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Table of contents for week of December 17, 2004

FEATURES

Tim Lehnert says there’s more than meets the eye to Pawtucket’s familiar roadside ziggurat — and it’s well worth preserving.

Chip Young rounds up the year's best names in sports.

Atlantic Monthly senior editor Jack Beatty has gathered some of the best political reporting in American history for a volume entitled Pols: Great Writers on American Politicians from Bryan to Reagan. Beatty talks to our Dan Kennedy.

Phillipe & Jorge's Cool, Cool World: Party at Taricani's!

Out There: Oh, baby

Ask Dr. Lovemonkey: Dateless wonder

Savage Love: Doctor's orders

Editors' Picks

Plus, this just in:
GENDER STUDIES: Can men be trusted with birth control?
MEDIA: Taricani case grows more murky in court
CITYWATCH: Gallery space closing at Rhode Island Foundation

Astrology: Moon Signs

MUSIC

If you're tired of all these pansies who call themselves punks these days, perhaps you'd be interested in Routine 8. These guys are so extreme and in-your-face, they actually display their middle fingers in photos! Stand back! By Bob Gulla.

Although hip-hop stalwarts like De La Soul and Mos Def are still recording and performing, their social consciousness seems to have been replaced by a desire for dollars. Franklin Soults explains.

Apparently one wasn't enough for Rufus Wainwright, who now drops Want Two. He chats with our Mac Randall.

Also, short reviews of:
Big Mama Thornton with the Muddy Waters Blues Band: BIG MAMA THORNTON WITH THE MUDDY WATERS BLUES BAND – 1966
Despistado: THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE
Anders Parker: TELL IT TO THE DUST
Kiss: GOLD
Chandler Travis and Friends: ANOTHER CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR YOU
Frickin’ A: "MERRY MERRY MERRY FRICKIN’ CHRISTMAS (WORLD CHAMPION RED SOX ANTHEM)"

Go for a ride:
Roadtripping: Dreaming of a White Christmas

FILM

This week's trailers:
BEING JULIA
LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
SPANGLISH

ART

If phrases like "Julie Heffernan’s fecund cornucopia of imagery" don't put you off, then you'll probably want to check out Ms. Heffernan's "Paintings" at Rhode Island College’s Bannister Gallery. By Bill Rodriguez.

BOOKS

David Thomson presents The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood, which sounds great except for his apparent dismissal of kickass Jerry Bruckheimer movies. Review by Richard C. Walls.

TELEVISION

Hot dots: SUNDAY 19 9:00 (44) Independent Lens: The Day My God Died. A documentary that puts a human face on the sex trade that forces young girls from Nepal to work in the filthy brothels of Bombay through a series of first-person victim profiles.

FOOD

Johnette Rodgriguez visits Café Choklad to indulge her sweet tooth, and samples such sugary delights as -- we kid you not -- a S'more panini. Chocoholics rejoice! Or beware.

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