March 30, 2001

Volume 20, Number 31

news

The People vs. Mike Sheffield

The new APD oversight agreement is a first for Austin -- but will it do what it's supposed to do?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Naked City

Harold Simmons' political contributions could get him a West Texas Waste Dump & Austin environmentalists rally around the documentary film Green.

BY LOUIS DUBOSE

The Hightower Lowdown

Star Wars boondoggle, MBNA's bankruptcy fraud, and the CIA's cooked books

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Nouveau Bistro

On any given evening, Rebecca Chastenet de Géry writes, Zoot's cozy, warmly lit dining room fills with a cross-section of the city. Seated around the white-clothed tables you find young and old, dates and small groups, black-clad hipsters and the obvious "out of towners," all nodding in approval as they spear forkfuls of sautéed veal sweetbreads, roasted chicken, or seared duck.

Food-o-File

Why two new books that cover the basics of waiting tables are so necessary.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Burger-Mania

Burger-Mania in this week's "Second Helpings."

Food Reviews

music

In God's Country

Why U2 is the best band ever

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Breaking Barriers With Christ and Rock

A reprint of an Austin Chronicle Q&A from 1982 with U2's Bono Hewson and Adam Clayton.

BY MARGARET MOSER

Dancing About Architecture

A flood of weather (and music) following SXSW

BY KEN LIECK

Record Reviews

U2

Pop

U2

Zooropa

U2

Achtung Baby

U2

Rattle and Hum

U2

The Joshua Tree

U2

Unforgettable Fire

U2

War

U2

October

U2

Boy
screens

Like a Kid Again

For Spy Kids, his first youth-oriented movie, director Robert Rodriguez maintains the spirit of youth -- and El Mariachi

BY MARC SAVLOV

Short Cuts

Bill Maher flops in onscreen attempt to cut Harry Knowles down to size.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

"The Flintstones saved me." Belinda Acosta looks at the legacy of William Hanna, who died last week at the age of 90.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

PCU

The Animal House of the Nineties

The Baby

This 1973 bizarro thriller is as disgusting (and compelling) as a car wreck.

Joe

A classic film that reflects a balance between early Seventies counterculture and the era's conservative right.

Film Reviews

Company Man

Memento

Christopher Nolan's breakthrough movie is a film noir thriller with a gimmick.

Someone Like You

Spy Kids

The first entry in Rodriguez's kids action movie remains the best in the series.

Tomcats

arts & culture

Play On!

In the backstage comedy Anton in Show Business, playwright Jane Martin wittily paints the contemporary stage as a madhouse overrun by loons and lunatics so preoccupied with money, image, and themselves that they can hardly be bothered to create art. And the State Theater Company's production takes us inside the insanity with an air of playfulness that keeps the audience primed for a good time.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

Playwright Adam Sobsey cooks up some drama at Central Market, the UT Department of Theatre & Dance serves up six weeks of new works, and UT student Kristi McGarity snags the 2001 SEAMUS / ASCAP prize.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Troilus and Cressida

The iron belly muses production of Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida sometimes seems to have little to do with Shakespeare's text, and that's a problem, but director Sharon Sparlin does a fascinating job of "updating" the play, and when it works, it works wonders.

PEXO

In PEXO, musicians with the Walter Thompson Orchestra, dancers from Ariel Dance Theatre, and several guest artists coax music from instruments, intentionally mangle lines of speech, and draw from a palette of physical movement at the command of conductor Thompson, creating an improvised yet shaped performance that is a complex, scattered spectacle for the ear and eye.

Wallpaper Psalm

In Wallpaper Psalm, a strange operetta about an elderly lady in an old apartment building who appears to go crazy, writer Ruth Margraff and director Jason Neulander produce a psalm, a hymn sung in challenging style.
columns

Page Two

There is probably no social agency we take for granted more than the police. In this week's cover story, Mike Clark-Madison offers a powerful profile of Mike Sheffield, 22-year APD veteran and head of the Austin Police Association.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Notes on the music scene, the music seen, the music herd, and the music heard.

Public Notice

Public Notice asks not what it can do for its community but what *you* can. This week features the second of a three-part list of Austin area Volunteer opportunities.

BY KATE X MESSER

Walk Across Texas

Remembering Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, the first white Texan.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Mr. Smarty Pants

The First Rule of Trivia Is: You Gotta Talk About the Trivial.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

Since the SXSW dissipation, your Style Avatar looks to the International Scene for his dirt …

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Wings over the West: The Fredericksburg Butterfly Ranch and Habitat.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

About AIDS

The Cost of Treatment.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

I will be undergoing surgery in about a month. Are there certain nutrients that I should take before surgery?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

Coach's Corner

Live sporting events? Barely. TV is choking them to death.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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