Most Bostonians would love to send their children to school closer to home. But, says Adam Reilly, Mayor Menino and city-council president Michael Flaherty are flubbing efforts to make it happen, while making it all too easy for Councilor Chuck Turner to play the race card.
It's too soon to take heart in George W. Bush's recent comeuppance, Dan Kennedy reports. The Republican attack machine is about to go after John Kerry, and it's not going to be pretty.
Susan Ryan-Vollmar on why this lesbian couple, who have been together for 20 years, are going to take a pass on the whole wedding thing come May 17, when it will finally be legal for them to marry.
Stephen M. Mindich engages in a dialogue with an opponent of gay marriage.
On Valentine's Day, the folks known as quirkyalones may wind up without a smooch, but they certainly won't be whining about it. Amy Finch explains.
In a city of high rents, gentrification, zoning ordinances, and apathetic attitudes, the future of local alternative art spaces doesn't look bright. Camille Dodero reports.
In the Phoenix editorial, we weigh in on Councilor Turner's use of the race card, top cop O'Toole's convention challenge, and Cheney's hypocrisy in the national same-sex-marriage debate.
In "Out There," Steve Almond finds no sweet surrender.
In "Urban Buy," Christine Junge ponders a taxing issue.
Letters to the editor
Plus, this just in:
Is Jill Stein headed back to the ballot?
SUFFOLK COUNTY SHERIFF
A showdown is okay with Cabral
John Kerry and the living dead
Sex, God, and chocolate ice cream
Ashcroft wants your medical records
What were they thinking?
In Arts News, The Nutcracker finds a new home, the North Shore Music Theatre gets a grant, and more
In Performance, Maureen Fleming in Decay of the Angel
In Theater, Chicken Little stars in a puppet opera
In Galleries and Museums, Geisha in Salem, politics at the Middle East, and Felver at the MFA
In Classical, Plus Gennady Rozhdestvensky at the BSO
In State of the Art, O.A.R. come to the Orpheum
Plan your week:
Franklin Bruno heralds the return of LA punks the Urinals.
Matt Ashare finds that all's well in the world of Grammy.
Ted Drozdowski on JamSpot, plus new music from Greg Piccolo and Ron Levy.
Jon Garelick on Norah Jones's Come Away with Me, part two
Lloyd Schwartz on the BSO with Radu Lupu and Peter Wispelwey, the Borromeo Quartet, Sarasa, and the New England String Ensemble.
Live reviews of: The Suicide Girls, Stiff Little Fingers and Abbey Lounge Records
Also, short reviews of:
COURTING TRAGEDY AND DISASTER
Front Line Assembly
WHENEVER YOU’RE READY
The Brilliant Mistakes
THE ROUGH GUIDE TO AFRICAN RAP
Jon Vickers, Sarah Caldwell, Opera Company of Boston
BERLIOZ: BENVENUTO CELLINI
CAMPFIRE SONGS: THE POPULAR, OBSCURE AND UNKNOWN RECORDINGS
...and Roadtripping: Celebrate Valentine's Day with a ripping guitar solo
Steve Vineberg on reconstructing My Architect.
LESS THAN LUCID:
Chris Fujiwara pans Bertolucci's un-visionary Dreamers.
Gerald Peary on an eye-opening fest of films from the MFA.
Also, short reviews of:
"STARRING BUGS BUNNY" AND "LOONEY TUNES REVUE"
THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA
Carolyn Clay sees Brian Dennehy play Hughie in Providence.
Iris Fanger sees Steven Bogart's drama tackling big issues.
Carolyn Clay says Trinity basks in the heat of the knight.
Marcia B. Siegel on Susan Stroman at NYCB, plus Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Christopher Millis on the BCA's 18th 'Drawing Show' and Emmanuel College's 'Wile'.
Ted Drozdowski raids Dick Waterman's blues archives.
HOTDOTS: FRIDAY 13 9:00 (25) National Geographic Presents: Wild Sex. Okay, we can all figure out that this is about animal courtship rituals, but the fact that's it's on Fox is bound to confuse some viewers. Janet Jackson narrates.
By Clif Garboden
Dining Out : Green Tea
Cheap Eats : Pizza Oggi
Noshing & Sipping : Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock
Fall Arts Guide
The 6th annual Best issue