Aug. 29, 2003

Volume 22, Number 52

ON THE COVER:
news

The ARA Faces the Music

For the Austin Revitalization Authority, Eastside renewal proves to be a long, slow dance

BY AMY SMITH

Hard Luck in Heritage Heights

Renters in Eastside housing project feel misled, misused by the city.

BY JESSICA CHAPMAN

The Budget Battles, Round 3

Will Wynn proposes permanently shuttering libraries, parks, and other facilities to devote scarce resources to the ones that are left.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

'The Perfect Storm': AISD Board Adds by Subtracting

The Austin ISD board of trustees passes its 2003-04 budget.

BY MICHAEL KING

Wal-Mart Smiley Face Eats a South-Side Trailer Park

The newest bad big-box project prepares to displace poor people on Slaughter Lane.

BY AMY SMITH

Endorsements

State Constitutional Election, Sept. 13, 2003

Naked City

Headlines

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Capitol Chronicle

The fight over re-redistricting is a battle for the civil rights of minority Texans.

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

For the firefighters, City Hall's rep for putting its people first goes up in smoke

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

On the Lege

The second special session ends with a whimper, but the re-redistricting battle rages elsewhere

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

The Bush administration tries to roll back union gains; and Wal-Mart wants to dominate the banking world.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Burning Sensations

The 13th annual 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival Contest winners

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood hits the barbecue backroads with the Travel Channel's Epicurious.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: American Cafes, Part I

music

Draw the Line

Blue October rebuilds.

BY MATT DENTLER

Phases and Stages

Live Shot

BY MELANIE HAUPT

TCB

There's like some shows and stuff, and some new places to see bands, and, like, people are getting shot, too.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

God Drives a Galaxy

Pale Blue Dot

Beyoncé

Dangerously in Love

Kacy Crowley

Moodswing

Caroline Herring

Wellspring

Rodney Crowell

Fate's Right Hand

Howard Kalish

What the Hey

Eastside Suicides

The Eastside Suicides

Pink Swords

One Night High

Dixie Witch

One Bird, Two Stones

The Sweethearts

L.U.V.

Two Guy Trio

Your Rock-n-Roll Birthday

Gnappy

... Is This a Machine?

Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, Charlie Daniels, Larry Jon Wilson

Heartworn Highways
screens

Not Another Teen Movie

UT grad Catherine Hardwicke and Thirteen

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

The Wuxia Clan

AFS's 'Heroic Grace: The Chinese Martial Arts Film' flys high with eight overlooked classics.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Strong words from Edward James Olmos, and what's on this week.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Short Cuts

Marc Savlov courses through the Central Texas festival circuit.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film Reviews

The Cuckoo

This 1944-set story humanizes the wastefulness of war.

Dirty Pretty Things

Stephen Frears’ low-key thriller casts its eye toward the furtive lives of London’s illegal immigrants.

Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary

Visionary Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin films the Royal Winnepeg Ballet’s rendition of the Dracula story.

Jeepers Creepers 2

This horror sequel is more snooze than nightmare.

Marci X

A hip-hop artist and a Jewish American Princess discover that bling-bling makes the world go ’round.

My Boss's Daughter

Ashton Kutcher suffers the price of fame with the release of this previously shelved clunker.

Thirteen

Catherine Hardwicke directs her laser-beam gaze into the horrifically malleable soul of young girls caught in bad situations.
arts & culture

A Mutual Respect

Russell Lee's documentary photographs of the Great Depression helped fashion our collective visual memory of that era, but his greatest achievement may have been the trust he engendered in his subjects.

BY REBECCA S. COHEN

Acting Out and Causing Trouble

The works in "Difficult Daughters," the final installation in the Blanton Museum of Art's "Projections" series of contemporary films, show women acting out and causing trouble, but they also demonstrate how women of different generations approach feminism.

BY MOLLY BETH BRENNER

A Piece of Work

There's nothing conventionally beautiful about Virginia Fleck's Indented Round Sod, a large, dun-colored disc of dried earth cemented together with mortar, and yet it exudes a strong, serene presence in its shape and balance of the natural and the manmade.

BY MOLLY BETH BRENNER

Articulations

Months of speculation come to an end as Austin Lyric Opera appoints conductor Richard Buckley to the position of artistic director.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

columns

Page Two

Proposition 12 indicates the problems with Texas constitutional amendment process as well as the current administration's and legislative majority's cynical agenda.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Daytrips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

Recently I took 300 milligrams of alpha lipoic acid after breakfast and I felt weak much of the day. Is this too much or does this mean I shouldn't take it at all?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Can I Have My Security Deposit Returned If I Never Moved In?

BY LUKE ELLIS

About AIDS

Austin's Dwayne Haught Helps States Score AIDS Drug Price Cuts for Poor

BY SANDY BARTLETT

After a Fashion

Bettie Naylor's got 'em … but what are they? Also learn about a culture of men who chase the AIDS epidemic in a most personal fashion. Oh! And guess who turns 4???

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Luv Doc Recommends: Pet-a-Palooza

Travis County Expo Center, Saturday, August 30, 2003

BY THE LUV DOC

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