Jan. 11, 2002

Volume 21, Number 19

news

Something Short of Miraculous

Months in the making, the city's plan to maintain reproductive services at Brack still raises questions.

BY LAURI APPLE

Pumping Edwards Dry?

Creedmoor-Maha's request to pump more water gets nixed by the Barton Springs / Edwards Aquifer Conservation District.

BY AMY SMITH

Road TRIPping

Austin has the fifth-highest rate of traffic fatalities in the nation, according to a highway lobbyist organization.

BY LEE NICHOLS

Aluminum Can'ts

Three environmental groups take aluminum giant Alcoa to court.

BY LEE NICHOLS

Naked City

BY LAURI APPLE

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

Jesus Garza goes out on top, but not necessarily to universal acclaim.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Lowdown

Bill Clinton won't go away; a Harvard economist says you're poor because you deserve to be; Charles Schwab needs taxpayer help … to hunt ducks.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Changing of the Guard

"It's good food, well prepared, reasonably priced, straight up, no frills. I like it," Food Editor Virginia B. Wood reveals about young chef Shawn Cirkiel's cuisine at Jean-Luc's Bistro.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Food Editor Virginia B. Wood's toaster activity and other recent Austin culinary news.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: 24-Hour Joints

Twenty-four hour joints in this week's "Second Helpings"

Food Reviews

music

Effendi

Talking jazz with piano great McCoy Tyner

BY DAVID LYNCH

Dancing About Architecture

More club shakeups, this time Ruta Maya and possibly Stubb's

BY KEN LIECK

Phases and Stages

Earthpig

Earthpig @ Continental Club

Mick Jagger

Goddess in the Doorway

Paul McCartney

Driving Rain

Jazz Sides

Through The Years, When Evening Comes, Unknown Soldiers, Artscape Meanwhile, Tomorrow, Odd Man Out,

Doug Hall Quartet, JiHi

Label:CreOp, Twink, Sea Breeze, Sea Breeze, Viewpoint, Heart Music

Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas

Elijah Wald
screens

L.A. Story

The Texas Documentary Tour presents Joseph Tovares' doc about the infamous Zoot Suit Riots in racially divided 1940s Los Angeles.

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Love Is a Battlefield

The Austin Film Society presents a new free series on screwball comedy.

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Coming Out From the Cold

aGLIFF screens two short docs focusing on the coming-out process.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Short Cuts

Wake up, and smell the heaping accolades on Richard Linklater.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Another day, another blah awards show

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Hollywood Boulevard

"If it's a good picture, it's a Miracle!"

Film Reviews

Gosford Park

The servants know all in this Altman mystery set in a British countryside estate in the Thirties.

Intimacy

arts & culture

25 Minutes and Nothing to Lose

Onstage, as in life, the impulse to be adventurous is often curbed by Practical Concerns, but FronteraFest is a performance jamboree that gives artists the freedom to go for broke.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Music to Chortle By

Whenever Steve Saugey and Lyova Rosanoff are at the keyboards, musical shenanigans are the natural order, especially when these two pianist-parodists are spoofing classical music through one of their Forbidden Classics programs.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

Ballet Austin's presentation of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC enjoyed sell-out crowds, enthusiastic responses, and a glowing review in the Washington Post.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

columns

Page Two

Judging resigning City Manager Jesus Garza's performance in a difficult job will take some time; XLent's recent cover controversy brings back memories and reminds us how cool talk radio is; screwball comedies were the funniest movies ever, and the Austin Film Society is showing eight of them in the next two months.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

Michael Ventura weighs in with his Top 5 list of 2001's best film and television moments.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Mr. Smarty Pants

Trivia, trivia, and more trivia

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Captain Day Trips plans your travel itinerary for the coming year.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar tells us about how Winona Ryder's troubles just won't go away.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

For years my periods have been getting worse, but I'm afraid if I go to the doctor he would find endometriosis, and I don't want to use hormones. Are there any alternatives?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

New gene test shows if HIV drugs will work

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Coach's Corner

Coach on the couch: A long, dreary series of bowl games is a lousy way to start the new year, isn't it?

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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