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This Week
July 11-17, 1996

Cover
The Pekar Chronicles: Can
an honest comic-book creator
find fame and fortune in
Tinseltown? American
Splendor
's Harvey Pekar
gives it a try in his latest
illustrated slice of life:
"An Almost All-Expense-Paid
Vacation." Also, Richard von Busack on Pekar's art and life.

News
HUDsucker Proxy: What do you get when you legislate an escape clause for owners of HUD-subsidized low-income housing? Less low-income housing.

Public Eye: The Municipal Court is slow to collect on unpaid traffic tickets.

Polis Report: Marilyn vos Satan haters unite in cyberspace.

Arts & Entertainment
Movies
Friendly Fire: With Courage Under Fire, Edward Zwick ponders if a liberal can make an antiwar film.

Purple Noon Chills: Rene Clement's 1960 thriller is a fetchingly amoral, urbanely malevolent film.

Weight a Minute: Heavy is no ordinary movie about ordinary people.

Music
Horning In: San Jose Mariachi Festival players Miguel Martínez and Junko Seki talk about their music.

Far and Away: Up-and-coming, hard-and-rocking, Far comes to the Edge.

Valentine's Day: Cal Valentine has paid his dues living and playing the blues.

Mo' Motown: The Temptations soldier on.

The Turban-ator: Sonny Rhodes dresses up the blues.

Drums of Passion: Babatunde Olatunji leads a drum and dance workshop this weekend in Palo Alto.

Beat Street: From junk to junket--a local music roundup.

Audiofile: The latest CDs by Mystik Journeymen, Eivets Rednow, Magnapop and Tha M.O.B.B.

Art
Don't Fence Me In: Casa de la Cultura Mexica makes art visible from all sides in Art Without Boundaries.

Menu
Taiwan Treat: From Willow Glen's busy Taiwan Restaurant comes a nonstop stream of satisfying Szechuan, Cantonese and Taiwanese specialties, served in two bustling dining rooms.

Bargain Bites: Unexpected delights inside the Taco Bravo aura.

Metro Staff Box


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