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THIS WEEK’S SHOWS TEEV PRESENTS

Hadag Nahash with special guest Hanan Ben Ari ............................ W DEC 6

NEW MEDIA TOURING PRESENTS

Matt Bellassai Everything is Awful Tour This is a seated show. ....................... Th 7 No Scrubs: ‘90s Dance Party with DJs Will Eastman and Brian Billion .. F 8 Gary Numan w/ Me Not You Early Show! 6pm Doors........................................... Sa 9 STEEZ PROMO PRESENTS

Bear Grillz w/ Phase One • Dirt Monkey • Kompany Late Show! 10pm Doors.. .. Sa 9 Mogwai w/ Xander Harris ................................................................................ Su 10 AN EVENING WITH

Hiss Golden Messenger ............................................................................ M 11 DECEMBER

JANUARY (cont.)

The White Buffalo

AN EVENING WITH

w/ Suzanne Santo ........................W 13 D NIGHT ADDED!

FIRST NIGHT SOLD OUT! SECON

Angel Olsen w/ White Magic.....F 15 ALL GOOD PRESENTS

Victor Wooten Trio

feat. Dennis Chambers & Bob Franceschini ...................Sa 16

Municipal Waste w/ NAILS • Macabre • Shitfucker .Su 17

Up and Vanished Live

This is a seated show. .....................M 18

STEEZ PROMO PRESENTS

Ookay .........................................F 22

OTHERFEELS PRESENTS NEXT UP II FEAT.

Tony Kill • Echelon The Seeker • OG Lullabies • Dawkins • FootsXColes • Sugg Savage .Sa 23

U STREET MUSIC HALL PRESENTS

Flosstradamus .....................Th 28 Can’t Feel My Face: 2010s Dance Party with DJs Will Eastman & Ozker with visuals by Kylos ...............F 29

Ticket included with purchase of tickets to 1/13 The Disco Biscuits @ The Anthem..F 12

RJD2 w/ Photay .........................Sa 13 Dorothy ....................................Su 14 ALL GOOD PRESENTS

Collie Buddz w/ Jo Mersa Marley

& The Holdup..............................M 15

ALL GOOD PRESENTS

Circles Around The Sun....Th 18

ALL GOOD PRESENTS

The Infamous Stringdusters ......................Sa 20 MØ & Cashmere Cat .............M 22 Tennis w/ Overcoats ..................W 24 Big Head Todd & The Monsters w/ Luther Dickinson ..................Th 25

Frankie Ballard.......................F 26 Enter Shikari w/ Single Mothers & Milk Teeth..Su 28

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

w/ Night Beats .............................M 29

Sucker for Love

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On Sale Friday, December 8 at 10am

THIS WEDNESDAY! AN EVENING WITH

DAVID RAWLINGS ... DEC 6

THIS THURSDAY!

Robert Earl Keen’s

Majid Jordan w/ Stwo................... JAN 23 ALL GOOD PRESENTS

The Wood Brothers w/ The Stray Birds ................... JAN 26 & 27

Dixie Dregs

Merry Christmas From The Fam-O-Lee Show

w/ Elizabeth Cook ..............................DEC 7

AN ACOUSTIC EVENING WITH

Kip Moore, Randy Rogers, and Wade Bowen...................... DEC 13

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT LINCOLN THEATRE!

White Ford Bronco: DC’s All 90s Band..................... DEC 31 Henry Rollins Travel Slideshow .......................... JAN 15

STORY DISTRICT’S

Top Shelf ...................................... JAN 20 • thelincolndc.com •

(Complete Original Lineup with Steve Morse, Rod Morgenstein, Allen Sloan, Andy West, and Steve Davidowski) ..................MAR 7 AEG PRESENTS

Bianca Del Rio ........................... MAR 15 Rob Bell w/ Peter Rollins ............. MAR 27 Max Raabe & Palast Orchester...................APR 11 Calexico w/ Ryley Walker ...............APR 27

U Street (Green/Yellow) stop across the street!

Kimbra w/ Arc Iris....................Tu 30 Typhoon ....................................W 31

JANUARY

The Dead Milkmen

w/ Mindless Faith ...........................F 5

Boat Burning: Music for 100 Guitars

FEBRUARY

9:30 CLUB PRESENTS AT U STREET MUSIC HALL

ALL GOOD PRESENTS

w/ Visuals by DC guerrilla projectionist Robin Bell .............Su 7

The Wombats

w/ Blaenavon & Courtship.............M 8 D NIGHT ADDED!

FIRST NIGHT SOLD OUT! SECON

Passion Pit ................................Tu 9 Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven ....Th 11

MANY MORE SHOWS ON SALE!

9:30 CUPCAKES

The Disco Biscuits

Lincoln Theatre • 1215 U Street, NW Washington, D.C. JUST ANNOUNCED! STORY DISTRICT’S

Greensky Bluegrass w/ Billy Strings

Ticket included with purchase of tickets to 2/3 Greensky Bluegrass @ The Anthem .F 2 STEEZ PROMO PRESENTS

Emancipator Ensemble......... Sa 3 Jay Electronica.........................M 5 J. Roddy Walston and The Business ...................................Th 8

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Busty and the Bass w/ Caye .......Th DEC 7 Anna Meredith ................................... Sa 3 Cousin Stizz w/ Levi Carter Mod Sun w/ Karizma .............................. M 5 New date! All 11/13 tickets honored. ........ Tu 12 Why? .......................................................F 9 Shamir w/ Partner ................................ F 15 Anti-Flag & Stray From The Path .. Sa 10 herMajesty Wylder ................................................ Sa 17 & Honest Haloway MAGIC GIANT w/ The Brevet.............. Su 18 w/ Greenland ................................Sa JAN 13 Alex Aiono w/ Trinidad Cardona ........... Sa 20 MAKO .................................................. Sa 24 Gabrielle Aplin w/ John Splithoff ...... Su 25 Cuco + Helado Negro w/ Lido Pimienta ................................... Tu 23 Missio w/ Welshly Arms...................F MAR 2 Rostam w/ Joy Again ......................Th FEB 1 Joywave ............................................... Sa 3 Flint Eastwood w/ NYDGE .....................F 2 Ella Vos ................................................. M 5 • Buy advance tickets at the 9:30 Club box office • 930.com

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PARKING: THE OFFICIAL 9:30 parking lot entrance is on 9th Street, directly behind the 9:30 Club. Buy your advance parking tickets at the same time as your concert tickets!

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Week In Review Stories from last week in Baltimore not covered elsewhere in this issue

A photo of Keith Davis included in the motion for a new trial.

• Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis held a press conference last Friday—the

first one relating to the Death of Det. Sean Suiter since Nov. 22, when he announced that Suiter was due to testify about a federal police corruption probe the day after he was fatally shot. This time, it was to tell the public that the department is handing the case over to the FBI. Lots of questions relating to this case remain, including the reason why police had to lock down portions of the Harlem Park neighborhood where he was shot and, apparently, the manner of death as Davis now entertains the possibility of suicide.

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• When we heard that the Carroll County school officials had decided to suspend field

trips to Baltimore City due to safety concerns, our first instinct was derision—like, come on. The kids will be fine. On second thought, though, it’s sad that all those students will miss out on the education and culture that Baltimore City can offer. This isn’t new, though. In 2015, according to the Carroll County Times, school officials suspended field trips to Washington, D.C. due to a statement made by the Islamic State. One positive byproduct of this: Councilperson Zeke Cohen invited Sheriff Jim DeWees of Carroll County to come to Baltimore to see the city, and DeWees obliged. It’s a start.

Baltimore City Board of Estimates Meeting. City Council President Jack Young chairs the weekly meeting of the Board of Estimates. Dec. 6, 9 a.m., Baltimore City Hall, 100 N. Holliday St., 410-396-4804, baltimorecitycouncil.com/content/boardestimates-meeting-35 Hear Our Stories. At their annual open house and fundraiser, the people behind FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture offer space to hear from survivors of sexual and domestic violence through spoken word, prose, and music. Dec. 6, 8 p.m., The Motor House, 120 W. North Ave., themonumentquilt.org, free admission. West Wednesdays. Tawanda Jones, the sister of Tyrone West, a man killed in police custody in July 2013, has been gathering every Wednesday with other activists in the city to call attention to West’s death and police brutality in Baltimore. Dec. 6 and 13, 6:30 p.m., intersection of 33rd Street and Greenmount Avenue. Wage Commission Meeting. Commission is responsible for the administration and proper operation of the minimum, living, and prevailing wage laws. Dec. 7, 3:30 p.m., Office of Civil Rights, 7 E. Redwood St., (410) 396-0003, civilrights. baltimorecity.gov/wage-commission. Baltimore Rising Screening/Panel Discussion. Watch the new HBO documentary directed by “The Wire” actress Sonja Sohn and take part in panel presentation and community conversation. Dec. 9, noon-3 p.m., 29th Street Community Center, 300 E. 29th St., facebook.com/events/510950885946538. Boys to Men Empowerment Seminar. Boys-only event to discuss peer pressure, safe sex, and more. Dec. 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Greater St. John Full Gospel Church, 1806 N. Patterson Park Ave., eventbrite.com/e/boys-to-men-empowerment-seminartickets-40001160548?aff=es2, free. Hollaback Bmore: Creating Safer Spaces Workshop. Learn and discuss ways to be a better ally for people who experience discrimination. Dec. 9, The Baltimore Free School, 30 W. North Ave, (443) 863-9331, bmore.ihollaback.org, free (registration required). North Avenue Knowledge Exchange. Participate in over 40 free workshops in areas of social justice, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, and visual and performing arts. Dec. 9, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Fred Lazarus Center at MICA, 131 W. North Ave., nakexchange.org, free.

Sunday, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that they were donating $5 million to the Baltimore Police Department, with the money going to more hi-tech crimefighting tools like surveillance cameras, license plate readers, and more. But what if all that money went to the root causes of crime (joblessness, a lack of housing, poor education, and insufficient transportation systems), instead of aiding in over-policing?

Keith Davis Jr., a man shot by police in June of 2015 and later charged and convicted of the murder of Kevin Jones, has been granted a new trial. A hearing for a motion for a new trial, which began on Dec. 1 and continued into Dec. 4, found Davis’ lawyers focused on the unreliability of the state’s star witness David Gutierrez. Gutierrez claimed Davis confessed to him about Jones’ murder, something that sounded far-fetched and, according to Davis’ lawyers, impossible given prison layout and permissions. It is something of a victory for local activists and Davis’ wife Kelly, who have been calling attention to Davis’ situation since 2015.

According to the Baltimore Brew and reporter Justin Silberman, the Jewish Times spiked a lengthy story about the community meeting discussing the patrol vehicle given to neighborhood watch group, Shomrim. Silberman, who quit the Jewish Times over the debate, says he was told to shorten the piece and then that it would be a 300word “brief” not written by Silberman. The Brew has been all over the Shomrim story, which continues to get messier, so kudos to them, and kudos to Silberman for saying “nah” with so much integrity.

There were nine homicides in Baltimore over the past week (Nov. 27-Dec. 4, the week before the Beat goes press). Joshua Richardson on Nov. 27, John Stevenson and a not-yet-identified 50-year-old man on Nov. 28, and since then six other victims not yet identified (one killed on Nov. 29, two on Nov. 30, one on Dec. 2, and one on Dec. 3. As of Dec. 4, Baltimore has had 322 homicides. In 2016, Baltimore had 318 homicides for the entire year.

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A RECKONING Downtown arts development Le Mondo fires former executive director amid allegations of abusive behavior By Rebekah Kirkman Yesterday afternoon, the downtown multi-use arts project Le Mondo fired Ric Royer, cutting all professional ties with its former executive director who resigned in August after the board was presented with allegations about his behavior. Recently, Royer had accepted a contractual position with Le Mondo’s real estate affiliate company, Howard Street Incubator, LLC. He was fired because he contacted someone he was specifically barred from contacting, according to a press release.

local arts community to evaluate the gravity of the accusations made against” Royer. This statement did not elaborate on or clarify what kind of “allegations” were made, though it did note that “[t]hese allegations reflected this individual’s personal conduct in the arts community and its detrimental impact on others.” Le Mondo’s code of ethics, posted on its website, spell out what kind of “artistowned performance venue, live/work studio space, and community-focused

Royer resigned as executive director on Aug. 24. He was also removed from the board. At that point Royer was “no longer involved in guiding the general direction of Le Mondo, working directly with artists in any capacity, or managing productions in the space,” the statement read. He still retained a job with Le Mondo, however. “Guided by ideas of restorative justice,” the board voted to approve “continued provisional employment” for Royer as a development consultant for Howard Street Incubator, LLC. In order for Royer to keep working in that capacity, he was supposed to follow a set of rules, which the board would monitor and evaluate over a six-month period. (Full disclosure, one of the 15 board members at the time was my friend Lydia Pettit, who has since resigned.) In the days after Le Mondo posted its first public statement, many local artists and community members took to Facebook to voice their frustration about keeping Royer on even in that capacity. “You ask for funding, you ask for patience, you ask for artists to take you seriously . . . and when the survivors of sexual abuse that YOU enabled ask you to act, you fail them,” anonymous theater critic the Bad Oracle commented on Le Mondo’s post. When the Beat asked Le Mondo for clarification on the nature of the allegations, co-founder and current co-director Carly J. Bales responded in an email, “We were approached about allegations of emotional abuse and manipulation, not sexual assault.” “Several affected women submitted their personal experiences confidentially to the Le Mondo board,” says Cynthia Blake Sanders, a lawyer with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts who is assisting one of the women. “The women described experiences that ranged from sexual harassment with emotional manipulation to sexual assault.” Several commenters took issue with Le Mondo’s use of “restorative justice.” Restorative justice is a more compassionate alternative to the criminal justice system, wherein a survivor’s safety and needs are prioritized in order for the community to hold the perpetrator accountable for the harm they have caused. Royer is an artist, writer, and performer who founded the avant-garde performance group Psychic Readings Co. in 1999. He was an organizer of the Transmodern Festival from 2005 to 2009. In 2015, Psychic Readings opened as a venue on Park Avenue downtown, after Royer returned to Baltimore from Providence, where he had worked with the arts space AS220. In 2014, Royer,

