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'Gotham' finale recap, 'All Happy Families Are Alike'

Gotham is on a knife's edge, and it's only become sharper and deadlier. Nobody got out unscathed.

"All Happy Families Are Alike" had some hits, some misses, but overall, it had a lot of flash that made for an enthralling end to the season. I just wish the character development matched the fighting choreography.

The Maroni versus Falcone shooting war has continued, and now Falcone gets hit. He gets rushed to the hospital.

Penguin, in all his demented glory, visits Falcone, who's strapped to a gurney. "It was me, old friend," he cheerily confesses to Falcone. "I did this to you." He then leaves a bouquet of flowers on his chest, as if he's already lying in a coffin.

Jim hears that Falcone's in the hospital then rushes to his rescue. So not the Jim we're used to. "He's a bad man, but he's the best bad man we got," he tells Harvey. Leaving his spot open would leave Gotham in chaos.

This character shift is unexpected but not surprising. He's already been beating himself up for endangering his...

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Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots to headline Shindig Music Festival in September

Classic alternative rock — too recent to be considered oldies, but dated nonetheless — is a thing.

More proof came Monday morning, when the lineup for Baltimore's third annual Shindig Music Festival was announced.

'90s hard-rockers Godsmack and the relatively less aggressive Stone Temple Pilots (fronted by Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, and not original singer Scott Weiland) will headline the festival at Carroll Park on Sept. 19, according to a press release from organizer 24-7 Entertainment.

Other confirmed acts include Anthrax, Chevelle, Helmet, Reverend Horton Heat, Nothing More, Crobot, Silvertung, Black Angel Down and More to Monroe.

One last "Shindig favorite" will also be announced after May 16.

In 2012, 24-7 Entertainment threw the first and only Charm City Music Festival (headlined by Weezer) at Harbor Point in Harbor East. In 2013, the rebranded Shindig moved to Pigtown's Carroll Park, and featured Dropkick Murphys, Joan Jett, the Gaslight Anthem and more. Last year saw Jane's...

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HBO's John Oliver blasts media coverage of Freddie Gray

Satirist John Oliver took aim at media coverage of last week's unrest in Baltimore Sunday, gleefully playing clips of two national journalists interviewing hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons on the city streets.

Or at least, two clips of journalists who thought they were interviewing Russell Simmons.

In fact, they were interviewing Baltimore native Kevin Liles, a Woodlawn High grad, music executive and founder of the Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore Foundation.

“It has been a delicate situation handled by the media with all the deft, not-at-all racist touch that they’ve become known for,” Oliver intoned. “Please watch as Geraldo Rivera greets someone as Russell Simmons who is absolutely not Russell Simmons.”

After showing case of mistaken identity #1, and reminding Rivera that “when African-Americans stand as one, that does not mean they’re all literally the same person, “ Oliver said in mock relief, “I suppose we should all be thankful that at least none of his colleagues made the same mistake.”


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'Mad Men' recap, 'Lost Horizon'

The advertising heaven SC&P staffers were promised is more like hell on 6th Avenue.

You can tell McCann-Erickson is miserable just from the décor. The walls are a dismal gray, offset by the harsh fluorescent lights and the stuffy mahogany furniture. It's the seventh layer of hell revisited from the sixth season.

For an agency that prestigious, you'd think they'd have more windows. (It's big news that Joan has one.) They should hire Meredith to redesign the whole layout.

And that's just the office. The people inside are so toxic they'd make the dreary paint peel.

But what a wonderful episode. Even at its cruelest moments (see: any chauvinistic remark hurled at Joan or Peggy), the writers balance Don and company's struggles with stunning cinematography, flawless direction and sharp dialogue.

If the final two "Mad Men" episodes match the quality of "Lost Horizon," it will redeem itself of all lackluster episodes from the past few seasons.

McCann-Erickson looks promising for Don at first....

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Coloring books and rap: Baltimore's arts communities respond to Freddie Gray unrest in range of ways

Late last Monday evening, art teacher Siobhan Vicens — unable to sleep after watching TV coverage of the city's tumultuous unrest related to the death of Freddie Gray — sat in her Remington basement studio to sketch out her feelings.

By 4 a.m., Vicens had drawn a rowhome with arms next to the message, "Give This City a Hug."

On Tuesday, as her Southwest Baltimore Charter School students sat home wondering if schools would open the next day, Vicens turned her original collagraph print into a coloring page and switched "this city" with "our city," to make it feel more universal. When she gave printouts of the image to her kindergarten class to color, Vicens noticed her artwork had, in a way, helped students process what had happened.

"Coloring is such a meditative process, and kids really do open up when they're doing it," Vicens, 33, said. "It helped our younger kids engage in a healthy conversation about what they had seen. It was a way for them to be like, 'Yeah, we love our city.'"


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Old favorites, new experiences mix at 2015 Maryland Film Festival

The Maryland Film Festival reinvents itself every year, thanks to programming that includes new filmmakers working with new actors, sometimes even in new genres. No doubt, that thrill of discovery helps keep audiences coming back year after year.

But the MFF has its mainstays as well. Joe Swanberg, for instance, has been bringing his movies to the festival, the 2015 edition of which opens Wednesday, since 2006, beginning with his second feature, "LOL." Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait has been an MFF regular since 2007, when his delightfully disgusting "Sleeping Dogs Lie" suggested heretofore unimagined levels of puppy love.

Both will be back this year — Swanberg with a new star-studded drama, "Digging for Fire" (the cast includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson and Sam Elliott), Goldthwait with his first documentary, a visit with friend and stand-up comic Barry Crimmins titled, with a dose of irony, "Call Me Lucky."

They'll be joined by dozens of first-timers, filmmakers...

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