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Issue 24: The Queer Issue

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Carrie Hiers and Tonya Cook


In this week's issue, we celebrate Pride Baltimore and the first year of gay marriage in Maryland with a feature by Kate Drabinski on the women behind WeDo Baltimore, the mass wedding scheduled for this weekend in Druid Hill Park, and another one by Michael Farley on the state of queer art in Baltimore. Also, check out our Pride Guide and our tour of Baltimore's gay bars.

In Mobtown Beat, Van Smith details a day in the life of a crooked cop and Michael Yockel reports on the continued decline of Tom Keifaber after his family lost the Senator theater. Edward Ericson Jr. investigates a bill to limit Ticketmaster's attempts to sneak around taxes by charging exorbitant fees some of which it kicks back to venues and reports on a new program to recycle old cellphones that some officials claim lead to theft.

In City Folk, we see the improbably rich and fascinating life of one of the city's employees of the year.

In the Arts, Lee Gardner reviews Karen Houpert's Chasing Gideon, Raymond Cummings talks to Matmos' Drew Daniel about his new book on melancholy, and Evan Serpick reviews Kwame Kwei-Armah's Beneatha's Place.

Michelle Geinow profiles a man who gave up his career to grow mushrooms in Eats and Drinks, and Clinton MacSherry's Juice details the origins of the gin Rickey. In Cheap Eats Peter Hadjokas visits Nando's Peri Peri chicken.

In the columns, Mr. Wrong contemplates the freedom (and expenses) of the press, Charm City Porn Star provides his soundtrack for romance, and Spitballin' goes to the Monster Truck rally (don't miss the spectacular photos).

The Baltimore City Power Rankings are bullish on David Simon, mixed about Baltimore Pride and Edward Snowden, and bummed about the BPD and Ticketmaster.

As always, don't forget to use the calendar to plan your week.

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