March 8, 2002

Volume 21, Number 27

news

The Banker vs. the Prosecutor

As the primary campaign winds to an abrupt close, what do we know about Sanchez and Morales?

BY MICHAEL KING

Dan Morales v. Harry Potter

Louis Dubose examines Dan Morales' "Rule 202" filing against a former colleague in the Texas tobacco litigation.

BY LOUIS DUBOSE

The Sun Also Sets

Activist / artist / teacher / political candidate Susan Lee Solar is remembered by friends.

BY AMY SMITH

Developers for Sonleitner, Parents for Heckler

BY AMY SMITH

Battle on Town Lake

BY MICHAEL KING

Winter Heat Wave at ACC

The heat is on Austin Community College President Richard Fonté.

BY CATHY VAUGHAN

Free(PAC) Radicals

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

'Adventure in Stupidity'

A threatening phone call to the Chronicle

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Social Studies

The Austin Men's Project turns three -- and says goodbye to one of its original coordinators.

BY CLAY SMITH

Murder Most ... Peculiar

A rogue's gallery in the Gregory Steen murder case

BY JORDAN SMITH

Endorsement Wars

Flying accusations about deception and intimidation make for two very controversial primary races.

BY LEE NICHOLS

Dog Park Redux

BY LAURI APPLE

Welcome to the Primaries

A roundup of the Travis County primary races

BY AMY SMITH

Endorsements

March 12 primary

Naked City

BY LAURI APPLE

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large: Mixed Signals

Why is the City Council trying to undercut single-member districts?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Lowdown

Dubya lets polluters make messes, but we pay for the clean-up; the computer industry isn't as clean as it would like us to think; and the National Academy of Scientists calls for closer scrutiny of biotech.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Casual Fine Dining Guide

Eating out, Austin-style

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

For all of Austin's March visitors -- SXSW participants, rodeo fans, basketball parents, relative newcomers, or just plain curious foodies -- Food Editor Virginia B. Wood gives the lowdown on local dining.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings

Food Editor Virginia B. Wood surveys Austin's downtown Thai establishments.
music

Twenty Years Ago Today

The 2001/2002 Austin Music Awards

BY MICHAEL BERTIN

SXSW Picks & Sleepers

Dancing About Architecture

Steamboat returns, SXSW looms closer.

BY KEN LIECK

Phases and Stages

Neil Finn

7 Worlds Collide: Live at the St. James

Cory Morrow

Outside the Lines

Champ Hood

Bon Haven

Del Castillo

Brothers of the Castle

Eels

Souljacker

The Brew

Latin Brew

The Cancer Conspiracy

The Audio Medium

Cruiserweight

This Will Undoubtedly Come Out Wrong
screens

Scary Stories for the Thinking Man

Director Guillermo del Toro keeps company with the undead in two new films, Blade 2 and The Devil's Backbone.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Encore!

The second annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards honors Texas' finest contributors to cinema.

BY MARGARET MOSER

Disarming Dubya

First-time director Alexandra Pelosi discusses Journeys With George, her surprising and fascinating documentary on George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign, viewed from the back of the press plane.

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Troma Ward

Troma Films co-founder Lloyd Kaufman: indie maverick, gross-out artist.

BY MERLE BERTRAND

Lone Star

Independent film visionary John Sayles revisits his past in a SXSW retrospective.

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Through a Lens Lovingly

A SXSW retrospective honors the work of legendary documentarian Albert Maysles.

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Sparkle and Shine

Lisa Ades' new documentary, Miss America, follows the storied history of a national institution.

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Alternate Fests

BY MARC SAVLOV

Celebrity Call Sheet

BY MARC SAVLOV

Free the Mouse!

Constitutional lawyer Lawrence Lessig spoke at SXSW Interactive Saturday about the need to keep big corporations from indefinitely extending copyrights so that we can create a "creative commons."

BY MICHAEL CONNOR

And the Dewey Winburne Award Goes to ...

Knowbility.org's Sharron Rush was rewarded at SXSW Interactive Saturday for her contribution toward making the Web accessible for people with disabilities.

BY SARAH HEPOLA

Geeks of Iron

Ten Web geeks and one hour. Could they do the impossible?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Wave It in the Air Like You Just Don't Care

Derek Powazek's Fray Café storytelling event, held this year at the Hideout, is the most human and most entertaining couple of hours in the whole SXSW Interactive Festival.

BY DAVID GARZA

Punks Get Paid

Heavy.com founders Simon Assaad and David Carson tell their success story in a SXSW Interactive Conference keynote conversation.

BY DAVID GARZA

SXSW 2002 Web Awards

This year's Earl Award winners

BY MICHAEL CONNOR

20x2

Monday night's participants in SXSW Interactive's 20x2 event offered hilarious, provocative, and simply odd ideas about what is and is not real.

BY DAVID GARZA

Learning to Play Nice

SXSW Interactive panelists discuss the future of the tech industry. A lot.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

The Bruce & Cory Show

Sterling and Doctorow debate scarcity, or the lack of it.

BY ROGER GATHMAN

Pick of the Litter

Highlighting what the South by Southwest Film Festival has to offer.

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Short Cuts

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Spin City: How the media manipulates truth into something very different.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Dame Maggie Smith won an Oscar for her work here as a flinty, flamboyant Scottish schoolmarm who inspires a dangerous hero worship in her young students.

Film Reviews

Beijing Bicycle

A newcomer to Beijing has his bicycle (and livelihood) stolen by a teen desperate to impress his pals in this Chinese variation on The Bicycle Thieves.

Life and Debt

Set in Jamaica, this is an eye-opening documentary and primer on why the IMF and the World Bank are not to be trusted by emerging third-world countries.

SXSW Film Festival 2002

arts & culture

A Land Shaded in Melancholy Hues

The Austin Museum of Art exhibition "Visualizing the Blues: Images of the American South, 1862-1999" connects the blues aurally and visually, and reveals how the South, like the blues, is full of contradictions: dark and woeful yet beauteous and jubilant.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

Despite the economic downturn, Arts Center Stage is moving forward in its campaign to build the Long Center for the Performing Arts, and two of Austin's gay playwrights have cause to be happy.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

City Water Tunnel #3

If the Department of Environmental Protection hired someone to explain New York's City Water Tunnel #3, the largest non-defense public works project in the Western Hemisphere, that someone couldn't do a better job than performer Marty Pottenger, who delivers the truth of the project, as plain and raw as the earth that's being tunneled, as bright and ragged as the people tunneling.

Celebrity Crush

We've all got 'em, crushes on celebrities. At least, that's the premise of Refraction Arts' Celebrity Crush, and a bunch of talented artists reveal theirs in some quite entertaining ways.

Laughing Wild

Like a (Canadian) figure skating pair, actors Kirk Burg and Katie Brock provide the most entertainment in town, but in Christopher Durang's Laughing Wild, they don't get to work with the most fulfilling piece of art.
columns

Page Two

A cornucopia of delights await you at the South by Southwest Film and Music Festivals and Austin Music Awards this year.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

I consider myself quite healthy at age 42. I have been a strict vegetarian (vegan) for more than 10 years, I exercise and meditate regularly, and have never smoked tobacco. I have two healthy children and I am still having regular, uncomplicated menstrual periods. Is there any reason for me to consider taking food supplements?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

Coach's Corner

Poor Nolan Richardson. Why's everybody always pickin' on he?

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

Letters at 3AM

Michael Ventura observes the great John Cassavetes at work on the set of his next-to-last movie Love Streams.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

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