Ten Years Ago in City Paper: May 29, 2002
In Mobtown Beat, Van Smith shows how the Leonie Barnes arson-murder trial exposed the Baltimore City Fire Departmentâ€™s investigative frailties.
Michael Anft busts the myth of the left-leaning media in Media Circus.
Brennen Jensenâ€™s Charmed Life takes a close look at Ailanthus altissima, better known as the weed tree, the ghetto palm, or the stink tree.
The Mail has letters from Bob Rowe, Charles Nieberding, Michael Plakosh, and Max Obuszewski.
The columns are Suz Redfearnâ€™s Germ Bag, on the prom; Joe MacLeodâ€™s Mr. Wrong, advising this yearâ€™s graduates about the food-service industry; Mink Stoleâ€™s Think Mink, on spousal hostility and gift-giving; and Wiley Hall IIIâ€™s Urban Rhythms, on customer service.
Scocca & MacLeodâ€™s proto-blog, Funny Paper, reads the comics so you donâ€™t have to.
In Imprints: Susan Muaddi Darraj recommends Jamaica Kincaidâ€™s Mr. Potter; Frank Diller is exhausted by Henry Petroskiâ€™s Paperboy; and Joab Jackson finds Janna Levinâ€™s How the Universe Got Its Spots a worthy failure.
Mike Giulianoâ€™s Art checks out School 33 Art Centerâ€™s latest: works by Nora Sturges, Kathryn Henneberry, Edda Jakab, and Sherri Chambers.
In Stage: John Barry takes a wild ride with Center Stageâ€™s production of Rinde Eckertâ€™s And God Created Great Whales; and Anna Ditkoff says Theatre Projectâ€™s production of David Drakeâ€™s Son of Drakula feels like a work in progress.
Bret McCabe, in Music, learns why Wordsoundâ€™s Skiz Fernando, made a movie called Crooked.
Television is Ericka Blount Danois, reporting on The Wire.
In film: Lee Gardner is blown away by Dogtown and Z-Boys and figures Downhill Racer at least has archival value; Ian Grey is bored by The Sum of All Fears; Joe MacLeod sets foot on The Wild, Wild Planet; and Eric Allen Hatch finds Enough clumsy, but happily gets up in the old Grand Hotel.