June 9, 2000

Volume 19, Number 41

news

No Man's Land

Substandard Conditions Are a Way of Life for Northridge Acres

BY CHERYL SMITH

Picking Up the Pieces

Karr Conviction Closes Another Chapter in O'Hair Case

BY ROBERT BRYCE

Naked City

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 transportation vision.

BY AMY SMITH

Council Watch

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

At the Top of His Game

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

food

Zoot Suits

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

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood remembers Robert Paprota, who owned Chez Nous before his untimely recent death and updates readers on changes in the local restaurant scene.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Snow Cones

Chronicle Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood on Austin's snow cone shops.

Food Reviews

music

Countdown to Ecstasy

A New Drug for a New Millennium

BY MARC SAVLOV

Dancing About Architecture

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

Live Shots

screens

Shoot for the Moon

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

Shoot for the Stars

Downtown Filming Winds to a Close

BY MARC SAVLOV

Short Cuts

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

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

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 stop watching.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

arts & culture

A Question of Equity

Is It Time for Austin Actors To Go Union? And Vice Versa?

BY ROBI POLGAR

Articulations

A tragic accident for a local dancer; the loss of a great state drama teacher.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: On the Plains of Myth and Mystery

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 life.

Sexual Perversity in Chicago: Skimming the Mucky Surface

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.

Carmina Burana: Hi, Latin!

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.
columns

Page Two

Is the alternative press dead?

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

A tawdry Kelsonian cababble.

Letters at 3AM

Advice to a high-school graduating class: Face your fear and take risks.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

All that Stephen Allows.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

Leaks, landfills, and the XXX signature of Monica Lewinsky.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Rails have been turned to trails at Lake Mineral Wells State Park.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

About AIDS

What do the denialists want?

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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