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  • May 28 - Jun 3, 2008
  • Vol. 28, No. 33

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  • This Is Spinal Tap

    They call "A Hard Day’s Night" the "Citizen Kane" of rock movies, but even that script wasn’t as entrenched in the rock lexicon the way the screenplay for "This Is Spinal Tap" was. When was the last time someone called their haircut “Arthur”? And yet thanks to David St Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls, we have amps that go to eleven, green skeleton T-shirts, the word “rockumentary” so overused it no longer elicits the chuckles it did back in ’82, people purposefully mispronouncing Dolby and dismissing a horrid album with the word pairing “shit sandwich.” The Beatles’ phenomenal career is still a yardstick few rock bands can honestly measure themselves against, but it’s Spinal Tap’s Smell the Glove tour and its meteoric failures that all rock bands identify with. Shit, it was prophecy, not parody.
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  • Before the Rains

    This adaptation of Somerset Maugham’s story of illicit love is a tepid, turgid and uninvolving melodrama. English plantation owner Henry Moores (Linus Roache) has just taken out a sizable loan from a British Bank to build a road to transport his teas and spices. He’s also indulging in a little hanky-panky with his beautiful housekeeper Sajani (Nandita Das), who’s married to an abusive thug in the nearby village. When a pair of young boys stumbles across Sajani’s tryst, things quickly spiral out of control. Soon, Henry’s faithful assistant T.K. (Rahul Bose) is trying to save the girl from her husband while protecting his boss’s reputation. Unfortunately, the pistol Henry gave him as reward for his loyalty goes off and, well, tragic complications ensue.
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Food & Drink

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    Although not even close to being vegged-out, Traffic Jam and Snug restaurant has some pretty interesting food of their own, not to mention, much of it is made in house. The selection changes all the time, so don't count on phony dogs anymore, but do enjoy any of Traffic Jam's own brewed beers. If coney islands aren't your thing, try the Delta Stack: collard greens, avocado, roasted peppers and dill ranch served on corn bread with sweet potato fries. Wash it down with Fruity Pebbles and Faygo Rock and Rye homemade ice cream. It's good.
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