Sept. 13, 2002

Volume 22, Number 2

news

Making Everyone Happy

The state's textbook adoption process focuses more on pleasing everyone than on teaching children.

BY MICHAEL MAY

Sailing Without Anchors

It's been more than two months since Bee Cave officials signed a controversial deal with the developers of a large-scale shopping center project, but peace has hardly returned to the valley in this semi-rural community.

BY AMY SMITH

Disputing the "Deputy' in Deputy Ruiz

Can a deputy still be a deputy without swearing to oaths required by law? One lawyer doesn't think so.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Harangued in Huntsville

Officers from the Office of the Inspector General arrest a political activist for asking a question. There, now don't you feel safer?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Budget Blitz

The City Council on Tuesday approved its $1.8 billion budget for fiscal 2003, but not before mollifying some angry citizens and mopping up some of the blood on the floor.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Naked City

Headlines

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

Will Wynn suggests some belt-tightening at Council, drawing the wrath of colleagues.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

Who decided that the WTO rules the U.S.?; who decided that the U.S. rules Iraq?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Point About DemiEpicurious

Wes Marshall evaluates an Austin restaurant according to a legendary master's exacting standards.

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood believes that she has found the elusive pie in the sky, and tells you all about it while reviewing Pascale Le Draoulec's American Pie: Tales of Life (and Pie) From America's Backroads.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: American Cafes III

America is the land of opportunity ... to eat! "Second Helpings" gets you started.

Food Reviews

Sampaio's Restaurant

"Sampaio's features truly representative Brazilian cuisine, in a very welcoming space, served by an efficient and knowledgeable staff," writes Mick Vann. But there's more!

Top Notch Restaurant

Trust us: 30 years later, it's still one of the best tastes in town.

Cleopatra Nights at the Hot Jumbo Bagel Company

Hot Jumbo Bagel hosts a tearoom brimming with sophisticated exotica into the wee hours? Who knew?
music

THE GOURDS

Life, Death, and Shoofly Pie

Chatting with the Gourds' rabid online fan base, family through thick and BAD.

BY MARGARET MOSER

Dancing About Architecture

As the Live Music Capital dries up, along comes the Austin City Limits festival to quench parched musical thirst.

BY KEN LIECK

The Gourds Reviewed

The Gourds

Cow Fish Fowl or Pig

West Side Horns

San Quilmas

Ray Price

Time

Dixie Chicks

Home

Susan Gibson

Chin Up

Hot Club of Cowtown

Ghost Train

High Noon

What Are You Waiting For?

Jason Roberts

Texas Fiddle Man

Roy Heinrich & the Pickups

Playing Favorites

Penny Jo Pullus

My Turn to Howl

Ted Roddy & the King Conjure Orchestra

Channelin' E

Radney Foster

Another Way to Go

Moonlight Towers

Moonlight Towers

Sin Pelo

Navigation

Sound Team

Into the Lens

Peglegasus

Learning Curve

The Bulemics

Sountrack to the Apocalypse

James McMurtry

St. Mary of the Woods
screens

Cinematexas 2002 International Short Film Festival

The ins and outs of the Cinematexas 2002 International Short Film Festival

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Let Your Freak Flag Fly

Gonna let it all hang out at Dragon*Con, where 20,000 sci-fi enthusiasts meet up, make merry, and sometimes cop a feel.

BY SARAH HEPOLA

Night of the Living Dead

Cinematexas supporters stage a publicity stunt cum protest march at a local Blockbuster.

BY MICHAEL CONNOR

Short Cuts

Austin Film Commission no more

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

After a 16-month hiatus, The Sopranos' fourth season finally arrives, accompanied by a slew of related books.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Lady in the Lake (1947)

This may not be the best Chandler adaptation, but it's a shoo-in for the weirdest, and not just because it's the only flick ever shot in Marlowe-vision.

Film Reviews

arts & culture

"Fair" Play

Director Scott Thompson doesn't want the audience for Austin Musical Theatre's production of My Fair Lady to get too comfy, and here's why.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

Public arts funding doesn't get much messier than the City of Austin's Cultural Contracts Program, but this year's process may go down in history as the messiest yet.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

History of the World as the Center of the Universe

In his History of the World as the Center of the Universe, Stephen Pruitt proves that he is gifted not only as a lighting designer, but as a writer and performer who can tell an interesting anecdote or formulate a unique view of just how the various facets of the universe fit together.

Vigil

In Vigil, playwright Morris Panych has written a rich character study that is also an extremely perceptive, wise rumination on death, but it's also very funny, and Hyde Park Theatre's production allows Panych's script to shine like a light through a lonely window.

Beyond Therapy

By billing it as a "neurotic" comedy, Naughty Austin seems to position Beyond Therapy in the Woody Allen movie genre, and its production best compares to the filmmaker's late career efforts -- one that he seemingly wrote during a spare hour in a psychiatrist's waiting room
columns

Page Two

To completely pretend this week isn't somehow special was ludicrous, but we're paying our respects with silence.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

What are the kids sporting in the clubs these days and what are they thinking???

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Why can't I just completely eliminate fat from my diet?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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