Rounding a Bend
It dodged a strike. It got a massive bailout. It lost its president and board. Now Amtrak looks to the future.

Truly, Slowly, Deeply
Men don't ejaculate, women do, and you have to learn to find your chakras. Tantric sex is not your average roll in the hay.

Where There's Smoke
Dave Chapelle and Jim Breur, glassy eyed stars of the marijuana comedy "Half Baked," discuss the highs and lows (but mostly the highs) of first-time filmmaking.

Sundance: 20 Years
At the 20th anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival, its founders reflect on the event's influence over two decades of independent cinema.

You Say You Want A Resolution
Mike Ratchett, the Weekly Alibi's "staff nurse," gives day-by-day advice on how to maintain a healthy, harmonious weekly schedule.

Volume I, Issue 33
January 20 - January 26, 1998

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Is it time to change? A detailed weekly schedule shows you how to make your New Year's resolutions a day-by-day affair. Plus: A journalist follows a train of thought and chronicles the rise and near-fall of Amtrak, five holy women exemplify the slow-but-sure social evolution of organized religions, a writer discovers the real person behind the legendary Tokyo Rose, Tucson's ex-mayor commits himself to diplomatic tours of former Soviet nations, and more! [13 articles]





Film & TV
Dances with Robert Redford: founders, participants and other notables reflect on two decades of top-to-bottom industry schmoozing during the Sundance Festival's 20th anniversary. Meanwhile, the writers and stars of "Half Baked" blow smoke about their comedic inspiration, Christian Slater admits his sins amidst a "Hard Rain" of bad publicity, and Elmore Leonard cackles with glee at his amazing success. Also: the unsavory films of Joe Christ; B-movie Web sites; and a whole litter of reviews about "Wag the Dog"! [23 articles]





Music
Critics slobber over Slobberbone, freak out over Freakwaters, give a 10-4 and an A-OK to ST-37, provide a deluxe appraisal of Sixteen Deluxe, get starry-eyed over Samarai Celestial, and then really talk up the new albums of Cheri Knight; Robert Wyatt; Mark Eitzel; LeAnn Rimes and Shania Twain; and the tremendous trio of Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas and Tracy Nelson. As a bonus, a writer muses over the intricacies within Victoria Williams's oddly titled new album, "Musings of a Creekdipper." [16 articles]




Arts & Leisure
Can't get no sat-is-faction? How 'bout trying some tantric sex? Sure, it takes a couple hours and requires total love, patience and relaxation, but the payoffs -- and they're big, um, payoffs -- are well worth it. Speaking of "Satisfaction," when's the last time you heard it on an authentic jukebox? Seems the once-ubiquitous bar fixture has become a nostalgic thing of the past. Other articles put a spin on the E-'zine revolution, the cartoon Poop War, the secrets of low-cal chow, the art of tap-dancing, and plenty more! [11 articles]





Books
Numerous reviewers give the low-down on Arthur Golden's "Memoirs of a Geisha," Karen Palmer's "All Saints," and George Plimpton's controversially gossip-minded biography of that quintessential rapscallion, Truman Capote. Other reviews explain the finer points of Robert Crumb's unlikely coffee-table book, a harmoniously readable biography of composer Johannes Brahms, and John Alcock's back-yard cow-pie research for a book about desert bugs. Plus much, much more! [7 articles]




Comics
Come down from your Staggering Heights and get to the Red Meat of the matter with this swell set of cartoons that also includes Mueller, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat, Random Shots, and Skew You. [7 comics]



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