X-Content: 10 years ago in City Paper: April 30, 2003
A two-pack of features – with Waris Banks examining affirmative action's impact on college students of color and Earl Byrd telling the story of Rodell Bailey-El's college-education redemption - puts the spotlight on higher education. In Mobtown Beat, Van Smith looks at how Baltimore is converting industrial tracts to residential development. The Nose gets indignant over an illustrative case of how a CP story has impact only after The Sun subsequently reports it without giving CP credit and bounces Baltimore Behave, Baltimore lawyer Anton Keating's answer to Mayor Martin O'Malley's BELIEVE campaign. Brennen Jensen's Charmed Life visits the graves of four Hall-of-Famers who played for the Baltimore Orioles. Uli Loskot's How's it Going? gets answers from Lewis Thomas, Sally Roby, and Ernest Woodward. The Mail has letters from Carlo Carlini, Frank Pratka, Shijuana Fay Hanson, Jamie Hunt, Mike Dieter, Daylin C. Louderback, Alix Tobey Southwick, and Joseph Giordano and Amanda Ripley. The columns are: Brian Morton's Political Animal, on Gov. Robert Ehrlich's return to his native Arbutus; Eddie Matz' Shirts and Skins, on the Penn Relays; Afefe Tyehimba's Third Eye, on Nina Simone; and Mink Stole's Think Mink, on coming out of the closet and how to spend savings. Scocca & MacLeod's proto-blog, Funny Paper, reads the comics so you don't have to. Emily Flake's Lulu Eightball gives the toys' side of the story. In Imprints, Lizzie Skurnick likes the sum and substance of Steven Brill's After: How America Confronted the September 12 Era, Scott Carlson enjoys the "constant pleasure" of reading Mary Roach's Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, and Amy M. Bruce finds Robert Hough's The Final Confession of Mabel Stark a bit over the Big Top. Art is Gadi Dechter, impressed by the political art of Laura Burns and Rachel Schrieber, on display at a School 33 Art Center exhibit entitled Bread and Roses: 100 Years From the Lower East Side to the Maquiladoras. Better Live!-ing advises The Sun's faux alt-weekly, Live!, that it was dissed by the record industry when it got an interview with the Foo Fighters' drummer. In Stage, Brennen Jensen tips his hat to Howard Community College's production of Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile and John Barry gets lost in Villa Julie Player's production of Tom Stoppard's Hapgood. Feeback is Michael Perone on the Flaming Lips at Recher Theatre and Geoffrey Himes on the Ron Carter Quartet at the Baltimore Museum of Art Auditorium. Bret McCabe's Know Your Product is kind to Garfunkle's Splash, barks for the Swiv-O-Matics' Charm City Surfer, and gives the Set-Up's Send More Cops a surprise pat on the back. In Film: Maryland Film Festival updates are accompanied by a list of CP critics' fav MFF offerings; Joe MacLeod is satisfied by the X-Men action in X2; Tom Siebert says It Runs in the Family runs the gamut of bad, from fake to mediocre; Eric Allen Hatch likes Identity, even though he didn't expect to; Blake de Pastino has no faith in Confidence; and Anna Ditkoff enjoys the mock-fest that is The Real Cancun. Richard Gorelick's Omnivore loves the entrees at pricey Pierpoint, but the rest is disappointing. In Cheap Eats, Eric Allen Hatch goes gonzo for Yabba Pot.