X-Content: 10 years ago in City Paper: July 2, 2003
City Paper’s 2003 Fiction and Poetry Contest features an introduction and winners in fiction (first place to Damian L. Halstad, second place to Martha Shane, and third place to Betsy Boyd) and poetry (first place to Leslie Thierman, second place to Cary Fentzloff, and third place to Dean John Smith).
In Mobtown Beat, Ericka Blount Danois covers public demands that Cheltenham Youth Facility be closed down and Waris Banks reports on Ottobar’s cancellation of a Palestinian group’s fundraising event.
In Campaign Beat, Anna Ditkoff profiles Generation Next, an effort to mobilize Baltimore’s young voters.
Brennen Jensen’s Charmed Life remembers the night when the Frank Bostock Zoo burned to the ground at the corner of Mount Royal and Maryland avenues.
The Mail has letters from Max Obuszewski, Jason Wertz, and Rosalind Nester Ellis.
The columns are: Brian Morton’s Political Animal, on The Sun’s labor negotiations; Eddie Matz’ Shirts and Skins, on sports-inspired patriotism; Joe MacLeod’s Mr. Wrong, on McGriddles; Afefe Tyehimba’s Third Eye, on going to Miami; and Mink Stole’s Think Mink, on anti-boyfriend friends and exes on the phone.
Scocca & MacLeod’s proto-blog, Funny Paper, reads the comics so you don’t have to.
Emily Flake’s Lulu Eightball considers career options.
In Imprints: Joab Jackson finds fatal flaws in Brad Barkley’s Alison’s Automotive Repair Manual; Scott Carlson says the brilliance of Chang Hsi-kuo’s The City Trilogy must’ve gotten lost in translation; and Patrick Sullivan champions Donnell Alexander’s Ghetto Celebrity:Searching for My Father in Me.
Books is Felicia A. Wilks, discovering the remarkable talent of Sheri Booker in her first book, One Woman, One Hustle.
In Stage, Gadi Dechter labors over Fells Point Corner Theatre’s production of Jim Cary’s Ella’s Song.
Feedback is Geoffrey Himes, praising the relevance of the Dixie Chicks at MCI Center.
Bret McCabe’s Know Your Product is delighted by the youthful talent found on Private Eleanor’s My Pious Friends and Drunken Companions and Judd and Maggie’s Concentrate, finds Dying Fetus’ Stop at Nothing true to the band’s steadfast genre, and finds joyous surprises in De’Storm’s The Matrix Reloaded Mix CD.
Television is Jason Ferguson, wowed by the pure self-abuse entertainment that is Takeshi’s Castle.
In Film: Eric Allen Hatch might cry over All that Heaven Allows; Bret McCabe really would like to visit the world of Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde; Ian Grey skewers Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines; Blake de Pastino takes to the air over Winged Migration; Wendy Ward wants to be Dylan in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle; Tom Siebert calls Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas an embarrassment; and Joe MacLeod, saying not-that-there’s-anything-wrong-with-that a lot about Narc.
Richard Gorelick’s Omnivore is impressed by b, a Bolton Hill Bistro, and predicts a successful run.
In Cheap Eats, Michelle Gienow chows the well-hooved options at Charcoal Deli.