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Rounding up the usual suspects
Novelist Carl Hiaasen likes to create scenarios where very bad and tremendously satisfying things happen to despicable people: crooked politicians, real-estate scammers, environment despoilers, greedy bastards of all stripes.
Karen Finley does Jackie
Karen Finley won’t be naked, or covered in chocolate. Candied yams will not be involved. If there are neighborhood morality-watch squads in Salem, they’ll have the night off.
Recently, “Sarah” — the character played by Sarah Silverman on Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program — was upset because in today’s world it just wasn’t safe anymore for children to get into strangers’ vans.
Dr. Lakra loves the ink
Dr. Lakra is no more a real doctor than is Dr. Dre or Dr. Demento. The 38-year-old Mexican tattoo artist’s real name is Jerónimo López Ramírez. As for “lakra,” it means “delinquent.” Or so I thought.
Getting silly again
"Right now, my intent is not to offend. I just want to laugh. I want to suspend reality."
Dressing as he pleases
"I don't mind that mainstream people go, 'What the hell is this guy on about?' I'd rather be at this end of town."
A non-junkie lottery player comes to grips with cardboard crack
I have 53 fully scratched (and completely worthless) Billion Dollar Bonanza scratch tickets sitting in my desk drawer. Each cost $20.
America's bandleader prepares for another Fourth
"There's always some set of events, positive or negative, that color the lens that people see the Fourth of July through."
"I think Ryan Seacrest and Oprah will finally be together, and it will be like one of those great '70s cover-up movies and I'm playing the body."
TuttoDante, Benigni's one-man show
"Dante is talking to everybody, not just in the Middle Ages."
Duncan Sheik hit the Top 20 in 1996 with “Barely Breathing,” a moody, catchy song from his homonymous debut album.
Edna sounds off
"People like the fact that I'm not needy. I think it's a very unappealing thing in the theater."
Shipping up to Lansdowne Street again
"I think I would have thrown a little more venom behind the lyrics [of The Meanest of Times ] if I'd known it was gonna get this bad."
Beloved, Bar None
Jeanne Connolly, who died Monday after a 16-month battle with colon cancer, was the ebullient presence behind the bar at T.T. the Bear's Place for more than two decades.
After more than a year of construction and relative quiet, the Lansdowne Street music scene is about to be reborn
I put on the obligatory hard hat and walk through the doors of what used to be Avalon on Lansdowne Street, across from Fenway Park. To the layman — me — it's all dust, noise, metal, and mess.
Sympathy for the Devil
"He was Satan personified," says Stacy Keach, who has signed on to play our second-worst commander in chief in the national tour of Frost/Nixon.
The Damned carry on
"School teachers and lawyers come along to see the Damned. . .and they want to see really bad behavior."
Johnny Monsarrat is a self-styled answer man.
"Mommy queerest" sounds off
She stands 6' 3", and she's Jewish, a lesbian, and the mother of two boys.
The Nutcracker meets burlesque
Vanessa White, stage-name Sugar Dish, was lying on her couch this past spring, watching the Joffrey Ballet on TV, when "it just popped into my brain. The name came first."
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