"...The Stalwart of Stalwarts is obvious to anyone who has been in Austin for at least a week. It's the Cactus Cafe..."
"...Lake-area demographics now support more chain restaurants, a few national retailers, and more than one Pan-Asian sushi bar. Four new places really captured our interest on this most recent visit, and we consider all of them worth a return trip. Java Dive Cafe1607 RR 620 N., 266-5885 www.javadivecafe.com..."
"...To Austinites dismayed at the failure of White Lodging Corp. (and its development client, Marriott Corp.) to give a damn about what Las Manitas Avenue Cafe represents for Austin, it can seem that every "iconic" place we love is at risk in the current development boom..."
"...She's no doubt got new material by now, but let's hope some of this "older" stuff gets that special acoustic treatment for which the Cactus is so good. (Cactus Cafe, Midnight)..."
"...Things haven't been running all that smoothly at the Atomic Cafe these days, what with the untimely death of owner Randall Goodwin last November (see tribute at http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/issues/1999-11-25/music2.html), and I didn't help things a couple of weeks ago by accidentally referring to the club as "Atomic City." (Obviously, it's time for me to break down and treat my feet to some hipster clodhoppers at Prince's actual Atomic City toy and shoe shop at 17th and San Antonio, just to make sure I can keep the two names apart from now on.) I'm sure last week's brain fart that allowed me to associate "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" with Frank Sinatra was met with equal derision by the Cafe's Wednesday "Martini Night" crowd of Tony Bennett aficionados, but enough about me. Randall's mother, Beth Goodwin, who is devoted to her late son and his club, says that a "moratorium" on booking bands due to troubles with the venue's sound system is ending as those problems are being taken care of, and among other acts, Cafe visitors can look forward to Terminal 46 and Lucid Dementia on Fetish Night on the 18th, while DJ Ricky D..."
"...It doesn't take a rocket scientist, because Wilson is the former artistic director of Zachary Scott Theatre Center, and she's recently finished writing a one-man show to be produced there, and the show is about Buckminster Fuller, the man who invented the geodesic dome, and the woman exiting the car is carrying two complex, multicolored sphere-frames that look exactly like something Bucky would have designed for his grandkids. Who else would be toting such perfect props to a chain-store cafe in the middle of Austin? "To attack this project," says Wilson in the coffeehouse, "to try and comprehend what Bucky was saying and doing with his life ....."
"...By conventional physical laws, that's impossible, but looking at it within Jensen's bizarre perspective, it works. Also, the mural is constructed so that it's impossible to take the whole scene in at once, even when viewing it from its location behind the cafe's back porch to the sidewalk..."