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Movies: American Splendor
Sunday, 2004 September 26 - 12:10 pm
"American Splendor", based on the life of comic book icon Harvey Pekar, is both grim and uplifting.

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Books: The Da Vinci Code
Sunday, 2004 September 26 - 11:44 am
By now, just about everyone has read, or at least heard about, this book, but I'll review it anyway.

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Vietnamese Restaurants: Lotus Leaf Cafe
Sunday, 2004 September 26 - 11:34 am
I was enthusiastic about the prospect of a new Vietnamese restaurant in Cary. Tucked away in the corner of a strip mall, the Lotus Leaf Cafe had its ups and downs.

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Television: Lost
Wednesday, 2004 September 22 - 9:12 pm
ABC's new drama, from the creators of "Alias", has promise.

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Movies: Hero
Wednesday, 2004 September 1 - 1:28 am
Jet Li leads an all-star Chinese cast in a theatrical and intense action movie.

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Television: Dead Like Me (Follow-Up)
Sunday, 2004 August 22 - 12:56 pm
Okay, the first episode of the season scared me, but things are getting better.

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Television: Dead Like Me
Tuesday, 2004 July 27 - 11:58 pm
What the hell happened to this show?

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Album: Norah Jones - Feels Like Home
Monday, 2004 July 19 - 11:47 pm
Norah Jones' second album, "Feels Like Home", gives us a little more country and a little less blues.

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Theater: The King and I
Monday, 2004 July 19 - 11:19 pm
The North Carolina Theater scored a coup by grabbing Lou Diamond Phillips to reprise his Broadway starring role as the King of Siam, in their latest production of "The King and I". Sometimes a Tony-nominated star makes all the difference.

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Album: Avril Lavigne - Under My Skin
Sunday, 2004 July 11 - 12:30 pm
Avril's sophomore album seems safe and studio-sanctioned.

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Album: Alanis Morissette - So Called Chaos
Sunday, 2004 July 11 - 12:18 pm
Alanis' latest effort gives us more of the same; that's both good and bad.

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Movies: Sex and Lucia; Swimming Pool
Sunday, 2004 July 11 - 11:31 am
I bought both of these movies on DVD, only partly due to prurient interest. The overt sexuality aside, the movies have some similarities, but they make their points in different ways.

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Movies: Saved!
Monday, 2004 July 5 - 12:20 am
This movie is a spot-on indictment of pseudo-Christian hypocrisy, and it's quite funny to boot.

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Movies: Fahrenheit 9/11
Saturday, 2004 July 3 - 4:48 pm
Michael Moore's latest movie has shattered previous box-office records for documentary movies. It's also garnered heaps of both criticism and praise.

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Books: I Don't Know How She Does It
Monday, 2004 June 28 - 12:20 am
Allison Pearson's I Don't Know How She Does It is a book that most people will either fail to appreciate, or appreciate for the wrong reasons.

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Album: Jem - Finally Woken
Wednesday, 2004 June 2 - 9:16 pm
I discovered Jem while poking around the iTunes music store. I liked the 30-second previews enough to buy the album.

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Television: The "Friends" Finale
Wednesday, 2004 May 12 - 2:04 pm
Like 50 million other people, I watched the "Friends" finale with anticipation and a twinge of sadness. The good news and the bad news is this: Friends ended as it has always been, and just as we expected it to.

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Movies: Lost In Translation
Monday, 2004 April 5 - 1:12 am
This Oscar-winning movie from rookie writer/director Sophia Coppola is warm, subtle, and touching.

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Movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Monday, 2004 April 5 - 12:44 am
Jim Carrey again shows that he's better as a dramatic actor than a comic actor, and Kate Winslet is breathtaking in this remarkable movie.

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Movies: Welcome to Mooseport
Wednesday, 2004 March 10 - 10:56 pm
Although clearly made to be a vehicle for Ray Romano, "Welcome to Mooseport" succeeds as charming romantic comedy.

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Tapas: Tasca Brava
Wednesday, 2004 March 10 - 10:46 pm
Whenever I say there's a tapas place in Cary, people ask, "there's a topless place in Cary?" After many months of telling everyone I was going to try it out, I finally made it there a couple of weeks ago.

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Italian Restaurants: Valentino's
Wednesday, 2004 March 10 - 10:35 pm
Valentino's in Chapel Hill serves up good, if ordinary, Italian fare.

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Books: How to Breathe Underwater
Tuesday, 2004 February 10 - 11:57 pm
How to Breathe Underwater is a collection of short stories by a high-school friend of mine, Julie Orringer.

