June 27, 2003

Volume 22, Number 43

news

Here Comes the Neighborhood

Capital Metro, City Hall, and Eastside neighbors come together to share their hopes -- and fears -- for the Saltillo corridor.

BY LAURI APPLE

Enviro Activist Jones Takes On Austin Energy 'Tree Butchers'

Tim Jones' complaints about the utility's brutal tree trimming spawn a new city task force

BY AMY SMITH

Fuzzy Budget Math at AISD

The latest proposed Austin ISD budget has new millions in found money

BY MICHAEL KING

County Goes Slow on Lowe's

BY AMY SMITH

Where the (Early Action) Rubber Meets the (Clean Air) Road

Local leaders take the first steps toward real-world solutions to our air-quality problems.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Redistricting Hard Ball

BY MICHAEL KING

Did APD Review Panel Fumble Sexual Misconduct Complaint?

The Police Monitor's panel seemingly misses the point of the Lucy Neyens case.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Headlines

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Fun With Carole, Rick, and Greg

The budget standoff provides a snapshot of the new Texas politics.

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: The Real 'Victim No. 1'

Another summer, another shooting, and a moment of truth for police oversight

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

Leave No Hummer Owner Behind; Tax Cheats Get Corporate Welfare

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Cocktail's Hour

Wes Marshall explains how to enjoy the resurgence of one of humanity's great inventions.

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood updates us on Alex Kahn and the latest happy hour deal at the Roaring Fork.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Cocktail Spots

For the best cocktail spots, start here.
music

Burning Brights

Billy and Bryn Bright, yes they do.

BY JIM CALIGIURI

TCB

Everybody's hurtin' unless they're on Friendster

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Drive-By Truckers

Decoration Day

The Allman Brothers Band

Hittin' the Note

Jayhawks

Rainy Day Music, Blue Earth

The New Pornographers

Electric Version

Grandaddy

Sumday

Palaxy Tracks

Cedarland

Dysrhythmia

Pretest
screens

They See Dead People, Too

The story of a young blind woman who undergoes a corneal transplant and begins to see visions of the dead, The Eye may sound familiar to fans of The Sixth Sense, but the Pangs' film is a far more creepy affair than M. Night Shyamalan's crowd-pleaser.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Short Cuts

Go on and take it: Renée Zellweger to star in and produce Piece of My Heart, the long-awaited Janis Joplin biopic.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Dead Girl Talking

Showtime approaches the subject of death with Dead Like Me, a new series that moves the focus from those left behind to those dearly departed.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

T2: Extreme DVD

When so many commentaries these days are gossipy snoozefests, James Cameron's has just the right amount of chutzpah and showmanship to be well worth listening to.

Film Reviews

Together

28 Days Later

A zombie picture, with lots of topical updating.

Whale Rider

This quietly powerful tale of youthful female empowerment in New Zealand is based on a cornerstone Maori myth.
arts & culture

If It's Summer, It Must Be Shakespeare

Summer is the time for Shakespeare, so naturally here are a couple of the Bard's plays being staged in the Austin area -- Julius Caesar from the Austin Shakespeare Festival and Two Gentlemen of Verona from Different Stages -- and directors Paul Norton and Norman Blumensaadt to explain how they came to produce them this season.

BY BARRY PINEO

Life After the Classical Section

For two decades, he was the man Austin turned to when it wanted the best classical music on vinyl or disc, but the closing of Wherehouse Records has left Russell McCulloh with nowhere to sell Bach, Brahms, or Beethoven.

BY JERRY YOUNG

Articulations

The UT School of Music hires the Miró Quartet for its new resident string quartet, Charles Leslie succeeds Neil Barclay at the UT PAC, and Don Toner brings back those dead presidents one more time.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Tricks

Blake Yelavich has transformed another Eastside warehouse into what promises to be a gem of a small theatre for years to come, but his sexual thriller Tricks, with which he opens the new Arts on Real, is much like the as yet unfinished theatre: incomplete.

Eggheads

Eggheads pays fond tribute to the cinematic screwball comedies of the 1930s, and though the specific style of those comedies was old decades before the actors in Tongue and Groove Theatre's production were born, they breezed through it, cracking wise and slinging slang, as nimbly as Busby Berkeley chorines tapping down 42nd Street.

Sitting Room Only

From its annual competition, Austin Script Works has picked eight new 10-minute plays for presentation in the annual Out of Ink Festival, and this year's crop is outstanding throughout, serving up some fairly serious situations and complex characters treated with sensitivity and not a little humor.
columns

Page Two

Despite the Supreme Court's recent decision, affirmative action is alive and well -- for the dominating elite.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

After this week of making the scene, we're ready to change the name of this column to "Hob-nobbing the Fashion" or "After the Schmooze …"

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

To Your Health

Is coenzyme A similar to coenzyme Q? What good is coenzyme A, and how do we get it?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

Letters at 3AM

Stanley Crawford's new book, The River in Winter: New and Selected Essays, reminds us that we must all do our part.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

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