Volume 20, Number 52
What makes the Dr Pepper in Dublin, Texas, so much better than that made anywhere else?
BY DAVID LYNCH
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
Cap Metro tries to re-make its image, Beverly Griffith considers her options, and the budget strains
BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON
BY MICHAEL KING
W.'s "clean coal" energy policy; credit-card hucksters on campus; the B-1 Boondoggle keeps flying
BY JIM HIGHTOWER
Cornyn's health-care opinion is neither compassionate nor conservative.
BY MICHAEL KING
HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL
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.
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
A guide to Austin restaurants that have won awards in previous Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Contests.
Does having your music free online bring more or less cash?
BY MICHAEL BERTIN
Mambo John Treanor dies, but Austin jazz lives!
BY KEN LIECK
Featured films and other recommended films at the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival
BY CLAY SMITH
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
Tales from the Tarantino trenches
BY MARC SAVLOV
PBS delivers the goods.
BY BELINDA ACOSTA
When Liz is good, she's very, very good, but when she's bad, she gives it all she's got.
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.
A rather narrow-minded look at interracial love and hip-hop in high school
Brilliant portrait of teen anomie is based on the underground comic book by Daniel Clowes.
Smith turns his stoner Greek chorus into leading men on a mission.
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
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
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
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.
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.
QT5-inspired obsessive cinema dementia; our community suffers another blow with the loss of Mambo John Treanor
BY LOUIS BLACK
The people want to know: who, precisely, was Bruce Barton quoting?
"Public Notice" talks about friends and the end of this column.
BY KATE X MESSER
The sand of trivia in your brain's Vaseline
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
Your Style Avatar takes you on a tour of two local, innovative businesses: Cush Cush and Big Red Sun.
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
The homey hospitality of the Panhandle's Hotel Turkey
BY GERALD E. MCLEOD
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.
HIV Treatment Education Festival
BY BART LOESER
"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
Letters to the editor, published daily