Feb. 7, 2003

Volume 22, Number 23

news

Changing Places

The new Pickle Elementary School is a crucible of the changing St. Johns neighborhood

BY MICHAEL MAY

On the Lege: Bombshells and Budget Officers

The Legislature begins to get down to business.

BY MICHAEL KING

STAR Flight Strife Leads to Stand-Down

The fallout from an employee lawsuit briefly shuts down Travis County's air ambulance service and vexes the Commissioners Court.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Getting Down, Standing Up

BY LAURI APPLE

Will Seton Touch Down at Mueller?

The old airport may become home to a new Children's Hospital.

BY AMY SMITH

Pierce Freed After Three Years: "Godspeed"

The DA drops charges against Maurice Pierce for the yogurt shop murders.

BY JORDAN SMITH

T.A.B. Takes Legal Offensive

BY AMY SMITH

Naked City

Headlines

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

Our fiscal crisis is exactly the reason we need a City Council resolution on Iraq

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Capitol Chronicle

A farewell to Maury Maverick Jr.

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Lowdown

Nancy delivers Victory for cell-phone companies; Rick Perry admits he's not up to the job.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Comforts of Home Cooking

Two Austin schools are teaching the old-fashioned way.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood has nothing but good news.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Sushi

Sushi: The possibilities are quiet literally endless.
music

This Good Thing

Austin's sharp-dressed ska men, the Stingers

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

TCB

SXSW looms on the horizon, and "TCB" is already neck-deep in it.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Flametrick Subs

Something in Japanese

Slum City

Hot Beef Rejection

This Microwave World

The Same Things Kill Your Kids EP

The Midgetmen

Pool Party Emergency

Mickey & the Motorcars

Which Way From Here

Lost John Casner

Don't Make Me Laugh While I'm Drinkin'

Bill Neely

Austin's Original Singer-Songwriter

Richard Buckner

Richard Buckner

Ruben Ramos

On the Prowl

Malford Milligan

Sweet Cherry Soul

Monte Montgomery

Live at the Caravan of Dreams

Oh, Beast!

Oh, Beast!

J Church

Palestine

Butthole Surfers

Butthole Surfers + Live PCPPEP
screens

(Re)learning Japanese

One was a hardworking Renaissance man, a student of literature. The other was a hard-living military veteran, a cameraman-in-training who stumbled into acting after his grizzled mug and gruff mien won a talent search. Together, Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune created some of the Japanese cinema's most enduring treasures.

BY MARRIT INGMAN

Come What May

Be it buckets of blood or PBS adaptations, Austin native and newly crowned angel of death Angela Bettis is up for it.

BY MARC SAVLOV

¡Ay, Almodóvar!

You can't begin to explain the bewildering, gorgeous operatics of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar's universe, where chance meets destiny and words take a way backseat to the communicative powers of hot, howling sex.

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Short Cuts

Welcome to the Alamo Drafthouse Version 3.0.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

What NBC's new Kingpin means for the representation and presentation of Latinos on television

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

May

arts & culture

Culture Cash

Austin's artists and arts groups are working hard to survive the economic downturn, and now more than ever it's essential for the city that they do.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Choosing Peace

On the second anniversary of being named Ballet Austin's permanent artistic director, Stephen Mills reflects on his first two years and the company's current program, Director's Choice.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

Long Center supporters do a funding turnaround by asking the city for $25 million in bond money, and Austin Musical Theatre finds new life as Broadway Texas.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Personals

While the material in Personals, a revue built around the ads placed by men and women desperately seeking soul mates, suffers somewhat from age, Naughty Austin's production makes a fine match with a cast that is exceedingly appealing and extremely adept at musical comedy.

Portrait of Conspirare

Local chorus Conspirare, headed to New York City for the American Choral Directors Association convention, previewed the trip with a local concert of what amounted to two programs: a collection spanning Renaissance to modern works and a mostly modern collection of songs ranging from the flowing to the formal, the basic to the brash.

The Post-Neanderthal Diet

The Post-Neanderthal Diet is a slight but enjoyable satire of quick-fix culture by Hans Frank (of Lonely Highway), in which guru Nubby Farnsworth Jr., a chain-smoking huckster who seems to have taken a swim in an oil leak, promises to improve your life with bizarre insights and a gag-inducing fruit-and-raw-meat smoothie.
columns

Page Two

Expect the next decade to be dominated by a weak economy and precarious international politics -- the consequences of Bush's successes.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

A Danse Macabre

Our national preparations for war follow a choreography that has predetermined steps.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

Whose hair made Stephen say, "DHOH!" at the GG's this year, and who was TLWIH? And that's just the national scene. … Locally, which partygoers were also BOAers and who counts as Stephen's NBF??? U must read 2 C!!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

What is inulin good for, and where can I buy it?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

BY CAROLYN PARKER, PH.D. DIRECTOR

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