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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

City Folk

City Folk: Days of their lives By Michelle Stefano and Nicole King 3/26/2014
Nursing the Muse

Nursing the Muse

City Folk: True-crime writer Chris Boardman lionizes cops, remembers victims, nurses inmates, and runs for office By Van Smith 2/26/2014
One Percenter

One Percenter

City Folk: On a mission to preserve Baltimore’s tradition of public art By Danielle Sweeney 2/19/2014
Cabaret Dreams

Cabaret Dreams

City Folk: The Crazy Russian brings the aura of old Europe to Route 40 By J.M. Giordano 2/12/2014
Mega Man

Mega Man

City Folk: Lance Lucas sees tech as a way out of poverty for inner-city kids By Edward Ericson Jr. 2/5/2014
Different Presence

Different Presence

City Folk: Robert Williams brings African culture to Hollins Market By Nicole King and Michelle Stefano 1/29/2014
Man of Iron

Man of Iron

City Folk: Bill Bordeau was part of a rivet gang that built the Bay Bridge By J.M. Giordano 1/22/2014
East Poles

East Poles

City Folk: Marianne Frederick remembers when East Baltimore was the center of Polish immigrant life By Danielle Sweeney 1/15/2014
Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

City Folk: Local gym shows that pole dancing is not just for strippers By Maura Callahan 1/8/2014
Hot Commodity

Hot Commodity

City Folk: For Neil Bergenstein, Tree Frog is more than just a hot sauce, it’s a totem animal By H. Dean Freeman 1/1/2014
Fixin’ The Blues

Fixin’ The Blues

City Folk: A former guitarist jams at the work bench where he repairs guitars By Andrew Zaleski 12/25/2013
The Conqueror

The Conqueror

City Folk: Buddhist monk blends art and meditation By Lauren Yeh 12/18/2013
Kitty Kaddish

Kitty Kaddish

City Folk: Robbie Silverman honors his cats Tweety and Sylvester in the Jewish tradition By Evan Serpick 12/10/2013
Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose

City Folk: Rosa Pryor-Trusty has spent more than 50 years in Baltimore’s entertainment industry By Edward Ericson Jr. 12/4/2013
Aide to the King and the Jester

Aide to the King and the Jester

City Folk: Mary Krivosh spent 30 years in City Hall, maintaining files—and keeping secrets—for William Donald Schaefer and Hyman Pressman By Rafael Alvarez 11/27/2013
The Joy of Music

The Joy of Music

City Folk: The 13th Floor Pianist has lived a storied life By Andrew Zaleski 11/20/2013
The Localist

The Localist

City Folk: The founder of ChiliBrew says if you’re going to go out drinking anyway, why not put your beer money toward building a better Baltimore? By Danielle Sweeney 11/13/2013
House of Music

House of Music

City Folk: The patron saint of punk rock feeds Baltimore’s music scene, one band at a time By Danielle Sweeney 11/6/2013
The Friendly Fighter

The Friendly Fighter

City Folk: Charlie Wiseman runs an unusually inviting boxing gym in Fells Point By Andrew Zaleski 10/30/2013
Photographic Memory

Photographic Memory

City Folk: Tom Scilipoti has been documenting Baltimore for over 50 years By Rafael Alvarez 10/23/2013
Michelangelo of Titty Tats

Michelangelo of Titty Tats

City Folk: Little Vinnies tattoo parlor is often the final step on a long journey toward feeling whole again By Michelle Gienow 10/16/2013
Street Scribe

Street Scribe

City Folk: Adam Stab remembers when nabbing a graffiti writer was a good collar for a Baltimore cop By Danielle Sweeney 10/9/2013
Bird Men of Baltimore

Bird Men of Baltimore

City Folk: Antoine Butler finds humanity in his pigeon coop By Baynard Woods 10/2/2013
Wrangling Fighting Butterflies

Wrangling Fighting Butterflies

City Folk: Fred Rutledge looks back on the history of the Baltimore Experimental High School By Rafael Alvarez 9/25/2013
Baseball, Hot Dogs, and Labor Strife

Baseball, Hot Dogs, and Labor Strife

City Folk: Before he was an artist, Hugh Pocock sold hot dogs in the heyday of Memorial Stadium By Rafael Alvarez 9/11/2013
Shop Talk

Shop Talk

City Folk: Vicki McComas, an urban folk artist, traces her story from Martick’s to the Tavern to Dead Strippers By Danielle Sweeney 9/4/2013
Shop Talk

Shop Talk

City Folk: Vicki McComas, an urban folk artist, traces her story from Martick’s to the Tavern to Dead Strippers By Danielle Sweeney 8/28/2013
The Ravioli Queen of Baltimore

