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X-Content: Ten Years Ago in City Paper: Dec. 18, 2002

December 18, 2012

City Paper’s 2002 Top Ten issue sums up the year in news, film, music, local music, books, television, art, and stage.

In Mobtown Beat, Terrie Snyder reports how Jamal Abeokuto, the man charged with murdering eight-year-old Marciana Monia Ringo, managed to go free and disappear.

The Nose bounces Anton Keating’s channeling of the late Hyman Pressman and augurs the meaning of shoes strung from overhead power lines.

Brennen Jensen’s Charmed Life catches practice with the Marching Ravens, formerly the Baltimore Colts Marching Band.

The Mail has letters from Beth Feehan, Monica Salazar, and Lynn Williams.

The columns are: Brian Morton’s Political Animal, on good ol’ Trent Lott; Joe MacLeod’s Mr. Wrong, on bolding his own Top 10s; and Mink Stole’s Think Mink, on pompous presumers and hair-dyers.

Scocca & MacLeod’s proto-blog, Funny Paper, reads the comics so you don’t have to.

C. Kang and S. Kang’s Taste Like Chicken goes cannibalistic.

Smell of Steve, Inc.’s Ziggy with a Hat climbs a mountain.

In Books: Scott Carlson finds in Mark Hertsgaard’s The Eagle’s Shadow a cogent and balanced analysis of why America is hated; and Heather Joslyn learns from John D. Freyer’s All My Life for Sale that materialism can be warm and fuzzy.

Gadi Dechter’s Art is exuberant about the meticulous creativity on display at Whole Gallery’s A Show of the Senses.

In Stage, Anna Ditkoff is puzzled by Theatre Project’s production of Frannie Sheridan’s I Tried to Be Normal.

Music is Jason Torres, profiling local American Idoler Maimouna Youssef, and Michaelangelo Matos, explaining the trajectory of glitch electronica.

Bret McCabe’s Know Your Product capsulizes 2002 releases by notable locals Carly Ptak, Flowers in the Attic, The Educated Consumers, Ink, F. Vattel Cherry, Fertile Ground, The Oxes, and Love Life.

In Film: Ian Grey wishes Gangs of New York had been longer, and says Drumline “fakes it”; Lee Gardner calls The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers “ye olde mess,” but still praises Peter Jackson; Eric Allen Hatch concludes that criticizing Adaptation would be nitpicking, and still loves the original Hollywood version of The Phantom of the Opera; Amy M. Bruce fluffs up Maid in Manhattan and is forgiving of Real Women Have Curves’ flaws; Joe MacLeod confronts Star Trek: Nemesis with the awful truth; and Tom Siebert is gracious to The Wild Thornberrys Movie.

Richard Gorelick’s Omnivore says Thai Arroy does well at filling a Federal Hill niche.

In Cheap Eats, Michelle Gienow happily insists that Women’s Industrial Exchange is Baltimore’s oldest restaurant.