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Table of contents for week of July 23, 2004

As campaigning begins, Ian Donnis finds Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey's pros and cons, foes and friends.

Political satirist Barry Crimmins writes to John Kerry with words of encouragement.

Tamara Wieder talks with Molly Ivins about her new book Who Let the Dogs In?, a collection of more than 100 of the syndicated columnist's observations on American politics.

Phillipe & Jorge's Cool, Cool World: Bimbos on line

Out There: Itís only natural

Ask Dr. Lovemonkey: In the ear

Savage Love: Tongue-in-cheek

Editors' Picks

Plus, this just in:
MEDIA: DePetro heads to the Hub
CITYWATCH: Burial of powerlines by India Point not yet a done deal

Astrology: Moon Signs

MUSIC

Bob Gulla says goodbye to local blues legend Rick Mendes and gives the ins and outs of the Providence music scene.

The Hives and the Swedish girl group Sahara Hotnights hit Boston and Carly Carioli has everything you need to know.

Also, short reviews of:
Various Artists: TRAX RECORDS: 20th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
The A.K.A.s: WHITE DOVES & SMOKING GUNS
Johnny Winter: IíM A BLUES MAN
Jon Langford: ALL THE FAME OF LOFTY DEEDS
Wolfgang Sawallisch, Philadelphia Orchestra: SCHUMANN: THE FOUR SYMPHONIES
Various Artists: BUZZINí FLY VOLUME ONE

Go for a ride:
Roadtripping: The metal lobby

FILM

Peter Keough enjoys watching the wit and precision with which Matt Damon's character Jason Bourne demolishes his adversaries in Bourne Supremacy.

This week's trailers:
I, ROBOT


THEATER

Worth the Trip:
Much Ado About Nothing at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common.
Troilus and Cressida at the Publick Theatre.
Heartbreak House at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.
A Midsummer Nightís Dream at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Barrington Stage Company.

ART

Bill Rodriguez says, "'Art and Architecture by a Father and Son' is an intriguing exhibition, broad in subject matter. Troy and Anker West have clearly developed a familial symbiosis, and it is fascinating to explore its intricacies."

BOOKS

In his book, What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, Thomas Frank asks the question: why do so many of America's working poor vote persistently against their own economic interests, allowing the wealthy Republican beneficiaries of their loyalty to blight their neighborhoods and siphon off their wealth? By Catherine Tumber.

TELEVISION

Steve Vineberg says, "Bob Hoskins alone makes Pennies from Heaven a precious commodity."

Hot dots: SUNDAY 25:4:10 (44) The Summer of '42 (movie). A 1971 take on coming of age in 1942 at a resort community with the help of a hot young bride whose husband is off defending democracy. Starring Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes, and Jerry Houser.

FOOD

Pay attention, expensive waterfront restaurants, Bill Rodriguez says the New England clam shack Quito's could teach you a thing or two.

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