b A Bolton Hill Bistro, Baltimore

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By Zolton in Cool Travel on Thursday 6 January 2011

The Bolton Hill neighborhood of Baltimore is beautiful and kind of posh with its gorgeous 19th-century buildings, but there aren’t a lot of businesses there so I was surprised to find a good-looking farm-to-table bistro there — the restaurant scene in Baltimore is sparse and hit-or-miss anyway. Turns out, b – a Bolton Hill Bistro is great.

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Andrew Liang

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Friday 3 December 2010

I’ve plugged my buddy Andrew Liang before after he had a solo show at the Wind-Up Space in Baltimore, but I’ve been digging through his blog and finding incredible images I hadn’t seen before. Seriously, I am in awe of him.

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CityFabric

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By Gerry Mak in New Fashion on Tuesday 23 November 2010

North Carolina-based company CityFabric offers t-shirts with figure-ground diagrams of various cities printed on them. I’m waiting for them to make a Baltimore one.

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Sianna Plavin

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By Zach Kaufmann in New Music on Monday 22 November 2010

Former frontwoman for The Backyard Betties and backing vocalist and instrumentalist for Baltimore indie folksters like Soft Cat and Andy Abelow, Sianna Plavin recently moved to Providence, RI and is readying her first EP. Her songs are gentle and plaintively earnest, reminiscent of Loneliest in the Morning-era Julie Doiron. They wrap you up like a […]

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Baltimore Clap

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By Gerry Mak in Video on Tuesday 16 November 2010

People may not realize the handclap that features prominently in most Baltimore club tracks isn’t vegan. In fact, it’s downright inhumane. Check out this video to Benga’s Baltimore Clap directed by Kristofer Strom.

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Thank You’s Golden Worry

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Friday 12 November 2010

The debut full-length of Baltimore trio Thank You is a celebratory, trance-inducing romp shot through with jagged, frantic guitars, swirling instrumentation (organs, synths, jaw-harps, and harmonicas in addition to the traditional rock format) distant, hovering vocals, and occasional melancholic discordance.

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Baltimore’s Wham City Comedy Tour

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By Gerry Mak in Video on Wednesday 10 November 2010

Baltimore’s Wham City is about to go on tour with a comedy show. You should see it. It will be exceedingly funny. Be especially determined to catch April Camlin’s ventriloquist set and Alan Resnick’s motion-capture experiments. This really will be good! SEE IT!!!!!

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Matt Leines

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Friday 1 October 2010

Here are a couple awesome pieces by Matt Leines that were recently on display in the Doubting Thomases exhibit at Nudashank gallery in Baltimore. Gives me ideas for Halloween.

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Omar Souleyman

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Monday 27 September 2010

Omar Souleyman has been following me. In the tour van, we listened to his Highway to Hassake album while driving down Route 66 in the middle of the night. The same album kept some desert heat on me through the frigid Baltimore winter with its blistering Dabke (Syrian dance music), Iraqi Choubi, and classical Arabic mawal.

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Infinite Honey

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Monday 6 September 2010

Infinite Honey, an unassuming band from Baltimore, reminds me of the best Mates of State moments with a wisp of poetic sadness and even a little lounge-y swagger to cut through the sweetness.

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Each Others

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Thursday 26 August 2010

I’m currently paying for a night of overindulgence, so the super chill music of Baltimore-based Each Others is soothing my throbbing brain. Check out band member John Jones’ equally dreamy photography.

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Gaia plasters Baltimore

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By Gerry Mak in New Events on Wednesday 25 August 2010

Street artist Gaia has been so prolific here in Baltimore that I initially thought he was from here. Not so. The New York-born wheat-paster is quietly plastering the entire world with his stunning humanimals and stern-looking Native Americans.

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Baltimore’s Smash and Crip’s Bit Too Much For Me

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By Gerry Mak in Video on Monday 23 August 2010

Here’s another stunning track that has been a radio hit lately in Charm City. It’s got a grittiness and a tinge of sentimentality that I didn’t know still existed in hip-hop.

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Universal Order of Armageddon

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Monday 23 August 2010

In the early and mid-90s, I wasn’t aware of Universal Order of Armageddon, but I was listening to Cap’n Jazz at the time. Fifteen years later, I’m much more excited about the reformation of the former.

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Andrew Liang at Baltimore’s Wind Up Space

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By Gerry Mak in New Events on Friday 20 August 2010

My friend Andrew Liang just had a wildly successful solo show at the Wind-Up Space in Baltimore. He sold pretty much all of his crazy acrylic-on-wood characters on the first night. He’s definitely an artist to watch with his cute, roper-room-on-acid aesthetic.

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