Le Mondo’s three buildings on the 400 block of Howard Street. Photo Courtesy of Facebook

Allegations about Royer’s abusive behavior toward women started to come out on Facebook this past spring, just before Le Mondo was gearing up for a soft opening of its multimillion-dollar, multi-use arts space located in the Bromo Arts District this summer. In a press release dated Nov. 17, which was posted to Le Mondo’s Facebook page three days later, the staff and board announced that in August, the board met with “members of the

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cafe and bar” it aspires to be. Among other standards it lists: “Creating and maintaining live/work spaces that are safe and accessible to all people and walks of life, free from harassment and discrimination.” According to the statement and Le Mondo’s recorded timeline of events, the Baltimore Arts Accountability Coalition contacted the board on June 24. On Aug. 17, the board met with women from the BAAC and heard testimony about Royer, and after the board expressed concerns,

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Bales, and Evan Moritz submitted a proposal to turn three buildings on the 400 block of Howard Street into a performance art incubator—this project became the nonprofit Le Mondo. Royer told the Sun in an article that was published in June that Le Mondo would take a couple more years and somewhere between $4 million and $6 million to complete. In a statement provided to the Beat (quoted in part below), Royer neither confirmed nor denied the allegations and said, “I feel a sense of relief that my absence from Le Mondo will give the arts community some listening space through which generative conversations can follow. I hope my departure from the project is a means of bringing some closure to this painful psychic period.” In a press release dated and timestamped Nov. 30, 2017, at 12:30 p.m., which was posted to Facebook seven hours later, Le Mondo’s current co-executive directors Bales and Moritz wrote that “Le Mondo, Inc. has terminated the employment of Ric Royer as Development Consultant for our real estate affiliate company.” Before noon that morning, the statement notes, “the board of Le Mondo learned that Ric Royer had acted in direct violation of the terms of his employment. Evidence was brought to the attention of the Board that demonstrated his communication with a party he had agreed not to communicate with, in a manner that infringed upon previously established boundaries and expectations of conduct. “Ric Royer is expressly prohibited from having any connection, in any capacity, with Le Mondo, ever again,” the statement continues. Here Le Mondo also invokes “the principles of transformative justice,” and pledges to provide community discussions “about this and other issues of injustice and oppression.” They also say they are reaching out for “training assistance in facilitation and system design to move forward in the most responsible and informed way possible.” Before noon today, Le Mondo posted a timeline of events from April 24, the date the organization became a nonprofit, through Nov. 30. Still to come, according to Le Mondo’s statement, are “the principles of transformative justice, that have guided Le Mondo’s actions to this point, in order to help clarify Le Mondo’s decision making process and solicit critique.” The organization is also in search of a new executive director. Additional reporting by Maura Callahan.

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New federal charges were filed on Nov. 30 against Wayne Jenkins, a sergeant in the Baltimore Police Department’s corrupt Gun Trace Task Force. The charges are related to a 2010 case about which slain detective Sean Suiter was scheduled to testify a day after his death in Baltimore’s Harlem Park neighborhood on Nov. 15. In the 2010 statement of charges, Jenkins wrote that he saw a man named Brent Matthews approaching a car with “an unknown amount of currency.” Jenkins and Suiter blocked the car in. Jenkins and Det. Ryan Guinn approached the car. According to Jenkins, the man in the car, Umar Burley, drove away and the officers followed him. Burley struck another car, killing one of its occupants. Det. Suiter it says, “recovered a total of 32 grams of suspected heroin laying on the passenger side of the floorboard.” “There were no drugs in the car driven by U.B. prior to the crash,” the federal indictment reads. After the crash, Jenkins told Officer #2, whom we have identified as Det. Guinn, to “call a Sergeant who was not at the scene because he had the ‘stuff’ or ‘shit’ in his car.” The sergeant arrived on the scene and Guinn spoke to him before turning “his attention to the elderly driver who remained trapped inside his car on the front porch of the row house.” The sergeant—who allegedly had an ounce of heroin in his car—has not been identified. After medics arrived on the scene, Jenkins told Guinn that “the ‘stuff’ or ‘shit’ was in the car,” and said he was going to send Officer #1, Suiter, to the car to find it because he was “clueless.” “What Jenkins did was set-up officer number one to find the drugs and recover the drugs that Jenkins himself had planted,” Commissioner Kevin Davis said at a press conference where he identified Officer # 1 as Suiter. “Det. Suiter was used, he was Officer Suiter at the time. He was used and put in a position where he unwittingly recovered drugs that had been planted by another police officer. And that’s a damn shame. It really, really is.” “The extent of criminal activity conducted by BPD officers on duty over many years is shocking,” said Debbie Katz Levi, head of the Baltimore City Public Defender Special Litigation Section in a statement. The Office of the Public Defender has identified more than 2,000 people with either pending cases or convictions related to indicted members of the Gun Trace Task Force. Levi says that Jenkins is personally involved in hundreds of cases. Both Burley and Matthews pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin “despite the fact that they knew they were innocent,” according to federal documents. “They did so because heroin had been planted in the vehicle in which Burley was the driver and Matthews was a passenger by a Baltimore Police Officer. Both men concluded that in a trial involving the Officer’s word against theirs they would lose.” At a press conference the next day, Dec. 1, Commissioner Davis announced tha the BPD has requested the FBI take over the investigation of the death of slain Detective Suiter. “I am growing increasingly uncomfortable that my homicide detectives do not know all of the facts known to the FBI and the USAO that could, if revealed to us, assist in furthering this murder investigation,” Davis said, reading his letter to FBI director Christopher Wray. A growing number of Baltimore leaders, including Congressmen Elijah Cummings, had called on the BPD to hand over the investigation to federal authorities. Davis said he waited until after Suiter’s funeral to make the call. Davis also said he has no reason to believe Suiter’s death was related to his pending testimony on Federal Grand Jury Jury regarding the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force who have been indicted on federal racketeering charges. (Baynard Woods; additional reporting by Baynard Woods)

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The U.S. Senate held its first confirmation hearing for Alex Azar to replace Tom Price as secretary of Health and Human Services last week. Price resigned last September for having spent over $400,000 on private chartered flights during his brief tenure. Alex Azar is a long-term conservative who most recently was president of one the country’s largest pharmaceutical corporations, Eli Lilly and Company. Before that he served in the George W. Bush administration and as law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Many observers in the U.S. healthcare sector argue that Azar would be less ideological than Price, who had a background in the Tea Party movement. Alex Lawson, the executive director of the advocacy group Social Security Works, told The Real News that Azar should be under investigation for price-fixing that has allowed the cost of insulin to skyrocket. “Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Elijah Cummings wrote to the federal government last year and requested an investigation into this. Five states are investigating this. There’s a civil class action against this illegal price fixing, and they were found guilty of this in Mexico and fined for doing this,” he said. “This is what Alex Azar was running. He was running a cartel that was robbing people by raising the prices up and up and up. (Gregory Wilpert)

Protests Erupt as Honduras Presidential Election Results Reversed Police and protesters clashed in Honduras last Thursday. The protests are directed against the vote count for Honduras’ recent presidential election. Opposition leaders are saying that the incumbent president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, is committing fraud. When the first results were announced last Monday, the opposition candidate, Salvador Nasralla, who is supported by a left-of-center coalition led the count by five percentage points. Since then, though, the Electoral Council suspiciously interrupted the vote count twice and when it restarted, President Hernandez had caught up with Nasralla and is now leading with just under one percent of the vote. (Gregory Wilpert)

If Tillerson’s Out, is Iran War In? The White House is reportedly planning a major cabinet shakeup that has strong implications for the world. According to reports, the White House is seeking to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and install in his place CIA Director Mike Pompeo. To replace Pompeo at the CIA, the White House is reportedly planning to install Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican of Arkansas. Both Pompeo and Cotton have many things in common, including an avowed disdain for Iran and the Iran Nuclear Deal. “I think this would be quite disastrous,” Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, told The Real News. “One of the things we should be looking out for, again, is that they will start trying to make connections that simply are not there. The Bush administration was trying to say that Saddam Hussein was working with AlQaeda and was behind 9/11. It was completely false. I would suspect that we will see similar type of arguments.” (Aaron Maté) Visit therealnews.com for independent local, national, and international journalisms that examines the underlying causes of chronic problems and searches for effective solutions.

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Black, gay journalists excluded from White House holiday party The White House this year excluded notable black and LGBT reporters from its holiday party guest list. Chris Johnson, chief political and White House reporter for the Washington Blade, attended the annual event for the last seven years. Johnson told Politico he contacted the White House to ask about this year’s invitation but his query went unanswered. “I assumed it was an oversight, because I’m at the White House every day and contribute to the pool reports,” Johnson said. “I could interpret this as playing favorites. The lack of invite is very consistent with me being ignored by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders during the press briefings.” Johnson told the Independent that his exclusion is “just kind of consistent with the policy of the administration to exclude LGBTQ people.” The NAACP tweeted on Wednesday morning that April Ryan,  the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks and a CNN contributor, was also missing from the guest list. This is the first time in 20 years Ryan was not extended an invite. When asked by the Washington Post if she knew why she wasn’t invited, Ryan said she has “no clue” but doesn’t think it was a mistake. “I don’t think I was overlooked. I think they don’t like me. For whatever reason, they have disdain for me,” Ryan says. Like Johnson, Ryan has been vocal about her observation of the White House’s treatment of certain reporters. She told Essence that reporters of color are treated as “opposition” by the Trump administration. CNN boycotted the Dec. 1 event. “CNN will not be attending this year’s White House Christmas party,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. “In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests. We will send a White House reporting team to the event and report on it if news warrants.” (Mariah Cooper)

Trump’s World AIDS Day proclamation omits LGBT people President Trump’s first proclamation for World AIDS Day called for eradication

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of the disease “as a public health threat,” but left out enumeration of marginalized groups — such as LGBT people — who are most affected by the epidemic. Trump issued the proclamation on Thursday on the day before World AIDS Day, which many HIV/AIDS advocates observe to draw attention to the disease.

An estimated 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV/AIDS and 36.7 million people across the globe. For the first time, Trump said his administration is committed to ending HIV/AIDS across the globe — a pledge his predecessors in the White House have made, but Trump hadn’t taken until now. “Today, on World AIDS Day, we honor those who have lost their lives to AIDS, we celebrate the remarkable progress we have made in combatting this disease, and we reaffirm our ongoing commitment to end AIDS as a public health threat,” Trump wrote. Consistent with his use of faith in public announcements, Trump invoked prayer to draw attention to those who have died of HIV/AIDS. “On this day, we pray for all those living with HIV, and those who have lost loved ones to AIDS,” Trump wrote. Trump hailed the success of publicprivate partnerships in HIV prevention and treatment as well as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a plan to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic globally. “Through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and its data-driven investments in partnership with more than 50  countries, we are supporting more than 13.3 million people with lifesaving antiretroviral treatment,” Trump said. “We remain deeply committed to supporting adolescent girls and young women through this program, who are up to 14  times more likely to contract HIV than young men in some sub-Saharan African countries.” In the future, Trump pledged to continue to invest in testing strategies “to help people who are unaware they are living with HIV learn their status” and to implement the recent  PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control, which seeks to guide investments in more than 50 countries to control the epidemic “Due to America’s leadership and private sector philanthropy and innovation, we have saved and improved millions of lives and shifted the HIV/AIDS epidemic from crisis toward control,” Trump said. “We are proud to continue our work with many partners, including governments, private-sector companies, philanthropic organizations, multilateral institutions, civil society and faith-based organizations, people living with HIV, and many others.” But the proclamation lacked

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explicit inclusion of marginalized groups whom HIV/AIDS most affects, such as LGBT people. According to the Centers for Disease Control, gay and bisexual men make up an estimated 70 percent of new HIV infections in the United States. Although transgender specificdata is limited, an estimated 22 percent of all transgender women have HIV. In contrast to Trump’s proclamation, President Obama’s proclamation in 2016 spelled out LGBT people are among those at highest risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. “In the United States, more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV,” Obama wrote. “Gay and bisexual men, transgender people, youth, black and Latino Americans, people living in the Southern United States, and people who inject drugs are at a disproportionate risk.” Trump didn’t have an explicit plan to combat HIV/AIDS during his presidential campaign, but the proclamation isn’t the first time he’s addressed the issue. In June, Trump issued a statement observing National HIV Testing Day and encouraged Americans to learn their HIV status. Moreover, Trump’s praise for programs like PEPFAR ignore his own plans to slash the initiatives. His fiscal year 2018 budget proposal would decrease the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and PEPFAR by 17 percent each, making more than $1 billion in cuts. Joel Kasnetz, a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, said Trump is trying to erase his own record in his World AIDS Day proclamation. “Pretending to recognize World AIDS Day while proposing to slash PEPFAR’s budget by $1 billion is downright insulting,” Kasnetz said. “Trying to erase LGBTQ people from the history of HIV/ AIDS is another slap in the face. In his first year in office, Trump hasn’t missed an opportunity to be cruel to the LGBTQ community and the millions living with HIV all over the world. Carl Schmid, deputy executive director for the AIDS Institute, said the proclamation has “some significant developments,” such as the call to end HIV/AIDS, but leaves much to be desired. “While pleased to have president’s commitment, note that his only plan for U.S. is HIV testing,” Schmid said. “Need other prevention efforts and care and treatment, but [Trump’s] silent on that.” (Chris Johnson)

