May 26, 2000

Volume 19, Number 39

features

It's About Time

The inadvertent theme for this year's Austin Chronicle Summer Fun issue is "refurbish and reuse" as we explore Austin's B&B and boutique scene.

BY KATE X MESSER

Bahn, Bahn, Bahn ...

Apparently, most Austinites don't know that New Braunfels' Schlitterbahn Waterpark has a resort.

BY KATE X MESSER

Austin Parks & Recreation Pool Schedule

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Holiday In Town

The Chronicle visits some local B&Bs and boutique hotels.
news

Center of Gravity

City's influx of new money and new businesses shifts council's political sails

BY KEVIN FULLERTON

No G-Strings Attached

U.S. Supreme Court ruling requires nude dancers to wear pasties and g-strings, but Austin won't be making any changes.

BY JONATHAN DAVID CARROLL

June 3 Runoff Endorsements

Naked City

Travis County GOP Chair Alan Sager is considering organizing a petition drive to recall Kirk Waston and City Council; Jerry Rusthoven is Jackie Gooman's new aide; Linda Dailey is Danny Thomas' aide; Will Wynn has hired Frank Kopic as his executive secretary; Kristen Vassallo leaves Bill Spelman's office to become Kirk Watson's chief of staff; Smithville residents are opposed to zoning change

BY AMY SMITH

Council Watch

Intel secures $15 million in incentives to locate its facility downtown, saying only $2.5 million of that consists of actual "incentives"; the council votes to annex the property owned by the Regents School, whose sports facilities have annoyed neighbors in the nearby Travis Country subdivision.

BY KEVIN FULLERTON

Media Clips

Southwestern Bell and Time Warner push Jump.Net and other small Internet service providers out of the Austin market with anti-competitive pricing schemes.

BY LEE NICHOLS

food

Will Travel for Food

Whether it's a weekend getaway to the Alamo City, a fishing excursion to Rockport down on the coast, or a peachy drive through the Hill Country, restaurant-wise, Chronicle food writers have mapped the state to provide ideas for roadside dining this summer.

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood explains what Por Tabla is all about and gives the lowdown on the latest culinary news in Austin.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: National Pizza Chains

Chronicle writer Greg Beets writes about national pizza chains in Austin.
music

A Room With a View

Steve Wertheimer prepares to open a second Continental Club -- in Houston.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Attacked by Lesbians

Just three good ol' boys, never meanin' no harm

BY GREG BEETS

Dancing About Architecture

Another live music venue closes. So much for the Live Music Capital of the World.

Live Shots

screens

What's the Buzz?

The lowdown on summer movies -- from A to X-Men

Summer Vacations

Five Children's Film Series Offer a Break From the Routine

BY SARAH HEPOLA

Film Reviews

arts & culture

Plain Funny

Don't let Martha Kelly's librarian-like appearance fool you. Beneath the nondescript facade is a cold, dark streak of cynical comedic genius that inspires awe and laughter when it strikes.

Cool Jerks

It takes a cool character to weather the hot lights of a comedy club stage, so who better to share tips for beating the summer heat than stand-up comics from Austin, the hot-spot in Texas?

Esther's Follies: Forever Young

Even after 23 years, Austin's favorite musical comedy group, Esther's Follies, is still lively, still spirited, and the perpetual briskness and animation, the audaciousness and cheeky style, rub off on you, so that every visit is rejuvenating.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

Where to find this year's Critics Table Awards party and what former Austin actress Sharron Bower is up to in NYC.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

WOMEN WHO STEAL: Crime and Fun-ishment Women Who Steal

Carter W. Lewis' play Women Who Steal is a hilarious, tightly constructed joy ride, complete with squealing tires, tequila-chugging, and Meat Loaf : yes: Meat Loaf! : blaring from the car radio, and the State Theater Company production is what good theatre is all about.

Fractured Greeks: Great Deeds, Human Follies Fractured Greeks

If any company in Austin is equipped to handle the mythological heft of the Greek tragedies, it's VORTEX Repertory Company, and under the direction of Bonnie Cullum, Fractured Greeks, a collection of scenes taken from and inspired by the Trojan War plays of Euripides and Sophocles, holds together pretty well.
columns

Page Two

Remembering actor-filmmaker Paul Bartel (Death Race 2000, Cannonball, Eating Raoul)

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

East Timor. Campaign Finance Reform. Napster. Living Wages. Little Richard.

Public Notice

Public Notice says, "Keep cool this summer and volunteer for a local public service organization."

BY KATE X MESSER

Letters at 3AM

The music of Tony Fruscella reminds us that art is about an unending attempt to give what we can, where we can, to whom we can.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Wimberley has small-town style in spades.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

Mr. Smarty Pants gets the lead out.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Coach's Corner

The media has dismissed both Latrell Sprewell and Allen Iverson as bad citizens, but that says more about the media than it does about the two young stars.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

Day Trips

Mineral Wells, Texas: "Where America Drinks Its Way to Health."

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

About AIDS

With its president jumping on the denial bandwagon, South Africa is sliding into AIDS chaos.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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