Aug. 3, 2001

Volume 20, Number 49

news

Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic, Grease ...

The Fish & Wildlife Service faults the EPA for failing to protect the Barton Springs Watershed.

BY AMY SMITH

Lean and ... Leaner

A preview of the city's proposed (and shrinking) budget

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Naked City

Clean Campaigns heat wave, Alcoa's new problems, No Pipeline solutions at AAS, Personnel puzzles at AISD, City resignations, Mueller redevelopment candidates, Hyde Park meets again & Ed Herman's letter to the Times

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON AND MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Lowdown

The Army cares about residents near its waste incinerator, the post office is watching you, and Americans are overworked.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Capitol Chronicle

GOP redistricting plan targets progressive Democrats

BY MICHAEL KING

food

Serve Chilled

The Summer Reading Menu

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

On select Saturday nights for the past 16 months, an adventurous group of Austin diners has gathered in a chef's test kitchen to taste a cookbook in progress.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Chinese

In the first of a two-part special, "Second Helpings" guru Greg Beets informs readers about Austin's Chinese restaurants and the cutthroat world of Chinese lunch specials.
music

Blow Up Your Video

MTV forces American youth to sell their souls, but has Joan Jett in a bikini!

BY GREG BEETS

Where Are They Now?

The future of Music Televison

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Dancing About Architecture

The Live Music Capital threatens another stake in the heart of live local music.

BY KEN LIECK

Record Reviews

Kirsty MacColl

Tropical Brainstorm

Moreno Veloso + 2, Caetano Veloso

Musical Typewriter, Noites do Norte

The Beta Band

Hot Shots II

Gorillaz

Gorillaz

The Shins

Oh, Inverted World

Built to Spill

Ancient Melodies of the Future

Q-Burns Abstract Message, Basement Jaxx

Invisible Airline, Rooty

Low & the Dirty Three

In the Fishtank

Scott Miller & The Commonwealth

Thus Always to Tyrants

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

Back to Bogalusa

Echo & The Bunnymen

Crystal Days 1979-1999

Herbert Henck, Thomas Larcher, András Schiff, Heinz Holliger, Camerata Bern, Thomas Zehetmair, Zehetmair String Quartett, The Rosamunde Quartett

Piano Music, Das Buch Der Klänge (The Book of Sounds, Klavierstücke, A Recollection, Schneewittchen (Snow White), Verklärte Nacht, Zehetmair String Quartett, The Seven Words
screens

Will Pay Cash for Film

Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund underwrites independent film and video

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Devil Online

Is online gaming phenomenon Diablo II: Lords of Destruction (Expansion Set) selling kids violence?

BY MARCEL MEYER

Short Cuts

Austin mourns the death of filmmaker David Boone.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

The legend of James Dean, and TNT's take on it

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Cecil B. Demented

Part action movie, part absurdist comedy, part protest piece, this film (based on Patty Hearst's abduction) has everything that makes a John Waters movie great.

Serial Mom

Serial Mom allows John Waters to explore his darkest interests, but his version of a suburban mother gone haywire is striking on a few levels.

Cry-Baby

Cry-Baby is definitely one of the better Fifties flashbacks, thanks to Waters' flair for visuals and a vivid memory of the Eisenhower era.

Film Reviews

Our Song

The Princess Diaries

It's the movie that turned Anne Hathaway into a star, and the ordinary girl she plays into a princess.
arts & culture

Shivering the Timbers

The Dirigo Group's 'Gypsy Chain' Speaks for the Trees

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Articulations

More bouquets for Lipstick Traces in The New York Times, and Austin theatre critics continue to take over the world

BY ROBERT FAIRES

columns

Page Two

Looking forward and backward on the eve of the Chronicle's 20th anniversary; a farewell to influential local filmmaker and friend David Boone, who died unexpectedly last week

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Urban planning and noise in the Hood

Public Notice

Our weekly calendar of activist and volunteer events and fundraisers

BY KATE X MESSER

Letters at 3AM

The total absence of popular backlash to the paganism of The Mists of Avalon shows that the American fundamentalist influeunce has begun to ebb.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

About AIDS

Fighting for medical use of marijuana

BY SANDY BARTLETT

After a Fashion

Our Style Avatar turns Japanese.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

Detours on the roadmap to data Nirvana

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

By the books: two new tomes to whet your traveler's appetite for adventure

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

Is there any meat that is safe from contamination by the "Mad Cow" disease agent, or is there any way to protect against it?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

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