Nov. 2, 2001

Volume 21, Number 9

news

Wasn't It FABulous?

Economic and environmental consequences of high tech plant closings are potentially grim.

BY AMY SMITH

Endorsements

The Austin Chronicle endorses Gus Garcia for mayor of Austin and offers other endorsements on the Nov. 6 state constitutional amendments election and county bond propositions.

Brackenridge Plan Aborted

The latest solution to the Brackenridge reproductive services crisis collapses.

BY LAURI APPLE

Standing on Opposite Sides of the Road Bonds

BY AMY SMITH

FWS Approves Stratus-pheric Development

BY AMY SMITH

Naked City

News Short

BY LAURI APPLE

Capitol Chronicle

Environmental groups notify Alcoa Corp. of intent to sue over environmental violations.

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

Candidate Gus Garcia takes on the school district

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Lowdown

Nike does the right thing -- when it's forced to; Monsanto monkeys with Mexico's corn supply; the San Antonio Spurs and SBC stick it to taxpayers.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Not Just Plain Vanilla

You may have noticed the neon deco sign on the roof of the Adams Extract Company's distinctively low-slung Moderne building, set back from I-35 just south of Slaughter Lane and rather dramatically surrounded by prairie grassland. What you might not know, Food writer MM Pack explains, is that, unlike Betty Crocker, there really is a Mr. Adams and he still makes the extracts from top-secret family formulas.

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood on this week's events and news in Austin's culinary life

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Sushi -- Part Two

Wes Marshall completes his survey of Austin's sushi restaurants.
music

Safety Net

Chillin' with a trio of Austin's hippest emergency-services personnel

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Dancing About Architecture

L.A. vs. Austin -- Tinseltown wins.

BY KEN LIECK

Phases and Stages

Tori Amos

Strange Little Girls

The Prima Donnas

Drugs, Sex & Discotheques

Spiritualized

Let It Come Down

The Avalanches

Since I Left You

Charles Lloyd

Hyperion With Higgins

Cheb Mami

Dellali
screens

Six (Not So) Easy Pieces

Eight local filmmakers team up to shoot DV shorts in and about Austin.

BY CHALE NAFUS

Comrades-in-Cameras

A new AFS series highlights the little-seen films of the Soviet New Wave.

BY MARRIT INGMAN

Short Cuts

Cinemaker Co-op says bring on the healing, and classes galore.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Pregnant on prime time: Single parenthood gets more blasé (and more bizarre) on TV.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Domestic Disturbance

Grateful Dawg

Life as a House

The Man Who Wasn't There

The story is rife with the Coens' ripe ambivalence, a black seriocomic opera of fouled-up American dreams, and a meditation on ambivalence that is itself often as ambiguous as the emotional meanderings of its protagonist, a small-town barber. The film's black-and-white image processing is stunning.

Monsters, Inc.

Re-released in 3-D.

The One

Thirteen Ghosts

Wet Hot American Summer

Spoof of old summer-camp sexcapades is performed by a sprawling cast of comedic hams, largely culled from comedy troupe the State.
arts & culture

Hope Wears a Cherry Red Suit

Santa scholar Carl Anderson talks about the role of Kris Kringle in a time of grief and fear.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

Memorializing The Public Domain Theatre Company, 1993-2001

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Misery

In bringing Stephen King's Misery to the stage, the Zachary Scott Theatre Center production paint the story's characters in the most awkward fashion possible and mixes horror and comedy to a degree that's confusing.

Arcadia

Having sat through a Tom Stoppard play, there comes the feeling that a return visit is required to better appreciate all his linguistic, historical, scientific, sexual, comedic, and theatrical flourishes. The Austin Playhouse production of Arcadia, featuring one of the best ensembles to be seen on an Austin stage, may, indeed, warrant repeat visits to fully enjoy its efforts.

Romeo and Juliet

For its new production of Romeo and Juliet, Stephen Mills and a gifted company delivered the eloquence with which Shakespeare described the couple's profound passion -- without ever using the Bard's words.
columns

Page Two

Gus Garcia is not simply the best choice for mayor on this slate but the best choice for mayor, regardless; Austin needs roads, but the road propositions that go before the electorate Tuesday are bad politics; the war in Afghanistan is a terrible misstep that played into the terrorists' hands and will have devastating consequences for our community; the Chronicle co-sponsored "Eat Drink Watch Movies" series starts Thursday.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our own little Gaza Strip, and the Halloween (Gas) Mask is taken to task.

Letters at 3AM

Sometime in the wee hours of September 12, George W. Bush realized that he is the President of United States and rose from his previous ineffectuality to meet the occasion.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Mr. Smarty Pants

Shadows on the wall of your mind's fleeting cave

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar revels in his New York state of mind, having just visited our noble Big Apple. Come along for the ride.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Amon Carter Museum has a new, modern look, but it's still the same old great place to get culture.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

I started taking a mushroom extract a few months ago on the recommendation of a friend, and I do feel better. What is in there that could make a difference?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

Coach's Corner

Coach's pre-season glance at the NBA: the Spurs are overrated and on their way down; Michael Jordan is overrated and already down; but the real season doesn't stat for another half-year anyway, so does anyone really care?

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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