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Comic Sense and Sensibility Young MICA grads reshape sequential art with lumberjanes, female shapeshifters and punky heroines in fishnet stockings.

For years, my favorite part of opening the City Paper was reading “Lulu Eightball,” the cartoon by Emily Flake. And when the Brooklyn-based artist started appearing in the New Yorker in 2008—alongside another personal favorite, Connecticut-based Roz Chast—I was cheered again. I love the relative simplicity of both Flake’s and …

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Human Nature As the seasons change, four local poets reflect on the (meta)physical world.

Why I Don’t Write Nature Poems Because I’m always wearing the wrong shoes, I rarely stray from the path. There’s recollect, there’s tranquility and the way the trains punctuate each hour, shrill the shaken fields.  Let’s bide a bit here, thinking why we love them—the tracks, the transit, a train’s …

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Center Stage, Act Two This year, the historic theater space expands and updates in dramatic ways.

“All the world’s a stage,” as Shakespeare would have us believe and, if you drove past the 700 block of Calvert Street last year, you’ll have noticed that Center Stage was taking this literally. In the interests of a $32 million renovation of their historic building, they turned themselves inside …

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Ring Mistresses The Ladies of Hampden run away and join the circus for a happy cause.

The Ladies of Hampden star in a sizzling pair of calendars all their own this year, and each book is a theatrical spectacle to behold. A spinoff on last year’s “Boys of Hampden”/ “Boys of Hampden Gone Wild” double-calendar project—which featured male business owners from the Hampden area posing in …

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Rounders Three Baltimore-based artists put their own personal spins on the wreath-making tradition, exchanging greenery for creativity.

In Memoriam “This wreath symbolizes the cycles of life, death and rebirth,” artist Chip Irvine says. “Working with these concepts in mind, I used a photographic print of dead fish I found walking along the Patapsco River in Canton—cut the photograph, reshaped it, glued new forms together and completely transformed …

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To Market, To Market Creative makers’ markets at both AVAM and MICA delight the senses—and satisfy the pesky holiday shopping list.

It’s that time of year again: There’s a chill in the air, holiday tunes blast from the radio, fuzzy sweaters become a daily uniform … and hordes of holiday shoppers descend on malls across the city. We make our lists and check them twice, prowling for sales and trying to …

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Baltimore Artists Take to Berlin Two Goucher alums will present a moving display at the Berlin Light Weeks Sept. 30-Oct. 16.

If you attended Light City this past spring, you may remember a cascade of multi-dimensional, multicolored images falling over the Inner Harbor waters—and as you passed by, your presence made the shapes and colors change. Sound familiar? You were witnessing “Water Wall,” a piece by Baltimore-based artists Greg St. Pierre …

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Reality Star: 5 Questions for Cara Ober Bmore Art's Ober on art as a career and the intersection between visual art and publishing.

As a critic, I’ve written about artist Cara Ober’s mixed media work over the years. Since she started her BmoreArt blog in 2007 and, more recently, its corresponding print journal, I’ve written for her. Ober, 42, grew up in Westminster. She studied art at American University in Washington, D.C., moved …

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