X-Content: Ten Years Ago in City Paper: December 11, 2002
Van Smith's feature analyzes returns in Georgia's 2002 election, the first in the country to uniformly use computer-based balloting, and finds security concerns relevant to Maryland's – and the nation's – voting future. In Mobtown Beat, Ericka Blount Danois reports on a proliferation of real-estate signs in Edmondson Village. The Nose gets a jump on the 2004 elections, profiling presidential candidate Jack Grimes of the United Fascist Union. Tom Chalkley's Charmed Life tells the story of the Hanover Street Bridge. Christopher Myers' How's it Going? gets answers from Eve Morra, Rick Whitaker, and M. Kim Howard. The Mail has letters from Bob Erlandson, P. S. Taylor, Rochelle Robinson, Deneen Blocker, Craig Thompson, Laura Carlson, A. Robert Kaufman, Kim Sanders-Fisher, Teresa Carello, and Dianne Feldman. The columns are: Brian Morton's Political Animal, on the Bush administration's double-talk; Suz Redfearn's Germ Bag, on her hubbie's media success; Sandy Asirvatham's Underwhelmed, on ethnic ignorance; and Mink Stole's Think Mink, on booty callers and disabled lovers. Scocca & MacLeod's proto-blog, Funny Paper, reads the comics so you don't have to. C. Kang and S. Kang's Taste Like Chicken riffs on cigs. In Books, Tom Siebert gets alarmed by C. William Michaels' treatise about the threat to U.S. civil liberties, No Greater Threat; and Scott Carlson likes how Robert S. Baker and James Sexton's Aldous Huxley and Christopher Hitchens' Why Orwell Matters set the record straight about the two British novelists whose ideas have been politically appropriated by all sides. Art is Gadi Dechter, appreciating a hastily hung show at Mission Space curated by Julie Benoit and Barbara Jean Johnson, and Mike Giuliano, lauding the cultural diversity of Gallery International's new group show. Josephine Yun's Stage enjoys the Baltimore Opera Company's production of Johann Strauss Jr.'s Die Fledermaus. Bret McCabe's No Cover reports that Soul Provider intends to remedy the scene in Baltimore, which doesn't "have a proper nightlife." In Film: Eric Allen Hatch praises Mike Leigh's return to his roots with All or Nothing and Jean Cocteau's "supreme imagination" with Beauty and the Beast, but pans Empire; Joe MacLeod shits on Analyze That; and Tom Siebert relegates The Santa Clause 2 to a short life at the malls. Richard Gorelick's Omnivore goes to Greektown and reports back about Greek Town Bakery and Deli, ShamDanai's Chicken-n-Waffle House, Acropolis Restaurant, and Greek Village Carry-Out. In Cheap Eats, Christopher Skokna splurges on GlasZ Café in Mount Washington.