The Ravioli Queen of Baltimore

City Folk: Lucy Pompa, a matriarch of Little Italy, has made thousands of ravioli By Rafael Alvarez 8/21/2013
By The Books

By The Books

City Folk: Lisette Howe hopes to bring back Read Street’s arts scene By Michael Reyes 8/14/2013
The Bottle Cap Crown

The Bottle Cap Crown

City Folk: Frank DiCara spent over 40 years at Crown Cork & Seal, when Baltimore bottle caps ruled the world By Rafael Alvarez 8/7/2013
Shvitzin’ to the oldies

Shvitzin’ to the oldies

City Folk: Yaakov Bar Am spreads the message of fitness to the Orthodox community By Jill Yesko 7/31/2013
Ride, Respect, and Revelry

Ride, Respect, and Revelry

City Folk: For the creator of the Baltimore Bike Party, it’s not actually about the bikes By Jenna McLaughlin 7/24/2013
Studio Muse

Studio Muse

City Folk: An art model reflects on 30 years of posing in Baltimore By Danielle Sweeney 7/17/2013
Until you Sweep the Floor

Until you Sweep the Floor

City Folk: Emmanuel Nicolaidis brings the soul of a poet to woodworking By Rafael Alvarez 7/10/2013
Theater of Pain

Theater of Pain

City Folk: John Grant’s dream of a renovated Parkway Theatre is coming true—so why is he so unhappy about it? By Brandon Weigel 7/3/2013
Found at Sea

Found at Sea

City Folk: Salt water runs in Ed Collic’s veins By Jill Yesko 6/26/2013
Sharp Dressed Man

Sharp Dressed Man

City Folk: Chris Schafer brings custom menswear back to Baltimore By Bret Mccabe 6/19/2013
Hot Diggity Dog

Hot Diggity Dog

City Folk: DPW’s employee of the year makes bulletin boards and potato salad, and almost made a hit record By Edward Ericson Jr. 6/12/2013
The Grand Dame of East 34th Street

The Grand Dame of East 34th Street

City Folk: Whether in the pool or in her cups, Mary Bond’s life is full By Rafael Alvarez 6/5/2013
Ace of Bass

Ace of Bass

City Folk: Death-metal drummer doesn’t let disability keep him from rocking By J.M. Giordano 5/29/2013
City Treasure

City Treasure

City Folk: Charlie Riemer kept City Hall running, finishes his own race By Rafael Alvarez 5/22/2013
Hildie in the House

Hildie in the House

City Folk: Institute of Notre Dame fixture greets students, lost souls By Rafael Alvarez 5/8/2013
Robocop

Robocop

City Folk: Retired city policeman takes refuge among droids By Edward Ericson Jr. 5/1/2013
The Strongest Woman in Baltimore

The Strongest Woman in Baltimore

City Folk: Mild-mannered manager is supervillain in the ring By J.M. Giordano 4/24/2013
Family Jewels

Family Jewels

City Folk: Sonny Morstein is the unoffical mayor of South Baltimore By Jill Yesko 4/17/2013
The Block’s Master Builder

The Block’s Master Builder

City Folk: Charlie Demby has spent over 40 years on East Baltimore Street By J.M. Giordano 4/10/2013
Gals, Gams, and Glam

Gals, Gams, and Glam

City Folk: Stacey Barich, Baltimore’s own Bunny Yeager, shoots to thrill By J.M Giordano 4/3/2013
Serenade for Curtis Bay

Serenade for Curtis Bay

City Folk: Mary Rosso married into a musical family and ended up an accidental environmentalist By Rafael Alvarez 3/27/2013
Let Them Eat Cake

Let Them Eat Cake

City Folk: The show goes on... even after that other show ended By Michelle Gienow 3/13/2013
King of the Castle

King of the Castle

City Folk: Ronald Scott keeps jazz alive By Andrew Zaleski 3/6/2013
Meet The Beetles

Meet The Beetles

City Folk: Montez Jordan’s automotive art By Charles Cohen 2/27/2013
Half Life

Half Life

City Folk: Bruce White now works with the same courts that once convicted him By Rafael Alvarez 2/20/2013
Fells Point Without Tugboats

Fells Point Without Tugboats

City Folk: Allen Baker’s photographs document a life on the water By Rafael Alvarez 2/13/2013
Magic Bus

Magic Bus

City Folk: Stacey Chambers rebooted her life with Gogo’s Retread Threads By Michelle Gienow 2/6/2013
Bob The Sweep

Bob The Sweep

City Folk: Bob Selsor documents rail-yard graffiti and connects with his family history By Charles Cohen 1/30/2013
Have Knife, Will Travel

Have Knife, Will Travel

City Folk: George Hastings, champion shucker, recalls the days when oysters were king By Libby Zay 1/23/2013
Not Fade Away

Not Fade Away

City Folk: Bob Manning III keeps tradition alive at the country’s oldest continually operating tattoo parlor By J.M. Giordano 1/16/2013
Who’s Bad?

