Dec. 28, 2001

Volume 21, Number 17

news

Filings

The Three Amigos

BY LAURI APPLE

Bush's Xmas Stocking: Burning Coal?

New state and federal regulations threaten the Clean Air Act

BY LEE NICHOLS

CPS: Protecting Children or Destroying Families?

Parents organize group in an effort to reform Child Protective Services

BY JORDAN SMITH

More of Moore

BY AMY SMITH

A Very Fuzzy Profile

Police officer Tim Enlow's "racial profiling" case may not be open and shut.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

BY LAURI APPLE

The Hightower Lowdown

Resurrecting Cointelpro; The Cold Side of 'Workfare'

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Tastes of Taste

Two books that dissect the palate -- one metaphorically, the other scientifically. And Chronicle wine writer Wes Marshall gives the lowdown on the spots in Austin for finding good deals on Champagne.

Food-o-File

How to give a gift and help the Austin community this holiday season.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings

Greg Beets provides a fast-food tour of Austin in this week's "Second Helpings."
music

Smells Like Preteen Spirit

Kid rockers Three Hourz Sleep confront their first major crisis when their drummer moves away.

BY MARGARET MOSER

Dancing About Architecture

That was the year that was in the Live Music Capital …

BY KEN LIECK

Phases and Stages

Green Day

International Superhits

Dinosaur Jr.

Music Ear Bleeding Country: The Best of Dinosaur Jr.

Smashing Pumpkins

Rotten Apples -- Greatest Hits

Pigface

The Best of Pigface

Einstürzende Neubauten

Music Strategies Against Architecture III: 1991-2001

Cure

Greatest Hits

Morrissey

The Best of

Madonna

Greatest Hits Volume 2

Enigma

LoveSensualityDevotion

Pink Floyd

Echoes: The Best of

Ocean Colour Scene

The Best of Ocean Color Scene

Sinatra, Frank, Martin, Dean, Davis Jr., Sammy

Eee-O 11: The Best of the Rat Pack

Lyle Lovett

Anthology Volume One: Cowboy Man

Clint Black

Greatest Hits II

Lightning Hopkins

The Best of Lightning Hopkins

Fred McDowell

The Best of Mississippi Fred McDowell

Randy Newman

The Best of Randy Newman

Ol' Dirty Bastard

The Dirty Story: The Best of ODB

Ice Cube

Greatest Hits
screens

Behind the Screens

A new play by Neal LaBute falls flat on paper; new and reissued books about gay and lesbian Hollywood, Andy Milligan, Alan Smithee and the auteur theory, and Maya Deren reviewed.

Native Talent

Local filmmaker and UT RTF student Bennie Klain has been invited to screen his new short film, "Yada Yada," at the Sundance Film Festival. It's the second film he's ever made -- it's also his second film to show at Sundance.

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Royal Jest

Does Wes Anderson's new film, The Royal Tenenbaums, seem familiar? Why not ask David Foster Wallace?

BY SIDNEY MOODY

Short cuts

We are potential Davids all, at this time and in this place more than ever before.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Tube Temptations

Keeping one eye on television and the other on pop culture

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Hobbit

This 1978 animated Rankin & Bass production of Tolkien's The Hobbit works successfully on both a children's and a universal level.

Film Reviews

Ali

Mann's film, which has some terrific moments, hits the highlights only. Will Smith, layered in subtle facial prosthetics in order to resemble Ali, does no disservice to the memory of the Greatest, but the best thing here is Jon Voight, who loses himself thoroughly in the role of sportscaster Howard Cosell.

A Beautiful Mind

How High

arts & culture

Graffiti on the Superhighway

The digital age has ushered a new era in visual art, with the Internet offering artists a new medium for the creation of art, an infinite space to display their work, and a marketing tool. But with this expansion of creative opportunities come sticky questions of ownership and the communal experience of art.

BY ROB CURRAN

A Class Act

Called by no less than The New York Times "the suavest of all male cabaret performers," Steve Ross is the personification of refined, romantic, elegant, and effervescent cabaret, and that makes him an ideal guest artist for the debut season of Austin Cabaret Theatre.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

The National Endowment for the Arts puts federal grants in the stockings of nine Austin arts organizations, and Ben Bentzin takes leave of Arts Center Stage.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Ariel Dance Theatre in Concert

With Ariel Dance Theatre in Concert, the collaboration between the ever-energetic, always searching, always stretching herself Andrea Ariel and composers Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski and operatic soprano Cheryl Parrish generated the heat and light of a pure flame that was bright and intense and exhilarating to see.

The USO Christmas Show

For its debut show, the Silverstar Theater Group staged Rebecca Schwarz's The USO Christmas Show, a new musical set during a 1940s radio broadcast. But inconsistencies in style had the Forties ambience fading in and out like a distant radio signal.

Rob Nash Does Romeo and Juliet

In Rob Nash's new show, he performs characters performing bits of Romeo and Juliet, and all the different parts come together like a theatrical jigsaw puzzle joining itself on the stage before us, forming a fine drama within a sharp comedy of eros and social dynamics.
columns

Page Two

The curse and the blessing of living in interesting times

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3am

We are swiftly losing our civil liberties as a result of the USA-PATRIOT Act, although this administration has shown it is not impervious to citizen complaints.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

At Fred's Lounge in Mamou, Louisiana, the good times roll pretty early.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

What would you give if you could give any celebrity in the world anything? Happy Holidays from "After a Fashion!"

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

I've heard that beans are good food, but I have a problem with excessive gas after I eat them. Are they worth it?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

Happy New Year...and thanks for your support all year

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Coach's Corner

What with the computer crash and the gas grill fiasco, you're lucky you're even getting a column from The Coach this week. Random thoughts are a bonus.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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