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Table of contents for week of June 6, 2003
NEWS & FEATURES
Since the early '80s, Americans have been sleepwalking as media deregulation has proceeded apace. But under Michael Powell, says Dan Kennedy, the FCC seems to have crossed the line this week: from the right to the left, opponents of media monopoly are now wide awake.
You can't get blood from a stone, but W.'s puppeteers are getting their piece of lumber to vomit up an endless stream of lies. Quite a feat, that. Now, asks Barry Crimmins, who's going to put a stop to it?
Massachusetts has some of the toughest mandatory-sentencing laws for drug offenses in the country. Now, fiscal crisis - not simple fairness - is getting legislators to reconsider. Kristen Lombardi reports.
The old Orientalism, with its vicarious sense of erotic thrill in the wily alien, was bad enough. But in the hands of the religious right, Michael Bronski says, the sexualization of Islam is downright dangerous.
In the interest of promoting Bostonian skin, and in hopes of warmer weather, Camille Dodero compiles a list of places indoors and out where you're likely to see exposed flesh this summer.
In the Phoenix editorial we say it's time for Congress to regulate media conglomeration. In "Out There," David Valdes-Greenwood wonders if spam makes the man.
Genevieve Rajewski finds Kitschy, kitschy cool for the yard in "Urban Buy."
Plus, this just in:
MEDIA : The elusive truth about those missing Iraqi antiquities
RANT : A new concept in slumming
PERSONALLY : Altared states
OUT AND ABOUT : Boston Pride
LIFE SUPPORT : Healthy choices
TRANCE ENCOUNTERS : Hypnotism 101
POLICE STATE : Oops! Never mind.
Letters to the editor
In Arts news, Remembering Luciano Berio, saying good-bye to Hi-Fi, hello to Mayflower, and heralding the return of ‘Cellu-Loud’
In Galleries and Museums, The 2003 DeCordova Annual Exhibition
The Boston Early Music Festival, plus new music in Rockport in Classical.
Plan your week:
State of the art
Sean Richardson says the Dropkick Murphys hold their own on Blackout.
In Cellars by Starlight, Robin Vaughan on All Kindsa Girls, celebrating the Real Kids on film.
Franklin Soults hears Prince Paul explore Politics of the Business.
In Giant Steps, Jon Garelick says Lovano, Scofield, and Hargrove get into, and beyond, Miles and Coltrane.
Ted Drozdowski says the blues barely survived this year's Handy Awards.
Joseph Patel says The Polyphonic Spree revel in the sound of the human voice.
Lloyd Schwartz says Jeffrey Rink leads Chorus pro Musica in Verdi's La traviata.
And last but not least, Roadtripping.
Also, short reviews of:
Röyksopp : MELODY A.M.
The Turbo A.C.’s : AUTOMATIC
DJ Envy : THE DESERT STORM MIXTAPE: BLOK PARTY VOL. 1
AMANDLA! : A REVOLUTION IN FOUR-PART HARMONY: THE SOUNDTRACK
Lyle Lovett : SMILE
The Damnwells : PMR + 1
Electric Six : FIRE
Peter Keough watches Chen Kaige fiddle with success in Together.
Gerald Peary reports from Cannes where Van Sant triumphs and local filmmakers make good.
Also, short reviews of:
2 FAST 2 FURIOUS
Lloyd Schwartz critiques a Philip Glass double bill at ART.
Steve Vineberg on the Hartford Stage's visually gorgeous Iguana.
Mark Bazer welcomes The Producers to Boston.
Marcia B. Siegel says Rebecca Rice keeps moving.
Christopher Millis on "Visions and Revisions" at the MFA, plus Jocelyn Lee, Abelardo Morell, and Sol LeWitt.
Michael Bronski on Leslie Epstein's "novel from memory".
Hot Dots -- Wednesday, 8:00 (2) American Dream: Andrea Bocelli's Statue of Liberty. He bought it? Andrea runs through some arias and some Neapolitan tunes in this repeated concert from New York Harbor. (Until 11 p.m.)
Dining Out: Flux
On the Cheap : Yan’s Best Place
Noshing & Sipping : Negro Modelo
Best Music Poll 2003
Spring 2003 Band Guide
The 6th annual Best issue