Adam Reilly profiles Senate president Robert Travaglini, who will be presiding over next week's state constitutional convention and thus holds the key to legislators' same-sex-marriage debate.
Kristen Lombardi talks with "former homosexual" Larry Houston, who spends every week up on Beacon Hill arguing that gayness is not a matter of identity, but of behavior, and that therefore gay men and lesbians are not entitled to civil rights. Is anybody listening?
John Kerry's primary comeback is already old news, says Dan Kennedy. Now he's got to define himself before the Republicans - and the media - do it for him.
In a stealth move, Governor Mitt Romney attached a number of mini-bills to his 2005 budget that introduce dramatic policy changes, David Bernstein reports. Clearly, he doesn't want them to receive the usual public scrutiny.
Think the government's recent ban on ephedra was put in place to protect the health and safety of fat people? Think again, says Camille Dodero.
Tamara Wieder talks with Nathaniel Kahn, whose new film, My Architect - recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary - goes in search of answers about his father, renowned architect Louis Kahn, who died when Nathaniel was 11.
In "Out There," Rebecca Wieder cashes in.
In "Urban Buy," Kate Cohen says that now could be the winter of your content.
Letters to the editor
Plus, this just in:
Wrestling with history
A Phoenix poll of state reps and senators on the anti-gay-marriage constitutional amendment
A site to see
Art and prostitution
McQuilken vs. Romney
The press and the front-runner
In Arts News, Peter Keough revisits his misguided Oscar picks, Shakespeare gets another contemporary update, and more
In Performance, The world's most famous punk-rock porn portal gets off the Internet
In Theater, Nunsense turns 20
In Galleries and Museums, 'Son et Lumière' at MIT and Abe Morell et Andy Grundberg at Montserrat
In Classical, A slew of Valentine's Day events
In State of the Art, Danica Phelps's sex lives of the practical and compulsive
Plan your week:
Franklin Soults heralds the second coming of Alicia Keys.
Ted Drozdowski on the Tarbox Ramblers and Mark Erelli
Jon Garelick on Carol Sloane's lived-in jazz.
Sean Richardson talks with Fountains of Wayne and handicaps the Grammys.
Monique Lavie on the Shins' trip up from the underground.
Sean Richardson hears MXPX's romantic side on Before Everything & After.
Live reviews of: LES SAVY FAV, DJ LOUIE DEVITO and MELISSA FERRICK
Also, short reviews of:
BENEATH THESE FIREWORKS
SPIRITUALS: THE BEST OF SPAIN
John Wesley Harding
Southern Culture on the Skids
JUST BECAUSE I’M A WOMAN: SONGS OF DOLLY PARTON
The Autumn Defense
...and Roadtripping: The lovely ladies of Suicide Girls take their show on the road, the Sex Workers Art Show Tour, and more
Chris Fujiwara plums Andy Warhol's outer and inner space.
Gerald Peary says Liz Garbus does justice to Girlhood; plus, another look at The Caine Mutiny.
Also, short reviews of:
THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED
BARBERSHOP 2: BACK IN BUSINESS
BEYOND GOOD & EVIL: CHILDREN, MEDIA AND VIOLENT TIMES
CATCH THAT KID
TOUCHING THE VOID
YOU GOT SERVED
Carolyn Clay finds old truths inhabiting Ronan Noone's town of lies.
Ellen Pfeifer says SpeakEasy Stage has a good Five Years.
Marcia B. Siegel on World Music's Flamenco Festival and Boston Ballet's Raw Dance.
Ted Drozdowski on Elijah Wald's search for Robert Johnson.
HOTDOTS: SUNDAY 8 8:00 (4) The 46th Annual Grammy Awards. You gotta wonder about a contest where Fountains of Wayne are competing in the New Artist category (apparently their 2003 album 'established their public identity'), but the show might be fun.
By Clif Garboden
Will Sex and the City's heroines live happily ever after? Joyce Millman finds out.
Dining Out : La Morra
Cheap Eats : Shino Express
Noshing & Sipping : POM Wonderful
Fall Arts Guide
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