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X-Content: 10 years ago in City Paper: April 23, 2003

April 24, 2013

CP’s 2003 Film Fest Frenzy includes an introduction and reviews of the Maryland Film Festival’s features and shorts.

Michael Yockel’s feature celebrates the cut-rate world of Perry Hall movie-maker Don Dohler, whose filmography sums up his achievements.

In Mobtown Beat, Anna Ditkoff reports on police-protester conflict at a Critical Mass anti-war bike ride and David Morley spotlights community unease over the Midtown Benefits District.

The Nose gets confused over dates involving the 14-month gap between the primary and general city elections, is reminded that William Donald Schaefer is perpetually a potential candidate for Baltimore mayor, chases down the mystery of an oil spill in the Inner Harbor, and tries to sort out a ruckus involving Young Republicans and ACORN member at Ropewalk Tavern.

Blake de Pastino’s Embedded tracks post-9/11 changes in the way the government keeps tabs on foreign students at Baltimore-area campuses.

Tom Chalkley’s Charmed Life visits with black-history buff Louis Fields to discuss Nicholas Biddle, a casualty of the Pratt Street Riots leading up to the Civil War.

The Mail has letters from Donald Holland, Christine Brodak, Scott Loughrey, Gregory Paul, and Rebecca Davidson.

The columns are: Brian Morton’s Political Animal, on Republicans’ empty promises; Eddie Matz’ Shirts and Skins, on rules to make baseball better; Joe MacLeod’s Mr. Wrong, on personal hygiene; Afefe Tyehimba’s Third Eye, on Easter presents; and Mink Stole’s Think Mink, on single-momhood and Internet addiction.

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

Emily Flake’s Lulu Eightball makes decisions.

Smell of Steve, Inc.’s Ziggy with a Hat is sick.

In Imprints, Mahinder Kingra endorses Jordan Ellenberg’s The Grasshopper King and pans McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, edited by Michael Chabon, while Susan Domagalski is moved by Anhua Gao’s To the Edge of the Sky.

Lizzie Skurnick’s Books gets chit-chatty with ZZ Packer.

Art is Blake de Pastino, name-checking art handlers whose work is on display in Art Works, a show at Canton’s Chela gallery.

Better Live!-ing takes The Baltimore Sun’s faux alt-weekly, Live!, to task for totally ripping off Susie Mudd’s Music Monthly.

John Barry’s Stage is at a loss to kvetch about Spotlighters Theatre’s production of Mitchell Uscher and Roy Singer’s MAMALEH!.

Music is Bret McCabe, joyfully scratching his head over noise-maker Asita Youssefi’s remake as a jazz singer, and Michael Alan Goldberg, getting almost as excited over the fortunes of Adult. as Adult. is.

Bret McCabe’s Know Your Product gets impressed by Cooli Hi.

In Film: Bret McCabe says there’s too much plot in Bulletproof Monk, gets no bite from Malibu’s Most Wanted, and finds The Gift to be important; Heather Joslyn doubles down on Double Indemnity; Tom Siebert can’t say enough nice things about Holes; Eric Allen Hatch reports that John Waters was shocked to his core by Irreversible; and Brennen Jensen walks down memory lanes with Duckpin Country.

Richard Gorelick’s Omnivore goes to Owings Mills on a weekend to find that Cibo Bar and Grille is awesome.