Dec. 21, 2001

Volume 21, Number 16

news

Riding the Rail

The challenge for Capital Metro: convincing voters that the new light rail isn't the old light rail that they rejected last year

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Saving Our Salamander

No More Polancos

The DA's office decides not to pursue the death penalty for Nancy DePriest's murder, but questions linger over police handling of the case.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Not Enough Hate in East Texas?

An East Texas Republican comes under fire for making nice with black legislators.

BY LAURI APPLE

Triggered Interest

In the wake of Sept. 11, more Texans want to pack heat.

BY DAN OKO

Más Denero

BY JORDAN SMITH

Council Roundup

Commissioners in the Spotlight

Candidates line up for county commissioner seats.

BY AMY SMITH

Who's the After-Maxey?

Candidates begin throwing hats into the District 51 ring

BY MICHAEL KING

Naked City

BY LAURI APPLE

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large: Chuck, We Hardly Knew You

Chuck Manning's departure from Austin Energy comes at a most inopportune time for the city.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Lowdown

Conscipicuous consumption for pets; giving of ourselves, not just of our pocketbooks; John Ashcroft is "doing something" -- to our Constitution.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Remembrance of Flavors Past

The Food staff lets readers in on their holiday food memories.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Why the Chronicle Food editor loves Anthony Bourdain and a new foodie movie

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: American Cafes, Part Two

More American cafes in this week's "Second Helpings"
music

Holiday Cards From the Austin Music Scene

Photos by John Anderson, John Carrico, and Todd V. Wolfson

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Dancing About Architecture

Fastball gets dropped, while fans of Billy Joe Shaver hopes he doesn't drop dead.

BY KEN LIECK

Phases and Stages

Asylum Street Spankers

A Christmas Spanking

Zero Skills

Christmassacre

Slaid Cleaves

Holiday Sampler

Albert & Gage

One More Christmas

Dale Watson

Christmas Time in Texas

Rubinchik's Yiddish Ensemble

Mark Rubin Presents Hill Country Hannukah

B.B. King

A Christmas Celebration of Hope

various artisits

Blue Xmas

The Campbell Brothers

Sacred Steel for the Holidays

Tommy Sands

To Shorten the Winter: An Irish Christmas

Leon Redbone

Christmas Island

Leon Russell

Hymns of Christmas

.38 Special

A Wild-Eyed Christmas Night

various artists

The Big 80's Christmas

They Might Be Giants

Holidayland!

Barbra Streisand

Christmas Memories

various artists, Temptations

A Motown Christmas, The Best of the Temptations Christmas

Destiny's Child, various artists

8 Days of Christmas, TRL Christmas, A Very Special Christmas 5, A Season of Soul and Sounds
screens

Robots, Sleuths, and Warthogs

Winter PC and PlayStation game releases reviewed

Requiem for a Landmark

Filmmaker Steve Bilich was blocks away from the World Trade Center on September 11, and documented the tragedy with a 1920 hand-crank Cine-Kodak 16mm camera; the resulting film, Native American in Manhattan, will screen at the Sundance Film Festival.

BY MARC SAVLOV

A Bug's Life

A new, artificially intelligent toy does little to excite the brain or the blood pressure.

BY LINDSEY SIMON

Local Web site Wows 'Cahiers du Cinema'

Austinite Todd Harbour wins praise from the esteemed French film publication Cahiers du Cinema for his film-and-video Web site, Mobius Home Video Forum.

BY MARRIT INGMAN

Short Cuts

Would you like Raisinets and a tall skinny latte with your movie?

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Keeping one eye on television and the other on pop culture

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Night of the Hunter

1955's The Night of the Hunter stars the terrifying Robert Mitchum as a reverend with an evil-Elvis swagger, complete with knuckles on his right-hand tattooed with "LOVE" and knuckles on his left with "HATE."

Film Reviews

La Buche

Dinner Rush

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Animated Jimmy saves Retroville from the aliens.

Joe Somebody

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The first film in Jackson's Tolkien trilogy stays true to the spirit and logistics of the novels, but is also a breathtaking and beautiful work of art on its own.

The Majestic

The Royal Tenenbaums

arts & culture

Still Lives

Kate Breakey talks to Clay Smith about why she photographs dead birds and flowers and other animals.

BY CLAY SMITH

Articulations

Pat Jasper leaves Texas Folklife Resources, and a pair of Zachary Scott Theatre Center shows get good out-of-town press.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Moontower's Glow

Art Davis' new play The Moontower's Glow is a spiritual cousin to both The Rocky Horror Show and You Can't Take It With You, focusing on a houseful of eccentrics who have rejected the normalcy of society to live their dreams, no matter how ludicrous they may appear to the rest of the world.

The Nutcracker

In these troubled times, Ballet Austin's production of The Nutcracker reveals a beauty undimmed by tragedy, a magical landscape untouched by terror.

The Best Salvage Vanguard Holiday Ever

Like those Christmastime baskets full of cheese logs, summer sausages, miniature jars of jellies, etc., The Best Salvage Vanguard Holiday Ever features a diverse little gathering of tasty treats -- in this case, five-minute plays on a common theme -- and it's fun to snack on.
columns

Page Two

The past decade, when the distance between innovation and inspiration shrank, can inspire us in what could be a rocky year, and interesting decade, ahead.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

The Bush White House is mounting the most sustained and successful attack on the Constitution in America's history and not enough of us are willing to say it publicly.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Texas Monthly has called the Old Jail Art Center "the best small town art museum in Texas -- and maybe the nation."

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

Let us not forget the reason for the season, people … club crawls and parties!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

I consider myself a very healthy woman, since I have been athletic all my life and even considered training for the Olympics, but my physician is worried that I have the beginnings of osteoporosis at age 32. Could this be true?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

CDC Rearranged To Put Anthrax First

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Coach's Corner

Here and There: UT basketball is a great entertainment value, Major League Baseball isn't. And neither is the NFL, thanks in large part to the lousy refs, who got what they deserved in Cleveland.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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