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Holiday TV Specials

Christmas Past
A list of favorite holiday specials, which not only charm and entertain, but help realize the spirit of the season.
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Volume III, Issue 24
December 6 - December 13, 1999

News & Opinion

Former students of Tucson's Dunbar School, which served the African-American population during segregation, gather once a year to remember the bad old days. Graffiti might seem like a harmless, minor act of vandalism, but the scrawls across public walls can be seen as more than surface deep. Everyone in Hollywood is chasing some dream, hoping that big break is right around the corner. Plus, the meaning of Chanukah, genetically-enhanced food in American shopping baskets, questions about journalistic integrity, and more!

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Film & TV

"Man of the Century" is a splendidly original and engaging film, but director Adam Abraham wouldn't be surprised if you haven't heard of it. A trio of Memphis film school graduates has created a movie with a whacked-out charm that's like finding the meaning of life by reading Dr. Seuss backwards. Woody and the toybox gang are back in "Toy Story 2" and a couple more reviews check in this week. Plus, reviews of End of Days, Flawless, Princess Mononoke, memorable holiday TV specials, and more.

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Live albums can be the next best thing to actually being there. We've got reviews of live offerings from three jazz and blues greats, as well as a quick look at 11 live albums from contemporary artists. What maintains Mose Allison's status in blues culture is an urban style of lyric writing more colorful than anyone since Robert Johnson. Dave Cloud will admit that his stage persona is a put-on, but his evangelical enthusiasm convinces listeners to join in the illusion. Also, a four-CD retrospective of Sammy Davis, Jr., the latest from The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, British hip-hop artist Aphrodite, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

Two Hours in The City
Buy the Book
Beer Isn't Just for Breakfast
and more...

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The mystery and suspense novels of Ruth Rendell transcend genre with their elegant style, complex human motivations, and expert turning of the screws. Though he has only published one collection of short stories, Nathan Englander has become a writer whose opinions are taken to heart. Edna O'Brien's new biography of James Joyce is a chilling plunge into the the life and work of this great writer. Also, the return of Neil Gaiman's Sandman illustrated fantasy series, an entertaining history of codes and ciphers, 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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