March 28, 2003

Volume 22, Number 30

news

Picking Up the TAB

The Travis Co. DA and the courts consider Texas Association of Business money spent during the fall campaign.

BY AMY SMITH

The Home Front

Various dispatches from the anti-war movement around Austin.

APD 'Documents the Instigators'

The behavior of APD's undercover cops raises questions about First Amendment rights.

BY JORDAN SMITH

May 3 Election News

BY LAURI APPLE

Tort Deform at the House

Tort reform climbs the mountain -- and then gets pushed back down.

BY MICHAEL KING

Naked City

Breaking news briefs from Austin and elsewhere

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Marc His Words

He's gotta tell ya -- Marc Katz karez about Austin (enough to be mayor).

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Fiddling While Texas Burns

The fight over "tort-reform" is masking a bigger battle over state priorities.

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

The Gardener's Friend; Operation Pipe Dreams

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

City of Spirits

Austin is a town for the liquor-store sophisticate.

BY WES MARSHALL

Alton Brown Is Coming to Town

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood digs up all of the good dirt on the farmers' market projects going on in Austin, in this week's "Food-o-File."

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Thai

Thai goes to the eater, in this week's "Second Helpings."
music

Magnum Opus

Iceland comes to Austin.

BY MICHAEL CHAMY

TCB

Austin soldiers on beyond SXSW with hot rods, SPAM, and puking

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Wilco

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco By Sam Jones

various artists

Do You Know the Difference Between Big Wood and Brush

Fischerspooner

Fischerspooner #1

50 Cent

Get Rich or Die Tryin'

The White Stripes

Elephant

the Bad Plus

These Are the Vistas

McCoy Tyner Trio

McCoy Tyner
screens

Style! Cine! Swashbuckling!

New on DVD: Style Wars, Cinema Paradiso, The Complete Musketeers, and more.

These American Lives

Documentarians Bradley Beesley and Sarah Price root out characters in the Mississippi Delta, the streets of Milwaukee, and, soon, summer camp in Michigan.

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Short Cuts

Where to find the news the mainstream media doesn't see fit to print

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

War, basketball, and the Oscars: Reality programming faces new challenges.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

arts & culture

Looking Over His Shoulder

‘Alex Katz: Small Paintings’ brings you unexpectedly close to the artist

BY MADELINE IRVINE

His Shadow in the Frame

The Austin Museum of Art exhibition "Robert Frank Photographs" provides an excellent introduction to Frank's career from his early social documentary work to his introspective images of later decades, and shows him always striving in his images to reflect his deeply personal response to the world around him.

BY ERINA DUGANNE

Piece of Work

Catherine McMillan's series "Luminarias" consists of paired photographs of a dress and a monarch butterfly, and while they appear to share no connection, the light in these photographs transports the viewer to another realm, a realm of memory filled with loss, instability, and unfilled desires.

BY ERINA DUGANNE

Articulations

Twelve more friends of the arts have been named to the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, and Austin Lyric Opera loses Managing Director Michael Murphy to a performing arts organization in San Diego, from whence he came.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Mrs. Warren's Profession

The State Theater Company's scintillating revival of Mrs. Warren's Profession moves George Bernard Shaw's characters beyond the politics for which they serve as mouthpieces and fills them with the breaths and gestures and expressions of people who live.

Mamma Mia

You may love musicals, and you may love ABBA, but Mamma Mia, the hit musical that features dozens of hits by the Swedish pop band, is so treacly and so utterly invasive in its attempts to win over its audience that you may feel like you've been violated with a candy cane.

Pantalone's War

In Pantalone's War, a new satire presented by the Austin Commedia Society, a heavy-handed commentary on current events drowns out the nonsensical anarchy that the company was born to perform.
columns

Page Two

As horrifying as the war in Iraq is, the wages of peace could be worse, and for longer.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

I would like to try SAMe for depression. What is good and what is bad about it, and is it safe?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

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