Volume 19, Number 9
Young writer Eli Kooris spends the night in a haunted photography shop to see what he can scare up.
BY ELI KOORIS
Austin's Caskets by Design can insure that death will become you.
BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER
Anna Hanks consults one of the world's most enduring toy fortune tellers just in time for Halloween.
BY ANNA HANKS
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
Superintendent Pat Forgione discusses his goals for AISD in a Q&A interview with reporter Kevin Fullerton.
BY KEVIN FULLERTON
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.
Off the Desk
BY AMY SMITH
Several prospective candidates are expressing an interest in running for the council seat Gus Garcia is vacating
BY JENNY STAFF JOHNSON
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
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
Six-year-old Rosalind Faires gives the low-down on a new book filled with Halloween project ideas.
BY ROSALIND FAIRES
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
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
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
Tasty, bite-sized restaurant listings compiled from new and previous reviews, guides, and poll results. This week’s entries were compiled by Mick Vann.
A look at the career of a premier jazz pianist, Dallas-born Cedar Walton
BY HARVEY PEKAR
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
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
The Moonman Is Blue
Flatheads and Spoonies
Between the Ditches
Hit the Deck, It's the Jive Bombers
Marked by Great Size
Where We Belong
Hits and Highways Ahead
Dust on the Bible, Aka the Mad Cat Trio
Begin the Seguin
14 Jawbreakin' Hits!
Blaze a Blaze: Volume Too
Terry Bowness (Aardvark)
Everybody Loves a Hero
I Love to Talk, If There's Anything to Talk About
Reviews of the Italian horror maven's Cat in the Brain, The Beyond, Gates of Hell, and Zombie
BY MARC SAVLOV
A look at this prolific, political Japanese filmmaker
BY SALVATORE BOTTI
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
News from the Cinemaker Co-op, the Austin Film Society, Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Landmark Theatres, and SXSW 2000.
BY MARC SAVLOV
Chick dramas: we just don't get it; also, what to watch this witching weekend
BY BELINDA ACOSTA
Malcolm D. Lee, cousin of Spike, hits emotional pay dirt in this men's-eye-view of marriage, fidelity, and love. ? Marc Savlov.
arts & culture
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
Robert Faires gets goosebumps from his first visit to the new Flatbed World Headquarters.
BY ROBERT FAIRES
The history of the intermittent Halloween mask covers and of burgeoning
BY LOUIS BLACK
Housing, ACC, and Spooner.
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
Haunting facts for Halloween season.
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
Austin's boutiques make our style avatar proud at Club DeVille's semi-annual fashion show.
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
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
Cornhuskers vs. Longhorns: don't try this at home.
BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON
The OZ Parties for HIV+ Singles Celebrates Nov. 13.
BY SANDY BARTLETT
What does this so-called "boom" mean to most Americans?
BY MICHAEL VENTURA
Letters to the editor, published daily