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January 22, 2013

The photofeature, Van Smith and Jefferson Jackson Steele’s Benchmark, uses Census data for areas around Baltimore’s “Greatest City in America” public benches to prompt reflection on Baltimore’s realities.

In Mobtown Beat, Brennen Jensen examines the Citizens Planning and Housing Association’s hiring of Michael Sarbanes as executive director, and Van Smith dissects the underfunded “vision” of developer Charles Jeffries.

The Nose questions the redemption of Little Melvin Williams in federal court, and chills out at an anti-war rally in Washington, D.C.

Tom Chalkley’s Charmed Life beats a path to the Windsor Hills home of drum-maker John Millen.

The Mail has letters from Scott Loughrey, Ernest Hochschild, Norris Walker, Jeff Sattler, Rebecca McMackin, and Joe Roman.

The columns are: Brian Morton’s Political Animal, on why Richard Gephardt, Hillary Clinton, and Al Sharpton will never be president; Eddie Matz’ Shirts and Skins, on Maryland v. Duke in college basketball; Afefe Tyehimba’s Third Eye, on Shannon Holmes’ novel, B-More Careful; and Mink Stole’s Think Mink, on overcoming sisterliness and leaving sugar-daddies.

Scocca & MacLeod’s proto-blog, Funny Paper, reads the comics so you don’t have to.

C. Kang and S. Kang’s Taste Like Chicken tries hair.

Emily Flake’s Lulu Eightball draws codependency.

John Barry’s Books says taking on James Kelman’s “annoying, scary, provocative” novel, Translated Accounts, is a worthwhile endeavour.

In Art, Mike Giuliano approves of the juvenile delinquency of Lisa Dillin, Ming-Yi Sung, and Tabatha Tucker, on display at Maryland Art Place.

John Barry’s Stage endorses Vagabond Players’ production of John Klein’s Dimly Perceived Threats to the System.

In Feedback, Geoffrey Himes gets groovy with John Mooney at Rams Head Tavern.

Bret McCabe’s No Cover charts the outrageous ambitions of Hamdpen’s MC Prince Charming Chazz.

In Film: Ian Grey goes comatose over Talk to Her; Richard Gorelick completely buys into Confessions of a Dangerous Mind; Bret McCabe survives to tell about the hell of A Guy Thing; and Joe MacLeod nails National Security.

Richard Gorelick’s Omnivore recommends Carlyle Club for Valentine’s Day.

In Cheap Eats, Michelle Gienow commends the coffee-house fare of A Common Ground.