April 21, 2000

Volume 19, Number 34

features

Passion Forward

The Chronicle's style avatar, Stephen M. Moser, explores the fashion program at the University of Texas.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

news

Winds of Change

As electric industry restructuring opens utilities up to competition, some, including Austin's municipally-owned utility, are looking to renewable energy sources to win customers and meet the requirements of a 1999 law.

BY KEVIN FULLERTON

Margin of Error

Some Texas high schools may be violating the "top 10%" law, which guarantees admission to UT and other Texas colleges and universities, by exaggerating the number of students in the top 10% of their graduating classes.

BY JONATHAN DAVID CARROLL

Slimed!

Is Barton Springs Pool Losing Its Soul to Algae?

BY ROBERT BRYCE

Endorsements

Naked City

Brigid Shea resigns from the Save Our Springs pac over the board's refusal to endorse Kirk Watson for mayor; Millennium March on Washington is April 30.

BY AMY SMITH

Crossing That Bridge

Council approves a separate bike and pedestrian bridge over Town Lake near the existing Lamar Street Bridge, and hears neighborhood concerns about moving central booking to the new criminal justice center downtown.

BY JENNY STAFF JOHNSON

Media Clips

The Internet offers new opportunities for newspapers to expand their coverage, but so far, Texas dailies have yet to heed the call.

BY LEE NICHOLS

food

True to Their (New) Roots

The Loiacono family, who own Bellagio Italian Bistro, apparently believe in two cornerstones of traditional cuisine -- fresh ingredients and sizable portions. They pride themselves in making upward of 30 different pastas on the premises : from bright spinach fettucine to rippled radiatore and ribbon-edged tagliatelle.

BY PABLEAUX JOHNSON

Two Texas Menus With a Gallic Twist

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

A Flurry of Fowl

BY BETH VLASICH PAV

Food-o-File

Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood explains why Austin is home away from home for several French chefs and updates readers on local restaurant changes.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Free Happy-Hour Buffets

Poor? Hungry? Have we got the restaurants for you!

Food Reviews

Crescent City Beignets

Friendly service, great food, and reasonable prices make Crescent City Beignets a quick fix for Cajun cravings.
music

Harvey Pekar and Gary Dumm

Two new strips from Cleveland's crank critic

Dancing About Architecture

Doug Sahm returns from beyond, MP3s shake up Austin music, Hip Hop meets R&B, and the Watermelon Saga continues...

BY KEN LIECK

Live Shots

screens

Between Worlds

In its third year, Cine las Americas has hit its stride. This year's festival of new Latin American cinema boasts added venues, more parties, panels, and visiting filmmakers, whose work depicts the Latin American experience in and out of the U.S.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Short Cuts

Upcoming events and workshops of interest to the Austin film community

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Looking for something to watch this Easter? Try a little history lesson with George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire. Also, Antiques Roadshow comes to Austin; Great Writers, Great Cities premieres on PBS; no one takes the flap for Who Wants to Marry a Multi-millionaire.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Cotton Mary

Deterrence

Gun Shy

Love and Basketball

A young woman learns to navigate the hoops on and off the court.
arts & culture

Life Again in Oz

On the 20th anniversary of the premiere of her play Ozma of Oz, Suzan Zeder revisits Frank Baum's enchanted land to turn the show into a musical and finds a part of herself there.

BY C. DENBY SWANSON

Still Hazy After All These Years

The Seventies may be long gone, but counterculture comedian Tommy Chong is still here and still doing what he loves: smoking dope, playing music, and making people laugh.

Articulations

The sale of an art collection at UT and the return of a grand hotel.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Passion According to St. Matthew: Searching for Light in This Darkest Story

Bach's St. Matthew Passion is a behemoth of a choral piece, but Craig Hella Johnson and his New Texas Music Works Conspirare Symphonic Choir achieved a near-flawless evening of graceful, sometimes powerful song.

Curb Appeal: Where the Heart Is

In Steven Tomlinson's Curb Appeal, Austin's best monologist builds on a basic foundation : the inherent similarities of dating and house-hunting : and constructs room by well-appointed room a more stately mansion of the soul.

Dracula: Sizzling Movement

In Dracula, Houston Ballet and artistic director Ben Stevenson take the familiar story of vampire and victim into the world of ballet and create a masterpiece of theatrics, dancing, and choreography.
columns

Page Two

Limousines?!? At Springsteen?

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Readers hash over the war on drugs in response to an AISD principal's being busted for marijuana possession.

Public Notice

Public Notice is noticing that spring is in full swing with so many kid-friendly opportunities to make community spirit grow.

BY KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

Texhoma's pointless Dalmations; dancing about economics; and more fun facts.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

Remembering Halston on the 10th anniversary of his death.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Explore the Texas Underground -- literally -- with the help of Blair Pittman's new travel guide, Texas Caves.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Coach's Corner

The San Antonio Spurs, left for dead around mid-season, are still very much alive, and a good underdog bet for the upcoming NBA playoffs.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

About AIDS

Some new delivery techniques are easing testosterone replacement therapy.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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