Aug. 22, 2003

Volume 22, Number 51

ON THE COVER:
news

You Can't Touch This

The budget battles, Round 2: Citizens rally to save community services

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Here a Box, There a Box, Everywhere a Big Box

One Lowe's, two Wal-Marts, and three sets of angry Southside citizens

BY AMY SMITH

Weed Watch

Federal judges -- including a Supreme Court justice -- cry foul as Congress stiffens mandatory minimum sentencing for drug crimes.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Staha Sex Case: The Story According to Knee

The police chief confirms key details in a 10-year-old misconduct case

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from around Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Capitol Chronicle

The Sept. 13 constitutional amendment ballot features the good, the bad, and the silly.

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

The fuss over historic zoning is a symptom of larger city problems.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

On The Lege

The GOP Senate tightens the screws on the absent Texas 11.

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Flag-waving hucksters have no shame; and, Jim digs into his mailbag.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL

Like Wildfire

Welcome to the 13th annual 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival.

BY ROBB WALSH

Tropic of Capsaicin

An exploration of the hot dishes in a hot town, or, where to go when you're not at Waterloo Park this weekend for the 13th annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

As she gears up to lead the Travel Channel's Epicurious on a Central Texas barbecue tour, Virginia B. Wood still finds the time to fill you in on the good news and the bad news among Austin foodies.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Past Hot-Sauce Winners

music

The Kids Are All Right

Not your parent's summer camp, rock & roll camp!

BY MARGARET MOSER

TCB

Punk rock synchronized swimming and eating ribs with Snoop Dogg: What do people in other cities do for fun?

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Kings of Leon

Youth & Young Manhood

Fountains of Wayne

Welcome Interstate Managers

Junior Senior

D-D-Don't Stop the Beat
screens

Queer Paradise

The 16th annual Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival: a preview

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Larry Charles, Dylan's Director, Un-'Masked'

He's not Bob Dylan. He's Bob Dylan's director.

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Short Cuts

More Third Coast coups to coo over: Hanhardt, Haynes, and The Alamo.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Belinda Acosta is the only person on the planet who doesn't watch TLC's Trading Spaces.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Jubilee

Jubilee was a critical and commercial failure. Wells Dunbar explains why that's a dirty, rotten shame.

Film Reviews

And Now ... Ladies and Gentlemen

Claude Lelouch’s new movie starring Jeremy Irons is a cat-burgler story set in sunny, faraway locales.

Buffalo Soldiers

On an American military outpost in Europe during the Eighties, the black market economy runs the show.

Cinemania

Cinema-obsessed filmgoers are the subject of this documentary.

Le Divorce

The Merchant Ivory team say "I do" to romantic comedy.

Friday Night

A woman has a fling with a stranger in this thoughtful French import.

Masked and Anonymous

The answers to this new Bob Dylan movie are "blowin’ in the wind."

The Medallion

Furthering his American decline, Jackie Chan will wins no medallions for this stinker.
arts & culture

A Nation Laughs

On the eve of its fifth Latino Comedy Fiesta, Austin's Latino Comedy Project has discovered a national audience for its signature brand of humor lampooning ethnic stereotypes and challenging cultural assumptions.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Greyhound Mural

With the unveiling of a new mural at Austin's Greyhound bus terminal, three Martin Middle School students have helped make a valuable addition to both the celebration of their culture and the rich legacy of art in Austin.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

More budgetary bloodshed in the UT College of Fine Arts, as Daniel Johnson, nationally renowned early music specialist and director the UT Early Music Ensemble for 17 years, has been cut loose from the School of Music.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

'"Superstring"'

Superstring, the theory that attempts to gather all the laws of physics into one comprehensive, easy-to-digest recipe, may be not quite fully baked, but "Superstring" the show from UT's Creative Research Laboratory presenting new works by nine MFA candidates, is perfectly cooked and damned tasty.

The Head, Hands, and Toe Show: Where's the Rest of Me?

With The Heads, Hands, and Toe Show, Tongue and Groove Theatre literally takes out the middle, man, using low-tech effects to create a series of movement pieces where only the arms, feet, and heads of the performers are visible, and the overall effect is simple fun.

'"Splitting Aguas: The Eighth Annual Young Latino Artists Exhibition"'

Throughout "Splitting Aguas," Mexic-Arte's eighth annual showing of works by young Latino artists, there's a sense of our planet being trashed, but the show is far from a downer, as its featured artists boast a fierceness of voice that is invigorating and a wit that is refreshing.
columns

Page Two

Mirroring those on the state and national levels, current city budget battles reflect the fact that we are not willing to pay for the quality of government we demand and expect.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Daytrips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

Is wine better for your heart than grape juice, and does the color count?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

My potential landlord says she has never used a lease in the past and doesn't want to use one with me. Is that OK?

BY LUKE ELLIS

About AIDS

HIV-negative? Get Paid for Helping Vaccine Research

BY SANDY BARTLETT

After a Fashion

Speaking of Queer Eyes: Hey, don't look at us … everybody calls it SoCo. And everybody seems to love the new Nordstrom … including our Style Avatar.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Letters @ 3AM

Fifty years ago, almost all movies were made for adults, yet children went to see them on their own or with others, and in the process, learned the mysteries of our cultural ideology.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

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