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In This Week’s City Paper

July 27, 2005

On the cover, contributing writer Ron Cassie rides with local bike messengers in the Cycle Messenger World Championships in New York. And also the Baltimore “alley cat” race dubbed the Courier GangBang. For more pictures of that July 9 race, go here and, for more Baltimore courier photos in general, here.

In Mobtown Beat, senior writer Van Smith mediates a dispute between members of the LLC that own Station North’s Cork Factory building (1601 Guilford Ave.) and a former tenant-owner. For more on the Penn Station “arts and entertainment district,” Brennen Jensen’s 2003 CP cover feature is a good start–and it’s a story begging for an update (are things working out? etc.).

Media Circus columnist Gadi Dechter also does some mediating, this time between The Sun and WBAL Radio. Seems the daily paper has banned (most of) its journalists from appearing on ‘BAL’s programming, which basically means Gregory Kane won’t be appearing on Ron Smith’s show anymore. The way ‘BAL’s dittoheads bash The Sun and its writers on an hourly–minutely?–basis, this is neither surprising nor angst-worthy. But still, fun stuff.

In A&E, John Barry talks with all the people who have ever seen a Baltimore Playwrights Festival, which coincidentally turns out to be all the playwrights who’ve ever been staged at the BPF. We kid because we love. Other links worth a click: the New York International Fringe Festival and Baltimore’s own Run of the Mill Theater Company, because we like that Jim Knipple guy. You say you want more theater stories by John Barry? Well, this week he also plays ball with Jeff Cohen, an off-Broadway veteran who’s written Men of Clay, about the Jewish players at the tennis courts at Druid Hill Park circa 1970, recently read at the Creative Alliance and headed to NYC.

Finally, in Art, Bret McCabe tags the first part of the Contemporary Museum’s Beautiful Losers “street art” exhibition. Links worth clicking: a Guardian review of a 2001 British Raymond Pettibon show; the Keith Haring Foundation; and the web site of NY artist Ryan McGinness.