NEWS & FEATURES
It's the Phoenix's "Seasons" issue, where we offer you cool places to shop for gifts, ten books that people will actually want to read, the year's most interesting gadgets (for under $300), DIY holidays, toys kids won't get sick of, and how to get the most out of your holiday parties.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's death, read the Phoenix's original coverage from December 1980.
David Bernstein on the T-shirt controversy. How, exactly, is this supposed to help solve the city's escalating crime problems?
Camille Dodero checks out Guitar Hero, the DDR-style game from local developer Harmonix that lets anyone with a PS2 live out their rock and roll fantasies.
Deirdre Fulton goes to Washington to watch as new Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts presides over his first abortion-related case. What can it tell us about the Court's future under him?
Mark Jurkowitz speaks to Paul La Camera, the new boss at WBUR. He also follows up on Woodward and community journalism.
Dan Savage on sex.
ID Check: Ivy Glass
In the Phoenix editorial: Stop bitchin': murder is the problem, not T-shirts.
Letters to the editor
Plus, this just in:
BOOB JOB Ex-employee tries to deflate case for silicone implants
DIY Bazaar Bizarre: bigger, better, and in book form
FASHION AND HISSY FITS Fluevog gives Dandy Warhols the boot
FREEDOM WATCH Shirting the issue
OUT ON CAMPUS BC shuts down gay dance
MICHAEL D. BROWN, LLC Worst business idea of the year award
HOLIDAY MASH-UPS Biggie vs. Wham! on Santastic
CRIME AND PENMANSHIP Phoenix writer wins Criminal Justice Reporting award
QUOTES & NUMBERS Death and flatulence
In Theater, A Doll’s House, Red Elm.
In Museums + Galleries, "
"Icons + Altars" at the New Art Center; 18th-century French art at the Fogg
It's the holidays again, which can mean only one thing: box sets. Joyce Millman examines the new deluxe Born to Run which shows The Boss becoming The Boss. Meanwhile Matt Ashare looks at a variety of sets that are sorted by decade, the most interesting of which is Just Say Sire, which includes everything from Madonna to My Bloody Valentine.
Ted Drozdowski remembers the late, great Chris Whitley. He also looks at just how many artists have taken up protest-singing, some of which, like System of a Down, are about as musically far-removed from the days of Woody Guthrie as one can get.
Lloyd Schwartz on the end of the BSO's year.
In Cellars By Starlight, Mike Miliard talks to Graveyard BBQ, one of many local bands featured in Guitar Hero.
In Out: Elisabeth Donnelly checks out Dagha, Insight, and Edan.
Sarah Tomlinson has notes on a Sheila Devine reunion.
In Circuits, David Day checks out DJ Flack's course at MassArt.
In Download: Matt Ashare checks out the best of the Rolling Stones' newest box.
Live reviews of:
DJ Tiesto and Jim Hall and Dave Holland.
Also, short reviews of:
THE COMPLETE JELLY ROLL MORTON LIBRARY OF CONGRESS RECORDINGS BY ALAN LOMAX
CHILDREN OF NUGGETS: ORIGINAL ARTYFACTS FROM THE SECOND PSYCHEDELIC ERA, 1976–1996
ONE KISS CAN LEAD TO ANOTHER: GIRL GROUP SOUNDS LOST AND FOUND
THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS PCD
THE ROLLING STONES THE SINGLES: 1968–1971
Gary Susman catches The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
In Film Culture, Gerald Peary checks out The Talent Given Us, a top-notch comedy.
Also, short reviews of:
39 POUNDS OF LOVE
BE HERE TO LOVE ME: A FILM ABOUT TOWNES VAN ZANDT
THE KEEPER: THE LEGEND OF OMAR KHAYYAM
TENNIS, ANYONE . . . ?
Carolyn Clay on Three Sisters at ART and White Christmas at the Wang.
Jeffrey Gantz on the Boston Ballet's Nutcracker, now at the Opera House.
Marcia Siegel on Martha Graham at the Shubert.
Christopher Millis on The George Wein collection at the BU Art Gallery.
John Freeman on Rafi Zabor's I, Wabenzi.
HOTDOTS: THURS | 10:00  PRIMETIME SPECIAL EDITION | PETER JENNINGS REPORTING: BREAKDOWN - AMERICA'S HEALTH INSURANCE CRISIS | A little bit spooky, but understandable. Jennings began this report before he died of cancer earlier this year. Charles Gibson does the introduction. The topic is the 46 million Americans without health insurance, a statistic that makes us stand out as the big loser of the industrial world. | Until 11 pm
BY CLIF GARBODEN
Dining Out Robert Nadeau on Sauce.
On the Cheap Brookline Spa
Hot Plate: Aquitaine’s mussels with Sancerre, shallots, and fresh thyme.
Taste Buds: Upcoming local dining events
Best Music Poll 2005
Digital Photography Guide
The Best 2004
Education Section 2005