Dec. 13, 2002

Volume 22, Number 15

news

Business, As Usual

The Capitol circus returns, but the permanent government is always in session.

BY MICHAEL KING AND JORDAN SMITH

Texas' 'Lethal Indifference' Blasted in New Death-Row Report

A new Texas Defenders Service study charges the state Court of Criminal Appeals ignores death-row inmates' rights and its own legal mandate.

BY JORDAN SMITH

City vs. Seton: Coming to a Hospital Near You

Negotiations between City Hall and the Seton Healthcare Network, beginning this week, could determine the future of public health care in Austin.

BY AMY SMITH

Summit for the Aquifer

BY AMY SMITH

Downtown Deadly for Bikes?

BY LAURI APPLE

Defending the Arts at AISD

BY MICHAEL MAY

Trash of the Titans Offends Neighbors, City Board

Neighbors rack up more complaints about Northeast landfills -- and the city Environmental Board joins the fray.

BY LAURI APPLE

Paying the CPPP Way

BY MICHAEL KING

Live Nun Witnessing

BY MICHAEL KING

Railing at the Rail Yard:

Capital Metro runs into (surprise!) angry neighbors as it contemplates redeveloping its Eastside rail yard.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Do You Feel Safe? A Chronicle Questionnaire

Test your patriotism with our attempt at Total Information Awareness.

Naked City

News Briefs from Austin and elsewhere

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Running Scared

Time waits for no one -- especially not the Downtown Austin Alliance or the Austin Music Network -- at the City Hall sausage factory.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

Bob Dole scolds us from his taxpayer-funded penthouse; and, "This police rescue is brought to you by: Hooters!"

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Culinary Library

The Food staff suggests some worthwhile gift choices from Santa's book bag.

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood brings the wine and tamale news, just in time for the holidays!

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: The Other America

"Second Helpings" gets South American this week.
music

Nowhere but Texas

A long, lost cosmic country artifact resurfaces.

BY MARGARET MOSER

Dancing About Architecture

Noise Ordinance meeting is postponed, as is the ultimate fate of the Austin Music Network. Happily, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is back.

BY KEN LIECK

Local Reissues

Freda & the Firedogs, Lubbock Lights, The Contenders

Freda & the Firedogs, Supernatural Family Band, The Contenders

Rolling Stones

The ABKCO Reissue Series

Pavement

Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe, Slow Century DVD

The Fall

A Part of America Therein 1981, Totale's Turns, Perverted by Language

They Might Be Giants

Dial a Song: Twenty Years of They Might Be Giants

Coltrane, John

A Love Supreme Deluxe Edition

N.W.A., Eazy-E

Straight Outta Compton, Niggaz4life, Niggaz4life: The Only Home Video, N.W.A. Legacy: The Video Collection, Eazy-Duz-It

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Cannonball Adderley, Les McCann, Eddie Harris

The Man Who Cried Fire, Radio Nights, Les is More, A Tale of Two Cities

Sahm, Doug

The Return of Doug Saldaña / 1+1+1=4

Making Singles Drinking Doubles

Making Singles Drinking Doubles

Dylan, Bob

The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Live 1975
screens

Look Ma, No Wrapping

New DVD sets of film classics and beloved TV shows: already boxed, they just need a box on top.

Reindeer Games

Giving the gift of joystick jollies

And May All Your Christmases Include Extravagant Song & Dance Numbers

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Fangs for the Memories

Shopping & sucking with erstwhile vampire Udo Kier

BY MARC SAVLOV

Calling All Lonely-Hearts

IMAX movies and swingin' singles meet up, make out, at i-mixers.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Short Cuts

England welcomes Harry Knowles -- and his Underoos -- with open arms.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

The face of change looks like … Janeane Garofalo?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Affair of the Necklace (2001)

If the point is to see if Miss Swank can act in a dress, the jury's still out. Otherwise, this historical drama is just shy of fabulous.

Film Reviews

arts & culture

The Image-Maker

Former Chronicle "Cover Master" and legendary tattoo artist Michael Malone's aka Rollo Banks' career has always on been in ink; now it's on paper.

BY MARGARET MOSER

The Way We Were

On the eve of his move to New York City, playwright and Austin Script Works Artistic Director John Walch reflects on the development of Austin's theatre scene during his time here.

BY MOLLY BETH BRENNER

Articulations

If you're still looking for the perfect gift for that arts lover on your shopping list, you have until Dec. 18 to get a 2002 Porsche 911 Twin Turbo Carrera for a mere $100, courtesy of Arts Center Stage's raffle to raise funds for the Long Center.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Smokey Joe's Cafe

Dave Steakley's version of Smokey Joe's Cafe at the Zachary Scott Theatre Center sets ablaze dozens of familiar hits from the musical catalog of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller by shifting the setting to a Playboy Club circa 1962 and rekindling the flames of desire that burn in the team's songs.

Aidan's Bed

While each of the seven bedroom dialogues in Aidan's Bed, Blake Yelavich's tight comic subversion of melodrama, relates to a deadly sin, the play as produced by Naughty Austin, is harmless at worst and titillation at its best.

A Christmas Carol

The Austin Playhouse-McCallum Fine Arts Academy co-production of Dickens' seasonal fable A Christmas Carol may be wafer-thin in substance, but the abundant goodwill of the entire company, from youngest to least-young, gives the show the warm, sweetness of a traditional holiday brew.
columns

Page Two

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

This week in Fashion: What kind of advice would Amy Fisher give Lizzie Grubman? And who has the hottest Underoos?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

I keep hearing about omega-3 fatty acids. What are they, where do they come from, and what good are they?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Letters at 3AM

You don't think that this whole thing with Iraq could have anything to do with the fact that Iraq sits on 10% of the world's oil reserves? Naw. It's gotta be them weapons of mass destruction.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

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