Feb. 28, 2003

Volume 22, Number 26

news

Creative Capital?

In the City of Ideas, the people with ideas are dancing with day jobs.

BY MICHAEL ERARD

ACC Budget Axe Swings: Will It Miss Students?

The governor's 7% budget cut means drastic -- and ill-timed -- choices for Austin Community College.

BY WALTER HOWERTON JR

Reed Appeals 'Conviction of an Innocent Man'

A federal appeal attacks the state's 'airtight" case against death-row inmate Rodney Reed.

BY JORDAN SMITH

A Revolt Brews Among the Circle C Masses

New residents at Circle C Ranch question the control Gary Bradley's allies still have over the homeowners' association.

BY AMY SMITH

Max For austinmayor.com?

BY LAURI APPLE

Naked City

Headlines

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

On the Lege

This week at the circus, er, Lege.

BY MICHAEL KING

Capitol Chronicle

The legislative fight over vouchers and school finance has a long history and deep roots.

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

The city may go where it feared to tread last year -- tax hikes, layoffs, and cutting public safety budgets.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

Bush goes on a spending binge; lawmakers demand Bush ask for war permission.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Around the World ...

In 28 ethnic markets: where to shop when you want to live locally and eat globally

BY MICK VANN

Food-o-File

March comes in like a SXSW and Virginia B. Wood gets down to business, in this week's "Food-o-File."

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Simply Seafood

Climb aboard for the catch of the day, in this week's "Second Helpings."
music

Picks 2 Click

SXSW 2003

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

THE OCTOPUS PROJECT

TCB

50 Cent brings his bullet proof vest to the Delco Center

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Fastball

Live From Jupiter Records

Supergrass

Life on Other Planets

Simian

We Are Your Friends

Baptist Generals

No Silver / No Gold

Tim Easton

Break Your Mother's Heart

Sonny Landreth

The Road We're On

Bongzilla

Gateway
screens

Plays Well With Others

How Creative Commons is redefining copyright law and what it means for artistic collaboration across the Internet.

BY MICHAEL MAY

A Corner in Cyberspace Turned Blog Party

Jon Lebkowsky asks, why blog?

BY JON LEBKOWSKY

Power up the PDA

Recommended at SXSW Interactive 2003.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

New on DVD

New on DVD: Stargate: Ultimate Edition

BY JASON HENDERSON

UT Transmedia Showcase

Bill Lundberg, one of the pioneering artists in film and video installations, will join UT colleagues Bogdan Perzynski and Michael Smith at Cinescapes' UT Transmedia Showcase.

BY MICHAEL MAY

New In Print

Short Cuts

Locals Paul Beck and Jason Archer animate Molotov's new video.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Breaking more ground: Six Feet Under returns for a third season.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

A Moment of Innocence

While Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf is no stranger to long, long shots gazing down long, long roads for a long, long time, he also knows how to tell a story.

Film Reviews

Max

arts & culture

From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

How do you take Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist and, in less than a month, condense it into a 100-minute one-man play, with the actor playing 20 characters from the novel plus a New York City drag queen? Everett Quinton and Eureka, veterans of the fabled Ridiculous Theatre Company and creators of Twisted Olivia, explain how they did it.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Double D'Amour

In one week, Austin is blessed with two theatrical projects by gifted playwright Lisa D'Amour: her 16 Spells to Charm the Beast, a curious romance between a big-city enchantress and the fairy-tale beast who adores her; and Nita and Zita, a cabaret in which the ghosts of two sisters relate the story of their lives as a vaudeville team and as eccentric "gypsy ladies" in New Orleans in dance numbers, songs, and malapropisms.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

Austin helps the Lysistrata Project become the Little Peace Project That Could, the Long Center says "no thanks, after all" to the $25 million in Waller Creek tunnel bond money, and Austin Shakespeare Festival launches a new reading series.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

16 Spells to Charm the Beast

Playwright Lisa D'Amour's 16 Spells to Charm the Beast is an urban fable of loneliness and love set in a whimsical world where furry brutes pine for sophisticated housewives; at its best Salvage Vanguard Theater's production casts its own spell, capturing us in a thrall of poetic visions reflecting natural desire and supernatural devotion.

The Kentucky Cycle

The Mary Moody Northen Theatre's decision to stage Robert Schenkkan's monumental The Kentucky Cycle is laudable, and the St. Edward's University student actors and their Equity counterparts put their all into every moment of effort, but the production's nuggets of brilliance are lost in technical inadequacies, inconsistent acting, and awkward staging.
columns

Page Two

When they label war protesters' speech as traitorous, right-wing war supporters reveal themselves as truly anti-American.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

What do Osama Bin Laden, Aretha Franklin, and Blue Genie Art Industries have in common? Absolutely nothing, but go ahead and read about them anyway.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

My mother has been taking 400 IU of vitamin D for several years. She has severe osteoporosis that was still getting worse until she increased her vitamin D supplement to 800 IU per day. What is the safe limit for a vitamin D supplement?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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