Oct. 29, 1999

Volume 19, Number 9

features

Things That Go Bump

Young writer Eli Kooris spends the night in a haunted photography shop to see what he can scare up.

BY ELI KOORIS

Fashion Gets Grave

Austin's Caskets by Design can insure that death will become you.

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Over the 8 Ball

Anna Hanks consults one of the world's most enduring toy fortune tellers just in time for Halloween.

BY ANNA HANKS

news

Eve of Destruction?

The City plans for a big New Year's Eve party downtown while East Sixth Street merchants complain of threat of competition

BY ANDY LANGER

Man of the Hour

Superintendent Pat Forgione discusses his goals for AISD in a Q&A interview with reporter Kevin Fullerton.

BY KEVIN FULLERTON

Election Endorsements

On Nov. 2, voters will be asked to approve a tax increase for Austin Community College and 17 constitutional amendments. The Chronicle’s endorsements and an explanation of the amendments.

Naked City

Off the Desk

BY AMY SMITH

Council Watch

Several prospective candidates are expressing an interest in running for the council seat Gus Garcia is vacating

BY JENNY STAFF JOHNSON

Media Clips

The Austin American-Statesman accuses the Texas Department of Public Safety of witholding public information on the Waco siege; KOOP founder Jim Ellinger gets shut out of the radio station's building.

BY LEE NICHOLS

food

On the Pork Trail

Noel Coward once declared that "Any part of the piggy / Is quite all right with me" but we found five pork dishes at Austin restaurants that are more alright than others.

BY RACHEL FEIT

Country Living's Handmade Halloween: Ideas for a Happy, Haunted Celebration

Six-year-old Rosalind Faires gives the low-down on a new book filled with Halloween project ideas.

BY ROSALIND FAIRES

Perfect Pairings

Brio Vista and Mirabelle recently received an Award of Excellence from The Wine Spectator. See how well they fare on the elusive marriage between their menus and their wine lists.

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

The Culinary Academy of Austin has joined forces with Reuben's Wine & Spirits to highlight the various world cuisines - find out how to participate; Mezzaluna celebrates 10 years of business; and an Organic Update..

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Simply Seafood

Tasty, bite-sized restaurant listings compiled from new and previous reviews, guides, and poll results. This week’s entries were compiled by Mick Vann.
music

The Composer's Roots

A look at the career of a premier jazz pianist, Dallas-born Cedar Walton

BY HARVEY PEKAR

The Education of a Lifetime

A look at UT's Performing Arts Center and the process by which they bring the biggest names in jazz to Austin.

BY CHRISTOPHER HESS

Dancing About Architecture

George Jones comes to Austin and everyone gets arrested in the melee. Meanwhile, Matthew McConaughey gets naked and busted, and Austin's answer to Santana, Vallejo, signs with Gloria Estefan's Sony imprint. Maybe K-NACK, a local alt.rock station from earlier this decade, can play them online as the station returns -- on the Internet.

BY KEN LIECK

Record Reviews

Sixteen Deluxe

The Moonman Is Blue

Drums and Tuba

Flatheads and Spoonies

Cyrus Rego

Cyrus Rego

Bloo

Bloo

The Standards

Between the Ditches

The Jive Bombers

Hit the Deck, It's the Jive Bombers

Brobdingnagian Bards

Marked by Great Size

The Loy Sisters Band

Where We Belong

Sarah Elizabeth Campbell & the Banned

Live

Seaman's Quartet

Seaman's Quartet

Jerry Jeff Walker

Gypsy Songman

Lee Roy Parnell

Hits and Highways Ahead

Bad Livers, Barnes, Hokkanen & Rubin

Dust on the Bible, Aka the Mad Cat Trio

Bradley Jaye Williams

Tex-Mex Gumbo

Bryan Duckworth

Begin the Seguin

The Claymores

The Claymores

Bobby Horton vs. Derek Peterson

14 Jawbreakin' Hits!

Blaze Foley

Blaze a Blaze: Volume Too

Jack Ingram

Hey You

Blue Cartoon

Downtown Shangri-La

Terry Bowness

Terry Bowness (Aardvark)

Blue Noise Band

Multi-Purpose

Lefty

Everybody Loves a Hero

ST 37

I Love to Talk, If There's Anything to Talk About

ZZ Top

XXX
screens

Eat Him Up

Reviews of the Italian horror maven's Cat in the Brain, The Beyond, Gates of Hell, and Zombie

BY MARC SAVLOV

Pigs, Pimps, and Pornographers

A look at this prolific, political Japanese filmmaker

BY SALVATORE BOTTI

Maverick Outsider

Avant-garde artist Willie Varela discusses politics, the nature of personal work, a career on the fringes, and what it's like to be a Chicano filmmaker.

BY ATHINA RACHEL TSANGARI

Short Cuts

News from the Cinemaker Co-op, the Austin Film Society, Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Landmark Theatres, and SXSW 2000.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Chick dramas: we just don't get it; also, what to watch this witching weekend

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Bats

The Best Man

Malcolm D. Lee, cousin of Spike, hits emotional pay dirt in this men's-eye-view of marriage, fidelity, and love. ? Marc Savlov.

Body Shots

Bringing Out the Dead

The Gambler

Lucie Aubrac

arts & culture

Three for the Barre

With a serious amount of movement taking place on the Austin dance scene, the Chronicle asked three of its dance critics to review recent programs by Ballet Austin, Tapestry Dance Company, and the Latino dance festival Collectivos.

BY ADA CALHOUN, DAWN DAVIS AND BARBEJOY A. PONZIO

Articulations

Robert Faires gets goosebumps from his first visit to the new Flatbed World Headquarters.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

columns

Page Two

The history of the intermittent Halloween mask covers and of burgeoning staff dinners.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Housing, ACC, and Spooner.

Public Notice

It's time for scary season, the season that has us examining our obsession with the nevermore, puts us in touch with our mortality, and brings us that much closer to our maker (and some of us to Maker's Mark, but that's another story -- ).

BY KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

Haunting facts for Halloween season.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

Austin's boutiques make our style avatar proud at Club DeVille's semi-annual fashion show.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

There is an immense, hairy creature lurking in the woods outside of the small Texas town of Hamilton, and no, it's not your brother-in-law.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Coach's Corner

Cornhuskers vs. Longhorns: don't try this at home.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

About AIDS

The OZ Parties for HIV+ Singles Celebrates Nov. 13.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Letters at 3AM

What does this so-called "boom" mean to most Americans?

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

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