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April 2, 2013

Anna Ditkoff’s feature goes backstage at the Miss Gay Maryland Pageant.

In Mobtown Beat, Jill Yesko profiles the use of acupuncture to treat addiction at a Tia Sophia Institute program in Baltimore.

The Nose goes anagrammatic with Anagram Genius and broadcasts neighborhood bile over the slow pace of the Charles Street bridge-reconstruction project.

Tom Chalkley’s Charmed Life revisits the question of whether Baltimore’s Repeal Statue was ever really intended to be a beer shrine.

The Mail has letters from Steve Weaver, Michael Melick, Clarence Woodworth, and Amanda Peres.

The columns are: Brian Morton’s Political Animal, on media conglomeration; Eddie Matz’ Shirts and Skins, on opening day at Camden Yards; Afefe Tyehimba’s Third Eye, on Baltimore’s various grocery stores named Eddie’s; and Mink Stole’s Think Mink, on cheater morality and love-robbing careerism.

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

Emily Flake’s Lulu Eightball tilts at a fake windmill.

In Imprints, Patrick Sullivan gets shaken and stirred by Ishmael Reed’s Another Day at the Front and gives plenty of anti-hero slack to Hallgrímur Helgason’s 101 Reykjavik, while Mahinder Kingra is disappointed that Suki Kim’s The Interpreter isn’t all it was cracked up to be.

Art is Blake de Pastino, giving the whole story of Shinique Smith’s MICA masters thesis.

John Barry’s Stage wishes Everyman Theatre’s production of Athol Fugard’s My Children! My Africa! went on a bit longer.

In Feedback, Geoffrey Himes jumps for the stripped-down rock-n-roll sounds of Peter Case and Scott Miller at Café Tattoo, Bret McCabe gets the gist of Companion Trio at the Red Room, and Josephine Yun mellows out with Atlantic String Quartet at Central Presbyterian Church.

Music is Mikael Wood, getting with rabble-rousing Ian Svenonius of the Scene Creamers.

In Film: Eric Allen Hatch disses Phone Booth, kind of likes Bend It Like Beckham, and praises The Last Laugh; Tom Siebert finds Basic fundamentally good; Ian Grey is surprised by the unsparingly dark message of A Man Apart, but whatever’s interesting in Spun fizzles out quickly; and Bret McCabe finds that DysFunktional Family fails to live up to its potential.

Richard Gorelick’s Omnivore wants Cangialosi’s to figure out what it wants to be.

In Cheap Eats, Christopher Skokna gives Uncle Wiggly’s a high five for convenient deliciousness.