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Wednesday, December 20, 2000

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The Year in News: 1. We Have a Winner?Our annual listing of all that's most fit to print is usually an exercise in... | Top Ten by Michael Anft

All the News Not Fit to Print: The Year in Non-News | Top Ten

The Year in Film: Science-fiction author Theodore Sturgeon once fashioned a maxim about the genre that came to be... | Top Ten by Ian Grey

10 Best Films: Ian Grey: 1Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, United States) Four very different souls go to Consumer... | Top Ten by Ian Grey

10 Best Films: Heather Joslyn: 1Chicken Run (Peter Lord and Nick Park, United Kingdom/United States)* A thrilling, inspirational... | Top Ten by Heather Joslyn

10 Best Films: Luisa F. Ribiero: 1Urbania (Jon Shear, United States) This kinetic, provocative tale of a catastrophic day in the... | Top Ten by Luisa F. Ribeiro

The 10 Most Annoying Things About Music in 2000 . . .: 1Lists As a dyed-in-the-wool, former-record-store-clerk music geek, I love a good list as much as... | Top Ten by Lee Gardner

. . . and the 10 Best: 1D'Angelo, Voodoo (Virgin) Sure, better songs would have been nice. | Top Ten by Lee Gardner

10 Best Albums: Rjyan Kidwell: 1Outkast, Stankonia (Arista/LaFace) Outkast knows precisely when to throw you a curve ball and when... | Top Ten by Rjyan Kidwell

10 Best Albums: Daniel Piotrowski: 1Modest Mouse, The Moon and Antarctica (Epic) Although it is by no means a departure for the... | Top Ten by Daniel Piotrowski

10 Best Albums: Vincent Williams: 1Jill Scott, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. | Top Ten by Vincent Williams

10 Best Albums: John Lewis: 1Otha Turner and the Afrossippi Allstars, From Senegal To Senatobia (Birdman) A trio of African... | Top Ten by John Lewis


The Year in Books: Like many wannabe serious writers, I've long felt the need to visit Paris. | Top Ten by Eileen Murphy

10 Best Books: Michael Anft: Plowing the Dark, by Richard Powers (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Split between the heady digitalů | Top Ten by Michael Anft

10 Best Books: Mahinder Kingra: 1Tulipomania, by Mike Dash (Crown) An elegant and entertaining work of popular history that... | Top Ten by Mahinder Kingra

10 Best Books: Eileen Murphy: 1The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday) Atwood hasn't abandoned her... | Top Ten by Eileen Murphy

The Year in Theater: FIVE SCRIBES, 10 SHOWS-- CITY PAPER THEATER CRITICS MICHAEL ANFT, ANNA DITKOFF, MIKE GIULIANO,... | Top Ten by Michael Anft, Anna Ditkoff, Mike Giuliano, Brennen Jensen and Jack Purdy

The Year in Art: 1Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures: Orientalism in America, 1870-1930, Walters Art Museum There were... | Top Ten by Mike Giuliano

10 Best Albums: John Lewis: 1Otha Turner and the Afrossippi Allstars, From Senegal To Senatobia (Birdman) A trio of African drummers, a kora player, and a North Mississippi blues legend (playing the funkiest fife you'll ever hear) team up for a multigenerational jam that's both entrancing and moving.2Uri Caine Ensemble, The Goldberg Variations: Aria and 70 Variations Adapted, Arranged and Composed by Uri Caine (Winter & Winter) With the likes of Don Byron, DJs Logic and Olive, and poet Tracie Morris in tow, Caine fuses Baroque and jazz and rockets the results into another universe altogether. | Feature by John Lewis



House of Healing: You'd be hard-pressed to find a more nondescript building than 704 Ensor St. | Charmed Life by Brennen Jensen

Games People Play: Fascism would never have caught on, the Nose realizes, if it hadn't been any fun. | The Nose

If You Raze It, They Will Come: Man bites dog on 33rd Street? Kinda. The Nose sidled up to Memorial Stadium Dec. | The Nose

The Mail | Mobtown Beat



Hang 10: In case you didn't notice on the cover, this is the annual "Top 10" issue, where all the writers... | Mr. Wrong by Joe MacLeod

Save Me From Your Followers: My best friend entered recovery a few months ago, and he's pushed me about 12 steps away from... | Think Mink by Mink Stole

Select Company: Dismiss them as token appointments if you will, but President-elect George W. | Urban Rhythms by Wiley Hall III

The Age of Empires: Nothing like the yuletide season to get one pondering consumer culture. There I was in Best Buy, looking over the "God games," such as Sid Meier's Civ... | Cyberpunk by Joab Jackson

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: For Baltimore sports fans, 2000 offered two defining events: the departure of Mike Mussina to the Yankees and the arrival of the Ravens as a playoff t... | 8 Upper by Tom Scocca






Souvenir #4: We all know how this live music thing is generally supposed to work, right? The musicians take the stage, play their tunes pretty much as they are on the album (or as they would be on the album, if they had an album). | Feedback by Lee Gardner

Concert Souvenirs: When Hungarian pianist Andras Schiff came to Mobtown last February, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra audiences got more than their share of belated holiday cheer. | Feedback by Lee Gardner

Souvenir #1: Baltimore's first truly bitter winter in five years was made a harder pill to swallow by the demise of stellar pop-rock band Roads to Space Travel. | Feedback by Hank Baker

Souvenir #2: Imagine one glorious night when all elements converge and something momentous happens. | Feedback by Natalie Davis

Souvenir #3: It's hard to say exactly what made the Aug. | Feedback by Anna Ditkoff

Souvenir #5: Standing on the waning edge of the alt-country revival--the end of yet another musical cycle that seems stalled in a glut of retro-parody--it's hard believe a band could still make Depression-era music seem as fresh and vital as the day it was spawned. | Feedback by Tim Hill

Souvenir #8: Many musicians don't consider Tchaikovsky a truly great composer. | Feedback by Daniel Schlosberg

Souvenir #6: Pop-music history is distorted, for it relies so heavily on recordings that it often overlooks epochal music made in other ways. | Feedback by Geoffrey Himes

Souvenir #7: Dundalk's Sher-Wes gardens is usually reserved for bar mitzbahs and bachelor parties, but on Sept. | Feedback by Daniel Piotrowski

Lungfish: Necrophones | Review by Lee Gardner

The Oxes: The Oxes | Review by Lee Gardner

Ruff Endz: Love Crimes | Review by Lee Gardner

Sisqˇ: The Thong Song | Review by Lee Gardner

Rod Lee: Feel Me | Review by Lee Gardner



You Can Count on Me | Review by Adele Marley

Cast Away | Review by Luisa F. Ribeiro

One Day in September | Review by Heather Joslyn

Quills | Review by Luisa F. Ribeiro

All the Pretty Horses | Review by Ian Grey

A Christmas Carol | Review by Jack Purdy

The Bishop's Wife | Review by Luisa F. Ribeiro

What Women Want | Review by Adele Marley

The Family Man | Review by Adele Marley

Finding Forrester | Review by Heather Joslyn

Miss Congeniality | Review by Luisa F. Ribeiro

Place Vendóme | Review by Andy Markowitz

Chocolat | Review by Luisa F. Ribeiro



DeSantis' Pizza Grill and Bar | Review by Susan Fradkin


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