Volume 20, Number 21
South Austin's Neon Transformers Light Up Life South of the River
BY ROB D'AMICO
A preview of the Austin delegation agenda for the 77th Legislature
BY LOUIS DUBOSE
A Preview of the Gay / Lesbian Right Lobby Agenda for the 77th Legislature
BY AMY SMITH
The Austin 360 Summit returns sadder, and wiser, this year than it was in its two previous incarnations.
BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON
Hate crimes legislation, Rick Perry, Senfronia Thompson, and the Governor's ex-lobbyist staff members.
BY LOUIS DUBOSE
Sweat It Out; Old School
BY JIM HIGHTOWER
Cooking Schools in Austin
BY MM PACK
Virginia B. Wood corrects a mistake she made in a previous column and uncovers some news in the process.
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
You like catfish? Do your friends know you as "the one who eats catfish"? Have we got a "Second Helpings" for you.
Look who's releasing records this year!
BY ANDY LANGER
Jimmie Vaughan skips Dubya's inaugural ball, while the Austin Music Network gets a reprieve from the city as the SIMS Foundation tries to spend $62,000 and fast.
BY KEN LIECK
Dot Com Blues
Works for Me
Aix Em Klemm, The Limits of Painting and Poetry
O Brother Where Art Thou
Country Pickin': The Don Rich Anthology, Carnegie Hall Concert
My Favorite Headache
Become the Media -- Spoken Word Album #6
Conspiracy of One
The Austin Film Society's series is called "Che Bella: Italy in the 60s," but the story really begins -- as does all of modern cinema -- in the streets of Rome, in May of 1944. Nick Barbaro looks at Italian neorealism and the movies it inspired.
BY NICK BARBARO
Shadow of the Vampire isn't just an imaginative riff on the making of F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu. "It is an allegory of an aspect of what cinema is at its heart," says director E. Elias Merhige. "It's this dangerous, mad kind of science."
BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN
The low-down on SXSW Film 2001, upcoming filmmaking classes, and who's going to Park City next week.
BY MARC SAVLOV
A look at four new reality-based series trying to beat Survivor 2: Australian Outback to the punch. Good luck. Also, the latest twists on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
BY BELINDA ACOSTA
Another wildly inventive crime thriller from a criminally underappreciated director.
Not too serious and never insulting, this is a subtle superhero film that relies more on themes than special effects.
Ritchie's second feature is part broad comic farce and part grisly charnel house humor.
arts & culture
The Austin Symphony's Peter Bay on Leading an Orchestra, Interpreting a Score, and Seeing Music
BY ROBI POLGAR
Requiem for the founder of the St. Edward's University theatre program and co-founder of Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage, Edward Magnum
BY ROBERT FAIRES
The Austin Lyric Opera production of Cold Sassy Tree, Carlisle Floyd's sweet, simple opera of blooming love between a small-town Georgia shopkeeper and a much younger woman, featured a fine ensemble giving heartwarming performances, but their efforts were repeatedly wrecked by poorly executed set changes that brought the show to a halt.
In her new script A Name for a Ghost to Mutter, playwright Cyndi Williams uses the fuel for great drama: colorful writing, focus on relationships, big climax, tidy resolution. But while all the hard parts are accounted for, all the right moves taken, the play stops just short of smoking.
For the debut of his new Austin Playhouse company, Don Toner provides a time-travel trip back to 1948 with old Moss Hart and his play about putting on a play, Light Up the Sky. And the trip is one sure to leave a smile.
Looking ahead to SXSW, an appreciation of Sandra Bullock's underrated comic talent, and a goodbye to Advertising Director Pattie Moon.
BY LOUIS BLACK
Defending the death penalty, the new Gov, the schools, and all that Jazz.
This week, "Public Notice" travels far and wide across gender limits and the Kalahari to bring you're the best in Austin community events.
BY KATE X MESSER
The function of beauty is to connect our innermost being to the world.
BY MICHAEL VENTURA
What was up with that tacky television coverage of Austin's local New Year's Eve celebration? Find out inside!
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
A few more toys for your attic.
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
Vintage hotrods and muscle cars at the Marshall Car Museum and Showroom.
BY GERALD E. MCLEOD
Marijuana gets stealthy.
BY SANDY BARTLETT
This year's NFL playoffs aren't exactly measuring up to the classics of all time.
BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON
Letters to the editor, published daily