Aug. 24, 2001

Volume 20, Number 52

features

Dr Pepper, Texas

What makes the Dr Pepper in Dublin, Texas, so much better than that made anywhere else?

BY DAVID LYNCH

news

'What Is Justice?'

A state program that enables offenders and their victims meet face-to-face has helped Andrew Papke take full responsibility for the drunken driving-related deaths of Beth Early and Daniel London.

BY MICHAEL MAY

Round Up the Usual Suspects

Cap Metro tries to re-make its image, Beverly Griffith considers her options, and the budget strains

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Naked City

News shorts

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Lowdown

W.'s "clean coal" energy policy; credit-card hucksters on campus; the B-1 Boondoggle keeps flying

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Capitol Chronicle

Cornyn's health-care opinion is neither compassionate nor conservative.

BY MICHAEL KING

food

HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL

Flaming Lips & Tongues on Fire

The 11th Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival Sunday at Waterloo Park

BY ROBB WALSH

A Primer on Peppers

Austin's own Pepper Lady, hot sauces around the globe, and what to swallow when your throat's on fire.

Food-o-File

Yes, Texas chileheads, your favorite time of year has arrived! Cuisines Editor Virginia B. Wood has the scoop on festival regulars and the upcoming chile activities in town.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Previous Hot Sauce Contest Winners

A guide to Austin restaurants that have won awards in previous Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Contests.
music

After Napster Part 2

Does having your music free online bring more or less cash?

BY MICHAEL BERTIN

Dancing About Architecture

Mambo John Treanor dies, but Austin jazz lives!

BY KEN LIECK

Live Shots

screens

Fun for the Whole Family

Featured films and other recommended films at the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival

BY CLAY SMITH

Down Home Movie

A conversation with Nick Doob, co-director of 'Down From the Mountain,' a new documentary about the musicians behind the soundtrack behind 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?'

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Short Cuts

Tales from the Tarantino trenches

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

PBS delivers the goods.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Butterfield 8

When Liz is good, she's very, very good, but when she's bad, she gives it all she's got.

Black Widow

Debra Winger plays a federal agent on the tail of a chameleon-like young woman (Theresa Russell) who marries wealthy men and then kills them.

Save the Last Dance

A rather narrow-minded look at interracial love and hip-hop in high school

Film Reviews

Ghost World

Brilliant portrait of teen anomie is based on the underground comic book by Daniel Clowes.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Smith turns his stoner Greek chorus into leading men on a mission.

John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars

Summer Catch

Tortilla Soup

In Tortilla Soup (based on Ang Lee's wonderful Chinese film Eat Drink Man Woman), Hector Elizondo plays the family patriarch, a retired master chef and a longtime widower, who lives with his three grown daughters.
arts & culture

A Bad Year Gets Worse

The Austin Arts Commission has found itself stewing in a bubbling gumbo of controversies this year, and lately that gumbo has been getting hotter and hotter, with resignations from the Commission, an investigation by the Texas Commission on the Arts, and a call for reforms by a City Council member.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

It may still be too hot to frolic in the noonday sun, but it's not too hot to put on a show to help someone in need, and that's what a number of Austin artists are up to this month, raising funds for flood victims in Houston and an Austin musician with a spinal cord injury.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Corpus Christi

In Corpus Christi, Terrence McNally's retelling of Jesus' life, the playwright's provocative spin on the tale -- setting it in 20th-century Texas and making its protagonist a gay man -- never obscures the Gospel story's essence or message of love, and as staged by Real Rain Productions, it succeeds in bringing us to this old, familiar story by a new path, through theatricality, modern idioms, irreverence, and a winning ensemble.

The Gypsy Chain

While the dirigo group should be applauded for the scope of The Gypsy Chain, this ensemble-developed project about Earth First! activist David "Gypsy" Chain, who was killed defending the forests of Northern California from illegal clear-cutting, the onstage effectiveness of the work falls short of its sociopolitical message, while Gypsy's personal story is lost in the muddied construction of a play that isn't sure exactly what it wants to be.
columns

Page Two

QT5-inspired obsessive cinema dementia; our community suffers another blow with the loss of Mambo John Treanor

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

The people want to know: who, precisely, was Bruce Barton quoting?

Public Notice

"Public Notice" talks about friends and the end of this column.

BY KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

The sand of trivia in your brain's Vaseline

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar takes you on a tour of two local, innovative businesses: Cush Cush and Big Red Sun.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The homey hospitality of the Panhandle's Hotel Turkey

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

My mother's menopause was tough on the whole family, but that was 22 years ago. I am only 36, and I hope there are better ways of dealing with menopause by now. Can I prepare for this time of my life?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

HIV Treatment Education Festival

BY BART LOESER

Coach's Corner

"Cub Fans Dare to Believe,"says the headline. "Hah!" says Coach. Also: odds and ends about football, Tiger Woods, and Andy Roddick.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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