Oct. 3, 2003

Volume 23, Number 5

ON THE COVER:
news

Leave No Child Behind

In a an excerpt from their new book, Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose expose Bush's No Child Left Behind policy as an educational Enron.

BY LOUIS DUBOSE AND MOLLY IVINS

'The Powerful Odor of Mendacity'

An interview with Molly Ivins and Louis Dubose, authors of Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America.

BY MICHAEL KING

Sophia King: Is the Case Closed?

The city should have known its report couldn't bring "closure" in the Eastside shooting death.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Wal-Mart, Always

The mayor's rebate idea bombs as foes contemplate dragging the Beast into court.

BY AMY SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

Forget the little boxes -- it's the big boxes we need to knock down

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Capitol Chronicle

Is there a Bush-beater in the House -- or the Senate, or the VFW?

BY MICHAEL KING

On the Lege

The redistricting conference committee doesn't look like Texas, and Strayhorn gets slapped

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Nature's reality confronts Bush; The biotech invasion of Washington.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Of the Old World

Where to find some of the finest pastichio, mousaka, and moi-moi in Austin

Food-o-File

I hope you saved your appetite for all of the news Virginia B. Wood is plating up.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: American Cafes, Part III

music

The Trees

Online music trading that "leaves" the RIAA and music industry in the underbrush.

BY MARGARET MOSER

TCB

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

OutKast

The Love Below / Speakerboxxx

Warren Zevon

The Wind

David Bowie

Reality

Rufus Wainwright

Want One

various artists

The Old Grey Whistle Test

T.I., Bone Crusher, Three 6 Mafia, Lil Flip, Chingy, various artists, Nappy Roots, the Neptunes

Trap Muzik, AttenCHUN!, Da Unbreakables, 7-1-3 / Underground Legend Remixed, Jackpot, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Wooden Leather, The Neptunes Present … Clones
screens

Black and White and Rick All Over

The ABCs of 'The School of Rock'

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

'The Austin Chronicle' and Richard Linklater

The beginning of a beautiful friendship

BY LOUIS BLACK

Cinematexas 8 Announces Geckos

With Artistic Director David Barker saying that "these films should be celebrated [as] films that arduously defend the beauty, integrity, and social role of the moving image," the Cinematexas International Short Film Festival awarded its Geckos at a closing ceremony at Club DeVille on Sunday, Sept. 21.

QT on Trio

With five Austin QT Fests under his belt, Tarantino will be sharing this format with the world, as the Trio cable network presents six nights of Tarantino-presented movies to coincide with the opening of his new film Kill Bill Vol. 1 on Oct. 10.

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

In Play

EA Sports has truly outdone itself with this year's installments of Madden 2004 and NCAA Football 2004, with each game taking its respective franchise to the next level.

BY MARK FAGAN

Short Cuts

Insanity everywhere: The Chain Saw strikes back, as does the Arbor, sort of; R. Lee Ermey gets piggish; Jack Black kisses like a fish; and videos might kill radio stars, but they launch Austin artists' careers.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Fall TV is dead; long live fall TV!

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Duplex

Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore play a young couple is driven batty by a geriatric neighbor from hell.

The Princess Blade

There's zero fat on the bone in this stunning Japanese action import.

The Rundown

The man-mountain known as the Rock is diminished by all the action clichés in his new picture.

The School of Rock

In Linklater's studio-financed comedy hit, Jack Black brings his rock & roll vibe to riff-needy prep students.

'Whole'

This documentary explores the hidden world of amputee fetishism.
arts & culture

K-Tel Cabaret

Michael Holland and Karen Mack make a performance party out of hits from the Seventies and Eighties.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

The Austin Circle of Theaters has handed out its annual B. Iden Payne Awards, honoring outstanding achievements in local theatre from August 2002 through July 2003.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

A Flea in Her Ear

Seeing actor David Stokey in the Mary Moody Northen Theatre production of A Flea in Her Ear, carrying off the spectacle of a man whose life has utterly unwound for the most preposterous of reasons, provides a refreshing reminder of the pleasures of farce.

The Man Who Was Too Loud

Josh Frank's The Man Who Was Too Loud pays tribute to Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers with some fantastic covers of the band's music, but the portrayal of Richman as a dramatic character is so far off target that the show smacks of a vain attempt at cool.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Three highly amusing and personable comic actors skewer, pun, and cook their way through all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), a show that launches the Austin Shakespeare Festival's 20th anniversary season with a bang, a few whacks, and a lot of laughs.
columns

Page Two

Meet our new Web site; local film news; and tackling denial, from the city budget to the Republican right.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

Having children used to be necessary for a family's economic survival; in the last century it has instead become a choice.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Meow? Meeee-oooooowww? Where is Miss Kitty??? And is Stephen going all punk rock on us?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

To Your Health

What does colostrum have in it that is good for babies, and is it also good for adults?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

Show Some Sole: It's AIDS Walk Time!

BY KATRYN AMUNDSON

Luv Doc Recommends: Mr. Sinus Theater Presents: The Lost Boys

Alamo Drafthouse Downtown, Friday, October 3, 2003

BY THE LUV DOC

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