Volume 20, Number 14
My normally mild-mannered mother shakes her Bon-Bon with the best of 'em at the Ricky Martin concert.
BY KARLA ZIMMERMAN
BY LOUIS DUBOSE
A description of the Stratus Properties / City of Austin development negotiations, and the historical precedents (Freeport-McMoRan)
BY ROBERT BRYCE
Stratus Properties tries to shake the ghost of Jim Bob Moffett as it is acquired by Tom Hicks.
BY AMY SMITH
The Details in the City's Proposed Settlement With Stratus Properties Are the Fine Print in the Term Sheet.
Will the City Give Away Mueller Airport to Save Barton Springs?
BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON
A recap of a conversation with the late Henry B. Gonzalez, the Bush press machine rumbles along, the press speculates on Bush's appointments.
BY LOUIS DUBOSE
Corporatizing Our Public Parks; Common Sense on Drug Policy
BY JIM HIGHTOWER
Si Bon is located on South Lamar in a comfortable old home. Step through the door and you find a warm, friendly atmosphere: happy customers tended by smiling staff. A cozy bar. White tablecloths, a comfy fireplace and lip-smacking aromas. Before you ever get to your table, Si Bon makes a good impression.
BY WES MARSHALL
Boston's Austin Grill imports native Austin tastes to Northern climes. Eli Kooris reports as to whether the venture is a success.
BY ELI KOORIS
Virginia B. Wood recounts just how busy the fall has been: births, new books, graduations, and prizes.
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
At long last, Greg Beets has discovered Austin eateries where gluttony need not be constrained by the wallet impact of a la carte pricing.
Hanging with music industry legend Jerry Wexler
BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ
Q&A with the signature bluesman of the Nineties, R.L. Burnside.
BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY
Broken Spoke is broken into and thieves ride away with owner James White's family heirloom: a saddle, mister.
BY KEN LIECK
Chicago documentarian discusses the inspiration behind four of his most popular short films, showing at the Alamo Drafthouse as part of the Texas Documentary Tour on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
BY ANNE S. LEWIS
Bad Dog Comedy Theater initiates Japanese anime midnight screenings.
BY MARC SAVLOV
Keeping one eye on television and the other on pop culture.
BY BELINDA ACOSTA
Julia Roberts rises above her oppressive hype to turn in a winsome performance in this Steven Soderbergh film.
Japanese filmmaker Seijun Suzuki was fired from his film company for his off-the-wall cinematics; these two Sixties gangster movies explain why.
Kurosawa uses Shakespeare's King Lear as a template, but in Ran Lear's three scheming daughters are sons, and the action is transposed to a mythic, dreamlike, feudal Japan. Like an adrenalized fever dream of ultimate power gone awry, Ran reveals Kurosawa's grasp of visual splendor at its most powerful.
arts & culture
A quiz to find out who knows what about theatre in Austin.
BY ROBERT FAIRES
Our sassy quiz will match you up with the Austin theatre company of your dreams.
Ballet Austin gets a new associate artistic director, and Bodycount turns 10.
BY ROBERT FAIRES
In the Austin premiere of Santos & Santos, a contemporary drama by El Paso native Octavio Solis, Nushank Theater Collective smoothly plays out a tale of Chicano brothers coming to terms, with culture, power, and the nightmare of pursuing the American Dream.
The company of Different Stages' production of Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan bring the script to life, but to in the eyes of reviewer Rob Curran, they work too hard to get a chance to enjoy it.
Focusing the urban growth spotlight on Stratus Properties.
BY LOUIS BLACK
It's a salmagundi of responses this issue, with bits regarding dolphin bacteria, word use, national politics, and Marc Savlov's cinematic taste (or lack thereof).
Hey! It's beginning to look a lot like over-glitzed, commercialized spending spree time of year, and oh, yeah, good will to all man and woman, man, so why don't you get on the public service tip whilst getting yer yule on to help your brotherman, or whoever
BY KATE X MESSER
The Mighty Mr. Moser steers you toward some fine holiday shopping and fashion events.
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
A sparkly grab-bag of factoids for your disseminating pleasure.
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
Luling's Icehouse Pottery is a thriving center of ceramic, glass, and jewelry artisans.
BY GERALD E. MCLEOD
Like a veteran rock & roll band, the Westlake High football team delivers the goods, week after week, show after show.
BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON
The continuing growth of the HIV epidemic.
BY SANDY BARTLETT
Letters to the editor, published daily