Sept. 22, 2000

Volume 20, Number 4

features

Down & Out in Atlanta

The Official Crock of the '96 Summer Olympics

BY JONATHAN HENNESSEY

news

Justice Delayed?

A federal judge's decision on Medicaid angers GOP legislators

BY LOUIS DUBOSE

Managing the Media

As the Bush presidential campaign unravels after Labor Day, a press offices tries to keep the candidate on message and out of trouble.

BY ROBERT BRYCE

Naked City

Greens set up Austin headquarters, Kay Bailey Hutchison supports Bush campaign | Harry Middleton retires as director of LBJ library.

BY LOUIS DUBOSE

The Hightower Report

Bill's Booming Economy; Spinning Michael Milken

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Nouvelle Cafe

Chronicle Cuisines writer Rebecca Chastenet de Géry finds something unexpected in Granite Cafe's latest incarnation.

Food-o-File

By now, everyone in Central Texas must know about last week's devastating fire at Lone Star Bakery, but Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood recently found some surprising news.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Sandwiches, Wraps, Burritos

Feeling too greased out for burgers and fries? This week's "Second Helpings" steers you in the right direction.

Food Reviews

music

THE GOURDS

Songs of Innocence and Experience

From poetry scrawled on walls to poetry inscribed on CD: the saga of the Gourds.

BY CHRISTOPHER HESS

The Lizards of Aus

'Never an Adult Moment' With Austin's Veteran Bluegrass Pranksters

BY KEN LIECK

Live Shots

BY MICHAEL CHAMY

Dancing About Architecture

NXNW news; speak of the devil and Chris Gates shall appear.

BY KEN LIECK

THE GOURDS

GRAND CHAMPEEN

The Gourds Reviewed

screens

Animation Station

Through ADVision, Austin has become a hotspot for producing English-dubbed anime. Who knew?

BY SARAH HEPOLA

A Whole New Game

A strange trip through the online world of the most popular role-playing games of last summer : Diablo II, Deus Ex, and Vampire: The Masquerade Redemption

BY MARCEL MEYER

Short Cuts

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

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Emmy Awards wrap-up, plus the skinny on Buffy the Vampire Slayer's season premiere and Live Free or Die, part of PBS' POV documentary series.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Almost Famous

This sweet, amiable, and knowing coming-of-age tale is Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical boyz-to-men story about how he grew into the role of a rock & roll journalist in 1973.

Bait

Bittersweet Motel

arts & culture

Tru Artistry

With Jay Presson Allen's Tru, performer Jaston Williams takes a vacation from the little town of Tuna, Texas, with which he is so closely identified, to portray celebrated writer Truman Capote, and in the process reminds us what an actor of range and skill he is.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

On the Bus

In the process of writing her new play con flama, Austin poet / writer Sharon Bridgforth discovered that the piece was not complete without her own voice in it. In the process of observing con flama's development, writer Belinda Acosta discovered something about her own voice, too.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Articulations

The winners of the 26th annual B. Iden Payne awards for local theatre..

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Holy conceptual contortions, Batman!

In his Austin Shakespeare Festival staging of A Midsummer Night's Dream, director Robert Tolaro creates a fantasy world of superheroes with a strong hint of modern Chicago 'burb, that pulls up a bit short conceptually, but is still a fun, rambunctious evening.

Evita: Over the (Big) Top

Director Dave Steakley, in daring to formulate an answer to the question "What if Fellini had directed Evita?" has pulled off a brazen, vast-scaled circus of a production, a completely over-the-(big)-top sensation of a theatre experience.

Cabaret: Blinding Furnace

The revamped revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Cabaret, in its national tour, may not reproduce the intimacy of the original production's environmental design, but its strong performances and overt theatricality still grip the audience.
columns

Page Two

I find myself watching the goings-on Down Under with an almost complete lack of cynicism.

BY NICK BARBARO

Postmarks

The Starbucks Showdown continues; and readers voice their opinions on last week's Best of Austin issue.

Public Notice

Public Notice asks not what it can do for its community but what *you* can. This week features the third of a three-part list of Austin area Volunteer Opportunities.

BY KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

An open letter to Sandra Bullock, and a Bad Customer Service (BCS) Report redux.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

You know what the whirling means, but what about the Dervish?

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Coach's Corner

Coach takes on sports talk radio.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

Day Trips

Latana Ridge Lodge, an hour's drive north of DFW, sits at the collision point of northern grasslands, eastern forests, and western prairies.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

About AIDS

AIDS research yields side effects that benefit HIV-negative people, too.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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