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Austin @ Large: Austin At Large: Backseat Driver
Karen Rae resigns from Cap Metro
"...of the running arguments about this Austin-San Antonio commuter-rail business, over which Rae has gotten nothing but grief during..."

Feb. 1, 2002 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

The Agony of the Ecstasy
Will the federal and local crackdown on ecstasy put raves out of business?
"...Unit, reads in part. "If the owner of the business or the promoter of the event continues to allow..."

Nov. 16, 2001 Music Feature by Marc Savlov

Chapter 2: Biweekly and Proud
September 1982-August 1988
"...did what most all who aim for a music business career do first: worked free for those who earned..."

Sept. 7, 2001 Features Feature

Eye to Eye
David Byrne gets sincere
"...recently passed the decade mark, even as Byrne was busy with books, photography, directing films, drawing, et al. His..."

Aug. 10, 2001 Music Feature by David Lynch

Almost Famous
Three years after leaving Austin for Hollywood, comics Chip Pope and Howard Kremer still aren't celebs, but with pilots for HBO and Comedy Central and a willingness to schmooze, they've come agonizingly close.
" an overnight sensation, as if they took a bus to Los Angeles, got off at a stop where..."

July 20, 2001 Arts Feature by J. C. Shakespeare

Uncle Blubbafink
Keith Graves, the author of seriously ridiculous stories like Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance, is garnering Hollywood’s attention, but did he ever want it?
" the five dozen Winn Elementary first graders being bussed in on this bright May morning, but rather his..."

June 8, 2001 Books Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Play On!
In the backstage comedy Anton in Show Business, playwright Jane Martin wittily paints the contemporary stage as a madhouse overrun by loons and lunatics so preoccupied with money, image, and themselves that they can hardly be bothered to create art. And the State Theater Company's production takes us inside the insanity with an air of playfulness that keeps the audience primed for a good time.
" in Jane Martin's wryly comic Anton in Show Business, a hit at the 24th Humana Festival of New..."

March 30, 2001 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Serious Rock & Roll Anthropology
An interview with SXSW honoree Penelope Spheeris
"...said, "hey, punk rock." They were a couple of business guys from the San Fernando Valley who had some..."

March 9, 2001 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Dot's Place
Austin has grown so far north that Dot's Place is no longer really in the country; the construction worker clientele is now joined by hungry high tech office workers from the Silicon Hills. Diners patiently snake their way through a maze inside the front door to a cafeteria line loaded daily with an embarrassment of riches.
"...Once my mind was made up, there was no stopping me." In the fall of 1980, the Hewitts found..."

Oct. 27, 2000 Food Review by Virginia B. Wood

The Hottest Race in Texas
The David Fisher-Todd Staples Senate Contest in East Texas Will Decide the Fate of the State Senate -- and the U.S. House
"...much of the nation was watching either George W. Bush and Al Gore impersonate Disney World robots, or the..."

Oct. 27, 2000 News Feature by Michael King

We're sorry you feel that way.
"..."is the same trolley system that we replaced with buses more than 50 years ago." The reality is that..."

Oct. 6, 2000 Column

Page Two
Editor Louis Black takes the light rail argument into Austin's farther future.
"...that great. Don't offer that impressive statistical proof that bus passengers have simply switched to rail, at a much..."

Sept. 29, 2000 Column by Louis Black

Starbucks vs. the Chronicle: Who's zoomin' who?
"...of Texas to write and tell me if Gov. Bush is telling the truth about his leadership down there,..."

Sept. 15, 2000 Column

Our readers talk back.
" passage and his funeral orations (of which Gov. Bush was a very complimentary participant as well as Byron,..."

June 30, 2000 Column

No Purchase Necessary
Does Napster, the MP3-sharing software program that has spawned several lawsuits and been banned at universities across the nation, mean the end of music as we know it?
"...are "like piling a bunch of people onto a bus; there's only room for so many people." Gnutella, on..."

May 5, 2000 News Feature by Erica C. Barnett

City of Great Bread
"For some time now," Virginia B. Wood writes, "I've had this fantasy about putting advertisements in selected East Coast newspapers to entice Italian immigrant or Italian-American bakers to relocate to River City and bake their wonderful breads for me. And for you, too, of course."
"...worth a second visit. On Spruce Street, the tour bus driver pointed out Caserta Pizzera, a family-owned joint that..."

April 14, 2000 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

Sea Cruise
Sailing into the sunset on Delbert McClinton's Blues Crusie.
"...for seven days and seven nights, will host a nonstop fiesta. Soon, they'll all be partying like it's 1979...."

Feb. 4, 2000 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

City council elections must be coming up soon...
"...I hope that this speed bump/stop sign mentality does not win out in Austin; because..."

Jan. 28, 2000 Column

Naked City
Parents and neighborhood activists are outraged that the city has failed to implement recommendations made by the Sidewalk Task Force years ago.
"...Even the bitter cold and rain couldn't stop a dozen-plus citizen activists -- and plain old moms..."

Dec. 31, 1999 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Sand Beach Battle
Sand Beach Reserve on the north shore of Town Lake is the subject of a land-use and legal dispute.
" -- or the law -- will intervene to stop the planned acquisition of the north part of the..."

Oct. 1, 1999 News Feature by Jenny Staff Johnson

Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel
Stephen MacMillan Moser reviews cartoonist Lynda Barry's first novel, Cruddy.
"...scary. But some of it is so extreme, I'd stop and think, "Wait a minute!"..."

Sept. 3, 1999 Books Review by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Cemetery Man
"...a step or two down the line. A gruesome motorcycle-bus accident means even more dead bodies/zombies to contend with,..."

July 2, 1999 Screens Feature

Press Bush on Wiccans
"...13 apostles get their way. I wonder what Junior Bush would say if you can pry it out of..."

June 18, 1999 Column

Page Two
"...became a long and brutal trip. The barely moving, stop-and-go traffic was accented by motorbikes daredevilishly twisting through, coming..."

June 11, 1999 Column by Louis Black

Don't Blame the Movies
" go, and are less efficient than the express bus services that were eliminated when the light rail systems..."

May 28, 1999 Column

Day Dream
"...Johnny Hodges sat in front of me on the bus, and my youngest son at the time was sitting..."

April 30, 1999 Music Feature by Christopher Hess

The Crazies
"...from the director. The brilliant, unexpected recoup that was Stop Making Sense (1984) and the more mature black-comedic adventures..."

April 16, 1999 Screens Feature

Naked City
Off the Desk:
" with a parent to officially withdraw. Most simply stop showing up for class. Court orders bring some of..."

April 2, 1999 News Feature

"...minuscule impact on tourism in Austin does not justify businesses to start up just for the fluctuating traffic of..."

Feb. 26, 1999 Column

Live Shots
Weezer Hoot Night
"...familiar with, though who would have thought that the show-stopper would be the lukewarm, mid-period single "Hourglass"? The 30-40..."

Feb. 12, 1999 Music Feature

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