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Celebrating "Satchmo"
Louis Armstrong's centennial is celebrated in a series of new reissues.
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Volume IV, Issue 4
July 17 - July 24, 2000

News & Opinion

The major-party conventions this summer will be as dull as the candidates themselves, but not so outside the halls. We're paying the cost of not dealing with boys. The "Reel Deal" on Austin cable television has turned free airtime into a fairly reputable outfit. Plus, Time Warner picks on employees, tattoos on women, and more.

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Film & TV

Stanley Kwan's "Actress" is as much about the vanishing of the early 20th century as about the irretrievable loss of the era's photographic records. "X-Men" is the best movie made from a comic book and an exception to a summer of forgettable releases. "Big Brother" is incredibly boring, and a sense of emptiness seems to lurk around it. Plus, comedian Margaret Cho on film, a Jamaican cop movie, and more.

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Fela Kuti has no real equal. The late Nigerian musician was a superconductor of social criticism and a hot fusion of musical muscle. As music fans prepare to celebrate the centennial of the great Louis Armstrong, his music is being reissued. The Boston Phoenix catches us up on three independent record companies that are marking significant anniversaries: Drag City, Bloodshot, and Luaka Bop. Also, Sinéad O'Connor's new album, Blonde Redhead on the road, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

The Selling of Roswell
Guys and Dolls and Aliens
Roswellian Americana
Sightseeing in Roswell
and more...

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For the first time since the death of Princess Diana, there is a selection of books that are not breathless tell-alls rushed into print. Charles Pierce etches with painful precision the effect of Alzheimer's disease on his family. Nancy Woodruff's debut novel is a compelling and thoughtful read. Also, a new play from Neil Labute, research into American Indian history, and more.

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Come down from your Staggering Heights and get to the Red Meat of the matter with this swell set of cartoons that also includes K. Rat and Random Shots.

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