Dec. 27, 2002

Volume 22, Number 17

features

Holiday Wish Lists 2002

Presents for public service
news

Faces of the Enemy

Photographs from Iraq by Alan Pogue

The Theft of Wages Is Sin: Fighting for Migrant Workers

Advocates for migrant workers and local law enforcement team up to get deadbeat employers to pay up.

BY LAURI APPLE

Mala Sangre Flows Again at APD

The third whistle-blower suit by an Austin cop over the truncated Mala Sangre probe goes to court.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Beds, Banks, and (Dirt) Bikers

BY AMY SMITH

Will King Fisher Creek Beat the Clock?

A controversial Southeast Austin housing project rushes to open by a Dec. 31 deadline for federal support.

BY DAVE MANN

Farmers Beats Back Ballard

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Headlines

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: A Very Mayor-y Christmas

Enjoy your present from Gus Garcia. (You can't return it. Some assembly required.)

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Capitol Chronicle

As the year turns, the auguries of war predict the worst

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Corporations now charge you to pay them; and Calpers corrals big business deserters.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere

Champagne wishes bubble up around the holidays, and Wes Marshall is the man to help you make them come true.

BY WES MARSHALL

Our Dinner With Tony

Wes Marshall and Mick Vann do dinner with a worldly renegade chef.

BY WES MARSHALL AND MICK VANN

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood introduces you to the most fascinating food people of 2002.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Coffeehouses Part II

One more cup of coffee before you go to the valley below, in this week's "Second Helpings."
music

One Two Three Faw!

A brief history of Texas garage rock.

BY MARGARET MOSER

Phases and Stages

Nirvana

Nirvana

U2

The Best of 1990-2000

Rolling Stones

Forty Licks

Warren Zevon

Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon

Bowie, David

Best of Bowie

Ramones

Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits

Black Sabbath

Symptom of the Universe: 1970-1978

Ride

OX4 -- The Best of

Siouxsie & the Banshees

Best of

Cabaret Voltaire

The Original Sound of Sheffield: '78 / '82 Best of

Björk

Greatest Hits

Aterciopelados

Evolucion ° Grandes Exitos

Belly

Sweet Ride: The Best of Belly

Smashing Pumpkins

Earphoria

Fastball

Painting the Corners: The Best of Fastball

Heart

The Essential Heart

Fleetwood Mac

The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac

Paul Simon

The Paul Simon Collection

Allman, Gregg

No Stranger to the Dark

Kimbrough, Junior

You Better Run: The Essential Junior Kimbrough
screens

Frontier Television

The Territory 2003 season schedule

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Spies Like Us

Now you can snoop on your own friends and family. The question is, are they really worth snooping on?

Meals From Middle-Earth

A benefit raffle raised enough cash to fund nearly 3000 meals for Capital Area Food Bank.

In Print

UT professor Lewis Gould compiles the best of his father Jack Gould's columns into an enlightening discourse on the early days of television.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Short Cuts

Local asses contribute to community.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

The pre-Top 10, unofficial year in review.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Stormy Weather (1943)

The rags-to-riches storyline is mere pretext for the musical numbers but oh my stars and garters, what musical numbers.

Film Reviews

Alias Betty

Catch Me If You Can

The film is based on the autobiography by Frank Abagnale Jr., who at the tender age of 17 led the FBI and various other law enforcement agencies on a giddy global romp while he kited, forged, and manufactured checks over a four-year period.
arts & culture

What It Is to Be Human

Actor Martin Burke, now in the midst of his fifth sell-out run as David Sedaris' Little Elf in The Santaland Diaries, talks about that show's success and his career as an actor.

BY BARRY PINEO

Vital Currency

Through copper wire woven into life-size human figures and micro-architectural sculpture made from twigs, handmade paper, and almost infinitely knotted strands of horsehair, Patricia Greene and Oscar Silva's "Unconfined Weaving" exhibition at the Butridge Gallery proves elemental and galvanizing.

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Articulations

The National Endowment for the Arts played Santa Claus last week, dropping federal funding in the stockings of arts organizations, and even went so far as "comin' to town" to do it, announcing $26 million in grants, including $287,000 to 14 local artists and arts organizations, from here in Austin.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Santaland Diaries

The Santaland Diaries, which recounts writer David Sedaris' experience as a Macy's elf, is funny, irreverent, and sneakily heartwarming, and with Martin Burke in the driver's seat as Krumpet the elf, the Zachary Scott Theatre Center production is a nonstop, exhilarating ride.

"Pertaining to Painting"

Paola Morsiani, curator of the Austin Museum Of Art's exhibition "Pertaining to Painting," fit in the show's four rooms so many -isms and nationalities that he could have called this exhibition "Now That's What I Call Painting, 2002!"
columns

Page Two

The mayoral race is on, with and without some usual suspects.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Put this column on the top of your holiday shopping list, and while you're at it, pick out something special for Zsa Zsa Gabor.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

Is it worth the extra expense to buy organically grown produce?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Letters at 3AM

Reflections on how Western civilization lost its moral authority.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

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