Sept. 12, 2003

Volume 23, Number 2

ON THE COVER:
news

Closing the Books

A UT editor says he lost his job at the Center for Mexican American Studies for complaining about administrative malfeasance.

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Owl, the Chicken, and the Beast of Bentonville

Environmental and community groups have come together to defend South Austin against plans for three new Wal-Mart Supercenters.

BY AMY SMITH

Don't Worry, Be Happy:

City Hall's left wing carries the day as the budget season draws to a close

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Hightower Takes on the Bushites in His Underwear

Jim Hightower's latest assault on the plutocracy hits the bestseller list.

BY MICHAEL KING

Endorsements

State Constitutional Election, Sept. 13, 2003

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from around Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

The City Council takes a hard look at the budget crisis -- and blinks.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Capitol Chronicle

Sen. John Whitmire flees exile in Albuquerque and says he'll return to the Senate with or without his Democratic colleagues.

BY MICHAEL KING

On the Lege

Perry calls a third special re-redistricting session, and the Dems explore their options.

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Lowdown

The Assault on the True America; Delay's Judicial Witch-Hunt

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Michoacana Connection

Paletas on the streets of Austin, paletas on the streets of Mexico!

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood brings all-you-can-eat news.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Mexican Bakeries

Food Reviews

Jegimajo!

There aren't any pushcarts at Jegimajo!, but you can sure get a taste of the Philippines there.
music

Waking the Dead

Okkervil River's Will Sheff and Centro-matic's Will Johnson find common ground.

BY MELANIE HAUPT

TCB

Goths, Goths, Goths

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Okkervil River Reviewed

Okkervil River

Down the River of Golden Dreams

Scott H. Biram

Lo-Fi Mojo

Cave Catt Sammy

Whiskey and the Devil

Dead End Angels

November

Rick Trevino

In My Dreams

Echo Base Soundsystem

Echo Base Soundsystem

Terry Bowness

Stick Figures

Chris Duarte, Monte Montgomery

Romp, New & Approved

George DeVore

Four Under Par

Willie Nelson, Ray Price

Run That by Me One More Time

Marti Brom

Wise to You!

Gretchen Phillips

Welcome to My World

The Golden Apples, The Soft Set

The Golden Apples, Only Lovers Left Alive

The Materialistics

Tomorrow Is Fat and Old

Stars As Eyes, various, ova looven, Anne Heller, Creeperweed

Loud New Shit, Winter 2002-03, 58:34, Wild Yams, AuditoryFlickerFusionThreshold

South Filthy, Hard Feelings, The Marked Men, Bad Apples

The Soul of a Man, Soul Party!, The Marked Men, Revenge of the Bad Apples
screens

Long Stories Short

The Cinematexas International Short Film Festival

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

The Producer

Austinite Robert Rodriguez has, of course, been a maverick from the get-go, but it's wife and producer Elizabeth Avellán who often seems the cogent heart and soul behind her husband's outrageously entertaining productions.

BY MARC SAVLOV

'Pocho' Patchwork

AFS's Texas Doc Tour brings the formidable Héctor Galán and his 'Visiones' to One World Theatre.

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Toronto Diary

Dispatches from the 2003 Film Festival

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

aGLIFF Announces Winners

The Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival has announced its winners.

Graphic Representation

Can Female Gaming Pros Reconcile State of the Art Technology with a

BY COURTNEY FITZGERALD

Latin Grammy for Local Vid Artists

Paul Beck and Jason Archer, video artists and Waking Life animators, are the proud owners of a pair of matching Latin Grammys for their video for Mexican hip-hop rockers Molotov.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Short Cuts

Game on!

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Work and family, work and family, work and family. That perpetual sitcom theme keeps it up this fall, and Belinda Acosta accepts it with an asterisk.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Mr. Majestyk

"You make sounds like you're a mean little asskicker. Only I ain't convinced. You keep talkin', I'm gonna take your head off."

Film Reviews

American Splendor

At the center of its uniquely beating heart, American Splendor is a heartfelt valentine to Everymen (and Women) everywhere

Cabin Fever

A festival breakout shocker that twists genre conventions into a jarring battery of scares.

Derrida

If you don't already worship Derrida, this film won't change your mind.

The Magdalene Sisters

A grim and unmistakable masterpiece of bleak, black sorrow.

Matchstick Men

Neurotic con artist reunites with abandoned daughter in a surprisingly sweet bait-and-switch.

No Good Deed

Samuel L. Jackson as an auto-theft detective, perhaps in over his head. Not reviewed at press time.

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

The third film in Robert Rodriguez’s south-of-the-border action trilogy is a whole lot of movie.

The Order

Mysterious doings in a Catholic sect, on the whole more silly than scary.
arts & culture

Sisters Under the Scrim

Six of the finest theatrical artists in Austin discuss their work behind the curtain designing lighting schemes, mixing sound, and creating and constructing sets and costumes and how their careers have been affected by the fact that they're women.

BY MOLLY BETH BRENNER

Shout!

Annie Weisman's satiric drama Be Aggressive, receiving its area premiere from the State Theater Company, gives a shout out to cheerleading as an outlet for teenagers to make themselves heard.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

In Memoriam: Brother Jeremias Mysliwiec CSC

Articulations

A bright design firm on the Austin theatre and film scene, Star Costume & Clothiers, falls to earth, and folk artist Brother Jeremias Mysliwiec passes away.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Perdita

Perdita, playwright Monika Bustamante's chilling exploration of what can happen when loss barrels its way through everyday lives, is one of the most tightly crafted and beautifully written works of the year, and its production at Hyde Park Theatre is of sterling quality.

Cabaret

Theater at the J's production of Cabaret makes good use of the large hall at the Dell Jewish Community Center, creatively weaving the cabaret's musical shenanigans into the more serious larger story, in which the central characters fend off the accelerating horror of Nazi Germany by choosing not to see it.

Austin Symphony and Emanuel Ax

For the Austin Symphony's season opener, conductor Peter Bay and company made a pleasure cruise of Smetana's "The Moldau" and turned Sibelius' Second Symphony into a ride through the perfect storm, while guest Emanuel Ax led a refined reading of da Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain.
columns

Page Two

It's been two years since 9 / 11, and we're under attack.

BY NICK BARBARO

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

It was a "Mighty Real" period in at least one young man's life: Oh, those heady disco nights! Oh, the power! The Passion! The psychedelics! Oh, it's all within reach through the grace of MP3s! Oh, I should have saved them!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

A new exhibit at the New Braunfels Museum of Art & Music in Gruene documents the love and skill that musical-instrument makers around America put into their creations.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

I want to break the lease on my apartment, so I can move in with a friend and save money. My landlord says I still have to pay the remaining five months rent. Is there any way to break the lease and avoid paying rent?

BY LUKE ELLIS

To Your Health

After my third baby I didn't lose the weight I gained during pregnancy, and I have even gained some more. What is going on?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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