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Arts & Leisure

June 20 - July 1, 1997

I've found that the best art is often not pre-planned, but grows out of personal idiosyncracies and the joyous randomness of human interaction. A number of this week's articles nicely reinforce this observation. Tube of Plenty, a preview of this summer's P.O.V. series on PBS, praises the program for supporting documentary work by independent filmmakers. I've seen dozens of P.O.V. shows from previous years, many of which succeeded by virtue of the personalities and charmingly self-taught nature of those who made them. There's nothing else like P.O.V. on TV, and if you blink twice you might miss it (the series begins on July 1).

Two Women: Helga & Divine looks at two art exhibits containing work by Andrew Wyeth and John Waters. These artists, one who nurtured his work in pastoral isolation, the other who embraced the hideousness of trash culture, developed distinct voices based on values purely their own. Speaking of trash, artist Bill Kranstover, also known as the Phantom of Park City, has become notorious for leaving large salvaged-metal sculptures in key locations around town. This article explains how his guerrilla art tactics help him maintain his sense of freedom from others' expectations.

Finally, in Diva Inspiration, read how a San Francisco singing group mixes equal parts music and audience-participation theatre to create performances that are as much about unpredictability as they are about the songs themselves. These articles and others in this week's issue show how tension between established convention and personal invention often results in the most vibrant art.

News In The Art World

Tube Of Plenty
The PBS series POV is in its 10th year of providing superb video and film documentaries. [2]
Piers Marchant

Two Women: Helga and Divine
New Orleans Gallery and Artist reviews. [3]
D. Eric Bookhardt

The Phantom of Park City
Providing public art at a very reasonable price--free! [4]
Christopher Smart

Diva Inspiration
New Orleans theater reviews. [5]
Dalt Wonk

Finals Flotsam
Did the Mormons poison Michael Jordan for his rude remarks? That and other groundless speculation from an NBA overdose victim. [6]
Tom Danehy

"My Uncle Has a Barn...."
Some Central Texas spots where local theatre gains power and meaning from the concerns and needs of the community. [7]
Robert Faires

Family Relations
Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love" sizzles. [8]
Gary Hotvedt

Discovering Common Ground
Three Painters Explore N.M. [9]
Jeffrey Lee

On the Hoof
In praise of the Triple Crown, horse racingšs holy trinity. [10]
Christine Kreyling

Reviews on The Ravaging ,a new Artists' Coalition of Austin exhibit, and new paintings by Jimmy Jalapeeno. [11]

Alibi Gallery
Giggles, obscurity, and more. [12]
Blake de Pastino

Now What?
A Web link page chock full of resources, recommendations, and staff picks pertaining to the subject of this section. [13]

From The Vaults

A Real Trouper
Southern Arizona Dance Theater calls on the talents of a master. [06-06-97]
Margaret Regan

No Plaid For Dad
What dads really want on their big day. [06-13-97]
Tom Danehy

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