Ten Years Ago in City Paper: Aug. 2, 2000
The feature is Michael Anft, on then-Mayor Martin O’Malley’s seeming preference for the business community over neighborhood groups.
In Mobtown Beat, Brennen Jensen reports on the possible closing of an addiction-rehab house in West Baltimore.
Charles Cohen, in Charmed Life, tells of suffragist Edith Houghton Hooker, publisher and editor of Maryland Suffrage News.
The columns are: Sandy Asirvatham’s Underwhelmed, on toilet-seat pee; Wiley Hall III’s Urban Rhythms, on the racial implications of a gubernatorial frisk-job; Joab Jackson’s Cyberpunk, on problems with mobile-phone internet access; and Tom Scocca’s 8 Upper, on reluctantly predicting the Ravens are playoff-bound.
In Imprints: Jack Purdy is duly impressed by Douglas Murray’s Bosie: A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas; Eileen Murphy has seen better from Amy Bloom than her story collection, A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You; Adrienne Martini thinks Melissa Scott’s novel, The Jazz, “falls flat”; and John Sewell finds guilty pleasure in the short stories of Matthew Klam’s Sam the Cat.
In Art, Mike Giuliano reviews the works of four artists—Louisa Chase, Liliana Porter, Christian Marclay, and Ellen Gallagher—hanging at Goya-Girl Press in Hampden.
Bones is “In a Single Bound” by John Biggs.
Brennen Jensen, in Stage, gushes about Ronda Cooperstein’s Juanita Bloom, staged as part of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival.
Feedback is: Matt Conaway on Dr. Dre, Eminem, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dog at the Baltimore Arena; Daniel Piotrowski on Rainer Maria, Sonna, Mike Kinsella, and Elizabeth Elmore at the Ottobar; and Geoffrey Himes on Ali Farka Toure at Artscape.
Know Your Product is Lee Gardner on the Fuses The Fuses Are Lies and The Uniform’s Thirty-Three Revolutions + Some Other Minor Skirmishes, Labtekwon’s The Last Emcee—The Art of Love: Labteknology, Volume 9, and the Onus’ Reoccurring Dream.
In Film: Ian Grey is creeped out by Chuck and Buck and bored stiff by The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps; Adele Marley is nice to Butterfly; Luisa F. Ribeiro says The Sorrow and the Pity “shouldn’t be missed,” while Smiles of a Summer Night sets the bar for rom-coms; and Jack Purdy guesses Robin and the 7 Hoods was a drunken Rat Pack concept.
In Belly Up, Susan Fradkin tries out three Pulaski Highway pit-beef eateries—Big Fat Daddy’s, Big Al’s, and Chaps Pit Beef—and dubs Big Al’s the best. (Editor’s note: Please remember that this restaurant review is exactly a decade old, so take any information within with a shaker of salt.)