Table of contents for week of September 10, 2004
NEWS & FEATURES
The passing of Bern Porter has gone unremarked by many. Alex Irvine provides a proper restrospective of the life of a man who contributed to the invention of television, worked on the Manhattan Project and the Saturn V rocket, and made the acquaintances of Einstein, Oppenheimer, and Werner von Braun, plus much, much more.
After watching Kerry get put through the ringer last week at the Republican National Convention, Dan Kennedy has some advice for the Democratic nominee: Kick in Bush's teeth!
As Michael Bronski packed up 35 years worth of books, he made an unexpected journey through the history of the gay liberation movement.
Plus, this just in:
GOP IN NYC: Elephants at the trough
RIGHT NOW: A 9/11 anniversary message
Politics and Other Mistakes
Letters to the editor
Sam Pfeifle says it's no shame about Ray. Ray LaMontagne, that is. It's still a terrible shame about the Lemonheads' Ray.
Jonathan Perry says Drive-By Truckers inherit the reflective legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd. But do they also inherit the masturbatory, ten-minute-long guitar solos?
Old 97s keep chugging along, this time with an album called Drag It Up. Franklin Soults talks to the band.
Also, short reviews of:
The Mice: FOR ALMOST EVER SCOOTER
Douglas/Sclavis/Lee/Van Der Schyff: BOW RIVER FALLS
The Meat Purveyors: PAIN BY NUMBERS
Chris Whitley: WAR CRIME BLUES
The Blue Nile: HIGH
Macha: FORGET TOMORROW
Twelve Tribes: THE REBIRTH OF TRAGEDY
Gerald Peary says the Independent Film Channel's Film School is surprisingly absorbing.
Short reviews of:
With all the brouhaha about gay marriage, it's easy to forget that same-sex relationships can be just as trying as hetero ones. Boston Marriage explores that idea at the Players' Ring. By Megan Grumbling.
Someone once asked Chris Thompson why we ought to put artists in space. His answer, resoundingly, was "Why not?"
Joe S. Harrington says Tina Rath makes fine art out of fuzzy things. You can make fine art out of anything these days.
Sam Pfeifle says Dan Ho can save you from yourself -- assuming you live in House Gorgeous! [thunderclap]
Miramax is knee-deep in production of the film adaptation of Mark Spragg's An Unfinished Life, set for a Christmas release. This wouldn't be odd except that the novel itself just came out. Hmm. By Julia Hanna.
Restaurants in Portland are like the ants in Them! You kill one, and two take its place! This time we're talking about chef Paul Rocheleau's Portland Street Diner.
Best Music Poll 2004
The Best of 2003
Portland Band Guide