Nov. 14, 2003

Volume 23, Number 11

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news

MIDWIVES

Will Women Have a Voice at the New Women's Hospital?

Issues of choice and midwifery still perplex women using Brack's hospital-within-a-hospital.

BY AMY SMITH

High Tech vs. High Touch

The midwifery debate is not new in Austin -- a Chronicle reprint from June 18, 1993

BY ROBERT BRYCE

SBOE Approves an Evolution in Texas Textbooks

Over loud objections, the State Board of Education voted to approve high school biology textbooks discussing evolution.

BY MICHAEL KING

Planned Parenthood Says Its Future Is Set in Stone

BY AMY SMITH

Did Farmers Insurance Keep Secrets From the State?

The insurer's lawyers advised keeping the "most troublesome claims" out of sight

BY JORDAN SMITH

Knee Won't Let Fishing Cops Off the Hook

Police chief throws more than one book at the Decker Creek Six

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

Austin's chain store vs. local business battle is economic and political.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

The war on drugs attacks poor Bolivian farmers, not drug kingpins; and Halliburton still has its snout in the war trough.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Bold and the Beautiful

Young chef / owner Tyson Cole has Uchi right where he -- and probably everyone else -- wants it.

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood unscientifically surveys local foodies on local coffee.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Meat Markets, Part I

Food Reviews

Russell's Bakery & Coffee Bar

There's something enduring about a bakery. The smell of fresh coffee, the sugar-tinged, yeasty aroma that twines through the air, warmly embraces you, and evokes carefree Sunday mornings. Russell's in Northwest Hills is no exception.
music

Sheiks of Industry

Part one of a two-week look at Austin record labels and their leaders

BY MICHAEL CHAMY

TCB

Conrad Keely and Juliette Lewis? Getting it on with the Trail of Dead, Frenchie, Cheap Trick, the Austin Music Commission, and our own Todd V. Wolfson.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

the Hot Club of Cowtown

Continental Stomp

Patty Griffin

A Kiss in Time

Libby Kirkpatrick

Goodnight Venus

Coco Candissi

Impedimenta

The Crack Pipes

Snakes in My Veins

Greencards

Movin' On

McLemore Avenue

926 East

Resentments

Resentments

Austin Lounge Lizards

Strange Noise in the Dark

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, This Microwave World, Nytelite, America Is Waiting, OhBeast!, Li'l Cap'n Travis

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, Total Information Awareness, Haunted Rollercoaster, In the Lines, Makin' It in the Scene, To All the Trick-or-Treaters

Ian Moore

Live From the Cactus Cafe
screens

Being Bayard Rustin

Bennett Singer and Nancy Kates' Brother Outsider gets inside the life of a civil rights lion.

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

TO: America; FROM: The BBC

Subject: FWD: 'The Office' on DVD

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

The Birthday Party

They can make movies, but can they cut a cake?

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Short Cuts

Credit where credit is due: Bill Broyles takes on Brian Grazer in The New Yorker.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Just say no to free speech.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Confusion of Genders

This French sex comedy was not reviewed at press time.

The Flower of Evil

Chabrol's 50th movie is a study of guilt and its perpetuation.

Girls Will Be Girls

Valley of the Dolls meets Female Trouble in this all-male semimusical romp.

The Human Stain

Despite some terrific moments, Philip Roth's words fail to stick to the screen.

The Legend of Johnny Lingo

This G-rated story about an orphaned Polynesian boy was not reviewed at press time.

Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Riotous comedy mixes live-action and animation for a great result.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

It's a Russell Crowe's nest of a performance in this seafaring adventure.

Once Upon a Time in the Midlands

British romantic tale uses the gunslinger mythos as a means to explore romance and regret.

Tupac: Resurrection

More popular dead than alive, the hip-hop Tupac Shakur is remembered in this authorized documentary.
arts & culture

Inside and Outside the Curatorial Box

Husband and wife curators Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro and Regine Basha discuss the art of their profession.

BY MADELINE IRVINE

Where Cement Is Beautiful and Cranes Are Elegant

The Texas realism and pop-art imagery shared by Sodalitas and Brian Bowers make their pairing at Davis Gallery good sense.

BY RACHEL KOPER

Piece of Work

In her painting Katherine, Katy O'Connor portrays the subject's relationship to her purse such a way as to suggest multiple possibilities, questions left unanswered, which makes the work unusually intriguing.

BY MOLLY BETH BRENNER

Articulations

The Elisabet Ney Museum is headed for a makeover, Austin photographer Sean Perry takes the prize in New Mexico, and Chronicle arts writer Barry Pineo gets a publishing deal for an acting book.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The North Project

Local theatre genius Ron Berry and his talented friends of the Refraction Arts Project have turned the Blue Theater into a snowed-under tundra, with an amazing array of multimedia effects, live performers, sounds, and moments real and imagined, all inspired by the frozen North.

The Woman in Black

The power of little things to make spirits real drives The Woman in Black, a terrifically old-fashioned ghost story in the English tradition, and the State Theater Company production employs simple sights and sounds in effective ways that make us believe and be terrified.

The Importance of Being Earnest

Oracle Theater Company makes its debut with a production of The Importance of Being Earnest, and just as there is much to admire in Oscar Wilde's play, there is much to admire in Oracle's production, starting with the work of director / designer Russell L. Wiseman.
columns

Page Two

The Planned Parenthood construction boycott is thuggery, pure and simple; conservatives' hysteria about Bush-bashing is ahistorical and largely fantasy-based.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters @ 3AM

The cancellation of The Reagans by CBS was an act of cowardice in the face of noise from the afar-right banshees.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Get lost in the Sweet Berry Farm maze.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

Is salmon calcitonin as worrisome as Fosamax?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

Court's Medical Marijuana Ruling a First Step

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

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