her machine, located in her fabric supplier, an observant Romanian Jew named ample, of a gorilla with two heads. Consequently, we
bedroom apartment in a boarding house full of wom- Mr. Marks (Drew Kopas), whose tenderness and ap- may neglect them entirely.”
en; the small profit from her sales that she tucks into preciation for good silk clearly make for a better albe- Together, these two old women begin to relearn
pockets of a quilt made from fabric scraps—a fund for it forbidden match. the world just as their species races toward extinction
a future beauty parlor she hopes to open in service of Like the story of the corset, “Intimate Apparel” is ul- (the result of man’s “achievements”). Often, their journey
fellow black women. timately a familiar story of woman being defined and takes distracting turns that appear directionless. But
While Esther has devoted her life to making wom- stifled by man. But the play, again like the corset, is pres- while Lavery’s ambitious attempt to reach a summation
en feel attractive, and dreams of making them feel even ent for the private lives and dreams of women—black of the history of humankind proves at times convoluted,
more pampered, such treatment is of little interest to women, in particular, whose interiority would rarely un- her story is grounded by tender performances from Jan-
Esther herself. She dresses modestly, wears no make- fold in such detail on major stages if not for Nottage— et Constable Preston as Molly and Nicole Millins-Teasley
up, and, at 35, has never been with a man, though she and the connections they form when they overlap. as the equally inquisitive Victoria. Their exchanges of-
hopes to marry one day. She finds gratification merely That rare view is worth enduring the sight of men, once fer an intimate manifestation of one of the most para-
in pleasing her clients, seeing them admire themselves again, ruining everything. mount rules in science: Question everything.

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Ashani Dances Five

Screencapture courtesy of Baltimore Theatre Project

Ashani Dances Five. Ashani Dances returns with their fifth annual concert fea-
turing choreography by Iyun Ashani Harrison and music by Marc Avon Evans. Nov.
17-19, Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., (410) 752-8558, theatreproject.org,
Photo Courtesy of Hippodrome Theatre
$15-$25.
Flamenco: Aparicio Dance Company. Dancer and choreographer Edwin Aparicio
leads musicians and dancers in a showcase of Spanish dance. Nov. 17, 8 p.m., Creative
Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, $22-$28.
Disney’s “The Lion King” “The Hallelujah Girls.” Set in an abandoned church-turned-day-spa, this South-
ern musical finds a group of friends seeking better lives. Through Nov. 26, Arena Play-
ers, 801 McCulloh St., (410) 728-6500, arenaplayersinc.com, $15-$20.
N O V . 1 6 “Little Shop of Horrors.” A flower shop assistant nurtures a bloodthirsty plant
in this acclaimed rock musical comedy. Through Nov. 25, Vagabond Players, 806 S.
Broadway, (410) 563-9135, vagabondplayers.org, $23-$25.
This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical featuring music by Elton John, Mucking About. Stand-up from host Becca Lundberg and performances from
striking scenery, and graceful dancers made up like lions, hyenas, and gazelles rolls improv troupes Bandicoot, Toe Money Improv, Blood Pact, TT, and Thighmeat. Nov. 17,
into Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre and stays until December. It’s a totally differ- 8 p.m., Charm City Comedy Project at Zissimos Bar, 1023 W. 36th St., charmcitycome-
ent feel than the animated classic that had you bawling in movie theatres back in dyproject.com, $5.
1994, but that’s OK. At any rate, this should hold you over until the live-action version Second Stoop: My Freaky Family. Stoop Storytelling presents an open mic night
of the 1994 film—starring Beyoncé as the voice of Nala among a star-studded cast— for personal tales about Thanksgiving madness. Nov. 16, 8 p.m., Creative Alliance, 3134
hits theaters in 2019. Through Dec. 10, Hippodrome Theater, 12 N. Eutaw St., (410) Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, $9-$15.
837-7400, france-merrickpac.com, $81-$629. (Lisa Snowden-McCray) “Shakespeare In Love.” In a stage adaption of the Academy Award-winning film,
the bard falls in love with an aspiring actress. Through Nov. 26, Baltimore Center Stage,
700 N. Charles St., (410) 332-0033, centerstage.org, $20-$84.

