March 22, 2002

Volume 21, Number 29

news

'If Not Edison -- What?'

Austin Interfaith's Alliance programs represent one alternative to failing AISD schools.

BY EMILY PYLE

Candidate Wrap-up

Primary Numbers Crunched Here

A breakdown of the voting in the March 12 primary election

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Party Loyalties

In the Pct. 2 County Commissioner race, Jeff Heckler learned that a Democratic primary is different from a City Council race.

BY AMY SMITH

More Sidewalks for Cyclists?

BY LAURI APPLE

Trading Places at City Hall

Musical chairs at City Hall

BY LAURI APPLE

Naked City

News from around Austin

BY LAURI APPLE

Don't Lose Your Day Job

Texas unemployment insurance paints a dismal picture.

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large: W.W.P.D.?

The curious semantics of "progressive" politics

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Lowdown

Republicans and Democrats march off to the money wars; Dick Cheney does business with Iraq; and baseball speeds up -- to its own detriment.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Fish Tales

Eaves Bros. Quality Seafood, At the Sign of the Neon Lobster

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

Three local businesses are promoting products with brand-new flavors this month, and Austin's latest culinary news.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Southern Rock Opera

SXSW 02 Music Fest Wrap-up

Dancing About Architecture

SXSW 02 is over -- finally

BY KEN LIECK

screens

Curtain Call

SXSW Film saves the (next to) last dance for Robbie Robertson, with the Friday night Paramount screening of The Last Waltz; also, more SXSW film reviews.

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

The New Sobriety

SXSW Interactive Conference photos and panel reviews

BY BELINDA ACOSTA, MICHAEL CONNOR AND DAVID GARZA

The Long Goodbye: SXSW Film

Snapshots from the fest

Short Cuts

Buy local! Go see Guillermo del Toro's Blade 2! While you're at it, check out his other film in theatres, The Devil's Backbone!

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Push versus pull, a standardized infrastructure, the death knell of prime time … do you even want to interact with your TV?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Loves of a Blonde

Hanu Brejchovou is a marvel as a romantically frustrated factory worker in this Milos Forman film that heralded in the Czech New Wave.

Film Reviews

Blade II

No Man's Land

This bleak antiwar comedy won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film of 2001.

Revolution OS

arts & culture

Our Bodies, Our Selves

An unusual convergence of dramas dealing with women and disabilities prompts a conversation among four actors about what playwrights are trying to say through characters who are disabled, and how actors approach playing a disability.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

The passing of celebrated actress Irene Worth touches Central Texas, Austin Cabaret Theatre lights its birthday cake with Charo, and Hedwig bumps bee at Zach.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Seven Wonders of the World (Plus One)

The Tongue and Groove Theatre gang have some serious fun with the disconnect between dreaming and waking life in their world premiere production of Seven Wonders of the World (Plus One), a 1940s-era suite of songs linked by spoken text, follows a dreamer across time and space to various landmarks of both the ancient world and the modern U.S.

Yankee Doodle

Yankee Doodle is an ensemble piece full of verve and a punster's quick wit, with moments that are deeply thoughtful alternating with plenty of songs to present a pastiche history of our land, from the ride of Paul Revere through Charles Lindbergh's famous flight.
columns

Page Two

The agony and the ecstasy of SXSW 2002

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

Phew! We're glad that's over. SXSW is gone and things are beginning to get back to normal. Your Style Avatar has some parting thoughts about Courtney Love and looks (fashion) forward to some upcoming events.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

I'm working hard to limit sugar for my family and for me. There are several new artificial sweeteners, and I don't want to be surprised with unexpected health concerns as I was with aspartame. Is there any good news on the horizon?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Coach's Corner

You might not guess it, but Coach is a rabid UT basketball fan. He's also one of the world's foremost pessimists.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

Letters at 3AM

In setting up a "shadow" government, the Bush administration has flouted its obligation to obey and enforce the Constitution. September 11 may be the best thing to happen to Bush totalitarians.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

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