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Guide to the High Life

Guide to the High Life

Feature: For the first time in ages, you are not afraid that the police will come and kick down your door because you might have a little bit of weed inside. 4/16/2014
High Times

High Times

Feature: The winners and losers in Maryland’s pot debate in 2014 By Van Smith 4/16/2014
Scratch ’N’ Sniff Product Reviews

Scratch ’N’ Sniff Product Reviews

Feature: your intrepid City Paper staff offers reviews that are as fragrant as they are flagrant, and super-helpful too! 4/16/2014
Putting the High in High Art

Putting the High in High Art

Feature: Sometimes, at its best, a little toke can wake you up to the splendor that surrounds you every day. By Aynardbay Oodsway 4/16/2014
Baltimore’s Biggest Hits

Baltimore’s Biggest Hits

Feature: Ten artists to toke to By Brandon Soderberg 4/16/2014
City Paper 420 Dj Mix

City Paper 420 Dj Mix

Feature: DJ James Nasty spins a Weed-centric Baltimore club mix, recorded live 4/16/2014
Get Outside

Get Outside

Feature: There’s nothing like being high in the great outdoors By Aynardbay Oodsway 4/16/2014
Ricky Eat Acid

Ricky Eat Acid

Feature: The new one from Baltimore’s Sam Ray By Andonbray Oderbergsay 4/16/2014
Talking To Your Teen

Talking To Your Teen

Feature: A Mom’s Manifesto 4/16/2014
Flashback

Flashback

Feature: An old head remembers blazing up back in the day By As told to Danielle Sweeney 4/16/2014

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  • Union Goes Whole Hog With Blacksauce Kitchen Tonight

    Starting tonight, Union Brewing will be holding three monthly Black Friday events featuring their award winning beers and a whole hog BBQ by Baltimore favorites Blacksauce Kitchen. Going from 6-10pm, tonight’s event will be held at the brewery (1700 Union St.) and feature live music from Jordan August, an art show installation from Chris Attenborough Sean Naftel, and, get this, a raffle for a chance to win an actual Winnebago customized by the artists. Rad. Not to be outdone, Blacksauce Kitchen, known for their excellent BBQ and biscuits, will be serving up snout-to-tail smoked pork to accompany your Blackwing lager. We recently spotted Blacksauce going whole hog at the beer, bourbon, and BBQ festival and if the line then was any indication, reaching over 50 ft. at times, it’s something to behold. The event is free to enter, with beer and BBQ being pay-as-you-go and if you can’t make it tonight there will be two more chances in the coming months: one on May 16th and the finale, appropriately enough, in June on Friday the 13th.

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  • @BaltoBeerBaron Looks Back On The Liquor Board: Top 10 Outrageous Moments

    10) Angry Pizza Purveyor: A Hollins Market Pizzeria owner was so frustrated with her server that she threw a pint glass at the employee and missed…but hit a customer in the face instead, who required stitches. The license was suspended. 9) Don’t Stand So Close to Me: At the Board, we don’t have a witness box. All the lawyers and witnesses stand side-by-side in front of us during hearings. When an underage drinker was summonsed to appear at the Liquor Board a few years ago, the lawyer for Baja Beach Club got in the young witnesses’ face during cross-examination and the witness turned pale. Moments later, she fainted and hit the ground. She was fine, but we decided not to let opposing counsel stand so close to witnesses during cross-examination after that. 8) The Magic of Television: The televising of the Board’s hearings for the first time in agency history began in October, 2012. At first, I joked that they call the City’s cable channel “TV25” because only 25 viewers were watching. It may have started that way, but I had more and more people on the street every month who would come up to me and talk about a […]

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  • Parts & Labor’s Butcher Shop Opens Today

