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Brennen Jensen, in one of this week's two features, learns

from the famous matron of Club Charles, Esther Martin: "'Esther did the right thing,' [John] Waters says. "'She changed it from the scariest bar in Baltimore into the coolest.'"

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In the other feature, Molly Rath's "

," two private companies looking to run Baltimore City public schools—Mosaica, Inc., and Edison Schools, Inc.—get scrutinized.

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Mobtown Beat is Michael Anft, visiting with the last, lonely hold-outs in

, a neighborhood the city condemned and depopulated to make way for a sewage-treatment plant expansion.

Tom Chalkley's Charmed Life looks at the

.

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Eileen Murphy, in Media Circus, announces that

is the Baltimore

Afro-American

's new editor and covers

Baltimore Press

editor and publisher Mark Adams' spat with Maryland courts over

advertisements.

In the columns: Mr. Wrong's Joe MacLeod tries to avoid the creeps at the News Center

; Urban Rhythms' Wiley Hall III suggests diplomacy with internet

; Cyberpunk's Joab Jackson says hackers are unimpressed with a recent

; and 8 Upper's Tom Scocca extols the much-improved Maryland

basketball team.

Imprints is Augusta Olsen on Kimberla Lawson Roby's novel,

, and Adrienne Martini on Iain M. Banks' novel,

.

Art is Mike Giuliano getting excited about the photographs of Alberto Korda and Jose Figueroa, official

for Cuban leader Fidel Castro, being displayed at C. Grimaldis Gallery.

Bones is Meghan Callery's poem, "

."

D. C. Culbertson, in Dance, checks out Phoenix Dance Co.'s

at UMBC.

Michael Anft, in Stage, couldn't be happier with the production of Charles Ludlam's

by Columbia's Rep Stage.

Music is Vincent Williams sounding a little ho-hum about

, D'Angelo's long-awaited second album, and Geoffrey Himes, praising Goodie Mob's

as "a terrific hip-hop album."

In No Cover, Rjyan Kidwell promotes

Television is Adele Marley on two rock'n'roll

: NBC's

Little Richard

and ABC's

The Beach Boys: An American Family

.

In Film: Luisa F. Ribiero finds

Boiler Room

to be a

, but finds

Impromptu

; Jack Purdy thinks

Titus

is

, but

Fear Strikes Out

is appropriately

; Ian Grey is, well,

by

Pitch Black

; Andy Markowitz

Andy Kaufman, thanks to

The Andy Kaufman Special

; Joe MacLeod is vaguely

of his colleagues by

Between the Lines

; and Heather Joslyn

the

Beats in the Source

.

In Belly Up, Susan Fradkin likes the new re-make of

.

(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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