Feb. 23, 2001

Volume 20, Number 26

news

Double Jeopardy

The state of Texas jailed Cuban exile Carlos Lavernia for 16 years for a crime he did not commit. Now the INS might send him back to Cuba.

BY AMY SMITH

New Forensics, New Laws

BY AMY SMITH

Who You Gonna Call?

Small Texas towns look to Austin and Washington to jump-start economic development

BY KEVIN FULLERTON

Naked City

Off the Desk

BY LOUIS DUBOSE

The Hightower Lowdown

A lobbyist "volunteers" for Bush, the WTO plays peek-a-boo in Qatar, and China represses independent unions

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Turn Out the Lights ...

The Lege Has Barely Begun, and the Official Accountants Say We're Broke

BY MICHAEL KING

food

Got to Have Kaya Now ...

Restaurants, like people, have distinct personalities, MM Pack writes. The persona that Kaya Blue presents is that of a hip young traveler, back in town after multinational adventures -- exuberant and uninhibited, full of ideas and enthusiasm, well-grounded in the basics, but forever changed by the trip.

BY MM PACK

Will Travel for Food

Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium, Oxford, Miss., October 2000

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

How to celebrate Mardi Gras in Austin, as well as Austin's culinary news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Everyday Italian

Food Reviews

music

Bleeding Kansas

One-string gas-tank basses and the people who play them.

BY JERRY RENSHAW

Ace in the Hole

Who is Clay Blaker and why are all these famous people recording his songs?

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Dancing About Architecture

SXSW wristbands go on sale with the news that Dr. Demento will be attending this year's festival. Also, the passing of the Victory Grill's Johnny Holmes, and the expansion of Emo's.

BY KEN LIECK

Live Shots

screens

Fighting Words

David Gordon Green Slams Indie Filmmakers and Snubs Cannes. Who Is This Kid, Anyway?

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Short Cuts

How to purchase a SXSW Film 2001 screening pass, and other news and events of interest to local filmmakers.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Why is it that female protagonists on network TV always need a man?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Gone With the Wind: The Making of the Legend

Everything you ever wanted to know about GWTW -- in one work

Hackers

Films made about computers and their impact on our society fall into two categories: hit or miss. Hackers is the latter.

Film Reviews

George Washington

Green's debut feature is a sublime tone poem about adolescence

Monkeybone

arts & culture

What a Piece of Work Is Woman!

After four centuries of being berated, belittled, betrayed, bullied, battered, and butchered by the men in Shakespeare's plays, the women have had enough. They're ready to speak out, to give Will a piece of their minds. And in playwright Susan Kelso's Roses and Thistles, they do just that.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Commissioner Has Left the Building

Johnny Torrez was one of the first Austin comics to work on a professional level, and every local comic who ever made a living in the business credits the self-proclaimed "Commissioner of Comedy" as an early influence and inspiration. On Valentine's Day, the Commissioner died. Here's how he is remembered.

BY J. C. SHAKESPEARE

Articulations

The past few weeks have seen the passing of Johnny Torrez, Dana Ravel, and Clarence Brisco, three individuals all distinguished by their support of and advocacy of artists besides themselves.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

columns

Page Two

Heralding the techno-cultural explosion known as SXSW.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Good cops and bad cops, radio waverings and global warming warnings.

Public Notice

This week's Public Notice takes a trip down memory lane and barfs all over its prom date, as we explore Eighties revisionism.

BY KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

Guest reporter (and Blackmail owner) Gail Chovan brings news of the bountiful Mens Fashion Week in Paris.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

Virtual wheatgrass shots for your gray matter smoothie.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Bacterial assault on Hill Country wineries.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

About AIDS

Pushing Testing.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Coach's Corner

Like Bill Murray in Groundhog's Day, the UTmen's basketball team is doomed to repeat its failures anew each year, and it seems to come as a total shock each time.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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