Inside the issue, the annual

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guide to the Maryland Film Festival,

, gives a rundown of the second annual fest's festivities. The

as Mayor Martin O'Malley's first police commissioner is the focus of Molly Rath's feature, with Terrie Snyder's

as a companion piece. Mobtown Beat is Eileen Murphy on the resurrection of the closed St. Paul Street branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library as the

and the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center's

, plus Michael Anft on a regulatory feud over

by Bethlehem Steel Corp. In Charmed Life, Brennen Jensen visits the Maryland Historical Society's exhibit,

, which showcases the Free State's history in the film industry. The columns are: Suz Redfearn's Germ Bag, on a

; Sandy Asirvatham's Underwhelmed, on

; Wiley Hall III's Urban Rhythms on

; Joab Jackson's Cyberpunk on

; and Tom Scocca's 8 Upper, on

. In Imprints, Daniel Piotrowski rips

as sycophantic tripe, and Heather Joslyn praises the gracious bounty of Kate Buford's

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. Mike Giuliano gets creeped out by

in Art. Bones is Helen Narbut's poem

In Stage, Anna Ditkoff is entertained by the Mobtown Players' production of William Shakespeare's

, and Brennen Jensen is happily bewildered by AXIS Theatre's production of Charles Ludlam's

(which includes the music of Mark Harp). Music is Natalie Davis deciphering

. In Television, Adele Marley checks in with rock icon Joan Jett, the host of an indie-film series on Maryland Public Television's

, and wonders whether

' success has come with a price. In Film: Tom Scocca says

is truthfully advertised; Andy Markowitz finds

ages well; Luisa F. Ribeiro smooches

and feels

pays off; Heather Joslyn thinks

is fast, has fun with

, and is mocked by

; Ian Grey yawns at

; and Lee Gardner learns a lot from

(screening at MFF). In Belly Up, Susan Fradkin gets bloody at

.

(Editor's note: Please remember that this restaurant review is exactly a decade old, so take any information within with a shaker of salt.)

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