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Table of contents for week of December 24, 2004

FEATURES

Will Governor Carcieri and the legislature get along in 2005? Don’t count on it. By Ian Donnis.

It's taken too long to build, but it seems like the consensus on Donald Rumsfeld is finally that he's an incompetent boob who has ruined everything he's touched. But Jason Vest wonders if Rummy's suddenly vociferous critics will cop to the blame they share with the Secretary of Defense.

Dan Kennedy explains how FCC chair and libertarian technocrat Michael Powell saved his career -- and lost his soul.

Perhaps you've seen the hilarious image traversing the interweb that shows a map of North America divided into two parts: "The United States of Canada" and "Jesusland." But David S. Bernstein wonders just how Jesus would vote.

Phillipe & Jorge's Cool, Cool World: Carcieri’s end run

Out There: Party hardly

Ask Dr. Lovemonkey: Mixed nuts

Savage Love: Shit happens

Editors' Picks

Plus, this just in:
TALKING POLITICS: Unfinished business: Pensions and contracts for state workers
BIOSCIENCE: TLangevin details changing view of stem cells

Astrology: Moon Signs

MUSIC

The Slip slips into success, while Satyr goes unplugged. By Bob Gulla.

Rock music may not have had any success pushing George W. Bush out, but Matt Ashare still has to give props to this years top ten bands that put the right words and the right rhythm together.

From giddy innocence to logical labyrinths, Jim Macnie looks at the music of 2004.

Also, short reviews of:
Full Blown Chaos: WAKE THE DEMONS
Grizzly Bear: HORN OF PLENTY
Elton John: PEACHTREE ROAD
Kenneth Rexroth and Lawrence Ferlinghetti: POETRY READINGS IN THE CELLAR
Various Artists: PURE BRAZIL, VOLUMES 1-9
Bobby Darin: ACES BACK TO BACK!
The Go-Betweens: LIBERTY BELLE AND THE BLACK DIAMOND EXPRESS; TALLULAH; 16 LOVERS LANE



FILM

Peter Keough covers the cinematic map with his top 10 picks for best films of 2004.

In the Aviator, "Leonardo DiCaprio calls to mind Howard Hughes as the world first knew him, the wunderkind and pioneer," says Peter Keough.

This week's trailers:
FAT ALBERT
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
MEET THE FOCKERS
FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX

THEATER

Bill Rodriguez runs through the plays of 2004.

BOOKS

Is reality keeping you down? Jon Garelick has this year's best fiction books to help you escape reality.

It's true: Jon Garelick lists the Phoenix's top 10 best non-fiction books.

TELEVISION

Tune in for Joyce Millman's best of TV in 2004.

Hot dots: CHRISTMAS EVE 24: 8:00 (64) The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (movie). The 2000 feature film starring René Russo, Jason Alexander, Randy Quaid, Robert De Niro, Janeane Garofalo, and Carl Reiner. Plus the title animated figures.

FOOD

He never knows what will be on marker board menus at Casa Christine, but that doesn't stop Bill Rodriguez from enjoying what he calls, "edible opera."

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