May 18, 2001

Volume 20, Number 38

features

Three Canyons

The Southwest Edge of Texas Hill Country -- Home to Lost Maples and Garner State Park -- Is Rich in Both Beauty and History

BY BRANT BINGAMON

news

Boards! ... and Commissions

An insider's overview of and commentary on the city's boards and commissions

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Naked City

Local news in Austin, Texas

BY ERICA C. BARNETT

Capitol Chronicle

The Legislature enters the home stretch -- two weeks to go.

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Lowdown

Bush and children, Bush and Big Oil, & the Inventor of the Slim Jim

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Art of the Sandwich

An Ode by the Cuisines Staff

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

The latest activities of the vegetarian activist owner of the Tarrytown Center and other Austin food news in this week's "Food-o-File."

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Deli-cious Sandwiches

Deli-cious sandwiches in this week's "Second Helpings"
music

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory

The first of Austin's premier photographers shares some music history through his photos.

BY KEN LIECK

Dancing About Architecture

Kissinger gets lost

BY KEN LIECK

Live Shots

screens

Working Girls

What do the eight films in the Austin Film Society's latest free series "Dance, Girl, Dance: Women Directors of the 70s and 80s" have in common? They are all works by inherently feminist filmmakers, and the chronological order of the series tracks the growth of American feminist thought during these two decades.

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Short Cuts

Upcoming summer filmmaking activities

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Summer TV used to mean boring reruns, but these days, cable takes advantage of the networks' hibernation to launch their own season of special movie events and series. Belinda Acosta offers a list of some of the upcoming "must check out" programs.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Fat City

One of John Huston's latter-day successes, Fat City is long on character and short on plot, but it's a crawl through the mud that'll stay in your psyche for days.

Flashdance

What a feeling! What an icky, sticky feeling.

Girlfight

Karyn Kusama's directorial debut is as potent a boxing drama as Rocky, with solid performances and a relevant message.

Film Reviews

Pitch People

Shrek

Animated comic gem.

With a Friend Like Harry ...

Tasty psychological thriller from France (by way of Hitchcock).
arts & culture

She Got Rhythm

In the world of rhythm tap, female dancers are a minority, and women who are masters of the form, as Acia Gray is, are merely a fraction of the whole. But with the debut of the Soul to Sole Festival, Gray hopes to give women who tap their due.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Theatre Critics Table 2000-2001 Nominations

The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced the nominations for their ninth annual awards for achievement in the arts.

Articulations

In honor of this week's commencement ceremonies at UT, here's a roundup of recent college-related honors for theatre historian Oscar Brockett, composers, Kent Kennan and Kevin Putz, late playwright David Mark Cohen, and UT theatre department alum Marcia Gay Harden. Plus, the 2001 Funniest Person in Austin is Rich Gabe.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

ROYGBIV 2001

In ROYGBIV 2001: A Human Odyssey, ONE Theatre Company sets out to chronicle the universal passages of human existence through an Everyman figure that they follow from birth to death. But the show itself seems to be in the midst of adolescence: Full of big dreams, idealistic, and ready to take on the world, but still a little awkward in its own body.

Anna Bella Eema

In Anna Bella Eema three women sitting behind TV trays spin an incredible tale of a girl who builds a girl out of mud and what happens when she comes to life. And as written by Lisa D'Amour and directed by Katie Pearl, it is glorious, with a beauty and depth almost beyond language.
columns

Page Two

Why Mike Clark-Madison's cover story will be informative even to the most experienced city veteran, and why the work of exploitation director Stephanie Rothman deserves serious study.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Everybody talk about: pop music, aquifer protection, police presence, even doggie do and doggie don't.

Public Notice

In honor of the O. Henry Pun-Off, Public Notice swears off the puns this week.

BY KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

A smorgasbord of mental morsels on a pretty paper plate.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Off-road biking trails of the Lone Star State.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

The Anthony-Nak Fall 2001 Collection raises the bar on local designers.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

Health Care for the HIV Positive

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

My mother does not admit to having a problem with alcohol, but it worries me a lot when I see how much she drinks. Her favorite drink is a margarita and she has one or two almost every day, along with some wine with meals, though I have never seen her actually drunk. Am I being overly anxious and should I just keep quiet?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

Coach's Corner

As the NBAplayoffs wind toward their conclusion, Coach is struck by how bland the announcers still are.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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