Photo Courtesy of Submersive Productions

“H.T. Darling’s Incredible Museaum Presents:
The Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing
Aquisitions from the Perisphere”
N O V . 1 6
Even if you caught the debut run of Submersive Productions’ latest devised
work last spring, you’d be remiss not to see it again. After all, no two experiences
of “H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum” are alike: The Peale Center (the first build-
ing constructed as a museum in the U.S.), transformed into a sci-fi cabinet of
wonders with multiple actors traversing its floors, offers multiple points of entry
and movement through the namesake explorer’s collection of oddities culled
from the fictional planet New Galapagos—a choose-your-own-adventure of sorts.
Filled with convincing puppets, audience interaction from skilled performers, and
detailed set design filling the entire three-story building, the Museaum presents
more to unearth with each visit. Through Dec. 17, The Peale Center, 225 Holliday
St., submersiveproductions.com, $25-$75. (Maura Callahan)

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Sympathy For The Underdog
Holiday comedy ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’
conjures solidarity, skewers rich dicks
By Adam Katzman

SCREENS

“Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”

Screencapture courtesy of Youtube

Like 1987’s dystopian satire “Robocop,” John Hughes’ 1987 Laurel and Hardy if they went through a body-swap comedy.
romp “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” is a late, Reagan-era Unlike the casual racism of Hughes’ “Sixteen Candles” or
comedy about what happens when machines that were built the blasé attitude towards sexual assault in both “The Breakfast
to make society run smoother (especially for people with mon- Club” and “Sixteen Candles,” “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”
ey) start breaking down. Not only do these inventions fail to has aged surprisingly well, punching up more than it does
inoculate the upper class from general disrepair, they propel down. Even the gay-panic humor of a scene where, having had
them headfirst into scenarios left for the market to sort out. to share a bed with each other, Neal realizes Del’s hand isn’t
After Neal Page (played by Steve Martin), a Manhattan ad- between “two pillows,” the joke is more on the masculine rit-
vertising executive trying to make it home to Chicago for Thanks- uals required to distance homosocial bonding from any sex-
giving, loses his cab to Del Griffith (John Candy), an everyman ual comfort, with both of them reflexively grunting platitudes
shower ring salesman, he’s forced into a dependency on the lat- about sports afterward like, “uhh you see that Bears game last
ter when almost every mode of transportation conceivable mal- week? Hell of a game, hell of a game.”
functions and strands him way off route. Be it a plane landing in One running theme is the distance between Madison Ave-
another state due to inclement weather, a train stopping in its nue and its customer base, for which Del’s door-to-door plucki-
tracks in the middle of nowhere, or a car exploding on a highway, ness creates a proto-“Scrooged” foil for Neal. When Neal asks why
Hughes conceives of enough near-fatal scenarios for a follow-up Del’s hell-on-wheels cabbie friend Doobie (Larry Hankin) takes the
to Ralph Nader’s “Unsafe At Any Speed.” scenic route to a last-minute motel, Del answers that “he’s proud
Martin, usually playing a rubber-limbed goof put-upon by of his town, that’s a damn rare thing these days.” Hughes sort of
disasters of his own creation (i.e. “The Jerk”), here stiffens up and has it both ways, populating every detour with cartoon charac-
sharpens his energy into an insufferable force of condescen- ters one might have an understandable frustration with—and yet,
sion, getting him no further when he lets everyone in the world to Hughes and Martin’s credit, each encounter only deepens our
know exactly what he was told by AppleCare. Every attempt to sympathy for anyone who has to deal with Neal, hopefully leaving
pay his way out of interacting with the working class puts Neal the audience with a sense of mindfulness for the labor force work-
further into a zone of discomfort his income bracket is meant ing overtime to get anyone home for the holidays.
to safeguard him from. Meanwhile, Candy, as a relentlessly hos-
pitable Midwesterner, creates a routine out of accidental impo-
sition. What could easily be a series of jokes about the inconve- “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” directed by John Hughes,
nience of his large frame is instead reconfigured to highlight screens at the Parkway with “Home For The Holidays,”
Neal’s entitled sense of discomfort, as Del is very much at home directed by Jodie Foster (and shot in Baltimore, by the way), as
in a world Neal does his best to avoid. Their dynamic suggests part of a double feature on Nov. 20 and on its own on Nov. 19.

