June 16, 2000

Volume 19, Number 42

news

A Matter of Trust

Travis County Probation Program Gets SMART: Photos by Kenny Braun

BY GREGORY GLOVER

Big River

How healthy is Austin's Colorado River?

BY DAN OKO

Room at the Inn

Case Marianella homeless shelter provides a badly needed haven for homeless Spanish-speaking immigrants.

BY ANNA HANKS

Naked City

University of Texas employees will be staging a sickout to protest low pay and benefits; citizen planners in the East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Planning Team are honored for their work; the Dawson Neighborhood Association tries to reach a compromise to keep Southwestern Bell from tearing down homes in their neighborhood; The Save Our Springs Alliance honors Brigid Shea as a "Barton Springs Hero"; Statesman political reporter Dylan Rivera leaves for Portland, Oregon.

BY ERICA C. BARNETT

Council Watch

Council reluctantly approves retail in the new city hall, with the stipulation that there be no gaudy storefronts on Second Street.

BY KEVIN FULLERTON

food

Toying With Tradition

Lots has changed of late at the Empanada Parlour, Rebecca Chastenet de Géry writes, but the restaurant's festive little pockets stuffed with spirited meat, vegetable, and fruit blends are as delicious as ever, and continue to enjoy a dedicated local following.

BY REBECCA CHASTENET DÉ GERY

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood updates readers on Austin's expanding Italian restaurants.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

The Coffeehouse Chronicles

Cafe Mundi

BY PABLEAUX JOHNSON

Second Helpings: Wedding Venues

Chronicle Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood surveys local wedding venues.

Food Reviews

music

The Kings of Monterrey

Hanging out in Monterrey with a passel of up-and-coming Mexican rockers

BY MELISSA SATTLEY

By the Hand of the Father

Previewing Alejandro Escovedo's new autobiographical play, By the Hand of the Father.

BY MICHAEL BERTIN

Dancing About Architecture

The Gourds weren't Phishing for trouble when they covered "Gin and Juice"; the Meat Puppets have (probably) found a new home.

BY KEN LIECK

Record Reviews

Billy Bragg & Wilco

Mermaid Avenue Vol. II, 'Til We Outnumber 'Em: The Songs of Woody Guthrie

Johnny Cash

Love, God, Murder

Bare Jr., Giant Sand, the Supersuckers, the Hollisters, Cornell Hurd, The Yayhoos, Dan Baird, Alejandro Escovedo, Robbie Fulks, Unholy Trio, Waco Brothers

Down to the Promised Land: Five Years of Bloodshot Records

The Johnny Staats Project

Wires & Wood

Knife in the Water

Red River

Belle & Sebastian

Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant

Bedhead, Macha

Macha Loved Bedhead

Dirty Three

Whatever You Love, You Are

Bobo Stenson

Serenity

Matthew Shipp Quartet, Matthew Shipp Duo with Mat Maneri, Other Dimensions in Music Special Quintet w/Matthew Shipp

Pastoral Composure, Gravitational Systems, Time Is of the Essence Is Beyond Time

Terence Blanchard

Wandering Moon

Ronnie Earl

Healing Time

Sue Foley

Love Comin' Down

Deborah Coleman

Soft Place To Fall

Ute Lemper

Punishing Kiss

Queens of the Stone Age

Rated R

Nashville Pussy

High as Hell
screens

Projecting an Image

In a city filled with artists and filmmakers, Luke Savisky is an original -- an innovative projectionist whose unique art has graced the surfaces of buildings, rock stars, video screens, and more for over 15 years.

BY BRYAN POYSER

Writing Rebel

Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Stewart Stern remembers writing Rebel Without a Cause:"I was caught up in the same kind of fervency and speed that the characters were."

BY CHALE NAFUS

Short Cuts

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

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

With PBS' Point of View (POV) documentary series, columnist Belinda Acosta has found a place where her ideals about the medium collide with reality.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

arts & culture

Six Degrees of Ron Berry

With another acting job in a new play, his own new theatre about to open, his own stage company that champions theatre as something fun as well as substantive, and a lot of friends to help him make "good stuff" onstage, is Ron Berry the Happiest Man in Austin?

BY ROBI POLGAR

Articulations

More cultural philanthropy and a disturbing Statesman report on same.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

From Zero to Infinity: Yayoi Kusama in Context: Orgiastic Color, Fuzzy Haze, and Naked Bodies

She was Pop before Andy silkscreened soup cans or Oldenburg piled up erasers, and the Blanton Museum of Art's new exhibition "From Zero to Infinity: Yayoi Kusama in Context" shows her pioneering influence in a survey of Pop Art that is freakin' amazing.

WAR: Conflict in the Cubicles

In his latest script, playwright Kirk Lynn sends the Rude Mechanicals off to War, and the result is another Rude Mechs show that is conceptual and cryptic, literary and obscure, but also very funny, with the company managing to make genuinely original observations on conflict and escapism in the energetic realm of absurdist comedy.

A Mid-Indian Summer Night's Dream: Missing the Bluebonnets

Second Stone Theatre's A Mid-Indian Summer Night's Dream takes the play out of Athens and sets it in Austin (kind of), but while the idea is striking, the production doesn't make the transition as completely as it could.
columns

Page Two

Reflecting on Alternatives

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Public Notice

This week, to celebrate Father's Day, "Public Notice" makes room for daddies and implores dykes to check their boobies.

BY KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Coach's Corner

Ray Lewis may not have committed murder, but he's hardly the wronged innocent that the media are now making him out to be.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

About AIDS

Celebrate Father's Day and Benefit Kids with AIDS

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