Nov. 16, 2001

Volume 21, Number 11

news

A Colossal Wreck

The Intel Building and its discontents

BY MICHAEL ERARD

AISD De-Magnetized?

A proposal to move AISD's Liberal Arts Academy to LBJ High School almost certainly means resegregation for Johnston High School, its former home.

BY MICHAEL MAY

David to Goliath-Light: Drop Dead!

The newly formed Save South Congress Association aims to put the brakes on light rail's return.

BY MICHAEL KING

Dawson in Danger?

The Dawson Neighborhood plan was the first out of the gate, but now could be in danger of failing.

BY AMY SMITH

Georgetown Recalls -- and Recollects

The latest salvos in the Georgetown Smackdown

BY JORDAN SMITH

Drag Development Villa-fied

The Villas on Guadalupe goes back to the drawing board.

BY LAURI APPLE

Naked City

BY LAURI APPLE

Capitol Chronicle

Would David Dewhurst really know a terrorist if he saw one?

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

Can the new Green Council earn a mandate?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Lowdown

Hypocritical corporate "patriotism"; Congress declares war on civil liberties; Congressmen spend for our country.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Prime Considerations

Chronicle Food writer Rebecca Chastenet de Géry on why 1,000 head of Japenese Wagyu cattle are thriving in Central Texas.

BY REBECCA CHASTENET DÉ GERY

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood recounts the Chronicle's Eat Drink Watch Movies event for those who couldn't attend and divulges the latest culinary news in Austin.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Japanese

Mick Vann samples some of Austin's Japanese restaurants in this week's "Second Helpings."
music

The Agony of the Ecstasy

Will the federal and local crackdown on ecstasy put raves out of business?

BY MARC SAVLOV

Dancing About Architecture

BY KEN LIECK

Phases and Stages

Tosca Tango Orchestra

Waking Life original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Girl Robots

Fractured Fairy Tales

Chomsky

Onward Quirky Soliders

Color, Darin Murphy

Are You With Me?, Haunted Gardenias

Ringer

Presents for the Present

Masonic

Never Stood a Chance

Bluegrass Drive-By

The Drunkard's Progress

Caroline Herring

Twilight
screens

E Is for Everything

Actor / director / novelist Ethan Hawke is Richard Linklater's No. 1 fan.

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Open Wide

"Novocaine" Writer/Director David Atkins drills deep into noir

BY MARC SAVLOV

Playing With the Big Boys

Teen filmmakers Rusty Kelley and Duncan Knappen land second HBO Family gig with "French Restaurant."

BY MARC SAVLOV

Short Cuts

Red carpet reportage, and other filmic items

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Fox premieres an extraordinary new series that redefines prime-time network fare.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Shag: The Movie

Set in the summer of 1963, this coming-of-age film about four Southern girls is nothing less than enchanting.

Film Reviews

Amélie

Why not get happy? Why not celebrate love, and little twists of fate, and a sepia-in-Technicolor portrait of Paris? Amélie's heart is in the right place – squarely on its sleeve. And what better place for it?

Blue Velvet

Quintessential Lynch.

The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

From the sets to the story to the whole tone of the film, this first Potter film is an almost literal adaptation of J.K. Rowling's beloved children's book.

Novocaine

Punks

Tape

Tape is a confined microcosm: three characters, one room, and a whole lot of head-trippery. Old high school friends reunite years later in a dingy Michigan motel room for a night of tricky revelations.

Va Savoir

arts & culture

Galleries in Bloom

The times being what they are, you don't exactly expect to see new galleries sprouting across Austin's cultural landscape, but two just did: Oswald Gallery, showing fine art photography, and Jean-Marc Fray, displaying paintings by French artist Robert Bourasseau.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

The Texas Fine Arts Association's student exhibition "Pop Patriotism" is unexpectedly fascinating and moving, and a long-delayed tribute to operatic legend Jess Walters takes place.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Burn This

Lanford Wilson's Burn This is a fierce, realistic drama about art and relationships, and Alchemy Works delivers a very human production, deeply felt and nearly flawless in its presentation.

Ann Hampton Callaway

Ann Hampton Callaway proved a wise choice to inaugurate the new Austin Cabaret Theatre. Her clear enthusiasm for the Great American Songbook and impassioned, intoxicating performances of selections from it made cabaret intimate, immediate, a real event.

The Hobbit

Second Youth Family Theatre's production of The Hobbit offers much that is magical, but awkward staging and inexperienced actors keep the show from achieving true enchantment.
columns

Page Two

Austin music clubs are usually one of the first casualties in an economic downturn.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Re: Resisting Evildoers

Defense against one's enemies presents a conflict for individuals who identify themselves as members of a Christian society instructed to turn the other cheek.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Day Trips

At the Wiseman House in Hico, Kevin Wenzel serves up some of the finest chocolates in Texas.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

Guess who your Style Avatar flitted around town with this week? Check out this first installment about international salon god José Eber's visit to Austin.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

I'm "paying my dues" taking vitamins, exercising, and sticking to a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet, but my serum cholesterol still hovers around 240, and my HDL cholesterol won't go over about 40. My triglycerides and LDL cholesterol are OK. What more could I do to improve those other two numbers?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

Magic's 10th anniversary is an inspiring survival story

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Coach's Corner

The gauntlet is thrown: Major League Baseball is discussing "contraction." It's the Players vs. the Owners, and guess who's going to lose? The Fans, of course.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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