July 7, 2000

Volume 19, Number 45

news

War of Words

Hays County planning battle turns into a war of words.

BY ROB D'AMICO

Lethal Weapon

FBI's use of tear gas questioned at Branch Davidian trial.

BY ROBERT BRYCE

Impulse Buying

City approves $15 million toward Convention Center Hotel, which the city will own in 30 years.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Naked City

City auditor Helen Niesner resigns; Vignette Corp., is looking for offices downtown; Leslie Pool goes to work for U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Paul Robbins mad at Austin Energy; Office of Neighborhood Services launches workshops; Austin ranks No. 6 for bicycle theft.

BY AMY SMITH

Council Watch

Council approves spending $15 million on the Convention Center Hotel; City Manager Jesus Garza presents the Draft Policy Budget; and Roma Design Group announces its vision for the south shore of Town Lake.

BY KEVIN FULLERTON

food

Dining del Lago

The Chronicle Cuisines writers traveled up and down the Lake Travis area's main drag, RR 620 in pursuit of the perfect lakeside meal. They found burgers, catfish, BBQ, pizza, ice cream, and plenty of chicken fried steak. But not a lot of water. Here's what they have to report.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Chronicle Food editor Virginia B. Wood reveals "the coolest thing to do this summer" and updates readers on local culinary news.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: More American Cafes

More American cafes from Cuisines writer MMPack.
music

Every Day of Your Life

Remembering Sims Ellison, and profiling the SIMS Foundation

BY MARGARET MOSER

Cruel Summer

Kate X Messer remembers Lisa Davis: professional photographer, Austin music scenester, activist, suicide victim.

BY KATE X MESSER

Dancing About Architecture

Adios Antone; A wild and Willie Fourth.

BY KEN LIECK

Live Shots

screens

Night Visions

Director Alison Maclean and author Denis Johnson on Jesus' Son, a soulful, darkly comic take on life and death as a junkie

BY SARAH HEPOLA

Short Cuts

Upcoming events and workshops of interest to the Austin film community

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Resurrection Blvd. may not be the perfect show about the Latino experience, but it's a step in the right direction; also, Sex and the City's third season disappoints.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Scary Movie

Keenan Ivory Wayans' broad spoof of the horror/comedy Scream series.

Sunshine

arts & culture

Taking Stages

Young, optimistic, and flaky in a way that belies their revolution-for-the-hell-of-it satire, the KAiROS Co. has cultivated a name for itself as "poetic terrorists." Now, after five years in Austin, this theatrical sketch comedy troupe is readying to face down New York.

BY ADA CALHOUN

Articulations

The passing of Austin arts patron and poet Juan Ochoa.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

HMS Pinafore: A Most Agreeable Ship of Fools

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin's latest voyage on the HMS Pinafore benefits from the presence of director Ralph MacPhail at the helm. His light comic touch keeps the boat bobbing along merrily, a most agreeable ship of fools.

Barefoot in the Park: In the Pleasure of Their Company

The Mary Moody Northen Theatre revival of Barefoot in the Park, Neil Simon's early comedy about newlyweds in a nosebleed-high love nest, can't disguise the shortcomings of Simon's script, but with the vitality that Director Melba Martinez and an expressive, animated cast bring to the production it's always pleasant just being in the characters' company.
columns

Page Two

Welcome to summer in the new Austin.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Mueller re-development is a rip-off and "affordable housing" is a sham.

Public Notice

"Public Notice" gets devout all over the sisters. Check it out: Two nun-related items in one week!

BY KATE X MESSER

Letters at 3AM

Robert Bly's translations of 20th-century poets enrich our language.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Spending summer with Joan

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

How sweet is your soda, sugar?

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Coach's Corner

The Cubs killed the fan in the Coach.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

Day Trips

A small Texas town tries to determine its destiny.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

About AIDS

Earth to denialists: the facts are out there.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Crossing Swords

This is the second time that the National Fencing Tournament has slashed it's way through Austin. Wayne Alan Brenner is en garde.

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

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