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Issue 37: 15 Years of High Zero

Photo: Stewart Mostofsky and John Berndt, License: N/A

Stewart Mostofsky and John Berndt

Photographs from 15 years of High Zero posters

In this week's feature, as the High Zero Festival gears up for its 15th year, we get a fascinating look into the brain of Red Room co-founder John Berndt to see how Baltimore became a hub for avant-garde and experimental music.

In City Folk, Rafael Alvarez is back with a portrait of the early, wandering years of Hugh Pocock, when he worked as a hot dog vendor at Memorial Stadium. In Mobtown Beat, Edward Ericson Jr. details the troubling case of a raid on the underground venue the Broom Factory Factory (BFF) and the off-duty cops they hired to run security; Van Smith examines the roundup of BGF gang members on the street. The Nose looks under the hood of the KKK.

In Arts, Bret McCabe profiles Michelle Antoinette, aka LOVE the Poet, before the premiere of her first one-woman show; Rebecca Scott Lord goes up on the roof of the new Gallery 788 in Hampden with its owner, Eduardo Rodriguez; and Baynard Woods reviews Norman Rush's Subtle Bodies. In Film, Jenn Ladd reviews Good Ol' Freda, a documentary about the Beatles' longtime secretary. And in Music, Geoffrey Himes talks with Boston's Dropkick Murphys, and Bret McCabe gets down with the avant-garde.

In Eats and Drinks, Martha Thomas goes whole hog at Oliver Speck's and fills us in on Comings and Goings in the restaurant world. In the columns, Mr Wrong offers you a chance to come to our Best of Baltimore party as his guest, and Spitballin' learns some valuable lessons from sports radio.

As always use Baltimore Weekly to plan Your Week . . . And Look our for Best of Baltimore next week!

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