Friday, February 04, 2005

The Weekly Read-Out: A Prom Gigolo, Bad Vibrations, No Swimsuit Competition, Taxing Semen & Trashed Books

I didn't go to my senior prom and have made it through life thus far without being scarred by the trauma of a big tux and limo rental bill and the futility of finding a date to get past second base with. But here's a guy who's been getting good at proms, a little too good:

The New York Times is commonly positioned by itself and those on Broadway as the first and last word on everything theatre. That may be the case when it comes to reviews and sober profiles of the auteur of the moment. But they're commonly left in the dust when it comes to breaking theatre news by the Post's cheeky theatre columnist Michael Riedel, who can be as vicious as he wants to be without fear or favor. For those of you who haven't caught up with his gleeful skewerings, his latest offering:

Would any of us miss Miss America? As Carolyn Starks reports, it could be an ugly end to beauty pageants in the Chicago area.,1,7037350.story?coll=chi-news-hed.

It's not every day that the AP has a story slugged SemenTax. And we're glad about that. But what prompted that has a lot of farmers in Maine angry, as Bill Nemitz relates in his no-bull (sorry) column in the Portland Press Herald.

And Gwen Florio in the Rocky Mountain News reports First Lady and former librarian Laura Bush's seal of approval wasn't enough to convince some small minds in Colorado to round up copies of an award-winning book and send them to the local landfill.,1299,DRMN_21_3522696,00.html.

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