March 24, 2000

Volume 19, Number 30

features

Adventures in Backpacking

While traversing the globe in search of enlightenment, writer Mary Fitzgerald finds something altogether different: the steadily growing tribe of the full-time traveler. Outfitted to the teeth with Stussy, batik, Birkenstock, and the latest John Grisham novel, these nomadic wanderers have an entire culture all their own.

BY MARY FITZGERALD

Why San Marcos?

Joe Hauer defends his town just south of Austin

BY JOE HAUER

news

Little Hotel on the Prairie

Proposed hotel and golf course would be constructed on city-owned parkland.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Fanning the Flames

Did TV News Reports Jeopardize Out Youth Austin's Partnership With AISD?

BY SUZY SPENCER

Naked City

kaye trybus tries to save tree, neighbors try to keep home depot out of their Woodward neighborhood, becky motal and alan sager square off april 11 for gop county chair, linda curtis is running for city council.

BY AMY SMITH

Land Lock

from east to west, land use a hot topic

BY JENNY STAFF JOHNSON

Media Clips

San Antonio Express-News pays its editor an amount "in the millions"to hire new reporters, open new bureaus, and try to improve its notoriously mediocre coverage.

BY LEE NICHOLS

Coronation Coverage

BY LEE NICHOLS

food

Class Credit

When the venerable H.E. Butt Corporation opened Central Market in Austin several years ago, little did we know that a grocery store would become a serious foodie tourist attraction, a popular local music venue, and a nationally respected cooking school all under the same roof. Chronicle food writers review recent Central Market cooking classes.

Food-o-File

In this week's edition of Food-o-file, Austin Chronicle Food editor Virginia B. Wood clarifies some earlier statements she had made about the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Mediterranean/Middle Eastern

Chronicle writer Greg Beets serves up local meditteranean and Middle Eastern cuisine in this week's Second Helpings.

Food Reviews

music

1999-2000 Austin Music Awards

An All-Star Line Up, Back Stage and Center Stage

SXSW Live Shots

Wednesday Night

BY CHRISTOPHER HESS

Dancing About Architecture

Punk rock rough stuff; Emo calls it quits; Tenacious D seems to be the shit.

BY KEN LIECK

SXSW Live Shots

Americana Town Hall Meeting Panel: Convention Center, Saturday, Mar 17

Wednesday Night

The Causey Way

The Causey Way: Atomic Cafe, Saturday, Mar 18

John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones: La Zona Rosa, Saturday, Mar 18

The Ex-Husbands

The Ex-Husbands: Opal Divine's Freehouse, Saturday, Mar 18

Clay Blaker, Roger Wallace, Marti Brom, Eric Hisaw, Red Dirt Rangers, Jet Set Six

Michael Ullman's Party: Somewhere in West Lake Hills, Sunday, Mar 19

Joe West, Grand Champeen, Goldtooth, Subset, Trish & Darin Murphy, Golden Arm Trio, Lil' Cap'n Travis, Guy Fantasy, Spoon, Argyles

Hoot Nite Fever: Hole in the Wall, Sunday, Mar 19

Steve Earle's Keynote Address: Austin Convention Center, Thursday, Mar 16

Wednesday Night

War Stories Panel: Austin Convention Center, Thursday, Mar 16

Wednesday Night

Li'l Band O' Gold

Li'l Band O' Gold: Continental Club, Thursday, Mar 16

Japancakes

Japancakes: Thirty Three Degrees In-store, Thursday, Mar 16

DJ Damon, Plexiq, DJ Kathy Russell, Ilse Rachut

DJ Showcase: Spiros, Thursday, Mar 16

Therapy?

