As legislators weigh gay marriage at next week's constitutional convention, Kristen Lombardi reports, their votes will depend on a shifting calculus of political expediency, self-interest, party loyalty - and principle.
The Massachusetts senator has the Democratic nomination all locked up, says Dan Kennedy, but in the pre-convention months, he'll have to take the offensive to fight off the GOP's flying monkeys.
The Patriot Act is scary enough. Now John Ashcroft is going after the "Great Writ" of habeas corpus - the only legal principle that prevents the American penal system from becoming a gulag - and he's going about it in fittingly sneaky ways. Harvey A. Silverglate and Carl Takei report.
Chris Wright profiles former WWF wrestler and Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura, who's brought his antics to Harvard.
Tamara Wieder talks with Andrea Powell, who's already a nonprofit veteran at age 26. Now she's tackling social injustices with her own organization, the FAIR Fund.
In the Phoenix editorial, we contend that gay civil rights should be left to the courts.
In "Out There," Alan Olifson does it for the sport of it.
In "Urban Buy," Christine Junge is better off bed.
Letters to the editor
Plus, this just in:
Flesh: A love-hate kind of thing
Free speech? Take a number.
Straights for gays
Romney flexes his muscle
In Arts News, Huntington reaches out to the young'uns, Boston Ballet's Rachel Moore leaves town, and more
In Performance, Mark Morris returns to Boston
In Theater, JoAnne Akalaitis throws a Birthday Party
In Galleries and Museums, Art on the walls at the Gardner; art on dolls at Green Street
In Classical, Opera Boston and BMOP give Nixon in China its Boston premiere
In State of the Art, The rebirths of John Hammond and John Mayall
Plan your week:
Carly Carioli on DJ Danger Mouse's melding of Jay-Z and the Beatles.
Jonathan Perry says Robert Fisher and Willard Grant Conspiracy have taken a big step forward.
Franklin Bruno on the Mekons and the Sundowners.
Jon Garelick hears Steve Lacy do the Beats
Wayne Robbins says Paul Kelly puts a little love into his new Ways & Means.
Lloyd Schwartz on Cecilia Bartoli with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Borromeo Quartet with Richard Stoltzman.
Live reviews of: Elvis Costello, Dead Cat Bounce and Debbie Davies
Also, short reviews of:
COME ACROSS THE RIVER
YOU MADE ME
Morning 40 Federation
YOU MY BROTHER
BOWS AND ARROWS
...and Roadtripping: British Sea Power returns, plus rising a rising folk-rock sister act and more.
BY CARLY CARIOLI
Chris Fujiwara reports from the 54th Berlin International Film Festival.
Peter Keough on Andrei Zvyagintsev's eternal Return.
Gerald Peary relates the cautionary tale of Carmine Caridi.
Also, short reviews of:
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED SHORTS
DIE ANDERE FRAU/THE OTHER WOMAN
STARSKY & HUTCH
YOSSI & JAGGER
Carolyn Clay watches the Trinity pair O'Neill with O'Casey.
Carolyn Clay says Sly Fox is Borscht Belt Ben Jonson.
Christopher Millis finds goodies at the DeCordova and in Fitchburg.
Jonathan Dixon goes looking for Dylan's Blood on the Tracks.
HOTDOTS: THURSDAY 4 10:00 (2) Frontline: Fat. Can fat be beautiful? Can the overweight be healthy? Can you pass the potatoes, please?
By Clif Garboden
Dining Out : Pigalle's Tuna Martini
Noshing & Sipping : Caldo Caldo Caffè
The Phoenix Education
Fall Arts Guide
The 6th annual Best issue