Who’s Bad?

City Folk: Dimitri Reeves brings the King of Pop to Lexington Market By J.M. Giordano 1/9/2013
Corpse Courier

Corpse Courier

City Folk: When the time comes, Emily Wyatt brings the dead to the next stage on their journey By J.M. Giordano 1/2/2013
Mama Says

Mama Says

City Folk: Mama Saray finds a new family amidst Baltimore’s hungry club-goers By Matt Kelley 12/26/2012
Master of the Parade

Master of the Parade

City Folk: Tom Kerr stood up to Schaefer and brought the Mayor’s Christmas Parade to Hampden, where it’s been held for the last 40 years By Brennen Jensen 12/19/2012
A Millwright’s Tale

A Millwright’s Tale

City Folk: A laid-off Sparrows Point worker reflects on the past and the future By By Edward Ericson Jr. 12/12/2012
The Art of Christmas

The Art of Christmas

City Folk: Hampden artist harvests hubcaps for 10-foot tree By Libby Zay 12/5/2012
Don’t Call Me Granny

Don’t Call Me Granny

City Folk: High-stakes poker and the art of Mary Carol Reilly By Rafael Alvarez 11/28/2012
The Man Behind the Masks

The Man Behind the Masks

City Folk: George Goebel has been in the costuming business for over half a century By Jim Meyer 11/21/2012
Law of the Land

Law of the Land

City Folk: Captain Brackett protects the metropolitan water supply By Matt Kelley 11/14/2012
The Baby of the Family

The Baby of the Family

City Folk: The octogenarian brother of the beloved restaurateur remembers the way things used to be By Rafael Alvarez 11/7/2012
In Case of Emergency

In Case of Emergency

City Folk: H&H is prepared for every eventuality, even zombie apocalypse By Andrew Zaleski 10/29/2012
Life as a Can of Corn

Life as a Can of Corn

City Folk: Ron Russell paints baseball’s edible glossary By Rafael Alvarez 10/24/2012
The Accidental Archivist

The Accidental Archivist

City Folk: John Gartrell’s tenure at the Afro offers an intimate view of history By Andrew Zaleski 10/17/2012
Fame Under Armour

Fame Under Armour

City Folk: Local singer’s shot at stardom keeps her dreaming—and working By Baynard Woods 10/10/2012
Porn Again

Porn Again

City Folk: Satanic texts, dirty readers, and radical manuals make a potent library By Baynard Woods 10/3/2012
Crazy for Her

Crazy for Her

City Folk: Meet the disabled Madonna fanatic just about every rock critic knows By Evan Serpick 9/26/2012
Good Spirits

Good Spirits

City Folk: Mount Vernon shop owner reinvents the old MacGillivray’s Pharmacy with the help of neighbors By Jenn Ladd 9/11/2012
Hope Floats

Hope Floats

City Folk: Port Discovery party maven copes with potential balloon crisis By Edward Ericson Jr. 9/5/2012
Cat Crusader

Cat Crusader

City Folk: “Mike the cat guy” has made befriending felines his mission By Van Smith 8/29/2012
Barroom Baryshnikov

Barroom Baryshnikov

City Folk: Local bartender had illustrious career in ballet By Brandon Weigel 8/22/2012
Colleens and Resurrection

Colleens and Resurrection

City Folk: The unlikely tale of Baltimore’s oldest hipster By Baynard Woods 8/15/2012
Sociable Satanist

Sociable Satanist

City Folk: Occult investigator “Dr. Daniel Rumanos” doesn’t need a day job By Van Smith 8/8/2012
Heavy Metal Man

Heavy Metal Man

City Folk: Local artist, a lifelong O’s fan, casts team’s legends in bronze. By Brennen Jensen 7/31/2012
The Alchemist

The Alchemist

City Folk: One of Baltimore’s most recognizable street musicians turns suffering into song By Baynard Woods 7/25/2012
Planting Jailhouse Seeds

Planting Jailhouse Seeds

City Folk: Local activist/radical hopes to rehabilitate troubled kids with gardens By Edward Ericson Jr. 7/18/2012
The Family Business

The Family Business

City Folk: Third-generation cop was born to serve By Edward Ericson Jr. 7/11/2012
First Person Shooter

First Person Shooter

City Folk: Dr. Bob likes his guns heavy By Justin Snow 7/4/2012
Drive

Drive

City Folk: The double life of Billy Bloodshot By Baynard Woods 6/27/2012