Table of contents for week of August 27, 2004
NEWS & FEATURES
Alex Irvine may be a bigshot author these days, but he's still looking out for you, the common man. It seems state officials want more water in Sebago Lake, despite overwhelming evidence that there's already too much there. It's like the poem says: "Water, water everywhere, so let's all have a drink!"
527s on both sides of the party divide have gained a reputation as evil, shadowy cabals of millionaires plotting the demise of American democracy as we know it. But Sam Pfeifle brings the issue back into the light by chatting with Maine state representative, and member of Moveon.org, Hannah Pingree.
Dan Kennedy revisits the scene of the grandest theft in American history. Could the same voting irregularities in Florida that delivered the White House to George W. Bush in 2000 factor into the upcoming election?
Plus, this just in:
IN THE OLD PORT: Sing for your soup
ELECTION 2004: The choice is yours
Politics and Other Mistakes
Postcard from Wells
Letters to the editor
On his new record, traditional country and blues man Al Hawkes advises us to Keep on Smiling, even though each new day is a grueling exercise in pain and futility. Release us, o tainted orb! By Sam Pfeifle.
No, seriously, summer festival season is almost over. Becca Dewan beseeches you to check out the Salt Bay Chamberfest. If you don't, you'll be kicking yourself all winter.
The new Rolling Stones singles boxes, which present CDs as if they were old 45s (meaning - get this - two songs per disc), may appeal only to collectors, but Ted Drozdowski says that's more than good enough for him.
Mac Randall interviews Mark Lanegan, because we've obviously stepped into a timewarp and marginal acts from a decade ago are cool again. Actually, his new Bubblegum is pretty damn good.
We shall not be so kind to this next subject. It seems the members of the mercifully defunct Creed have (sigh) been resurrected into a new, almost certainly awful band called Alter Bridge. The absence of Scott Stapp and his yards of chest hair is certainly a step in the right direction, though. By Sean Richardson.
Also, short reviews of:
Various Artists: TWISTED DISCO
Junior Brown: DOWN HOME CHROME
Dr. John: N’AWLINZ: DIS DAT OR D’UDDA
Positive Flow: POSITIVE FLOW FEAT. DONNA GARDIER
G. Love & Special Sauce: THE HUSTLE
The Corrs: BORROWED HEAVEN
Zhang Yimou's Hero should not be confused with the hilarious Dustin Hoffman vehicle about a plane crash. This one stars Jet Li as a heroic warrior in ancient China. By Chris Fujiwara.
Q: Hey, did you hear the one about Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski?
A: Yeah, they just released a bunch of his movies on DVD and Peter Keough says they're great!
Q: Worst Polish joke ever.
Short reviews of:
EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING
SUPERBABIES: BABY GENIUSES 2
Bat Boy: The Musical has finally made it to Portland. This tale about a young man who swears revenge after his millionaire parents are brutally gunned down in a Gotham City alley -- wait, it's Bat Boy? From the Weekly World News? Eh, Megan Grumbling says it's great.
Worth the trip:
Cyrano de Bergerac and The Comedy of Errors in the Berkshires
Say You Love Satan at the Boston Center for the Arts
Maggie Knowles calls the Backstage Gallery "totally worth the hour drive from Portland." Sounds like a wager to us.
Worth the Trip:
"Art Deco 1910–1939" at the Museum of Fine Arts
Peter Keough says David Mitchell finally realizes his potential with Cloud Atlas.
Andy King forages for mushrooms in the Maine wilderness, leading to some seriously, er, "spiritual" experiences.
Best Music Poll 2004
The Best of 2003
Portland Band Guide