Volume 20, Number 27
Despite the clouds of layoffs, a virtual silver lining shines for some caught in Austin's online bust.
BY CAROL BRORSEN
How writer Spike Gillespie learned to stop worrying and love Austin's tech bust.
BY SPIKE GILLESPIE
City Planners Consider Options on the Seaholm Power Plant
BY AMY SMITH
Older professionals face a hard choice: leave Austin or go tech?
BY KEVIN FULLERTON
La Frontera is proof that e-commerce has not destroyed traditional retail commerce.
BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON
Austin public interest group figures out why a company making a profit on Medicaid got a sweetheart contract from the state.
BY LOUIS DUBOSE
Treasury Sec. Paul O'Neill pitches Bush tax breaks, Newt Gingrich is a business consultant, Congressional fundraising among freshman is out of control
BY JIM HIGHTOWER
Chronicle Cuisines writers Rachel Feit and Barbara Chisholm reveal how to eat well in Austin without breaking the bank.
BY RACHEL FEIT
Virginia B. Wood's three sure-fire dining suggestions that will provide enough of a respite from traffic horrors to allow other drivers to suffer in the snarl while you relax over a delightful meal.
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
Vietnamese restaurants in this week's Second Helpings.
Five Local Favorites That Fit the Bill
Mardi Gras Rioting on Sixth Street brands Austin "The Mace, Pepper Spray, and Rubber Bullet Capital of the World"
BY KEN LIECK
SXSW Record Reviews
The Blue Law
The Truth About Us
Speed of Sound
Five profiles from the Austin tech community: 21st Century Project founder Gary Chapman, Her Domain president Donna Kidwell, Hoover's CEO Patrick Spain, writer and marketing whiz Will Kreth, and Austin Free-Net executive director Ana Sisnett
BY SARAH HEPOLA
Salon Editor David Talbot and Inside.com
Editor Michael Hirschorn have been on the media frontline throughout their careers. And both are well-versed in the pitfalls of providing a product -- online content -- that, so far at least, has few willing buyers. But the two have taken different approaches to achieving profitability on the Web.
BY ROGER GATHMAN
Bruce Branit and Jeremy Hunt made "405" with a digital camera, off-the-desktop software, and a desktop computer. The action / comedy has now become the most popular short film on the Web.
BY MARC SAVLOV
He is everywhere. He is unavoidable. He is Tha' Subliminal Kid.
BY MARC SAVLOV
A conversation between filmmakers Richard Linklater and Rachel Tsangari
News and events of interest to local filmmakers.
BY MARC SAVLOV
As far as awards shows go, the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards was one of the most abysmal presentations I've seen in a long time. Maybe the upcoming SAG awards or TV Guide Awards will be better.
BY BELINDA ACOSTA
Seldom have obscure footage and recorded memories been put together in so charming a fashion
A questionable children's adventure that's boggling on every level
A tale that's difficult to watch, much less comprehend
Glasgow, mid-Seventies. A garbagemen's strike afflicts the city. While boys muck around in the diseased water, a drowning occurs, and 12-year-old James Gillespie's life changes forever. From the first moments of this bleak Scottish export, the misery of these people is deeply felt. Children come of age long before their time as families are broken by poverty, drink, death, and grime. Yet writer/director Ramsay produces poetry in all this devastation. Ratcatcher is an inner-city tragedy that plays its story simply, sorrowfully, and beautifully.
Compelling documentary about the Sixties" Students for a Democratic Society includes commentary from such leaders as Tom Hayden and Austin's Alice Embree and Jeff Shero Nightbyrd.
arts & culture
How a handful of Dartmouth College stoners started a revolution in modern dance.
BY JOHN JOB
Big career moves for a couple of Austin playwrights and big parties thrown by a couple of Austin arts organizations.
BY ROBERT FAIRES
Local mavericks Rude Mechanicals have plundered biographies and scientific history to give us the whole story of maverick inventor Nikola Tesla, and their production Requiem for Tesla, with its unnervingly choreographed lights, arresting video, beautiful period costumes, original score on theremin, strange dance numbers, and working Tesla coil, literally crackles with current.
The St. Edward's University theatre department staging of The Conference of the Birds is a triumph of the ensemble process, with so many students and faculty members working so hard together. But too many competing elements and a lack of simplicity in some of them keep the show from triumphing as a theatrical production.
For In the Middle of the Ocean, handsome and slightly crazed Chris Alonzo adopts the persona of Twitchy the Clown to tell a sort of twisted Greek fable about a woman who builds a floating brothel for pirates, gets involved with a well-hung ghost, and eventually follows him to Hell. And singing with the voice of a whiskey-stained angel, Alonzo proves himself an Orpheus with a microphone and guitar and keyboard.
There are 40 blocks closed in downtown Austin due to various construction and cable-laying projects. When the Empire State Building was built in New York City, the city closed no blocks. Also, news on the upcoming SXSW festival and the Texas Film Hall of Fame.
BY LOUIS BLACK
Our readers talk back.
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 experience of jazz is the experience of beauty
BY MICHAEL VENTURA
This week, After a Fashion goes south -- South Congress, that is, to visit with old friends and discover new faces.
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
BY GERALD E. MCLEOD
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
Texas Lege Should Follow a Rational Approach on Drugs
Heart disease is common among women in my family and I am looking for ways to beat the odds. What works?
BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.
Mark Cuban may get heat for his unconventional style, but there's no doubt he's done wonders for the recently-moribund Dallas Mavericks.
BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON
Letters to the editor, published daily