Volume 19, Number 16
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
Austin police prepare for A2K; Chief Stan Knee says the evening will be almost business as usual
BY ANDY LANGER
Stakeholders say Colorado River Park can serve a lot of different needs.
BY DAN OKO
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 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
Wes Marshall provides a primer on Champagne: where to get it, when to drink it, and what to drink it with.
BY WES MARSHALL
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
Tasty, bite-sized restaurant listings compiled this week by Mick Vann.
Discovering Moby Grape's Skip Spence via his only solo album Oar, and it's new tribute album, More Oar
BY LOUIS BLACK
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
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
Soundtrack for a Century
R-E-S-P-E-C-T: A Century of Women in Music
Switched-On Boxed Set
The John Adams Earbox
So Many Roads (1965-1995)
Long Train Runnin' 1970-2000
Story of a Life
Official Authorized Bootleg
At the Close of a Century
Yes I Can: The Sammy Davis Jr. Story
Central Avenue Sounds
The Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions
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
Upcoming events and workshops of interest to the Austin film community.
BY MARC SAVLOV
Remembering Madeline Kahn; also, what's on the tube for the holidays
BY BELINDA ACOSTA
Canadian writer/director McKellar reveals the eerie intimacies undergone by people during the final six hours before the world ends.
arts & culture
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
Robert Faires corrects an omission in his review of The Cry Pitch Carrolls and tells you where to find an umbrella.
BY ROBERT FAIRES
The Propaganda Troop production of Laura Cunningham's Beautiful Bodies
The Johnson / Long Dance Company production of Loss Soul
The Fabulous and Ridiculous Theatre Company production of Mike Albo's Sexotheque
The next four days will be the hardest three weeks of the year.
BY LOUIS BLACK
Hey, who put a vegetarian in my aquifer?
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
The VHI/Vogue Fashion Awards was a Super Bowl for queens.
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
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
Delivery in a half hour, or it's free.
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
The unrighteousness of parity and its horrible aftertaste.
BY TAYLOR HOLLAND
A new Web site is proving an excellent resource for people living with HIV.
BY SANDY BARTLETT
Letters to the editor, published daily