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Arts & Leisure

Volume I, Issue 30
December 29 - January 5, 1998

Here's a contest: See if you can count the number of times the word "awesome" appears in this article about kayaking and whale-watching off of Canada's Vancouver Island. Send your entry to getalife@fakecontest.com. Winners will receive a minute's supply of online self-esteem. We'd love to award an actual kayaking/whale-watching trip, but the person who holds the pursestrings rolled his eyes and made a "Chhh!" sound when the proposal was pitched, so you'll just have to take the consolation prize.

Contest number two: Count the number of times the words "Bob" and "slack" appear in this article about weird Web sites such as the Church of the SubGenius page. Bonus points to all who attempt to count the appearance of those words on the actual site. Winners will receive a restored faith in their ability to count, as well as actual "slack" in the real world. Whatever that means.

Contest number three: Read this article about hateful Web sites, then travel to the "Bert is Evil!" page discussed therein. See if you can count the number of photographs that reveal Bert's conspicuous presence in the background of ugly historical events. Bonus points for every time you slap a Spice Girl on the Slap a Spice Girl site. Winners will receive a Shoot Me Up Elmo doll and two tickets guaranteeing the recipient's right to avoid attending the new Spice Girls motion picture.

Our challenge round takes us to this piece about respected photojournalist Charles Harbutt, who by his early 20s had already become one of the world's greatest cynics. The object of this contest is to count the number of reasons he supplies for feeling very cynical about his profession. There are quite a few, but thankfully Harbutt persisted in his quest for career meaning. Follow his example and don't give up on this contest -- after all, you do want to win a Solid Reason for Feeling Cynical About Contests, don't you? Okay then.

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Day Trips
Watching killer whales off the west coast of Canada is a little more than a day trip, but it's worth the effort. [2]
Gerald E. McLeod

Websites From Hell
They came from cyberspace. The creepy, the cute and the just plain bizarre. [3]
Marc Savlov

I Hate You, You Hate Me ...
Surfing the Internet with a guy who can't swim. [4]
Devin D. O'Leary

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Getting Medieval
The classic musical comes to Albuquerque in fine style. [5]
Angie Drobnic

Merry Trio
Two of our wordiest -- and sometimes wittiest -- playwrights are showcased in the new evening of three one-acts put on by the fledgling Quicksilver Productions. [6]
Margaret Regan

In the Gallery
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Transitions and Transformations
1997 goes out with a Pop. (James Rosenquist's "Toy Red Rod" at the C.A.C.'s Prophecy of Pop through Feb. 8). [7]
D. Eric Bookhardt

Expanded World View
The work of photojournalist Charles Harbutt covers everything from the early days of Castro's revolution, to the Six Day War in the Middle East, to the boomer love-in at Woodstock. [8]
Margaret Regan

Reviews of clayworks at the Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria; Rockin' Christmas Party at the Paramount Theatre; and Salvage Vanguard plays at Little City Downtown. [9]

Austin Art All Over
Local artists have solo exhibitions around Texas. [10]
Rebecca S. Cohen

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

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