Jan. 19, 2001

Volume 20, Number 21

news

It's a Gas, Gas, Gas

South Austin's Neon Transformers Light Up Life South of the River

BY ROB D'AMICO

Lines in the Sand

A preview of the Austin delegation agenda for the 77th Legislature

BY LOUIS DUBOSE

Renewing the Rainbow

A Preview of the Gay / Lesbian Right Lobby Agenda for the 77th Legislature

BY AMY SMITH

360 Degrees of Separation

The Austin 360 Summit returns sadder, and wiser, this year than it was in its two previous incarnations.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Off the Desk

Hate crimes legislation, Rick Perry, Senfronia Thompson, and the Governor's ex-lobbyist staff members.

BY LOUIS DUBOSE

The Hightower Lowdown

Sweat It Out; Old School

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Culinary Studies

Cooking Schools in Austin

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood corrects a mistake she made in a previous column and uncovers some news in the process.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Catfish Hunter

You like catfish? Do your friends know you as "the one who eats catfish"? Have we got a "Second Helpings" for you.
music

Cautiously Optimistic

Look who's releasing records this year!

BY ANDY LANGER

Dancing About Architecture

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

Record Reviews

Jimmy Smith

Dot Com Blues

John Scofield

Works for Me

Drums & Tuba

Vinyl Killer

Aix Em Klemm, The Pilot Ships

Aix Em Klemm, The Limits of Painting and Poetry

Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, Norman Blake, Cox Family, Emmylou Harris, John Hartford, Dan Tyminski

O Brother Where Art Thou

Don Rich & the Buckaroos, Buck Owens and His Buckaroos

Country Pickin': The Don Rich Anthology, Carnegie Hall Concert

New Pornographers

Mass Romantic

Geddy Lee

My Favorite Headache

Wu-Tang Clan

The W

Jello Biafra

Become the Media -- Spoken Word Album #6

The Offspring

Conspiracy of One
screens

Che Bella

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

Blood Feast

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

Short Cuts

The low-down on SXSW Film 2001, upcoming filmmaking classes, and who's going to Park City next week.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

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

Screens Reviews

Youth of the Beast

Another wildly inventive crime thriller from a criminally underappreciated director.

X-Men

Not too serious and never insulting, this is a subtle superhero film that relies more on themes than special effects.

Film Reviews

Snatch

Ritchie's second feature is part broad comic farce and part grisly charnel house humor.

The Wind Will Carry Us

arts & culture

Putting It Together

The Austin Symphony's Peter Bay on Leading an Orchestra, Interpreting a Score, and Seeing Music

BY ROBI POLGAR

Articulations

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

Arts Reviews

Cold Sassy Tree

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.

A Name for a Ghost to Mutter

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.

Light Up the Sky

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.
columns

Page Two

Looking ahead to SXSW, an appreciation of Sandra Bullock's underrated comic talent, and a goodbye to Advertising Director Pattie Moon.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Defending the death penalty, the new Gov, the schools, and all that Jazz.

Public Notice

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

A Question of Beauty

The function of beauty is to connect our innermost being to the world.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

What was up with that tacky television coverage of Austin's local New Year's Eve celebration? Find out inside!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

A few more toys for your attic.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Vintage hotrods and muscle cars at the Marshall Car Museum and Showroom.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

About AIDS

Marijuana gets stealthy.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Coach's Corner

This year's NFL playoffs aren't exactly measuring up to the classics of all time.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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