City Paper's Short Fiction and Poetry Contest issue features an
and the winners' work in fiction (Leslie F. Miller's
, Scott Cech's
, and Sarah Y. Durning's
) and poetry (Tuan Harap Ditulis'
, Sarah N. Coursey's
, and Sandra Evans Falconer's
). In Mobtown Beat: Magda Chia's American Government students at Baltimore City College High School
and Terrie Snyder reports on a
. The Nose mines data to undermine the Baltimore Police Department's
. Campaign Beat is Van Smith, on
's run for U.S. Congress. Ballot Stuffing does an autopsy on Maryland's
and reports that the
will endorse candidates by watershed, rather than by district boundaries. Charles Cohen's Charmed Life sits at the knee of
to hear some Baltimore stories.
has letters from Joe Stewart, Winifred DePalma, Bryon Predika, David A. Stepalovitch, Norris Walker, and Gras Reyes. The columns are: Sandy Asirvatham's Underwhelmed, on
; Mink Stole's Think Mink, on
; and Wiley Hall III's Urban Rhythms, on
. Scocca & MacLeod's proto-blog,
, reads the comics so you don't have to. In Imprints: Heather Joslyn laps up the long-form gossip in Ross Wetzsteon's
; Wendy Ward goes shallow with Dorothy Samuels'
; and Mahinder Kingra says Arthur Phillips'
shows that the author has potential. Art is Mike Giuliano, checking out the
on display at School 33 Art Center. Lee Gardner tours
' bus shelters, in The Arts. Vincent Williams' Music piece spells out the multiple talents of
. Know Your Product is Bret McCabe, wallowing in the poppy cleverness of Slow Jets'
. In Film: Eric Allen Hatch revels in the dread-filled perversity of
; Anna Ditkoff bemoans
's lack of punch; Jack Purdy respects the understated menace of
; and Luisa F. Ribeiro appreciates that
showcased the nation's post-war anomie. Michelle Gienow's Dish surveys Baltimore ice-cream parlors:
. In Cheap Eats, Brennen Jensen goes to
to chain-eat hot dogs.