Dec. 15, 2000

Volume 20, Number 16

features

'Twas Christmas in Austin

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

The Treats of Laredo

Shopping South of the Border Guarantees a Feliz Navidad

BY AMY SMITH

news

Faith Healers

A look inside the Teen Challenge faith-based drug treatment in Fort Worth suggests that there are problems with Christian drug rehab programs.

BY EMILY PYLE

Opening the Doors

As college access tightens, minority students and families, and educators, look for ways to help more students.

BY KEVIN FULLERTON

Kiddie Spree

Local curmudgeon and Style Avatar Stephen Moser takes a gaggle of tykes on the shopping trail. O-mi-god.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Lady in Waiting

Prospective First Lady Anita Perry Prepares for Life in the Spotlight

BY AMY SMITH

Swap Meet

The City Council, divided 5 votes to 2, stumbles toward an agreement with Stratus to trade land or development rights at the former Robert Mueller Airport.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Naked City

The Republican response to U.S. Supreme Court judicial activism

BY LOUIS DUBOSE

The Hightower Lowdown

Cows Go High Tech; Sweet Smell of Poison

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Three Quarters of a Baker's Dozen

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Eating Between the Lines

Books for Cooks

Food-o-File

Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood samples marvelous mail-order food and relates more local donut news.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Asian Buffets

Many table-service restaurants with lunch buffets treat their sneeze-guarded fare as some sort of ugly stepchild; find out how to avoid them in this week's "Second Helpings" on Asian buffets.
music

Standing Next to a Mountain

Examining the 3-CD Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble box set.

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Audio Snapshots

America's premiere archival roots label celebrates the big 4-0.

BY MIKE QUINN

How the Wolves Survived

That band from East L.A. keeps getting better

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Dancing About Architecture

Stevie Ray Vaughan box set hits stands and controversary

BY KEN LIECK

Record Reviews

the Supremes

The Supremes

Etta James

The Chess Box

Various Artists

Rhapsodies in Black: Music and Words From the Harlem Renaissance

Louis Armstong

The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings

Richard Pryor

… And It's Deep, Too!

Various Artists

The Funk Box

various

The Doo Wop Box III

Sam Cooke

The Man Who Invented Soul

Elton John

To Be Continued

Little Feat

Hotcakes & Outtakes: 30 Years of Little Feat

Rick Nelson

Legacy

Various Artists

The Best of Broadside, 1962-1998: Anthems of the American Underground from the Pages of Broadside Magazine.

Various Artists

Brain in a Box: The Science Fiction Collection

Jimi Hendrix

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Tito Puente

The Complete RCA Recordings, Vol. 1

Charlie Parker

The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings
screens

True Hollywood Stories

Books About Film

Comfortably Butt Numb

11 movies, 24 hours, 230 stinky film fans -- a diary from Harry Knowles' second annual Butt-Numb-a-thon

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Power Games

Eight reasons to go on living if you don't' own a PlayStation2

BY MARCEL MEYER

Don't Drink the Water

While pursuing her masters in film at UT, Laura Dunn spent every semester break in Louisiana making Green, a documentary about the toxic 100-mile stretch along the Mississippi River known as Cancer Alley. The film screens at the Alamo Drafthouse this Sunday.

BY PETER DEBRUGE

Short Cuts

Richard Linklater goes to Sundance.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

The Michael Richards Show fizzles, Billy Crystal can't host the Oscars, and other odds and ends from our harried television columnist.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Nosferatu, The Golden Arm Film Project

The first release in the Alamo Drafthouse's silent-film-with-live-musical-accompaniment series is a video every self-respecting Austin hipster should own.Produced by the Co-op's Barna Kantor and the Golden Arm Trio's Graham Reynolds, this is a complete reverse of the Alamo Drafthouse's series -- these are silent films inspired by music.

Film Reviews

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport

Documentary about the effort to place children of European Jews during WWII within safe homes in England.

Just Looking

arts & culture

Kids in Black

That innocuous-seeming crew of people listed beneath the actors in every program, who scurry around in black backstage and hover over the proceedings in the sound and light booth, may not be well-known to most theatregoers, but this silent, hidden army is all-powerful. Techies get almost no share in the glory, but they run the world, and here's how.

BY ADA CALHOUN

Articulations

With a tool or two, Austinites can make a lasting contribution to Frontera Productions and the Rude Mechanicals.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Santaland Diaries

In the Zachary Scott Theatre Center production of The Santaland Diaries, actor Martin Burke takes the writings of David Sedaris and uses them to run the gamut from high hilarity to absolute panic to striking observation to calm elucidation. And the audience follows him everywhere he goes, laughing all the way.

The Lover

The Lover, a Harold Pinter drama staged jointly by ONE Theatre Company and the dance troupe Footesteps, is a turn-on, a balance of music, sweet lines, and sensuality.
columns

Page Two

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

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Public Notice

We're gearing up for the holiday home stretch. Time to get those Wish Lists in and serve some good causes, all at the same time. Our list of public service opportunities still brims for you.

BY KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

Go shopping with our Style Avatar and you just might find yourself having a black Christmas, which, hopefully will not put you in the red!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Coach's Corner

On an ill-advised trip to Europe, Coach comes to a startling realization.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

About AIDS

Make the Holidays Shine!'Adopt' Someone With AIDS

BY SHIRLEY GERBER

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