Volume 19, Number 41
Substandard Conditions Are a Way of Life for Northridge Acres
BY CHERYL SMITH
Karr Conviction Closes Another Chapter in O'Hair
BY ROBERT BRYCE
Statesman ignores Bill Bunch as part of its
SOS history; Mary Arnold, Whole Foods and Lee
Walker honored for their SOS dedication; the Austin
Police Association's mailers for Rafael Quintanilla
never got mailed; Mayor Kirk Watson will lay out his
BY AMY SMITH
Citizens voice their approval of the recommendations
of the Police Oversight Focus Group; proposed City
Hall balloons and its price tag grows; Rainey Street
Historic District nears its day of reckoning.
BY JONATHAN DAVID CARROLL
Longtime Texas Monthly editor Gregory Curtis calls it
quits; deputy editor Evan Smith will succeed him.
Louis Dubose, editor of the Texas Observer for 13
years, announces he will retire.
BY LEE NICHOLS
In a time when upscale restaurants most often crop up
in high-traffic areas or clamoring urban districts, Zoot,
a nine-year-old stalwart of the Austin scene, thrives on
a sense of quiet seclusion and implied formality.
BY PABLEAUX JOHNSON
Virginia B. Wood remembers Robert Paprota, who
owned Chez Nous before his untimely recent death
and updates readers on changes in the local
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
Chronicle Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood on Austin's
snow cone shops.
A New Drug for a New Millennium
BY MARC SAVLOV
House of Blues breaks ground at Southpark Meadows where the old stage will be replaced, but not before Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic.
BY KEN LIECK
Actor Danny Trejo has made a film career out of
playing criminals. Before that, he made a career out of
being one. In town to shoot Robert Rodriguez's Spy
Kids, Trejo visited Travis High School to talk to
students about the lessons he learned the hard way.
BY BARRY JOHNSON
Downtown Filming Winds to a Close
BY MARC SAVLOV
Upcoming events and workshops of interest to the
Austin film community.
BY MARC SAVLOV
The Real World: New Orleans and Survivor, CBS'
brutal bid to rein reality television, are sure to fascinate
pop culture fans throughout the summer. Belinda
Acosta explains why she resents it: and why she can't
BY BELINDA ACOSTA
arts & culture
Is It Time for Austin Actors To Go Union? And Vice Versa?
BY ROBI POLGAR
A tragic accident for a local dancer; the loss of a great state drama teacher.
BY ROBERT FAIRES
The Doghouse Theatre's production of Michael
Ondaatje's The Collected Works of Billy the Kid may
take place in a back yard in West Campus, but the
ensemble, a three-piece combo, and Ondaatje's
poetry transport you to dark wooden houses on the
plains where myth and mystery bring Billy the Kid to
With its revival of David Mamet's raunchy, cynical
Sexual Perversity in Chicago, the new Flood Theatre
Project tries to plunge audiences into skanky
Seventies reality, but the fresh-faced troupe only
succeeds in skimming its mucky surface.
The New Texas Music Works rendition of Carl Orff's
masterwork Carmina Burana was the usual
exhilarating sonic roller-coaster of songs about love
and lust and way too much drinking in the Middle Ages,
but the exuberance of conductor Craig Hella Johnson
also made it feel like a good new friend was
introducing us to one of his favorite old friends.
Is the alternative press dead?
BY LOUIS BLACK
A tawdry Kelsonian cababble.
Advice to a high-school graduating class: Face your
fear and take risks.
BY MICHAEL VENTURA
All that Stephen Allows.
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
Leaks, landfills, and the XXX signature of Monica
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
Rails have been turned to trails at Lake Mineral Wells
BY GERALD E. MCLEOD
What do the denialists want?
BY SANDY BARTLETT
Letters to the editor, published daily