Aug. 2, 2002

Volume 21, Number 48

features

Every Day Is Dress-Up Day

Back to Cool

The Griffin School kids take us back to high school in style

BY KATE X MESSER

news

The Short Unhappy Life of Sophia King

The APD shooting death of Sophia King was a tragedy waiting to happen.

BY LUCIUS LOMAX

Beware of Bingo Narcs!

On July 18, an investigator from the Texas Lottery Commission's Charitable Bingo section informed Continental Cub owner Steve Wertheimer that the club's bingo night was illegal --way illegal. Why?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Curtains Closing on Stratus Deal?

The Stratus Properties development deal heads for a third and final City Council vote, just as environmental and neighborhood opponents step up demands for a referendum.

BY AMY SMITH

Officer's Conviction Overturned

BY JORDAN SMITH

Will He, Would He, Woodlawn?

Austin investor Jeff Sandefer plans to buy Woodlawn, the sprawling 22-room Pease Mansion in West Austin's Enfield neighborhood.

BY DAVE MANN

Naked City

This Week's Headlines

BY LAURI APPLE

Capitol Chronicle

Texans leap to the defense of Governor and President Bush

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

It's easy to make nuclear waste safe -- just pass a law saying it's so; and, dishonesty permeates the corporate culture -- even CEOs' golf games.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Surf and Turf, Travis-Style

Lakeside Dining 2002: By boat or by car, bring your appetite.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Arson at the Salt Lick and the Salt Lick in The New York Times: What are the odds for both to happen in week? Virginia B. Wood fills you in, while telling all about the Texas Culinary Academy, in this week's "Food-o-File."

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Slices of Life

Erin Mosow establishes the facts about local pizza establishments in this week's "Second Helpings."
music

Here We Go Again

The Riddlin' Kids -- DIY with a bullet.

BY ANDY LANGER

Reconnection Notice

Sonic Youthman Lee Ranaldo speaks.

BY MICHAEL CHAMY

Dancing About Architecture

Can you believe it, another club gone. And another gone, and another gone…

BY KEN LIECK

Phases and Stages

the Vines

Live Shot

various

Like, Omigod! The '80's Pop Culture Box (totally)

David Bowie

Ziggy Stardust

Red Hot Chili Peppers

By the Way

the Flaming Lips

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
screens

Here Comes the Sun

On a breather from The Sopranos, actress Edie Falco soaks it up in John Sayles' Sunshine State.

BY MARRIT INGMAN

All I Really Need to Know I Learned Watching Movies

A good student is a prepared student. Here's our back to school curricula.

Short Cuts

It's still summer in the city, but news about fall film-related events means a break in the heat isn't too far away.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

How a former nurse in polyester pantsuits can spice up your sex life.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Sex and Lucía

Medem's film is a bleached-out beauty, hitting our most commanding human emotions – lust to love to grief to rage and back again – while only occasionally striking a wrong chord. – Kimberley Jones

Signs

Sunshine State

arts & culture

Spells-bound

Seattle's 33 Fainting Spells, which enchanted local audiences with the dance drama The Uninvited in 1997, makes its long-awaited return to Austin.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

The Texas Commission for the Arts gives Austinites a chance to see the state's best artists for free, and praise from the out-of-town press for local playwrights Cyndi Williams and Joe Sears and Jaston Williams

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Boom Town

The Company's production of Boom Town, a stage thriller by film actor Jeff Daniels concerning economic development and marital infidelity, may hit the audience over the head with themes familiar from Hollywood potboilers, but unlike most movies of that kind it leaves its audience with a memorable bang.

The Flame Keeper

With a single setting, one act, and two actors, Amos Kamil's play The Flame Keeper is decidedly simple in form, but it is far from simplistic, grappling with issues of identity and responsibility that are enormously complex.

Blah, Blah, Blah

In the 14 sketches that make up Blah, Blah, Blah, playwright Lowell Bartholomee skewers Hollywood with situations and dialogue that are clever and perceptive, but the actors seem to be working to put it across, straining even, when it really doesn't need the hard sell.
columns

Page Two

The Newspaper That Came to Breakfast: The Statesman's coverage of the Stratus deal is very hard to swallow.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

… Wherein we listen to a new DJ, see Stephen's new 'do and wok, don't run, for some late night Chinese. Join us?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

I have recently begun to suffer what my doctor diagnoses as carpal tunnel syndrome, apparently connected with long hours at my computer keyboard. I am now wearing a "splint" and have changed my keyboard, but would like to do more. What nutrients might help?

About AIDS

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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