X-Content: 10 years ago in City Paper: April 30, 2003

A two-pack of features – with Waris Banks examining

and Earl Byrd telling the story of


- puts the spotlight on higher education. In Mobtown Beat, Van Smith looks at how Baltimore is

The Nose gets indignant over

and bounces

, Baltimore lawyer Anton Keating's answer to Mayor Martin O'Malley's BELIEVE campaign. Brennen Jensen's Charmed Life visits the graves of

. Uli Loskot's

gets answers from Lewis Thomas, Sally Roby, and Ernest Woodward.

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

; Eddie Matz' Shirts and Skins, on

; Afefe Tyehimba's Third Eye, on

; and Mink Stole's Think Mink, on

. Scocca & MacLeod's proto-blog,

, reads the comics so you don't have to. Emily Flake's

gives the toys' side of the story. In Imprints, Lizzie Skurnick likes the sum and substance of Steven Brill's


, Scott Carlson enjoys the "constant pleasure" of reading Mary Roach's

, and Amy M. Bruce finds Robert Hough's

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



The Sun

's faux alt-weekly,


, 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

and John Barry gets lost in Villa Julie Player's production of Tom Stoppard's

. Feeback is Michael Perone on the

at Recher Theatre and Geoffrey Himes on the

at the Baltimore Museum of Art Auditorium. Bret McCabe's Know Your Product is kind to Garfunkle's

, barks for the Swiv-O-Matics'

, and gives the Set-Up's

a surprise pat on the back. In Film:

are accompanied by

; Joe MacLeod is satisfied by the X-Men action in


; Tom Siebert says

runs the gamut of bad, from fake to mediocre; Eric Allen Hatch likes

, even though he didn't expect to; Blake de Pastino has no faith in

; and Anna Ditkoff enjoys the mock-fest that is

. Richard Gorelick's Omnivore loves the entrees at pricey

, but the rest is disappointing. In Cheap Eats, Eric Allen Hatch goes gonzo for