July 26, 2002

Volume 21, Number 47

news

Goodbye to Big Pink

The Rio Motel faces new ownership, a new name, and perhaps a new future.

BY ROB D'AMICO

Interfacing With Dell

Environmentalists press Michael Dell for more aggressive recycling of obsolete computers.

BY LEE NICHOLS

'Stakeholder' Bails on Stratus

When Lauren Ross urged the City Council to reject the "half-baked" Stratus development deal, council members' jaws dropped one by one.

BY AMY SMITH

War by the (Text)book

The State Board of Education's first public hearing on social studies textbooks confirmed that, underneath the thin cloak of bureaucratic civility, an ideological battle is raging over whose story the textbooks should tell.

BY MICHAEL MAY

Second Yogurt Shop Case Begins

Jury selection is set to begin July 29 for round two of the infamous yogurt shop murder trials.

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Senator's Shoes

BY MICHAEL KING

Surf Barton Creek!

It's A Gas, Gas, Gas For Longhorn

Looks like the Longhorn Pipeline is about to begin pumping gas.

BY AMY SMITH

The Showdown at Sixth and Lamar

The new chain shopping center raises alarms from local merchants.

BY LAURI APPLE

Bradley Bonks

BY AMY SMITH

Understood?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

BY LAURI APPLE

Alas, Poor Dubya

The falling Dow throws a spotlight on the president's business career.

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Bush barks but barely bites, and MBNA buys a Congressman … on credit.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Rediscovered Roots

Wild Ginger, the reincarnation of Formosa, takes another chance at Chinese

BY MICK VANN

Author Deborah Madison in Austin

Noted vegetarian cookbook author Deborah Madison comes to Austin with her new book, Local Flavors: Cooking & Eating From America's Farmers' Markets, in her basket.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood fixes her French, has her eyes rolled back in her head by a delightful new dessert, and reports on the latest cooking classes in session in this week's "Food-o-File."

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Slices of Life, Part 2

Erin Mosow throws a pizza party in this week's "Second Helpings."

Food Reviews

music

Right Where They Belong

Raoul Hernandez goes on tour with the Flatlanders

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Dancing About Architecture

Hole is on hold, as is Abra Moore's new album, though American Analog Set may be dead and the Mercury's Hip Hop Humpday is definitely. Meanwhile, John Kunz fights back, and Don Imus raises the Flatlanders flag. Whew!

BY KEN LIECK

MANIKIN

Phases and Stages

The Punkaroos

The Punkaroos

Manikin

Manikin

Resentments, Vanguards

Sunday Night Line-Up, Live at Jovita's

A Loose Affiliation of Saints and Sinners

Sessions From the Hotel San Jose Rm. 50, Austin TX

The Cornell Hurd Band

Song of South Austin

Troy Campbell

American Breakdown

Saturn Expedition

Look Back Fair Pilgrim

Blue Diamond Shine

That Godforsaken Road

Texas Guitar Slingers

Texas Guitar Slingers Volume One

KVRX Local Live Vol. 6: Unlimited Bandwidth

KVRX Local Live Vol. 6: Unlimited Bandwidth

Ralph White

Trash Fish
screens

Book Smarts

New academic tomes explore diverse film genres

Short Cuts

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then sandwich chain Schlotzsky's is practically kissing Bob Sabiston's feet.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

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

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Fame

Fame, a fictionalized but not entirely glamorized look at the High School for Performing Arts in New York, requires a complete suspension of belief, but once suspended, it's as easy to swallow as ice cream.

Film Reviews

The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)

This is a wonderfully universal narrative based on oral tradition about the introduction of evil into a peaceful Inuit community.

Trouble Every Day

arts & culture

Mouthing Off

Lowell Bartholomee has a lot to say, and he says it in plays that blaze like a Klieg instrument throwing gritty metrosphere of modern life into stark relief -- stark comic relief.

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Articulations

UT-Austin's Blanton Museum of Art acquires one of the most comprehensive collections of prints ever assembled by a private individual: the Leo Steinberg Collection of 3,200 prints from the 15th through the 20th centuries.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Moby Dick

In Kirk Smith's stage adaptation of Moby Dick, language comes forth in great waves, in storms of words, soaking our brains with images of the sea, of a white whale, and of a mad captain's pursuit of it, and while the Vortex Repertory Company Summer Youth Theatre production may not always convey every nuance of every line, it does communicate the feel of a life at sea, danger and dread, and the roles played by Destiny and Death.

Coyote on a Fence

Bruce Graham's Coyote on a Fence makes a strong political statement about the unfairness of capital punishment, but both the script and Real Rain Productions' staging of it are uneven, with choices that undercut the undeniable tension inherent in the dramatic situation of death row inmates.

Into the Woods

Although several performers are excellent, the orchestra is good, and the Austin summer-night atmosphere is as laid-back and fun-loving as ever, Zilker Theatre Productions' staging of Into the Woods is fraught with problems, from technical glitches to set-design issues to actors' difficulties handling the musical demands of the show.
columns

Page Two

The City Council should negotiate the Stratus deal from a position of strength; we remember the tragic life and brilliant filmmaking of indie pioneer Eagle Pennell.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

Who was that scary cowboy and why was he doing those nasty things??? Stephen ventures out to yet another "alternative" fashion show. Will he ever learn?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Coach's Corner

Coach gets his disconnection notice, courtesy of Allen Iverson.

BY ANDY "COACH" COTTON

Letters at 3AM

The Flatlanders' collective voice of experience still dares the odds and rings true.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

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