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CREATIVE ALLIANCE
UPCOMING EVENTS

NOVEMBER

THU 11.16 THE STOOP PRESENTS:
SECOND STOOP - MY FREAKY FAMILY
FRI 11.17 FLAMENCO APARICIO
DANCE COMPANY
SAT 11.18 THE QUEBE SISTERS
SUN 11.19 OUTSPOKEN: NEIGHBORHOOD VOICES
SAT 11.25 BALTIMORE PLAYS:
“The Lady Eve” screening at the Charles this week.
SONGS FROM THE WIZ
THU 11.30 SETH KIBEL & FRIENDS:
The Charles Theater SONGS OF SNARK & DESPAIR
1711 N. Charles St., (410) 727-3464, thecharles.com.
“Angel’s Egg” (Mamoru Oshii, Japan, 1985), Nov. 15.
DECEMBER
“Suspiria” (Dario Argento, Italy, 1977), Nov. 15.
“The Florida Project” (Sean Baker, U.S., 2017), now playing.
FRI 12.1 CALEB STINE’S
“The Killing Of a Sacred Deer” (Yorgos Lanthimos, U.S., 2017), now playing. ROUND THE MOUNTAIN
“Loving Vincent” (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchma, Poland, 2017), now playing.
“The Square” (Ruben Östlund, Sweden, 2017), now playing. SAT 12.2 JUDITH BERKSON
“Lady Bird” (Greta Gerwig, U.S., 2017), opens Nov. 17. WITH FRANK LONDON AND MICHAEL WINOGRAD
“Last Flag Flying” (Richard Linklater, U.S. 2017), opens Nov. 17.
“Novitiate” (Margaret Bretts, U.S., 2017), opens Nov. 17. SUN 12.3 MERRY MART
“Met Opera: Exterminating Angel” (music by Thomas Adès, libretto by Tom Cairns in col-
laboration with the composer, based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza),
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR FREE!
Nov. 18.
“The Lady Eve” (Preston Sturges, U.S., 1941), Nov. 18, 20, 22. FRI 12.8 COMEDY NIGHT | AWKWARD SEX AND THE CITY
PRESENTS: JINGLE BALLS
The Parkway Theatre SAT 12.9 THE SHERMAN HOLMES PROJECT
4 W. North Ave., (410) 752-8083, mdfilmfest.com.
“Dealt” (Luke Korem, U.S., 2017), through Nov. 16.
FEAT. ROB ICKES AND TREY HENSLEY
“Dina” (Antonio Santini & Dan Sickles, U.S., 2017), through Nov. 16
“Tragedy Girls” (Tyler MacIntyre, U.S., 2017), through Nov. 16. FRI 12.15 DORI FREEMAN
“Don’t Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker” (Tim Irwin & Keith Schieron, U.S., 2017) W/ LETITIA VANSANT
presented by Celebrated Summer Records, Nov. 16.
Sweaty Eyeballs: 6th Annual Animation Invitational, Nov. 17. SAT 12.16 NAVASHA DAYA PRESENTS:
“Paradise” (Andrei Konchalovsky, Russia, 2017) opens Nov. 17.
Behind the Screens: An Open Conversation with Joe Swanberg, Nov. 18. A SOULFUL ROCK & ROLL TRIBUTE TO JIMI HENDRIX
“Home For The Holidays” (Jodie Foster, U.S., 1995), Nov. 19.
“Popcorn” (Mark Herrier, U.S., 1991), Nov. 19: The early ‘90s horror title plays, with a Q+A and SUN 12.17 CHARM CITY KLEZMER
autograph-signing by its star. HOLIDAY DANCE PARTY
“Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” (John Hughes, U.S., 1987), Nov. 19.
Double Feature: “Home For The Holidays” and “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” Nov. 20. FRI 12.22 INTERACTIVE MOVIE NIGHT | DIE HARD
“D.O.A.: A Rite Of Passage” (Lech Kowalski, U.K., 1980), Nov. 21.
“One Of Us” (Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady, U.S., 2017), Nov. 22: Q&A with director Grady W/ HOSTS JENNIFER MARSH & HEATHER KEATING
after the screening.
THU 12.28 THE STRAY BIRDS
W/ THE BUMPER JACKSONS DUO
The Senator Theatre
5904 York Road, (410) 323-4424, senatortheatre.com. FRI 12.29 CHARLIE HUNTER TRIO
“Saturday Night Fever”: Director’s Cut (John Badham, U.S., 1977), Nov. 15, 19, 20.
“Marshall” (Reginald Hudlin, U.S., 2017), through Nov. 16.
“Blade Runner 2049” (Denis Villeneuve, U.S., 2017), now playing.
“BPM (Beats Per Minute)” (Robin Campillo, France, 2017), now playing.
“Murder On The Orient Express” (Kenneth Branagh, U.S., 2017), now playing.
“Thor: Ragnarok” (Taika Waititi, U.S., 2017), now playing.
“Victoria and Abdul” (Stephen Frears, U.K., 2017), now playing.
“Justice League” (Zack Snyder, U.S., 2017), opens Nov. 16.
“The Dragon Lives Again” (Kei Law, China, 1977), Nov. 22. 3134 EASTERN AVE
BALTIMORE MD 21224
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Because It Tastes Good
An education in healthier eating at vegan soul food spot Land Of Kush
By Lisa Snowden-McCray lmccray@baltimorebeat.com

