Volume 20, Number 35
The AISD Vending Machine Scandal and the World of Snacks and Sodas
BY KEVIN FULLERTON
A profile of the new Texas ACLU and Executive Director Will Harrell
BY MICHAEL ERARD
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
Bush Talks Tough; Mad Cows, Beautiful Lips
BY JIM HIGHTOWER
An Update on Work in Progress at the Lege
BY MICHAEL KING
Ken Rubin, Culinary Scholar
BY CLAY SMITH
Cuisines Editor Virginia B. Wood mentions the good news and the bad about local restaurants.
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
Taquerias in this week's Second Helpings.
The Last Word in Instrumental Rock
BY MICHAEL CHAMY
Femi Kuti carries on his father's legacy
BY DAVID LYNCH
Joey Ramone still dead, bands still touring, Dick Price getting bigger than Bob Schneider
BY KEN LIECK
A Man Under the Influence
No More Shall We Part
I Left My Sweet Homeland
, The Remix Album... Diamonds are Forever
, The Life
, Endangered Species
, Until the End of Time
, Crown Royal
, The Skinny
Label:Six Degrees, Nettwerk, Blue Note, Hard Tyme / JCOR, Epic, Loud
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
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
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
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
Available on video as a double bill, these two all-black features -- one from 1938, the other from 1947 -- make a brilliant pairing.
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.
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
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
An era ends: After 10 years, Vicky Boone resigns as artistic director of Frontera Productions.
BY ROBERT FAIRES
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.
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.
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.
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
Austin - bands, bikes, billboards, ballots, Bradley, and beyond - under scrutiny.
Hey, what's going on this week in Austin, public service-wise? Just read this!
BY KATE X MESSER
McGuffey's Readers helped establish American education as we know it (or knew it).
BY MICHAEL VENTURA
Little flecks of factoid flavor for the coded oatmeal of your mind.
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
Earl Abel's Coffee Shop in San Antonio has that vintage advantage.
BY GERALD E. MCLEOD
Local fashion steps out at the Designers' Guild of Austin second showing.
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
HIV considered as a deadly weapon
BY SANDY BARTLETT
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.
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
Letters to the editor, published daily