    Planning on unleashing a post-lent meat spectacular for Easter dinner?  Parts & Labor’s butcher shop has you covered.  Ribeye? Check. Bone-in pork chops cut to your liking? Sure. Local guinea hen? Yup. Mutton? Obviously. Opening today, the locally-sourced shop will not only offer raw cuts but also cured meats, pâtés, milk, butter, pickled vegetables, and other comestibles such as their signature Snake Oil hot sauce to take home. Lead by head butcher and executive chef George Marsh (profiled here), the shop specializes in seam butchery, a method referring to following a bone, tendon, or muscle seam as you cut to minimalize any waste. With products sourced from local farms such as Liberty Delight (beef), Whistle Pig Hollow (pork), Rettland Farm (pork), and Many Rocks (goat) it’s clear our protein choices just got upgraded from the plastic-wrapped options available elsewhere. Cured meats will include kielbasa, salami, mortadella and country ham and we’re told the staff will be on hand to talk cooking methods for various far-out cuts like bavette and culotte. We’re intrigued by the sound of those. If you aren’t quite ready to tackle cooking said cuts yourself, fear not, the restaurant and pub, featuring over 20 regional and farm […]

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  • Remembering Children’s Books of Yesteryear during National Library Week

    Feeling rebellious over our dizzying speed-mad era of e-books, e-readers, digital and virtual realities, I want to advocate for the practice of borrowing a good old-fashioned book from the library—especially now, during National Library Week. I want to remind everyone of the simple joy of settling down in a cozy nook, turning well-worn pages, and reading aloud to a child. To read a book we once loved as a child to a child today is like soldering silver chains between the generations. Why silver? Because silver is just as beautiful as gold, but if you want to see it gleam, you must polish it. Besides, it is not intergenerational bonds alone that are being polished when you do this but links between actual childhoods. To read a book you once loved is to connect a 21st century child with worlds gone by. Recall how milk was delivered in clanking metal cans or later in bowling pin-shaped bottles of stamped glass with wired paper tops; how dresses with scratchy layers of tulle crinoline had to be pulled over little girls’ cringing heads; how children hid with pounding hearts behind parterre drapes when the dreaded tutor or sitter arrived. By ambience and innuendo, […]

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  • New Liquor Board administrator is outsider

    Outgoing Baltimore Liquor Board Chairman Steve Fogleman sounds giddy as he announces that Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth, the Capitol Heights Town Administrator, will be taking the executive secretary post at the liquor board. “She doesn’t know anybody,” Fogleman says. “She doesn’t know the mayor.” He recounts Bailey-Hedgepeth’s credentials, which include a master’s degree in public administration from Florida State University and a certificate in public management from the International City/County Management Association, again marveling that she is not politically connected in Baltimore or the state, as were pretty much all her predecessors. Which is weird, because Bailey-Hedgepeth is effectively the hired-on mayor of a DC suburb. Not sure how a person would not get some political connections doing that job. “That’s the good thing about me,” Bailey-Hedgepeth says over the phone from her office in Capitol Heights, where, at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, she says she’s waiting by the fax machine for the offer of employment. “I’ve seen Mayor Rawlings-Blake,” Bailey-Hedgepeth says. “I’ve been to events with her. But I have not met her in person.” So Bailey-Hedgepeth is pretty much an outsider, with an administrative technocrat’s professional history. She cut her working teeth in North Las Vegas, spending seven years as […]

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  • Five Things Baltimore McDonald’s’s are known for

    The humble Mickey D’s is one of the last bedrock cultural experiences that all Americans share. But despite the corporate concentration on standardization, every McDonald’s reflects its surroundings. We were reminded of this fact the other day when the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin published some observations from his recent Baltimore jaunt. He needed to speak with people who had experienced the city jail. He was directed to a McDonald’s on North Avenue, where he found many folks experienced with and willing to talk about the horrendous jail.  So, besides being brimming with ex-cons (which is Number 1 on our listicle), what are Baltimore Micky-D’s famous for? 2. Being unable to produce a Diet Coke in three months of trying!  (North Avenue at Charles Street—the same one that Toobin visited) 3. Fake lottery winners! A woman who worked at a Mindsor Mill McDonalds infuriated 15 co-workers in April, 2012, after claiming that she had one of three tickets for a $105 million jackpot—but that the winner was not one of the one’s she’d purchased as part of the pool with her co-workers. Later it was revealed that she did not have any winning ticket, though that apparently stokes the conspiracy theory her […]

