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Arts & Leisure

Volume I, Issue 13
September 2 - September 8, 1997

Attention all Theatre and Visual Arts lovers: where are you?! Every week we run articles about painters, playwrights and other artists in these pages, and yet the Arts & Leisure section of Weekly Wire's BBS remains neglected. Come talk to us! Share your love of art; it might rub off on somebody who needs it.

As usual, this week's section caters to both highbrow and lowbrow tastes, providing chat fodder no matter what your brow's altitude might be. On the visual arts side of things, we've got reviews of exhibits featuring not just Tom Lee Spark and other fine American artsts, but also the work of dozens of Uruguay's women painters, who continue to express horror over the torturous actions of their country's former military dictatorship.

In the theatrical realm, the planets aligned this week to bring us three reviews of plays that revolve around women. The Waiting Room studies how common conceptions of beauty can affect female self-image, while Talking With provides revelatory dialogues between women from a variety of backgrounds. Also: read how an updated version of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew fails to apply to modern times.

Okay, now for the offbeat stuff. If you think you're the ultimate wild man, think again: this interview with Jim Fowler, formerly of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, proves he's the only one deserving that title. It also answers a question that's been burning in my mind for some time: What does Fowler think of the FOX-TV show When Animals Attack? Another burning question concerns Kentucky Fried Chicken's new Tornado sandwiches. Are they edible? Find out here. And have you ever missed all those simple-but-addictive video games from the early-'80s? Me too. This article's just the thing to cure those I Hate Mortal Kombat blues.

Quite a selection, I know. Now get in that Talk Back BBS and say something!










News In The Art World
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TV's Wild Man
Jim Fowler talks about his life as one of the world's best-known naturalists. [2]
Debbie Gilbert

Those Good Ol' Games
Your technophobic guide to useful (and useless) sites on the World Wide Web. [3]
David O. Dabney

Speed Eater
Our fast food critic puts the bite to KFC's new Twister. [4]
Nick Brown

Primal Screams
In Uruguay, nobody could hear them scream. [5]
Margaret Regan

Transcending Walls and Barriers
Coverage of New Orleans' local art scene. [6]
D. Eric Bookhardt

Tom Lee Spark
Spark, hell. Memphis artist Tom Lee catches fire. [7]
Cory Dugan

Character Assassination
A Shrew that's way too tame. [8]
Larry Adams

Sisters In Sickness
Borderlands Theater examines the impact of cultural ideals of beauty on women's health. [9]
Margaret Regan

Talking With and Without Words
Coverage of New Orleans' local theatre scene. [10]
Dalt Wonk

Now What?
A gallery of captivating links to keep your imagination churning while the paint dries. [11]

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Talk Back
Tell us your favorite medium, and we don't mean that in the Shirley MacLaine sense of the word.

From The Vaults

Art's New Address
Uptown has developed as Austin's newest arts district. [07-08-97]
Rebecca S. Cohen

A Pretty Grand Tour
Finally, some local fundraisers that actually help promote artists and their work while helping others--one sign of a developing visual-arts community. [07-21-97]
David Ribar



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