July 5, 2002

Volume 21, Number 44

features

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

news

Beaten by Wackenhut

A former Travis County inmate alleges that Wackenhut Corporation bears responsibility for his prison beating.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Stratus Sparks Citizen Uprising

Hundreds of citizens turn out to denounce the proposed Stratus deal.

BY AMY SMITH

Preserving Planet Texas

Outdoor-loving Texans can thank the federal government for requiring the state to firm up its state parks planning over the next decade.

BY DAN OKO

APD Case Moves Forward

A judge rules in favor of an attorney who claims that APD engages in selective prosecution of officers. Attorney Steve Edwards now must collect evidence -- and his number one goal is to get Chief Stan Knee to testify.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Unconsuming

The Whirl-Mart concept comes to Austin

BY LAURI APPLE

Naked City

BY LAURI APPLE

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

Sending Out an SOS: Can the Fractured Austin Polis Find a Common Future?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Capitol Chronicle

The Supreme Court, by supporting vouchers, removes another brick from the church-state wall.

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Bush wants to spend your taxes on missile defense, but won't tell you if it works; and, WWJD -- What Would Jim Do?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

A Snowball's Chance

Casey's New Orleans Snowballs, the little family business that could at 51st and Airport, packs a year's worth of fun and flavor into six months, writes the Chronicle's Rae Nadler-Olenick.

BY RAE NADLER-OLENICK

Eat, Drink, Watch "La Strada"

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Cookbook Reviews

Food-o-File

Food Editor Virginia B. Wood says goodbye to Chronicle writer Rebecca Chastenet de Géry and hello to Claudia Alarcon and Erin Mosow, while still serving up the latest news in this week's "Food-o-File."

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Snow Business

Erin Mosow knows where to go for the snow in this week's "Second Helpings."
music

American Boy

Chris Isaak's drummer Kenney Dale Johnson: From Soap Creek to Showtime

BY MARGARET MOSER

Dancing About Architecture

The Hole in the Wall closes.

BY KEN LIECK

Phases and Stages

Radar Brothers

And the Surrounding Mountains

Soul Picnic: The Passion and Music of Laura Nyro

Michele Kort

Laura Nyro

Eli & the Thirteenth Confession, New York Tendaberry, Gonna Take a Miracle, The Loom's Desire

Shakey: Neil Young's Biography

Jimmy McDonough

Neil Young

Are You Passionate
screens

Happy Trails to You

Writer-director Jill Sprecher journeys toward enlightenment in "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing"

BY PIET LEVY

How to Get the Government to Pay Attention, the Rotoscope Way

Animated anarchy from locals Paul Beck and Jason Archer

BY MARC SAVLOV

Landmark Loves You

National arthouse chain Landmark Theatres is giving away free stuff. Score!

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

I Am the World Trade Organization ... Or Am I?

The WTO gets spiritualized in a carbon-copy hoax site.

BY MICHAEL CONNOR

Short Cuts

Writer / director Tim McCanlies enthuses about his upcoming film, Secondhand Lions; plus, The Alamo gets a new scribe.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Keeping one eye on television and the other on pop culture.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

3:10 to Yuma

Based on an Elmore Leonard story, this 1957 Western is a compelling mix of conflicting principles between two men, a farmer and a murderer, who hold each other captive while waiting for the 3:10 train to Yuma.

Film Reviews

Men in Black II

Mutant Aliens

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

Several vignettes follow different characters as their lives interconnect in a search for happiness.
arts & culture

Invasion of the Kiddie-Lit Plays

Characters from children's literature storm Austin-area stages in July.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

The former bakery turned arts center on Tillery gets another tenant, Austin Musical Theatre gets an executive director, and Zachary Scott Theatre Center alums get plum acting gigs on opposite coasts.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Making Porn

Ronnie Larsen's play Making Porn dramatizes the making of Cops, a gay porn movie, from casting calls to the spin-off calendar, and in Naughty Austin's production, director Blake Yelavich realizes the comic potential of the script and the world of porn. But a tragic subplot undermines the show's success as a satire on the adult movie industry.

The Unexpected Guest

For Different Stages' staging of The Unexpected Guest, director Johanna Whitmore has tried to bring Agatha Christie's 1930s English village mystery into a contemporary setting, but with the text still rooted in the phraseology and linguistic mannerisms of the past, the result is a stilted and, ultimately, wooden production.
columns

Page Two

We change printers, resize the paper, and go to press a day early, all in the same week. At some point this must have seemed like a good plan.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

The Style Avatar's Botox experiments -- and their eyebrow-raising results!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

I have decided to start taking a multivitamin/mineral of some sort, but I don't want to waste money taking more than I need. How would I know if I am getting enough, but not too much, of a nutrient?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Coach's Corner

Coach ventures forth to a pre-dawn World Cup-watching party.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

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