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Issue 16: Aquageddon

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Detail of James Island map graphic by Andrew Vogel. House and ruin photographs by Van Smith.

In this week’s cover story, Van Smith’s return to a disappearing James Island shows what rising sea levels mean for the Chesapeake Bay.

In Mobtown Beat, Edward Ericson Jr. chronicles a rare community activist victory as Rite Aid relents, allowing a grocery store to come to a food desert, despite its protective covenant, and several short pieces detail the Baltimore Museum of Art’s recent layoff of staff members and a City Council proposal to make homeless people a group protected from discrimination.

In City Folk, Jill Yesko returns to City Paper to profile Sonny Morstein of South Baltimore’s jewelry dynasty.

In the Arts, Joe MacLeod investigates the archaic practices of Baltimore Sun photo-editors, and UMBC’s new exhibition of their work. Baynard Woods digs into Hidenori Ishii’s Fukushima meltdown-inspired paintings at C. Grimadlis, and Geoffrey Himes reviews 10 plays by 10 authors at Fells Point Community Theatre. In Music, Michael Shank profiles Zomes, Evan Serpick reviews Mobtown Moon, and Al Shipley brings us the Short List and tells us what’s up with Hip Hop. In film, Jenn Ladd reviews The Company You Keep, Courtney Cousins interviews a gay couple who have been married in eight states (and filmed it) and Joe MacLeod gushes over The Place Beyond the Pines.

In Eats and Drinks, Baynard Woods succumbs to the sirens’ call of delicious food at La Sirenita and then stuffs himself with buns from Mt. Vernon’s spiffiest new spot, the new Bun Shop. In DIY kitchen Henry Hong gets baked with bacon.

Mr. Wrong picks a fight with Nietzsche and Jim Meyer proves that he’s the A.J. Liebling of Shogun fights at First Marina (with spectacular pictures by Noah Scialom).

In the Baltimore City Power Rankings, Baltimore’s City Council and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz are up; Alonso is flat (and strangely silent); and the BMA and drivers are down.

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