April 4, 2003

Volume 22, Number 31

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CHARTER SCHOOLS

Who Can Vouch for the Charters?

The state's freewheeling experiment with charter schools gets a poor grade.

BY MICHAEL MAY

Chartered Well ... and Badly

The experience of charter schools is mixed, at best

City Hall: Yes, Austin, Barton Springs Is Still Safe

One more time: City, state, and federal experts refute rash Statesman claims about Barton Springs pollution

BY LAURI APPLE

(Circle) C You in Court!

BY AMY SMITH

Mental Health Care Meltdown: Is There Room for Hope?

Austin police and mental health advocates make recommendations for patching Travis County's tattered safety net.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Key Court Rulings Expected in T.A.B. Case

The Texas Association of Business's legal future rests in the hand of two Travis Co. judges.

BY AMY SMITH

A Wider War On GOP Bucks

BY AMY SMITH

Naked City

Headlines

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Capitol Chronicle

Tort Deform gives business the gold mine, the rest of us the shaft.

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

Proudly "successful" businessman Brad Meltzer aims to cut to the chase in the mayor's race.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

George whacks education aid for military families; and his war is just plain crazy.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

True to Its Own Terroir

Can Saveur magazine save the soul of the Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival?

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Just because it's the biggest and busiest week on the Texas culinary calendar doesn't mean that there isn't plenty o' news to report on, in this week's "Food-o-File."

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Thai Part II

There's more Thai where that came from, in this week's "Second Helpings."
music

Life Worth Livin'

Looking for a way out with Jay, Jeff, and the gang

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

TCB

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

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

AC/DC

High Voltage, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Highway to Hell, Back in Black, Live

the Jam

The Jam Collection DVD

various artists

Kentucky Mountain Music

the Clean

Anthology

Turbonegro

Apocalypse Dudes, Ass Cobra

Sonic Youth

Dirty Deluxe Edition

Delaney & Bonnie

D&B Together

the Who

Who's Next Deluxe Edition

Sly & the Family Stone

The Essential Sly & the Family Stone

Bob Marley & the Wailers, Dennis Brown

Trenchtown Rock: The Anthology 1969-78, The Promised Land, 1977-1979

Ice Cube

AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Death Certificate, The Predator, Lethal Injection
screens

The Boys in the Barracks

Texas Documentary Tour present Arthur Dong's award-winning 1994 documentary about gays in the military, 'Coming Out Under Fire.'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Cat and Mouse, Confined to a Kiosk

Director Joel Schumacher discusses his new thriller, Phone Booth.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Spirited Anime

Director Shinichiro Watanabe translates his much-loved television series Cowboy Bebop to the big screen.

BY MARC SAVLOV

20 Questions

Hours of addictive aggravation

BY MARRIT INGMAN

Short Cuts

Tim League and Harry Knowles team up to screen good movies for good causes.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

How to resolve conflict? Japanese import Iron Chef has the right idea.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Badlands

Thirty years ago, Terrence Malick's magnificent debut film Badlands proved that with every bit of genius comes a bit of madness as well.

Film Reviews

arts & culture

Renaissance (and Baroque) Man

As a curator for UT's Blanton Museum of Art, Jonathan Bober played a pivotal role in securing the Suida-Manning and Steinberg art collections, thereby giving some of the world's great art a home in Austin.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Fusion Culture

The 21-century fusion palette of Shen Wei Dance Arts spans countries and centuries, from traditional Chinese opera and Tibetan Buddhist chants to modern Japanese Butoh and 16th-century English music.

BY KATHERINE CATMULL

David Mark Cohen New Works Festival

The sophomore model of the David Mark Cohen New Works Festival at the UT Department of Theatre and Dance is a full10 days of original dances, dramas, solo performances, site-specific productions, and musicals, supplemented by panel discussions, master classes, and open classes having to do with the work presented -- 45 events in all.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

Naughty Austin makes a new home for itself on the Eastside, and Katie Pearl and Lisa D'Amour return to the Grove on Lamar.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Love! Valour! Compassion!

The Zachary Scott Theatre Center's production of Terrence McNally's Tony-award winning Love! Valour! Compassion! may last three hours, but it captured every second of my attention, weaving themes of family and forgiveness into a moving experience.

Saved or Destroyed

When he wrote Saved or Destroyed in 1994, playwright Harry Kondoleon knew he was dying, and with its faithful rendering of his dreams and truths, the Mainline Theater Project keep Kondoleon's beautiful creation alive.

Paul Badura-Skoda

The return performance by the magnificent Paul Badura-Skoda with A. Mozart Fest was like witnessing a breathtaking conversation between a master craftsman and some mysterious presence, an unseen force that attends the pianist's graceful execution of some of the world's loveliest music.
columns

Page Two

The war in Iraq has diverted our attention from other important matters, including a truly destructive proposed federal budget, mirrored by Texas' very own fiscal abyss.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

Thoughts on the war's explosions of bombs, dreams, and preconceptions.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

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

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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