Volume 19, Number 47
In this time of 30-second Happy Meals and 10-minute
workouts, Jay Hardwig finds a better way to spend his
BY JAY HARDWIG
Can light rail in Austin work well with Smart Growth?
BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON
City makes some headway on synchronizing traffic lights
BY JONATHAN DAVID CARROLL
The Short and Troubled History of Austin's Streetcar System
BY ROBERT BRYCE
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
BY AMY SMITH
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
Virginia B. Wood gets the lowdown on Sandra Bullock's recent party spot and updates readers on local culinary news.
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
Greg Beets on local Latin American restaurants.
A 15-minute phone interview with the Beach Boys
visionary Brian Wilson
BY GREG BEETS
One lover of the grape interviews another - one who
writes songs and plays music.
BY KEN LIECK
Chrysta Bell quits the Souvenirs; the Meat Puppets' new record could come out in record time.
BY KEN LIECK
"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
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
arts & culture
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
A major change in direction for the Austin Circle of Theatres.
BY ROBERT FAIRES
The State Theater Company's production of Nunsense
is long on laughs if short on story, according to
Chronicle writer Skipper Chong Warson.
Chronicle critic Ada Calhoun finds The Off Center's
production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
gasping for air..
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.
Light rail is a gamble, but an important gamble.
BY LOUIS BLACK
"Alex Jones is to patriotism ... what hot dogs are to
Our weekly calendar of activist and volunteer events
BY KATE X MESSER
Follow the yellow brick road to Wounded Knee in this
account of L. Frank Baum's effort to tame the
BY MICHAEL VENTURA
Whither downtown shopping?
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
Walk softly, and carry a still stick.
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON
Lake Bastrop's North Shore Park gets a major facelift.
BY GERALD E. MCLEOD
The David Powell HIV Clinic is set to open its new,
larger doors next month.
BY JAY MOLOFSKY
Letters to the editor, published daily