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Table of contents for week of May 28, 2004

Brian C. Jones says Governor Donald Carcieri's charm belies a gradual rightward creep since he took office. Where is the moderate Republican who won the support of voters in 2002?

No one should be surprised that the photos out of Abu Ghraib are merely the tip of the iceberg of American abusiveness in Iraq. As Jason Vest reports, a new documentary entitled Iraq - On the Brink shows the depravity to which American forces have sunk.

Counterpoint: Dan Kennedy finds that since the Abu Ghraib horrors have come to light, the media - who have essentially given the president a free pass since 9/11 - are finally willing to start asking Bush the tough questions.

Phillipe & Jorge's Cool, Cool World: The Randy Newman honorary doctorate

Out There: Word imperfect

Ask Dr. Lovemonkey: Nosing it out

Editors' Picks

Plus, this just in:
BUDGET CRUNCH: RI Historical Society gains a reprieve
LEFT BEHIND: Activists rail against Bush's education policy
TALKING POLITICS: Minority voters get their due in redistricting reversal

Astrology: Moon Signs

MUSIC

Ted Drozdowski introduces the Great High Mountain tour. The name sounds like something Phish would be involved in, but it's actually a bluegrass festival organized by none other than T-Bone Burnett.

The RIAA remains convinced that file-sharing is the cause of the record industry's decline. Bob Gulla has another theory: could it be that modern music just plain sucks?

Also, short reviews of:
Jim White: DRILL A HOLE IN THAT SUBSTRATE AND TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE
Ambulance LTD: LP
Dirty Dozen Brass Band: FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND
Evgeny Kissin: SCHUBERT: PIANO SONATA IN B-FLAT, D.960; SCHUBERT-LISZT: FOUR SONGS; LISZT, MEPHISTO WALTZ NO.1
Chuck Berry: AFTER SCHOOL SESSION WITH CHUCK BERRY
Uri Caine: DARK FLAME
The Standard: WIRE POST TO WIRE

Go for a ride:
Roadtripping: Rock steady

FILM

Not only did Michael Moore's incendiary new polemic, Fahrenheit 9/11, win the Palme d'Or at Cannes, it was also treated to the longest standing ovation in the history of the festival. What? A bunch of Frenchmen applauding an anti-Bush documentary? It must be good! Gerald Peary talks about Moore and more.

Lars von Trier's Dogville is his bleakest vision of human nature yet, says Peter Keough.

This week's trailers:
A SLIPPING DOWN LIFE
RAISING HELEN
THE LOST BOYS OF SUDAN
JEUX D’ENFANTS/LOVE ME IF YOU DARE
BUKOWSKI: BORN INTO THIS

Worth the Trip:
"Peter Lorre: A Sinister Centennial" at the Harvard Film Archive

THEATER

Television may be a parasitic creation calling to mind a certain childhood gag ("This is a braineater. What's it doing? Starving!"), but The Ruby Sunrise, a play about television, is damned inventive. Review by Carolyn Clay.

Johnette Rodriguez chats with performance poet Regie Gibson, in town this weekend to read original, ancient, and contemporary poems as well as some re-envisioned works by Shakespeare and Pablo Neruda.

Worth the Trip:
Oedipus at the American Repertory Theatre
The Rose Tattoo at the Boston University Theatre

ART

RISD's grads strut their stuff. Bill Rodriguez is there.

BOOKS

Colm Tóibín re-imagines the life of Henry James in his historical novel The Master. Review by John Freeman.

TELEVISION

Joyce Millman reviews HBO's Something the Lord Made, and thanks the Lord for making Alan Rickman (but we'll take Mos Def, thank you).

Hot dots: WEDNESDAY 2: 8:00 (2) When I Fall in Love: The One and Only Nat King Cole. A most enjoyable collection of crudely recorded 1950s TV appearances by Mr. Unforgettable.

FOOD

Bill Rodriguez says Napa Valley Grille is more than just its 27-page wine list. But, to be honest, we stopped reading at "27-page wine list" and headed straight there.

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