Jan. 17, 2003

Volume 22, Number 20

news

The Lights Are On: Is Anybody Home?

Downtown's boom has busted, yet developers still build.

BY AMY SMITH

Beaten at the Jailhouse?

An Austin woman claims a misdemeanor arrest led to a beating at the hands of Travis Co. jail guards

BY JORDAN SMITH

UT Area Cautious -- at Best -- Over Planning Effort

Campus-area residents take their turn in the city's neighborhood-planning spotlight.

BY LAURI APPLE

Here Come the Judges -- Again: Round Two for Owen, Pickering

Texas progressives mobilize against federal judicial nominees Priscilla Owen and Charles Pickering

BY MICHAEL KING

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, Central Texas, and elsewhere.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Capitol Chronicle

The deficit explodes and the Lege convenes

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Jackie Opts Out

Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Goodman declines to run for the job itself.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

A magazine for the people outside the CEO suite; and drug companies get Bush to help them kill babies.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Culinary Evolution

Vespaio has always been good -- now, it's better.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood has news from across the land.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: For 24-hour Party People

Up all night? Hungry? Literate? Then read on.
music

Revolution Rock

At the crossroads of the Clash and the great state of Austin, Texas.

TCB

More on the Antone's merger, the noise ordinance, and finally, Abra Moore.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

Fine China

The latest Austin Film Society free series examines the cinema of China's Fifth Generation filmmakers.

BY WILL ROBINSON SHEFF

Hearing Voices

An institution unto itself, the DVD commentary track can provide insider dish, impressions of mommy, and the startling depths of one movie star's know-how (or lack thereof).

Short Cuts

In a move that's certain to anger nonexistent film critics both in Austin and the world over, the Federal Trade Commission announced last week they'll be undertaking a review of how endorsement blurbs can be used in promoting films.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

TiVo takes the stand in the last of "TV Eye"'s recent examination of new TV-watching and -recording technology.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Sheba Baby

Not long after starring in two of the wildest blaxploitation films of all time -- Coffy and Foxy Brown -- Grier's career went in a much tamer direction.

Film Reviews

arts & culture

Live on Paper

When he's not covering canvas with acrylic-based images of Japanese toys and Italian scooters and good old American action-figures, Tim Doyle dabbles in the art of the comic book, distilling his day-by-day existence into three black-and-white segments each in monthly issues of Amazing Adult Fantasy.

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

FronteraFest 2003

It's time again for that annual performance jamboree FronteraFest, and time to mark its first decade of presenting Austin with adventuresome new theatre, comedy, dance, and spoken word by anyone with the courage or folly to take a stage.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Dances With Dogs (And Their Masters)

In the Sharir + Bustamante Danceworks program States of Grace, eight Austin choreographers showcase their new work in a program of dance that includes video dancers, classical Indian stories, martial arts, and blind performers and their guide dogs.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

A family of Austin artists facing deportation stays a little longer, and Zachary Scott Theatre Center postpones its Parade.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Dead Man Walking

The extraordinary new opera Dead Man Walking takes its audience on a journey from a place of horror and abhorrence to one of comprehension and compassion, a place where we may see the humanity of a murderer, and in Austin Lyric Opera's potent production we feel each step taken on its long and stony way.

Holy Well, Sacred Flame

Irish mythology is littered with conflicts more dramatic than the material for Holy Well, Sacred Flame. Still, writer-director Bonnie Cullum makes a unique rite from sincerity, sensuousness, and outlandish vision.

Shame the Devil

The celebrated 19th-century actress Fanny Kemble possessed the courage both to stand on a stage and speak as someone else and to stand on principle and speak up for someone else, as we learn with admiration and delight in the Pollyanna Theatre Company's production of Shame the Devil.
columns

Page Two

Next Tuesday's Creating a Liveable 6th and Lamar: Community Forum, meant to address the proposed Borders store at Sixth and Lamar, raises the complexity of issues involving economic choices, and the lack of a clear right or wrong.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

The Style Avatar goes JetSet and koo-koo for Christmas trees! See within ...

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Sometimes when I take my vitamins late at night I have trouble getting to sleep. Why is that, and which ones are most likely to do this?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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