May 2, 2003

Volume 22, Number 35

news

Fostering Family Values

The Legislature engages in its biennial exercises in gay-bashing -- families be damned.

BY AMY SMITH

Down to the Wire

Election Wrap-up

On the Lege

The capitalist caucus targets "socialist" public schools.

BY MICHAEL MAY

Gambling? What Gambling?

Allergic to taxes, the Lege tries to balance the budget with the rolls of the dice.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Smart Growth Is Dead, Long Live Smart Growth

As Sixth + Lamar teeters, the Domain aims to pick up Austin's new-school incentive package.

BY LAURI APPLE

Endorsements

The Chronicle endorsements

Naked City

Headlines

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Small Victory, Bitter Defeats

A small win for the good guys, followed by a huge loss.

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Time Stands Still

The mayoral race seems a cross between 1954 and 1999 -- anything but 2003.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

The comprehensive energy bill is comprehensive theft; and put on your burqua -- the Taliban is back.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Into Town

Will Austin shoppers support a Downtown farmers' market?

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood simmers down quite a stew of news in this week's "Food-o-File."

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Catfish II

We've got catfish … lots and lots of catfish.
music

Big in Japan

Austinites forge a career half a world away.

BY MARGARET MOSER

Big in Yemen

Bob and Tucker Livingston conquer the Middle East through songs not arms.

BY ANDY LANGER

TCB

Austin mayoral candidates give new meaning to "Rock the Vote"

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Mark Gardener

Mark Gardener of Ride
screens

Rethinking the Three R's

Reagan High's digital-media lab opens doors for young students into filmmaking.

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Putting a Name to a Face

Dallas' USA Film Festival definitively answers the question, "Who is that guy?" with its tribute to Texan character actor Stephen Tobolowsky.

BY SARAH HEPOLA

Wordsmith Smackdown

A new documentary about the funny, punny world of Austin's annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships.

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

TV Eye

The "Portraits of Islam" film fest and, of course, Buffy.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Short Cuts

Richard Linklater looks to television, and a promotion for SXSW film man Matt Dentler. Dobie manager Keith Garcia departs for greener pastures.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Screens Reviews

Castle in the Sky / Kiki's Delivery Service

Miyazaki conjures a pubescent fable out of whole cloth that both kids and adults will enjoy immensely. Castle in the Sky, from 1986, isn’t Miyazaki’s finest, but that’s like saying Jackson Pollack’s Panel With Four Designs isn’t as good as his Lavender Mist.

Film Reviews

Russian Ark

This tour de force of modern cinema is a technical feat filmed in one, uninterrupted, Steadicam take that leads us through a vivified tour of Russian history that wends through the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

Spider

arts & culture

Dream of a New Circus

In the two decades it has taken for Cirque du Soleil to reach Austin for the first time, this Montreal-based troupe has not only reinvented circus as performance art but grown into one of the most unexpected and unlikely of entertainment empires.

BY MICHAEL POINT

Son of the Graphics Giveaway

Just as the success of the first X-Men film has spawned a sequel, so has Free Comic Book Day, and on May 3, 2003, this promotional event for graphic literature -- or funny books, if you will -- will give away more millions of comics about everything from guys in tights trying to save the world to schlubs in offices trying to hold onto their jobs.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Ears & Feet'

Utilizing technology to combine dance and computerized music has come a long way since the Eighties, as can be seen in the 2003 edition of EARS & Feet, the annual UT College of Fine Arts program that pairs student composers with student choreographers to collaborate on a piece.

BY SARAH HEPOLA

Articulations

The grand old troupe of the Austin improv comedy scene is closing its home of six years, and the Texas Commission on the Arts announces the appointments for state poet laureate, state musician, state two-dimensional artist, and state three-dimensional artist for 2003 and 2004.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Alegría

Cirque du Soleil's Alegría brings to athletic, spellbinding performances a genius of creativity unlike anything you've seen at the circus, turning a night under the big top into a magical exploration of a world of intrigue and mystery, grace and daring. And joy.

The Master and Margarita

Gaslight Theater is only the second U.S. company to stage Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, as adapted by Richard Helweg and Michael Franco, and while their faithful tribute beguiles in places like the original, it runs a little too long and treats the source a little too reverentially.

'"Natural Selections: Julie Speed and Bale Creek Allen"'

Seeing "Natural Selections," Arthouse's new two-artist show featuring collages by Julie Speed and sculpture by Bale Creek Allen, reveals these two to be excellent examples of Austin cultural affluence, creating work that is rich in artistry and inventiveness, with a touch of weirdness thrown into the mix. .
columns

Page Two

Local Elections: Welcome to Ironyville

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Can you tell me the benefits of taking potassium? Is there enough in my multivitamin/mineral? What foods are rich in potassium?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Letters at 3AM

We call them "retirees," although in other cultures and eras they would be elders, but if they had anything real to do they wouldn't be coming here to Jean, Nevada.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

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