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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

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Frank Klein


The Year in News: Republican rule was supposed to be good for Maryland, tightening up the fiscal scene and challenging the Democratic hegemony in the Free State with a bit of house-cleaning. | Top Ten by Van Smith

The Year in Quotes: 1 "We dress up funny, run around in the woods, and hit each other with sticks. | Top Ten

The Year in Movies: Must 2006 be the year of Borat? Not trying to take anything away from director Larry Charles and actor/comedian Sacha Baron Cohen--both of whom deserve some kind of ribbon for playing the Borat shtick so straightly and completely during the shooting of that movie--and maybe Borat is the Charlie Chaplin for our media-saturated 21st-century world, revealing our foibles through his bumbling, satirical misadventures. | Top Ten

The Year in Television: Three-quarters of a century into its existence, television may finally be becoming our mirror. | Top Ten

The Year in Music: A bad year for hip-hop? People kept saying that throughout the last 12 months, but you'd never know it to look at the results of our 2006 Top 10, with no less than six rap albums placing. | Top Ten

The Year in Local Music: This was hard. | Top Ten

The Year in Art: The year's past first Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays have been ridiculously event-packed. | Top Ten

The Year in Stage: There's no denying the pleasures of maximalist theater. | Top Ten

The Year in Books: David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest first appeared 10 years ago. | Top Ten



You're All Under Arrest: Series Of Arrests Leads Baltimore Family To Lose Faith In City Police | Mobtown Beat by Edward Ericson Jr.

Vital Organ: Activist Bob Kaufman Searches For Someone Who Will Give Him A Kidney | Mobtown Beat by Erin Sullivan

Letters and Numbers: Critic Of The Pratt Free Library System Says Consultant Used Bad Math To Make Library Look Good | Quick and Dirty

Councilmania | Murder Ink | The Mail | The News Hole | The News Hole



Wise Man: After sifting through the pile of head-nodding rubbish written after the James Baker-Lee Hamilton Iraq Study Group report was released last week, it's depressing how many politicians and journalists were snowed by the bipartisan panel's recommendations for the United States' eventual withdrawal from Iraq. | Right Field by Russ Smith

Gone but Not Forgotten: By this time, I figured I'd be writing columns about how Democrats are screwing things up on the national stage. | Political Animal by Brian Morton

Santa Baby: I don't believe in you, but I am still gonna pray to you for a present. | Mr. Wrong by Joe MacLeod



Lulu Eightball: by Emily Flake

Dirt Farm: by Ben Claassen III



Get In on It: David Schweizer Carved Out A Directing Career By Getting The Audience To Enjoy A Challenge | Stage by Bret McCabe

The Dignity of Labor: Photographer J.M. Giordano Captures The Human Resilience Of Steelworkers As Life They Once Knew Passes Them By | Art by Charles Cohen

The Layers Club: Five Artists Achieve Strong, Various Works In Process-Oriented Show | Art by Deborah McLeod

Jordan Faye Contemporary Opens--Sort Of: Barely two months after leaving her curator/director role at Gallery Imperato, Jordan Faye Block is opening her own, albeit placeholder, space Dec. | Quick Studies by Bret McCabe

Out Of Tune Debuts: Two years into their friendship, local writer and musician Jason Tinney and the Los Angeles-based Baltimore native Rafael Alvarez are publishing a short-story collection together. | Quick Studies by Bret McCabe

Brian Ralph: Brian Ralph has a thing about caves and cute little characters who scurry through them. | Q+A by Lee Gardner

The Joke's Over: Bruised Maniacs--Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson, and Me by Ralph Steadman | Review by Raymond Cummings



City Paper's Official 2006 Top 40: Our Top Picks For Singles to Wake You Up From Broadcast Coma | Music

Gang Wizard: Byzantine Headache | Review by Marc Masters

Lil Wayne and Birdman: Like Father, Like Son | Review by Ethan Padgett

Tussle: Telescope Mind | Review by Michael Crumsho

Joanna Newsom: Ys | Review by Tim Ellison

Deadsy: Phantasmagore | Review by George Smith

Ponytail: Kamehameha | Review by J. Bowers

Liz Downing and Michael Willis: Lurch and Holler | Review by Bret McCabe

Marcell and the Truth: Hopes Too High | Review by Jess Harvell

Harrius: Enter the Cotton Ring | Review by Jess Harvell

The Short List



Pursuit of Happyness | Review by Bret McCabe

Charlotte's Web | Review by Wendy Ward

Apocalypto | Review by Violet LeVoit

Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance | Review by Jason Torres



Nam Kang | Review by Richard Gorelick


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