Aug. 31, 2001

Volume 20, Number 53

news

What's Wrong with Public Housing?

The remarkable turnaround of the city's Housing Authority

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Wish You Were Here!

Austin's public art provides fodder for naughty doddering

BY ADA CALHOUN

Would You, Could You Be My Neighbor?

The new incarnation of neighborhood planning and the latest handicapping of the mayoral candidates

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Shooting the Messenger

BY MICHAEL KING

Naked City

News shorts

BY LAURI APPLE

The Hightower Lowdown

Labor organizing is still necessary, George W. Bush scams us with his "tax cut," and Denver football fans revolt against corporate stadiums.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

A Candle for Arnold

The Statesman's Coverage of the Lacresha Murray case

BY MICHAEL KING

food

Hot Shots

Just as if we'd ordered it that way, another year of fabulous hot sauce festivities drew to a close, the sunbleached crowds left Waterloo Park, and then the skies opened up.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

ChileChaser

Crowd pleasin' & commercial bottlin' with a hot-sauce guru

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Two high-profile Austin food-related businesses sold in August, and now both will experience growth and expansion as a result of investor cash infusions, Cuisines Editor Virginia B. Wood writes.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Sandwich Boards

Austin's sandwich shops in this week's "Second Helpings"
music

Reasonably Offensive

Two civil suits against live music venues downtown call into question Austin's sound ordinance.

BY ANDY LANGER

Say Baby

Davíd Garza's still DIY.

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Dancing About Architecture

The local music community holds its breath as it waits for the music-industry target-study set to go before the City Council's budget meetings.

BY KEN LIECK

Record Reviews

Butthole Surfers

Weird Revolution

The Damned

Grave Disorder

Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros

Global A Go-Go

Darker Than Blue

Darker Than Blue: Soul From Jamdown 1973-1980

Head Jazz

Head Jazz

Jimmy Eat World

Bleed American

The Owls, Ghosts and Vodka

The Owls, Precious Blood

Thalia Zedek

Been Here and Gone

Townes Van Zandt

Anthology 1968-1979, Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt

Dead Kennedys

Plastic Surgery Disasters, In God We Trust, Inc., Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death, Frankenchrist, Mutiny on the Bay, Bedtime for Democracy
screens

Call It a Draw

Last year's eye-catching Earthlink commercials imitated local animator Bob Sabiston's -- and his software's -- style. A little too much, in his opinion.

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Female Gaze

Reel Women highlight digital filmmaking with festival

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Short Cuts

Bob Ray overdrive

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Deep End of Laughter

Cartoons ain't just for kids anymore, again.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Yards

The Yards works well as an homage to Mean Streets-era Seventies crime movies, but the film's maddening problems with pace and dialogue make it a less enjoyable viewing experience than it could be.

Road to Nashville

Road to Nashville is a wonderful snapshot of what Nashville was like in the years before all the Shania Twains and Tim McGraws of the world took things over.

Film Reviews

An American Rhapsody

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Adapted for film from the off-Broadway musical hit, this movie is a rousing screen spectacle about a surgically botched transsexual from East Germany (played charismatically by John Cameron Mitchell, the show's creator and film director).

Jeepers Creepers

arts & culture

At Long Last Love

Love will get you when you least expect it. So it goes in Charles Mee's Big Love, a vigorous update of the ancient Greek drama The Suppliants, and so it went when the Rude Mechanicals theatre company saw the play. They fell unexpectedly and unabashedly head over heels for it and are staging it now in what they describe as "a huge love affair."

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

Four months after using a new guideline to declare Sharir + Bustamante Danceworks ineligible for city arts funding, threatening the company's survival and sparking community concern, the Austin Arts Commission reversed course and cleared the way for the company to receive money from the city.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

columns

Page Two

The Chron's about to turn 20! Louis Black illuminates the recent changes in our Politics staff.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Blacks & whites & various Blues

Public Notice

This is the last Public Notice ever.

BY KATE X MESSER

Open Letter to Vanessa Leggett

We're all in trouble, along with Vanessa Leggett, if the governement begins defining who is and who is not a true journalist.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Mr. Smarty Pants

The information superhighway's last chance exit for trivia

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

Our Style Avatar charts a plethora of moving and shaking in the local scene.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Central Texas Bonsai Exhibit at Wimberley's Jade Gardens

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

I have a 10-year-old son by a previous marriage, but after trying for six years, it looks like my husband may not be able to father a child. We simply cannot afford the cost of the entire batch of medical tests and treatment that insurance will not cover. What could nutritional supplements do to help?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

"AIDS Monster" denied parole in New York

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Coach's Corner

On a drive through the Hill Country and up to West Texas, Coach falls in love with the land all over again.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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