Therapy?: Gallery Lombardi Lounge, Thursday, Mar 16

Marah

Marah: Stubb's, Thursday, Mar 16

Wanda Jackson

Wanda Jackson: Continental Club, Thursday, Mar 16

Calexico, Ranchero Brothers

Calexico, Ranchero Brothers: Cherilyn diMond's House, Thursday, Mar 16

Waco Brothers

Waco Brothers: Yard Dog Gallery, Friday, Mar 17

Supersuckers, Nashville Pussy, Hank Williams III

Supersuckers, Nashville Pussy, Hank Williams III: Stubb's, Friday, Mar 17

Supagroup

Supagroup: Gallery Lombardi Lounge Friday, 17

Made For You and Me: Woody Guthrie's Dustbowl Legacy Panel: Austin Convention Center, Friday, Mar 17

Wednesday Night

Daniel Johnston, Beachwood Sparks, Guided By Voices

Daniel Johnston/Beachwood Sparks/Guided By Voices: Convention Center, Friday, Mar 17/Launch.com Party at La Zona Rosa, Friday, Mar 17/Revolver Party at Millennium Hall, Saturday, Mar 18

The Process

The Process: Gaby & Mo's, Saturday, Mar 18

Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun, Teddy Roddy and the Teardrop Troubadours, Cornell Hurd, James Intveld

South Austin Roots Crawl
screens

The Horror, the Horror

William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist and screenwriter of the infamously terrifying film, discusses the recently released The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen and his life on both sides of the camera.

BY MARC SAVLOV

All the Gory Details

The Maestro of movie make-up Tom Savini talks about George Romero, the increasing popularity of CGI, and what it felt like to shoot a crotch-gun.

BY JERRY RENSHAW

Further Reflections

Film Reviews and reports from the SXSW Film Festival 2000

The Speed of Technology

SXSW Interactive

Short Cuts

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

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Now in its 15th year, the Independent Spirit Awards were created to recognize the so-called "indie" filmmakers who get by with low budgets, favor originality over the formulaic, and feature lesser-known or unknown talent in front of the camera. Well, that's what it used to be like.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Around the Fire

Erin Brockovich

Final Destination

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Jarmusch's film is a tone poem about a contemporary hitman nicknamed Ghost Dog (Whitaker), who is steeped in the code of the ancient Japanese samurai.
arts & culture

Speaking in Tongues

When Dan Dietz 'lets go,' he turns gibberish into art. And he proves it in the Salvage Vanguard Theater production of MacWellman's nonsense play Terminal Hip.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Exit 'Downtown,' Right on Sunset

In her latest project, singer Petula Clark sets aside her image as chirpy pop starlet to play mad screen diva Norma Desmond in the musical version of Sunset Blvd. Clark tells Stephen MacMillan Moser how she came by this radical departure in roles.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Articulations

The sophomore production for the Actors Repertory of Texas theatre company.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo: Ballet on the Moon ... But With Attack Swans Les Ballet de Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Using their intimate knowledge of dance and knack for slapstick physicality, the men of the Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo lampooned the dance world from Swan Lake to Balanchine, and won the laughing adoration of a packed Paramount Theatre, including reviewer Dawn Davis.

The Day They Shot John Lennon: Profound Self-Absorption

In the Actors Theatre of Austin production of James McLure's The Day They Shot John Lennon, reviewer Ada Calhoun finds the work of a fine cast undone by profoundly self-absorbed characters and inconsistent direction.
columns

Page Two

Imagine working on a meal for a year ...

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

The Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival is not sexist; the city/Bradley settlement bodes poorly for Barton Springs; golf courses pay their way; and more reader mail.

Public Notice

"Public Notice" is the sassy yet totally sincere public service column of the Austin Chronicle. This week is Part One of a list of community groups that need YOU!

BY KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

Why so much black clothing at SXSW? It was the only color that went with those garish lanyards.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

Sex in space!

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Coach's Corner

Longhorns bow out of the NCAA basketball tourney in disappointing fashion; what happened to Chris Mihm?

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

Day Trips

The bluebonnet might be the state flower of Texas, but it's iris fields forever at the Rainbow Iris Farm outside of Schwertner.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

About AIDS

Complacency about HIV invites high-risk choices

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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