one that focused on how do you deal with your family
that might not be vegan. She also interviewed a lot of
FOOD prominent black vegans who have been vegans for a
long time. You can look at it and say this is our world, it’s
not just a white world, it’s our world too.”
Education in healthy eating is a big part of what
they do at Land of Kush, but another part is preparing
food that just tastes good. Wright-Brown and Brown say
coming up with menu items is a collaborative effort.
“We do a vegan soul food cuisine,” Brown says. “So
it’s vegan barbecue rib tips, smoked collard greens, can-
died yams, vegan mac and cheese, vegan crab cakes . . .”
“We can’t be in Baltimore, Maryland without some
version of crab cake,” Wright Brown adds.
Land of Kush also offers smoothies, lentil burgers,
salads, and a variety of other locally produced products
like vegan donuts, baked goods, and kombucha.
Wright-Brown and Brown walk a line when it
comes to offering food that is similar to what patrons
may have grown up eating but is not necessarily the
same. For example: cauliflower “buffalo wings.” Brown
says it’s about convincing people to think differently
about food.
“When I talk to people I tell them it’s cauliflower, it’s
not going to taste like a buffalo wing,” Brown says. “The
outside is seasoned similarly to it, but it’s a cauliflower.
You’ve got to look at it as what it is. You can still enjoy it
even if you’re a meat eater.”
They’ve been working together since they first met
as employees for Verizon Wireless in 2008. They are
used to collaborating, and food is no different.
“You get in where you fit in, and at any moment,
she might be stronger than me in a particular thing,”
Brown says. “She might have a great idea for food. She
might make something and I might say, OK, let me
tweak that . . . and put it in the restaurant.”
“That’s how we got the brunch,” Wright-Brown
adds. “I was a breakfast person when I wasn’t vegan
and I was into my scrambled eggs and all that other
stuff, so we were eating all this vegan food and I’m like,
where are the breakfast sides? Then once we opened
Land Of Kush’s Gregory Brown and Naijha Wright-Brown the restaurant we took that and said, you know what?
We gotta get the brunch popping off in here.”
Photo by J.M. Giordano
The two say they are looking to do more.
“We’re looking for a second location right now,”
Brown says. “We’d love to franchise the restaurant and
make it nationwide if not global, that would be a won-
Sitting in the Land of Kush (840 N. Eutaw St., [410] congregants, spurred on by the Netflix show “What the derful thing.”
225-5874, landofkush.com) one morning just before the Health,” took part in a month-long challenge to eat He says they’d also like a bigger space than the one
Seton Hill vegan restaurant opens for the day, husband more healthfully. they currently occupy so that they can offer entertain-
and wife owners Naijha Wright-Brown and Gregory The couple says people now report to them when ment as well as food.
Brown reflect on how people are clamoring for infor- they decide to change the way they eat for the better. They have started a nonprofit called the Black Veg-
mation about vegetarian and vegan eating. Wright-Brown recalls one dad at her daughter’s kara- etarian Society of Maryland, which they say they’ll use to
Their restaurant, which has been in business since te class who practically talked her to death about the offer plant-based feasts to people in Baltimore.
2008, specializes in plant-based soul food. They offer changes in his life. “The first thing we did once we were in operation,
things like collard greens, yams, and their own version “He’s been juicing, lost some weight, changing his we created the first Musical Meatless Monday and it
of macaroni and cheese. attitude,” she says. “He was giving me the whole low- started at Northwestern High School,” Wright-Brown
A few weeks ago they pulled a day-long shift at the down and I’m looking like, she’s going to be late. It feels says.
Main Post Office, giving away samples of vegan food to good when you hear testimonies like that from individ- Held last May, the event featured a plant-based
employees. Plant-based milk, vegan cream cheese, deli uals.” dinner alongside live music and attracted over 250 at-
sandwiches, and kale salad were all on the menu. They say they try to give everyone they come in tendees. Wright-Brown says another Musical Meatless
“Oh my god, they were overwhelmed,” Wright- contact with a copy of a booklet simply named “African Monday is scheduled for this spring.
Brown says. “They were so receptive and surprised.” American Vegan Starter Guide,” a vegan eating guide It’s important that they get young people in the
Forbes magazine profiled Land Of Kush at the end authored by Tracye McQuirter, written especially for city involved in healthier eating, she says, but in a way
of October, pointing to the Land of Kush as inspiration black people. that’s attractive to them.
for vegan restaurants in Detroit and Harlem. “When you look at vegan starter guides before . . . “Make it fun,” she says. “It doesn’t have to be about
In August, Land Of Kush hosted an event at Jamal they didn’t represent us,” Wright-Brown says. “Great in- rabbit food, you know, we’re making it really good.
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Andre Mazelin makes the jump from The Room to Motor House
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The Motorhouse Showroom

