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Table of contents for week of December 12, 2002
NEWS & FEATURES
Bulger's crack-up reveals a new political order: Although William Bulger took the Fifth, says Seth Gitell, the indignities he suffered during and after his brief moments on the witness stand signal the end of an era of Irish-Catholic dominance in state politics.
All was going swimmingly in Patsville for a change, when a perfect stranger had to go and ruin it all. Poor guy had no idea what power he wielded. Sean Glennon explains.
A right to sexual privacy isn't worth a hill of beans when people are attacked for being public about their sexual preferences. Just ask the victims of two infamous sodomy-law cases and an openly sadomasochistic UN arms inspector, says Michael Bronski.
Among the losers in this fall's midterm elections was the nation's drug-law-reform movement, Richard Byrne reports. How should they regroup?
Want to learn how to skid, speed, smash, spin, and shoot - all while driving? Tony Scotti's your man, says Chris Wright.
David Valdes Greenwood has a banquet of cocktails and carols, fine food and folklore for the holidays.
Mike Miliard has was to get board this holiday season.
Liza Weisstuch finds gifts for the kids in all of us.
Kate Cohen discovers the spirit of giving, revived.
David Valdes Greenwood shops for gifts with meaning — and a message, and he also has advice for buying the right books for your deer friends.
Nina McLaughin finds gear and clothes to get you noticed on the slopes this winter.
In the Phoenix editorial, we lament that, now that the anger and shock are gone, the ongoing clergy sex scandal is simply truly heartbreaking.
In Out There, Jay Jaroch says that Real Men get fat
Atticus Fisher finds high-tech stocking stuffers for the gearhead in your life in Urban Buy.
Plus, this just in:
SPORTING EYE : Defending Manny Ramirez
MEDIA : Em-bed with the Pentagon
ANTI-CAPITALIST SHOPPING : Punk-rock flea market
CITY HALL : McDermott wins without mayor’s support
HOLIDAY CHEER : Painting the town red
BEACON HILL : Working to overthrow Finneran
TALKING POLITICS : The word from Chris Matthews
Letters to the editor
In Arts news, the Either/Orchestra's secret life, and Wynton Marsalis plays Boston as just one of the guys.
In Galleries and Museums, Randi Hopkins looks at Mrs. Gardner's "Holiday Table."
Jeffrey Gantz tells us about the classical music on TV this season in Classical.
In Theater, Liza Weisstuch previews Underground Railway Theater's Alice's Adventures Underground.
In Performance, Iris Fanger previews BalletRox's Urban Nutcracker.
Plan your week:
Our critics offer a Christmas wish list of CD box sets.
Sean Richardson on Mudvayne’s extraterrestrial metal.
In Frequencies, Josh Kun watches Aterciopelados perform at the Miss Colombia pageant.
Tom Kielty talks to Chris Robinson about going solo with New Earth Mud.
In State of the Art, Mike Miliard tell us about the Eskimo Laboratories Records special Christmas celebration.
In Cellars by Starlight, Mike Miliard asks "Who the heck is Don Lennon?"
Also, live reviews of Guns N' Roses at the Fleetcenter and Janowski at the BSO.
And last but not least, Roadtripping.
Also, short reviews of:
Ella Fitzgerald : ELLA WISHES YOU A SWINGING CHRISTMAS
Dio : KILLING THE DRAGON
The Ventures : CHRISTMAS JOY
The Gypsy Hombres : DJANGO BELLS
Gigolo Aunts : PACIFIC OCEAN BLUES
Idaho : WE WERE YOUNG AND NEEDED THE MONEY
Mar T and Paco Osuna : AMNESIA IBIZA
Steve Vineberg celebrates the 50th anniversary of the best movie musical ever.
In Film Culture, Gerald Peary talks to Majid Majidi, director of Baran.
Also, short reviews of:
MAID IN MANHATTAN
THE HOT CHICK
BEN HARPER: Pleasure and Pain
LA VÉRITÉ SI JE MENS 2/YOU SHOULDN’T WORRY!
Carolyn Clay applauds the A.R.T.'s vivid reworking of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, and Clay says The Allergist’s Wife is for Rhoda rooters.
Jeffrey Gantz says Ronan Noone blows back in for The Blowin of Baile Gall.
Iris Fanger finds that Spiked Eggnog has a kick.
Marcia Siegel takes in "Dance Straight Up!"
Jeffrey Gantz says that the MFA's latest Impressionism blockbuster isn't just about light, or even nature, but the very order of the universe as perceived in post-monarchy 19th century France.
William Corbett says that novelist Jim Harrison's discursive memoir is worth the ramble. .
Hot Dots -- Thursday, 8:00 (44) Viewer Favorites. Every Irish tenor on earth gathers to pay tribute to the artistry of Buddy Greco. (Until 11 p.m.)
Dining Out : Lucy’s
On the Cheap : Real Taco
Noshing & Sipping : Chocolate-mint tumbles
Best Music Poll 2002
Fall 2002 Band Guide
The 6th annual Best issue