Table of contents for week of January 23, 2004
NEWS & FEATURES
No Child Left Behind is already complicating life for Maineís vocational programs. Now another federal power-grab is coming, as the Perkins Act falls victim to Department of Education ideologues. By Alex Irvine.
Camille Dodero needed some spirits to lift her spirits during the President's State of the Union Address. That's right, you're not the only person who thought to take a drink every time he pronounced it "nukular."
Plus, this just in:
UPDATE: Donít let yourself go without care
ON STAGE: Theater Project for everyone
STATEHOUSE 2004: Pulling the breaks
Politics and Other Mistakes
Letters to the editor
The Hot Tarts are a blistering, two-piece, female rock band. Josh Rogers is in love.
Headstart! has the most chipper name of any band in recent memory. Sam Pfeifle can dig it.
Thoreau said, "Simplify, simplify." Ani DiFranco seems to have listened. She recorded her new album, Educated Guess, alone with an eight-track. Review by Ted Drozdowski.
Jonathan Perry says Dublin's Thrills embrace the American West on their debut album, So Much for the City.
Political punks Anti-Flag, Rise Against, and Against Me! hit the road with a message. Regrettably, Born Against, Anti-Heroes, and Girls Against Boys couldn't make it. By Sean Richardson.
Also, short reviews of:
Paul J. Bosse and Ryan Foss: LIVE @ SPACE
Big Bill Morganfield: BLUES IN THE BLOOD
T. Raumschmiere: RADIO BLACKOUT
The Mr. T. Experience: YESTERDAY RULES
Volebeats: COUNTRY FAVORITES
Dannii Minogue: NEON NIGHTS
Matthew Sweet: KIMI GA SUKI * Raifu
Mae: DESTINATION: BEAUTIFUL
Peter Keough shares his picks for this year's Oscar nominees. This is a sign that pundit culture has gone too far.
Short reviews of:
THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT
WIN A DATE WITH TAD HAMILTON!
You know that awful cell phone commercial where the cast of Romeo and Juliet condenses the whole play into a smug, thirty-second walkie-talkie conversation? You'll find nothing so obscene in Childrenís Theatre of Maine's production, thank goodness. Jeff Inglis has the review.
Maggie Knowles gets to second base with the "Touch" exhibit at SPACE.
Tracy Chevalier didn't get this far just because she shares a surname with famous French thespian Maurice. Her The Lady and the Unicorn is excellent historical fiction, says Clea Simon.
Andy King reviews Katahdin, the West Endís premier neighborhood restaurant.
The Best of 2003
Best Music Poll 2003
Portland Band Guide