Volume 20, Number 39
Sarah Hepola goes back to Connally High School to find out how some of her ex-students are doing, now that they are preparing to graduate.
BY SARAH HEPOLA
With the city facing its biggest budget crunch in a decade, city manager Jesus Garza has begun to make some tough financial choices.
BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON
Local news this week in Austin.
BY ERICA C. BARNETT
Bush's Little Helpers; The Drug War's Dr. Strangelove
BY JIM HIGHTOWER
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
Doyle Bramhall II, classic rock's most promising new blood
BY ANDY LANGER
Willie Nelson, not burnt down
BY KEN LIECK
Step Right Up
The World Rolls On
What's Your Excuse
Every Night Saturday Night
Big Mistake Factory
The Cry Pitch Carrolls
Tea Pot Lady
Girls of the Big D Jamboree
Summer Film Previews
Interviews and features on Pearl Harbor, Planet of the Apes, AI, and The Golden Bowl.
Classic films at the Paramount, all summer long
Your month-to-month guide to summer film
BY KIMBERLEY JONES
Documentarian Mylène Moreno always wanted to be a professional athlete. Instead, she made True-Hearted Vixens, a film about women who did. Moreno brings Vixens, documenting the attempt to create a women's professional football league, and her short "Cormac's Trash" to the Alamo Drafthouse this Wednesday.
BY ANNE S. LEWIS
News of local film interest.
BY MARC SAVLOV
Now that the writers' strike has been averted, the networks feel secure announcing their fall television seasons. Here's a look at what's in store.
BY BELINDA ACOSTA
They don't make 'em like this anymore. And thank God they don't!
Jean Harlow was never sexier than in this pre-Hays Code comedy, risque even by today's standards.
arts & culture
Three Austin visual artists -- Steve Schwake, Clare Christie, and Marie Parker -- share their impressions of life in Austin and the development of their work, defining the orbit success for their respective worlds.
BY ROB CURRAN
Frontera names Subterranean Theatre Company the new producing company in residence at Hyde Park Theatre.
BY ROBERT FAIRES
Margaret Edson's drama Wit could be just another story about someone dying of a dreadful disease, but director Michael Bloom stages the State Theater Company production with the skilled and experienced hands of a surgeon and Megan Cole's striking performance as the terminally ill poetry scholar makes us face our own mortality and makes two hours feel like one.
In Hyperzoo, an installation featuring historical and mythological figures in cages, director Chad Salvata and his artistic team juxtapose ghastly horror with great beauty in a series of dreamy, stunning images.
Austin Lyric Opera's latest staging of Bizet's Carmen is such a refreshing and vivid presentation -- and at the City Coliseum, no less -- that this tale of a gypsy love-sorceress and her jealous soldier-lover should smolder in audiences' imaginations well after this production's last embers have flickered out.
City Manager Jesus Garza has one of the toughest jobs in town. When things go well, nobody can remember his name; when they go badly, he receives the blame.
BY LOUIS BLACK
A fresh melange of reader responses to our recent issues.
Things are gearing up in public service-land for Austin's sizzling summer. Here are a few things to do this weekend, plus a jump on next, to boot.
BY KATE X MESSER
BY MICHAEL VENTURA
A dollop of creme de la trivia atop your weekly data eclair.
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
Sandora's Box in Dallas fixes up some mighty fine vittles.
BY GERALD E. MCLEOD
Personal style in the eye of the beholder? No way, baby.
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
Pokeweed protein kills HIV without harming sperm.
BY SANDY BARTLETT
I am watching my grandfather fade away because he is losing his eyesight to macular degeneration. He was always the healthiest of my grandparents, but now he can't drive or read, and he is too proud to take advantage of the services available for the blind. Is there any hope for a cure?
BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.
Coach rates the announcers on the NBA playoff broadcasts.
BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON
Letters to the editor, published daily