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July 07, 2005

Top Fives


1. "Inside Your Heaven," Carrie Underwood

2. "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey

3. "Hollaback Girl," Gwen Stefani

4. "Don't Phunk With My Heart," The Black Eyed Peas

5. "Just a Lil Bit," 50 Cent

(From Billboard magazine)


1. X&Y, Coldplay

2. In Your Honor, Foo Fighters

3. Never Gone, Backstreet Boys

4. The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey

5. Monkey Business, Black Eyed Peas

(From Billboard magazine)


1. U2

2. Elton John

3. Kenny Chesney

4. Rod Stewart

5. Bob Dylan

(From Pollstar)


1. Be Cool (widescreen)

2. Be Cool (full screen)

3. Chapelle's Show: Season 2 (Uncensored!)

4. Sopranos: The Complete Fifth Season

5. Seed of Chucky (widescreen unrated)

(From Billboard magazine)


It was devastating to discover that a relationship I had publicized to the world as life-affirming and built on mutual love was actually based on deceit. I was humiliated.

-- Author Terry McMillan, in divorce-court papers

Meet the Band / Captain Quint

Hometown: Baltimore

Current members: Jim Bowley, guitar and vocals; Kevin Johnston, keyboards; Kaare Wieneke, harmonica; Kenny Polcak, bass; John Patti, steel drums; Mike Kufel, drums

Founded in: 2000

Style: Tropical and nautical rock

Influenced by: Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, Paul Simon, Gordon Lightfoot

Notable: Captain Quint has opened for Jimmy Buffett six times, most recently at the Nissan Pavilion in June. Jim Bowley said the band tries to stretch the limits of tropical rock. Cliches such as hammocks and palm trees are most definitely out.

Quotable: "We like to think of our music as 100 percent Caribbean cheese-free," Bowley said.

Hear Captain Quint tomorrow at Cheeseburger in Paradise. The music starts at 10 p.m. No cover. Cheeseburger in Paradise is at 8026 Ritchie Highway, Suite B in Pasadena. For more information, call 410-761-1003 or visit www.cheeseburgerinpar

For more information about Captain Quint, visit www.captainquint. com.

-- Sam Sessa

Know a local act you'd like to see highlighted here? E-mail the band's contact information to To see the archive of profiled artists, visit www. / meet theband.

The Monitor


What's the point?: The scrawl on the title page says it all: "poorly drawn cartoons inspired by actual spam subject lines!" If you have an e-mail address, you've seen the random phrases at the top of spam missives that are supposed to catch your attention. These raw drawings sometimes take them completely literally and sometimes approach them from a completely bizarre direction. It's (usually) cackle-inducing.

What to look [out] for: Like some spam subject lines, the cartoons occasionally feature adult content or innuendo. Or just totally twisted (but not graphic) ideas. Forewarned is forearmed.

-- Sarah Kickler Kelber

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