Jan. 31, 2003

Volume 22, Number 22

news

Redrawing the Road Map

CAMPO expansion may change the roles of the Central Texas transportation game.

BY DAVE MANN

Impaired Judgment

SOS Alliance enters the controversy over toxins at Barton Springs.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON AND AMY SMITH

Is the Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door?

AISD's budget cuts could be deep and painful.

BY MICHAEL KING

Maurice Pierce: A Free Man

BY JORDAN SMITH

Max For Mayor, For Real

BY AMY SMITH

City Budget: Same Song, Second Verse

Just like last year, City Hall is grappling with a $70-million-plus projected budget gap.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

SOS, Stratus Split in Court

BY AMY SMITH

Wentworth Grabs Rose's Tail

BY MICHAEL KING

Texas: One Dirty, Dirty State

BY LEE NICHOLS

Hospital District Gets an Exam From the Lege

Austin and Travis County lawmakers ready a hospital district for the Legislature -- and then the voters.

BY AMY SMITH

Naked City

Headlines

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large: Too Many Cooks?

Restaurateurs Marc Katz and Brad Meltzer may spoil Will Wynn's (and Max Nofziger's) smooth mayoral campaigns.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Capitol Chronicle: Nothing From Nothing Leaves Nothing

The state budget proposals are walking on moonshine.

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Fleet discredits the Constitution and news outlets perform PR.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

A New Kind of Catering

Local businesses are marrying style with substance on the wedding table.

BY RACHEL FEIT

Food-o-File

"Food-o-File"

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Sushi, part II

music

I Want My MP3s

The rise and demise of Austin's once dominant file-sharing service, Audiogalaxy

BY MICHAEL CHAMY

TCB

Uncertainty, hope, and tragedy visit the Austin music scene this week.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Reed, Lou

The Raven

Primal Scream

Evil Heat

Audioslave

Audioslave

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Jay-Z, Fat Joe, Snoop Dogg, Sean Paul, Busta Rhymes, Ja Rule, Nas Escobar, Erick Sermon, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Common

Under Construction, The Blueprint2: The Gift and the Curse, Loyalty, Paid the Cost to Be the Boss, Dutty Rock, It Ain't Safe No More, The Last Temptation, God's Son, React, Quality, Phrenology, Electric Circus

Songbook

Hornby, Nick
screens

Down From the Mountain

There was no snow at Sundance this year, but a strong slate nonetheless.

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

It's a Wonderful Life

The Austin Film Society presents an evening in celebration of Sam Fuller.

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Shelter From the Storm

Austin multimedia company Internal Machine outfits the Alamo Drafthouse North with a something better than Pepsi commercials.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Short Cuts

Savlov goes South by

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Happy 300th, The Simpsons.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Thunder Road

This film no doubt planted the seeds for more good ol' boy action pics, but Mitchum's story and charismatic screen presence make Thunder Road a ride to remember.

Film Reviews

Biker Boyz

Food of Love

Rabbit-Proof Fence

Set in 1931 Australia and based on a true event, Noyce's film shows what three half-caste aboriginal girls experience when they escape the camp where they have been forcibly sent in order to become anglicized. The music is by Peter Gabriel.

The Recruit

Talk to Her

Gone, with one major exception, are the delicious hysterics of Almodóvar's earlier works; Talk to Her is a mostly restrained, though by no means unemotional, work about two men in love with comatose women.
arts & culture

I Hear a Symphony

Composer Kent Kennan has been an essential voice in America's musical counterpoint since 1936 when he won the Prix de Rome Composition Prize. Now, at age 90, he'll hear the Austin Symphony play his composition for the very first time.

BY JERRY YOUNG

FronteraFest

On a wet and shivering Saturday night, FronteraFest offered something, finally, to combat the chill outside: the warmth of great performers.

BY SARAH HEPOLA

Articulations

Local theatre artists join a planetwide call for peace with the Lysistrata Project, the UT PAC's associate director leaves for Pittsburgh, and the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center gets a room of its own.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Requiem for Tesla

Genius and madness are the ac and dc of inventor Nikola Tesla's life, as portrayed in the Rude Mechanicals' biographical tribute Requiem for Tesla, and this new version provides the atmosphere and quickening charge of an old Universal horror film.

Blanket: Ann Carlson

As an old woman shuffling rhythmically in slow, jagged lines across the stage, accompanied by an audio montage of media snippets, instructional tapes, and music, contemporary dance artist Ann Carlson explores the way memory shapes narrative and time in Blanket.

Secreto y Malibu: Diana Szeinblum

Secreto y Malibu, choreographed by Argentine avant-garde artist Diana Szeinblum, illustrates the rare depth of closeness between two secluded women through cutting-edge choreography and the bravura of dancers Leticia Mazur and Ines Rampoldi.

In On It: da da kamera

As presented by da da kamera at the Fresh Terrain performance festival, Daniel MacIvor's In On It provided a beautiful and quirky evocation of chance, choice, love, and life's inevitable drift (or plummet) toward death.

Drummer Wanted: Richard Maxwell

Drummer Wanted, Richard Maxwell's drama of a young garage musician's relationship with his mother while recovering from a broken leg was memorable, but chiefly for the distinctively expressionless, uninflected style of delivery that called to mind really bad acting on purpose.
columns

Page Two

Al Qaeda could not have hoped for a more perfect response to 9 / 11 than the American invasion of Iraq.

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

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

What is inulin good for, and where can I buy it?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY

About AIDS

BY JENNIFER HERRERA

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle