Dec. 24, 1999

Volume 19, Number 17

features

Sleigh Ride

Robin Bradford takes a trip back to examine love, trust, and safety.

BY ROBIN BRADFORD

Journey Into Clarity #83

For years he'd blamed his sister for destroying his comic book, a book worth over two grand today. Looking back at a painful memory brings Wayne Alan Brenner that much closer to understanding why losing that darned comic book at age seven meant so much.

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

news

Chain Reaction

Downtown construction projects raise fears that Austin will lose its charm.

BY AMY SMITH

Downtown by Design

Downtown design guidelines provide a blueprint for the future of the central city.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

High-Tech Heist

A former Power Computing company employee stole memory modules and drew a 25-year prison sentence.

BY BRETT HOLLOWAY-REEVES

Naked City

Off the Desk

BY AMY SMITH

Council Watch

Council denies historic zoning for old house on St. David's property.

BY JENNY STAFF JOHNSON

Media Clips

The world’s major corporations have realized that the media can be big money, and they have invested heavily.

BY LEE NICHOLS

food

The Customs of Christmas

Chronicle Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood and food writers Pableaux Johnson, Mick Vann, Wes Marshall, Rebecca Chastenet de Géry, and Barbara Chisholm share their Christmas memories.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

The latest local cookbooks, changes to the menu at Vespaio, and a special Boxing Day celebration at Becker Vineyards

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Interior Mexican

Tasty, bite-sized restaurant listings compiled this week by Rachel Feit.
music

A Walking Contradiction

Exploring the legacy of one of Austin's great, unsung singer-songwriters, Blaze Foley

BY LEE NICHOLS

A Honky-Tonk Song

Profile of piano man Earl Poole Ball

BY JERRY RENSHAW

Dancing About Architecture

SXSW kicks into gear, Eric Johnson gets intense, and things keep falling apart

BY KEN LIECK

Blaze Foley Reviewed

Blaze Foley

Live at the Austin Outhouse

Jewel

Joy: A Holiday Collection

98 Degrees

This Christmas

Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics (American Recordings/Columbia)

Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics

Ringo Starr

I Wanna Be Santa Claus

Brenda Lee

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Ray Brown Trio

Christmas Songs

Garth Brooks, George Strait

The Magic of Christmas, Merry Christmas Wherever You Are

Al Di Meola

Winter Nights

Michael Martin Murphey, Riders in the Sky

Acoustic Christmas Carols, Christmas the Cowboy Way

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! & Horton Hears a Who!(Rhino Movie Music)

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Horton Hears a Who!
screens

The Brain Behind Cyc

Doug Lenat discusses artificial intelligence and its increasing presence in the next century.

BY SIDNEY MOODY

Short Cuts

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

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

That holiday spirit getting to be too much? Here's a look at Vegging Television: what you watch when you can't watch anything.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Any Given Sunday

Stone's tale of a professional football team is full of excess, machismo, and a ripped-out eyeball.

Boys Don't Cry

Without resorting to dogma, ideological tracts, or cautionary tales, Boys Don't Cry evocatively tells the true story of a young Nebraska woman who changed her sexual identity and transformed herself (sans surgery) into a young man. Swank won her first Oscar for this role.

Liberty Heights

Man on the Moon

Stuart Little

Retelling of E.B. White's children's classic.

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Train of Life

arts & culture

Head of the Class

With Senioritis, the conclusion to his quartet of plays set at a Catholic high school in Houston, solo performer Rob Nash is all set to graduate -- to Off-Broadway, says Robi Polgar.

BY ROBI POLGAR

Articulations

A report on the financial momentum of the proposed Long Center for the Performing Arts; the loss of two beloved area musicians and teachers.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Santaland Diaries: Mean, Mean, Mean -- But in a Good Way

Ada Calhoun finds wicked delights in Zach's production of David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries.

Rockin' Christmas Party: Party Out of Bounds

Robert Faires gets a buzz from the Zachary Scott Theatre Center production of Rockin' Christmas Party.
columns

Page Two

Downtown development keeps coming; the Chronicle family keeps growing

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Public Notice

Every year, for two weeks around the holidays, "Public Notice" hands the type over to the Public Service Community and lets them directly address you, dear readers, with requests for things they need. They need you.

BY KATE X MESSER

Letters at 3AM

What does a Dark Age demand of a good person?

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Versace tidbits, Christ on the catwalk, etc.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Rockport captures the sea breeze and the hearts of visitors.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants

Merry Tiswas!

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

About AIDS

HIV has been taken hostage in the abstinence debate.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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