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Texas Tailgaters

Tailgating Teasips
University of Texas tailgate parties are a scene guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of the football team's foes, as well as any health professionals within viewing range.
Mick Vann


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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 18
October 25 - November 1, 1999



News & Opinion

Employees of a Nashville security company terrorized residents in apartments the firm was hired to guard. And the owner of the company was right in the middle of the trouble. Wayne Alan Brenner spent one day among the remains and cremains of some late fellow humans. A lament on the bad TV reporting of a drug story, while drug law enforcement threatens Americans' morale. Also, societal confusion, cool gadgets, and more.

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Film & TV

Steven Soderbergh isn't resting on his laurels. His latest movie, "The Limey," is an icy, offbeat, but highly accessible crime drama. "Boys Don't Cry" is a harrowing, yet often lyrical film about Teena Brandon, a confused teenager who spent a few reckless, glorious years pretending to be a boy. The tie-in book is not a new concept. What is new, though, is the novelization of adult dramatic series. Plus, reviews of "Crazy in Alabama," "Three to Tango," and many more!

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Music

The grungy hard-rock/heavy-metal band Creed debuted at #1 with "Human Clay" in the face of competition from Garth Brooks and hip-hop duo Method Man and Redman. Vibraphonist Milt Jackson, who died recently, was acknowledged as a superb soloist, dynamic accompanist, and mentor to a stylistically diverse group of musicians. Like many musicians, George Jones' prodigious talents rose above the havoc he left in his wake. But it's been a wild, terrifying thrill-ride of a life. Plus, Linda Ronstadt ponders retirement, a Doobie Brothers box retrospective, Tony Bennett sings Duke Ellington, and more!

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Arts & Leisure

Tale of the Tombstones
The Power of Green
Texas Tailgaters
Claudia's Family
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Books

Syndicated for just two years, P.S. Wall's column is already carried by 21 newspapers, and her weekly audience has reached 5 million. If Emily Dickinson had sat through writing workshops, could she have endured the harsh weekly questioning of her fellow students? John Howard creates an intimate portrait of gay life in Mississippi from 1945 to 1985. Plus, surviving death, blacks, Jews and the blues, and more.

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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, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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