In this week's feature, Baynard Woods walks the streets of SOWEBO with the charismatic and controversial singer of the legendary Bad Brains, H.R., who has been quietly living in Charm City for the last five years and recently reunited with the band to record its best album in decades.
In Mobtown Beat, Van Smith details the labyrinthine legal struggles of convicted patricide William Bond, while Edward Ericson Jr. looks at the rift a closed corner store has created in a West Baltimore neighborhood, plus Hit & Runs about new city council bills.
In City Folk, Rafael Alvarez goes all in with Mary Carol Reilly, a high-stakes gambler whom you'd better never call 'granny.'
In the arts, Baynard Woods contemplates Bill Miller's astounding collages made of antique linoleum. Bret McCabe reopens the question "Who killed Laura Palmer," with a review of David Lynch's Twin Peaks movie Fire Walk with Me, and explores two shows at School 33 that defy representation. Evan Serpick looks to the Dave Eggers-edited Best American Nonrequired Reading for signs of the times, and Geoffrey Himes ponders poet-rockers in light of upcoming gigs by Patti Smith and the X's John Doe and Exene Cervenka, and a new book about Leonard Cohen.
In Eats and Drinks John Houser III reviews Fells Point's Willow and Clinton McSherry makes manhattans while maintaining his hatred of the Yankees.
Speaking of sports, Jim Meyer's Spitballin' has the best possible breakdown of Ray Rice's amazing play against the Chargers in last Sunday's game.
As always, check out Baltimore City Power Rankings to see who is up and who is down in Baltimore this week; read the Mail to see what the readers are writing; and check in Dec. 19 to see the winners of our annual poetry and fiction contest.