July 21, 2000

Volume 19, Number 47

features

The Majestic Napster

In this time of 30-second Happy Meals and 10-minute workouts, Jay Hardwig finds a better way to spend his time: napping.

BY JAY HARDWIG

news

AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION

The Road to Rail

Can light rail in Austin work well with Smart Growth?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

All Together Now

City makes some headway on synchronizing traffic lights

BY JONATHAN DAVID CARROLL

End of the Line

The Short and Troubled History of Austin's Streetcar System

BY ROBERT BRYCE

Naked City

Texas Turnpike Authority changes its position on SH 130; Max Nofziger has joined the anti-light rail campaign; Father Bill Elliott is not resigning, he's being forced out against his wishes; University of Texas makes another selection of short-listed architects for the Blanton Museum; Renetta Armadour is leaving OutYouth.

BY AMY SMITH

food

Crescent City Redux

The new version of Gumbo's has made the transition from mom-and-pop shop to a classy, upscale chain operation. It definitely makes the grade.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood gets the lowdown on Sandra Bullock's recent party spot and updates readers on local culinary news.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Latin American

Greg Beets on local Latin American restaurants.

Food Reviews

music

Pet Sounds

A 15-minute phone interview with the Beach Boys visionary Brian Wilson

BY GREG BEETS

They Lost My Grandmother's Brain

One lover of the grape interviews another - one who writes songs and plays music.

BY KEN LIECK

Dancing About Architecture

Chrysta Bell quits the Souvenirs; the Meat Puppets' new record could come out in record time.

BY KEN LIECK

Live Shots

screens

It Came From Beyond

"I saw my first cadaver when I was about five years old. I saw my first rotting corpse at 10." Now, at 35, Guillermo del Toro is probably the world's most promising horror film director.

BY CARY L. ROBERTS

TV Eye

Have you had your fill of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? Are you stuffed to the gills from consuming too many hours of Survivor, Big Brother, The Real World, Road Rules, or Making the Band? Better get used to it -- there's a whole lot more on the way.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

arts & culture

Through the Eyes of a Kid

Bringing kids to adult theatre is uncool, but what's about children's theatre, where they belong? Ada Calhoun borrows a friend's three-and-a-half-year-old son to find out and discovers that theatre ain't all magic when you're a preschooler.

BY ADA CALHOUN

Articulations

A major change in direction for the Austin Circle of Theatres.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Nunsense: Amusing Grace

The State Theater Company's production of Nunsense is long on laughs if short on story, according to Chronicle writer Skipper Chong Warson.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: Smaller Than Life

Chronicle critic Ada Calhoun finds The Off Center's production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead gasping for air..

West Side Story: Brave, New, Whirled

According to Chronicle writer Wayne Alan Brenner, West Side Story survives just fine in a "post-apocalyptic future," thanks to an amazing production at Zilker Hillside Theatre.
columns

Page Two

Light rail is a gamble, but an important gamble.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

"Alex Jones is to patriotism ... what hot dogs are to meat."

Public Notice

Our weekly calendar of activist and volunteer events and fundraisers.

BY KATE X MESSER

Letters at 3AM

Follow the yellow brick road to Wounded Knee in this account of L. Frank Baum's effort to tame the untamable.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Whither downtown shopping?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

Walk softly, and carry a still stick.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Coach's Corner

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

Day Trips

Lake Bastrop's North Shore Park gets a major facelift.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

About AIDS

The David Powell HIV Clinic is set to open its new, larger doors next month.

BY JAY MOLOFSKY

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