March 9, 2001

Volume 20, Number 28

news

The Future's So Bright ...

Johnston High School has problems with grades, attendance, dropouts, a magnet program resented by the host school, and a high turnover rate among principals. Will new principal Sal Cavazos stay and can he make a difference?

BY JORDAN SMITH

No Commitment Necessary

As the economy takes a dive, many high tech workers find themselves stuck on the temping treadmill

BY ERICA C. BARNETT

Welcome to Austin. You're Screwed.

Can you get there from here? In downtown Austin, the answer is no.

BY ERICA C. BARNETT AND LOUIS DUBOSE

Naked City

The House considers a Top 10% law to address inequities at magnet high schools, and UT is embroiled in a free speech debate after a scuffle between faculty and university police.

BY LOUIS DUBOSE

The Hightower Lowdown

Bush's 'Real, Live Americans'; Nike's 'Freedom to Choose'

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Tinkering With the Machinery of Death

The Texas Legislature moves slowly to consider alternatives to the death penalty

BY MICHAEL KING

food

Naturaltown

The Chronicle's Cuisines writers show you how to eat meatless for weeks without duplication.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

The results of the Seventh Annual Central Market Gumbo Contest, and lots of restaurant news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Austin Barbecue

Austin's barbecue joints in this week's Second Helpings.
music

Austin Confessions

Chris Gray gets laid.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Immaculate Film

Musicalia at the SXSW Film Festival

BY MICHAEL BERTIN

Wednesday Picks & Sleepers

Dancing About Architecture

One week 'til SXSW and already the music is hitting the fan.

BY KEN LIECK

Record Reviews

Genitallica

¿Picas o Platicas?

HairyApesBMX

Out Demons

Japancakes

The Sleepy Strange

Adult Rodeo

Long-Range, Rapid-Fire

Those Peabodies

Those Peabodies

The Holmes Brothers

Speaking in Tongues

Kamran Hooshmand & Javier Palacios

Ojalá
screens

Serious Rock & Roll Anthropology

An interview with SXSW honoree Penelope Spheeris

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Luckiest Girl in the World

An interview with Sissy Spacek, inducted into the first annual Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 9.

BY MARGARET MOSER

Brothers at Arms

UT film professor Mitko Panov returned to his homeland, the former Yugoslavia, to interview the men he knew in the Yugoslav Federal Army. "They were no better or worse or more bloodthirsty than any of us -- that's my point. Whatever happened there can very easily happen anywhere." The film, Comrades, plays at SXSW Film as part of the Texas Documentary Tour.

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

SXSW Film Picks

Staff picks for SXSW Film

BY SARAH HEPOLA

Getting Their Due

The Texas Film Hall of Fame Debuts

BY MARGARET MOSER

Short Cuts

The SXSW Film Festival begins, Scott Dinger is honored, and other noteworthy items of local film news.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Does KLBJ's new TV ad using bare-backed women as billboards upset TV Eye's Belinda Acosta? Not as much as those warm and fuzzy pharmaceutical ads that prey on hypochondria and insult women.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Get Over It

In the Mood for Love

Because the two lovers at the heart of this lush period piece never verbalize or consummate their feelings, “mood” is the right word to characterize this stunningly evocative Chinese love story.

Pollock

arts & culture

Putting Himself 'Out Here'

Theatre Arts and English teacher Rick Garcia has put himself "out here," on Austin's fringes, n the off-the-map, lost-worldness of Johnston High School, to reach out to some of the poorest kids in one of Austin's most neglected neighborhoods and make a difference through that rare and vital cocktail: art and education.

BY ROBI POLGAR

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

King Lear

In the Public Domain Theatre Company's production of King Lear, director Robi Polgar and company bring Shakespeare's play into the present with high tech and high fashion, and the smooth execution of the concept create a novel version of this familiar tragedy with a striking proximity to our lives.

Cloud Nine

After rumbling greatness in the first act, the UT Department of Theatre & Dance production of Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine ends thin and foggy.
columns

Page Two

SXSW: The glorious onslaught begins with film.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Hyde Park Baptist foofaraw and assorted cultural allegations.

Public Notice

This week's "Public Notice" goes techy and says, 'Let's tear down the digital divide and give all these laid-off geeks something to do!'

BY KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

Our Style Avatar's career in fashion design dons funeral black.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Painted Churches of Fayette County.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants

The farandolae of trivia's mitochondrion.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

About AIDS

Don't Touch the Monkey.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

Are soy foods really good for us or not?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

Coach's Corner

Juwan Howard's negative image is almost entirely a media invention; moreover, he could be the key piece in the Dallas Mavericks' growth into a championship team.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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