June 1, 2001

Volume 20, Number 40

news

It's a Wrap!

A Legislative Wrap-Up on the 77th Session

BY MICHAEL KING

Naked City

Austin Stories

BY ERICA C. BARNETT

The Hightower Lowdown

The Bush energy pose, the FTAA farce & Biotech cynicism

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Big Show

The aesthetic at Girasole speaks to the food fashion of our age, according to Chronicle writer Rachel Feit. It is studied, indeed, almost market-researched in its appropriateness.

BY RACHEL FEIT

Food-o-File

What's cooking in the Central Texas food scene.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Local Pizza

Austin pizza places in this week's "Second Helpings"
music

Ruling the Roost

Austin Preeminent Concert Promoter Ponders Retirement

BY ANDY LANGER

Dancing About Architecture

Woodshock, forever turbulent.

BY KEN LIECK

Live Shots

screens

Bohemian Rhapsody

'Moulin Rouge' Director Baz Luhrmann Loves Love

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Short Cuts

Landmark Theatres makes some changes, Laura Dunn wins gold (or silver, or bronze), Alison Macor teaches film theory, and the Cinemaker Co-op visits otherwordly places.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

The WB finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the series premiere of TNT's WitchBlade, and the series finale of Star Trek Voyager.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Gold Diggers of 1933

On the surface, Gold Diggers is fluffy musical fare with Busby Berkeley's delightfully surreal production numbers, but the Great Depression left its mark on the film.

My Cousin Vinny

My Cousin Vinny combines a good dose of Northeastern pomposity and Southern ignorance to produce a great comedy.

Film Reviews

Moulin Rouge

This musical sucks you in with its own brand of willful illogic and breathtaking visuals. Set in turn-of-the-century Paris, a penniless poet falls madly in love with a nightclub's star performer, a chanteuse-cum-courtesan who has a heart of gold and is an incipient consumptive. The music is a combination of restructured modern pop tunes manhandled into clever new forms.

What's the Worst That Could Happen?

arts & culture

Got to Get Ourselves Back to the Garden

The exhibition "Charles Umlauf: A Retrospective, 1933-1992" at the gallery Spazio by Lytle Pressley, is a fresh reminder that Umlauf was an artistic virtuoso in many ways and not simply an artist who lived in Austin, but an artist who was Austin, who embodied something of the character of the city and revealed it in his artwork.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

Central Texas writer Tom Grimes has a play date in L.A., Deborah Hay duets with Baryshnikov in Brooklyn, and Jouét flies off to Louisville, plus legislative applause for Austin musicals Jouét and Oliver!

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Sex Farce

Watching Rob Nash morph from character to character at cell-phone speed is like watching Alexander Nemov perfect a somersault after a double flip in an Olympic floorshow. In his new solo show, Sex Farce, Nash handily embodies 14 characters and umpteen sound effects aided only by a chair and an offstage voice, but an unwieldy frame loses Nash's latest a couple of points. The play begins and ends in 2066, which does nothing but make Nash's job harder.

Master Class

In the Zachary Scott Theatre Center production of Terence McNally's Master Class, Lisa Bansavage is exceptional as Maria Callas. Whether bantering with the audience or berating her students, Bansavage is charming, funny, and imposing -- but then, she's La Divina.
columns

Page Two

Local promoter and legend Tim O'Connor is retiring (well, he says he's retiring), and I want only to praise him. Hell, look at his accomplishments -- Castle Creek, Austin Opera House, Backyard, Austin Music Hall, La Zona Rosa, Willie, Farm Aid, and that's just the beginning.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers holding forth, but not holding back.

Public Notice

Two words for this week in "Public Notice": Pride and Ride. Okay.

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The venerable, towering National Forests of Texas.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants

Meaty, nutritious data and data by-products---now in bite-sized chunks!

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

Always avant Austin retailer By George's new store is alight with style; starting this week, SoCo stays up late on the First Thursday of every month.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

Where to get tested for HIV and other STDs.

To Your Health

I don't know how much vitamin C I should take. The government has one figure and books I have read have others. Who is right?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

Coach's Corner

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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