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PROJECT FALSITAS D.C. prosecutors introduce James O’Keefe’s sting video in the case against inauguration protesters just as the Washington Post reminds us again just how shady he is By Baynard Woods Project Veritas, the creepo undercover right-wing sting team run by James O’Keefe, spent months trying to fool the Washington Post into printing false accusations against theocrat and alleged pedophile Roy Moore in order to undermine the real allegations made by women that he was sexual inappripriate with them when they were minors. Moore, a twice-deposed former judge, is the only man alive who might make Luther Strange and Jeff Sessions, the two previous occupants of the Alabama Senate seat he is vying for, look almost normal. Jaime Phillips, the woman trying to claim that Moore impregnated her when she was underage and then urged her to have an abortion, was spotted by Post reporters walking into the offices of Project Veritas. They confronted her on cameras of their own. “The Washington Post seems to want a Nobel Prize for vetting a source correctly,” O’Keefe later said in response. On the same day that the Post story broke, prosecutor Jennifer Kerkhoff introduced a Project Veritas video into the trial of the first six of the 193 to be charged under the federal Riot Act for protesting during the inauguration. It came during the testimony of an undercover officer who infiltrated a Jan. 8 meeting in a church where various groups coordinated Inauguration Day activities. Kerkhoff asked the officer if he recorded the meeting and he said that his supervisors told him not to. But, he said, MPD later obtained a video of the same meeting. It was filmed by a Project Veritas

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operative. And here’s where it gets really fucked up: We don’t know how much the Project Veritas video was edited. “I’m not aware of any edits or anything,” Kerkhoff said in court. When the judge asked her who provided the video to the MPD, she replied: “A third party.” Even worse, we don’t know how many Project Veritas operatives were in the room, saying things that may have colored undercover officer Bryan Adelmeyer’s perception of the events. So it taints his testimony as well. Despite the Veritas in its name, O’Keefe’s organization is built on deceit—and may in fact lose non-profit status in New York because he failed to disclose his criminal record for using false premises to enter a federal building in an attempted Watergate/ Bob the Builder cosplay self-sting. By contrast, Alexei Wood, a photojournalist who is one of the defendants in the current trial, is almost radically transparent about the live-stream video, which occupied much of the motion hearings over the past several months, that he filmed during the protest. “I didn’t do anything wrong. I livestreamed myself from beginning to end, and the entire world can decide whether I incited a riot,” he said. “It’s out there for the whole world to decide, and I’m glad it is.” The government, on the other hand, is not only using Project Veritas’ unauthenticated video, but they actually edited the videos in order to obscure the identity of the still-unknown Project Veritas operative, as if he were an officer. This is further evidence of the deep

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connection between law enforcement, government officials, and right-wing movements. We know that an MPD communications officer provided a list of names of the defendants to far-right conspiracy site Got News. And video obtained by the Real News shows a U.S. Park Police officer in D.C. ordering a protester to follow the orders of a militia member because “he works for me.” Two of the officers who testified in the trial were from D.C.’s 7th district. The officers who raided the home of a man based on his alleged presence in the Project Veritas video were also 7th district. In July, an officer from the guns and drugs “powershift” unit of the 7th was photographed wearing—and may have designed—a T-shirt with a grim reaper, white-power symbols, and “Powershift,” “Seventh District,” “MPDC,” and “let me see that waistband jo”—this last a reference to searching inside the underwear of citizens in “jump out” corner-clearing drug busts. These D.C. guys have the same view of policing as Trump, who urged officers to be violent with suspects—or at least not to shield their heads when putting them into a car or van. And Trump, of course, also tweeted false, O’Keefe-esque videos from Britain First in an attempt to stoke up anti-Muslim sentiment, or as Sarah Huckabee Sanders put it, “elevate the dialogue.” So it is no surprise that federal prosecutors in D.C. are willing to stoop as low as O’Keefe to further their dissension of protest. The last time O’Keefe tried so hard

to sting the media, it involved dildos, hair grease, a boat, and a CNN reporter, Abbie Boudreau, who never got on the boat, causing the explosively bad idea to backfire. He was later accused by one of his own operatives of drugging her when she refused his romantic overtures and then enlisting an army of right-wing trolls, including her former friend Andrew Breitbart, to harass her when she tried to expose him (listen to this week’s podcast with Chris Faraone, Dig Boston editor and author of “I Killed Breitbart” for more on this). But, as Moore’s campaign shows, that’s the way the far right works now. If you’re on their side, they will defend almost anything. A couple weeks ago, I wrote a story for the New York Times arguing that Charles Manson was alt-right. “Charles Manson wasn’t the inevitable outgrowth of the Sixties. If anything, he was a harbinger of today’s far right,” the Times Op-ed page tweeted with a link. Laura Ingraham, the far-right radio host who appeared to give a Seig Heil to Trump at the RNC last summer, tweeted a response. “‘Far right’? You mean ‘right so far,’ as in @realDonaldTrump has been right so far abt how to kick the economy into high gear.” Ingraham’s tweet is the perfect emblem of the senseless mass prosecution of protesters. It is senseless. And maybe that is why Trump retweeted it. Baynard Woods is a reporter at The Real News. Email baynard@therealnews.com. Twitter @baynardwoods.

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Baltimore—it’s our first holiday time together. It hardly feels like it’s been four weeks since our debut. We’ve all been working hard coming up with story ideas, running around covering news, and planning ways we can better serve this city. The time has flown by. As this crazy, busy, taxing, whirlwind of a year comes to a close, we are all grateful to be here. Grateful to have this opportunity to be working journalists as more and more news outlets shutter, and grateful for the welcome you’ve given us. We’ve channeled those warm fuzzy feelings into what we hope will be a holiday guide that the whole city can enjoy. In this guide, with a cover designed by Baltimore artist Jermaine Bell (jermainetbell.com), you’ll find local stores and locally produced gifts and art you we recommend you purchase for your favorite people, holiday drink recipes that will warm you from the inside out even if you’re not exactly in the spirit, and seasonal events you can hit up with friends and family. Mostly, we hope this guide helps you spread some holiday cheer to the people you love the most. Check out some of my own picks for stores and items not to miss below, and then make plans to join us at our holiday happy hour and coat drive at Pen & Quill on Dec. 21 from 5-8 p.m. (Lisa Snowden-McCray)

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Dovecote Cafe

Dovecote Café in Reservoir Hill is lowkey a great place to pick up last minute gifts that don’t seem last minute at all. If you look over to the right of the cash register, there are all kinds of thoughtful, made-in-Baltimore items you can grab while you’re getting your coffee or peach cake to go. Look out for locally made t-shirts, books, body butters, and more. The lovely art hanging on the walls is for sale too. 2501 Madison Ave. #1F, (443) 961-8677, dovecote.strikingly.com.

Beauty Plus Sometimes you just want bundles for Christmas. And when that happens, you direct your family and friends to Beauty Plus in Old Goucher. The friendly and helpful staff will tell them everything they need to know about how many inches of hair you need and how many packs of hair to buy, and point them to some good deep conditioners, nourishing oils, and butters to boot. 2107 N. Charles St., (410) 685-0955, facebook.com/Beauty-Plus-127929257848030

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland AfricanAmerican History & Culture

It is frustratingly difficult to find children’s books featuring people of color—at least, if you are shopping at a big national store like Barnes and Noble. And making sure that my kids have access to books, and especially ones depicting people who look like them, has always been a high priority for me. When my kids were tiny and I didn’t know any better, I solved this problem by buying them a lot of books featuring animals (no people are better than just white people, I supposed). Now that I know and do better, I have a few places that my husband and I hit up every year for kids’ books featuring black and brown people. There’s Everyone’s Place African Cultural Center (1356 W. North Ave., facebook.com/EveryonesPlace-107917832575771). Red Emma’s (30 W. North Ave., (443) 602-7611, redemmas.org) is also a mainstay for us—last year we picked up a book on Rosa Parks that teaches how she was an organizer long before she refused to move from her seat on the bus. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum (830 E. Pratt St., (443) 263-1800, lewismuseum.org) is also a great place to buy books specifically featuring black people (on my last visit, I picked up a beautifully illustrated hardback all about Josephine Baker).

Keepers Vintage You know that one friend you have who is always pulled together all the time, no matter what? Buy her something from Keepers. Their vintage apparel and accessories are thoughtfully curated and super cute—and they share a space with Knits, Soy & Metal, which offers vegan-friendly scented candles, body products, and hand-made jewelry and knitwear. 229 W. Read St., (443) 421-3757, keepersvintage.com.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C. is great, but getting tickets isn’t easy—and we’ve already got an amazing museum focused on black arts and culture right here in Baltimore. So give the gift of membership to the Lewis Museum. With membership, you get free general admission for one year, a 15 percent discount in the museum gift shop, entry into exclusive members-only programs, and more. Prices for basic memberships range from $20 for students to $55 for a family of four. 830 E. Pratt St., (443) 263-1800, lewismuseum.org.

We are well into dry skin season and Oyin has you covered. Grab a bunch of their whipped shea butters ($17.99) for a bunch of quick and easy office and teacher gifts. Oyin also has five-piece “snack packs” of smaller sizes of hair and body products, so your loved ones can sample and figure out what works best for them. Oyin also offers gift certificates. 2103 N. Charles St., (888) 243-6922, oyinsalon.com.

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The first time I learned about RegalClothes, it was at a headwrap workshop owner Akos “Sunday” Regal was running early one Saturday morning at Oyin Handmade’s Old Goucher shop. I watched her create beautiful, elaborate head dressings with colorful cloths imported from different parts of Africa, and even purchased one for myself (it’s a thinner strip of cloth, made to be worn like a headband, with swirls of blue, green, and gray). Since then, I’ve learned that Regal also makes clothes and handbags using the same fabric. You can buy her stuff online or at Neighborhood Goods in Hampden. My next purchase will be the red, green, and black African Print Fold Over Clutch Purse ($45). Or maybe you can buy it for me? Neighborhood Goods, 1021 W. 36th St. (upstairs from DoubleDutch Boutique), regalclothes.com.

I think I speak for parents everywhere when I say thank you for the thought, but my children have more than enough toys. I seriously can’t take anymore toys in my house. I have not been able to prove it yet, but I’m positive that the Legos have figured out a way to reproduce. Instead of buying your niece or god kid or whoever yet another piece of cheap plastic, get them a membership to the Maryland Science Center. Prices start at $100, and get you free admission to the Science Center for a year, discounted admission to the IMAX Theater, and more. Plus, if you really need to buy a toy, there’s lots of fun and educational items in the Science Center’s gift shop. Parents love educational stuff. 601 Light St., (410) 685-2370, tickets.marylandsciencecenter.org/ giftvouchers.

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S A L T C R Y S T A L G L O W L A M P handcrafted in Pakistan, Ten Thousand Villages (1621 Thames St., [410] 342-5568, tenthousandvillages.com/ baltimore), $69.

A S S O R T E D N E C K L A C E S B Y G I N A D E N T O N Hunting Ground (3649 Falls Road, [410] 243-0789, shophuntingground.com), $45 each.

“ A F T E R G L O W ( A D O G M E M O I R ) ” B Y E I L E E N M Y L E S Atomic Books (3620 Falls Road, [410] 662-4444, atomicbooks.com), $24.

A S S O R T E D B L U E P L A T E S Second Chance (1700 Ridgely St., [410] 385-1700, secondchanceinc.org), $7.15-$22.75 each.

M . F . G . T O F F E E C O . E N G L I S H W A L N U T T O F F E E Culinary Architecture (767 Washington Blvd., [443] 7088482, culinaryarchitecture.com), $12.

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W I G H T T E A C O M P A N Y 2 O Z . T I N S in Maryland Mint, Tropical Green Tea, and Baltimore Breakfast, Su Casa (901 S. Bond St., [410] 522-7010, sucasafurniture.com), $20-$35 each.

R O S Y R I N G S B O T A N I C A L R E E D D I F F U S E R Love That (521 E. Belvedere Ave., [667] 210-2097, facebook. com/shoplovethat), $62.

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Atwater’s (Belvedere Square Market, 529 E. Belvedere Ave., [410] 323-2398, atwaters.biz), $24.95.

B U T T E R F L Y L I M E K O M B U C H A HEX Ferments (Belvedere Square Market, 529 E. Belvedere Ave., [410] 775-5044, hexferments.com), $12 plus $3 bottle deposit.

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O R G A N I C R A W D A R K C H O C O L A T E B A R K .75 oz four-piece bundle, Pure Chocolate By Jinji, ([410] 937-8675, jinjichocolate.com), $16.

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Baltimore Museum of Art Shop (10 Art Museum Drive, [443] 573-1700, shop.artbma.org), $22.95.

V I D E O O N D E M A N D S E R V I C E S Brown Sugar (brownsugar.com) specializes in black cinema of the ‘70s with a focus on blaxploitation classics but includes plenty of contemporary movies, documentaries, and stand-up comedy specials, $3.99 a month. Filmstruck (Filmstruck.com), put together by The Criterion Collection and Turner Classic movies, specializes in arthouse and foreign films, $99 for the year. NBA League Pass (nbaleaguepass.com) gives basketball fans access to live streams of nearly every NBA game, the ability to watch games after they’re over, and a strong archive of classic NBA games, if, say, you want to rewatch the 1991 Slam Dunk Contest, $17.99-$39.99 per month or $119.99-$249.99 per year.

R E D $ , “ T H E W A K E U P ” M I X T A P E Stash House Music City (at Mondawmin Mall, 2401 Liberty Heights Ave., [410] 523-1534, mondawminmall.com), $10.

Y G G T A Y , “ R I C H B E F O R E R A P 2 ” M I X T A P E Downtown Locker Room (multiple locations around Baltimore, dtlr.com), $15.

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O U T T H E M U D H O O D I E Out The Mud (2335 E. Monument St., [410] 793-7785, instagram.com/outthemudclothing), $35.

H U E Y B R N D L O G O B A S E B A L L C A P Huey BRND (18 W. 25th St., hueybrand.store), $35.

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City Of Gods (118 Hollins St., city-of-gods-shop.com), $25.

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edited by Henry Louis Gates and Maria Tatar, The Ivy Bookshop (6080 Falls Road, [410] 377-2966, theivybookshop), $39.95.

