Table of contents for week of February 20, 2004|
NEWS & FEATURES
Over the past few weeks, the Republican Attack Machine has already outdone itself. And yet, says Dan Kennedy, all indications are that the venom-spewing directed at John Kerry will only get worse.
So-called conservative organizations descended on the State House to "protect marriage" and denounce "judicial tyranny." Scratch the surface, however, and you'll find zealous extremists who hate gay people and don't want to see them granted any rights whatsoever. Kristen Lombardi reports.
Americans have long fretted over the racial gap in educational test scores, suggesting all kinds of explanations for why it's so persistent. Now, says Davis S. Bernstein, several experts are offering up a new theory, which Boston's new crop of public-school reformers would be wise to heed.
Americans have become inured to sex on TV. So what to make of The L Word, Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction," and the other dirty stuff we see? Chris Wright has the exposť.
After years spent in broadcasting, Peabody Award-winning journalist Robin Young couldn't be more pleased by where she's landed: as co-host of NPR's noontime newsmagazine, Here and Now. Tamara Wieder talks with her.
In the Phoenix editorial, we caution that you get ready for Bush to drag us through the filthy fantasies of the extreme right, and suggest that African-American leaders should reconsider their shamefully self-serving stand on gay rights.
In "Out There," Kris Frieswick masters the art of doing nothing.
Letters to the editor
Plus, this just in:
HEROES OF THE CONCON
A Phoenix nod to those who made a difference last week
Now you see it ... now you donít
Will Rush get the brush-off?
In Arts News, Mission of Burma finish their new album, Union Blues opens in Worcester, and more
In Performance, NEC rides a theme out of Memphis
In Theater, Puppets take on The Dybbuk
In Galleries and Museums, Gauguin's Tahiti, 'eVolution,' and 'Project: AIR'
In Classical, Cecilia Bartoli takes on Salieri, plus two NEC concerts
In State of the Art, The Art Nerd Porn Collective comes to Boston
Plan your week:
Brett Milano talks with Mary Lou Lord, who's taking the slow road back into the spotlight.
Matt Ashare is sour on Courtney Love's America's Sweetheart.
Josh Kun on Sun Ra and his Arkestra disciples.
Sean Richardson says Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney have emerged from Garth's shadow.
Our readers come clean about the best of their worst.
Jon Garelick on how Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock have kept the Flatlanders alive.
Live reviews of: Chris Whitley, Ben Zander and the NEC Philharmonica
Also, short reviews of:
NEW YORK CITY ROCK N ROLL
DIFFERENT CARS AND TRAINS
MY FAIR LADY/BEST OF THE BROADWAY MUSICALS
ALL THAT WE LET IN
LIVE AT GROUND ZERO
...and Roadtripping: They left the Grammys empty-handed, but the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are doing just fine, plus Boyskout at Flywheel and more
Peter Keough ponders cinema's imitations of Christ.
Peter Keough reviews 'Young Turks of the German Cinema' at the HFA.
Peter Keough says Bent Hamer's Kitchen Stories offers warmth and sustenance.
Gerald Peary on Blind Shaft at the MFA, plus Pat O'Neill.
Also, short reviews of:
AGAINST THE ROPES
50 FIRST DATES
WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT
Sally Cragin says a new Sly Fox is groomed for Broadway.
Carolyn Clay says Lyric Stage serves bluegrass and treacle with Spitfire Grill.
Marcia B. Siegel on the Monkeyhouse at the CMAC.
Christopher Millis on Barbara Gallucci's Levittown, plus work at BU, Yezerski, and Naga.
William Corbett gets caught up in John Boorman's excellent Adventures.
HOTDOTS: THURSDAY 26 9:00 (2) Frontline: The Invasion of Iraq. Special attention will no doubt be paid to Saddam's brilliant strategy of not using his weapons of mass destruction when the largest army in the world started blowing up his country.
By Clif Garboden
Dining Out : Primavera Restaurant
Cheap Eats : Lionette's Market
Noshing & Sipping : Trader Joe's Ketchup and Potato Sticks
Fall Arts Guide
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