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Books: Nickel and Dimed
Tuesday, 2004 February 10 - 11:38 pm
Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich, explores a writer's experiment trying to make a living as a typical American wage-slave. This book sparked a controversy at the University of North Carolina when it was put on the required summer reading list for incoming freshmen; the book was dismissed as liberal propaganda.

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Seafood Restaurants: Rockfish Grill
Saturday, 2004 January 24 - 12:24 am
This is an unpretentious, down-to-earth seafood joint with great food at a reasonable price.

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Movies: Big Fish
Friday, 2004 January 23 - 12:15 am
This is a charming movie, kind of a "Forrest Gump" meets "O Brother Where Art Thou". It has no great revelations or statements to make, but it's a feel-good experience. Sometimes, that's all you need.

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Chinese Restaurants: Ma Ma Wok
Monday, 2004 January 5 - 1:11 pm
Finally, a place to get dim sum in Cary. Very good, but it wasn't quite what I expected.

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Movies: Love Actually
Monday, 2004 January 5 - 1:01 pm
Charming and fluffy, "Love Actually" is a romantic comedy about a series of interconnected relationships. There's definitely an "awwww" factor in this movie; that will appeal to some people, but make other people roll their eyes.

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Movies: Return of the King
Monday, 2004 January 5 - 12:44 pm
The final installment of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy is true to the book in most respects. Is that really such a good thing?

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Performance Art: Blue Man Group
Thursday, 2003 November 27 - 1:00 pm
The Blue Man Group provides a peculiar mix of performance art, percussion, and comedy, making for a unique and interesting show.

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Asian Restaurants: Big Bowl
Thursday, 2003 November 27 - 12:44 pm
Big Bowl lives up to its name with large servings and a big, arena-like atmosphere. The pan-Asian cuisine is tasty, though not brilliant.

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Movies: Mystic River
Thursday, 2003 November 27 - 12:30 pm
Gritty and intense; this movie is a sure-fire Oscar candidate, but not one for the kids.

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Chinese Restaurants: Pao Lim
Thursday, 2003 November 13 - 12:56 am
Pao Lim serves up a slightly different Chinese restaurant experience.

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Movies: Matrix Revolutions
Thursday, 2003 November 13 - 12:39 am
For "Matrix" fans, most will find something to like in the final chapter of the trilogy. But don't expect to leave feeling satisfied.

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Album: Dido - Life for Rent
Monday, 2003 November 10 - 11:48 pm
This album grows on you, in a way that the first album didn't. Here's hoping radio stations don't ruin it with overplay.

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Album: Evanescence - Fallen
Monday, 2003 November 10 - 11:34 pm
The first time I heard the single "Bring Me to Life" from Evanescence, I was blown away. I did something I rarely do nowadays: I bought the album just for that song.

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Chinese Restaurants: Five Star
Monday, 2003 November 3 - 12:36 am
Raleigh's Five Star restaurant is a welcome change from the ubiquitous mass-produced Chinese buffets and take-out joints.

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Concert: India.Arie
Monday, 2003 November 3 - 12:27 am
While she might want to avoid the "neo-soul" label, India.Arie is certainly the new voice of soul today.

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Theater: Loretta Swit carries the show in NCT's "Mame"
Sunday, 2003 November 2 - 1:17 am
The North Carolina Theater presented its production of the musical "Mame" last week, featuring Loretta "Hot Lips Houlihan" Swit in the title role.

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Album: Alanis Morissette - Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
Wednesday, 2003 October 22 - 10:24 pm
I purchased this CD quite a while ago, but have only really listened to it in the last few weeks. I was surprised by what I found.

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Italian Restaurants: Vivo
Wednesday, 2003 October 22 - 10:14 pm
The newcomer to the Glenwood South scene, Vivo seems destined for trendiness, if they can just get over themselves.

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Album: Eastmountainsouth
Wednesday, 2003 October 8 - 9:57 pm
This folk group combines pop, folk, country, Celtic, and bluegrass sounds with silky-smooth vocal harmonies, to make for a very compelling and listenable album.

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Japanese Restaurants: Waraji
Wednesday, 2003 October 8 - 9:45 pm
Waraji has some of the best sushi in the Triangle and a decent selection of other traditional Japanese fare.

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Hot Spot: April and George
Wednesday, 2003 October 8 - 9:38 pm
Trendy, down-tempo, non-smoking, beautiful; this is what I want in my women, and this is what I want in a wine bar.

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Album: Jewel - 0304
Friday, 2003 October 3 - 12:17 am
Jewel's newest CD brings more of a pop flavor

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Concert: Amy Fairchild
Saturday, 2003 September 20 - 12:13 am
Amy Fairchild gives a moving and entertaining performance at the Six String Cafe

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