Nov. 7, 2003

Volume 23, Number 10

ON THE COVER:
news

Closing Open Records

Rick Perry and George W. Bush treat open records law as an obstacle to be gotten around, not a cornerstone of democracy.

BY LUCIUS LOMAX

A Big Box Full of Big Boxes

The latest on the Wal-Mart, Lowe's, and Eckerd's controversies

BY AMY SMITH

The Next Redistricting Target: Ronnie Earle?

Tom Craddick hatches a plan to redraw the lines for Texas' elected prosecutors

BY LUCIUS LOMAX

Redistricting Lands in the Feds' Hands

Texas Democrats make their case in court and at the Dept. of Justice

BY MICHAEL KING

Owens' Family Calls for the Feds

Allegations of grand jury tampering against the DA and police chief

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

What can Austin do to combat the powercenter plague? More than you might think.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Capitol Chronicle

Bill Bennett sells his virtue for lucre from "virtual charters"

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Lowdown

Hey, rich people steal, too! And, in Bolivia, the U.S. takes the wrong side ... again.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Asian Enigma

Pinning down Peony

BY RACHEL FEIT

Food-o-File

Virginia B. Wood hopes that you have an appetite for authors and new restaurants.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Japanese, Part II

Food Reviews

music

Rise of the Machines

Marc Bianchi takes his Space Holiday here in Austin.

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Watchmen on the Walls of Freedom

UT composer Dan Welcher commemorates JFK: The Voice of Peace 40 years after the President's scheduled visit to Austin.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

TCB

Metal up yer ass and other delights: The Back Room turns 30.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Live Shots

screens

The People Person

Peter Hedges' Pieces of April brings the novelist-screenwriter out of the quiet and into the filmmaking fray.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Going Deep at the Drive-In

Joe Bob Briggs gives good commentary.

BY JASON HENDERSON

The Things We Keep: Musing on the EZ-D

Musings on the EZ-D

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Short Cuts

If L.A. fell into the ocean, Hollywood would move to Austin. If it doesn't anyway.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Jack Kerouac is turning over in his grave while middle-class kids "following their bliss" in The Open Road mangle his vision.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Elf

Will Ferrell's Elf is a new way to spell fun.

Km. 0

Mistaken identities provide twist in this Spanish romantic comedy.

Love Actually

This merry skein of loves lost and found in holiday-season London is written and directed by the Four Weddings and a Funeral scribe.

The Matrix Revolutions

What now, Neo?

Party Monster

The rise and fall of superstar club promoter Michael Alig.

Pieces of April

A Thanksgiving from hell with the family and all the neighbors upstairs.

Where's the Party Yaar?

An indie comedy about ethnic identity.
arts & culture

A World Slowly Liquefying

Rocky Schenck comes home for celebrations of his dreamlike art photography.

BY KATHERINE CATMULL

Piece of Work

Annie Leibovitz's photo of Lance Armstrong nude, on display at Oswald Gallery, portrays the champion cyclist as a breathing emblem of toughness -- an avatar of endurance.

BY RACHEL KOPER

Articulations

Renowned composer and educator Kent Kennan has died, longtime Paramount Theatre manager Paul Beutel calls it quits, and Vincent Kitch signs on as the city of Austin's cultural arts program manager.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Cry Pitch Carrolls

The Cry Pitch Carrolls uses three crotchety old widows, a homeless mother and child, and a poodle to address the darker shadows of religion and memory, and Salvage Vanguard Theater's revival of Ruth Margraff's opera is a plush, cloudlike dream.

'"Lo feo de este mundo: Images of the Grotesque"'

The 20th-century Latin artists featured in the Blanton's exhibition "Lo feo de este mundo: Images of the Grotesque" recognize beauty's tyranny with a special fervor, creating works that directly reject it with humor, boldness, and great intensity.
columns

Page Two

If you think we're asinine, don't blame it on our advertisers.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

The 'Chronicle' Sells Out, Again; Go Ahead, Lament Us; Table of Contents Not Useful on Page 4; Envision a Correct Map; Fair Reporting on Police

After a Fashion

What kind of peddler is Stephen going off on this week? Hint: This year's Halloween may not haunt our Style Avatar's future, but running over a bicyclist would.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Common Law

I'm a first-time dog owner. My friend recently told me that I would have to pay for all damages my dog causes if he ever bites someone. Is this right?

BY LUKE ELLIS

To Your Health

Now that I am ready to begin a family, I wonder how the risk of premature birth can be minimized?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

Dinner with the Doc, Nov. 10: HIV Basics

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Luv Doc Recommends: Texas Book Festival

Texas Book Festival1, Saturday, November 8, 2003

BY THE LUV DOC

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sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

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