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Zipcars keep zipping along and columnist gets graphic

Zipcars march on! Based on the success of the recent Zipcar sites at the 36th Street and Chestnut Avenue, the company and Baltimore City are looking to place more of these rent-by-the-hour automobile stations in Hampden — specifically near 36th Street and Falls Road.

This should come as welcome news to folks in need of easily accessible transportation.

Meanwhile, here are some events well within walking distance:

Thanks to the crack staff at the Golden West Café, 1105 W. 36th St., as well as local promoters like Dana Murphy and Adam Savage, there is a run of really excellent bands playing there over the next few weeks. On Aug. 7, Dodgers and Wheatie Mattiasich join Nobel Lake at 10 p.m. Aug. 11 brings Pontiak, Purling Hiss and True Widow. And on Aug. 12, Joan of Arc plays with Implodes, Regents and Beyond Say.

For more on these shows and others, be sure to like Golden West Café on Facebook, or stop by and pick up one of their beautiful, letter-press pocket calendars.

On Friday, Aug. 12, the Open Space Gallery, 2720 Sisson St., kicks off its Spiral Cinema film series hosted by Max Guy and Neil Sanzgiri. At 8 p.m., they'll be showing "F For Fake," a 1974 documentary directed by Orson Welles. Upcoming movies include "Double Take," "Condo Painting" and "Gates of Heaven."

According to organizers, "The documentaries screened in Spiral Cinema celebrate the divergence of the plot format in order to develop a new way of organizing memory and the viewers' experience of consciousness. The directors of the documentaries we have chosen focus their attention on details in the films that are at once discrete and integral to the life of the film as a whole. In this series, the spiral's hypnotic tropes are maintained as the director and audience become lost in the minute details of the reality presented."

Sounds trippy!

Awhile back, as the former editor of the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide (as well as numerous other comics-related publications) and as a Towson University professor who teaches graphic novels, I was invited by the Society of History And Graphics, a Baltimore-area art directors association, to give a lecture on the history of the graphic novel. And I agreed.

So on Aug.18, at 7p.m. at Atomic Books, I will presenting "A History Of The Graphic Novel." This event is free, open to the public and all ages.

I promise to try and keep my language to a PG-13 level.

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