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Volume I, Issue 21
October 27 - November 3, 1997

Oh, heavens to Betsy, it's Halloween again. All Hallow's Eve. Dia de los Muertos. Time to get out all the sweets the kids wouldn't take last year. I don't know what they have against these "Choc-o-Lax" candy bars, but ever since I distributed them to neighborhood kids two years ago, the little rascals keep shunning 'em.

Perhaps I should serve some of these treats instead. Spaghetti and eyeballs, pig's knuckles, Penn & Teller's bleeding jello -- I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. Maybe I'll make some for myself. Of course, I'll have to wash it all down with some bloody wine. Mmmm.... Those recipes and more can be found on these web sites, if you're in a disgusting kinda mood.

Sometimes, though, you just want to get away from all those pesky kids and their gluttonous cravings for candy. To this end, I recommend rowing. Merrily or otherwise. This article about a Knoxville rowing competition explains just how much of a dream rowing can be. That reminds me, I seem to remember seeing a movie about rowing which starred that dreamy Rob Lowe.

Another fine getaway from pranskter kids is prison. I highly recommend it, especially if you can arrange to go to a prison with a rodeo. Let's face it, there's nothing more fun than flailing about on the backs of angry, bucking animals in front of large crowds. That reminds me, I seem to remember seeing a movie about prison rodeos starring that dreamy Gene Wilder.

But for true amusement, go with ferrets. These people did -- they got the ferret fever! Who could blame them? That reminds me, I seem to remember seeing a movie about ferrets starring Harvey Keitel. Wait a minute -- he is a ferret. I'm getting confused.

Theatre
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Universal Themes
WHAT: My Children, My Africa, WHERE: Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 523-1216, WHEN: Through Nov. 2. [12]
Dalt Wonk

Recreation
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A Good Row
Usually identified with college football fanaticism, Knoxville is also home to another sporting fixation -- rowing. Jack Neely reports on one of the biggest rowing competitions in the southeast. [14]
Jack Neely

All You Need Is Glove
A few innings on the infield of life. [10]
Walter Jowers

Ride 'Em Convict
The Louisiana State Penitentiary Prison Rodeo is one of a kind. [13]
Matt Hanks












Featured Articles
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Dead Heads
A local company offers cultural tours of Mexico's Day of the Dead holiday. [2]
Kevin Franklin

Ghoulish Sites
The World Wide Web offers Halloween browsers some frightening sites. [6]
Theresa Regli

Musk See
Ferreting out an unusual expo: the Greatest Ferret Show on Earth. [7]
Dave Chamberlain


Food & Drink
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Gross Out
Theresa Regli (not Martha Stewart) helps you plan your Halloween menu. [4]
Theresa Regli

Spooky Spirits
Despite what the legends say, a garlic bulb isn't going to keep a vampire from playing Hoover with your neck. But a nicely aged Bordeaux might do the trick. [5]
Thor Iverson

The 'Shroom Boom
Mushrooms have gone from being an exotic fungus to standard fare. [18]
Rebecca Chastenet de Géry

Mushroom Websites
Hey, culinary 'shroomers: check out these Mushroom Websites. [19]


Visual Arts
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Censoring Utah's Art
Art is a form of speech, or expression, and in many instances reflects the truth of our time more perhaps than words. Yet art is banned and censored regularly -- even in Utah. [8]
Christopher Smart

Eternal Tourist
The inscrutable East meets the picture-perfect West in the weirdly amusing photos of the late Tseng Kwong Chi, now at the Center for Creative Photography. [3]
Margaret Regan

Flashes of Insight
A new retrospective of photojournalist Eli Reed. [9]
Ron Wynn

Painting Race
Michael Ray Charles' racially charged paintings are stirring up controversy and acclaim. [15]
Rebecca S. Cohen

Other Voices on Michael Ray Charles
More quotes about his work.[16]

Remembering the Ancestors
Radcliffe Bailey at Arthur Roger through November. Malaika Favorite at Stella Jones through October. [11]
D. Eric Bookhardt


Now What?
A gallery of captivating links to keep your imagination churning while the paint dries. [20]

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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.




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