X-Content: Ten Years Ago in City Paper: Sept. 25, 2002
City Paperâ€™s 2002 Big Books issue focuses on pulp literature, and has an introduction and five features: Tom Chalkley on H.L. Menkenâ€™s role in the genre; Lizzie Skurnick on herÂ Sweet Valley writing gig; Christopher Skokna on comics as literature; Wendy Ward on getting hooked on mass-market paperbacks; and Mahinder Kingra on sci-fi giants Philip K. Dick and Alfred Bester.
In Mobtown Beat, Van Smith puts controversial developer Charles Jeffries Jr. under the microscope.
Brennen Jensenâ€™s Charmed Life profiles a Baltimore wannabe movie star, Chris Myers (no relation to the CP photog of the same name).
Christopher Myersâ€™ Howâ€™s it Going? gets answers from Sterling Spencer, Alex Weber, and Alea Cummings.
Michael Anft files his final Media Circus.
The Mail has letters from Travis DuCote, Marc Berrong, Jeff May, Chuck Amos, Devon Fick, Matthew Craft, Lea Antonio, and Jim Keat.
The columns are: Brian Mortonâ€™s Political Animal, on GOP gubernatorial candidate Robert Ehrlich; Joe MacLeodâ€™s Mr. Wrong, onÂ Push, Nevada; and Mink Stoleâ€™s Think Mink, on mean mothers-in-law and working too hard.
Scocca & MacLeodâ€™s proto-blog, Funny Paper, reads the comics so you donâ€™t have to.
Mike Giulianoâ€™s Art goes to see the latest at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Gallery International, C. Grimaldis Gallery, and Craig Flinner Contemporary Gallery.
In Stage: Jack Purdy happily navigates Everyman Theatreâ€™s production of Ronald Harwoodâ€™s Taking Sides; Anna Ditkoff is disappointed with Baltimore Shakespeare Festivalâ€™s production of William Shakespeareâ€™s Hamlet; and John Barry praises Vagabond Theatreâ€™s production of Morris Gleitzmanâ€™s Two Weeks With the Queen.
Josephine Yunâ€™s Feedback blasts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestraâ€™s season opener.
Music is: Bret McCabe, visiting with instrument-inventing musician Neil Feather and previewing the High Zero festival; and Tony Green, making the case for Raphael Saddiq and Big Moe as soulful, jazzy funksters.
In Film: Richard Gorelick slamsÂ The Banger Sisters and The Four Feathers; Lee Gardner scratches his head after re-watchingÂ Lawrence of Arabia; and Eric Allen Hatch likes the bite of Trouble in Paradise.
Michelle Gienowâ€™s Dish dubs Ambassador Dining Room the best Indian food in town, worth every extra penny.
In Cheap Eats, Michelle Gienow enthusiastically endorses Burritos En Fuego.