Table of contents for week of November 28, 2003
NEWS & FEATURES
Ah, Homeland Security. Just hearing the words out loud makes us feel warm and fuzzy. In their latest move to protect us from terrorists and free speech, the government has impeded foreign musicians from entering the country, resulting in cancelled concert dates and a less culturally aware country. Yep, that's just what we need right now. Alex Irvine reports.
Sallie Mae is the largest student-loans company in the country. Many borrowers say they've been charged excessive and undisclosed late fees, and are victims of aggressive collection tactics. This is bad news for New This Week scribes whose student loan payments start next week. Catherine Tumber reveals the shady side of Sallie Mae.
Plus, this just in:
BOOK WORLD: King trumps chumps at NBAs
LAWYERS, GUNS, AND MONEY: Bushmaster strikes
Politics and Other Mistakes
Letters to the editor
Taking a page from the New This Week book of style, Sam Pfeifle busts on New Hampshire's the Whatnot while still singing their praises.
J. Mark Scearce proposes a classical Thanksgiving in Maine.
What? Britney Spears has a new album? That one came out of nowhere. We thought she'd dropped off the face of the earth. Her edgier, somewhat less ubiquitous pop counterpart Pink drops a new album, too. Carly Carioli's heard them both. Poor guy.
Ryan Adams has quickly outworn his welcome, and the Rapture are doing their damndest to do the same. Sean Richardson doesn't agree with that statement. That's why he gets to write the articles and the rest of us just read them.
Unlike in that Britney Spears crack above, we really did think Siouxsie Sioux had dropped off the face of the earth. Thank God she hasn't. She could show that princess a thing or two. Kurt B. Reighley reviews the new album.
Also, short reviews of:
Vusi Mahlasela: THE VOICE
Taylor Eigsti Trio: RESONANCE
Diverse: ONE A.M
P.O.D.: PAYABLE ON DEATH
Sloan: ACTION PACT
The Bangles: DOLL REVOLUTION
Short reviews of:
DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT
With a name like Nuncrackers, it has to be good. Jeff Inglis has the review.
Those who support either Maine State Ballet's or Portland Ballet's Nutcracker performances can sometimes, for sheer enmity, resemble the Sharks and the Jets. Jennifer Brewer says both are worth the effort.
Worth the Trip: Cloud Gate's Moon Water at BAM
Here’s a holiday secret: Portland is home to renegade elves. This isn't the only mind-blowing revelation in Maggie Knowles's story about the Filament Gallery's Holiday Show, but it's certainly the weirdest.
Worth the Trip: Jan Vermeer's Young Woman with a Water Pitcher at the Museum of Fine Arts
Post-modernism, as a literary trend, seems to be on its last legs. Any author worth his salt is now writing stories about characters from Massachusetts traveling to Maine to kill people. Al Diamon reviews three such books.
For some of us, there is only one food group: meat. For people like us, Henry VIII's is the place to go. By Andy King.
The Best of 2002
Best Music Poll 2003
Portland Band Guide