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Thursday, December 5 2002

Jeff Buckley: The Grace EPs

In life, rock stars are fallible, capable of recording a bad album or being arrested for some unsavory violation you’d rather not know about.


Treasure Planet (2002)

A space opera in touch with its feminine side.


Stealing the Fire (2002)

What is the relevance of individual agency in such vast systems as the Nazi war machine or the post-war global arms trade?"


Extreme Ops (2002)

At first, the girls-gone-wild moment is just about driving the supremely inept boys batty with desire.


Equilibrium (2002)

Hooray for kicking opponents' heads in, fancy wirework, and twirling black topcoats.


Empire (2002)

Of the many crazy clichés in Empire, Isabella Rossellini's big fat hair has to be the loony-tunesiest.


Daughter From Danang (2002)

Dolgin and Franco work hard not to exploit Heidi's naïvete for its narrative potential.


Analyze That (2002)

To endure Analyze That requires not just suspension of disbelief, but suspension of neurological activity as well.


Wednesday, December 4 2002

Amon Tobin

The attitude of the cooler-than-cool couple in front of us in line for Amon Tobin, the Brazilian electronic musician/mad scientist, pretty much summed up


Smokey & Miho

When Smokey & Miho performed the quiet, haunting samba “Canto de Pedra Preta” on Saturday night, I felt the urge to sock someone. It’s


Rhett Miller + thedamnwells

Rhett Miller thedamnwells You almost have to wonder if it’s a fake name. Rhett Miller. Sounds like a man who is a bit older


John Mayer

Growing Pains John Mayer represents the best of the new mainstream pop movement. Whereas mainstream pop of recent years has been about young, beautiful puppets


Guns N’ Roses

Expect the worst, pray for something decent. That was my mindset going into the Chicago Guns N’ Roses gig this past Monday night, the seventh


Neko Case + Jim and Jennie and the Pinetops + Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter

S E T    L I S T FavoriteOutro With Bees[untitled new song]Twist the KnifeStinging VelvetPretty GirlsBuckets of RainGhost WiringDeep Red BellsSet


Dan Bern

“If you’re gonna ruin my show, get the fuck out.” Dan Bern stopped midway through his first song, “Hey God”, to direct an astonishingly


One Man’s Bible by Gao Xingjian

Gao himself is a firm believer that word embellishments will not substitute for the truth.


Manhattan Monologues: Stories by Louis Auchincloss

There's depth and a taste that can only be attributed to a well-cultured insight refined within the headiest caskets.


The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

It was a whole lot better when it was called Ghost.


The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D.

...what's an introvert to do in such a hostile environment?"


The Future Homemakers of America by Laurie Graham

This is an old and well-worn path.


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