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Arts & Leisure

Volume I, Issue 20
October 20 - October 27, 1997

Call me a liberal socialist, call me a commie even, but I say we stop trying to dismantle the National Endowment for the Arts and let 'em fund some decent art programs. Okay, so the crucifix in the bottle of urine was a bit much; you don't have to get all pissed off about it. It's not like the artist was mass-producing the things. And if you're against the NEA for financial rather than moral reasons, consider this: the NEA's budget could be entirely taken care of by simply buying a half-dozen or so less cruise missiles. I realize, though, that there are those who see cruise missiles as an art form unto themselves, so this argument doesn't work for everybody.

Anyway, I'm devoting this paragraph to two art forms. One of them would surely drive NEA-haters nuts if it were government-funded. The other would get unquestioning support from many of the most vitriolic NEA opponents. Fortunately, both art forms are highly profitable. The first can be summed up with two words: Penn and Teller. These magicians' kooky, often bloody tricks are almost the equivalent of pulling a crucified bunny from a hat full of urine. Don't believe me? Read here. The second art form really swings, baby. Whether due to the pendulum of history or the popularity of the film Swingers, swing is making a comeback for people of all ages. Even people as old as Jesse Helms.

Pets aren't an art form, but some people wish they were. Specifically, Tom Danehy wishes pets weren't alive, weren't messy, and weren't foisted upon him. I have just the thing for Mr. Danehy. If he'll just read this article, he can have pets exactly how he wants them. Though I'm sure some people would probably prefer he be thrown to these kinds of pets. Now that would be art. Poor Tom.

Talk Back
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From The Vaults

Alternative Art on the Move
The Cordell Taylor Gallery and the city's alternative art scene move near the Gateway Project. [07-21-97]
Ben Fulton

Hearth & Soul
Just call me the Canned Gourmet. [07-02-97]
Suzy Banks

Speed Eater
Fast Food Critic at large. [3]
Nick Brown

News In The Art World
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Magic, With a Touch Of Gunplay
A conversation with Penn and Teller. [2]
James Busbee

See Jane Run
Some escapist words from Jane Alexander as she steps down as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. [3]
Jason Gay

Swing Low
Jesse Fox Mayshark finds a lively big band scene in Knoxville where twenty-somethings and seventy-somethings swing side by side. [4]
Jesse Fox Mayshark

Jaws Are Us
According to a new exhibit at the Pink Palace, sharks aren't so scary -- but watch out for those humans. [5]
Debbie Gilbert

Comic Books and Matchbooks and Barf Bags (Oh My!)
Surfing the net with a man who can't swim. [6]
Devin D. O'Leary

Animal Attraction
Confessions of a closet pet hater. [7]
Tom Danehy

The Port Aransas Zoo is a lively place, but not necessarily alive. [8]
Gerald E. McLeod

Virtually Sold On The Idea
Virtual wheeling and dealing on the Net. [9]
Marc Stengel

House Of Glass
Composer Philip Glass goes to Jean Cocteau's creative well for the third time for the avant garde dance/opera Les Enfants Terribles. [10]
Margaret Regan

Doubled Over
Philip Glass' audacious, invigorating Les Enfants Terribles. [11]
Maureen Needham

Goodbye to Mind, Body and Soul
SLAC's play is imbued with many of the honest emotions and issues that are usually glossed over by Hollywood's takes on Alzheimer's. [12]
Scott C. Morgan

Titanic Mystery Play
Circuit Playhouse's production of "Scotland Road" keeps the drama afloat. [13]
Hadley Hury

The Eye of the Storm
New exhibit at Dartmouth Street Gallery. [14]
Jeffrey Lee

Seeing Things
David Ribar on the major African-American art retropsective at the Tennessee State Museum. [15]
David Ribar

Reviews of Tlamatcanemilitzli Trilogy at John Henry Faulk Theatre, Italian American Reconciliation at Hyde Park Theatre, and the works of William Pellicone at Gallery Lombardi. [16]

Now What?
A gallery of captivating links to keep your imagination churning while the paint dries. [17]

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