S M O K E D S E A S A L T T R I O The Seasoned Olive (805 S. Broadway, [410] 868-6457, theseasonedolive.com), $15.99.

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“ P I N B A L L W I Z A R D S : J A C K P O T S , D R A I N S , A N D T H E C U L T O F T H E S I L V E R B A L L ” B Y A D A M R U B E N Bird In Hand (11 E. 33rd St., birdinhandscharlesvillage.com), $16.99.

L I N D A B I G G S H E M P R O L L I N G P A P E R S (lindabiggs.com), $5.99 per pack.

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Abby G Hybrid Vibe in Blue, $90; Sensuelle Remote Mini Anal Plug, $80; Optimale Rechargeable C-Ring in Black $65; Sugar (1001 W. 36th St., [410] 467-2632, sugartheshop.com).

N I K O N D 3 4 0 0 T W O - L E N S K I T Service Photo (3838 Falls Road, [410] 235-6200, servicephoto.com) $496.95.

D I V I N E “ F I L T H I S M Y P O L I T I C S ” P A T C H Pizza Party Printing (1750 Union Ave., Suite Rear F, pizzapartyprinting.com), $10.

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H O L I D A Y R O A S T M M X V I I Zeke’s Coffee (4719 Harford Road, [410] 254-0122, zekescoffee.com), $14.

P U S H E E N P L U S H E S Culture Lab (8133 Main St., Ellicott City, [410] 696-1327) $19.99 (also $9.99 for keychains and $400 for a really big one).

E L L I C O T T C I T Y C L O C K D O G T O Y S Clipper’s Canine Cafe, (8307 Main St. D, Ellicott City, [301] 490-9068, clipperscaninecafe.com) $11.99 with a portion of the proceeds going to the Ellicott City Partnership.

L U L U O R G A N I C S L A V E N D E R + C L A R Y S A G E H A I R O I L 3 . 4 O Z . Bottle Of Bread (216 W. Read St., [443] 963-9388, shopbottleofbread.com), $30.

“ H O W W E G E T F R E E : B L A C K F E M I N I S M A N D T H E C O M B A H E E R I V E R C O L L E C T I V E ” edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Red Emma’s (30 W. North Ave., [443] 602-7611, redemmas.org), $15.95.

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Baby’s On Fire

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The Archive (8026 Main St., Ellicott City, [410] 696-2931) Baby’s On Fire (1010 Morton St., [443] 885-9892, babysonfire.com) Celebrated Summer (3616 Falls Road,[443] 866-9988) El Suprimo! (1709 Aliceanna St., [410] 276-5455, elsuprimo.com) Normal’s Books and Records (425 E. 31st St., [410] 243-6888, normals.com) Protean Books and Records (836 Leadenhall St., [410] 227-3006) Ramm On Record (2401 North Point Blvd., rammonrecords.com) Record and Tape Traders (736 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, [410] 337-0002, recordandtapetraders.com) The Sound Garden (116 Thames St., [410] 563-9011, cdjoint.com) Trax On Wax (709 Frederick Road, Catonsville, [410] 869-8729, traxonwaxrecords.com) The True Vine (3544 Hickory Ave., [410] 235-4500, thetruevinerecordshop)

Architects Bookstore (11 W. Chase St., [410] 625-2585) Atomic Books (3620 Falls Road, [410] 662-4444, atomicbooks.com) Bird In Hand (11 E. 33rd St., [410] 814-0373, birdinhandscharlesvillage.com) The Book Escape (805 Light St., [410] 504-1902, thebookescape.com) The Book Thing (3001 Vineyard Lane, [410] 662-5631, bookthing.org) Charlotte Elliot (837 W. 36th St., [410] 243-0990, charlotteelliotinc.com) Everyone’s Place (1356 W. North Ave., [410] 728-0877) The Ivy Bookshop (6080 Falls Road, [410] 377-2966, theivybookshop.com) The Kelmscott Bookshop (34 W. 25th St., [410] 235-6810, kelmscottbookshop.com) Normal’s Books and Records (425 E. 31st St., [410] 243-6888, normals.com) Protean Books and Records (836 Leadenhall St., [410] 227-3006) Red Emma’s (30 W. North Ave., [443] 602-7611, redemmas.org) Ukazoo Books (8641 Loch Raven Blvd., Towson, [443] 588-8081, ukazoo.com)

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Big Top Video (429 E. Baltimore St., [410] 547-2495) Leather Underground By Maus (136 W. Read St., [667] 212-4446, facebook.com/Leather.Underground.by.Maus) Lovecraft (8807 Pulaski Hwy., [443] 559-8485) Love Ones (6406 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville, [410] 788-8588) Pervfect Playground (2011 N. Charles St., [410] 814-8972) Sugar (1001 W. 36th St., [410] 467-2632, sugartheshop. com)

Docs Smoke Shop (3721 Eastern Ave., [410] 327-8609, docssmokeshop.com) Down Under (3998 Roland Ave., Suite B, [410] 681-6936, smokedownunder.com) Firefly (3714 Eastern Ave., [888] 732-1232, fireflyexoticwear. com) Golden Cave (1301 N. Charles St., [410] 244-0011) Karmic Connection (508 S. Broadway, [410] 558-0428) The Other Side (22 Allegheny Ave., Towson, [410] 3379202) Peace Of Sunshine (2 Mellor Ave., Catonsville, [410] 7880942, peaceofsunshine.com) Shockers Smoke Shop (7110 Harford Road, Parkville, [410] 444-8200, shockerssmokeshop.com) Up In Flamez (1800 Willow Spring Road, [410] 284-1442, upinflamez.com) Voodoo Glass (1013 W. 36th St., [410] 235-2848, voodooglasscompany.com)

Charm Kitty Cafe (3300 Clipper Mill Road, [410] 343-9821, charmkittycafe.com) The Dog Chef Cafe (863 N. Howard St., [301] 785-2998, thedogchef.com) Dogma (3600 Boston St.; 1719 Whetstone Way; 1340 - G Smith Ave.; dogmaforpets.com) Hair Off The Dog Grooming Salon (2801 O’Donnell St. # 1, [410] 522-0050, hairoffthedoggrooming.com) Howl (3531 Chesnut Ave., [410] 235-2469, howlinhampden. com) Mutt Mart (2904 Hamilton Ave., [443] 708-7870, muttmartbaltimore.com) Paws For Pets (7221 Harford Road, [419] 426-9611) Pawtimore (924 Light St., [667] 309-7114, pawtimorepetsalon.com) The Puptrait Studio (3853 Falls Road, [443] 604-0711, puptrait.com)

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O’Donnell Square Lamp Post Lighting Ceremony. Canton celebrates the holidays with a special ceremony, now in its 11th year, plus holiday drinks, lamp post and storefront decoration contests, the arrival of Santa Claus, a homebrew competition, and more. Proceeds benefit the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation. Dec. 8, 5-9 p.m., O’Donnell Square Park, 2917 O’Donnell St., smalltimoreevents.com, free admission. Rock the Dock Family Holiday Bash. Strolling entertainment, Santa, pony rides, crafts, gingerbread cookie decorating, and a hot cocoa bar. Dec. 9, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Power Plant Live, 34 Market Place, itsawaterfrontlife.org, free. The Ugly Sweater Run. Run a 5k in your most hideous holiday sweater, followed by post-event festivities. Dec. 16, 9 a.m., Rash Field, 201 Key Highway, theuglysweaterrun.com/locations/baltimore-maryland, $25, free for kids ages 5 and under. Windup’s Junxmas Grabbag. The Windup Space hosts a holiday junkfood potluck with performances by local artists and drink specials. Dec. 22, 8:30 p.m., The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., (410) 244-8855, thewindupspace. com, no cover (bring junk food to share).

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This is the first holiday season in a while that I’ve really embraced with open arms. There’s a lot of bad stuff going on, here at home and in the nation and around the world. It can wear you down. So this year, I’m noticing that the traditions that I’ve grumbled about before—crowded events, crowded stores, um, crowds— don’t seem that bad. On the contrary, they feel like cheery, red and green anchors. In that same spirit, I’ll be taking my family to this year’s Monument Lighting event—it’s the 46th one, according to the good folks at Downtown Partnership. There will be live performances, fireworks, food and drinks, and an appearance from Mayor Catherine Pugh. 5-8 p.m., Mount Vernon Place, 699 Washington Place, godowntownbaltimore.com, free. (Lisa Snowden-McCray) Baltimore Chanukah Festival. Baltimore observes the beginning of Chanukah with the lighting of Maryland’s largest menorah plus live music, kids’ activities, and a kosher food truck. Dec. 12, 3 p.m., McKeldin Square, Inner Harbor, baltimorechanukahfestival.com, free. Christmas Village. The annual German Christmas market features international holiday gifts alongside a

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big holiday tree, German food, performers, and more. Through Dec. 24, Inner Harbor, 501 Light St., baltimorechristmas.com, outdoor area free throughout run, heated festival tent free on weekdays and opening weekend, $5 for adults 18 and up remaining weekend days ($1 on Dec. 9 and 10), free for kids under 18. Holiday Party for the Homeless. People experiencing homelessness are invited to a safe and sober holiday party complete with a holiday feast, live entertainment, and door prizes. Funds for the party can be donated to gofundme.com/holiday-party-for-the-homeless-2017 and donated winter items and toiletries can be left at specified drop-off locations. Dec. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., First Unitarian Church, 1 W. Hamilton St., free. Kwanzaa Celebration 2017. Celebrate Kwanzaa and African heritage with traditional African dance and music performances, crafts, storytelling, and a keynote lecture with Kwanzaa founder Dr. Malauna Karenga. Dec. 30, noon-4 p.m. (lecture at 12:30 p.m.), Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., (443) 263-1800, lewismuseum.org, $5 special admission. Miracle on 34th Street. Hampden beams with impressive decorations and festive light displays on view for the 71th year. Through January 1, 700 block of 34th St., christmasstreet.com, free. Monument Lighting Celebration. Enjoy family-friendly performances, music, refreshments, and festive art activities while escaping the cold during the Washington Monument Lighting Ceremony. Dec. 7, 5-7:30 p.m., Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410)547-9000, thewalters.org, free.

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As the cover story for our second-ever issue, Rebekah Kirkman detailed the programs and people behind Baltimore Youth Arts (BYA), which provides a platform for youth to create and sell art in Baltimore, particularly for young people who are in or transitioning out of the justice system. Through her story we met young artists like Kendrick, who does graphic design work as well as intuitive abstract paintings, and Daydrin, a fashion designer in the making, among other talented youth involved in the program. I’ve seen artwork put out by BYA in person, and I can tell you from my high-horse art critic perspective (for whatever it’s worth) that it’s often the most engaging and honest art you’ll find anywhere. At BYA’s first holiday sale, which doubles as the BYA Gallery and Store grand opening, you can meet the artists and browse and buy their art, as well as gifts from other local youth vendors like the teen-run Beast Grrl Collective, which regularly puts out excellent feminist zines, and Lemontopia Baltimore, a youth-run lemonade stand and dessert bar. Noon-4 p.m., Baltimore Youth Arts, 116 W. Mulberry St., bmoreyoutharts.org. (Maura Callahan) Baltimore Vintage Flea Holiday Sip & Shop. Over 50 of the area’s top vintage vendors offer their wares, clothing, furniture, and more alongside libations from R. House. Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., R. House, 301 W. 29th St., (443) 347-3570, facebook.com/baltimorevintageflea, free admission. Black Business Bazaar. Support local black entrepreneurs and shop beauty and health goods, food, apparel, and services at a bazaar presented by Baltimore Racial Justice Action. Dec. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.,

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American Brewery, 1701 N. Gay St., bmoreantiracist.org, free admission (donations accepted). Bmore Into Comics Issue #16. Shop for the comics lovers in your life as local creators show, sell, and talk about their work alongside a free comic book library and drink specials all day. Dec. 16, 1-7 p.m., The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., bmoreintocomics.com, free admission. Current Space 5th Annual Art Market. Purchase art and handmade goods from artists Monique Crabb, Elena Johnston, Anna Crooks, Lisa Krause, Shelby Rose, Whitney Simpkins, Zoe Friedman, and more. Dec. 16, noon-6 p.m., Current Space, 421 N. Howard St., (410) 3439295, currentspace.com, free admission. Handmade Holiday: Youth Edition. The Living Well’s 10th annual holiday market focuses on young entrepreneurs and features local vendors, opportunities to participate in fitness classes, and a Photo Salon for family portraits with Fluffy Pop Postcards. Dec. 17, noon6 p.m., The Living Well Center, 235 Holliday St., (410) 2125953, livewellbemore.com, free admission. Holiday Heap. Charm City Craft Mafia’s 11th annual holiday market highlights over 50 independent craft vendors. Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Space 2640, 2640 St. Paul St., charmcitycraftmafia.com, free admission ($25 for 9 a.m. early bird access plus breakfast treats and coffee from Dooby’s, swag bag, coupons, and more). Holistic Holiday Pop-Up Market. Purchase sustainable and holistic products from local artists, craftspeople, food/beverage makers. Proceeds from the vendor fees and a raffle will benefit The Black Male Yoga Initiative. Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mount Vernon Marketplace, 520 Park Ave., (443) 796-7393, mountvernonmarketplace. com, free admission. Ideal Arts Holiday Pop-Up Markets. Shop vintage and handmade goods from 20-40 vendors each show. Dec. 9 and 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., The Ideal Arts Space, 905 W. 36th St., (443) 529-5937, theidealartsspace.com, free admission. Last Stop Hops & Shop. Grab last-minute gifts from over 20 local artists and artisans alongside food from Dizzy Cow Pizzeria and brews from Peabody Heights Brewery. Dec. 21, 5-9 p.m., Peabody Heights Brewery, 401 E. 30th St., charmcitycraftmafia.com, free admission. Motor House Holiday Art Sale & Coat Drive. Shop art and goods from Motor House resident artists (including Joyce J. Scott, Larry Poncho Brown, Espi Frazier, and more), hand-selected craftspeople, and other vendors; and bring a gently used coat to donate to those in need. Dec. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Motor House, 120 W. North Ave., (410) 637-8300, motorhousebaltimore.com, free admission. Post Typography Print & Poster Sale. The local graphic design firm opens its studio doors to sell limited edition prints, posters, books, music, and apparel for Dan Deacon, Future Islands, Double Dagger, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Maryland Film Festival, and much more. Dec. 16, noon-4 p.m., Post Typography, 2219 St. Paul St., posttypography.com, free admission. School 33 Holiday Art Market. Meet School 33’s resident artists in their studios and purchase artworks priced between $10-$200. Participating artists include Tiffany Jones, Lauren Lyde, Mary Baum, Amber Eve Anderson, Lynn Cazabon, Sylvie van Helden, Megan Lewis, Webster Phillips, Plum Rabbit Print Shop, and Jtbeezwax (aka

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India, a participant in Baltimore Youth Arts, washes a palette. Photo by Reginald Thomas II

Jermaine T. Bell, who designed this week’s Baltimore Beat cover). Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St., (443) 263-4350, school33.org, free admission. Supersized Holiday Makers Market. Enjoy music, dance performances, food, and drinks while shopping gifts from local craftpeople, artists, and businesses. Dec. 17, noon-6 p.m., Downtown Cultural Arts Center, 401 N. Howard St., (410) 837-2787, artistscompound.com, free admission.

