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Arts & Leisure

Volume I, Issue 14
September 8 - September 15, 1997

Do you enjoy the morbid in art? You might want to read "Stilled Life," which describes an unusual art class -- one in which the sole subject is cadavers. This summer students spent three weeks sketching corpses in a freezing-cold hospital storage room, with fascinating results. Who says art class has to be about posed fruit and living, breathing models?

To be honest, the whole thing gives me the chills. Brrr. I was much happier to read this article about a conductor who's found his niche recording symphonies for the Naxos classical label. I'll tell you, if you want to catch up on your classical, that Naxos is an economical way to go.

Sigh, I hope that didn't sound like an advertisement. I don't really care. I'm just glad I got past that dead-body paragraph. Other stories this week include a piece about the most hick-free places to camp along the beaches in the Gulf of Mexico, also known as the "Redneck Riviera"; and a story about Knoxville's internal struggle to build a decent night life -- a story that should serve as a cautionary tale for other medium-sized towns.

Ugh, I'm sorry. I'm still creeped out about the cadaver thing. I'm just glad my art teachers never made me do that. Enjoy this week's Arts & Leisure section. I've got to go get a breath of fresh air. Man oh man.

News In The Art World
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Stilled Life
Art is where you find it -- including the medical school morgue. [2]
Margaret Regan

Local Boy Makes Good -- Music
Critics agree Rico Saccani's recording of Respighi for Naxos is right up there with the best of 'em. [3]
Emil Franzi

Cruising the Redneck Riviera
The Gulf Coast has more than just t-shirt shops, but you'll have to look hard. [4]
James Busbee

Rock in a Hard Place
Why is it so tough for entertainment venues to survive in Knoxville, Tennessee? Mike Gibson digs into the taxes, laws, and general adversity that give headaches to local promoters and business owners. [5]
Mike Gibson

Alibi Gallery
"A Wild Collection" exhibition at the Harwood Art Center; "Tales of China" puppet show at Southwest Valley Library; Poet Beth Lipsick at Gold Coast Coffee. [6]
Blake de Pastino

Theater Critical
The Vortex Theater's new production "It's Only A Play" opens. [7]
Julie Birnbaum

Now What?
A gallery of captivating links to keep your imagination churning while the paint dries. [8]

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