Dec. 22, 2000

Volume 20, Number 17

features

On the Santa Trail

Ace reporter Jordan Smith is hot on the trail of Austin's own Santa.

BY JORDAN SMITH

news

Commuter Rail: Stuck in the Station Again

The attempt to salvage commuter rail in the San Antonio-Dallas Corridor

BY ROBERT BRYCE

Mystery Train

Light Rail's narrow defeat at the polls has probably spared Capital Metro an assault by legislators in January. But the agency is trying to figure out how to keep rail on track while satisfying Republican legislators who want sales tax returned.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Naked City

Cheney and Bush interview prospective hires. Which Texans go to Washington as Bush takes office and the economy cools down?

BY LOUIS DUBOSE

The Hightower Lowdown

Hightower on clean elections, corporate genetic research, and living wage legislation

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Capitol Chronicle

As Gov. Bush moves to D.C. in a wave of acclamation, the Legislature prepares to meet over redistricting and new legislation.

BY MICHAEL KING

food

Potluck at the Pedernales

Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood asked each of the writers who contribute to the Cuisines section to prepare one or two dishes for a potluck dinner. Here's what they came up with.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Considering the date, it's likely all your Christmas shopping is already done, but Cuisines Editor Virginia B. Wood has some ideas for gifts that keep giving long after the wrapping paper has been thrown away.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Creole/Cajun

Beauxdacious po-boys, muffalettas, étoufée, and jambalaya in this week's Cajun / Creole-themed "Second Helpings."
music

The Little Station That Could

Austin's AAA station KGSR and its market ascendance.

BY MICHAEL BERTIN

Nourishment for the Soul

Correo Aereo Deepens, Ripens, and Grows

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Dancing About Architecture

Somehow George W. Bush becomes president and takes Jimmie Vaughan with him. Swine.

BY KEN LIECK

Record Reviews

Dale Watson

Christmas Time in Texas

Various Artists

Blue Christmas

Tina Marsh & CreOp Muse

Circle of Light

Caroline Peyton

Celtic Christmas Spirit

Various Artists, Rosie O'Donnell & Friends

Martha Stewart Living: Home for the Holidays, Another Rosie Christmas

Bing Crosby & the Andrew Sisters

A Merry Christmas with Big Crosby & the Andrew Sisters

Mark Mothersbaugh

Joyeux Mutato

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Christmas Time Again

Lovemongers

The Last Noel

Steve Vai

The 7th Song

Various Artists

Sleighed: The Other Side of Christmas

Christina Aguilera

My Kind of Christmas

Lara y Reyes

Navidad

Cuba L.A.

Navidad Cubana

Yolanda Adams

Christmas with Yolanda Adams

Soundtrack

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
screens

Crimes of Passion and Prose

With Quills, Philip Kaufman (Henry & June, The Unbearable Lightness of Being) has made another film about the startling fusion between literature and sex.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Short Cuts

To the eyes of Austin animator Bob Sabiston, those ubiquitous Earthlink.com commercials by Klasky Csupo Inc. (the creators of Rugrats) look an awful lot like the work created by his proprietary software, which is being used in the new Richard Linklater feature Waking Life.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Don't know what gift to get your couch potato? Well, why not buy your spud-butt a book? Yes, a book.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story strikes a balance between being sentimental and irreverent, with Peter Billingsley putting in one of the better performances ever from a child actor and the rest of the cast clearly having a good time.

Santa Claus

This Santa might actually frighten a small child, chortling uncontrollably through the whole movie and leering at the camera. More than likely, however, a kid above the age of four would probably find it unbearably hokey and dumb.

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

If Ed Wood had ever made a Christmas movie, it would probably have turned out a lot like this.

Film Reviews

Cast Away

Chocolat

This English-language movie is set in a provincial French village in 1959 and deals with the pressing question of whether the seductive and mysterious powers of chocolate can soothe the priggish tendencies of the local townsfolk – and during Lent, no less.

Dude, Where's My Car?

arts & culture

Professors of Pleasure

Their name may suggest a lack of intelligence, but make no mistake, the Flaming Idiots are wise men when it comes to comedy.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

Dispatches from New York: Playwright Aaron Mack Schloff on the reading of his work In Galicia and artist Michael A. Arthur on creating drawings for American Ballet Theatre.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

columns

Page Two

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Public Notice

Gather 'round the Yule log and the figgy pudding, get out a paper and pen, and jot down some of these items form our Annual Holiday Wish List 2000. Local organizations need you!

BY KATE X MESSER

Letters at 3AM

Let's Get Drunk and Read Poetry

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

It's perfect outside for staying in with a good book ... especially one loaded with lots of pretty pictures ... of semi-nude men ...

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Coach's Corner

Why does a nice Jewish boy have to put up a Christmas tree?

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

About AIDS

Brazil Gives HIVers a Big Gift: Free Meds

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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