Feb. 1, 2002

Volume 21, Number 22

news

Feb. 2 Election Endorsements

Confounded Constable

County Judge Sam Biscoe Wins a Bureaucratic & Political Battle With Constable Bruce Elfant.

BY AMY SMITH

This Week in Council

After a break, the Council has a full plate.

Ralph's Road Show

From the beginning, Nader's visit to Austin was sold-out activist central.

BY AMY SMITH

Policing Democracy

APA wants the courts to say whose law is the law of the land.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Buda Flows Downhill

Everett Conner comes back as Buda's public work's director, despite previous run-ins with the law.

BY AMY SMITH

Excessive Use of Task Force

Texas Civil Rights Project files a lawsuit on behalf of a Spicewood woman falsely accused of growing marijuana.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Where's the Smell?

Georgetown engineer Charles Steger says he's trying to set the record straight about the city's controversial wastewater treatment plant.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Yogurt Shop Case Cross-Examined

Appeals court decision may undermine yogurt shop prosecutions.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Bars, or Behind Bars?

APD busts the owners of seven Sixth Street bars for falsifying info on their liquor licenses.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Baby It's Warm Outside

Critics say TNRCC sees pollution problems but won't do anything about it.

BY LEE NICHOLS

The Designated Acting (Almost) City Manager

Word is that the City Council will be appointing an "acting city manager designate" while Garza finishes his term.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Profiling the Police

A recent ACLU report says nearly half of police departments in Texas have "successfully" implemented anti-racial profiling policies.

Naked City

BY LAURI APPLE

Capitol Chronicle: Blame It on the Kids

Gov. Perry has no trouble funding his enormous transportation plan, but can't find insurance money for poor kids.

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Austin At Large: Backseat Driver

Karen Rae resigns from Cap Metro

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Lowdown

Using cows to explain Enron; dumping nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain; and crying in your champagne at Austin's 360 Summit.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Pure Beef

Some years ago, Barbara Chisholm writes, hipsters clearly informed us that Thai, Indian, Italian even -- anything but a steak house -- was cool. Not a slave to fashion, Austin Land and Cattle Company proudly flew its steak house flag. It was beefy when beefy wasn't cool.

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

Food-o-File

Food Editor Virginia B. Wood reveals the best bet for your Valentine's Day plans, among other tantalizing tidbits.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Hometown Buffets

Hometown buffets in this week's "Second Helpings"
music

Rich From the Journey

The crazy quilt career of Kimmie Rhodes.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Dancing About Architecture

SXSW needs venues, and the TABC keeps shutting 'em down. Public Enemy would be proud.

BY KEN LIECK

Phases and Stages

Cornelius

Point

Matthew Shipp

Nu-Bop

Dr. John

Creole Moon

Cinemaphonic 2: Soul Punch, Popshopping 2: More Music From German Commercials 1962-1977

Cinemaphonic 2: Soul Punch, Popshopping 2: More Music From German Commercials 1962-1977

The Memphis Blues Again

Ernest C. Withers and Daniel J. Wolf

Ludacris, Ride or Die Vol. III, 8Ball, Cypress Hill, Mobb Deep, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Mystikal, Method Man & Redman, Ghostface Killah, Wu-Tang Clan, Lil Keke, Lil Bow Wow

Word of Mouf, In “R” We Trust, Almost Famous, Stoned Raiders, Infamy, Stillmatic, Genesis, Tarantula, How High, Bulletproof Wallets, Iron Flag, Platinum in the Ghetto, Doggie Bag
screens

Clash of the Titans

William Shatner and Harry Hamlin come to Austin to talk up their indie collaboration, Shoot or Be Shot.

BY KEN LIECK

Stand and Deliver

Salute his shorts: Legendary porn star Ron Jeremy comes to town.

BY MARRIT INGMAN

Transmedia This!

Bill Lundberg is rightly revered among Austin's media arts dwellers for his biting hybrids of conceptual and filmic art forms; when he brings his program to the Hideout Theatre on Saturday, you'll have a chance to see what all the fuss is about.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Texas Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Texas Film Hall of Fame Gala March 8 will be star-studded, most assuredly.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Short Cuts

Local animator Lance Myers goes for the "Guts" and gets into S&M.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

PBS isn't afraid to take chances with its programming.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

101 Reykjavík

Icelander Kormakur shows a lot of visual flourish and confidence as a first-time director (he also co-stars), but the story's real heart lies in its dark comedy.

The Other Side of Heaven

Slackers

arts & culture

Close to the Edge

The Chronicle Arts team hits the 2002 FronteraFest Long Fringe to find how close to the edge this year's artists take us.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

If It's Thursday, This Must Be Texas

On the morning of January 24, NY Loves America: The Broadway Tour delivered a Big Apple thank you in the form of a dozen beautifully belted show tunes to a small but appreciative audience in the Texas State Capitol Rotunda.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Carl Hiaasen's Latest

Carl Hiaasen fans have come to expect novels full of wit and wisdom, bile and brilliance. His latest, Basket Case (Knopf, $25.95), doesn't break any new ground, but it is almost exactly that type of book, reviewer Rick Klaw writes.

BY RICK KLAW

Articulations

Salvage Vanguard Theater loses Dan Dietz as co-Artistic Director, the National Endowments for the Arts loses its new director, and the Rude Mechanicals sell out their Mid-America tour of Lipstick Traces.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

columns

Page Two

It’s five weeks until SXSW season, which kicks off with SXSW Film presenting Peter Bogdanovich and his new film. If that weren’t enough, the Texas Film Hall of Fame will feature Sissy Spacek inducting Terrence Malick, along with presenters and inductees Marcia Gay Harden, Cyd Charisse, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Dan Rather, Bill Broyles, Bill Wittliff, Jack Valenti, Cheech Marin, and Dennis Hopper.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants

More trivia than you c an shake a stick at

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

The exhibit of flags in Houston reminds us of what it took to come this far.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

Harken back to the days of yore … on the dancefloor, as "After a Fashion" trips the disco ball fantastic in this boogie down Memory Lane.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Every once in a while, without overdoing, my back "goes out." It isn't bad enough to see the doctor, and I'm nervous about trying a chiropractor. What else is possible?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

HIV-positive people: Help choose what services are provided

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Coach's Corner

The agony and the ecstasy of the Bears

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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