Volume 20, Number 31
The new APD oversight agreement is a first for Austin -- but will it do what it's supposed to do?
BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON
Harold Simmons' political contributions could get him a West Texas Waste Dump & Austin environmentalists rally around the documentary film Green.
BY LOUIS DUBOSE
Star Wars boondoggle, MBNA's bankruptcy fraud, and the CIA's cooked books
BY JIM HIGHTOWER
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.
Why two new books that cover the basics of waiting tables are so necessary.
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
Burger-Mania in this week's "Second Helpings."
Why U2 is the best band ever
BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY
A reprint of an Austin Chronicle Q&A from 1982 with U2's Bono Hewson and Adam Clayton.
BY MARGARET MOSER
A flood of weather (and music) following SXSW
BY KEN LIECK
Rattle and Hum
The Joshua Tree
For Spy Kids, his first youth-oriented movie, director Robert Rodriguez maintains the spirit of youth -- and El Mariachi
BY MARC SAVLOV
Bill Maher flops in onscreen attempt to cut Harry Knowles down to size.
BY MARC SAVLOV
"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
The Animal House of the Nineties
This 1973 bizarro thriller is as disgusting (and compelling) as a car wreck.
A classic film that reflects a balance between early Seventies counterculture and the era's conservative right.
Christopher Nolan's breakthrough movie is a film noir thriller with a gimmick.
The first entry in Rodriguez's kids action movie remains the best in the series.
arts & culture
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Notes on the music scene, the music seen, the music herd, and the music heard.
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
Remembering Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, the first white Texan.
BY MICHAEL VENTURA
The First Rule of Trivia Is: You Gotta Talk About the
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
Since the SXSW dissipation, your Style Avatar looks to the International Scene for his dirt
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
Wings over the West: The Fredericksburg Butterfly Ranch and Habitat.
BY GERALD E. MCLEOD
The Cost of Treatment.
BY SANDY BARTLETT
I will be undergoing surgery in about a month. Are there certain nutrients that I should take before surgery?
BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.
Live sporting events? Barely. TV is choking them to death.
BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON
Letters to the editor, published daily