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Volume I, Issue 25
November 24 - December 1, 1997

Just a quick update on my little soap opera: Life's getting better ever since Robyn and I made up. For a while there, it seemed like all my friends were dropping out of the picture like turduckens. And there's nothing worse than losing good friends. Even the loss of nerdy friends can be a major disappointment.

At the time, I thought the day Robyn and I had a falling out was the worst day of my life, but I'll tell you, it was nothing compared to what comedian Julia Sweeney endured recently. She talks about it on her new album, "Julia Sweeney's God Said Ha!," which receives a very sympathetic and insightful review here.

I may just pick up that Sweeney album when Robyn and I go Christmas shopping this weekend. First we'll head over to MacFrugal's for some bargain buys, then we'll sit down over burgers and music and look through some unusual gift catalogs, and if we have time we'll surf the Web. There's lots of good shopping online, and that's a good thing, since I refuse to go near a mall. (I'd sooner go to war.)

Once again I must say thank you to all the kind people who wrote letters of support. You can write me anytime; just send a letter to editor@weeklywire.com. Don't be shy -- it's as easy as pie.

Yours,

Recreation
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Honoria en Ciberspazio
Austin artist Honoria and other cyber-collaborators created an online opera. [7]
Jon Lebkowsky

A Big Crowd for Little Wars: Millenium Gaming Convention
Austin hosts afficionados of dice, cards, and miniature soldiers this weekend. [8]
Allen Varney

Down and Out in Delhi
Every traveler has a "worst day ever." Here's one from the Flyer's designated wanderer. [9]
Paul Gerald


In the Gallery
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A Russian Invasion
"Jewels of the Romanovs" arrives in Memphis. [21]
James Busbee

Into the Light
Ruth Bernard, Joyce Tenneson and George Holz at A Gallery for Fine Photography through December. [22]
D. Eric Bookhardt













Featured Articles
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Unique Gifts From the Comfort of Your Own Bum
Why shop when you can mail-order? [2]
Jessica English

Bah!
Computers can do that? [3]
Noah Masterson

Dreaming of a White Trash Christmas
If you don't love your relatives, why spend more than $3 on them? [4]
Jessica English

You Too?
Former U2 fans join the ranks of the disappointed. [5]
Rich Collins

Close Relations
Michael McCall finds humor and humanity in the new performance piece by actress Julia Sweeney. [6]
Michael McCall


Food & Drink
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The Pies That Bind
Great holiday pies. [10]
Virginia B. Wood

How To Make Pennsylvania Dutch Sour Cream Apple Pie
Recipe: Pennsylvania Dutch Sour Cream Apple Pie. [11]

Night of the Turducken
Look! In the oven! It's a bird! ... and another bird... and another bird... [12]
Meredith Phillips

Beale Street Gets Branded
Can a Hard Rock Cafe take away Memphis' shame? [13]
Jim Hanas


Performance
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Highly Original
Suddenly, it seems, there is a bumper crop of original theater. [14]
Dalt Wonk

Holiday Spirit
Jesse Helms kicks Tiny Tim's crutch in Circuit Playhouse's offbeat production. [15]
Hadley Hury and Debbie Gilbert

Ever the Spoils
Dramas at St. Edward's and UT highlight mythology surrounding women as warriors. [16]
Adrienne Martini

"The Trojan Women"
A review of "The Trojan Women." [17]

"The Love of the Nightingale"
A review of "The Love of the Nightingale." [18]

It Had To Be Yooooou...
Invisible Theatre presents the unfunny comedy "It Had To Be You." [19]
Margaret Regan

Strings Attached
"Marvin's Room" at the Vortex Theater. [20]
Julie Birnbaum


Now What?
A gallery of captivating links to keep your imagination churning while the paint dries. [23]


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