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Table of contents for the week of March 14, 2002

FEATURES

Chris Wright gets to the bottom of Boston's rat problem and finds that our warm winter makes for major problems.

In " Automated chaos", Kristen Lombardi explains how a $69.7 million computer system has failed the state welfare office.

Peter Kadzis provides reflections on the costs exacted by John Geoghan and Cardinal Law.

In our weekly Q&A, Tamara Wieder talks to David Breashears, whose latest challenge brings him to the roof of Africa.

In the Phoenix editorial, Cardinal Law should pay a higher price for his silence.

In Talking Politics by Seth Gitell, Self-interest may tempt Tom Finneran to back weakling Jane Swift for governor, but reality favors his supporting Shannon OíBrien.

In Out There, Ken Capobianco on being a freelance writer over 40 in a retracting economy.

Nina Willdorf is not afraid to share handbags with her grandmother in Hipcheck.

Plus, this just in:

BOOK VALUE: A local treasure gets the gold
AND WHY NOT?: Bush-Rice in í04
OUR OWN HORN: Laurels to Lombardi
FIGHT THE POWER: Breaking up Big Media
WOMENíS WORK: Human statistics
HARDLY KNEW HIM: Shane MacGowan cancelled
GLOBAL IRISH: Tom Haydenís roots
FREEDOM WATCH: Secrecy by judicial fiat: Suppressing vital truth
REGROUPING: Dems fumble for direction


Letters to the editor
Moon Signs
Dr. Lovemonkey
Editors' Picks
Hot Tix
Future Events

MUSIC

In "Author! Author!", Carly Carioli comes down with a case of The Hives;

Lloyd Schwartz on Thomas Quasthoff, Kiri te Kanawa, and Sheri Greenawald, plus Boston Academy of Musicís La fanciulla del West;

Ted Drozdowksi says that Sam Cooke's Keep Movin' On show Cooke in full artistic (and financial) control;

In Frequencies Josh Kun explores the not-so-still sound of security in desert music;

Douglas Wolk takes a look at Rocket from the Tombs, 27 years later, in Smallmouth;

In Cellars by starlight, Ted Drozdowski on Jerry Portnoy, Dennis Taylor, and the Sweepers

In State of the art, Jeffrey Gantz previews Boston Secession at the Somerville Theater.

Also, live reviews of Dave Brubeck at the Sanders Theatre, Carl Cox at Avalon, and The Spectrum Singers at Emmanuel Church.

And last but not least, Roadtripping.

Also, short reviews of:
Dressy Bessy : SOUND GO ROUND
Kelly Joe Phelps : BEGGARíS OIL
Funky Green Dogs : SUPER CALIFORNIA
The Chieftains : THE WIDE WORLD OVER: A 40 YEAR CELEBRATION
John Abercrombie : CAT íNí MOUSE
Thomas Quasthoff/Christian Thielemann/Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin : EVENING STAR: GERMAN OPERA ARIAS
JenŲ Jandů : BART”K: PIANO MUSIC, VOL. 2



FILM

According to Peter Keough, a kiss is just the beginning in Jessica Stein.

In Film Culture by Gerald Peary, Georges Franjuís 1959 horror classic, Eyes Without a Face.

Also, short reviews of:
PROMISES
WESTERN UNION
HARRISONíS FLOWERS
ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS
ICE AGE
"OSCARíS SHORTS"
RESIDENT EVIL
WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP


THEATER

Carolyn Clay on the historical high jinks at the Huntington in Nixonís Nixon;

Iris Fanger says Godís Donkey gives a good ride;

Ellen Pfiefer and Liza Weisstuch report back from The Sixth Annual Women on Top Theater Festival;

Brett Milano says the songs carry Hot Star, Nebraska.

DANCE

Jeffrey Gants says history becomes dream in Russian Hamlet;

Marcia B. Siegel takes in Liz Lerman's performance at Northeastern.

ART

Jeffrey Gantz previews the depths of "Impressionist Still Life" at the MFA.

BOOKS

Richard C. Walls explains how Michael Downing's Shoes Outside the Door is "Not not Zen."

TELEVISION

Mike Miliard previews Ireland Rocks: From a Whisper to a Scream, which will air on Bravo this Sunday.

Hot Dots -- Thursday, 8:00 (7) World Figure Skating Championships. All we know at the moment is that Sarah Hughes was too busy and too excited to practice, so the door is open for Michelle or Irina or Sasha.

FOOD

Dining Out : Khao Sarn Cuisine.
Uncorked : A valley rising.
On the Cheap : Chef Leeís Famous Soul Food.
Noshing & Sipping : Museum of Fine Artsí Impressionist Table.

SPECIALS

Best Music Poll 2001
Fall 2001 Band Guide
The 4th annual Best issue
 









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