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Issue 23: Big Burger Issue

Photo: Burger photograph by Valentyn Volkov., License: N/A

Burger photograph by Valentyn Volkov.

In this week's issue, chef Henry Hong's "Art of the Burger" tells you everything you need to know about making the best burger possible, with recipes and endless protips. But, even if you don't know how to make the perfect burger, you know how to eat it--and have your opinions about the offerings of Baltimore's best burger joints. That's why we're asking you to vote in our Burger Bracket, where Charm City's 16 choicest patties battle for the the title of Baltimore's Favorite Burger:

Voting for ROUND 1, where we go from 16 contenders down to 8, ends Thursday morning at 9 a.m.
Voting for ROUND 2, where we go from 8 contenders down to 4, ends Friday morning at 9 a.m.
Voting for ROUND 3, where we go from the FINAL FOUR contenders down to the FINALISTS, ends Monday morning at 9 a.m.
And voting for THE FINAL, where we go from 2 FINALISTS down to THE CHAMPION, ends Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.
The winner will be announce in next week's City Paper.

In Mobtown Beat, Edward Ericson Jr. looks into the real causes behind the train derailment in Rosedale last week, and visits "thought leaders" trying to deal with what Del. McDonough has called "roving black youth" in the Inner Harbor. Van Smith uncovers a massive cocaine bust precipitated by a speeding violation, and updates his reporting on the "Machine Gun Mama" who will finally do (a little bit of) time after failing the drug-tests her slap-on-the-wrist probation for selling a machine gun, among other crimes, required.

In City Folk, Rafael Alvarez profiles Mary Bond's long relationship with Baltimore's bar-going artists.

And in the arts, Baynard Woods visits a fight choreographer, who also calls himself the "puke meister," and questions the singer of Surfer Blood, who was recently arrested for domestic violence. Bret McCabe reviews Iron Crow Theater's Act a Lady and previews the second annual Maryland LGBT film festival. In books, Michael Shank reviews Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's new novel Americanah and Baynard Woods talks with Walter Mosley about his 43rd book Little Green.

In Eats and Drinks John Houser III gives David's First and Ten a first sit-down, Jenn Ladd reports on Nepenthe's attempt to ease the pain of local brewers and Michael Reyes is charmed by Miss Jean at the Gallery Grill.

In our columns this week, Mr. Wrong checks his mail, Spitballin' kinda likes the Nats, and Charm City Porn Star wonders why late-night comedians are always making fun of workers in the skin trade.

The Baltimore City Power Rankings cheer for City Council for even questioning big corporate tax breaks, while frowning upon Birdland, BPD, MdPetitions, and The Federal Railroad Administration.

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