April 20, 2001

Volume 20, Number 34

features

Home on the Ranch

Life at Marbridge Ranch defies rehab and assisted living clichés.

BY STUART PRESTIDGE

news

Deconstructing Downtown

The Economy Sneezes -- and Austin's Central Business District Catches a Cold

BY AMY SMITH

The Top 10 Censored Stories of 2000

The news stories that didn't make the mainstream press in 2000

BY KARYNN M. FISH, TATE HAUSMAN, DON HAZEN AND TAMARA STRAUS

Naked City

Campaign finance reform, Sixth Street recycling and events of the week

BY ERICA C. BARNETT

The Hightower Lowdown

Bush's insane energy policy, Greenwashing on Earth Day, and the Washington Legal Foundation moves in on the White House

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Zinophiles

The Zinfandel Advocates and Producers Come to Austin

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood updates readers on the news from the 16th Annual Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival and mentions upcoming culinary events.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Interior Mexican

music

Old Man River

Once an outlaw, always an outlaw: The Return of Steven Fromholz

BY ANDY LANGER

Extra Jim

Guitarist, producer, and now indie label impresario Jim Stringer is still twanging after all these years.

BY JIM CALIGIURI

The Old Settler's Music Festival

April 6-8: photos by John Carrico

Live Shots

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Dancing About Architecture

Joey Ramone is dead

BY KEN LIECK

Live Shots

screens

The Next Step

They've made their films. They've done the festivals. Now, four filmmakers share stories about finding -- and losing -- distribution.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Cine Las Americas Film Festival Schedule

Short Cuts

Austin Studios internship program wins grant from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

In anticipation of the upcoming writers' strike, networks are beefing up their reality programming, including Worst Case Scenario, No Boundaries, and -- yep, it's that bad -- another Big Brother.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Goodbye, My Fancy

Joan Crawford plays Congresswoman Agatha Reed in this ridiculous fluff made all the more ludicrous by its attempts at importance.

Cabaret

Divine decadence, darling

Film Reviews

arts & culture

Give Him Enough Rope

John Walch's new plays -- the monologue The Circumference of a Squirrel and the epic The Dinosaur Within -- are inextricably linked: In their ambitious scope, in their genesis, and in the amount of national attention they're generating for this award-winning Austin playwright.

BY ROBI POLGAR

Articulations

Another Austin theatre company suffers a mid-performance disaster and responds to it with resourcefulness and pluck, and the Austin Community College Drama Department marks Shakespeare's 437th birth with an all-star "Billy Bash."

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Jouét

This Zachary Scott Theatre Center production of Allen Robertson's original musical Jouét is a slick theatrical product, with enough gadgetry and opulent design work to fill the space with a rich, powerful sound and imagery, but it's difficult to sympathize with its diva-ish heroine and her mixed messages about compassion.

Austin Festival of Dance

For the 10th year, Charles Santos and the Austin Festival of Dance offer a spectacularly diverse evening of modern dance, ballet, and jazz, with plenty of skin and choreographic tricks from rope and trapeze work to strobe lights and shadow play to create an incredible show.

'Pasajero'

In Connie Arismendi's new exhibition "Pasajero" -- which can mean "the flight of a bird, a place that is visited frequently, traveler" -- the artist simulates the experience of traveling, opening her life to the art tourist in installations of unusual beauty.
columns

Page Two

The real tragedy of downtown construction, the life of Steven Fromholz, and the death of Joey Ramone

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

The Balcones Situation argued, "Zionism" attributed, and some retaliatory kudos for DAILY TEXAN comics.

Public Notice

Free speech, free thought, free kittens … Ah it's good to be free. It's good to be Public Notice.

BY KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

The grains of factiod salt on your half-baked pretzel of knowledge.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

AAF takes a well deserved break at a local spa. Oooooh, that feels goooooood.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

San Antonio's funtastic and 75-years-young Kiddie Park.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

What is conjugated linoleic acid? I found it on the Internet among the new cancer therapies, but I thought linoleic acid was bad if you have cancer.

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

The Potential Criminality of HIV Transmission.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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