Aug. 1, 2003

Volume 22, Number 48

news

Calling Mom

An essay on the author's mother and her generation of African-American women

BY LUCIUS LOMAX

Tweaking the ARA Plan

Seven years after its creation, the Austin Revitalization Authority hopes new revisions to its urban renewal plan can push Eastside redevelopment forward.

BY AMY SMITH

'Spy Kids,' Small Planes, and Surly Senators Star in Mueller Sequel

The State Aircraft Pooling Board's long goodbye creates turbulence at Mueller for the city -- and Robert Rodriguez.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Public Funds Part of PromiseLand's Plan for Praise

The conservative Christian church seeks a federal loan for an amphitheatre at its 51st St. campus

BY LAURI APPLE

After 40 Years of Hard Labor, Joe Gunn Steps Down

The longtime AFL-CIO leader ends a chapter of Texas labor history

BY MICHAEL KING

The Sheriff Shooting: A Very Different Story With the Same Ending

The shooting last week of Lennon Johnson by a Travis Co. deputy itself raises questions about the APD shooting last month.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Headlines

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Capitol Chronicle

Threatened with arrest, the Senate Democrats fly to New Mexico.

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

Another Austin boom is pointless unless it improves the quality of life.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

On the Lege

The Senate stands at ease, and the House steamrolls easily.

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Lowdown

Nike can't tell a lie; and useless crap we don't need.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Feast of the Dragon

Hong Kong Sundays at the Alamo bring watermelon monsters and world-class Asian cuisine together.

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

Hot chefs and hot dogs heat up this week's "Food-o-File."

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Slices of Life, Part 2

Food Reviews

Rounders Pizzeria

Austin's newest pie parlor brings the East Coast to the Third.
music

Oye Como Va

This trio of brothers from San Angelo aren't gonna be lonely for long.

BY MELANIE HAUPT

TCB

Developments in the SXSW wristband scam case, the resurgence of Emo's, and a preview of local fall releases.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Blaze

Aural Karate

Atash

Republic of Love

n / a

Stubb's Gospel Brunch Volume 1

Human Marvels

With It

Weary Boys

Good Times

Pat Green

Wave on Wave

Same Day Service, Rebecca Cole, Vanessa Peters, Donna Lynn Kay, Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Waiting for Tomorrow, Rebecca Cole, Sparkler, Electric Blue, Shout, Sister, Shout
screens

The Marble Falls

The demise of one small town's one-screen theatre comes down to cold logic in a big business. James McWilliams reports.

BY JAMES MCWILLIAMS

All-Access

VSA Arts of Texas raises funds to outfit AMC Barton Creek 14 with new technology for its deaf and blind patrons.

BY ERIN STEELE

Blogging With the 'Chron'

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, but this is a parody. Of XL ent. And their shiny new useless blogs.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Short Cuts

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

While the eyes of many might be on model Travis Fimmel's man panties in the WB's Tarzan, Belinda Acosta will be watching Benjamin McKenzie in The OC.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Interview With the Assassin

Despite its initial promise and Raymond J. Barry's worthy performance as the supposed second gunman, Interview With the Assassin never surmounts its clever concept to achieve something transcendental.

Film Reviews

arts & culture

Telling His Own Story Fearlessly

With his theatrical memoir "I'm Not Lying," Jaston Williams proves there is more to the man than Tuna.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Piece of Work: Crab Trap

On a visit to the inaugural exhibition for UT's newly renovated Harry Ransom Center, writer Madeline Irvine finds herself seduced into the silent undersea world of Karen Glaser's photograph Crab Trap.

BY MADELINE IRVINE

Articulations

After three years of leading the drive to build the Long Center for the Performing Arts, David Fleming has resigned as the center's President and CEO.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Crazy For You

With Crazy for You, Zilker Theatre Productions brings the grand songs of George and Ira Gershwin back to the park for the first time in 43 years, and the occasion seems to have inspired the artists involved to an infectious jubilation.

The Purpose of Tools

With The Purpose of Tools, Travis Holmes has penned some nasty satirical material skewering the All-American Family, religion, and work, and Loaded Gun Theory's production boasts a lot of energy, a strong cast, and some clever direction, but the play's frequent blackouts and split focus cause the inspired mania onstage to fizzle out.
columns

Page Two

The Republican right's hypocritical rhetoric machine has become so dazzling and effective it can only be viewed as (highly successful) conceptual art.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

I am ready to stop smoking and plan to use nicotine gum to help. Is nicotine gum safe?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

Free HIV/STD Testing at Pease Park, Aug. 8

BY SANDY BARTLETT AND LOIS VANLANINGHAM

Luv Doc Recommends: Em & Lo’s Big Bang Sex Drive Book Tour

BookPeople, Tuesday, August 5, 2003

BY THE LUV DOC

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