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It is good to know that after the long, slow, but still tragic death of the historic Paradox nightclub (though with that death comes the resurrection of Hammerjack’s; we’ll see how that plays out), house hasn’t exactly gone anywhere—just shifted around to other venues (see also Teddy Douglass’ recent events at the Rockwell). All of which is to say that the vibes that Ultra Naté and Lisa Moody onced brought via their party, Deep Sugar, to the Dox will be present at this holiday event at Baltimore Soundstage (for what it’s worth, the Soundstage is the place for cathartic, queer-friendly holiday events, it

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seems; John Waters’ Christmas one-man show is there on Dec. 19). So yes, enjoy Christmas and ask for peace all set to the throbbing 4/4 beat of house music with Ultra and Lisa along with DJ Wayne Davis (former owner of the Dox), tech house duo the Elders, and Jersey house vocalist Kenny Bobien. 6 p.m., Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place, (410) 244-0057, baltimoresoundstage. com, $12-$15. (Brandon Soderberg) Boister Annual Solstice Concert. Led by composer/ keyboardist Anne Watts, local chamber-pop band Boister plays its annual holiday concert, this year with two performances. Dec. 21 and 22, 7:30 p.m., An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St., (410) 385-2638, andiemusiklive. com, $10-$18. Charm City Klezmer Holiday Dance Party. Featuring husband and wife team Judith Geller and Michael Raitzyk along with their young kids and other Baltimore musicians, Charm City Klezmer performs lively holiday music with roots in Jewish East European culture. Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, $15-$21. Christmas With the Urban Choral Arts Society. Led by Maestro Ronald McFadden, the Urban Choral Arts Society performs holiday spirituals, carols, gospel, and more. Dec. 9, 7 p.m., Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard St., UrbanChoralArts. org, $10. FAM Winter Solstice Celebration. Holy Mountaineers (featuring members of Telesma), Asa Kurland (of Slow Lights), Conor Brendan and the Wild Hunt, Archie

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we’re working on. Being reporters, we’re already into the theme of storytelling, so it made sense that we sponsored this special holiday edition of Stoop Storytelling, where everyday folks go onstage to recount their not-so-usual holiday experiences. Get there early for cocktails (good drinks and good stories go hand-in-hand) and live music, and come by our table to say hi. Then stick around after the show for an unconventional holiday movie. Cocktails and music at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., movie at 9 p.m., The Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, stoopstorytelling. com, $20. (Lisa Snowden-McCray)

Melani Douglass speaks at Stoop Storytelling. Photo by Aaron Curtis / Courtesy Stoop Storytelling

Jamieson, Justina Prince, Seth Milder, and more perform. Dec. 22, 8 p.m., Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St., (410) 244-0899, themetrogallery.net, $10. Home for the Holidays. Joined by soprano Alison Buchanan, the Baltimore School for the Arts Chorus, and the tap-dancing Santas, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs holiday favorites. Dec. 16, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Dec. 17, 3 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000, bsomusic.org, $17.50-$75. KIX-mas. The Hagerstown hair metal heroes return for their annual holiday show with support from Cinder Road. Dec. 23, 9 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com, $27.50. Mix 106.5’s Mistletoe Meltdown. Fergie, Alex and Zack of All Time Low, and School of Rock Baltimore perform. Dec. 14, 8 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., mix1065fm.radio.com, $45-$75. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. The Moscow Ballet brings their rendition of Tchaikovsky’s ballet back to Baltimore on their 25th Anniversary Tour. Dec. 15, 7 p.m.; Dec. 16, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Hippodrome Theater, 12 N. Eutaw St., (410) 837-7400, francemerrickpac.com, $47-$140. 93.1 WPOC Acoustic Christmas. Country singsongwriter Lee Brice performs holiday favorites. Dec. 13, 8 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com, $19.99. Sing-Along Messiah. Join the Baltimore Choral Arts

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Society in singing Handel’s holiday oratorio “Messiah.” Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, (410) 523-7070, baltimorechoralarts.org, $25. 33rd Annual Merry Tuba Christmas. Area tuba players gather to honk Christmas tunes at the Inner Harbor for the 33rd year straight. Dec. 16, 3:30 p.m., Harborplace Amphitheater, 200 E. Pratt St., free.

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Stoop Storytelling presents Breaking with Tradition: Stories about Unconventional Holidays D E C . 1 2 The holidays are a time for catching up with family and letting them know what you’ve been up to since the last time you saw each other. It’s a yearly event that can be frustrating, hilarious, and encouraging all at once. We here at The Beat, for example, plan on spending our holidays explaining to our relatives the story of this start-up paper

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Awkward Sex in the City presents Jingle Balls. Four women comics and one dude comic recount their most embarrassing holiday sexual experiences on stage. Baltimore’s own Samantha Kelly opens. Dec. 8, 8 p.m., Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, $15-$21. A Burl-eoke Heauxliday. The holidays get naughty at this audience-interactive combination karaoke-burlesque game show. Dec. 9, 8 p.m., The Crown, 1910 N. Charles St., (410) 625-4848, facebook.com/TheCrownBaltimore, $10. BWC Presents Gin and Jokes xxiii: Holiday Jeers. The Baltimore Whiskey Company and Joe Squared present a special holiday edition of their stand-up showcase. Dec. 7, 9 p.m., Joe Squared, 33 W. North Ave., (410) 5450444, holidayjeers.brownpapertickets.com, $5. “A Christmas Carol.” Chesapeake Shakespeare Company brings back its annual Baltimore-set adaption of Charles Dickens’ holiday morality tale. Dec. 8-23, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 S. Calvert St., (410) 244-8570, chesapeakeshakespeare.com, $19-$65. “A Christmas Carol.” An original adaption of the Dickens classic casts six actors juggling every role. Dec. 8-31, Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., (410) 2767837, fpct.org, $19-$24 (pay what you can Dec. 7). Cirque de la Symphonie Holiday Spectacular. Cirque de la Symphonie joins forces with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for a musical showcase of acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, balancers, strongmen, and aerialists. Dec. 22, 8 p.m.; Dec. 23, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000, bsomusic.org, $17.50-$79. Comedy Cantonese. Magooby’s Joke House invites audience to participate in the Jewish tradition of gorging on Chinese food and Jewish humor on Christmas Eve. Marc Unger headlines. Dec. 24, buffet served at 7:30, show at 8:30 p.m., Magooby’s Joke House, 9603 Deereco Road, (410) 252-2727, magoobys.com, $30 for show only, $40 for show plus Chinese buffet (plus $5 for kosher). A John Waters Christmas. Baltimore’s own Pope of Trash returns for his annual Christmastime monologue. Dec. 19, 8 p.m., Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place, (410) 244-0057, baltimoresoundstage.com, $44-$49.50. Let Them Eat Yule Log: A Holiday Cirque Show. In the Dark Circus Arts presents a special holiday circus show featuring performances by skilled acrobats. Dec. 9, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Mobtown Ballroom, 861 Washington Blvd., inthedarkcircusarts.com, $27 for matinee, $35 for evening. Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” The Ballet Theater of Maryland presents their version of the grand ballet accompanied by the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Dec. 23, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., (410) 685-5086, modell-lyric.com, $19-$54.

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1988’s “Die Hard” has become the go-to Christmas-notChristmas movie (deservedly so) for so long now that I think it’s high time we just declare it a Christmas movie good and proper. I mean, it’s got all the things you need out of a Christmas movie: It’s set during the holidays (during a Christmas Eve holiday party, German terrorists take over the office building of the wife of NYPD Det. John McClane—played by Bruce Willis), it’s heartwarming (a scrappy dude who is kind of a fuck-up saves the day and tries to reconnect with his wife), and it’s a little melancholy like all the great Christmas movies. Since we’re electing “Die Hard” as an official Christmas movie now, here are my recommendations for the next wave of Christmas-notChristmas movies: “Cobra” and “Silent Partner.” Oh also, this is an interactive screening of “Die Hard” so come ready to shout the lines at the screen with your fellow die hard “Die Hard” lovers and come early and chat. The screening begins at 8 p.m. but you should get there around 7 p.m. to mingle, you know? 7 p.m., Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, $12. (Brandon Soderberg) Holiday Double Feature: “Home Alone” and “Die Hard.” The Parkway screens Chris Columbus’ Christmas comedy and John McTiernan’s holiday action flick back to back. Dec. 18, “Home Alone” at 7 p.m., “Die Hard” at 9:30 p.m., The Parkway Theatre, 5 W. North Ave., (410) 752-8083, mdfilmfest.com, $10 for individual screening or $16 for double. Holiday Double Feature: “Scrooged” and “Bad Santa” (uncut). Bill Murray and Billy Bob Thornton serve up holiday curmudgeonliness. Dec. 18, “Scrooged” at 7:15 p.m., “Bad Santa” at 9:30 p.m., The Parkway Theatre, 5 W. North Ave., (410) 752-8083, mdfilmfest.com, $10 for individual screening or $16 for double. “It’s A Wonderful Life” Screening and Food Drive. Bring non-perishable food items to benefit the GEDCO CARES food pantry and catch a free screening of Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday classic starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. Dec. 23, 10 a.m., The Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, (410) 323-4424, senatortheatre.com, free.

New Year’s Eve Noisem, Chepang, Blame God, Nightfear, Bandit D E C . 3 1

Obligation is bad, and is there any day that feels more obligatory than New Year’s Eve? I mean, you have to like, have fun, which means it’s not fun anymore actually—but you also have to do something or you’ll feel a uniquely

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“Die Hard” Screencapture Courtesy YouTube

existential kind of FOMO. One thing to do is not go to something that feels tied to NYE so much, such as this show, which would be fun any day of the year and will be only enhanced by the convivial atmosphere of Dec. 31. And this year was especially rough, so saying goodbye to 2017 and welcoming the new year at Sidebar with Baltimore’s own Noisem—one of the best metal groups around—and a crew of other heavy, out of town bands (Chepang, Blame God, Nightfear, and Bandit), plus DJ Sad Mountain, and hey, it’s all-ages, so bring the kids or your cool teen cousin or something and let them rage. 8 p.m., 218 E. Lexington St., (410) 659-4130, thesidebar.com, $6. (Brandon Soderberg) BROS New Year’s Eve at the Ottobar: Sinners and Saints. The Baltimore Rock Opera Society hosts New Year’s Eve at the Ottobar once again with a lineup of sound and spectacle from BROS artists. Dec. 31, 9 p.m., The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $20. Big Night Baltimore. Countdown to the new year in multiple party rooms and dance floors complete with food buffets, open bars, live music and DJ sets, and more. Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Radisson Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St., bignightbaltimore.com, $89.99-$189.99. Midnight Noon. Kids can celebrate early with a noontime ball drop, crafts, access to the Science Center’s exhibits, and a performance by Grammy-nominated kids’ band Milkshake—so you can tuck them in early and do your own thing. Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., (410) 685-2370, mdsci.org, free with paid admission/membership. Motown New Year’s Eve 1968. DJs Landis Expandis

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(Skintight) and Rob Macy (Save Your Soul) spin Motown favorites and The Belvederes play live soul covers to celebrate the end of 2017. Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m.-3 a.m., Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, $30-$38. New Years Eve at La Cuchara. Chef Ben Lefenfeld serves up a seasonal Basque prix fixe menu plus wine pairings and 50 percent off all bottles over $100. Dec. 31, 5 p.m.-midnight, La Cuchara, 3600 Clipper Mill Road Suite 125, (443) 708-3838, lacucharabaltimore.com, $89 for prix fixe, plus $29 for wine pairings (per person, plus tax and gratuity. New Year’s Eve at Metro Gallery with Black Rose. Thin Lizzy tribute band Black Rose marks the new year with support from Black Lung, Murder, Alms, and Psycho Therapy DJs, plus a live photo booth with “The Chair.” Dec. 31, 9 p.m., Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St., (410) 244-0899, themetrogallery.net, $5-$10. New Year’s Eve Spectacular. Baltimore rings in 2018 with music and a fireworks display over the Inner Harbor at midnight. Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Inner Harbor, (410) 752-8632, promotionandarts.org, free. New Year’s Eve with bbymutha. Jenné Afiya & Trillnatured present a New Year’s Eve party with music from bbymutha, Kotic Couture, Isabejja, DJ Pancakes, Rovo Monty, and Trillnatured. Dec. 31, 9 p.m., The Crown, 1910 N. Charles St., (410) 625-4848, facebook.com/ TheCrownBaltimore, $10. NYE Live. The big year end event returns with DJs, laser shows, open bar, food, party favors, and access to over 10 bars and nightclubs, culminating in a live screening of the Times Square Ball Drop complete with a balloon

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WORK IT Baltimore Rock Opera Society poses for boudoir calendar to benefit “forever home” campaign

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Rex Anderson and Derek Vaughn Brown as Detective Geyer and H. H. Holmes from “Murdercastle.”

