Jan. 21, 2000

Volume 19, Number 21

features

Real Life Rat Tales

Carol Brorson consults the experts to get to the roof of Austin's rat problem.

BY CAROL BRORSEN

I Remember Rattus

Ken Lieck remembers Rattus.

BY KEN LIECK

Rats!

Think you're the only one with a rat problem? Bernadette Noll reassures that you are not alone.

BY BERNADETTE NOLL

news

Hitting the Pavement

Building SH 130 is still being considered in terms of costs, routes, and whether it will be a toll road.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

A Grave Injustice

Small Houston funeral home operator claims state agency is coming down hard on him while going easy on funeral giant SCI.

BY ROBERT BRYCE

Off the Desk

Willie Lewis announces his re-election bid for city council, opposing Thomas Hollywood Henderson and police officer Danny Thomas; Intel is looking for land in Austin, SOS is being honored for smart growth work.

BY AMY SMITH

Council Watch

Council moves out of City Hall annex, addresses the needs of poor, examines csc's record on hiring minority contractors, approves neighborhood proposal for the chamption tract, names a designer of the Mexican American Culture Center.

BY JENNY STAFF JOHNSON

Media Clips

After working out some of its kinks, Austin's all-news cable channel, News 8, earns a high "C" for constant availability, lengthy news segments, and decent-quality programming.

BY LEE NICHOLS

food

Beefed-up

"This is food you know; there are no surprises," Chronicle food writer Barbara Chisholm declares about Ray's Steakhouse.

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

Food-o-File

The new year has brought several big changes among Austin's restaurants; Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood provides the details.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Wine

In this week's installment of the weekly dining guide Second Helpings, Chronicle food writer Wes Marshall covers Austin's best wine stores.

Food Reviews

music

Whirled of Sound

Tracking down Rob Halverson and Robinson Ear's Little Whirled of Sound.

BY CHRISTOPHER HESS

Hammer of the Gods

The rise, fall, and rebuilding of Austin stickman Thor.

BY KEN LIECK

Dancing About Architecture

Another club bites the dust, the first happy bands of 2000, the Greatest Band in the World comes to SXSW, more people do stuff

BY KEN LIECK

Record Reviews

The Jesus Lizard

Bang

Modest Mouse

Building Nothing out of Something

Hamell on Trial

Choochtown

ElliotT Sharp: Tectonics

Errata

John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Bley, Gary Peacock, Paul Motian

Open Land, A Long Time Ago

Claude "Fiddler" Williams

Swingin' the Blues

Afel Bocoum

Alkibar

The Baby Namboos

Ancoats2zambia

Chuck Prophet

The Hurting Business

Robbie Fulks

The Very Best of Robbie Fulks

Drunk

Tableside Manners

Songs: OHIA

The Lioness

Cuadernos de La Habana(Winter & Winter)

Cuadernos de La Habana
screens

Bringing Out the Dead

Swiss documentary maker Richard Dindo considers himself a "portraitist or biographer of those who are no longer with us." This week, he brings two films : about revolutionary Che Guevara and writer Jean Genet : to town as part of the Austin Film Society's Texas Documentary Tour.

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Short Cuts

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

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

David E. Kelley is one of the most gifted and powerful television writers of the late Nineties : so why is he wasting his talents on trips around the belly buttons of the most self-obsessed, spoiled creatures ever created for the small screen?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

arts & culture

Sharing the Dance

A new generation of Austin choreographers is expanding our concept of dance through the combination of movement styles and traditions from across the globe, and Barbejoy Ponzio talks to them about the part fusion plays in their work.

BY BARBEJOY A. PONZIO

Articulations

A major change in the staff for the Salvage Vanguard Theater; a new endowed chair for the UT Department of Art and Art History.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

columns

Page Two

Don't be afraid of State Highway 130.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Don't look to the past, don't repeat other's mistakes, and don't read the Chronicle's movie reviews.

Public Notice

Our weekly calendar of activist and volunteer events and fundraisers.

BY KATE X MESSER

Letters at 3AM

High school students comment on the meaning of the new millennium.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Day Trips

Huntsville ... it's more than just a prison town!

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

Go high-stakes shopping with Dodie Kazanjian in her new book.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

Confounding logic, punchlines, and baking tips.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Coach's Corner

Any Given Sunday bites, but no worse than the Coach's prognostications last week. Old wisdom: The Colts are the best in the league. New wisdom: Titans may be for real.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

About AIDS

Where to get free, anonymous HIV testing in Austin.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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