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Table of contents for week of November 19, 2004

FEATURES

Check out the Best of 2004, Providence's Best of everything, from best family barbershop to best thing to happen to an olive, all selected by our readers and editors.

The Providence Phoenix staff picks six local heroes of Providence that will have you in awe.

Phillipe & Jorge's Cool, Cool World: Crystal ball

Out There: Dream on

Ask Dr. Lovemonkey: Suspicious mind

Savage Love: Letís talk about sex

Editors' Picks

Plus, this just in:
IN MEMORIAM: Gewirtz was a tenacious fighter for social justice
CONSUMERISM: Taking a post-turkey stand against gluttony
BLUE STATE BLUES: Can safe state voters make a difference?

Astrology: Moon Signs

MUSIC

Bob Gulla gets sappy over Stone Soup and gives Supersuckers' fans an update.

Matt Ashare has the last word on Elliott Smith.

Also, short reviews of:
Shivaree: BREACH
Minnie Driver: EVERYTHING IíVE GOT IN MY POCKET
Train: ALIVE AT LAST
The Break: HANDBOOK FOR THE HOPELESS
Mix Master Mike: BANGZILLA
Suzzy and Maggie Roche: WHY THE LONG FACE

Go for a ride:
Roadtripping: Taking back Taking Back Sunday

FILM

Steve Vinebery reviews Sideways, "an alternately rollicking and mournful road comedy about the terrors of settling into middle age that takes place during a week-long vacation taken by two men, pals since college, in Southern California wine country."

This week's trailers:
BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON
NATIONAL TREASURE
SEED OF CHUCKY
THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE



THEATER

Alexander Parks gives every outlandish inclusion a real-world thrust in Fucking A, a play about a woman and her hardships in an absurd reality. By Bill Rodriguez.

"Imagination is the vehicle, gung-ho enthusiasm is the fuel, and fun is the cargo, as the alter ego of writer-director Schwartz is propelled through an outlandish adventure in order to save not just the Earth but the universe in the play, Barry Weintraub: Intergalactic Explorer," says Bill Rodriguez.

Bill Rodrigez says, The Big Slam "is sit-com-superficial."

Worth the Trip:
Permanent Collection at the New Repertory Theatre.
The Value of Names at the Theatre Cooperative.

DANCE

This year's edition of Up CLOSE, On HOPE puts a new spin on ballet, as the dancers swing dance, Lindy, jitterbug and dance to Janis Joplin. By Johnette Rodriguez.

Worth the Trip:
The Nutcracker by Boston Ballet at the Colonial Theatre.

ART

Worth the Trip:
"In the Vernacular: Everyday Photographs from the Rodger Kingston Collection" at the Boston University Art Galley.
"Contemporary Responses to Family and Found Photographs" at the Photographic Resource Center.

BOOKS

Adventure, art, women and alcohol -- you won't believe it is a biography. William Corbett reviews Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan book, de Kooning: An American Master.

TELEVISION

Hot dots: SATURDAY 20: 9:00 (44) National Geographic Specials: Civil War Gold. The story of locating the sunken remains of the SS Republic, which sank en route to NOLA in 1865 carrying $75 million (at today's rates) in gold and silver coins.

FOOD

If you enjoy the presentation upstairs at the 2nd Story Theatre, you will absolutely love the presentation and the taste of the food at the Downstairs Bistro. By Johnette Rodriguez.

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