Bobby Harris as King Louie from “Brides of Tortuga.”

Photo by Allyson Washington / Courtesy Baltimore Rock Opera Society

Photo by Allyson Washington / Courtesy Baltimore Rock Opera Society

Danielle Robinette as Halvor from “Gründlehämmer.”

Megan Taylor as Mama Fink from “RATS!”

Photo by Allyson Washington / Courtesy Baltimore Rock Opera Society

Photo by Allyson Washington / Courtesy Baltimore Rock Opera Society

There are only a few gifts out there that are likely to please anyone from your significant other to your grandmother to your tax guy to your weed guy, and one of those is the upcoming 2018 boudoir calendar from the Baltimore Rock Opera Society (the others are “Shrek The Third” on Blu-Ray and a shoulder to cry on). Each month of the calendar, of which there are 13 for some reason, features a sultry photo of a character from rock operas of years past, including “Gründlehämmer,” “Amphion,” “Murdercastle,” “Brides of Tortuga,” “RATS!” and “The Terrible Secret of Lunastus.” “BROS is very attached to the characters and stories that we’ve brought to life over the years, and we’re

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always looking for ways we can combine them in other projects,” said BROS Executive Director Aran Keating in a press release. “We think this calendar will be a fun way for people to keep BROS in their hearts . . . and pants.” Even if you or your recipient haven’t seen any of BROS’ often outrageous, all-original productions (and you should—coming up in February is their collaboration with Arena Players, a double-bill of “Determination of Azimuth” and “The Battle of Blue Apple Crossing,” both about real-life pioneering African-Americans in the fields of mathematics and music, respectively), or have no interest in knowing what day it is, know that the proceeds of the calendars support BROS’ efforts to

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secure a permanent headquarters and performance space. Right now, the company performs at various venues around the city and operates out the Bell Foundry, from which they were abruptly and temporarily evicted earlier this year by city officials. The Bell is up for sale and they can’t stick around there forever, so they’ve raised $60 thousand of their $75 thousand dollar goal, which they’re trying to meet by the end of the year. Here you can see a small handful of images in the calendar, which you can pre-order for pickup or gift shipment by Dec. 20 for $20 at okayrecordings.com/ shop__trashed/bros. (Maura Callahan)

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“Insomnia Drawing 001,” pen and ink on paper, 2016, 4x6 inches.

“Insomnia Drawing 248,” watercolor and ink on paper, 2017, 5x7 inches.

“Insomnia Drawing 250,” watercolor and ink on paper, 2017, 5x7 inches.

“Insomnia Drawing 087,” watercolor and ink on paper, 2017, 5x7 inches.

Inspired by the Insomnia Drawings of Louise Bourgeois, Bonnie Crawford makes drawings by the light of her cell phone when she wakes in the middle of the night. She began the series in August of 2016, and as of November 2017 she has made over 280 Insomnia Drawings. Her work is currently on view at China Hutch Projects, a project space for contemporary art situated in the dining room of a rented 1940s bungalow in Chestertown, Maryland. She has an upcoming two-person exhibition (with Amy Boone-McCreesh) at Marymount University Ballston Gallery in January, and a solo show at Montpelier Arts Center in the spring. See more at bonniecrawford.com, @bbonniecrawfordd on Instagram, and @_b_crawford on Twitter.

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ON PAPER

“Insomnia Drawing 091,” watercolor and ink on paper, 2017, 5x7 inches.

“Insomnia Drawing 094,” watercolor and ink on paper, 2017, 5x7 inches.

“Insomnia Drawing 022,” pen and ink on paper, 2016, 4x6 inches.

“Insomnia Drawing 239,” watercolor and ink on paper, 2017, 5x7 inches.

Insomnia Drawings 087, 091, and 094 will be framed and for sale at Maryland Art Place’s “Under $500” affordable art sale and exhibition. Opening reception Dec. 8, 7 p.m.; on view through Dec. 13.

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“James Hennessy: Enduring Concerns” Courtesy Creative Alliance

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When I think of James Hennessy’s paintings—often large canvases brushed and scraped with a soft palate—I think of William Blake meets David Hockney meets Richard Diebenkorn (with whom Hennessy studied at University of Colorado, Boulder), plus a little bit of Balthus here and there. But they’re their own thing too: Though some of his work does illustrate actual fables, even his scenes of everyday life feel quietly mythical. A painting of a man in a hat crossing a red room with an open window, curtain blowing, wouldn’t seem entirely out of place if found on a piece of plaster culled from the remains of an ancient city. From 1965 to 2002 Hennessy taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art (full disclosure, my alma mater; we did not overlap), and in the process influenced thousands of developing painters that came out of Baltimore. See the source of that influence through a 50-plus-year retrospective of Hennessy’s work in the city where he still paints today. Opening reception Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m.; artist talk Jan. 6, 7 p.m.; on view through Jan. 13, Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance. org, free. (Maura Callahan)

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American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. (410) 244-1900, avam.org. “The Great Mystery Show,” A group exhibition of self-taught artists exploring the unknown and human imagination. Through Sept. 2, 2018. “Reverend Albert Lee Wagner: Miracle At Midnight,” Art by the late visionary artist who experienced a spiritual epiphany at age 50. Ongoing. Area 405, 405 E. Oliver St., are405.com. “Retreat,” In a dual exhibition, Baltimore-based artist Lu Zhang presents an in-flux, experimental installation ‘Headspace’ alongside New York-based artist William Lamson’s video installation ‘Untitled’ (Infinity Camera).’ Through Jan. 13, 2018. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, (443) 573-1700, artbma.org. “Njideka Akunyili Crosby: Counterparts,” A suite of new paintings by 2017 MacArthur fellow Njideka Akunyili Crosby drawing from her experience as a Nigerian immigrant. Through March 18, 2018. “Phaan Howng: The Succession of Nature,” in collaboration with Blue Water Baltimore, local artist Phaan Howng highlights local environmental issues through a toxic-toned immersive installation. Through Aug. 31, 2018. “Spiral Play: Loving in the ‘80s,” Three dimensional collages in intense colors and spiral shapes by the late African-American abstract expressionist Al Loving. Through April 15, 2018. “Annet Couwenberg: From Digital to Damask,” Maryland-based artist Annet Couwenberg investigates the intersections of science, art, history, and technology through 11 textile works. Through Feb. 18, 2018. “Tomás Saraceno: Entangled Orbits,” Web-like clusters of iridescent-paneled modules are suspended in the museum’s East Lobby. Through June 10, 2018. “Black Box: Kara Walker & Hank Willis Thomas,” ‘Salvation’ by Kara Walker and ‘And I Can’t Run’ by Hank Willis Thomas are paired as explorations of the legacy of slavery. Through March 18, 2018. “Crossing Borders: Mexican Modernist Prints,” 30 prints and drawings by artists including Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Elizabeth Catlett. Through March 11, 2018. Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org. “James Hennessey: Enduring Concerns,” A career-spanning retrospective showcases large work produced by the former longtime MICA professor over the course of more than 50 years. Opening reception Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m.; artist talk Jan. 6, 7 p.m.; on view through Jan. 13. “Joshua Highter: Intimately Unfamiliar,” Process-driven, abstract paintings by the Maryland-based artist. Opening reception Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m.; artist talk Dec. 17, 6 p.m.; on view through Dec. 30. Guest Spot At The Reinstitute, 1715 N. Calvert St., (718) 541-9672, guestspot.org. “Not on View: Re/Activating the Archive and its A/Effects,” Work from Conrad Bakker, Eric Doeringer, Noah Fischer, Kang Seung Lee, Antoine Lefebvre, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Paul Soulellis; with selected ephemera, texts, and archival materials from John Cage, Juan Caloca, Sylvia Federici, Coco Fusco, the Guerrilla Girls, Martin Herbert, David Horvitz, the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, Miranda July, Sister Corita Kent, Zoe Leonard, Mess Hall, Occupy Museums, John O’Connor, Press Press, Public Collectors, The Reinstitute Press, Gregory Sholette, Temporary Services, W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy), Kara Walker, and Caroline Woolard. Through Jan. 6, 2018. Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., (410) 685-3750, mdhs.org. “Unscripted Moments: The Life & Photography of Joseph Kohl,” Photographs from c.1980 through 2002 by the late Baltimore photojournalist Joseph Kohl. Ongoing. Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St., (410) 244-0899, themetrogallery.net. “Complicated World Views,” Works by Ryan Travis Christian, Lauren Genovese, Kat Kennedy, Matt Leines, and Anna Silina. Through Dec. 31. Motor House, 120 W. North Ave., (410) 637-8300, motorhousebaltimore.com. “Censored,” Art by Baltimore-based artists Paul Rucker and Stephen Towns, both of whom have previously had work closed to the public or removed in response to complaints or fears of protest. Also on view are images of performances by local performance artist Lynn Hunter and photographs of Baltimore’s Confederate and Columbus monuments before and after removal. On view through Dec. 31. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., (443) 263-1800, lewismuseum.org. “Maryland Collects: Jacob Lawrence,” Over 50 prints by Jacob Lawrence from personal collections in and around Maryland. Through Jan. 7, 2018. School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St., (410) 396-4641, school33.org. “Slow Form,” A juried exhibition featuring the work of Mary Baum, Mollye Bendell, Kei Ito, Elizabeth Mead, Lake Newton, Nick Primo, Margaret Rorison, Matthew Sepielli, and Doohyun Yoon. Through Jan. 6, 2018. “Decompositions,” A solo exhibition by Chris Zickefoose employing common construction materials and negative space. Through Jan. 6, 2018. “Lost Earring,” A multi-media installation by Elliot Doughtie considers the shift of cultural touchstones and the evolution of the artist’s own queer sexuality and transgender body. Through Jan. 6, 2018. St. Charles Projects, 2701 N. Charles St., stcharlesprojects.com. “Pre-Verse,” Paintings by June Culp, Joshua Bienko, and Delphine Hennelly in conversation with Grace Hartigan. Through January. The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410)547-9000, thewalters.org. “Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire’s Legacy,” 70 works including the Walters’ two famed Fabergé Easter eggs alongside gold and silver vessels, enamels, jewelry, carved stones, and icons from Russia. Through June 24, 2018. “After Fabergé,” Five digital prints of surreal, digitally-rendered Fabergé eggs by artist Jonathan Monaghan complement the exhibition “Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition.”

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Venues An Die Musik, 409 N. Charles St., (410) 385-2638, andiemusiklive.com Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW, Washington, D.C., (202) 888-0020, theanthemdc.com Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place, (410) 244-0057, baltimoresoundstage.com Bertha’s, 734 S. Broadway, (410) 3275795, berthas.com The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA, (703) 549-7500, birchmere.com The Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C., (202) 667-4490, blackcatdc. com Cat’s Eye Pub, 1730 Thames St., (410) 276-9866, catseyepub.com Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org The Crown, 1910 N. Charles St., (410) 625-4848, facebook.com/TheCrownBaltimore The 8x10, 10 E. Cross St., (410) 625-2000, the8x10.com E.M.P. Collective, 307 W. Baltimore St., (410) 244-0785, empcollective.org Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE, Washington, D.C., (202) 503-2330, echostage.com The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, (301) 960-9999, fillmoresilverspring.com Germano’s Piattini, 300 S. High St., (410) 752-4515, germanospiattini.com Joe Squared, 33 W. North Ave., (410) 5450444, joesquared.com Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., (410) 685-5086, modell-lyric.com Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, (410) 7155550, merriweathermusic.com. Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St., (410) 244-0899, themetrogallery.net Motor House, 120 W. North Ave., (410) 637-8300, motorhousebaltimore.com 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C., (202) 265-0930, 930.com The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com Pier Six Pavillion, 731 Eastern Ave., (410) 547-7200, livenation.com/venues/14732/ pier-six-pavilion Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis, (410) 268-4545, ramsheadonstage.com Red Room, 425 E. 31st St., redroom.org Reverb, 2112 N. Charles St., (443) 4474325, reverbcollective.com Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., (410) 347-2020, royalfarmsarena.com The Sidebar, 218 E. Lexington St., (410) 659-4130, sidebarbaltimore.com Tin Roof, 32 Market Place, (443) 873-8137, tinroofbaltimore.com U Street Music Hall, 1115A U St. NW, Washington, D.C., (202) 588-1889, ustreetmusichall.com The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., (410) 244-8855, thewindupspace.com

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An Die Musik. Bryce Dessner. Baltimore Soundstage. Shooter Jennings, Jason Boland. Bertha’s. Big Bertha’s Rhythm Kings. The Birchmere. Steve Earle & The Dukes, The Mastersons. Cat’s Eye Pub. J.E.T.T. The 8x10. Whose Hat Is This?. The Fillmore Silver Spring. Simple Plan. 9:30 Club. Hadag Nahash, Hanan Ben Ari. The Sidebar. The Grievance Club, Forest Green, Moonflower. Tin Roof. Andrew Robear. The Windup Space. Baltimore Boom Bap Society.

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An Die Musik. Peabody Classic Modern Jazz Ensemble. Baltimore Soundstage. Suicide Silence, Upon a Burning Body, Prison, Dead Atlantic, Silence The Requiem. Bertha’s. Jeff Reed Trio. The Birchmere. Aaron Neville. The Black Cat. Incredible Change, Honest Haloway, Mystery Friends. Cat’s Eye Pub. Pete Kanaras Blues Band. The Crown. Chris Pumphrey Sextet, Soul Cannon, Theljon Allen Band, DJ Pancakes; Kesey Dandy, Southpaw, Av8, Sad Eyes. The 8x10. DEADcember, Stewbone. E.M.P. Collective. Bitchin Bajas, Wume, Pinkwench. The Fillmore Silver Spring. Shooter Jennings, Jason Boland. Metro Gallery. Elizabeth & The Catapault, Airpark, Faceless Ones. The Ottobar. Mr. Cheeks, Bl’Eve Brown, DJ Mills, DJ Harvey Dent. Rams Head On Stage. Steep Canyon Rangers, Danny Burn. The Sidebar. Morta Skuld, Embalmer, Scorched, Et Mors. Tin Roof. Ryan Kinder, Sam Grow. U Street Music Hall. Busty and the Bass, Caye.

