Dec. 17, 1999

Volume 19, Number 16

features

A Home Loan of Our Own

Homeowning may be the American Dream, but seems so far out of reach for so many. Bernadette Noll's story of finding and buying a house offers hope for the hapless.

BY BERNADETTE NOLL

news

Chief Countdown

Austin police prepare for A2K; Chief Stan Knee says the evening will be almost business as usual

BY ANDY LANGER

A Whole New Ball Game

Stakeholders say Colorado River Park can serve a lot of different needs.

BY DAN OKO

Naked City

Poor ticket sales forces the Austin Symphony to cancel its New Year's Eve celebration; ARTS Center Stage is floating a new parking proposal for the community events and performing arts centers, and the Eastwoods neighborhood association is angered over the city's approval of a fraternity site plan to build a sports court.

BY AMY SMITH

Council Watch

Council divided on Gotham condo project; Jesus Garza gets a big raise; East Austin residents voice concerns about the future of the brown building and flood control.

BY JENNY STAFF JOHNSON

food

Champagne Uncorked

Wes Marshall provides a primer on Champagne: where to get it, when to drink it, and what to drink it with.

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

If visions of sugarplums are dancing in your head but the time or talent for holiday baking have yet to materialize, Virginia B. Wood has done the homework for you: This week's Food-o-File lists local bakeries cooking up Christmas sweets.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Chinese

Tasty, bite-sized restaurant listings compiled this week by Mick Vann.

Food Reviews

music

The Memory of Music

Discovering Moby Grape's Skip Spence via his only solo album Oar, and it's new tribute album, More Oar

BY LOUIS BLACK

Back Door Man

A profile of Bill Bentley, former Austin Sun writer, current music industry impresario, and producer of tribute albums of Roky Erickson and Skip Spence

BY MARGARET MOSER

Dancing About Architecture

Austin Music goes to Amsterdam, and the Spankers come back from there; more albums don't come out, and more bad club news

BY KEN LIECK

Record Reviews

Sony Music 100 Years

Soundtrack for a Century

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: A Century of Women in Music (Rhino)

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: A Century of Women in Music

Wendy Carlos

Switched-On Boxed Set

John Adams

The John Adams Earbox

Grateful Dead

So Many Roads (1965-1995)

Alice in Chains

Music Bank

The Doobie Brothers

Long Train Runnin' 1970-2000

Harry Chapin

Story of a Life

Roy Orbison

Official Authorized Bootleg

Nick Lowe

The Doings

Stevie Wonder

At the Close of a Century

Sammy Davis Jr.

Yes I Can: The Sammy Davis Jr. Story

Central Avenue Sounds (Rhino)

Central Avenue Sounds

Horace Silver

Retrospective

Lester Young

The Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions
screens

Girl, Upgraded

According to the 1999 Interactive Digital Software Report (IDSA), the majority of people playing computer games are older than 18, and 38% percent of the people most frequently playing computer games are women. Boy, have things change

BY SARAH HEPOLA

Short Cuts

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

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Remembering Madeline Kahn; also, what's on the tube for the holidays

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Bicentennial Man

Felicia's Journey

Last Night

Canadian writer/director McKellar reveals the eerie intimacies undergone by people during the final six hours before the world ends.
arts & culture

Visions of Sugar Plums

It may be old news to most of us, but every December thousands of children discover The Nutcracker for the first time, and it inspires many to take up dance. Dawn Davis was one of them, and she talks to three young ballerinas about what The Nutcracker means to them.

BY DAWN DAVIS

Articulations

Robert Faires corrects an omission in his review of The Cry Pitch Carrolls and tells you where to find an umbrella.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Beautiful Bodies: Girl Talk

The Propaganda Troop production of Laura Cunningham's Beautiful Bodies

Loss Soul: If You Think Church Is Just an Hour on Sunday

The Johnson / Long Dance Company production of Loss Soul

Sexotheque: Adorable Sci-Fi Morality Play

The Fabulous and Ridiculous Theatre Company production of Mike Albo's Sexotheque
columns

Page Two

The next four days will be the hardest three weeks of the year.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Hey, who put a vegetarian in my aquifer?

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, and give some more.

BY KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

The VHI/Vogue Fashion Awards was a Super Bowl for queens.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Send your favorite daytripper or daytripper-to-be on a photographic journey through Austin or a uniquely Texan greasy-spoon odyssey.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants

Delivery in a half hour, or it's free.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Tunnel Vision

The unrighteousness of parity and its horrible aftertaste.

BY TAYLOR HOLLAND

About AIDS

A new Web site is proving an excellent resource for people living with HIV.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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