In this week's cover story, Charlie Vascellaro looks back, forward, and sideways atthis year, and inSpitballin', columnist Jim Meyer makes a Birds fan Bucket List.In Mobtown Beat, Deborah Rudacille, the author ofRoots of Steel, reports from the oldSparrows Point steelworkers USW union hall.J.M. Giordano, no slouch behind the camera himself, brings us a portrait ofStacey Barich, a pinup photographer, for this week's City Folk.In the Arts, Bret McCabe goes into the Uncanny Valley withTimothy Horjus' showat Creative Alliance and digs into America's roots as aSmuggler Nation(illustrated by students in CP freelance illustrator Alex Fine's Sophomore Illustration 2 class at Maryland Institute College of Art). Baynard Woods digsRichard Caton Woodvilleat the Walters, and reviews Iron Crow Theatre's angst-ridden production ofSlipping. In Music, Al Shipley previews theBaltimore Popfest, tells us what's up with dance music inBPM, and, as always helps you plan your musical week with theShort List. In film,Reel Shorts, rounds up a plethora of films opening this week, including John Waters' classicPink FlamingosandSpring Breakers, whose director, Harmony Korine, might just be trying to play Raymond Marble to Waters' Babs.In Eats and Drinks, John Houser III is surprised byAladdin's Kebab, Martha Thomas has the scoop onComings and Goings, and Brandon Weigel reports on Baltimore's least likelyLAX bar.Go Os!