May 17, 2002

Volume 21, Number 37

news

Talking Trash

A huge garbage dump in northeast Travis County causes a stink with its neighbors.

BY LAURI APPLE

Endorsements

Our endorsements for the 2002 ACC run-off elections

No More Cookies for Court

BY AMY SMITH

Not for the Birds

Barn swallows like the Airport Hilton, but the Airport Hilton does not like barn swallows.

BY MICHAEL KING

City Begins Budget Cut-and-Paste

We're $68 million in the hole. What's council going to do about it?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Back to the Chalkboard?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

"Whoring Is Boring" ...

BY MICHAEL KING

Circular Logic

Stratus forgets to tell Circle C residents about their zoning requests.

BY AMY SMITH

Report on Child Fatalities

BY JAY TRACHTENBERG

Naked City

BY LAURI APPLE

Austin @ Large: Where Was Everybody?

Austin's population is going up, but its voting population is in decline.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Death Star and Fat Boy

The "invisible hand" of utility deregulation looks an awful lot like Ken Lay's.

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Lowdown

Bush's policy toward democracy is loaded with irony; Corporate Big Brother is watching you shop; Our government legal robs us -- of our rights.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Even More Fish in the Sea

The second installment of our guide to sushi in Austin

Food-o-File

What's cooking in the Central Texas food scene.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Indian Restaurants, Part Two

music

1,000 Musical Kisses

Patty Griffin comes of age.

BY DAVE MARSH

The $975,000 Question

The Hole in the Wall needs to dig itself out of one.

BY DAN OKO

Phases and Stages

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Live Shot

Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Reader

Michael Streissguth

Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley

The Hummingbirds, Lost in the Lonesome Pines

Badly Drawn Boy

Music About a Boy

Y Tu Mamá También

Y Tu Mamá Tambien
screens

Hiiiiiiiii-Yah!

Austin foley artist Buzz Moran strips the sound out of a forgotten kung fu flick and redubs it live at the Drafthouse. The result? Something to chop about it.

BY WILL ROBINSON SHEFF

Get Your Game Face On

'Tis the season to glue yourself to the PlayStation controller and get in some batting practice.

BY MICHAEL CHAMY

SXSW Trailer Fest

SXSW and the Austin Cinemaker Co-op call for entries to their SXSW Trailer Fest competition.

New In Print

Timed neatly with the premiere of George Lucas' latest Star Wars installment, Will Brooker's new pop-cult study of Star Wars fandom sheds some light on the dark side.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Short Cuts

Music video maven Lance Myers stays up all night to animate the Riddlin' Kids' latest spin, plus pennies from heaven (or: the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund).

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

What, you think watching TV for a living is easy? Boy, does "TV Eye" have a thing or two to tell you.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

About a Boy

Lucky Break

Piñero

This film is a sympathetic biopic about the troubled life of Nuyorican writer Miguel Piñero (author of Short Eyes).
arts & culture

Emily Sings

New Texas Music Works is kicking off the ninth annual New Texas Festival with the Emily Dickinson Song Symposium. A conference dedicated to art songs featuring texts by the master American poet.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

The Long Center for the Performing Arts is delayed until 2005, and MS / Nerve Dance Company and Jason Phelps hold a very personal benefit.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Exhibitionism

The thrill that comes from the bright, full, flashy, splashy sound of a brass band is the feeling you get from Austin Musical Theatre's production of Sweet Charity and to coin a phrase, how sweet it is.

Rigoletto

With Rigoletto , Austin Lyric Opera once again executes in bold strokes a classic opera in the vaulting openness of the City Coliseum, with director Joseph McClain again showing a flair for the theatrical and finding a degree of intimacy in that vast space.

El Paraiso

The Rude Mechs took a road trip to see the Marfa lights, and their journey has been translated by playwright Kirk Lynn, director Shawn Sides, and a gifted ensemble into a raucous, sweet, funny, fanciful meditation on the tension between desire and intellect, and heaven as embodied in the land called Texas.
columns

Page Two

Dave Marsh is a writer of passionate convictions whose work is designed for engagement. Which is why we're excited that he wrote our cover story on as great a talent as Patty Griffin.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

Hmmmmmm, didn't our Style Avatar's psychic "see" what awaited him at the Brown Bar? Why was he not forewarned? Also, AAF checks in on George Michael's potty habits.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

All my life I have really loved milk, but my wife is concerned that it is making me gain weight. At age 30 I am otherwise healthy but about 20% over my ideal weight. Would two glasses of milk per day be too much?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Soccer Watch

Ale, ale, ale, ale! The World Cup starts in two weeks! Plus a look at the basketball and hockey playoffs so far.

BY NICK BARBARO

The Prayer Robbers

A fantasist's view of the rise of monotheism.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

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