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An Die Musik. John Lamkin III Trio, Regina Carter, Christie Dashiell. Bertha’s. The Juke Drivers. The Birchmere. Dar Williams. The Black Cat, The Interrupters, Swmrs, The Regrettes, Cat’s Eye Pub. Rachel Hall & Timmy P.; Nate Myers & The Aces. The Crown. Cecil Frena, Faith Healer, Raindeer, Wipeout; DJ AyyMelo, Knoimnot, Soduh, Olawumi, Verge, Movakween, Super Nike Nando, Ezko. The 8x10. Jazz Is PHSH. Germano’s Piattini. Ellis & Doyle.

Metro Gallery. Thrushes, Rogue Conjurer, Thee Lexington Arrows. 9:30 Club. Wolf Alice, Polyplastic. Rams Head Live. Illnenium, Said the Sky, Dabin. Rams Head On Stage. Carbon Leaf. Red Room. Ian Douglas-Moore, Paul N Roth, The Compositions. The Sidebar. Blacksage, Humanmania, Serget, Mala Fides, Whrd. Tin Roof. Dell Fox Company. U Street Music Hall. Rico Nasty. The Windup Space. Desert Altar, Vulcanite, Mother Moon, Cavern.

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An Die Musik. Candice Mowbray, Danny Webber; John Lamkin III Holiday Spirit Concert with Christie Dashiell. Anthem. Fantasia, Demetria McKinney. Bertha’s. Garnet Hearts. The Birchmere. Dar Williams. The Black Cat. Governess, Kid Claws, Bacchae. Cat’s Eye Pub. Eddy & The Haskyls; Lower Case Blues. Creative Alliance. The Sherman Holmes Project feat. Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley. The Crown. Version with Trillnatured, DK The Punisher. The 8x10. Levitation Jones, Born I Music, Anoxex. Echostage. Seven Lions, Tritonal, Kill The Noise. E.M.P. Collective. First Annual Mind on Fire Snowball with DJ Dan Deacon and DJ Dirty Face. The Fillmore Silver Spring. Sister Hazel, White Ford Bronco. Germano’s Piattini. Renee Georges & the Georjazz Trio. Joe Squared. Dehd, Joe Biden, Post Pink, Baklavaa. Metro Gallery. Off With Their Heads, Mobina Galore, Tenwatch, Talk Me Off, Flabbercasters. 9:30 Club. Gary Numan, Me Not You. The Ottobar. Bobaflex, Fire Elysium, Novarium. Rams Head Live. SZA, Smino, Ravyn Lenae. Rams Head On Stage. Carbon Leaf. Red Room. Diffusion: Matmos, Jeff Carey. Reverb. Joe Key’s Band. The Sidebar. Left Behind, Orthodx, Mercy Blow, Iron Price, Suffer Through, Deep Rest. Tin Roof. Larger Than Life. U Street Music Hall. Bear Grillz Presents American Freak Show with Phase One, Dirt Monkey, Kompany. The Windup Space. The BPM Experience.

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Baltimore Soundstage. The Dear Hunter, The Family Crest, Vava. Bertha’s. Garnet Hearts. The Birchmere. Luther Re-Lives featuring William “Smooth” Wardlaw. Cat’s Eye Pub. Steve Kraemer & The Bluesicians; Linwood Taylor Band. The Fillmore Silver Spring. Jagged Edge, London Savoy. Germano’s Piattini. Todd Harrison Twining. Lyric Opera House. Fantasia. 9:30 Club. Mogwai, Xander Harris. The Ottobar. Digitour, Nathan Triska, Simon Britton; Matt Ponda PA, Ricky Lewis, Tiny Timbers. Rams Head On Stage. Rick Springfield, Jennifer Lynn Simpson. The Sidebar. TSOL, The Goons.

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An Die Musik. Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band. Baltimore Soundstage. Converge, Pile, Give. Cat’s Eye Pub. Phil Cunneff New Trio. Metro Gallery. Morning Teleportation, Us and Us Only, Super City, Polar Oak. 9:30 Club. Hiss Golden Messenger. The Ottobar. Silent on Fifth Street, Filth, The Machinist, Kriminals, Louder Than Quiet, Voids. Rams Head On Stage. AMFM Presents An Annapolis Christmas.

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The Black Cat. Cinema Hearts, New Holland, Julian. Cat’s Eye Pub. Drunken Uncles. The Ottobar. The Stolen, Jett Bailey, Big Infinite, Fives. Rams Head Live. Lee Brice. Rams Head On Stage. AMFM Presents An Annapolis Christmas. U Street Music Hall. Cousin Stizz, Levi Carter.

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An Die Musik. Emmanuel Garnier. Bertha’s. Whale Show. The Birchmere. Over The Rhine acoustic Christmas. The Black Cat. Bad Moves, Still a Great Night, Park Snakes. Cat’s Eye Pub. Muleman Band. The Crown. Height Keech, Ami Dang, Frenemies. Germano’s Piattini. Mark Nadler. 9:30 Club. The White Buffalo, Suzanne Santo. Rams Head Live. Lee Brice. Rams Head On Stage. Night Ranger. The Windup Space. MICA Soundbox.

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Joe Biden’s “S/T” cassette

Dehd, Post Pink, Baklavaa, and Joe Biden D E C . 9 Headlining this gig is Chicago’s Dehd, which includes members of the Ne-Hi and makes rumbling and nervous post-punk that’s hard to explain—but you’ll like Dehd if you like Horse Lords at their most bro’d-out and rollicking, or if Finnish experimental band Circle’s 2002 live album “Raunio” meant a whole lot to you but with a more lithe approach to songwriting and, well, more fun. Along with Dehd here you’ve got ACAB hardcore group Joe Biden, brisk noise-poppers Post Pink (also one of the city’s best live bands), and Baklavaa, who are oh wow, pretty much veterans of this kind of jagged noisey hypnotic stuff. What all these bands have in common—or one of the things—is menace, like, pulling in a whole bunch of rage and chaos and energy into ostensibly pocket-sized power pop template. An ambitious, well-curated bill from Unregistered Nurse Booking, known for putting together these kinds of shows, and Wildhoney Production. 9 p.m., Downsquares, 33 W. North Ave., (410) 545-0444, joesquared.com, $8. (Brandon Soderberg)

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Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road, (410) 662-4444, atomicbooks.com. Fran Wilde, the author of fantasy novel “Horizon” in conversation with David Beaudoin. Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Baltimore Sun photojournalist Amy Davis talks about the history of local movie theaters and her book, “Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters.” Dec. 9, 7 p.m. Baltimore County Public Library Pikesville Branch, 1301 Reisterstown Road, (410) 887-1234, bcpl.info. Robert Kanigel, author of “The Man Who Knew Infinity” among other books, discusses his career. Dec. 6, 2:30 p.m. Matthew A. Crenson, professor emeritus of political science at Johns Hopkins University and author of “Baltimore: A Political History,” discusses the city’s past. Dec. 13, 2:30 p.m. Bird In Hand, 11 E. 33rd St., (410) 814-0373, birdinhandcharlesvilage.com. Book launch of James Han Mattson’s “The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves,” a scattered series of first-person narratives dealing with the internet and social media. Dec. 9., 7 p.m. The Crown, 1910 N. Charles St., (410) 625-4848, facebook.com/ TheCrownBaltimore. Hey You Come Back! Reading Series with James Arthur, Elizabeth Knapp,and Kate Reed Petty, Dec. 7, 8 p.m. Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St., (410) 685-6169, lexingtonmarket. com. Students from the UMBC course “Learning From Lexington” present their research from the semester via a zine along with an open mic hosted by poet Meccamorphisis. Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Red Emma’s, 30 W. North Ave., (443) 602-7585, redemmas.org. Event for “Finally Got The News: The Printed Legacy of the Radical Left, 1970-1979,” edited by Brad Duncan and Interference Archive, which gathers original printed materials of the anti-war, anti-war imperialist, Black Power, and women’s movements. Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Fantasia’s “Christmas After Midnight”

Fantasia Christmas After Midnight D E C . 1 0 I can’t help but cheer for Fantasia. The first time I saw her sing live it was at AFRAM down by Camden Yards a few years ago. She was completely unpretentious about using her crazy powerful and beautiful voice, kicking off her shoes, sweating, and trying to squeeze in as many songs into her set as she could—she even shouted out the Ravens. She’s been looking and sounding extra great too, in that way that you do when you are finally comfortable in your own skin. See her this week when she comes to town to promote her first holiday album, “Christmas After Midnight.” 7:30 p.m., Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., (410) 685-5086, modell-lyric.com, $49-$217. (Lisa Snowden-McCray)

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From “Turkish Star Wars,” screening at the Windup Space on Dec. 7. Heavy Hors D’oeuvres 3: Interrobang’s Holiday Dinner

Screenshot Courtesy YouTube

Courtesy Interrobang Theatre Company

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D E C . 6 The holiday dinner table is a stage for heightened drama, low-key passive aggression, or familial warmth, depending on who spawned you or who you spawned, or whom you’ve chosen for whatever other reason to surround yourself with during the most obligatory time of year. Siblings spar, parents try to keep their cool even though they’re exhausted, nieces and nephews come down on uncles and aunts for voting for Trump, grandparents pray no one will kill each other at their table, and the dog has a grand time finishing plates. Even under more pleasant conditions, the holiday meal is fertile ground for theater. So this year for their annual holiday short play showcase, Interrobang Theatre Company will stage short, new plays by local playwrights Laura Fuentes, Richard Espey, and Natalie Piegari written around the theme of holiday dinner. Eat up. Dec. 6-10 and Dec. 13-17, Strand Theater, 5426 Harford Road, interrobangbaltimore.org, $10-$25. (Maura Callahan) “A Christmas Carol.” Chesapeake Shakespeare Company brings back its annual Baltimore-set adaption of Charles Dickens’ holiday morality tale. Dec. 8-23, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 S. Calvert St., (410) 244-8570,

chesapeakeshakespeare.com, $19-$65.

“A Christmas Carol.” An original adaption of the Dickens classic casts six actors juggling every role. Dec. 8-31, Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., (410) 276-

7837, fpct.org, $19-$24 (pay what you can Dec. 7).

“The Goodies.” In a newly devised piece starring an all-women of color cast, the conflict of the Salem Witch Trials reappears in a modern-day high school when a group of students confronts sickness-inducing racism permeating their classrooms. Through Dec. 10, Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., (410) 752-8558, ironcrowtheatre. org, $15-$30. “Lookingglass Alice.” A contemporary retelling of Lewis Carroll’s trippy tale. Through Dec. 31, Baltimore Center Stage, 700 N. Charles St., (410) 332-0033, centerstage. org, $19.50-$74. Mortified Baltimore. Everyday adults read from their most embarrassing adolescent diary entries, poems, locker notes, letters, lyrics, and more. Dec. 9, The Ideal Arts Space, 905 W. 36th St., (443) 529-5937, eventbrite.com/e/mortified-baltimoretickets-38081077528, $15-$20. “Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play.” Following a radioactive catastrophe caused by the nationwide failure of nuclear power plants, a group of survivors seeks refuge in the woods and entertains themselves by recounting an episode of “The Simpsons.” Through Dec. 17, Cohesion Theatre at The Fallout Shelter, 923 S. East Ave., cohesiontheatre.org, $20-$15. “The Revolutionists.” Former queen Marie Antoinette, feminist playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, and Caribbean spy Marianne Angelle get together and talk revolution and duty. Dec. 6-Jan. 7, Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St., (410) 752-2208, everymantheatre.org, $25-$65. The Roast of Santa Claus. Played by local comics, classic holiday characters get together to shit talk the big guy. Dec. 6, 8 p.m., The Crown, 1910 N. Charles St., (410) 6254848, facebook.com/TheCrownBaltimore, free (donations for Toys For Tots encouraged). “Sister Act: The Musical.” Based on the 1992 film with original music by awardwinning composer Alan Menken, the Tony Award-winning musical finds a disco diva in protective custody sent to a convent after witnessing a murder. Dec. 8-24, Motor House, 120 W. North Ave., (410) 637-8300, ArtsCentric.net, $26. Stand-Up Comedy Night. Dan Marse-Kapr, Matt Brown, Mike Allison, Rose Wineshank, Mike O’Donnell, Mike Mora, and host Eric Navarro perform. Dec. 6, 9 p.m., The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $5.

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1711 N. Charles St., (410) 727-3464, thecharles.com. “Sailor Moon The Movie: Hearts In Ice” (Hiroki Shibata, Japan, 2000), Dec. 6, Dec. 8. “The Florida Project” (Sean Baker, U.S., 2017), now playing “Jane” (Brett Morgen, U.S., 2017), now playing. “The Man Who Invented Christmas” (Bharat Nalluri, U.S., 2017), now playing. “Lady Bird” (Greta Gerwig, U.S., 2017), now playing. “Loving Vincent” (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchma, Poland, 2017), now playing. “The Disaster Artist” opens Dec. 8 “Design For Living” (Ernst Lubitsch, U.S., 1933), Dec. 9, Dec. 11, Dec. 14.

