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High Violet; The National; 4AD

High Violet; The National; 4AD

On their fifth album, Brooklyn’s the National sound more than ever like a band on the cusp of something bigger. Their elegant rock has made them an indie heavyweight, but their polish and calculated drama suggest that the band would be equally suited to stardom on the level of Coldplay or U2. (Even rawer tracks […]

The corporate co-opting of "local"

The corporate co-opting of "local"

HSBC, one of the biggest banks on the planet, has taken to calling itself “the world’s local bank.” Winn-Dixie, a 500-outlet supermarket chain, recently launched a new ad campaign under the tagline “Local flavor since 1956.” The International Council of Shopping Centers, a global consortium of mall owners and developers, is pouring millions of dollars […]

What's cookin'?

What's cookin'?

What’s cookin’? Can these chefs whip up something delicious from a seasonal local farm basket? You betcha. Advertisement: Great Plates! LOCAL RESTAURANTS SHARE THEIR MENU HIGHLIGHTS HERE

Correction from September 30 issue

Due to a data entry research error, we mistakenly identified Oliver Kuttner as owner of one of the condos in Lewis & Clark Square in last week’s cover story [“Walls of shame,” September 30, 2008]. As Kuttner explained to us, at one time he was a “quarter-owner of the whole building,” but at present he […]

Senate takes lessons from Whitehead

Senate takes lessons from Whitehead

John W. Whitehead’s prose is in demand. Whitehead, founder and president of the Rutherford Institute (and recent C-VILLE cover boy), has provided written testimony to the Senate Constitutional Subcommittee about the need to “Restore the Rule of Law,” which he feels has been weakened under the Bush presidency. The main focus of Whitehead’s testimony was […]

Keeping in character

There’s a general rule about sequels: If the sequel was conceived along with the original tale, or draws from the same source of material, it’s got a good shot at being good—see the first Star Wars set, The Godfather Part II, the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, etc. If, however, the sequel is an exploitative […]

America’s dumbest moment

“Fringe”Tuesday 8pm, Fox Things look rough for the “Dawson’s Creek” alums right now. Katie Holmes is getting bad buzz for her Broadway debut. The Beek may be at a soup kitchen near you. And poor Pacey Whitter himself, Joshua Jackson, seems doomed with his latest project, this sci-fi drama from J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Alias”). Essentially […]

Cloris Septic

“Gone Country 2”Friday 8pm, CMTYou’ve got to feel for Sean Young. At one point she was one of Hollywood’s most promising young actresses. Then she got a diva rep, embarrassed herself with that whole Catwoman suit debacle, started taking down-market roles like the tranny cop in Ace Ventura, and most recently made headlines for getting […]

Material world

So, it’s a little hard to believe, but apparently it’s Christmastime again already. I’ll be honest and admit that last year Christmas cheer got me into debt, so this year I’m going to try to rein the plastic in a bit so that I’m not still paying for the joy of giving in June. That […]

Kyoto accordingly

Kyoto accordingly

Ross Gelbspanauthor, The Heat is On and Boiling Point, www.heatisonline.org Ross Gelbspan More features: You’re getting warmer The Kyoto Accord began the race to halt global warming.On its 10th anniversary, why are we barely past the starting gate? Chill out Skeptical environmentalist Bjørn Lomborg questions the Kyoto Protocol’s effectiveness Kyoto: 10 years warmerThe story in […]

Publish or perish

Publish or perish

The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies has come up with a cool idea (about global warming, ironically), and C-VILLE, proud member that we are, is more than happy to join in. On the 10th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol, AAN has made available to its members a wide array of articles that bring us up to date about what is—and what's not—being done about what Al Gore has dubbed the "climate crisis."