April 27, 2001

Volume 20, Number 35

news

Soda Jerks

The AISD Vending Machine Scandal and the World of Snacks and Sodas

BY KEVIN FULLERTON

Feeling the Heat

A profile of the new Texas ACLU and Executive Director Will Harrell

BY MICHAEL ERARD

Naked City

The Greater Chamber of Commerce wants AMD to build its next mega chip facility in Austin; Gary Bradley is calling on his friends at the Lege for help; the city's libraries have been hit with a budget crunch; Molly Ivins is glad she's left the Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Austin police spokeswoman Sally Muir has moved upstairs to become Chief Stan Knee's assistant.

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Lowdown

Bush Talks Tough; Mad Cows, Beautiful Lips

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Capitol Chronicle

An Update on Work in Progress at the Lege

BY MICHAEL KING

food

Food for Thought

Ken Rubin, Culinary Scholar

BY CLAY SMITH

Food-o-File

Cuisines Editor Virginia B. Wood mentions the good news and the bad about local restaurants.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Taquerias

Taquerias in this week's Second Helpings.
music

The New Rites of Spring

The Last Word in Instrumental Rock

BY MICHAEL CHAMY

Afrodisiac

Femi Kuti carries on his father's legacy

BY DAVID LYNCH

Dancing About Architecture

Joey Ramone still dead, bands still touring, Dick Price getting bigger than Bob Schneider

BY KEN LIECK

Record Reviews

Marcia Ball

Presumed Innocent

Alejandro Escovedo

A Man Under the Influence

Nick Cave

No More Shall We Part

The Okros Ensemble

I Left My Sweet Homeland

Dolly Parton

Little Sparrow

John Lewis

Evolution 2

Re-Members Only, The Remix Album... Diamonds are Forever, Phonography, Kamnesia, The Life, Endangered Species, Until the End of Time, Crown Royal, The Skinny

Label:Six Degrees, Nettwerk, Blue Note, Hard Tyme / JCOR, Epic, Loud

screens

Jesus Is Coming

The video mailed across the state, the Christian film that found an audience in Austin, and other stories of evangelicals using film to spread the word

BY SARAH HEPOLA

Traditions in Transition

The latter half of the 20th century has brought rapid change, sometimes extinction, to cultures which once seemed almost frozen in time. UT's Ethnographic Film Festival, April 27-29, shows how cultures all over the globe are handling that change.

BY CHALE NAFUS

Short Cuts

A Slacker reunion and a Waking Life sale top Linklater's agenda; entry deadlines announced for Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund grants, Austin Film Festival and Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference submissions, and new Cinemaker Co-op fest; and Jon Favreau comes to Austin.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Talk about your stakes through the heart -- Buffy the Vampire Slayer moves to the UPN and with that, moves out of Austin

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Hi-De-Ho and The Duke Is Tops

Available on video as a double bill, these two all-black features -- one from 1938, the other from 1947 -- make a brilliant pairing.

Thou Shalt Not Kill ... Except

Any film that has a story co-written by Bruce Campbell and features Sam Raimi in an acting role should pique the interest of a certain type of trash-movie maven.

Film Reviews

Driven

One Night at McCool's

The Taste of Others

Tremendously popular French film tosses together members of different social and aesthetic circles and watches as they circle each other, sniffing out sensibilities and impressions for cracks in the veneers.
arts & culture

They're History

The Blue Genie boys -- those whimsical artists responsible for the armadillo-festooned entrance to Threadgill's World Headquarters, the guitar gal atop Fran's Hamburgers, and other mini-landmarks around Austin -- have been fun for the people who see them and fun for the people who made them. Making giant panels for the new Texas State History Museum, though, was a bit more than just that.

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Articulations

An era ends: After 10 years, Vicky Boone resigns as artistic director of Frontera Productions.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

E/R Emergency Room

The smallish stage of the Mary Moody Northern Theatre is effectively transformed into the downright bloody, intense and exciting emergency room at a Chicago hospital when the Organic Theatre Company's E / R Emergency Room is brought to life at St. Edward's University under the tourniquet-tight direction of Ev Lunning.

Austin Symphony Orchestra Family Concert

With the Austin Symphony Orchestra in street clothes and everyone sporting bright yellow Symph-o-Vision glasses that turned even the dullest brown wall at the Bass into a rainbow of light, the kid-packed audience was taken on a colorful family musical journey.

The Circumference of a Squirrel

In the Zachary Scott Theatre Center production of playwright John Walch's The Circumference of a Squirrel, the story of a son struggling with the burden of his father -- a tale of rebellion and acceptance that belongs to every family and every generation -- is rendered so personally, in details both uncommon and illuminating, that it is nevertheless fresh and absorbing.
columns

Page Two

Louis Black shares his thoughts on the new Christian cinema: "I've seen only two of the new Christian movies, but I'm enthralled."

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Austin - bands, bikes, billboards, ballots, Bradley, and beyond - under scrutiny.

Public Notice

Hey, what's going on this week in Austin, public service-wise? Just read this!

BY KATE X MESSER

Letters at 3AM

McGuffey's Readers helped establish American education as we know it (or knew it).

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Mr. Smarty Pants

Little flecks of factoid flavor for the coded oatmeal of your mind.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Earl Abel's Coffee Shop in San Antonio has that vintage advantage.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

Local fashion steps out at the Designers' Guild of Austin second showing.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

HIV considered as a deadly weapon

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

Every time I eat peanuts or peanut butter, I get a scratchy throat. About a year ago, I had some allergy testing and peanuts were not a problem. What's going on?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

Coach's Corner

Every Joe Fan thinks he could run a sports franchise -- and maybe he's right. After all, there are plenty of examples of how easy it is to run one badly.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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