Dec. 1, 2000

Volume 20, Number 14

features

Ricky-Tikki-Bon-Bon!

My normally mild-mannered mother shakes her Bon-Bon with the best of 'em at the Ricky Martin concert.

BY KARLA ZIMMERMAN

news

STRATUS SETTLEMENT

Barton Blues Again

BY LOUIS DUBOSE

Stratus Flows Downhill

A description of the Stratus Properties / City of Austin development negotiations, and the historical precedents (Freeport-McMoRan)

BY ROBERT BRYCE

Stratus Quo?

Stratus Properties tries to shake the ghost of Jim Bob Moffett as it is acquired by Tom Hicks.

BY AMY SMITH

What's the Deal?

The Details in the City's Proposed Settlement With Stratus Properties Are the Fine Print in the Term Sheet.

Mueller: The Art of the Deal

Will the City Give Away Mueller Airport to Save Barton Springs?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Naked City

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

The Hightower Lowdown

Corporatizing Our Public Parks; Common Sense on Drug Policy

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Good Impressions

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

Will Travel for Food

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

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood recounts just how busy the fall has been: births, new books, graduations, and prizes.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Hometown Buffets

At long last, Greg Beets has discovered Austin eateries where gluttony need not be constrained by the wallet impact of a la carte pricing.
music

A Man and a Half

Hanging with music industry legend Jerry Wexler

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

All Blues

Q&A with the signature bluesman of the Nineties, R.L. Burnside.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Dancing About Architecture

Broken Spoke is broken into and thieves ride away with owner James White's family heirloom: a saddle, mister.

BY KEN LIECK

Live Shots

screens

Short, Quirky, and Totally in Control

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

Short Cuts

Bad Dog Comedy Theater initiates Japanese anime midnight screenings.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Keeping one eye on television and the other on pop culture.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Erin Brockovich

Julia Roberts rises above her oppressive hype to turn in a winsome performance in this Steven Soderbergh film.

Tokyo Drifter & Branded to Kill

Japanese filmmaker Seijun Suzuki was fired from his film company for his off-the-wall cinematics; these two Sixties gangster movies explain why.

Film Reviews

Ran

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

Who Wants to Be a Theatre Geek?

A quiz to find out who knows what about theatre in Austin.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

What Kind of Theatre Do You Go For?

Our sassy quiz will match you up with the Austin theatre company of your dreams.

Articulations

Ballet Austin gets a new associate artistic director, and Bodycount turns 10.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

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 Cripple of Inishmaan

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.
columns

Page Two

Focusing the urban growth spotlight on Stratus Properties.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

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).

Public Notice

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 …? Okay?

BY KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

The Mighty Mr. Moser steers you toward some fine holiday shopping and fashion events.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

A sparkly grab-bag of factoids for your disseminating pleasure.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Luling's Icehouse Pottery is a thriving center of ceramic, glass, and jewelry artisans.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Coach's Corner

Like a veteran rock & roll band, the Westlake High football team delivers the goods, week after week, show after show.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

About AIDS

The continuing growth of the HIV epidemic.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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