Table of contents for week of November 12, 2004
NEWS & FEATURES
With all the handwringing and self-pity that have plagued Blue voters since Black Tuesday, it's easy to forget that more calamity has befallen the American people than just the re-election of George W. Bush. Dan Kennedy introduces five newly-elected Republican senators, whose odious values make them a true axis of evil.
Shay Stewart-Bouley, who usually writes about race relations, examines another kind of color divide afflicting the USA: that of Red versus Blue.
What's oddest about the 2004 election is how meekly the Democrats have accepted their fate. Bush won, they say. He has a mandate, they moan. Yet the number and type of voting irregularities that have already been reported, combined with the fact that this administration stole the God damned election last time, have given some pause about the veracity of the results. David S. Bernstein wonders if these musings have merit.
Guest contributor Terry Smith, editor of the Athens News in Athens, Ohio, offers an insider's look at the election day goings-on in what turned out to be the most important state in this year's election.
These same spineless Democrats who are convinced Bush wouldn't weasel his way into office this time are also the ones attempting to offer the olive branch to the Right. They claim we should unite, get back on message, and try to pull those who voted Republican back into the fold. They have a point, but Clif Garboden has a more succinct message: Screw you, America.
Plus, this just in:
DOWNTOWN: Clapp trap sold, Surplus spent
BROWN! NO, GREEN!: Baldacci and DEP celebrate environmental, um, achievement
SAMSON SEAGULL: An Arden Hendrie comic
Politics and Other Mistakes
Letters to the editor
Galen Richmond storms the "Beat Report" gates, temporarily wresting control from Sam Pfeifle and introducing Fumare, a band he says brings heart to math rock.
PCA Great Performances brings another badass to the Merrill Auditorium stage in Freddy Kempf. By Becca Dewan.
Members of Pere Ubu not named David Thomas make a play for acceptance on their own terms with their band Book of Knots and a homonymous album. By Franklin Bruno.
Josh Kun examines some music for Pablo Neruda's centennial.
Also, short reviews of:
Piotr Anderszewski: BACH: ENGLISH SUITE NO. 6; BEETHOVEN, PIANO SONATA NO. 31 (OPUS 110); WEBERN, VARIATIONS (OPUS 27)
DJ Jackie Christie: MADE 4 U
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists: SHAKE THE SHEETS
Laura Veirs: CARBON GLACIER
Chuck Prophet: AGE OF MIRACLES
David Lindley y Wally Ingram: LIVE! IN EUROPE
Slayer: STILL REIGNING
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival comes to SPACE. Ian Paige is there.
Short reviews of:
AFTER THE SUNSET
THE POLAR EXPRESS
WHAT THE #$*! DO WE KNOW!?
Running Over Productions presents The Zombie, a play about -- you guessed it -- zombies. Now this is how you attract a new audience to the theater. By Megan Grumbling.
And fortunately, Ms. Grumbling escaped from The Zombie with her brains intact, all the better to enjoy three short plays by John M. Synge at the Portland Performing Arts Center.
Chris Thompson says Kathy Bradford’s painting "Naked Bride at Sea" intersects forcibly, if obliquely, with this world.
Peter Stephan Jungk's Tigor is crowded with eccentric characters and event-filled asides. By Richard C. Walls.
Joyce Millman says Veronica Mars and House both hit the mark. No word on whether by running this review, we're risking the patient's life!
Perhaps it's been a couple weeks since Halloween and your Jack O'Lantern has decomposed to the point where it resembles nothing so much as your battered pride, but Andy King has a few ideas for how to use pumpkins during the rest of the year: as food.
Best Music Poll 2004
The Best of 2003
Portland Band Guide