Dec. 6, 2002

Volume 22, Number 14

news

Thou Shalt Not Sue?

Van Orden's suit against the Ten Commandments is no slam-dunk.

BY DAVE MANN

Seton's Latest Surprise: Jesus Rises!

Seton Healthcare Network hires former City Manager Jesus Garza -- and shifts the odds in its dispute with the city over Brackenridge Hospital.

BY AMY SMITH

Your Neighbors, Your Money: ACC Looks for Support

Austin Community College seeks to build support for a tax referendum even as a state audit blasts ACC leaders.

BY MICHAEL KING

Toothless Ethics

The Texas Ethics Commission has its own ethical problems, a fired staffer says.

BY JORDAN SMITH

A Drip of Progress for Northridge Acres

The state questions why the plan to provide water to Northridge Acres costs so much.

'Tis the Silly Season: Give the Gift of Politics!

Gift Guide recommendations from the Chronicle news staff

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Naked City

Breaking news from Austin, Central Texas, and the world

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

Even if a current criminal probe turns up no fire, Austin's minority contracting program has never lacked for smoke and heat.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

Corporations launder money to cheat the IRS; Homeland Security makes for good comedy.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Gourmet Gadgetry

The Food staff offers some ideas on stocking stuffers for the kitchen enthusiast on your list.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Austin cannot live on Bread Alone, alone, in this week's "Food-o-File."

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Edible Presents

Give the gift that could go in five minutes or that could last until Armageddon, in this week's "Second Helpings."

Food Reviews

music

Holiday Gift Guide

Box Set

Dancing About Architecture

The new noise ordinance goes to council as Jupiter Records goes round the clock.

BY KEN LIECK

screens

Bright Lights, Little City

It's maybe silly to fix a personality on a place, but something happens when you hook a left onto Austin Ave. and drive into Georgetown's historic district. Everything slows down, just a little bit, and then there's that marquee, neon and spangly, lighting up downtown. Welcome to the Palace.

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Tech Toys

Gift guide for the tech-minded.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Flesh & Blood

The Drafthouse thinks you could do with a little more Udo. That's why they're bringing in German legend Udo Kier for the weekend.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Another Blow to Damsels-in-Distress: 'Jen Saves Ben'

BY MARC SAVLOV

Page-Turners

BY MARC SAVLOV

Short Cuts

It's official: Ethan and Dennis are in.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

The story CNN broke, and the story that broke CNN into the big leagues of television journalism.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Shock Corridor (1963)

"Ever since my voice changed, I wanted to be in the company of the newspaper greats," thinks investigative reporter Johnny Barrett to himself early on in Fuller's predecessor to The Naked Kiss. "And this long corridor is the magic highway to the Pulitzer Prize."

Film Reviews

arts & culture

Arias From Death Row

In conjunction with its production of the opera Dead Man Walking, Austin Lyric Opera will present a seminar focusing on the unlikely journey of her story about providing spiritual counsel to a convicted murderer on death row to the operatic stage.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

A Time for Magic

The State Theater Company feels the time is right for magic, and so has a gift to offer this holiday season: the tale of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's Little Prince told in story and song by John Scoullar and Rick Cummins.

BY BARRY PINEO

Articulations

A scorecard of changes in the January arts calendar owing to, um, difficulties in the economy, as well as scheduling conflicts and new bookings.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Bash

In Bash, a collection of monologues by Neil LaBute, the protagonists appear to be considerate, decent people, but in the stories they share they prove themselves capable of committing crimes straight out of Greek tragedy, and the dirigo group production achieves a breezy intimacy with the audience, engaging us so thoroughly that when the darkness falls, we find it hard to abandon them.

Curieosity

Curieosity, writer-director-choreographer Sharon Sparlin's original work about Marie Curie and her physicist husband Pierre is an energetic collage of performance styles, with actors on the go like atoms smashing inside a supercollider and spraying their sub-atomic anatomies in every direction, in all manner of presentational genres.
columns

Page Two

Seton's sabotage, unintentional or not, of the ongoing planning for a hospital district is barely a street sign on the road of potential social deterioration. The problem is that, though it's a tiny step, it's another one in the wrong direction, and those steps have become strides.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

Oh, you know it's the season when everyone gets on the First Thursday bandwagon. Plus, this week, our Style Avatar goes to jail. You'll just have to read about it.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Several years ago I stopped eating alfalfa sprouts when there were reports of bacterial contamination. Are there safe sprouts on the market now?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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