Photo by Emma Jo Shatto / Courtesy Motorhouse

bination performance space, gallery, and artists’ hub.
Mazelin, who has been working behind the scenes in
entertainment since college, and formerly worked as
operations director at Creative Alliance, said working for
Motor House is ideal. Now with more resources and the
responsibility of curating two stages, Mazeline will have
more freedom to book what he wants.
“I’m going to have performances and have import-
ant discussions,” he says. “I can show films now. I can
have proper music performances which I couldn’t do at
The Room. It’s really a graduation into a different type
of space that’s going to allow me to do more of what I
enjoy doing.”
Mazelin also hosted events at The Room (for exam-
ple, a panel on toxic masculinity that I moderated), but
the space was too small for anything on a larger scale.
Motor House also opened an eatery early last
month called Showroom Café and Bar (120 W. North
Andre Mazelin Ave., [410] 637-8300, motorhousebaltimore.com/show-
room-cafe-bar). Run by chef Daniel Horwitz, the place
Photo by Kelvin Bulluck
offers light fare such as salads, sandwiches, and small
snacks. Mazelin says plans were in the works for Show-
room before he came on board.
“They had a chef that they had their eyes on, Daniel
Andre Mazelin’s laid-back Charles Village lounge quickly that The Room might not be a good fit for him. Horwitz, who was going to come on and run the food
The Room didn’t seem to doing badly. The place, which “After spending some time in The Room and re- program and then I would have to come in and find
he opened in 2016, quickly became a spot where peo- alizing that getting up early and serving coffee maybe someone to run the bar and beverage program,” Ma-
ple in the area knew they could get light bites like sand- isn’t what I wanted to do, I started looking for opportu- zelin says.
wiches and bagels, or hang out with a laptop and a beer nities—kinda lightly, nothing serious —for over a year at Mazelin notes that the fact that folks seem to miss
or a glass of wine. So people may have been surprised that point and decided to look around and see if there’s The Room already is a sign of its success: “I was walking
late last October when Mazelin announced that The something else I could get into,” he says. “And that’s down the street and people were like, ‘Oh man, I’m so sor-
Room would be closing—its last day was Halloween. when I saw the job for Motor House.” ry you’re gone.’ Hearing people say that is bittersweet but
Mazelin, who accepted a position as managing di- Motor House, located in Station North—specifically it makes me feel good that people give a damn. You did
rector at Motor House in June and did that job while also in the location formerly known as the DIY space and something that people care about. You provided a space
running The Room for a while, says that he realized fairly studio Load Of Fun, closed by the city in 2013—is a com- that people enjoy. Because that in itself is gratifying.”

