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2001 Stories by Elan Head

Archives: 2001
  • Air Fare

    published December 27, 2001

    Among the things that have changed since September 11 -- television programming, color schemes -- the phenomenon most widely suffered has been... More >>

  • Reel Strange

    published December 6, 2001

    The idea behind The Monkey Show Movie Theater -- a place "to watch a really strange movie with a small and intimate audience" -- is not a... More >>

  • A Jug of Wine and Thou

    published November 15, 2001

    Jim Fiolek is a genial man with longish hair in a braid who does a very amusing pidgin English impression. He is the vice president of Zaca Mesa... More >>

  • Baron Wasteland

    published November 8, 2001

    The Disappearance of Baron Dixon, which is a local indie film -- or, more evocatively, a "mockumentary" -- has some fine moments.... More >>

  • Sex Defender

    published November 1, 2001

    Rob Becker does one thing, mostly, and he does it very well: Defending the Caveman, the longest-running solo play in Broadway... More >>

  • Not Your Mama's Recipe

    published October 25, 2001

    Say your mother made casseroles. In particular, she made one with a funny name -- "Mom's Mish-Mash," you called it -- with condensed cream of... More >>

  • Grape Expectations

    published October 18, 2001

    Before this week, if Arizona knew more about Rioja than did, say, South Dakota, that owed less to residents' discernment than to their... More >>

  • Stage Coaching

    published October 18, 2001

    Three weeks ago, on a hot September night -- the air rising from the asphalt made its own hot draft -- a very small crowd collected outside the... More >>

  • Turnin' Tricks

    published October 11, 2001

    Ed Ellis and Bob Kubota, who do card tricks, do them in the same way that Vincent van Gogh, who did paintings, did sunflowers:... More >>

  • Kidney, Beans and Rice

    published October 4, 2001

    There are two reasons to frequent Chez Bubba's, the wonderful Caribbean and Creole restaurant on First Street downtown. One of them is Bubba.... More >>

  • Boots & Bloodsport

    published October 4, 2001

    Arizona cowboy Cody Hancock rides bulls. It's something that he loves to do and that his father did before him. It's also how he makes a living.... More >>

  • Sweet Successes

    published September 20, 2001

    Ellie Black, who is Navajo, and Isabella Mannone-Bertuccio, who is Italian, cook for the same reasons that Mary Kay Pallo and B.J. Hernandez, who... More >>

  • Chicano and the Man

    published September 6, 2001

    Ralphie May, who is white, calls black men "niggers." In his standup act, he uses the word repeatedly; he also riffs on Mexicans, who "see the... More >>

  • Horns of Plenty

    published September 6, 2001

    There is a trick to making shofars -- the hollowed-out rams' horns blown on Rosh Hashanah -- and also a trick to blowing them. Generally, though,... More >>

  • Mop Art

    published August 30, 2001

    Seldom are the advantages of a home-based art space so obvious as in the case of "A Good Way to Learn, Lesson 4: Chores (Content Clean)"; it's... More >>

  • Cooking Up a New Life

    published August 23, 2001

    John Dunbar, a sous chef, cooks in the restaurant kitchen of a storied hotel where he also teaches classes. In some ways, this is not unusual for... More >>

  • Gut-Punch Lines

    published August 23, 2001

    Joe Rogan, who as a standup comedian works more or less the same hours that strippers do, is not a 9-to-5 kind of guy. He is, however, an... More >>

  • Tongue Lashing

    published August 16, 2001

    Nothing provokes a visceral response quite like, well, viscera -- the smooth muscle stuff that younger generations of Americans, whose meat comes... More >>

  • Beyond Words

    published August 2, 2001

    Some things just can't be put into words. In the case of Indian classical music, neither can they be put on paper."It would be extremely... More >>

  • Hit and Mis

    published July 12, 2001

    "I don't know if it will be read by everyone, but it is meant for everyone," Victor Hugo wrote, famously, of his novel Les... More >>

  • Ice Try

    published July 5, 2001

    The month of our independence, July is that time when Americans reflect on the qualities that make our nation great -- and in Phoenix, in July, no... More >>

  • Another Opening, Another Show

    published June 21, 2001

    Five years ago, the playwright Eve Ensler achieved a small revolution: Single-handedly, she made countless American men nostalgic for ballet.... More >>

  • Ring Cycle

    published June 21, 2001

    The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus takes itself seriously when it claims to delight young and old alike -- so seriously, in... More >>

  • Wiccan à la King

    published June 14, 2001

    Sure, the recipes inside are solidly good, even inspired. But the name, The Wicca Cookbook, is enough to choke on.Forget about "eye of... More >>

  • Vincent to Go

    published April 19, 2001

    Vincent Guerithault on Camelback, a wonderful restaurant, abuts a gas station on one side and a 7-Eleven on the other. Its parking lot is... More >>

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