Dec. 3, 1999

Volume 19, Number 14

features

Festival of Lite

Arts writer Robi Polgar finds the true meaning of Chanukah, if not the true spelling ...

BY ROBI POLGAR

news

Mapping the Future

Seven longtime Austinites talk about Smart Growth, neighborhood planning, and the future of Central Austin in an October roundtable discussion.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Naked City

Shane Phelps will run against Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, Sam Billings quit the Cap Metro board; Larry Paul Manley runs up against neighborhood opposition.

BY ERICA C. BARNETT, ROBERT BRYCE AND KEVIN FULLERTON

Council Watch

Travis Country residents battle with private school's placement of its athletic field

BY JENNY STAFF JOHNSON

food

Standout Sister Act

Gentle Heat and Soothing Sweet at Mirabelle

BY PABLEAUX JOHNSON

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood discovers a new Japanese fast food joint in town; mentions upcoming Central Market Cooking School classes; and updates readers on recent happenings among restaurants and restaurant owners in the Hill Country.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Taquerias

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

Full of Schtick!

Greg Beets sends up Austin's wacky pop-punk-cum-Saturday-morning-send-up band, the Peenbeets.

BY GREG BEETS

Age of Innocence

Middle school teacher Mindy LaBernz teaches her students about "real life" and pop music magic.

BY MINDY LABERNZ

Dancing About Architecture

Final fareweall to the Texas Tornado; Frank Kozik Sells Out?; Sixteen Deluxe and Meat Purveyors shake up, but don't break up.

BY KEN LIECK

Record Reviews

Broadcasts Vol. 7 (107.1 KGSR-FM/Radio Austin)

Texas Platters

Ed Burleson

My Perfect World

Dale Watson & his Lone Stars

People I've Known, Places I've Been

Tanya Raye Brown

Meet the Mrs.

Jerry Lightfoot & the Essentials with Jerry LaCroix

Better Days

Rob Roy Parnell

Jacksboro Highway

Okkervil River

Stars Too Small to Use

Eliza Gilkyson

Misfits

Teddy Morgan & the Pistolas

Lost Love and Highways

Davíd Garza

Kingdom Come and Go

Seela

Something Happened

The Barbers

You Know How It Is

Sara Hickman

Newborn

8 1/2 Souvenirs

Twisted Desire

Marti Brom & her Barnshakers

Snake Ranch

Quick Drawl

Two Dollar Buffet

Tosca

Amado

Govinda

Entwined & Entranced

Clay Moore

Meeting Standards

Third Degree

Zydecopia

Peglegasus

Tired of Adventures

Swine King

Gargantuan Fantasy Mall

SINIS

Live at Dante's Pleasure Palace

Soak

2179

The Gardeners

Tomato

Pop Unknown

If Arsenic Fails, Try Algebra

Texacala Jones & Her T.J. Hookers

Texacala Jones & Her T.J. Hookers

The Search for Saturnalia

The Search for Saturnalia

New singles from Spoon, Knife in the Water, the Put Downs, the Beach Birds, and Roar! Lion
screens

The Kid's Got Moxie!

Man of the Century director Adam Abraham talks about old-style Hollywood panache, the precarious nature of a career in independent cinema, and a little film that could -- and did.

BY SARAH HEPOLA

No Ordinary Folk

Producer Fred Miller remembers the making of this antiwar documentary, which focuses on the music of folk legends Peter, Paul & Mary.

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Short Cuts

Upcoming events and workshops of interest to the Austin film community.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Reflections on the memorable television specials of Christmas past

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

arts & culture

Star Chambers

Take a peek behind the dressing room doors of Austin theatre through the lens of photographer Bret Brookshire.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

Farewell to two local galleries, welcome to the new dean of the UT College of Fine Arts.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Desire: Cold Comfort Farm

Ada Calhoun covers Laura Somers' desire, a "reconsideration" of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms.

Uncle Vanya: Finding Humor in Wasted Lives

Skipper Chong Warson examines Different Stages' new take on Uncle Vanya.
columns

Page Two

The Evil Regents Return.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

More tributes to Doug Sahm

Public Notice

Public Notice is noticing a lot of public service types getting into the holiday spirit. Events big and small are happening all over town, as are opportunities to give, give, give.

BY KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

Impressionistic poultry patching and a proclivity for plynths

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

Our style avatar branches out to service and sales.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Eat barbecue for breakfast at Zimmerhanzel's BBQ in Smithville.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Coach's Corner

Always pick the team with the most to play for.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

About AIDS

Silence is proving deadly for Latino communities.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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