Baltimore City Paper

Nov. 17, 1999


to the 1999 edition of


City Paper

's Holiday Guide advises readers to "exercise your freedom of choice to do what we tell you." The cover art—Shepard Fairey's "Obey Santa"—sets an appropriate tone. Suggested


include East German guard hats, items being auctioned from the recently closed Haussner's Restaurant (such as a giant ball of string), shrunken heads from the American Dime Museum, boxes of Millenios cereal, mistletoe belt-buckles, bookbinding classes, and Hindu God lunchboxes. The essays are: Brennen Jensen musing about

, "the cocktail that drinks like a meal"; Andrew Reiner

why he intends to spend "more money and time in small, independently owned businesses instead of the Targets and Wal-Marts of the world" during the holiday-shopping season; and Natalie Davis scrolling through some online holiday


Wiley Hall III's

recalls the Little Rock Nine, who integrated an all-white high school in the 1950s. Sandy Asirvatham's

riffs on

The West Wing


's portrayal of fatherhood. Joab Jackson's

analyzes the anti-trust case against Microsoft. In

, Tom Scocca assesses baseball's Gold Glove award.

In Mobtown Beat, Scocca reports on

of two drugs at local hospitals, while Kelly McDonough and Molly Rath weigh the value of "

" in public schools.


The Nose

an "Intern Fair" at UMBC.

is Lee Gardner on Bob Dylan and Phil Lesh, and

on TLC and Destiny's Child.


, Adele Marley takes issue with


RKO 281

, HBO's account of the making of

Citizen Kane

. Scott Carlson

Venus Plus X

, the utopian novel by Theodore Sturgeon, in Books.


Charmed Life's Charles Cohen dances around the

at the Canton Liquor House.