Sept. 10, 1999

Volume 19, Number 2

features

Bad Dog

When we see a dog running free, why are we frightened? Longtime Austinite Paula James meditates on the effect that fear of the natural world has had on us.

BY PAULA JAMES

news

Making Waves

The growing number of cellular towers in Austin has prompted changes to the ordinance regulating the towers.

BY MIKE JASPER

Corner to Corner

There's more development slated for the already-crowded RM 2222 and Loop 360 interchange.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Naked City

Austin Energy budget comes under fire as the utility prepares for competition; the Texas Our Texas Heritage Program has big plans for state parkland and conservation; and a new state audit highlights problems with the Texas Workforce Commission's oversight of local welfare and workforce boards.

BY AMY SMITH

Council Watch

East Austin residents have a say in neighborhood planning; local advocates ask for more money in city budget to fund their special interest; Bill Spelman issues some strong words against the Statesman's criticism of council on the LCRA water deal.

BY JENNY STAFF JOHNSON

food

The Fine Art of Dining

The work of local artisans enhances restaurant decor.

Food-o-File

Tracking recent restaurant openings and closings; plus upcoming events in Austin that cater to chileheads.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Southern Comfort

Bite-sized reviews of local comfort food restaurants.

BY RACHEL FEIT

Good Eats Cafe

Threadgill's

Soul Kitchen

Cafe 290

Barbara Ellen's

Big Earl's

Laura's Bluebonnet Kitchen

Hoover's

Sallie's

Southern Comfort

music

The Sound and the Fury

Local theatre Alamo Drafthouse teams silent films with live musical scores by favorite Austin acts.

BY JERRY RENSHAW

Scavengers of the Vast Wasteland

Whether they're riffing on punk, metal, funk, jazz, film scores, or even klezmer music, Brown Whörnet attacks each passage with a vociferous intensity that seldom fails to keep an audience at attention.

BY GREG BEETS

Dancing About Architecture

Austin Jazz & Arts Festival doesn't need saving after all; the strange sounds coming from Austin's backyards; barbecue to replace Austin Blues; Honky attacked by lesbians in Chicago!; and more news from the Live Music Capital of the World.

BY KEN LIECK

Record Reviews

Dave Douglas

Songs For Wandering Souls

The Bottle Rockets

Brand New Year

Johnny Dowd

Pictures From Life's Other Side

Jim Lauderdale & Ralph Stanley

I Feel Like Singing Today

Randy Newman

Bad Love

BIS

Social Dancing

L7

Slap-Happy

Quasi

Field Studies

Brokeback

Field Recordings From the Cook County Water Table

Basement Jaxx

Remedy

Mobb Deep

Mobb Muzik

Ali Farka Toure, Taj Mahal & Toumani Diabate

Niafunke, Kulanjan

Estrellas de Areito

Los Heroes

Loreena McKennitt

Live in Paris and Toronto
screens

Autumn Tales

The fall 1999 film season looks to be busier and noiser than ever.

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN, SARAH HEPOLA, MARC SAVLOV AND MARCEL MEYER

1999 Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund Grants

Thirty-two recipients of filmmaking grants from the Austin Film Society, totaling $50,000 and ranging from $1,000-5,000.

Short Cuts

Local screenwriter Aubrey Horton offers a comedy screenwriting workshop; aGLIFF screenplay competition winners announced (and more screenplay madness); Kevin Costner to be in attendance at the premiere of For the Love of the Game, the Alamo's Cannibal Film Series; and more news from the Austin film scene.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

O St. Clare, help us in this time of Emmy nominations.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

arts & culture

Greil Marcus and the Mad Parade

In his book Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century, Greil Marcus explained punk to the world and created a bible for that music's true believers. As Austin theatre company Rude Mechanicals opens its stage adaptation of Marcus' book, the author talks about the Stones, the Sex Pistols, and the "mad parade" of history.

BY MARGARET MOSER

Articulations

The Austin Museum of Art has a new chief curator.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Junior Blues: A Bullet Train Through Adolescence

In this week's section of Austin Chronicle Arts reviews, Robert Faires gets hooked on Rob Nash's Junior Blues and Robi Polgar goes under the Big Top for Suzan-Lori Parks' Venus.
columns

Page Two

The LCRA water deal with the city of Austin is suspicious.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Solid Gold 40 is shocked and dismayed; non-fans of Carole Keeton Rylander add their two cents; a tear for Tony's Vineyard; and more letters to the editor.

Public Notice

It's International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day and Discover Commute Solutions Month!

BY KATE X MESSER

Coach's Corner

Pre-season NFL predictions to assist you in your betting pools.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

Mr. Smarty Pants

Rattlesnake bites will get you in The Zone; plus tidbits on Sacajawea, George Washington, ants, and more.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

Fur is back, just like it's always been.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Georgetown's Palace Theatre Guild's You Can't Do That, Dan Moody! is staged in the actual courtroom in which the play's events first took place.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

About AIDS

The group AIDS Action exposes AIDS drugs profiteering.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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