June 6, 2003

Volume 22, Number 40

news

Call and Answer

It's been a hard spring of politics in Texas; now it's time to relax with a book.

BY MICHAEL KING

Adiós! Don't Let the Door ...

A Quick Roundup of the Best and the Worst of the 78th Lege

Place 5 Run-Off: It's All Over But the Votin'

Margot Clarke and Brewster McCracken head for the finish line Saturday.

BY AMY SMITH

On the Lege, One Last Time

BY MICHAEL KING

Will Fernandez Bust Throw Eastside Détente Into Turmoil?

El Concilio leader's drug-and-assault arrest comes just as Mexican-American political cooperation is on the rise.

BY LAURI APPLE

T.A.B. Staff Held in Contempt

BY AMY SMITH

Is Texas High Court Contaminated by Toxic Campaign Cash?

Weekley family activism leaves a plaintiff worried about her chances for justice at the Supreme Court.

BY JORDAN SMITH

KOOP Trial Short-Circuits

BY LAURI APPLE

Judge Triana vs. Superduplex

BY LAURI APPLE

Naked City

Headlines

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Capitol Chronicle

The Lege battle over ethics covers a multitude of sins -- and hidden agendas.

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

Some kind of weapon is being held to the heads of the hurry-up council

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

Bush appointee fights hard … for corporations; and Big Digital Brother Is Watching You

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

All You Can Read

The Chronicle Food staff samples a buffet of books for the culinarily curious.

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood reheats the food news in this week's "Food-o-File."

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: A Little Italy, Part II

"Second Helpings" takes you on a return tour of Italy in Austin!
music

Sheet Music

Summer Reading

BY HARVEY PEKAR

TCB

Clifford comes home, Steamboat packs up, and Spoon seeks a pianist transplant

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

A Bee Worth Buzzing About

Texas Documentary Tour presents the Oscar-nominated Spellbound.

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Summer Reading

British Invasion

Local Cooper Mini enthusiasts rallied at the Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek this weekend in conjunction with the opening of The Italian Job.

BY MARC SAVLOV

America's Sweetheart

Georgetown's Palace Theatre celebrates a weekend of Mary Pickford films.

BY WILL ROBINSON SHEFF

Short Cuts

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

The Kentucky collective Appalshop presents a more truthful depiction of the rural life in Headwaters: Real Stories From Rural America.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Blue Car

The Good Old Naughty Days

The Man Without a Past

A man, beaten into amnesia, builds a new life in this Oscar-nominted Finnish film.
arts & culture

Applause! Applause!

The full list of winners for the 2002-2003 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art, as presented during its annual ceremony at the Capitol City Comedy Club.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Minister of Grace

At the age of 88, legendary dancer Fayard Nicholas continues to spread the good word of tap, and this week he does it in Austin as the Festival Legend at the third Soul to Sole Tap Festival organized by Tapestry Dance Company.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

O Rooster, Where Art Thou?

As Second Youth Family Theatre revives its original musical version of The Bremen Town Musicians, set in 1930s America with a country, bluegrass, and gospel soundtrack, writer / lyricist / composer Allen Robertson reflects on the show's creation 12 years ago.

BY BARRY PINEO

Articulations

This year's Austin Critics Table Awards ceremony turned into something of an endurance test, setting a new record for length at three and a half hours.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Side Man

In the Zachary Scott Theatre Center production of Side Man, director Dave Steakley conducts the play's overlapping conversations and monologue "solos" like a good bandleader, but that fine work can't compensate for the distance from the action created by playwright Warren Leight in depicting the gap between jazzmen and their families.

Monteverdi: Vocal Glory, Vocal Splendor

A program of songs sacred, secular, and straddling those two realms, all by Italian Renaissance composer Claudio Monteverdi, provided Conspirare with another opportunity to provide that which it does so well: powerful, ethereal song that seems to come directly from the distant, historical source yet has all the immediacy of new work.

Quake

Every visit to Hyde Park Theatre brings a discovery of something new, and in the case of Quake, it's playwright Melanie Marnich, whose surrealistic tale of a woman in search of a perfect love, a big love, a love that makes the earth move, is witty and perceptive.
columns

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BY LOUIS BLACK

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After a Fashion

Keg party at the lake! We get starstruck at the 10th anniversary party for Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater's classic ode to bud and tube socks.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

Is the Atkins diet a good option for weight loss?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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