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An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband
The breezy new film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband" stars some of filmdom's most respected thespians.
Devin D. O'Leary

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Volume III, Issue 2
July 5 - July 12, 1999

News & Opinion

The use of lead in paint was banned in 1978, but as many as 1 million U.S. children may have unsafe levels of lead in their blood. People line up to experience teeth clattering, hearts lurching, and eyeballs smacking the back of their skulls. The Boston Phoenix presents its Muzzle Awards and Captain Opinion exercises his right of free speech. Plus Bill Bradley, Buford Pusser, midget wrestling, and more.

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Film & TV

The breezy new film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's lesser known "An Ideal Husband" has our critics disagreeing about the results. Spike Lees' new "Summer of Sam" is likewise confounding our reviewers. Plus reviews of "South Park," "Wild Wild West," "Run Lola Run," "Private Confessions," an appreciation of Katey Sagal, and more.

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Brazil has one of the richest and most varied pop music scenes in the world, and the legendary Caetano Veloso is ample evidence for it. Nashville's The Spot welcomes poets, rappers, funk bands, and a cappella harmonizers. Captain Beefheart's musical career is captured on a new boxed set. Plus White Animals, Kelly Joe Phelps, Mike Ness, Missy Elliott, Chemical Brothers, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Orient Express
Looking for Charley and Fred
The Violence of Eating Meat
Blue Heaven
The Great Pretenders
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Rudolfo Anaya's "Bless Me, Ultima" has run afoul of a California school district, which removed the book from its ninth-grade curriculum. The MacArthur Foundation has given a "genius grant" to Ofelia Zepeda for her activities on behalf of native languages. Melissa Bank's new collection of short stories feels like a sequel to other adolescent fiction. Plus, men's and women's bodies, authors explaining the aesthetics of their work, 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 Mueller, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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