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Thursday, September 26 2002

Papa Noel and Papi Oviedo: Bana Congo

Many African artists such as Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, Gnonnas Pedro, and Africando play the Afro-Cuban influenced rhythms known as Congolese rumba. Also, there

Syl and Jimmy Johnson: 2 Johnsons Are Better Than One

Hailing from Holly Springs, Mississippi and raised in Chicago, the Johnsons are called the real live blues brothers. Syl and Jimmy Johnson have finally recorded

Gregg Allman: No Stranger to the Dark: Best of Gregg Allman

In the recording industry, “Best of” or “Greatest Hits” has come to mean much the same thing as “News Alert” has on CNN, absolutely nothing.

Trapped (2002)

Scary as this sounds -- Courtney Love channeling Claire Standish or Andie Walsh -- it might explain a few things about what was going on in Trapped.

Snatch (2000)

Snatch is all about attitude and style. And guys, lots of guys.

Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

I won't tell you how it ends, but note the film's title is 'not' 'New York State of Mind.'"

Snipes (2001)

As Erik puts it, he has 'business to take care of.' That business is hip-hop.

Secretary (2002)

Secretary is about anxiety, depression, the inability to communicate.

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth / The End of Evangelion (1997)

Multi-layered, ultraviolent, and profoundly disturbing, Evangelion depicts the end of the world as we know it and after seeing it, I most definitely do 'not' feel fine.

The Lady and the Duke (L’Anglaise et le duc) (2001)

Rohmer dehumanizes the mob, and encourages the audience to participate in the objectification. It's the aesthetic equivalent of the guillotine, chopping off spectator imagination.

The Long Goodbye (1973/2002)

Not just empty genre deconstruction, The Long Goodbye dares to ask some very basic questions about the hard-boiled detective hero.

Go Tigers! (2001)

Go Tigers! not only encourages the audience to cheer on its subjects, but also shows their vulnerabilities.

The Four Feathers (2002)

It's alarmingly short-sighted fiction, offering only occasional glimpses of the imperial project's fundamental viciousness and ignorance.

The Cockettes (2002)

A joyful, wild romp through the heyday of San Francisco's national cultural importance, filled with body glitter, feather boas, and important shoes.

Wednesday, September 25 2002

Saul Zonana: Guinea Pigs

It’s no surprise that there is a bounty of talented good musicians out there, working the clubs, recording music and not garnering any sort

Kev Russell’s Junker: Buttermilk & Rifles

Having paid his dues in the potpourri-genre Texas band Gourds, Kev Russell this time opted to go it alone. Well, about as alone as one

Inner: lovetheonlyway

Inner is the baby of Jennifer Turner, whom you may or may not know was the guitarist on Natalie Merchant’s Tigerlily album. So far

Highway 9: What in Samhill?

Highway 9 is your typical hard-working, blue-collar, just-a-bunch-of-regular-guys, New Jersey rock band, a band following in the tradition of the likes of Bruce Springsteen and the

Billie Holiday and Lester Young: A Musical Romance

Like any good newsworthy event of the 20th century, one of the most touching pieces of jazz history happened in front of the television cameras.

Johnny Cash: Sings the Ballads of the True West / Songs of Our Soil / Silver

There’s not much to say about Johnny Cash that hasn’t been said already. He is the original man in black, the first musician

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