Jan. 26, 2001

Volume 20, Number 22

features

Austin Timeline

From Prehistory to the Present

By Any Other Name

The history of Austin's cherished landmarks reveals the extent to which chance plays a part in who among their namesakes we remember and which fade with time.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Fantastic and Utterly Disreputable History of the Bevy of Sin Known as Guy Town

Before downtown Austin had the Warehouse District, it had the Whorehouse District: a notorious neighborhood of brothels and fandango houses called Guy Town.

BY IAN QUIGLEY

Mapping Calle Ancha

The Avenue That Existed Before That Big Parking Lot in the Sky, I-35, Was Built

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Life at the Cha-Cha Palace

Stephen MacMillan Moser takes a trip down the yellow brick-laid, disco ball-lit memory lane in the world of Austin's Seventies Disco scene.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Killer Reputation

Murders from Austin's not quite forgotten past

BY KEVIN FULLERTON

Bygone Buildings

Right in the booming heart of Austin, folks can still find evidence of times past. Devin Greaney explores some of Austin's abandoned haunts.

BY DEVIN GREANEY

news

Naked City

A farewell to Federal Judge Lucius Bunton III

BY LOUIS DUBOSE

Signs of Other Times

A photographic guide to some of the markers that still point to parts of Austin that have disappeared.

The Hightower Lowdown

High Tech Brought Low; All Expenses Paid

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Capitol Chronicle

The Texas state budgeting process is called conservative, but might be better described as "penny wise, pound foolish."

BY MICHAEL KING

food

The Flight of the Night Bird

Harry Akin opened for business on Christmas Eve, 1932, selling hamburgers for 15 cents apiece. Cuisines Editor Virginia B. Wood reveals how Akin turned his hamburger stand into Austin's former restaurant empire.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Gardens of Eden

Entertainment has always been a keystone of Austin's identity, Cuisines writer Rachel Feit observes. And among Austin's numerous diversions were German beer gardens.

BY RACHEL FEIT

Food-o-File

Why Virginia B. Wood's first culinary epiphany got her in big trouble.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Staying Power

Austin Restaurants Open for 35 Years or More
music

The Dead Club Crawl

Club hopping through Austin's musical past.

BY KEN LIECK

Dancing About Architecture

Bush's balls drop.

BY KEN LIECK

Dead Shots

Introduction, Chronicle offices, present day

Albert King

Albert King, Club Foot, April 16, 1982

Ramblin' Jack Elliot

Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Snaveley's, July 1982

Huey Lewis & The News

Huey Lewis & The News, Private Lives, Cardi's, April 5, 1983

Mitch Ryder

Mitch Ryder, Steamboat, March 16, 1985

Zeitgeist, Texas Instruments, Guardez Lou, Hickoids

The Last Days Of The Beach, the Beach, September 26 & 27, 1986

Mind Splinters, Thanatopsis Throne, Pocket FishRmen, DJ Horowitz, ST 37, Queen Penis, Ed Hall, EKU

Dongfest, Dong Huong, December 12, 1987

Jesus Christ Superhoot, Cannibal Club, July 25, 1989

G.G. Allin

G.G. Allin (Arrest Report), Cavity Club, February 18, 1992

Punk Prom & Little Debbie Taunt-Ball, Chances, April 16, 1994

Sleater-Kinney

Sleater-Kinney, Electric Lounge, May 25, 1997

Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth, Liberty Lunch, July 7 & 8, 1999
screens

Part of Our Day

When discussing the Golden Age of Television, we usually speak in terms of the national networks, but there's another chapter to the tale. Belinda Acosta looks at some of the pioneers of Austin television.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Slacker, the Map

It's been over a decade since Slacker premiered at the Dobie Theater. Since then, the lifestyle it celebrated is largely gone, along with the locations it helped make famous. In this "Slacker map," we look at what's disappeared and what's endured.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Short Cuts

Two more movie houses are closing -- the Lake Creek Festival Theater and Village Cinema Art --both part of Regal Cinemas' countrywide house cleaning.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Screens Reviews

Future-Kill, Roadie

Hoping to capitalize on the success of Tobe Hooper's 1974 surprise horror hit Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Future-Kill reunited that film's stars Neal and Burns and aimed for a similar creepy / kitschy vein. It failed.Meat Loaf quits his day job to become the world's best roadie. Sound weird? It is.

Film Reviews

arts & culture

Livin' Lavaca Loca

In the early Eighties, back when Jay Leno was still funny, he and a number of now-big name comics told jokes at a little place on Lavaca called the Comedy Workshop. Being there changed the life of one person, who recalls what it was like.

BY ANGELA DAVIS

Articulations

The Texas Cultural Trust Council announces a new set of honors for native and residents of the Lone Star State, the Texas Medal of the Arts Awards, and the recipients of the first awards.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Art: But I Know What I Like

Yasmina Reza's Art has come to Austin, and the Zachary Scott Theatre Center production is equal to the playwright's work. It's a pearl and it's the inside-out of a pearl -- a thing of beauty and the irritant that creates it.

Roosters: In The Midst of Poverty, Beauty

The Different Stages production of Milcha Sanchez-Scott's Roosters offers a script and actors that are quite enjoyable. However, the mix of inventive and repetitious staging, striking and visually inappropriate costumes, open and cluttered space, it feels almost like two entirely different shows.
columns

Page Two

Welcome to the Austin That Was.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Postmarks

Global Warming, Public Schools, and Jazz a la Zorn.

Public Notice

This week's Public Notice gets cranky on the bike tip and pedals a worldview geared to a slower pace. Hynuk!

BY KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

The Style Avatar expounds on the First Family Jewels.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

More interest for your memory banks.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

The slow-cooking tradition of Joel's Bar-B-Q outside Flatonia.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

About AIDS

HIV and Sexual Behavior

Coach's Corner

A guide for the younger generation: Sick of hearing about Woodstock? Recreate all of its dubious glories at this year's Super Bowl party.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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