Sept. 5, 2003

Volume 23, Number 1

ON THE COVER:
news

South for the Marijuana

The gringo travels to Mexico in search of weed and wisdom.

BY LUCIUS LOMAX

More Bad Blood

Chief Knee announced an investigation into Jimmy Chapman's testimony; it should probably start with Knee's own testimony.

BY JORDAN SMITH

City Budget Blues

The city budget battle moves toward an unanticipated quick conclusion.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

A Tree Dies in Travis Heights

BY AMY SMITH

Full Ballot Language With Extended Endorsements

Naked City

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Capitol Chronicle

In the Bush era, Labor Day gives little cause for celebration

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

Development review gets flattened by budget steamroller

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

On the Lege

For the Senate Democrats, Labor Day was just another day (not) at the office.

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Bush leaves millions of children behind; and crazy John Poindexter gets tossed.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Sultan of Scotch

At 18, Michael Parker had his first sip of whiskey at a Bennigan's. Two decades later, Austin has Opal Divine's Freehouse.

BY WES MARSHALL

Superior Wine and Fine Food for a Great Charity

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood demands the restoration of the Schlotzsky's Original.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings

Irish Pubs
music

Jammin'

Jerry Garcia, bluegrass, and third generation jam -- thriving in Austin and beyond.

BY JIM CALIGIURI

TCB

All the hip-hop that fits in ATX.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

My Morning Jacket

It Still Moves

June Carter Cash

Wildwood Flowers

Musicology 101

Hugh Gregory, Tim Mitchell, Texas State Historical Association, Chris Wing, Randy Biscuit Turner and Drew Dillard

Groove Armada

Live Shot

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Greendale, Re•ac•tor, Hawks & doves, American Stars 'n Bars, On the Beach
screens

What, Me Worry? Yes.

'American Splendor' is one of the most celebrated movies of the year, and everybody loves my comic again. But … I dunno.

BY HARVEY PEKAR

'Freshman Diaries'

The latest R.J. Cutler project (American High, The Real Roseanne) tells the story of 17 UT freshmen during the 2002-2003 school year.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Good Grades or Good Reviews?

It's official: With the launch of the UT Film Institute, Austin is now the filmiest place in America this side of a Houston windshield in August, barring heavy hitter Hollywood, of course.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Short Cuts

The Austin film community activates its turbo boosters.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Whose Pancho Villa?

Well-meaning white guys. Who needs 'em?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Hiroshima Mon Amour

When it comes to Alain Resnais' Hiroshima Mon Amour, "such a film about the darker side of love, much like the darker side of war, should not be ignored," writes Eli Kooris.

Film Reviews

Ali G Indahouse

Unlike its televised predecessor, Ali G Indahouse just isn’t that funny.

The Animation Show

Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt inaugurate a new annual series of animation collections.

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

There’s something about the smarmy David Spade that brings out the worst impulses in a person.

Herod's Law

Unflinching satire is diminished by overwritten messages.

The Secret Lives of Dentists

Alan Rudolph's new movie offers a well-performed portrait of decency that's much less sexy than its title.

Step Into Liquid

Surf's up! It's The Endless Summer: The Next Generation.
arts & culture

Turning Tricks With The Amazing Ray

With nothing up his sleeve, Esther's Follies resident magic man Ray Anderson pulls wonder -- and laughter -- out of thin air.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

A Pulsating Light From Brazil

Quasar, Brazil's most celebrated modern-dance troupe, brings its ferocious athleticism to Austin to launch the UT Performing Arts Center's new ArtesAméricas initiative spotlighting artists of Latin America.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Articulations

This fall, one of the city's most active and daring improv companies is calling it quits (or quilts, as their Web site has it): well hung jury is breaking up.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

'José Toirac: "Sacrifice"'

The Gallery 106 exhibition "Sacrifice" features images and text painted in red wine by José Toirac that draws mythic connections between wine and blood and also asks us to reflect on mortality and death as it is paid for the freedom of others.

K2

Director Blake Yelavich opens his production of K2 with an image that is theatrical in the extreme, powerful and breathtaking, but sadly his Arts Entertainment Group production has no thrills left after that, leaving the show to the mercies of Patrick Meyers' long, tedious, sometimes silly script.
columns

Page Two

Harvey Pekar's two Chronicle covers have been a rare, and deserved, exception to our 22-year focus on local news, culture, and events.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Daytrips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

Why can't nutritionists make up their minds about whether fat is good for you or not?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

I'm renting an apartment and have eight more months left on the lease. I'm planning to travel over the next four months and want to rent the apartment to a friend while I'm gone. Do I have the right to rent the apartment to someone else?

BY LUKE ELLIS

About AIDS

BY KATRYN AMUNDSON

After a Fashion

What's the scoop behind the Vylette split? Why didn't Stephen go to the Warhol opening? And where should you eat this week? Peel slowly and see!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Letters at 3AM

Americans are paying the price for lies about Iraq told by their leaders.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Luv Doc Recommends: Keep Austin Weird 5K

Auditorium Shores at the Long Center, Saturday, September 6, 2003

BY THE LUV DOC

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