Showing posts from January, 2010

Closing Early I Guess Because Of Snow

Closing at 6:30 tonight!

Today's Snow

Roller Derby is canceled tonight, folks! Your tickets will be good for the next bout, though!

We haven't decided whether not we'll be closing early quite yet...but several stores on the Avenue are closing early today: Kiss and Make Up, In Watermelon Sugar, and Sugar, so far.

Dunny Fatale Series

dunnyfatale, originally uploaded by sugarfreak. Sassy!

JD Salinger RIP

Howard Zinn RIP

January Baltozine Roundup

Keeping track of new magazines (etc.) that we get in which talk about Baltimore stuff. For more on, by, or about Baltimore-area artists, check out the following issues below.

Mojo #195
Beach House - Teen Dream (3 out of 5 stars)
"...Scally and Legrand have fashioned an album of rare beauty that would justly see them rise beyond those '90s reference points to hold their own alongside the thoroughly modern likes of Grizzly Bear or Bon Iver, as indeed they did on the bill of the 2009 Green Man 'freaky folk' festival." -Andy Fyfe

Decibel #64
One of 2010's 25 most anticipated records, according to Decibel, is the untitled Pig Destroyer album that is tentatively slated for this fall.
"Pig Destroyer have improved exponentially with every full-length since their 1998 debut, EXPLOSIONS IN WARD 6. ... Hull, vocalist J.R. Hayes, drummer Brian Harvey and electronics whiz Blake Harrison can essentially do any goddamn thing they want with dash and derring-do."

Maximum R…

All The Dunny Ladies!

dunnyfatalseries, originally uploaded by sugarfreak. January 28th, 7pm, we'll be having a release party for the new Dunny Fatale Series, which features an all female artist line up!

Have a drink, bring any toys you'd like to trade and come check out the new series!

Starting this year we will no longer be able to sell any open blind boxed KidRobot toys (their rules, not ours), so we'll just have them for trade only.

Poe Toaster Goes Missing

Rock Stars & Writers

"Musician Amanda Palmer (L) and guest arrive at NBC, Universal Pictures And Focus Features Golden Globes After Party held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 17, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California."

Congrats to Amanda Palmer and Guest on their engagement!

TaleSpin - Bike Zine Anthology

A call for submissions:

"TaleSpin is a new zine about bike riding. Whether you ride Road, Fixed, Mountain, BMX, or Penny Farthing, and whether you ride daily or not since the banana seat went out of style, we want your stories, essays, poetry, photography and other artwork. The theme of our inaugural issue is 'First Times'. Tell us about your first bike ride, your first crash, your first spin class, your first flat tire, your first bike race, your first...anything, as long as it happened on, under, near, or because of a bike.

All submissions will be considered. Articles (100 – 1,000 words) should be sent by e-mail (aberrebeATgmailDOTcom) as attached Word documents. Image files should be approximately 5x7 inches, 300+ dpi (.JPG or .TIF format). All contributors will receive a byline for their work and a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work appears. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 19, 2010.

TaleSpin is being produced by Team Atomic, a Baltimore-…

Atomic's New Column For Largehearted Boy

This year I will be writing a weekly column of new comics picks for our pal Largehearted Boy over at his Largehearted Boy Blog. I'll be highlighting 5 new comics, minis, and graphic novels each week I think are worth checking out (usually there are more than that - but I'm only going to highlight 5).

Here's the first installment.

Oh, and comics and minis peeps - send preview and review comics my way at:
Benn Ray
c/o Atomic Books
3620 Falls Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21211

Free Passes To Crazy Heart

We're giving away free passes to see the movie Crazy Heart, starring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall (let's hope it's not the story of a love triangle). Just stop by Atomic and ask for one.

Screening will be:
Monday, January 11
7:30PM. The Charles. "Station North", Baltimore.
1711 N. Charles St.

Each pass is good for 2 people.

While supplies last, of course.

Reading Club 2010 - Memories

This year, Reading Club is focusing on personal essays and memoirs. Fact, fiction - what does it matter?

We meet every last Wednesday of the month, 7-9pm, at Atomic Books. Join the Facebook Group!

Like last year, instead of each book being discounted for its month, you can sign up for the club at the store and just get the 15% off for any of these books at any time this year. (So you can get a head start on some of these!)

Jan Running With Scissors - Augusten Burroughs

Feb I Love You More Than You Know - Jonathan Ames

March Basketball Diaries - Jim Carroll

April What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami

May Stitches - David Small

June You Can't Win - Jack Black

July Role Models - John Waters

August The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion

September A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - David Eggers

October Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain

November Little Things - Jeffrey Brown

December Fun Home - Alison Bechdel