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The Exchange
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Red Emma's hosts The Exchange, a panel discussion about the state of hip-hop in Baltimore, with panelists including Scottie B., Labtekwon, Rickie Jacobs, City Paper contributors Lawrence Burney and D. Watkins, and more.  They'll talk about the history of Baltimore's music culture, industry politics and socioeconomic influences, the state of hip-hop culture today, and thoughts about where it's headed.

Not ready for Halloween to be over? MAGFest (the music and gaming festival) holds a Halloween-themed costume contest tonight at the Windup Space, with music from explosion soundanimal style, Steel Samurai, and Lucian Freud.  The contest winner gets free admission to MAGFest 13 (Jan. 23—26), so embrace your inner nerd and go dressed in your best video game-inspired costume. You can also play console and arcade games all night. Or, if you're looking for something a little more scandalous, head over to the Ottobar for the "Bawdy Shop of Horrors Burlesque Show." 

From the Short List: "The Hott Spot (formerly 5 Seasons) hosts the Eighth Annual Baltimore Crown Awards, which will honor the city's best hip-hop, soul, and spoken-word artists, and this year features performances from BlaqstarrKane MayfieldChristen B.Symantyx, and more. Local band and Short List friendsBatworth Stone celebrate the release of their debut album "Strange Hours" at the Metro Gallery with Stars And The Sea, The Lavender Tone, and Surf Harp opening. The Hippodrome hosts Girls With Guitars, a Susan G. Komen For The Cure benefit featuring country stars including Sara EvansJana Kramer, the teen duo Maddie & Tae of the excellent current hit 'Girl In A Country Song,' and more. Pete Yorn plays acoustic at Baltimore Soundstage. … Canadian synth-pop singer Lights headlines Rams Head Live. Georgia pop-punk band Veara plays the Charm City Art Space with Sudden SuspensionCarry The BannerMy Heart My Anchor, and Watermedown."

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