March 2, 2001

Volume 20, Number 27

features

Dot-bombers

Despite the clouds of layoffs, a virtual silver lining shines for some caught in Austin's online bust.

BY CAROL BRORSEN

Broke.com

How writer Spike Gillespie learned to stop worrying and love Austin's tech bust.

BY SPIKE GILLESPIE

news

Throw the Switch

City Planners Consider Options on the Seaholm Power Plant

BY AMY SMITH

Technical Difficulties

Older professionals face a hard choice: leave Austin or go tech?

BY KEVIN FULLERTON

E-tail This!

La Frontera is proof that e-commerce has not destroyed traditional retail commerce.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Naked City

Austin public interest group figures out why a company making a profit on Medicaid got a sweetheart contract from the state.

BY LOUIS DUBOSE

The Hightower Lowdown

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

food

Prix-Fixe Primer

Chronicle Cuisines writers Rachel Feit and Barbara Chisholm reveal how to eat well in Austin without breaking the bank.

BY RACHEL FEIT

Food-o-File

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

Second Helpings: Vietnamese, Round One

Vietnamese restaurants in this week's Second Helpings.
music

Picks to Click

Five Local Favorites That Fit the Bill

Dancing About Architecture

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

Stephen Malkmus

Stephen Malkmus

The Glands

The Glands

Peglegasus

Waltzes

Silver Scooter

The Blue Law

Wesley Willis

Rush Hour

Tim Easton

The Truth About Us

Fuckemos

Airshow 2000

Johnny Dowd

Temporary Shelter

Jimmy LaFave

Texoma

Sonny Landreth

Levee Town

Rosie Flores

Speed of Sound
screens

Looking to the Future

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

Never Content

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

Wild Ride

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

The Spatial Engineer of the Invisible City

He is everywhere. He is unavoidable. He is Tha' Subliminal Kid.

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Slow Biz of Show Biz

A conversation between filmmakers Richard Linklater and Rachel Tsangari

Short Cuts

News and events of interest to local filmmakers.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

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

Screens Reviews

Girl Groups: The Story of a Sound

Seldom have obscure footage and recorded memories been put together in so charming a fashion

Digimon: The Movie review

A questionable children's adventure that's boggling on every level

POKéMON 2000 Pokémon 2000 review

A tale that's difficult to watch, much less comprehend

Film Reviews

Ratcatcher

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.

Rebels With a Cause

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.

See Spot Run

arts & culture

puh-LOB-o-liss!

How a handful of Dartmouth College stoners started a revolution in modern dance.

BY JOHN JOB

Articulations

Big career moves for a couple of Austin playwrights and big parties thrown by a couple of Austin arts organizations.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Requiem for Tesla

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 Conference of the Birds

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.

In the Middle of the Ocean

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.
columns

Page Two

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

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

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

Letters at 3AM

The experience of jazz is the experience of beauty

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

This week, After a Fashion goes south -- South Congress, that is, to visit with old friends and discover new faces.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

About AIDS

Texas Lege Should Follow a Rational Approach on Drugs

To Your Health

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.

Coach's Corner

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

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