Table of contents for week of May 14, 2004
NEWS & FEATURES
Alex Irvine says the privatization of Maine’s liquor distribution shows the State can't even play by its own rules. Or maybe everyone was drunk.
This Monday, gay marriages will officially be legal in the state of Massachusetts. Harvey Silverglate finds parallels to another landmark civil rights decision: Brown v. Board of Education.
Remember Jessica Lynch? She warmed America's heart after being rescued from her captors. Now, as Lynndie England finds herself at the center of the firestorm surrounding the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, Dan Kennedy examines how these two - the damsel in distress and the castrating bitch - symbolize our shifting perceptions of the war in Iraq.
Plus, this just in:
LIGHT READING: Representing for FHM
DISSEMBLING: Irony, sarcasm, and satire
JUST DESSERTS: Cohen departed 'for good cause'
AN ARDEN HENDRIE CARTOON: Samson Seagull
Politics and Other Mistakes
Letters to the editor
Sam Pfeifle reviews Emilia Dahlin's self-titled album, taking an ill-advised dig at Massachusetts in the process. Where's the love?
Turns out Robert Smith wasn't the fattest front man at this year's Coachella festival. Matt Ashare attended, like everyone else, to see the reunited Pixies and their ever-so-bloated singer.
Buddy Guy's Live at Legends is the first recording of the blues guitarist that accurately captures his genius, according to Ted Drozdowski. Having seen him perform ourselves, we're not surprised.
Sean Richardson listens to Usher's new Confessions. He does not attempt a Lil' Jon impression anywhere in the article.
Also, short reviews of:
Joe Lovano: I'M ALL FOR YOU
Tim Easton: SPECIAL 20
Okkervil River: DOWN THE RIVER OF GOLDEN DREAMS
Life of Agony: THE BEST OF LIFE OF AGONY and RIVER RUNS AGAIN
Troy is the opening salvo in Hollywood's summer blockbuster season. Peter Keough is less than overwhelmed.
Short reviews of:
Jeff Inglis says Anita Stewart and Portland Stage Company have done something important with Women and the Sea.
Worth the trip:
The Savior of Fenway at the Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre
Portland's Tango scene is hot enough to rival Arnold Schwarzenegger's classic duet with Tia Carrere in True Lies. By Sara Donnelly.
Maggie Knowles straps in for "The Perfect Ride," a photography exhibit about motorcycles. Further proof that now, more than ever, the world is crying out for our action screenplay entitled Suicycle.
Worth the Trip:
"Tim Noble & Sue Webster," at the Museum of Fine Arts, "Barry McGee" at Rose Art Museum
True North, by Jim Harrison, is an old-fashioned family chronicle, the sort of story Americans love to be told. Review by William Corbett.
Andy King visits The Stadium, Portland's newest and biggest sports bar. High five, bro.
The Best of 2003
Best Music Poll 2003
Portland Band Guide