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July 21 - July 28, 1997

You're hungry, but you know not for what. Fast food gives you the willies, the usual sit-down joints are just a blur of booths and bad service, and the contents of your refrigerator leave you frightened. Your stomach growls like a beast, but you don't know what will sate it. Suddenly, in your woozy delirium, you hear a nasally voice from beyond. "Porkchops...and applesauce..." What was that? It sounded like Humphrey Bogart with a clothespin on his nose. Here it comes again. "Porkchops...and applesauce... That sounds shwell." Could it be? Yes, it's Peter from The Brady Bunch! Now you know what you want for dinner!

Has this ever happened to you? The creators of a restaurant called The Have A Nice Day Café are banking on it. The new national chain, conceived in the tradition of Hard Rock Café and Planet Hollywood, wants to turn the '70s into a recipe for delectable theme-based eats. An article relates the gaudy details.

Okay, so let's say you prefer female imagery to porkchops. Crazy, sure, but that's the kind of person you are. You might want to read this article about the new Georgia O'Keeffe gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Best known for her up-close-and-personal paintings of labia-like flower petals, O'Keeffe liberated the idea of the feminine in art and justly deserves her own museum. Another exhibit, titled "Female Images," further explores the mystery of women through the painted canvas. Does it succeed, you ask? Do porkchops go well with applesauce?

We've got several other articles about museum exhibits, a review of a biographical musical about Patsy Cline, interviews with members of Austin's "theatre mecca," and, for fans of sports or John Woo, a very cranky piece in which a columnist whines "Why oh why?" about a number of subjects. He was probably porkchop-deprived at the time.

News In The Art World

Doom's Day
Not having such a nice time at the Have a Nice Day Cafe. [2]
Kay West

Culture Shock
The new Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe New Mexico. [3]
Blake de Pastino

Pondering `Female Images'
Coverage of New Orleans' local art scene. [4]
D. Eric Bookhardt

Alternative Art on the Move
The Cordell Taylor Gallery and the city's alternative art scene move near the Gateway Project. [5]
Ben Fulton

Why, Oh Why?
Why is there Dennis Rodman....and other pointless mysteries. [6]
Tom Danehy

Taking Place
Two artists create a sense of space at harwood. [7]
Jeffrey Lee

A Theatre Mecca?
Believe it or not, some people move to Austin for the theatre scene. [8]
Adrienne Martini

A Fine "Cline"
Coverage of New Orleans' local theatre scene. [9]
Dalt Wonk

A Pretty Grand Tour
Finally, some local fundraisers that actually help promote artists and their work while helping others--one sign of a developing visual-arts community. [10]
David Ribar

Now What?
A Web link page chock full of resources, recommendations, and staff picks pertaining to the subject of this section. [11]

Talk Back
Tell us your favorite medium, and we don't mean that in the Shirley MacLaine sense of the word.

From The Vaults

"My Uncle Has a Barn...."
Some Central Texas spots where local theatre gains power and meaning from the concerns and needs of the community. [06-20-97]
Robert Faires

A Tucsonan In Venice
Robert Colescott is the first American painter since Jasper Johns to have a solo show at the Venice Biennale. [06-13-97]
Margaret Regan

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