June 14, 2002

Volume 21, Number 41

news

You Call This a Plan?

Seaholm District Master Plan Morphs Into the Lumbermen's Tract Subsidy Program

BY AMY SMITH

Must Stan Take the Stand?

Questions about the APD's disciplinary sanctions mean the chief might have to take the stand.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Save Our Speck Alliance

Larry Speck is the main architect of the Hill Country Galleria. He's also a member of the Save Our Springs Alliance board, which opposes the Galleria. This is what you call, "walking the tightrope."

BY AMY SMITH

Feds Uphold Holy Weed

BY JORDAN SMITH

Greening It Up

The Texas Green Party holds its convention in San Marcos.

BY MICHAEL KING

GHASPing for Breath in Houston

BY MICHAEL KING

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

Naked City

BY LAURI APPLE

God Votes Right

The Texas Republicans Gather in Dallas to Pray

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Out Into the DAMP

The Downtown Mobility Plan has critics from both the right and left, and that could be its undoing.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

The "outernet industry want advertising on the inside of your eyelids; WorldCom moneyslinger Bernie Ebbers dies by his own gun; and the un-American activities of Stanley Works.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Barbecue Summer Camp!

What is it about Texas and barbecue? Chronicle Food Editor Virginia B. Wood knows, and she knows we know, but the Southern Foodways Alliance is about to find out on their Taste of Texas Field Trip. Plus, "The Barbecue Song"!?

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Food Editor Virginia B. Wood has news from Central Market Cooking Schools and restaurants reinventing themselves in this week's "Food-o-File."

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings

Erin Mosow again investigates Austin's Italian offerings in this week's "Second Helpings."
music

Townes Without Pity

The battle for Townes Van Zandt's legacy

BY ANDY LANGER

Dancing About Architecture

Dee Dee's dead, everything else is crumbling.

BY KEN LIECK

Townes Van Zandt Reviewed

Townes Van Zandt, Townes Van Zandt, Townes Van Zandt, Townes Van Zandt

A Gentle Evening With Townes Van Zandt, Live at the Old Quarter, Texas Rain, The Best of Townes Van Zandt

Snoop Dogg

Live Shot

DJ Shadow

Private Press

The Clash

Westway to the World

Doves

The Last Broadcast

The Hives

Veni Vidi Vicious

The Hellacopters

High Visibility

The Cato Salsa Experience

A Good for a Good Time
screens

Melville in Cubicle Hell

Tyro film director Jonathan Parker brings "Bartleby the Scrivener" back to the future. And who better to ride shotgun than freaky, geeky Crispin Glover?

BY SIDNEY MOODY

Are You Experienced?

In its continuing endeavor to be coolest enterprise in Austin, the Alamo Drafthouse served up BBQ, Baby Ruths, beer, and Corey "Mouth" Feldman at last weekend's Ultimate Goonies Experience.

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Flicker's Got Super-8 for a Super Dad

How to buy Dad a beer for his special day but still avoid the Hooters' cliché.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Short Cuts

Sidney Brammer | Alleywood Auteurs | Ninth Annual CineSol Latino Film Festival | Betty Kaplan | Esmerelda Santiago | Almost a Woman | Jesüs Nebot | No Turning Back | Eighth Annual San Antonio Underground Film Festival | Yvette Pita | "Pan y Libertad" | Director's Guild of America EastGo to the beach or go to the movies? You don't have to decide -- South Padre's CineSol Latino Film Festival has both.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

The TNT action-adventure show Witchblade strikes out with its Groundhog Day-like season premiere, while HBO hits another one out of the park with cop drama The Wire.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

arts & culture

More Than Just the Facts, Ma'am

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum's exhibition on Davy Crockett features a short stage show with the hero of the Alamo appearing live and in person. The two Austin actors who alternate in the show describe how they bring that King of the Wild Frontier to life day in and day out.

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Images: Austin Arts Hall of Fame

Twelve local art enthusiasts are the first to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

The Austin theatre festival MoMFest goes away, the Austin Arts Commission welcomes Sue Graze to its membership, and a couple of Austin theatre types show up on TV.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Manhattan Transfer with the Austin Symphony

The four accomplished vocalists who comprise the Manhattan Transfer turned an evening with the Austin Symphony at the Austin Convention Center into a night when "there was magic abroad in the air."

The Sopranos

New Texas Music Works closed the 2002 New Texas Festival with some tremendously talented ladies -- sopranos from the Conspirare Choir -- singing a variety of material, but for all its warmth, the concert lacked the sustained intensity and interest that is the hallmark of the choir's best work.

Evocations: The Music of Hugo Distler, Opus 12

With its presentation of sacred choral works by early 20th-century German composer Hugo Distler, the Conspirare Choir put its versatility on best display and provided a sequence of absolutely divine sounds.
columns

Page Two

Our cover story delves into the complex legacy of Townes Van Zandt, an artist who cared more about music than business, who literally lived his whole life for the sake of the song.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

See where Austin ranks in a national list of most creative cities and then wonder why Dallas also made the list once you find out that the cheesy reality TV show Cheaters is based there …

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

I am 68 years old, and I can't decide how best to delay the aging process. I exercise some, eat sensibly, and take a multivitamin. What else works?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

HIV-negative? Help With Vaccine Research, Get Paid!

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Letters at 3AM

Learning about "manhood" from the movies

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Coach's Corner

Attending his son's graduation at UC-Santa Cruz, Coach is struck by a sudden infatuation with alternative sports: college baseball, horse racing, hockey, even World Cup soccer.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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