Nanook wheat-pastes Baltimore

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Sunday 24 April 2011

With its countless abandoned buildings and neglected public space, Baltimore is the perfect city for wheat-paste artists. Gaia has set up shop here, and now pieces by Nanook have been popping up around town.

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Sweet Sin: gluten-free bakery in Baltimore

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By Gerry Mak in Cool Travel on Saturday 16 April 2011

I’m a wheat-free guy, and though I’ve never been into sweets, I love Sweet Sin, the only gluten-free bakery in Baltimore. Aside from their wheatless treats, they also serve a wide range of savory meals such as snapper, goat, and greens.

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Daniel Kingery

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Wednesday 13 April 2011

Berlin-based American ex-pat Daniel Kingery, an old college friend of mine, ditched his homeland almost a decade ago and has become a rather amazing artist. I hope to drop in on him sometime. I hear Berlin and Baltimore have a lot in common.

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Shaun Flynn’s poster for Skull Defekts show at Floristree

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By Gerry Mak in New Design on Wednesday 13 April 2011

My friend Shaun Flynn designed one of the best show posters I’ve ever seen, a lattice portrait of Asa Osborne of Zomes and Lungfish, for a recent show headlined by a Daniel-Higgs-fronted Skull Defekts.

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Word On The Street

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By Gerry Mak in Cool Websites on Tuesday 5 April 2011

Word On The Street is a fascinating, frequently updated blog of street interviews mainly of random people in New York City. I’d love for Peter Madsen, the freelance writer behind the blog, to come down to Baltimore sometime. There are some really interesting characters around here.

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Little Howlin Wolf

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Tuesday 22 February 2011

James Pobiega aka Little Howlin Wolf was an iconic figure in Chicago, playing sax and blues on the streets of the Windy City for decades until he moved to Baltimore. Now he’s a fixture here, and he’s quickly become one of the many unforgettable characters that makes this city so amazing.

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Free Man’s Intuition

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Friday 11 February 2011

My good buddy Jake Freeman has his first ever tape out on Ehse Records. It’s a little sampler of the layered, tantric, psychedelic textures and feverish compositions Jake’s been working on for the past few years. Get it! All tapes come with hand-made inserts made by Jake himself.

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Jackie Milad

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Friday 11 February 2011

Baltimore artist Jackie Milad, born of an Egyptian father and Honduran mother, explores social behavior and non-verbal communication with her conceptual work, drawings, and performance.

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Sewn Leather

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Tuesday 8 February 2011

Sewn Leather is the one-man noise-punk project of Griffin Pyncant, who moved to Baltimore not too long ago. This shit is more punk than punk, designed to irritate and infuriate. If you want to know what’s going on, this is what’s going on.

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Baltimore silkscreen book features new art by me

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Tuesday 1 February 2011

Shameless self-promotion: Baltimore artists Jordan Bernier and John Bohl are working on a silkscreen book that will feature art by an array of other Baltimore artists, including yours truly. Each copy of the book will also come with a limited edition silk-screened poster.

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Baltimore Experimental Dance Collective

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Tuesday 1 February 2011

I’m surrounded by really amazing people here in Baltimore. One of them is Bethany Dinsick who does ethereal loop-pedal folk (I posted about her before). The other night, she performed with the Baltimore Experimental Dance Collective. It was really amazing. Check it out in the above video.

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C. Spencer Yeh

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Tuesday 1 February 2011

I recently mentioned C. Spencer Yeh, and coincidentally, he came through Baltimore a few days later. He played two separate shows, and I only got to see the second one at The Bank.

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Dan Deacon to score Francis Ford Coppola’s next film

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By Gerry Mak in New Film on Tuesday 18 January 2011

Dan Deacon has somehow managed to become a divisive figure without actually doing or saying anything controversial. Apparently, the cartoon voices, his psychotically happy and celebratory music, his big glasses, his physique, his whole vibe pisses off a lot of people. Good. That’s what punk rock was all about.

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Eugene von Bruenchenhein

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Saturday 8 January 2011

I just saw the Eugene von Bruenchenhein exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. It was incredible and I fully believe he was channeling some ancient, alien memory from millions of years ago when we were all stardust.

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Waltr Carpenter at Baltimore’s Nudashank Gallery

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By Gerry Mak in New Events on Friday 7 January 2011

The guy who I replaced in my apartment was a great multimedia artist who sadly committed suicide. It really affected my friends and everyone around me, and it was a great loss for the Baltimore art community. Nudashank Gallery recently had a retrospective and celebration of the life of Waltr Carpenter, who made some really kick-ass shit while he was still with us.

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