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Table of contents for week of December 19, 2002

NEWS & FEATURES

In view of the press's sympathy for Cardinal Law and the unlikely prospect of real change in the Church, says Kristen Lombardi, these are sad days indeed for victims of clergy sexual abuse.

'Long Dong' Silver fan Clarence Thomas echoes the arguments of anti-porn feminists to ban cross-burning. They're wrong, says Michael Bronski, and so is he.

Deep down, all serious football fans believe we know the game better than just about anyone, says Sean Glennon. What do we know?

In his presidential bid, Vermont governor Howard Dean hopes to bridge the gulf between New England and the Western states, and bypass the socially conservative South. Should John Kerry be worried? Seth Gitell finds out in Talking Politics.

The Virginia statute criminalizing cross-burnings, which is now being tested before the Supreme Court, can be preserved without threatening constitutional protections of "hate speech." Harvey Silverglate explains.

There are signs the Bush administration may go after Hezbollah after it's had its way in Iraq. But it's not at all clear that the Lebanon-based terrorist organization poses the same threat it did in the 1980s and '90s. Richard Byrne reports.

A recent college graduate settling into a two-year stint with the Peace Corps in Jordan finds herself suddenly evacuated soon after the assassination of a US diplomat puts her safety in jeopardy. Jennifer L. Warren tells her story.

In the Phoenix editorial, we contend that, with the GOP taking a hard look at Lott, the Democrats should do the same with Daschle. Plus, we weigh in on Bryon Rushing's courageous run and the continued injustice of the death penalty.

In Out There, Kris Frieswick wonders how much responsibility one should take for the doings of one's unconscious.

Genevieve Rajewski finds ways to turn on your hearth lights in Urban Buy.

Plus, this just in:

SUPERHERO STATUS QUO : Marvelís gay cowboy changes nothing
SITUATION VACANT : Mortals need not apply
TALKING POLITICS : A fresh face for the Democrats
CAROLS OF CHRISTMAS PAST : God rest ye merry, rubbermen
MEDIA : The Hague lays off journalists, for now
ROCK GOSSIP : Whatís with the Vines?


Letters to the editor
Moon Signs
Dr. Lovemonkey


EDITORS' PICKS

In Arts news, Looking forward to New Year's Eve; The Exonerated

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MUSIC

Sean Richardson says Sum 41 and Good Charlotte stay true to the cause.

Franklin Bruno revisits Pavement's early years.

Ted Drozdowski sizes up Peter Buck's new indie label.

Annie Zaleski on Dot Allison and Sing-Sing.

In Giant Steps,Jon Garelick looks at four books about jazz, including a new Miles Davis biography

In Cellars by Starlight, Robin Vaughan hears Natalie Flanagan make her wildest dream come true.

Also, live reviews of Tom Petty at the Fleetcenter, Jon Stewart at the Orpheum, and Jimmy Tingle at the Elm Street Theater.

And last but not least, Roadtripping.

Also, short reviews of:
Thee Michelle Gun Elephant : TANDEM BEAT RODEO SPECTER
Joe Morris : AGE OF EVERYTHING
Dave Matthews Band : LIVE AT FOLSOM FIELD BOULDER COLORADO
Various Artists : MAYBE THIS CHRISTMAS
Bright Eyes : A CHRISTMAS ALBUM
Patty Loveless : BLUEGRASS & WHITE SNOW
The Brian Setzer Orchestra : BOOGIE WOOGIE CHRISTMAS


FILM

Peter Keough says About Schmidt, Alexander Payne's latest, is about Jack Nicholson.

Gary Susman says Steven Spielberg turns cynical in Catch Me If You Can.

Plus, Mike Miliard talks to Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the real Frank Abagnale.

Peter Keough says Adaptation excels at the art of self-abuse.

Peter Keough sees The Two Towers as the world's greatest video game.

Gary Susman watches Pedro Almodůvar try to keep talking.

Peter Keough gangs up on Scorsese's Dead Rabbits society.

In Film Culture, Gerald Peary watches Phillip Noyce go back Down Under.

Also, short reviews of:
ANTWONE FISHER
STAR TREK: NEMESIS
RABBIT-PROOF FENCE
EVELYN
LANGRISHE, GO DOWN
TWO WEEKS NOTICE
THE WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE



THEATER

Jeffrey Gantz travels with the Revels to Armenia and Georgia.

Bill Rodriguez says Copenhagen scores at Trinity.

DANCE

Marcia B. Siegel on Caitlin Corbett at Green Street.

BOOKS

Amy Finch reviews Mr. Posterior and the Genius Child (Berkley), Emily Jenkins's off-kilter coming-of-age tale.

TELEVISION

Hot Dots -- Thursday, 8:00 (7) Providence. At last. The series finale. What outlandish mix of veterinary medicine and romance is in store?

FOOD

Dining Out : Sabur
On the Cheap : Tequila Mexican Grill
Noshing & Sipping : Oak Bar holiday cocktails

SPECIALS

Best Music Poll 2002
Fall 2002 Band Guide
The 6th annual Best issue
 









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