April 25, 2003

Volume 22, Number 34

news

How Can Wynn Lose?

The mayoral odds are with Wynn, but could a run-off be a race?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Borders Backs Out

A setback for Sixth + Lamar, a victory for keeping Austin weird

BY LAURI APPLE AND MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Barton Springs Reopens, With Great Pleasure

The Statesman-spawned toxics crisis is finally over, but threats to Austin water quality remain.

BY LAURI APPLE

Lies, Damn Lies, and Polls

BY MICHAEL KING

Naked City

Headlines

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Capitol Chronicle

This year's House budget debate reads suspiciously like Catch-22.

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

For mayoral candidates, the rubber has yet to meet the road (or rail).

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

On the Lege

Sen. Bill Ratliff's committee shows what good government looks like as it takes up controversial HB 4.

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

French's Mustard ain't French -- or American; and a traveler wonders what country he's in.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Making the Grade

Rachel Feit and Wes Marshall are on campus at the Bleu River Grille and Ventana, the Texas Culinary Academy's training restaurants.

BY RACHEL FEIT

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood shares her considerable files on food with you lucky folks.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Catfish

music

This Is Electroclash

Eighties retro-synth bands like the Faint, Fischerspooner, and Austin's This Microwave World prove that the best way to move forward is to look back first.

BY MICHAEL CHAMY

The Pleasure Principle

Local bands find the dance-driven heart underneath post-punk's industrial pall

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

TCB

Austin wonders if Billy Bob Thornton will hop onstage with Tori Amos.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Bob Dylan

Live Shot

Wire

Send

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Fever to Tell

Evanescence

Fallen

Ben Harper

Diamonds on the Inside

David Olney

The Wheel
screens

American Movie

What to see at the sixth annual Cine Las Americas.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

All Over the Map

The "thoughtful production, informed consumption" of the Taos Talking Picture Festival

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Short Cuts

Dobie goes digital, understanding Sikhism, and Tom Copeland celebrates two decades at the Texas Film Commission.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Films in Complicated Women -- TCM's new festival of precode pictures -- feature many legendary actresses in film history: Greta Garbo, Norma Shearer, Jean Harlow, Barbara Stanwyck, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, and others.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

arts & culture

Speaking of Dance

The difficulty of describing dance inspires choreographer Kathy Dunn Hamrick to create an ingenious 30-minute dance out of phrases from dance reviews.

BY SARAH HEPOLA

Crank Up the Machine!

When Austin Symphony conductor Peter Bay leads the UT New Music Ensemble in a performance of George Antheil's Ballet mécanique, he'll not only be giving the 1920s work its Austin premiere, he'll be reviving the notorious masterpiece of one of the true bad boys of music.

BY JERRY YOUNG

Piece of Work

The materials that make up Shellife are commonplace, likely to be found in any thriving household: eggshells, a white ceramic bowl, tulle, a small wood table, fabric. Yet the way artist Regina Vater has placed them together elevates them from everyday to shrinelike, allowing the installation to strike a spiritual chord.

BY MOLLY BETH BRENNER

Articulations

Two arts institutions end their runs: the iron belly muses theatre company and the South Congress visual arts venue Gallery 1313.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Black Tower

In The Black Tower, the experimental performance company ethos creates another theatrical museum through which audiences may examine living dioramas populated by Greek gods engaged in struggles with each other as old as the human race.

Fame -- the Musical

The SilverStar Theater Group production of Fame -- the Musical can't rise above the triteness of the script, but its rewards are multitudinous, with some energetic, and truly talented, young people as well.

Richard Stoltzman and Emanuel Ax

Hearing clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and pianist Emanuel Ax at Bass Concert Hall is like watching chess at Memorial Stadium, but the seasoned musicians still managed to dazzle with their virtuosity and plant music in your head that could lure you into a speeding ticket on the way home.
columns

Page Two

Songs of democracy in distress

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Is coral calcium really better than other calcium sources?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

Volunteer! Texas Swing is June 6

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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