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April 19, 2000

Inside the issue, the annual City Paper guide to the Maryland Film Festival, Film Fest Frenzy, gives a rundown of the second annual fest's festivities.The short-lived tenure of Ron Daniel as Mayor Martin O'Malley's first police commissioner is the focus of Molly Rath's feature, with Terrie Snyder's interview of Daniel's expected replacement, Ed Norris, as a companion piece.Mobtown Beat is Eileen Murphy on the resurrection of the closed St. Paul Street branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library as the Village Learning Place and the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center's growing art collection, plus Michael Anft on a regulatory feud over the polluting of the Patapsco River by Bethlehem Steel Corp.In Charmed Life, Brennen Jensen visits the Maryland Historical Society's exhibit, Filming Maryland, which showcases the Free State's history in the film industry.The columns are: Suz Redfearn's Germ Bag, on a scat attack; Sandy Asirvatham's Underwhelmed, on tax policy; Wiley Hall III's Urban Rhythms on a teaching crisis; Joab Jackson's Cyberpunk on anti-globalization protests; and Tom Scocca's 8 Upper, on Cal Ripken's 3,000th hit.In Imprints, Daniel Piotrowski rips Quincy Troupe's Miles and Me as sycophantic tripe, and Heather Joslyn praises the gracious bounty of Kate Buford's Burt Lancaster: An American Life.Mike Giuliano gets creeped out by D.S. Bakker's creations in Art.Bones is Helen Narbut's poem "My Decision."In Stage, Anna Ditkoff is entertained by the Mobtown Players' production of William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, and Brennen Jensen is happily bewildered by AXIS Theatre's production of Charles Ludlam's Reverse Psychology (which includes the music of Mark Harp).Music is Natalie Davis deciphering Great Mutant Skywheel.In Television, Adele Marley checks in with rock icon Joan Jett, the host of an indie-film series on Maryland Public Television's Independent Eye, and wonders whether The Simpsons' success has come with a price.In Film: Tom Scocca says Love and Basketball is truthfully advertised; Andy Markowitz finds Sixteen Candles ages well; Luisa F. Ribeiro smooches Kiss Me Kate and feels Where the Money Is pays off; Heather Joslyn thinks His Girl Friday is fast, has fun with Twentieth Century, and is mocked by The Acting Class; Ian Grey yawns at The Terrorist; and Lee Gardner learns a lot from Good Kurds, Bad Kurds: No Friends but the Mountains (screening at MFF).In Belly Up, Susan Fradkin gets bloody at Puffins. (Editor's note: Please remember that this restaurant review is exactly a decade old, so take any information within with a shaker of salt.)

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