Deadwood Edition Issue #88

September 20, 2005

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Review :: The Billions, "Trash or Treasure"

After four full-length albums and extensive touring, The Billions have developed an audience of hundreds (maybe thousands?) of listeners who appreciate the band's unaffected approach to crafting distinctive pop/rock songs. Too often overlooked in their own backyard, the Lawrence band adds another chapter to their fine string of releases with the topflight "Trash or Treasure."

Instituting change

The Spencer Museum of Art seeks new ways to engage the community in its museum

The spontaneous, responsive, aggressively creative, interactive, conversational, faster, more dynamic Spencer Museum of Art is now open for business.

Adult Learning Center volunteers help adults study for GED

Kim Hewett always hated math. Until, that is, she started teaching it.

Fertile spring

Journal gathers group of poets spawned by Lawrence counterculture and nurtured by one another for four decades

Jim McCrary was miserable. It was 1965. War protests and civil rights marches raged across the country. Artists were reacting to the turmoil with radical words and pictures.

'Lord of War' deals sobering message on gunrunning

"There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation," Nicolas Cage's character explains in the film's opening narration. "That's one firearm for every 12 people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11?"

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Review: Big Mutha Truckers 2 - PS2, Xbox

This is a test of the Emergency Target Marketing system

THQ couldn't be more obvious with their target audience for Big Mutha Truckers 2. It's only $19.99, and filled with tons of (attempted) lowbrow humor and digital breasts to appeal to the lowest-common denominator gamer. This game is clearly neither for anyone who knows anything about games nor anyone who would actually be reading a videogame review on a website.

The Cup O' Joel fiction-writing championships for 2003!

Wherein you, gentle reader, get to extend the mythology of the blog. But only if you are very, very clever.

Many great things about living in Lawrence. And one not-so-much.

Warning. I get sappy, vulnerable and mushy inside. Plus, more reasons for the Top 500 list.