Table of contents for week of June 18, 2004
NEWS & FEATURES
Alex Irvine explores how militant unionism was crushed in Maine. They never should have given up their dental plan for a keg at the meetings.
It seems everyone knows Dennis Kucinich is out of the presidential race except for Dennis Kunicich. Adam Reilly reports that Kucinich's candidacy could yet impact the campaigns, from the Democratic National Convention right through November.
Sure, we all know and love noxious, right-wing gasbags like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. But few of us know their spiritual king and intellectual better, Mark Steyn. Dan Kennedy introduces one of the most dangerous political commentators no one has heard of.
Plus, this just in:
ELECTION 2004 (LOCAL EDITION): Party crashers
Politics and Other Mistakes
Letters to the editor
Travel: Do I look like an accountant?
Sam Pfeifle righteously deflates the attachment certain effete snobs have for "world music," and then twists the knife by espousing a good world musician named Jordan Messan Benissan. It's like the Guinness commercials.
Tony Giampetruzzi says Joe Bermudez is living the high life as a producer and DJ. But, really, when you're discussing music, the phrase "high life" should only be used in connection with Steve Winwood.
Now that Perry Farrell is back at the reins, Lollapalooza is shaping up to be the best it's been in a decade. On the bill is Sonic Youth, whose new Sonic Nurse is among their best work in a decade. Matt Ashare speaks on all this and more.
You've probably heard by now that Ray Charles died last week. Ted Drozdowski eulogizes the legend.
Less well-known was jazz musician Steve Lacy, who died on June 4. Jon Garelick pays tribute to an unheralded master.
Primus. There's nothing else to say. By Sean Richardson.
Also, short reviews of:
Diana Krall: THE GIRL IN THE OTHER ROOM
Devendra Banhart: REJOICING IN THE HANDS
Pedro the Lion: ACHILLES HEEL
Hayden: ELK-LAKE SERENADE
Matt Pond PA: EMBLEMS
Los Lobos: THE RIDE
Peter Keough says Steven Spielberg's latest is Terminal-ly boring. On the pun scale of one to ten, that's about a six.
Short reviews of:
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK
Megan Grumbling assumes the vaunted mantle of Jeff Inglis with this review of the hilariously titled Pump Boys and Dinettes.
Worth the trip:
Sin: A Cardinal Deposed at the Regent Theatre
Maine Design Inquiry explores the concepts of "Truth and Message" at the Maine College of Art, posing questions that should make Ayn Rand rise from the dead to slay everyone involved.
Worth the Trip:
The 2004 DeCordova Annual Exhibition at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
David Foster Wallace has released Oblivion, a collection of short stories. In other news, black is white and up is down. Review by Nina MacLaughlin.
Thanks to Comedy Central, 911 is now literally a joke. Matt Ashare reviews the triumphant return of Reno 911! to our otherwise desolate airwaves.
Joe S. Harrington says Chicky's Fine Diner puts the 'chic' in Westbrook's hip new downtown district. Because it's not enough for food to taste good anymore - it has to be cool, too.
The Bayou Kitchen has changed, but Andy King says it's still Portland's best breakfast joint.
Best Music Poll 2004
The Best of 2003
Portland Band Guide