March 21, 2003

Volume 22, Number 29

news

The 'Mold Queen' Fights Back

Melinda Ballard beat the insurance companies in court. Now she's carrying her fight to the politicians and the public.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Supreme Court Ponders Banks' Death Row Case

The U.S. Supreme Court grants a last-minute stay to Delma Banks, Jr.

BY JORDAN SMITH

In Austin, Safety Comes at a (Too) High Price

The city's inflated budgets may have left Austin ped / bike projects empty-handed.

BY LAURI APPLE

War Drums: Rumblings on the Home Front

As an Iraq war becomes inevitable, local responses range from the stupid to the sublime.

Naked City

Headlines

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

Austin's $100 limit on campaign donations survives another court test -- does that mean it works?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

Being an arms pimp backfires on the U.S.; and to see our nation's future, look at Texas' miserable present.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

His Whole Life

How Lake Austin Spa and Resort chef Terry Conlan rose to the top without losing his perspective and priorities

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

Food-o-File

With great SPAM™ comes big changes, great and not great, in this week's "Food-o-File."

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Smoothies

Summer's coming, y'all: time to get smoooooooth.
music

One More Time

Wrapping up SXSW 03 with a sampling of Saturday night showcases.

AMA Encore

A last look at the 2002-03 Austin Music Awards

TCB

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

Sending Off SXSW 2003

Film reviews, and more!

The Hit Parade

Documentarian Jamie Meltzer pokes under the rock of the music industry in Off the Charts: The Song/Poem Story.

BY MICHAEL MAY

Off the Shelf

Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky's Horns and Halos isn't so much about Bush, but rather the book about the Bush that Bush didn't want you to know.

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Short Cuts

Sending off SXSW 2003

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Local filmmaker Heather Courtney's award-winning doc, Los Trabajadores, hits the small screen.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Long Riders (1980)

By combining elements of classic Westerns with a modern narrative, Hill and his capable cast render a thrilling look at characters often misinterpreted by Hollywood.

Film Reviews

arts & culture

Turning the Lens on Us

Austin is hosting the 40th national conference of the Society for Photographic Education, which aims to consider how the United States has been represented by photographers in the past and where photographers need to focus their attention in the future.

BY ERINA DUGANNE

Authentic Sound

When pianist Paul Badura-Skoda plays classical music of centuries past, he strips away the centuries of romantic interpretation and provides us with the beauty and lively spirit of the music as it was originally heard.

BY JERRY YOUNG

Piece of Work

In his large charcoal drawing Rock n' Roll, Drugs and Sex, artist Randy Twaddle reverses a familiar phrase and places it on a curling banner floating through a dark and grimy background, making it an example of verbal recycling in an otherwise wasted landscape.

BY MOLLY BETH BRENNER

Articulations

The stars come out at the Paramount when the Texas Medal of the Arts Awards are given, and the Bastrop Opera House shoots for a national title in the American Association of Community Theatres competition.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Scarlet Letter

The Vortex Repertory Company's retelling of Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter feels like it's coming from a fitful, troubled sleep, a hazy dreamscape in which director Michelle Fowler and her cast create a society of suffocating morality and the cruel reprisals that await any who violate its rigid rules of conduct.

Celebrity Crush '03

In the best Hollywood tradition, the good folks at Refraction Arts Project have created a sequel to 2002's Celebrity Crush, and the new series of sketches and films about obsessions with and fixations on various celebrities, old and new, has as much to recommend it as the old.

Hush: An Interview With America

In Hush: An Interview With America, the students of the UT Department of Theatre and Dance handle the complexities of James Still's play with steady hands, which may please viewers who enjoy supporting the development of young artists, but the play's inconsistencies may leave other visitors to this theatrical lab disappointed.
columns

Page Two

Let us hope the war in Iraq is quick, the death toll is low, and that all dire predictions prove unfounded; let's also hope that we haven't destroyed our own country ideologically in order to save it.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Beyond Limits Otherwise Prescribed

George W. Bush refuses to put our money where his mouth is in matters of domestic defense, even though all the experts testify that America is as vulnerable to major terrorist attacks today as it was on 9 / 11.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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