March 31, 2000

Volume 19, Number 31

features

Strange Fruit

Pineapple and pizza has had a grip on Tom Reavley for almost as long as he can remember. He remembers one day when the glorious combination stripped him of his innocence.

BY TOM REAVLEY

news

The Watson Way

Mayor Kirk Watson talks about challenges for austin during his next term.

BY JENNY STAFF JOHNSON

Easy Money

City plots downtown's retail future

BY ROBERT BRYCE

Naked City

Robin Rather, Brigid Shea, Mary Arnold leave the SOS board; Town Lake park tree not 300 yeears old after all.

BY AMY SMITH

Signed and Sealed

With Bradley Out of the Way, Council Turns Attention to Stratus

BY JENNY STAFF JOHNSON

food

SPAMTASTIC™ SPAMARAMA™

Austin's Quintessential Silly Bar Party

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

A Man, A Can, A Plan

SPAMARAMA™ Founder Dave Arnsberger

BY MARGARET MOSER

Food-o-File

The state of Texas is busy with culinary contests; Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood gives the details.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Tex-Mex

Food writer Rachel Feit serves up local Tex-Mex in this week's "Second Helpings."
music

Gung Ho

Q&A with punk priestess Patti Smith.

BY JODY DENBERG

Dancing About Architecture

Austin Music Commission chair Bob Livingston steps down, no one steps up; Man's Ruin returns to Austin; Michael Corcoran's suspension is puzzling.

BY KEN LIECK

Record Reviews

Lou Reed

Ecstasy

The Cure

Bloodflowers

The The

NakedSelf

Violent Femmes

Freak Magnet

Steely Dan

Two Against Nature

Scritti Politti

Anomie & Bonhomie

Oasis

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
screens

Sphere of Influence

The creators of Phantasm talk about the amazing success of their work over the years and why on Earth it's been so successful in the first place.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Not Boxed In

Although filmmaker Carlos Avila grew up in Echo Park, only 10 miles from Hollywood, it couldn't have seemed farther away. With Price of Glory, Avila has finally arrived.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Short Cuts

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

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

NBC actually dropped Freaks & Geeks -- the smart, funny, refreshingly true-to-life high school comedy? Well, duh. Also, a look at the WB's DC, the latest ensemble drama to feature incredibly good-looking people.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

arts & culture

One Man Talking

In these days of HDTV, IMAX theatres with SurroundSound, and interactive software in 3-D hyper-realism, who wants to listen to one man talking for 90 minutes on a stage? A lot of people, when the man is Steven Tomlinson, award-winning economics lecturer, lay preacher, and Austin's premier monologist, as Wayne Alan Brenner explains.

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

A Dynamic Greater Than You Can Imagine

Buckminster Fuller believed pieces of things could be combined in new ways to create a powerful new dynamic. Now, playwright Alice Wilson is combining her words with Bucky's life for a dynamic new solo show. Wayne Alan Brenner gets the story.

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Articulations

A historic merger between the Paramount Theatre and the State Theater Company.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Heaving Shadows at the Skin Show: A Roaring Existentialist Campfire

Kerthy Fix's Heaving Shadows at the Skin Show is an intimate, sometimes disturbing look at a group of people in perpetual free fall. Public Domain's production of Howard Barker's Possibilities is a fascinating invitation to the Theatre of Catastrophe and to run around on the tarmac.
columns

Page Two

If you have a gossip columnist, have the courage to stand behind him.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

A plethora of environmental concerns are argued in this week's letters to the editor.

Public Notice

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

BY KATE X MESSER

Letters at 3AM

October 1, 1955, a half-hour show called The Honeymooners slipped in some uneasy truths under cover of laughter.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

This year's Academy Awards fashion winners and losers.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

Hot tea in the summer, but beer popsicles anytime!

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Coach's Corner

Coach postulates that free-throw percentage determines longevity in the NCAAtournament, bitches about concession food at Frank Erwin Center.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

Day Trips

Eagle Lake rallies around the endangered Attwater's Prairie Chicken population with its annual festival.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

About AIDS

A promising new style of condom may enhance pleasure for both parties.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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