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Neil Miller takes a closer look at New Bedford: What defines the historic seaport? The gang rape at Big Dan's and the teenage Columbine wanna-bes? Or the downtown arts revival and fast-paced job growth?
Robert David Jaffe saw hints of what was to come in his old friend and JP murder defendant Daniel Mason.
Kristen Lombardi examines the education of Jarrett Barrios
and finds that the second Latino and first openly gay man elected to the State House has won applause from a wide range of pundits, but a series of behind-the-scenes flaps have put him at odds with some of his political allies.
Nina Willdorf talks to Boston College seniors who are fired up about joining the Peace Corps.
In our weekly Q&A, Tamara Wieder talks to Jimmy Tingle life in a decidedly unfunny new world.
In the Phoenix editorial, the Sox sale considered.
In Out There, Tamara Wieder wonders if she could have done more for Shannon Sharpe.
In Hip Check, Nina Willdorf has some last-minute gift ideas.
Plus, this just in:
- FOR SALE : Pat Purcell eyes North Shore dailies
PIPELINE : Islam expert in demand
CLERICAL ERRORS : Unsealing priest-pedophile records
SITE SEEING : Finneran’s critics
IN MEMORIAM : Rufus Thomas, 1917–2001
STRESS TESTS: Getting all worked up is good for you
TALE OF THE TOONS: Double trouble for Jane and Jim
VIDEO: The pornography of terror
MEDIA: Gender and journalism on PBS
Letters to the editor
Tix - Future
- Ho ho ho: our writers rate the year's best
box sets and reissue series;
Sean Richardson says Gwen Stefani checks her angst at the door and heads straight for the dance floor on No Doubt's new Rock Steady;
The Golden Road makes us and Jonathan Dixon grateful for
The Grateful Dead;
In Cellars by starlight Ted Drozdowski takes us through three shades of blue: Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, and Gerry Beaudoin, plus James Montgomery.
Also, a live review of William Christie's concert of Christmas music by the 17th-century French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier at the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
And last but not least, Roadtripping.
short reviews of:
- The Smashing Pumpkins
(ROTTEN APPLES) THE SMASHING PUMPKINS GREATEST HITS
Pink Floyd: ECHOES: THE BEST OF PINK FLOYD
Madonna : GHV2 — GREATEST HITS VOLUME 2
Jill Scott :EXPERIENCE: JILL SCOTT 826+
Green Day :INTERNATIONAL SUPERHITS!
38 Special : A WILD-EYED CHRISTMAS NIGHT
Asylum Street Spankers : THE ASYLUM STREET SPANKERS PRESENT . . . A CHRISTMAS SPANKING
- Peter Keough sees
The Lord of the Rings as satisfying but not overwhelming, and The Royal Tennebaums as a call for fresh creativity from Wes Anderson;
Little Otik will stump you as it did Steve Erickson;
Gary Susman finds Capra corn in The Majestic.
Also, short reviews
- HOW HIGH
THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
IN THE BEDROOM
THE SHIPPING NEWS
KATE & LEOPOLD
NO MAN’S LAND
JIMMY NEUTRON:BOY GENIUS
- According to Carolyn Clay, Enrico IV holds court at the ART, and The Christmas Revels gives Jeffery Gantz much reason to rejoice.
- Caleb Daniloff takes a look at Ben Cheever's Selling Ben Cheever: Back to Square One in a Service Economy, and Clea Simon reads Annie Ernaux's History Lesson.
-- Saturday 4:00 (7) Divas on Ice Starring Katarina Witt. Is she still skating? Standing? Does anyone remember when she was the Eastern Bloc Ice Bitch?
Dining Out: The Fireplace
On the Cheap: El Rancho Grande Restaurant
Noshing & Sipping: Flour Bakery trifle.
Best Music Poll 2001
Fall 2001 Band Guide
The 4th annual
- Listings Index