Sept. 17, 1999

Volume 19, Number 3

features

Hissing Fits

Bryan Mealer sinks his teeth into the 1999 Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup.

BY BRYAN MEALER

Stories on the Verge

The Eighth Annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest: Introduction

BY CLAY SMITH

news

Naked City

Off the Desk

BY AMY SMITH

Exile on 48th Street

Attorney General John Cornyn files a lawsuit against the Rio Motel, a bane to the neighbors of this North Central Austin establishment.

BY ROB D'AMICO

A Night at the Rio

Checking in and checking out the most infamous night spot in Austin.

BY ROB D'AMICO

Council Watch

City Council hears neighbors' complaints about noise from the new Austin Bergstrom International Airport; and the city's solid waste services is headed for automated changes.

BY JENNY STAFF JOHNSON

Media Clips

The Latino USA radio program is building a national name for itself out of its KUT headquarters in Austin.

BY LEE NICHOLS

food

Old School, Au Courant

Jean Pierre's Upstairs is a restaurant of the old school; it emphasizes service over scene, and all employees act like professionals. Each diner is treated like he or she is the only person in the room. But the food is also surprisingly avant-garde, Chronicle food writer Rachel Feit reveals in a review of Jean Pierre's Upstairs.

BY RACHEL FEIT

Food-o-File

In this week's edition of Food-o-file, Austin Chronicle Food editor Virginia B. Wood ponders the scarcity of good hot-dog making in Austin and provides details on some upcoming wine tastings.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

The Coffeehouse Chronicles

Now one of the older coffee joints in town, Ruta Maya uses its warehouse space for real-life industrial activity -- roasting their own coffees for local restaurants, homegrown groceries, and on-site enjoyment. It's literally one big room that's taken on the best trappings of a multifunction entertainment complex, Chronicle food writer Pableaux Johnson writes.

BY PABLEAUX JOHNSON

Second Helpings: Dining Fine

Food Reviews

Enchiladas y Mas

Chronicle food writer Barbara Chisholm reviews Enchiladas y Mas and reveals what's behind the loyalty of legions of patrons of the dependable Tex-Mex joint.
music

Mixing Miami With Copacabana

A profile of Brazilian superstar Gilberto Gil.

BY MIKE QUINN

Manchester Perps

Interview with Chemical Brother Ed Simons.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Dancing About Architecture

The dulcet tones of the karaoke fill the former Electric Lounge, but that's not the fate of the building.

BY KEN LIECK

Live Shots

screens

Cinematexas International Short Film and Video Festival: An Introduction

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Short Cuts

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Emmy Awards shake-down: who won, who should have.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Office Space

Mike Judge's overlooked gem Office Space.

The Jack Bull

The Western thrives on cable with John Badham's Jack Bull.

Cruel Intentions

Cruel Intentions falls limp compared to previous adaptation of the Choderlos de Lacos novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

Film Reviews

arts & culture

Across the Universe

Gearing up for a new national tour of her hit show The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Lily Tomlin took a few minutes to talk about connectedness -- her connectedness with The Search, with audiences, and with Austin.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Jumping on the Bard-wagon

With the arrival of September, Austin is again awash in Shakespeare. Five productions -- from a minimalist Romeo and Juliet to a deconstructed comedy goofing on all the plays -- are currently playing Central Texas stages.

BY ROBI POLGAR

1998-99 B. Iden Payne Award Winners

The year's best work on Austin stages.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

The passing of a longtime professor of music and the birth of a new opera by Austin Lyric Opera.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

columns

About AIDS

Information on a new support group for male/male couples.

BY LOIS VANLANINGHAM

Postmarks

Texas Our Texas loves Texas; Neighbors for Neighbors hate strip-mining; Justin B. Andrews returns; and other delighted and dismayed letters from readers.

Page Two

The Statesman's editorial positions on the LCRA water deal continue to be astonishing.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Coach's Corner

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

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

Mr. Smarty Pants

Whoopee cushions, adjancency in the U.S., woodpeckers on speed, and Lily Tomlin.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Letters at 3AM

How to be and not to be.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Public Notice

Local events to benefit good causes.

BY KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

Only the bad aspects of the Seventies are being retro-ized.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The 150-year-old Landmark Inn in Castroville was designed to not distract from the natural beauty surrounding it.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

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