Volume 20, Number 18
He Waits and Watches Quietly as the World Moves On Around Him
BY JAY HARDWIG
Examining the prospects for Austin's lobby at the 77th Legislature
BY AMY SMITH
A look at what's been filed for the 77th session at the Texas Legislature
BY MICHAEL KING AND JORDAN SMITH
Off the Desk
BY LOUIS DUBOSE
Gifts for pets and corporate spies, and Michael Milken lobbies for a presidential pardon.
BY JIM HIGHTOWER
One bite of steak from Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and we were in meat-eater heaven, Mick Vann writes. It was the consummate carnivore's dream. Unfortunately, it's not a consistently dreamy experience at Ruth's Chris.
BY MICK VANN
The holiday season has been like a runaway train for Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood; here's a list of the new restaurants in Austin she wants to try out in January.
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
Chronicle Cuisines writer Wes Marshall surveys new sushi restaurants.
Antone's Blue Mondays continues, 25 years later.
BY MARGARET MOSER
Think Sinatra did it his way? Try this long-haired, Harley-riding redneck David Allan Coe
BY JERRY RENSHAW
Sandy and Bob are almost done in, while Kirsty MacColl isn't so lucky, and Pops Staples goes onto his great reward. Dopey the Goat, meanwhile, becomes cabrito.
BY KEN LIECK
In the Mode
Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska
Bill Broyles' Extraordinary Adventure Story
BY SARAH HEPOLA
A new film series begins at the Off Center, introducing avant-garde films and a new theatrical venue to Austin moviegoers.
BY MARC SAVLOV
The Mole, Temptation Island, and Survivor II -- get ready for a whole new season of watching contestants backbite, cheat, weasel, outsmart, and canoodle their way to the win.
BY BELINDA ACOSTA
Visually magnificent, Restoration is a lovely mess.
Isn't it awful?
The Postman Always Rings Twice is a stunning achievement that will live forever.
arts & culture
For vulnerable performer Neal Medlyn, Dork = Cool.
BY ADA CALHOUN
Nine Austin arts organizations find grants in their stockings, courtesy of a Santa played by the National Endowment for the Arts.
BY ROBERT FAIRES
Through his Holy Cross Quadrilogy, a solo show that tracks three friends through four years at a Catholic high school, writer-performer Rob Nash takes us back to adolescence, re-creating that time of life in all its cruelty, uncertainty, agitation, and yearning, but also blessing it with an abundance of good humor and compassion.
An integral creative talent of the past and present in this extraordinary town, Cast Away screenwriter Bill Broyles makes the perfect cover subject for this publication as we cross over into the new millennium.
BY LOUIS BLACK
These letters spell highway violence, the environment, and a lost bracelet.
Gather round the Yule log and the figgy pudding, get out a paper and pen, and jot down some of these items from our Annual Holiday Wish List 2000, Part 2. Local organizations need you!
BY KATE X MESSER
Somehow your Style Avatar remains faithful to fashion, even while bedridden. Read all about it
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
Baseball, bats, obits, no buts, and environmental action figure
into this year-end wrap-up.
BY GERALD E. MCLEOD
BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON
A note of hope and thanks for the new year.
BY SANDY BARTLETT
Letters to the editor, published daily