Our "Best of Austin" 2001 recognizes some heroes of daily life; the Chronicle celebrates its 20th anniversary with a number of upcoming special events.
The Chronicle continues to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Upcoming events include:
This Friday, Oct. 5, an in-store CD release performance by the Wild Seeds, led by golf-cart-in-the-swimming-pool instigator Mike Hall, at Waterloo Records, 5pm. Later that night, they are at the Hole in the Wall and at Opal Divine's Freehouse the next night.
Where Do We Go From Here: The Possibilities of Public Life After Sept. 11, an open forum to try and make sense of recent events, featuring Rahul Mahajan, James Galbraith, Molly Ivins, Sarah Cleveland, Frank Gavin, and the Rev. Sterling Lands, moderated by Michael King, the Chronicle's News editor. Bass Lecture Hall at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Thursday, Oct. 11, 7pm.
Chronicle Open House: Come check out the Chronicle and meet the staff. Be prepared, be very prepared, this is not like the movies. It's more like a devastated part of the city. Friday, Oct. 12, 11am-2pm. There will be refreshments.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, we will be sponsoring a Drag Ball, the details of which are being worked out as I write. It will be at Le Privilege.
Soap Creek Saloon Reunion. God, it breaks my heart that I mention this to some people and they say "What?" Many others know. This was the most legendary of clubs in a town stinking of legendary clubs. Soap Creek was simply the perfect honky-tonk, the one of dream, of imagination, of magic. From the bouncer at the door to the waitresses to the bartenders to the owners, the place was perfect. The music was even better. That isn't the booze talking; it's the details of so many memorable nights. At La Zona Rosa on Sunday, Oct. 14.
Chronicle Short Story Contest winners will read their winning entries at BookPeople, Thursday, Oct. 25, 7pm.
Eat Drink Watch Movies. This is the incredible pairing of film with restaurants' evening dinners, planned by Virginia Wood with the folks on our cover. This is in November, but early ticket purchase is suggested. Tickets available online at www.drafthouse.com/north/north.html.
Check for ads for all of these elsewhere in the issue.
We have received so many letters about recent events that we have created a special home for them on our Web site (austinchronicle.com). Any and all letters and comments we receive on these events will be posted to the site.