July 28, 2000

Volume 19, Number 48

features

No Place Like Home

All Belinda Acosta wanted was a roof over her head that wouldn't explode into flames. Little did she know that jumping into the Austin housing market is like jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

news

Under One Roof

Can the City Make Good on Its Affordable Housing Promise?

BY KEVIN FULLERTON

Color of Justice

A drug bust in tiny Tulia, Texas opens up old racial wounds and raises questions about the veracity of the undercover cop-for-hire who orchestrated it all.

BY NATE BLAKESLEE

Naked City

Council will appoint nine members to the Mueller Municipal Airport Implementation Advisory Commission; city may implement new septic tank rules; Suzanne Gamboa has left the Statesman; Brigid Shea starts a new consulting firm; UT professor Emerson Tiller has been nominated for the board of ICANN; Triangle project action postponed for a week.

BY AMY SMITH

Media Clips

KUT's new general manager describes his vision for the future of the public radio station.

BY LEE NICHOLS

food

Take Out the Heat

Sure, complaining about the heat only makes it worse. A long string of 100 degree days presents an unsolvable problem but it just so happens that there's one summer problem we can solve. What to do about dinner on a day when the ambient blast furnace is stuck in the triple digits and operating any appliance hotter than a microwave is a sure sign of madness? Where to go, what to buy, how to put a tasty meal on the table without working up a sweat?

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Your Name Here

Austin is becoming famous for its local brands; Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood reveals why.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood explains the swapping going on at the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival and updates readers on local culinary news.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Chinese Restaurants, Part Two

Writer Greg Beets surveys some of Austin's Chinese restaurants.
music

Straight Out the Trailer

Examining the current overwhelming white trash influence in popular culture

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Barrel Chested Again

Chewing the fat with Brent Best of Denton tub-thumpers Slobberbone

BY JERRY RENSHAW

Five Pack

Making sense out of the local country-groove merry prankster quintet Li'l Cap'n Travis

BY MICHAEL BERTIN

Dancing About Architecture

Jimmie Vaughan loves George Bush; Jean Caffeine is back in town! hee hee...

BY KEN LIECK

Record Reviews

Paul Van Dyk, Sasha & John Digweed

Out There and Back, Communicate

Modest Mouse

The Moon and Antarctica

The Mermen

The Amazing California Health and Happiness Show

Andrew Hill, Greg Osby

Dusk, The Invisible Hand

Dave Douglas' Tiny Bell Trio

Constellations

Michael Hall & the Woodpeckers

Dead by Dinner

Cowboy Nation

A Journey Out Of Time

Joni Mitchell

Both Sides Now

Miriam Makeba

Homeland
screens

The Edge of 17

At 21 years old, actress Charmian Carr couldn't have known that the character she was portraying -- Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music -- would follow her for the rest of her life. Prior to her appearance at The Sound of Music: Sing-a-Long, a benefit for Project Transitions and aGLIFF, Carr opens up about being forever Liesl.

BY KATE X MESSER

TV Eye

Here, for your consideration, are the Emmy nominations for dramas, along with nominees selected by columnist Belinda Acosta for her second annual Clare Awards.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Short Cuts

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

BY MARC SAVLOV

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Beau Travail

Claire Denis' spare, ascetic film about a French Foreign Legionnaire in Northern Africa is deceptively dreamlike and stirring. It is a stunning work of beauty, mystery, contemplation, and grit.

But I'm a Cheerleader

Campy film is fun viewing and shines light on lipstick lesbians who are willing to put their pom-poms where their mouths are.

The In Crowd

arts & culture

Everyone's a Critic

The theatre community sounds off on critics as artists.

BY ADA CALHOUN

Articulations

A new name for the merged Paramount Theatre/State Theater Company and a new artistic director.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

columns

Page Two

If we must choose between avoiding conflicts of interest or writing of the community from the inside, we choose the latter.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Recent coverage of light rail and of access-TV personality Alex Jones pushes readers' buttons this week.

Public Notice

Our weekly calendar of activist and volunteer events and fundraisers.

BY KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

If I were going to spend $1,100 on a jacket, I'd want to feel the fabric first.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

"Pthlllllt! Thwaarrrrp. Fweeephthtl?"
"Yes, I agree, Mr. Smarty Pants does have some interesting facts this week."

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

The restored J.M. Koch Hotel Bed and Breakfast in D'Hannis is part of a vanishing breed of Texas frontier buildings.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Coach's Corner

While contemplating his inability to do a pull-up, Coach comes to appreciate the beauty of the Tour de France and Tiger Woods' steady brilliance.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

About AIDS

Pump away: The new AIDS scare circulating over e-mail is a hoax.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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