Ten Years Ago in City Paper: Aug. 2, 2000
The feature is Michael Anft, on then-Mayor Martin Oâ€™Malleyâ€™s seeming preference for the business community over neighborhood groups.
In Mobtown Beat, Brennen Jensen reports on the possible closing of an addiction-rehab house in West Baltimore.
Charles Cohen, in Charmed Life, tells of suffragist Edith Houghton Hooker, publisher and editor of Maryland Suffrage News.
The columns are: Sandy Asirvathamâ€™s Underwhelmed, on toilet-seat pee; Wiley Hall IIIâ€™s Urban Rhythms, on the racial implications of a gubernatorial frisk-job; Joab Jacksonâ€™s Cyberpunk, on problems with mobile-phone internet access; and Tom Scoccaâ€™s 8 Upper, on reluctantly predicting the Ravens are playoff-bound.
In Imprints: Jack Purdy is duly impressed by Douglas Murrayâ€™s Bosie: A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas; Eileen Murphy has seen better from Amy Bloom than her story collection, A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You; Adrienne Martini thinks Melissa Scottâ€™s novel, The Jazz, â€śfalls flatâ€ť; and John Sewell finds guilty pleasure in the short stories of Matthew Klamâ€™s Sam the Cat.
In Art, Mike Giuliano reviews the works of four artistsâ€”Louisa Chase, Liliana Porter, Christian Marclay, and Ellen Gallagherâ€”hanging at Goya-Girl Press in Hampden.
Bones is “In a Single Bound” by John Biggs.
Brennen Jensen, in Stage, gushes about Ronda Coopersteinâ€™s Juanita Bloom, staged as part of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival.
Feedback is: Matt Conaway on Dr. Dre, Eminem, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dog at the Baltimore Arena; Daniel Piotrowski on Rainer Maria, Sonna, Mike Kinsella, and Elizabeth Elmore at the Ottobar; and Geoffrey Himes on Ali Farka Toure at Artscape.
Know Your Product is Lee Gardner on the Fuses The Fuses Are Lies and The Uniformâ€™s Thirty-Three Revolutions + Some Other Minor Skirmishes, Labtekwonâ€™s The Last Emceeâ€”The Art of Love: Labteknology, Volume 9,Â and the Onusâ€™ Reoccurring Dream.
In Film: Ian Grey is creeped out by Chuck and Buck and bored stiff by The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps; Adele Marley is nice to Butterfly; Luisa F. Ribeiro says The Sorrow and the Pity â€śshouldnâ€™t be missed,â€ť while Smiles of a Summer Night sets the bar for rom-coms; and Jack Purdy guesses Robin and the 7 Hoods was a drunken Rat Pack concept.
In Belly Up, Susan Fradkin tries out three Pulaski Highway pit-beef eateriesâ€”Big Fat Daddyâ€™s, Big Alâ€™s, and Chaps Pit Beefâ€”and dubs Big Alâ€™s the best. (Editorâ€™s note: Please remember that this restaurant review is exactly a decade old, so take any information within with a shaker of salt.)