Aug. 15, 2003

Volume 22, Number 50

ON THE COVER:
news

Money for Nothing

Millions of Williamson County taxpayer dollars pour into a contractor's pocket, and no one seems to know why.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Will Council Take a Stand on PATRIOT Act?

Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Goodman's pro-civil-liberties resolution stalls on the dais

BY LAURI APPLE

Budget Battles, Round One:

Austin firefighters start a blaze of their own in response to the department's controversial budget-cutting proposal.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Naked City

Headlines

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Capitol Chronicle

Here come the constitutional amendments, propositioning you.

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

As other cities catch up, 'Solar Austin' advocates look to prime the green-power pump

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Supremes Turn Down Perry and Dewhurst

The Texas Supreme Court rejects Perry and Dewhurst's request for a writ of mandamus against the fugitive Senate Democrats.

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Lowdown

Why do we pay to watch ads in theatres? And, Newt Gingrich argues that the White House should lie to us more.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

An Elegant Adventure

Nestled at the star-crossed corner of Sixth and Lavaca, the Thistle Cafe is Downtown's latest fine-dining flavor.

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood delivers a half-ton o' news in this week's "Food-o-File."

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Gourmet Takeout

All up in it with Gourmet Takeout!
music

TCB

Career advice from Ian McLagan and political counsel from Andrew WK

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

David Bowie

Aladdin Sane

Elastica

The Radio One Sessions

Stereolab

ABC Music: Radio One Sessions

Spiritualized

The Complete Works Volume One

the Clash

The Essential Clash

Jackie Mittoo, Yabby You, Burning Spear

Champion in the Arena, 1976-1977, Dub it to the Top, 1976-1979, Social Living, Man in the Hills, Dry & Heavy

Sam Cooke

Keep Movin' On, At the Copa, Portrait of a Legend, Legend DVD

AC / DC

'74 Jailbreak, Let There Be Rock, Powerage, If You Want Blood You Got It, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, Flick of the Switch, Fly on the Wall, Who Made Who, Blow Up Your Video, The Razor's Edge

Miles Davis

Miles Davis in Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, Complete

Chicago

The Box

the Spinners

The Chrome Collection

Elvis Presley

Close Up

Waylon Jennings

Waylon Live: The Expanded Edition

Terry Allen

Amerasia

Rank & File

The Slash Years

Orange Mothers

Plane Crash City

Motards

Stardom

Willie Nelson

To Lefty from Willie, Willie & Family Live, San Antonio Rose, Honeysuckle Rose
screens

From 380 Angles

Karen Kocher's multimedia 'Austin Past and Present' tells hundreds of stories in almost as many ways.

BY MICHAEL MAY

aGLIFF's Opening Night

The 16th annual Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival opens on Thursday, Aug. 21, 7:30pm, at the Paramount Theatre, with a screening of Girls Will Be Girls. For tickets or more information, visit www.agliff.org or call 799-6327.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

TFPF Grant Recipients

The Austin Film Society's Texas Filmmakers Production Fund has announced its 2003 awards -- totaling $65,000 -- to 17 "emerging film and video artists in the state of Texas … whose work shows promise, skill, and creativity."

Hollywood Is Calling

Sarah Hepola shows you how to get celebrities like Robert Heyges to call your cell anytime you want, but ideally on special occasions.

BY SARAH HEPOLA

Short Cuts

Hello Murdah, Hello Foddah: Marc Savlov reports from the Alamo's Camp Hacknslash, where more than 1,000 horror fans saw Freddy Vs. Jason while not sloshing their way around a softball field and flashing their kibbles and bits.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

The Man Show might be more manly with the addition of Austin-based Sacred Cow Productions' Doug Stanhope and Joe Rogan, but Belinda Acosta wonders if it will be any more watchable.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Gold Rush

Charlie Chaplin wanted The Gold Rush to be the film we remember him by. It is, especially in the form of this two-disc release, and Steve Uhler explains why.

Film Reviews

Camp

Freddy vs. Jason

Did anyone realize Camp Crystal Lake is right down the highway from Elm Street?

Grind

Jet Lag

arts & culture

A Piece of Work

Denise Prince Martin's photographs featuring lone female subjects in unusual settings are nothing if not lush, capturing the color, luster, and texture of every element with uncanny crispness, but they also reveal in the expressions of their subjects women with stories to tell, women worth getting to know.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

The Austin Circle of Theatres has released the nominations for the 2002-03 B. Iden Payne Awards.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Word and Thought

Word and Thought, a new comedy by Southwestern University grad Joshua Lellis, tracks a biographical drama about Alexander the Great on its disaster-ridden lurch toward opening night, and its premiere from Cameo Productions and the Austiner Ensemble proves that a theatrical catastrophe is still good for a laugh.

Jesus Hopped the "A" Train

The artists of Mainline Theater Project have given their all to the characters and story of Stephen Adly Guirgis' Jesus Hopped the "A" Train, but sadly, what they have given their all to is a long-winded, superficial, ultimately unenlightening story of ruined life in the New York City criminal justice system.

'"Diana Dopson: Biota"'

In Women & Their Work's current exhibit "Biota," Diana Dopson creates color photo boxes with insects that draw out the bugs' beauty in unusual ways and nudges our perception of insects from the pestilential to the subtly reverential.
columns

Page Two

We're now posting our ever-expanding letters section online, with new letters daily. This, of course, brings up a whole new set of quandaries.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

I would like to find the best soft drink for my teenage children. How do I choose?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

Study Confirms Secret Bisexuality as HIV Threat to Hetero Women

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Luv Doc Recommends: Salvage Vanguard Labor Party

Tillery Street Theater, Saturday, August 16, 2003

BY THE LUV DOC

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