Table of contents for week of December 17, 2004
NEWS & FEATURES
Activist Raymond Luc Levasseur has been labeled a terrorist by some, a martyr and hero by others. Back in Portland after 20 years in federal prison, he’s not about to drift quietly into history. By Rick Wormwood.
Providence television reporter Jim Taricani was found guilty of contempt of court for not revealing the source who give him a video depicting corruption in Mayor Buddy Cianci's administration. Ian Donnis has more on a case that grew weirder by the day.
Atlantic Monthly senior editor Jack Beatty has released a book a book entitled Pols: Great Writers on American Politicians from Bryan to Reagan, which is about exactly what it sounds like. Dan Kennedy sits down with Beatty for a one-on-one interview.
Plus, this just in:
GOING TO CONFERENCES: You dummies
MERRY (USELESS) CHRISTMAS: A Mike Gorman holiday comic
UP IN SMOKE: A setback for medical marijuana
NEWS FROM THE FRONT: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ comes under fire
SAMSON SEAGULL: An Arden Hendrie holiday comic
IN MEMORIAM: Dimebag Darrell Abbott: 1966–2004
Politics and Other Mistakes
Postcard from Wells
Letters to the editor
With Frozen Swamp Choppers in tow, Eric Green is Hot All Day. By Sam Pfeifle.
Old-school hip-hop artists like Mos Def, De La Soul, and Talib Kweli are all still in business, but these days it seems like they're only about the business. By Franklin Soults.
Obviously one wasn't enough, because now Rufus Wainwright is dropping Want Two. He chats with our Mac Randall.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Dropbox team up for a tour as many as three people will care about. By Sean Richardson.
Josh Kun examines David Bisbal, Alejandro Sanz, and the question of authenticity.
Also, short reviews of:
Big Mama Thornton with the Muddy Waters Blues Band: BIG MAMA THORNTON WITH THE MUDDY WATERS BLUES BAND – 1966
Despistado: THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE
Frickin’ A: "MERRY MERRY MERRY FRICKIN’ CHRISTMAS (WORLD CHAMPION RED SOX ANTHEM)"
Anders Parker: TELL IT TO THE DUST
Chandler Travis and Friends: ANOTHER CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR YOU
Peter Keough says House of Flying Daggers transcends its genre. Its genre, by the way, is the one where people have giant swordfights while floating in mid-air.
Short reviews of:
LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
Finally, a holiday show for the rest of us! Judging by the photo accompanying the story, Nutcracker Burlesque at the St. Lawrence Arts and Community Center will get everyone's chestnuts roasting. By Megan Grumbling.
Worth the trip:
Traps at the Piano Factory
Artist Seth Butler travels the country and discovers the myriad ways citizens are abusing the flag, knowingly and unknowingly. By Maggie Knowles.
Richard C. Walls delves into David Thomson's singular Hollywood history.
Stir Crazy stirs up the hot pot for you all day, every day. By Andy King.
Best Music Poll 2004
The Best of 2004
Portland Band Guide