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Volume I, Issue 29
December 22 - December 29, 1997

A couple weeks back I said that the Christmas season was all about disappointment. Well slap my forehead, I was wrong. The Christmas season is really about last-minute planning. (Next week I might decide it's about something else, but this week that there's what it is.)

This arts section's stories -- selected at the last minute -- reflect that. Cheap Son of a Gumball tells you how to get some groovy presents on the cheap without having to do so much as wait in line at Walmart. Just fill your pocket with quarters, head for the gumball-machine section of any crummy store, and voila -- all your shopping needs fulfilled in one swell foop. (If you're the sort of geek who likes to plan things out a bit more, read here.)

Christmas isn't the only holiday known for its last-minute stress. New Year's Eve is even worse. And because New Year's implies "party" more than "family," it can be infinitely more depressing when things don't work out because you didn't plan. So if it's nearing 11:45 p.m. on December 31 and you still haven't figured out what to do for fun, why not read this here article? It'll tell you just what to do. (Hint: watching TV while eating fast food is not an option.)

For those of you who do plan ahead, your holiday entertainment options can't be beat. Everything from dining on exotic foods to attending fabulous productions of "The Phantom of the Opera" or "A Lion in Winter" awaits you. Just buy your tickets early and show up on time, okay please?

In the Gallery
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Virgin Territory
Who's the most significant figure in Southwestern folklore? A fascinating Tucson tour demonstrates the answer. [13]
Margaret Regan


Now What?
A gallery of captivating links to keep your imagination churning while the paint dries. [14]










Featured Articles
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Cheap Son of a Gumball
Are you one cheap bastard? How about doing all your Christmas shopping out of gumball machines? Here's how! [2]
Jessica English

Celebrating Solo
On spending New Year's Eve solo. [3]
Maureen Needham

Tree Ins and Outs
Walter Jowers saw a Christmas tree burn once, and it made a big impression. [4]
Walter Jowers

A Piece Of History
In search of the wreck of the Sophia Sutherland, Part II. [5]
Kevin Franklin


Recreation
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Great Gifts for the Digerati
Presents for your favorite computer geek. [6]
John Avignone


Food & Drink
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Speed Eater
Our fast-food critic strikes again! [7]
Nick Brown

Gastrological Forecast
Tasty information for you to chew over. [8]
Benny Villalobos

Eat This!
Surfing the Internet with a guy who can't swim. [9]
Devin D. O'Leary


Performance
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Phantom Power
It takes a tough crew to make a tender tragi-musical. [10]
Rich Collins

Winter Wrangle
With its bickering husband and wife, what could be more appropriate for the holiday season than "Lion In Winter"? [11]
Margaret Regan

Plays Out of Time
This once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the satirical "Once in a Lifetime" is worth missing. [12]
Dalt Wonk


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