The Parkway Theatre 5 W. North Ave., (410) 752-8083, mdfilmfest.com. Gunky’s Basement: “The Running Man” (Paul Michael Glaser, U.S., 1987), Dec. 6. “Motherland” (Lino Brocka, Phillipines, 1975), through Dec. 7. “My Friend Dahmer” (Marc Meyers, U.S., 2017), through Dec. 7. “On the Beach at Night Alone” (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea, 2017), through Dec. 7. “Tom of Finland” (Dome Karukoski, Finland/Denmark/Sweden/Germany, 2017), through Dec. 7. “Bill Nye: Science Guy” (David Alvarado & Jason Sussberg, U.S., 2017), opens Dec. 8 “Félicité” (Alain Gomis, France / Belgium / Senegal / Germany / Lebanon, 2017), opens Dec. 8. “Bad Santa” (Terry Zwigoff, U.S., 2003), Dec. 9. “Scrooged” (Richard Donner, U.S., 1988), Dec. 9 “Scrooged” and “Bad Santa” Dec. 11 Everyman At The Parkway: “Farewell My Queen” (Benoît Jacquot, France, 2012); With an introduction from resident Everyman Set Designer Daniel Ettinger. Dec. 12

Red Room 425 E. 31st St., redroom.org. The Films of Karen Yasinsky: Local artist and filmmaker screens some of her films with Q&A afterward. Dec. 10.

The Senator Theatre 5904 York Road, (410) 323-4424, senatortheatre.com. “Coco” (Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina, U.S., 2017), now playing. “Murder On The Orient Express” (Kenneth Branagh, U.S., 2017), now playing. “Justice League” (Zack Snyder, U.S., 2017), now playing. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Martin McDonagh, U.S., 2017), now playing. “The Godfather” (Francis Ford Coppola, U.S., 1972), Dec. 6. “Babe” (Chris Noona, U.S., 1995), Dec. 10.

The Windup Space 12 W. North Ave., (410) 244-8855, thewindupspace.com. Mondo Baltimore: “Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam (A.K.A. ‘Turkish Star Wars’)” (Çetin Inanç, Turkey, 1982) with pre-feature screening of “Star Wars” parodies. Dec. 7, 7 p.m.

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SUGAR TALK A guide to the holiday guide—buying sexy gifts By Jacq Jones

It’s that time of the year. The holidays. Gift giving time. Are you thinking about getting someone a sexy gift? Not sure where to start? Sexy gifts include a number of different options. I think of them in three main types: sensual gifts, experience gifts, and sex toy gifts.

around listening to your partner and providing them with an experience that is all about them -- a gift that is all about their desires, their needs, and their dreams. Experience gifts, when done right, make a person feel seen, heard, and desired. What’s sexier than that?

Sensual gifts

When shopping for an experience gift, think about the things that mean the most to your partner. Is it spending a morning alone hiking? Or spending an evening with their friends? Maybe it’s getting to sleep an entire night through without being woken up by the kids. The experience doesn’t need to be something you do together. Creating time for your partner to be alone can be especially important in a long term relationship. Mystery is sexy. Creating a little space for that mystery to breathe can bring air and fire to your passion.

These gifts emphasize luxury, touch and, frequently, self care. Massage oil, bath oil, candles, feather ticklers, satin sheets—these things feel good because they are centered around intentional touch and stimulating skin. Our skin is the biggest organ on our body. It’s incredibly sensitive. Our skin is also a big part of how we interact with the world—shaking hands, rubbing shoulders on the bus, a scratchy scarf around our neck. But, much of the touch we encounter isn’t centered on pleasure. Creating space where our skin is only for pleasure can be dazzling. When purchasing sensual gifts, spend as much or as little as you want. You can even learn to make your own massage oil (check out Youtube for some tutorials).

Experience gifts Experience gifts are sexy because they are centered

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Experience gifts are often not directly related to sex. Frequently, they’re about what I call “the sex bank.” The sex bank is that part of your mind that decides if you’re interested in sex. You make deposits in your partner’s sex bank when you take out the trash, hand over the remote, or buy the Fire Hot Cheetos that you hate but your partner loves. You make withdrawals when you’re not nice, or you neglect your partner or things they care about. When you keep the sex bank full, your partner wants to have sex with you, desires having sex with you, and will turn off their phone, dim the lights, walk over

legos to have sex with you.

Sex toy gifts These gifts are tools. They are able to provide stimulation in a way that is either difficult or impossible to do with a body. A vibrator can stimulate nerve endings at an intensity that’s simply not possible from a tongue, finger, or penis. Dildos are made in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Want something small one minute, something bigger the next? Dildos can give you that. Wrist restraints help someone stay still while leaving a partner free to provide extra stimulation. Adding a sex toy opens up worlds of possibilities. Which toy should you get? That’s all up to you and your partner. Are either of you open to trying something new? What kind of thing might they be interested in? Sex educators at a sex positive store, like Sugar, will be able to guide you to exactly what you need. And regardless of what genitals you all have, a good vibrator and a bottle of lube can go a long way to creating one hell of a good night. Do you have a question about sex, relationships or gender? Send us an email at sugartalk@sugartheshop.com!

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The Holiday spirit Four boozy holiday drinks that are not eggnog FOOD

Christmas Mule

Stella Noel

Photo by @cocktailcrafty

Photo by @cocktailcrafty

Instructions for ginger syrup: Heat water with dried ginger. Once water starts to boil, add sugar. Stir till sugar is completely dissolved. Turn down heat to low and allow syrup to reduce for 10 minutes. Pour into heat-safe container or glass and strain of solids. Allow syrup to cool before use.

The holidays are for entertaining, and for many people, that means festive cocktails. We asked local bartender Aaron Joseph (@ajzjoseph on Instagram) and Baltimore-based cocktail blogger Nikki Davidson (find her on her website cocktailcrafty. com or on Instagram @cocktailcrafty) to give us a few drink options beyond old-reliable-eggnog. (Lisa Snowden-McCray)

Orchard Delight 2 oz. Papa’s Pilar 24 rum or Sagamore Rye 2 oz. organic apple cider .5 oz. lime juice .75 cinnamon syrup (see below) Instructions: Combine all ingredients and either pour over ice or heat entire cocktail. Garnish with grated cinnamon. Ingredients for cinnamon syrup: 4 cups of water 4 cups of sugar 5 sticks of cinnamon Instructions for cinnamon syrup: Heat water with cinnamon sticks. Once water starts to boil, add sugar. Stir till sugar is completely dissolved. Turn down heat to low and allow syrup to reduce for 10 minutes. Pour into heat-safe container or glass and strain of solids. Allow syrup to cool before use.

From Aaron Joseph

Stella Noel 1 part Cognac 1 part Galliano 1 part creme de cacoa 2 parts heavy cream 2 dashes nutmeg Instructions: Shake with ice. Strain into glass. Enjoy.

Christmas Mule 1.5 oz. vodka .5 oz. cranberry rosemary syrup (see below) 1/2 lime juiced Instructions Shake with ice. Strain into a copper mug or collins glass. Fill with ice. Top with ginger ale or ginger beer. Ingredients for cranberry rosemary syrup: 1 cup filtered water 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup cranberries 2 sprigs rosemary Instructions for cranberry rosemary syrup: Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat. Stir in sugar. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Add cranberries. When cranberries begin to pop, remove from heat. Add rosemary and allow to cool. Once the syrup has cooled, remove rosemary.

Charm City Chai 2 oz. chai tea 1.5 oz. Martel V.S. Single Distillery .5 oz. lemon juice .75 oz. ginger syrup (see below) Instructions: Combine all ingredients and either pour over ice or heat entire cocktail. Garnish with lemon wheel and candied ginger. Ingredients for ginger syrup: 1 tablespoon of dried ginger 4 cups of water 4 cups of sugar

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WEED Granddaddy Purple

Grand Black Northern

Though it’s difficult to capture in our photo, Granddaddy Purple is a marvel to stare into up close. The way its core green-tinted, Grimace-purple color is cut by veins of burnt orange and red with dandruff dots of white crystal, it’s like looking at the cover of Can’s “Soon Over Babaluma” or holding one of those far-off Pop Art-designed planet sets from “Star Trek: The Original Series” between your thumb and forefinger. Granddaddy Purple, mind you, is a mix of Big Bud and Purple Urkel, which immediately begs the question, “OMG, WHY THE HELL IS THIS NOT CALLED BIG URKEL?” I mean come on, what a lost opportunity. The way pot people play fast and loose with good taste, or really with good-bad taste—to steal a phrase from John Waters—is endlessly disappointing. In a world where Berry White exists or Zappa-esque, jam-band-song-sounding nonsense such as Big Buddha Cheese is a classic, the decision to not dub this Big Urkel and conjure up the image of a massive, oversized Jaleel White makes no damn sense. In all of the ways that matter, though, Granddaddy Purple delivers, thanks to it being a 50/50 indica and sativa mix that makes you really, really relax. I smoked some out of a big bong—the kind you should arguably not still own or use into your early ‘30s—and got immediately pounded by a coughing fit hit. Smoke didn’t so much enter my lungs as crawl down my throat and grab onto my lungs and poke, prod, and pull. With my throat and chest aching, my head tilting back like a newborn baby’s, and my eye sockets vibrating from the aforementioned massive bong rip (no other way to describe how stupidly I inhaled here . . . this was an epic rip) I just let GDP do its thing. The night was over and I was nothing more than thud on the couch. Though this wasn’t one of those menacing, dead-in-thehead kind of highs that some unforgiving strains have, it was a halfway out-of-body high that transitioned nicely back to being sober or falling asleep. Here you’ll see Baynard Woods praise a mix of Granddaddy Purple, Blackberry Kush, and Northern Lights, which he calls Grand Black Northern, and which seemed to foment a smoking habit revolution in his household. He called Grand Black Northern “almost a miracle” in the way that it calmed him down, shifted his productivity habits, and at the same time transitioned him from a pretty much smoking-free flu interregnum and back over to the jacked-up sativa smoking he was usually all about. So reviewing Granddaddy Purple, just one part of the beloved Grand Black Northern, is a bit like reviewing say, just the drums on a dense, free jazz-like tapestry of sound sort of record, though that’s actually not far off from what GDP’s like on its own anyway: tough and a bit overbearing with a rhythm that’s hard to parse or predict, though if you let go and let it do its thing, its stubborn intensity is its own reward.

I got sick earlier this year, in a way that combined the worst of the stomach flu and the worst of the flu-flu, with fevers and body aches and all that. I ended up going a week without caffeine or alcohol—for the first time in ages. For coffee especially, it had been more than 20 years. But it flipped my script when it comes to weed. I’ve always been a sativa person—I like the racing thoughts of the cerebral buzz that the bright lemony flavors bring. I felt like I always needed to be going, even when I was trying to relax. You never know what the president will tweet now, so in my business you gotta be looking at the screen. But when I was sick, it just forced me to shut my brain off. I tried one of the vape pen hash oil cartridges and it didn’t do shit to make me feel better. But I took one bong hit of some Blackberry Kush, and a wave of relief flushed over me, allowing me to relax and even sleep. When I got well, I realized I didn’t need to be speedy for a while. I needed to rethink. I wanted to stay off the coffee a few days and go all in on the indica. I got a strain that combines Blackberry Kush with Northern Lights and Granddaddy Purple—all three famous and potent indica varieties. The buds are ugly on the surface. At first they appear sort of brownish, but then you realize that they are suffused with purple, the way that vegetation in the desert takes on an ultraviolet hue sometimes. It smells purple too, if you’re feeling synaesthetic. The Blackberry and the Granddaddy Purple both have a kind of grape candy aroma and they combine for an almost over-the-top Grape Ape-sized flavor in this strain. The sleepiness is the thing that has always scared me away from indicas, except at night when it’s time for bed. But I was thinking that perhaps I could function just as well if I just cut out the speediness. I wondered if I could do everything I do now but just without the speed buzz in the background. So for a few days, when I’d wake up, instead of having my usual pot of coffee, I took one big bong hit first thing in the morning. It actually worked to wake me up and I didn’t get tired later in the day either. I’d take a small hit every few hours and I ended up working until well past midnight. The Grand Black Northern, as I’ll call it for convenience, kept me on an even keel, working without feeling frantic or rushed. I was productive and relaxed at the same time. I am not sure I’d ever really felt that before. It was almost a miracle. I couldn’t keep up taking a bong hit every morning—it just isn’t practical or sustainable—and I’ve gotten back on the coffee, but a little more moderately. Still, my experiment with all-day Grand Black Northern left me with the deeper lesson that feeling jacked up doesn’t necessarily mean being more productive. (Baynard Woods)

Strength: 10 Nose: Watered-down Welch’s Grape Juice Euphoria: 9 Existential dread: 4 Freaking out when a crazy person approaches you: 4 Drink pairing: Watered-down Welch’s Grape Juice Music pairing: Ginger Baker’s Air Force, “Ginger Baker’s Air Force” Rating: 7

Strength: 9 Nose: Grape candy Euphoria: 9 Existential dread: 1 Freaking out when crazy person approaches you: 2 Drink pairing: Kombucha Music pairing: Warren Zevon, ‘Desperados Under the Eaves’ Rating: 8

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This research study is investigating if eating a ketogenic diet (including high fat, low carbohydrate shakes) will have an effect on symptoms of alcohol withdrawal and on brain function in patients with alcohol use disorder undergoing inpatient treatment of alcohol detoxification. You may be eligible for this research study if you:

If you are 18–60 years old and have successfully quit smoking cigarettes, we need you for a RESEARCH STUDY at the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore. Your participation could help us develop new treatments for people who want to quit smoking.

• Are 18-75 years old and willing and able to provide written informed consent • Have a moderate to severe alcohol disorder and are seeking treatment for your alcohol use

Research study procedures: • You will complete a screening visit which includes a physical exam, medical history including alcohol and drug use, MRI scan, blood work, and urine sample. • You will participate in our inpatient alcohol treatment program at the NIH Clinical Center. • As an inpatient in our alcohol treatment program you will be randomly assigned to a meal plan for 3 or more weeks. • The meal plan will consist of a ketogenic diet (high fat, low carbohydrates) or standard American diet. • Your activity level and sleep patterns will be monitored. • We will also collect blood samples and perform research MRI scans.

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BREAKING WITH TRADITION: Stories about Unconventional Holidays

Bring coats to donate to Youth EmpoweredSociety! Our goal is to donate at least 100 coats, so clean out your closets! FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 The Senator Theatre Join us for an evening of atypical, non-normal, anti-Hallmark holiday tales.

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