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Blue Frost

Photo by Brandon Soderberg/ Courtesy Democracy In Crisis

Blue Frost few seconds baffled, not sure what to do or what I did, and
then finally reopened it to full-screen and began season two of
“Stranger Things.”
Right after swallowing a big, unforgiving bong hit of Blue And then oh man, that around-your-eyeholes tingle and
Frost, an indica dominant strain that crosses Blue Monster and an arms and legs and all the appendages lightness, and after
Jack Frost that—although it’s 40 percent sativa—feels almost en- that tension flew right out of me, almost too fast. I wasn’t full
tirely like a lumbering indica, all kinds of confusion set in. About of anxiety anymore and only the idea of anxiety stuck around:
the baffling ‘90s at first and eventually about everything else, Whatever was in my head that I was stressing about was still
but then an elusive body and head high and a swell of kindness there but now in concept only and all the worry, melancholy,
that more than made up for the strain’s shaky ramp-up. analysis, second-guessing, and so on (in other words, the hard
Begin with Blue Frost’s cool, intense menthol smell and parts of caring and feeling) were absent. My Bloody Valentine’s
taste that lightly numbs your mouth, which got me thinking song ‘I Can See It (But I Can’t Feel It),’ came to mind. I had a
back to the ‘90s when I was a kid and there was a big deal ar- wide-eyed empathy for the characters of “Stranger Things” and
rival of a new Kool-Aid subgenre called Kool-Aid Ice Cool that everybody else going through some things anywhere and it
was essentially menthol Kool-Aid—which made it weird that was clear to me that sequels, almost always bigger and dumber
it was for kids but hey, the ‘90s—because as Wikipedia says, it than the original, are also about us reliving trauma and watch-
“gave the drinker a cooling sensation.” Indulging some Proust- ing characters we allegedly care about relive it too, which is
like remembrances of ‘90s bullshit past, I went to YouTube and kind of perverse, and this whole second season cleverly, kindly,
watched a Kool-Aid Ice Cool commercial someone had upload- makes that clear—its overarching theme is PTSD and the ways
ed where the Kool-Aid guy wearing um, giant khaki shorts for that we never really quite overcome. A stoner stoicism stirred
some reason, concocts the “cool” Kool-Aid (in two flavors: Lemon inside me, my menthol-ish mouth kept low-key vibrating for a
Ice, Arctic Green Apple) in his lab and hands it to a crew of kids couple of hours, and I wanted to cry. (Brandon Soderberg)
he’s hanging out with. “Something’s happening,” one kid says.
Another one finishes the thought, “In my mouth.” Then I spotted, Strength: 9
below the video, a YouTube comment which reads, “Kool-Aid is Nose: A far-too-hoppy new microbrew
a damn pedo, hanging with the kids, wearing only those shorts.” Euphoria: 9
The internet felt especially weird right then and there, Existential dread: 2
though I truly admired this commenter’s scrappy, poetic syntax Freaking out when a crazy person approaches you: 2
and diction. I closed that tab in my browser. I pulled up Netflix. Drink pairing: Kool-Aid Ice Cool Lemon (some people sell the
I couldn’t find my phone, which was a few feet from me as it discontinued packets on eBay)
turned out. I went back to Netflix and minimized the already Music pairing: Terry Riley, “Rainbow In Curved Air”
full-screen browser instead of clicking play, then stared for a Rating: 7

