Jan. 12, 2001

Volume 20, Number 20

features

Co-op in Smoke

The fire that destroyed the Arrakis Co-op left more than embers in its wake.

BY STUART PRESTIDGE

news

Sterling Lands' New Mission

Sterling Lands II and the Eastside Social Action Coalition fight for equity in Austin's public schools.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Big City Blues

Although it has three of the 10 largest cities in the United States, Texas is still largely a state of home-rule cities. A brief look at the prospects for a real urban policy in Texas.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Naked City

Opening day of the Lege, redistricting rumors, and Mike Levy vs. Kirk Watson

BY LOUIS DUBOSE

The Hightower Lowdown

A Little Help From My Friends; The Buddy System

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Capitol Chronicle

The TNRCC reports that the Voluntary Emissions Reduction program has produced zero reductions in air pollution

BY MICHAEL KING

food

New Kid on the Block

ASTI is the perfect addition to Hyde Park's busiest corner

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Will Travel for Food

Dining in Dublin

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood remembers two talented and hardworking women in Austin's culinary life who have recently died and also reveals some of her recent dining discoveries.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Water's Edge

Austin's Pacific Rim and Caribbean restaurants in this week's Second Helpings.
music

Better Than Nothing

Documentarian Ken Burns' takes on Jazz -- and loses.

BY HARVEY PEKAR

Cubana Be Cubana Bop

Field guide to Cuba's second-biggest export after cigars

BY HARVEY PEKAR

Dancing About Architecture

A New Year and those who didn't and almost didn't make it

BY KEN LIECK

Live Shots

screens

Defying Gravity

With Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ang Lee took one of the most maligned of cinematic genres -- the kung fu film -- and created an epic many critics (this one included) are calling the year's best movie. We spoke with him about the film's grueling shoot, the refinement it makes to the martial arts genre, and more.

BY SARAH HEPOLA

A Man of Character

State and Main star William H. Macy talks about his iconic position as America's indie darling, the state of indie filmmaking today, and what on earth Gus Van Sant was thinking.

BY MARC SAVLOV

A Walk on the Dark Side

An interview with Karen Bernstein, producer of Lou Reed: Rock & Roll Heart (playing at the Alamo Drafthouse on Wednesday, Jan. 10), a breathless, soundtrack-shaped romp through Reed's career so far

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Short Cuts

South by Southwest announces 2001 call for festival volunteer workers, and other news and events of interest to the local film community.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Will MTV's new "Fight for Your Rights" campaign against hate crimes call into question their longstanding promotion of rapper Eminem? Also, seats for sale on Politically Incorrect and fallout from this year's television top 10s.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Crazy Joe

Why the hell has it taken so long for anyone to discover this Seventies crime film gem?

The Rage: Carrie 2

Carrie 2 is a very bad teen horror effort that might appeal to true horror hounds.

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Roger Corman took a break from cheapo horror and sci-fi flicks to make this cheapo gangster work (starring the late Jason Robards as Al Capone), but it's still a Corman quickie from beginning to end.

Film Reviews

Antitrust

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

This martial arts film succeeds as a great pulp yarn, a historical drama, an epic love story, a humorous action tale, and a modern feminist fable.

Double Take

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

In this Depression-era Coen brothers film, a trio of chain-gang escapees seek a (possibly mythical) treasure while on the lam from a diabolical sheriff.

Save the Last Dance

State and Main

Mamet's story about a big-budget Hollywood production that steamrolls into a little Vermont town is told with a gentle smirk.

Thirteen Days

arts & culture

Final Flowering

With Cold Sassy Tree, distinguished composer Carlisle Floyd crafts an opera to crown his lengthy career.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

How Robin Got His Groove Back

Musicologist Gillian Anderson has come to the rescue of Robin Hood, taking the 1922 Douglas Fairbanks film Robin Hood and restoring its original score. It's one of two dozen films from the earliest era of motion pictures for which Anderson has recovered, restored, or reconstructed the scores.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

Austin native Starla Benford brings The Vagina Monologues to town, Kerthy Fix takes Heaving Shadows at the Skin Show to Chicago, and where does rm 120 theatre go?

BY ROBERT FAIRES

columns

Page Two

Make sure we get the details right for the 2000 Austin Chronicle Music Poll by voting. Also, an introduction to the Politics staff and memories of watching 2001 for the first time.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

A mixed salad of Green letters and more.

Public Notice

From race riots in South Florida to the MLK Day March in Austin, "Public Notice" reflects on how far we've come and how far we've yet to go.

BY KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar presents the first in a series of profiles of local high-profile fashion photogs!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

Data snacks for your brain's buffet.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

The geologic magnificence of Palo Duro Canyon.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

About AIDS

HIV-testing Docs: A Cautionary Note.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Coach's Corner

A glacial pace and overzealous refs are killing college basketball. Who's in charge here?

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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