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The Mother of All Texas Honky-Tonks

The Mother of All Texas Honky-Tonks
Gilley's, the gargantuan Pasadena, Texas, nightclub in which "Urban Cowboy" was filmed is enjoying a bit of a renaissance.
Christopher Gray

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Volume III, Issue 17
October 18 - October 25, 1999

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Tattoos may be trendy, but in Massachusetts, tattooing has been against the law for 37 years. Media mergers place control of information in fewer and fewer hands, so the idea that such mergers might be bad doesn't get discussed. Every Friday night on Nashville cable, "The Slime Show" tramples on every comfort that television offers. Plus, the kokopelli's popularity, progress as compulsion, the noble aims of art, and more.

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Film & TV

"Fight Club" is a ferocious rush of troubling dreams, but as mordantly funny and sassy as any recent comedy. Author Chuck Palahniuk says he is "always up for the bizarre story." The film version of his novel is "funny, subversive stuff," according to one of our reviewers. Another says, though, it's "just shadow boxing." After several seasons of mediocrity, the big three networks are finally improving their ratings, and serious dramas are outscoring the sitcoms. Plus, a visit to the New York Film Festival, and lots more movie reviews!

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Twenty years after "Urban Cowboy" was made, the nightclub in which the movie was filmed -- Gilley's -- is enjoying a bit of a renaissance. Kris Kristofferson recently re-recorded some of his best-known songs and he talks about the record and his life. Despite her life in the South, Kate Campbell was told her songs weren't "country." Also, Wilson Pickett, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Goodbye, Tiger Stadium
Southern Discomfort
Fall in the Rockies
Fall in the Garden
Pancake Secrets
and more...

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Eileen Welsome has written a book about this country's plutonium experiments and the Weekly Alibi calls it "a definitive reference book for a significant chapter in modern history." In her first novel, Tova Mirvis captures a community of women confronted by an outsider who end up questioning their own values. If you use a cell phone, you might be interested in a new book that samples widely from the airwaves you use. Also, Lynda Barry, Larry L. King, a the Dalai Lama, and more.

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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, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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