March 7, 2003

Volume 22, Number 27

news

'We've Got Climate Change'

Lee Nichols interviews UT biologist Camille Parmesan about the evidence and consequences of global warming.

BY LEE NICHOLS

AISD Budget Cuts Roll Toward Trustees

The AISD budget task force closes its deliberations as the Board of Trustees gets ready to act.

BY MICHAEL KING

State Budget Wars Spawn Tiff Over TIF

The Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund -- and the have-nots it supports -- fights to avoid an early death by budget ax.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

From Liberty Lunch to Homeland Security: Austin's Walk With CSC

Computer Sciences Corp. is now one of America's largest defense contractors. Is this a problem for City Hall?

BY LAURI APPLE

Condemned Banks Looks to Supreme Court

Delma Banks death row appeal reads like a laundry list of everything wrong with Texas capital punishment.

BY JORDAN SMITH

APD Deposes The King

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Headlines

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

"Please, Sir, I Want Some More"

The legislative budget process is leaving buckets of blood on the floor.

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Max on a Mission

Will Austin's turbulent climate produce a perfect storm for Max Nofziger's mayoral campaign?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

Bush acts like layoffs don't exist, and uses Iraq to distract the media from corporate corruption.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

As You Like It

Welcome! The following is our comprehensive Austin guide to the American classic commonly known as the hamburger.

Food-o-File

Austin gets two new eateries and a possible fosterer for many more, in this week's "Food-o-File."

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Vegetarian

Are you a vegetarian or curious about dishes without meat in them? This "Second Helpings" is for you, then.
music

SXSW MUSIC 2003

Long May You Run

Previewing the 2002-2003 Austin Music Awards.

BY JERRY RENSHAW

SXSW Picks and Sleepers

Picks & Sleepers

TCB

Are you ready for the fallout?

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Cat Power

You Are Free

Grant-Lee Phillips

Ladies' Love Oracle

Patricia Vonne

Patricia Vonne

The Agenda!

Start the Panic

Manatee

Music is Useless

Kinski

Airs Above Your Station

Yuppie Pricks

Initial Public Offering
screens

Getting Their Due

The 2003 Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards

BY MARGARET MOSER

SXSW FILM 2003

A Decade Under the Influence

10 Years of SXSW Film

The Merry Hempsters Hit the Road

In 2001, actor and activist Woody Harrelson rang friend and filmmaker Ron Mann up and invited him to tag along on an environmental whistle-stop trip in a hemp-fueled bus -- "The Organic Living Tour." Two years later, Mann's digital video-shot doc Go Further is all but in the can.

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Camera Is Mightier Than the ...

Documentarians Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain were right in the belly of the beast when the Venezuelan coup began -- specifically, in the Presidential Palace, right as the opposition stormed it.

BY MICHAEL KING

Back in the Saddle Again

Long considered a lost film, Peter Fonda's The Hired Hand gets its long deserved due at SXSW.

BY STEVE UHLER

Twice as Nice

Nancy Savoca comes with two films tucked under her arms -- Dirt and Rebel Without a Pause.

BY MARGARET MOSER

Pick of the Litter

What to see, when to see it, at SXSW Film 2003.

'Art Should Be Convulsive'

The Austin Film Society and SXSW celebrate the films of Mexican cinema giant Arturo Ripstein.

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

'Willard' Premiere

Star Crispin Hellion Glover, director Glen Morgan, and producer James Wong all gathered at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown on Sunday to celebrate their new film, Willard, about a vermin-happy outsider who fights back against an unfeeling world via an army of killer rats.

BY MARC SAVLOV

New to DVD

You can turn your back on a drug, but never turn your back on Criterion Collection DVD #175, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, an "eerie trumpet call over a lost battlefield."

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Short Cuts

Tim and Karrie League take their genius Drafthouse idea and open two more franchises.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Good Neighbors

Fred Rogers had a lot to teach us about being a good neighbor.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Pawnbroker

Over the past 40 years, Sidney Lumet has directed classics such as Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Verdict, works that overshadow the rest of his 41-film career. The Pawnbroker is overlooked now, despite exploring some of the themes that would define Lumet's later, more recognized films.

Film Reviews

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Colombani's debut features a finely nuanced and altogether striking performance by Tautou, whose wide eyes adroitly reflect an inner world that ricochets from hopelessly in love to simply hopeless.

SXSW Film Festival 2003

Tears of the Sun

arts & culture

Women's Work Is Never Done

Started in 1978 as a grassroots feminist arts collaborative, Women & Their Work has evolved into an Austin institution, which has survived collapsing economies and shifts in location and mission to become one of the city's premier visual arts spaces.

BY SARAH HEPOLA

A Piece of Work

In Wash, influential media artist Bill Lundberg projects video loops of hands being washed onto the bowls of three white sinks, calling to mind our culture's fears, now deeper than ever, of dangerous filth that might do us harm.

BY MOLLY BETH BRENNER

Articulations

Austin helps the Lysistrata Project become a global phenomenon, and Governor Rick Perry and Austin Mayor Gus Garcia speak out in favor of the Long Center.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Barrio Daze

Barrio Daze, a series of damn funny and poignant sketches created, woven together, and performed by Adrian Villegas is both absurdly funny and dead-on insightful, not only dissecting stereotypical views other groups hold of Hispanics, but challenging those Hispanics have applied to themselves.

Heartbreak House

Should you attend the UT Department of Theatre and Dance production of Heartbreak House, you'll have to work to keep up with the student cast, which blasts through the wordy script, but your labors will be rewarded by some fine design work and acting, and G.B. Shaw's timely critique of the leisure classes awakening to a world at war.

'Tis Pity She's a Whore

The Bedlam Faction is as smart a bunch of actors as you'll find, and they take the Jacobean tragedy 'Tis Pity She's a Whore and make its extra-dense language crystal clear and its characters comprehensible, and the story relatively easy to follow, but the production suffers from a flatness born of a lack of specificity.
columns

Page Two

In such intense and crazed times, film and music of soothe and feed the soul; SXSW 2003 provides plenty to feast on.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen makes the party rounds this week and finds out which celeb made an appearance at Flipnotics.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

How do I know if I need a B-vitamin supplement? What does it mean to "balance" the B-vitamins?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

BY SANDY BARTLETT

A Hundred Years of Shadows

One hundred years after "The Great Train Robbery," motion pictures have transformed consciousness into a Kingdom of Shadows.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

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