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Features
The Art of Organizing

The Art of Organizing

Feature: MICA’s adjunct faculty moves to unionize, and academics everywhere watch to see what happens By Edward Ericson Jr. 3/19/2014
Crime Family

Crime Family

Feature: Urged by husband David Simon, Laura Lippman takes on a real-life Mobtown mystery By Baynard Woods 2/5/2014

Simon on Salsbury

Feature: David Simon shares his theories on the story of Julius Salsbury, which inspired his wife’s new novel 2/5/2014
Mobtown Beat
General Assembly 2014 Winners and Losers

General Assembly 2014 Winners and Losers

Mobtown Beat: Taking stock of the session that just ended By Van Smith 4/16/2014

Show us your licensing

Mobtown Beat: Following controversial case, new policy requires liquor board to make more decisions public By Edward Ericson Jr. 4/16/2014
Who Do We Love?

Who Do We Love?

Mobtown Beat: Maryland gives tax breaks to lots of businesses, not just Kevin Spacey’s By Edward Ericson Jr. 4/9/2014
  • Sale On Baltimore is about to sell off its public housing. Someone is going to make money—and that’s the plan. | 4/2/2014
  • Crews In For a Bruisin’? Local film crew vets question their future as House of Cards and Annapolis battle over tax credits | 4/2/2014
  • Talking Dread Former Sonar and Talking Head co-owner Dan McIntosh got the best pot-conspiracy sentence he could: a decade in prison. | 3/26/2014
City Folk
Mind Blowing

Mind Blowing

City Folk: Ryan Grizzell found purpose in an old art By Gabrielle Wathen 4/16/2014
Amped Rider

Amped Rider

City Folk: With the help of a prosthetic foot, Garry Moore still shreds By Baynard Woods 4/9/2014
The Fifth Labor

The Fifth Labor

City Folk: Tony Todd, a lifelong arabber, keeps the stables clean By Baynard Woods 4/2/2014
  • City Folk Days of their lives | 3/26/2014
  • Nursing the Muse True-crime writer Chris Boardman lionizes cops, remembers victims, nurses inmates, and runs for office | 2/26/2014
Power Rankings
Murder Ink
  • Murder Ink Murders this Week: 1; Murders this Year: 47 | 4/16/2014
  • Murder Ink Murders this Week: 3; Murders this Year: 46 | 4/9/2014
  • Murder Ink Murders this Week: 2; Murders this Year: 43 | 4/2/2014
  • Murder Ink Murders this Week: 1; Murders this Year: 41 | 3/26/2014
  • Murder Ink Murders this Week: 0; Murders this Year: 40 | 3/19/2014
  • Murder Ink Murders this Week: 2; Murders this Year: 40 | 3/12/2014
The Mail
  • Tough Sell Few real-estate developers have the capacity or the perseverance to take on such a difficult undertaking as developing, or redeveloping, affordable housing. | 4/16/2014
  • Faith Shaken, Not Stirred What would the future hold for Charm City’s beloved alternative weekly? | 4/9/2014
  • For the Birds I’ll know CP is toast when you all run a cover with the headline “That Sure Was A Lotta Snow.” | 4/2/2014
  • Adjunct Poverty I came to consider my two classes as volunteer work to justify working so hard for so little. | 3/26/2014
  • Video Daze If my friend told me she was dating someone, I would ask if she put his name on her Video Americain card as a way of knowing how serious they were. | 3/19/2014
  • Words and Deeds Trepidation about what would come under the new regime. | 3/12/2014