Michael Gonzales goes way back to 1979 in this week's feature story about his first love... on the Block. And in City Folk, J.M. Giordano reports on Charlie Demby, the first black door man on the Block, a former drug-dealer and Black Panther.
In Mobtown Beat, Edward Ericson details the scathing audit of the Liquor Board, and Van Smith reports on marriage fraud. We also have short items on Salvatore Petti's prison term, the dropped charges against Stewart Sach, and the backlog in gun permit approvals.
In the Arts, Baynard Woods talks with Gregg Wilhelm about this week's CityLit festival (also see our guide to the festival) and reviews Conor Backman's stunning new show at Nudashank. In Stage, John Barry reviews A House, A Home, Glass Mind Theatre's adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters. In Music Bret McCabe gets ready for Kinski's local show and tells us what is up with the avant garde in his Booed Music. In film, we review To the Wonder Terrence Malik's new film and Mulholland Drive, a David Lynch classic.
In Eats and Drinks, Jenn Ladd reviews The Lost City Diner, 2012's "Best Place to Eat Once a Decade," Clinton Macsherry explains the Southside, and don't miss Cheap Eats and the Brokeass Gourmet.
In Spitballin' Jim Meyer marvels at the wonders of opening day, and, in this week's big news, MR. WRONG RETURNS TO CITY PAPER.
In the Baltimore City Power Rankings, we applaud the General Assembly and Chris Davis, while making peace with Towson University, finding cautious optimism for the Lexington Market, and feeling pretty down on Brian Roberts.
As always, turn to the Baltimore Weekly to plan Your Week.