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WEED

Blue Mountain Durban

Photo by Baynard Woods/ Courtesy Democracy In Crisis

Blue Mountain Durban pleasant that I had a couple more, with really deep autumnal
undertones of dead damp morning grass covered with leaves.
And I had some more. And then there I was, back in that
Many of us would never make it through the day without hole—as was the friend I was smoking with, who refuses to touch
weed, for whatever medical conditions we suffer from. And BMD again. But once you ride through the existential dread,
people who suffer from anxiety know what a relief a good toke you realize how useful a good ethical scouring and session of
can be. But it can also send you in an insane tailspin of self- self-loathing can be and you ease into a smooth body high that
doubt and crippling anxiety. We’ve all been there, frozen in a is worth the terrors it takes to get there. (Baynard Woods)
corner over-analyzing every thought until you tweet out that
you think someone is stealing your dog, as my colleague Bran- Strength: 10
don Soderberg did one night with me in the Hutzler Building Nose: Wet leaves and mulch soaked in whiskey
for Michael Jones McKean’s solo exhibition “The Ground,” which Euphoria: 7
we were attending after some particular angsty herb. Existential dread: 10
When you talk to older people who have quit smoking, Freaking out when a crazy person approaches you: 10
that’s usually the reason — the antisocial anxiety is just too Drink pairing: Bourbon, neat
much. I’ve been smoking for 30 years so I’m usually somewhat Music pairing: Albert Ayler, “Love Cry”
immune to the creeping crush of over-sensitive self-awareness Rating: 6
(also I am a white dude and, well, just look around, we’re not
known for self-awareness). I’d learned long ago to deal with the
anxiety by telling myself that it is just chemicals in my brain, it
will pass, etc.
Blue Mountain Durban, a hybrid of the South African Sa-
tiva Durban Poison, Afghani 76, and the Indica Lavender, chal-
lenged that assumption a bit. It is the kind of weed that might
send you into one of these black holes of self-doubt and over-ex-
amination. It is a magnificent mojo, but if you are stressed by,
say, watching the president speak, you need to go for some-
thing else. I learned that the hard way. The angst of this year is
so great anyway that we need our weed to revive and relax, not
force us into a Heideggerian state of authenticity born of the
realization that we will die. But that’s where I found myself after
a few hearty tokes of the gorgeously-scented BMD. It tasted so

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Bicycling in Baltimore
I love riding my bicycle. I love the was hit and killed riding his bicycle out by
sense of freedom, of getting from place the airport. The driver faced no charges.
to place unfettered by appalling bus The MVA reports show an increase across
wait times or the worry about finding a the state in crashes involving bicyclists
parking spot. I love the feel of the wind and pedestrians, and this mirrors national
on my face as I speed down hills and the increases. Traveling by bicycle or on foot is
steady breath as I pedal back up. I love dangerous, and it’s getting more danger-
riding a bicycle in Baltimore especially, ous. The dangerous part is the cars and
because I love saying “how you doing?” to their drivers, and they are all less safe than
my neighbors, getting to most places in me, despite appearances.
30 minutes or less, and exploring this city So, what do we do? Well, we have to
that changes block-by-block. If you’re in start from the assumption that walking
a car, these blocks are just the stuff that and riding bicycles are both forms of trans-
gets between you and your freeway or portation we want to collectively support.
ramp. In a bike, the ride is a joy all in itself. That’s a no brainer for me. A third of the city
Usually. I’ll admit this is a bit of pol- doesn’t have regular access to a car, and all
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