Nov. 21, 2003

Volume 23, Number 12

ON THE COVER:
news

DPS

Barbecue and Good Ol' Boys

A promotions scandal suggests the good ol' boy network is alive and well at DPS.

BY LUCIUS LOMAX

Obscene Calling

Law enforcement crosses capitol politics, and the Rangers get burned

BY LUCIUS LOMAX

Maspero: Drinking, Whizzing, Barking

The Williamson County sheriff is accused of a slew of embarrassing transgressions

BY JORDAN SMITH

Boy Scouts and United Way Agree to Disagree

Despite calls for a boycott, local reaction muted to split between United Way and Boy Scouts

BY MICHAEL KING

Wal-Mart War: Southside Goes It Alone

South Austin neighbors hire their own engineers and planners to salvage the Blunn Creek Supercenter project

BY AMY SMITH

Naked City

Breaking news from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large

On the Blizzard / Stratus scandal, the Statesman misses the real story -- as usual.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Capitol Chronicle

Despite the hopeful numbers, the economic outlook on Main Street remains glum.

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Public financing of elections works; and a Houston firm wants to take American tax dollars without giving any.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Bounty Without Opulence

The Food staff assembles a stellar $75 Thanksgiving feast for six

Food-o-File

The 2003 Beaujolais Nouveau debuts, Austin's Pizza makes some changes, and several Austin restaurants were hot spots during the Texas Book Festival.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Home away from Home

music

Sheiks of Industry

Part 2 of the Chronicle's look at Austin record labels and their founders.

BY MICHAEL CHAMY

MANIKIN

TCB

Kickin' ass and takin' names (for later litigation) with Gibby Haynes, Spoon, Masonic, the Tuna Helpers, and President Bush himself

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

various artists

Broadcasts Vol. 11

Toni Price

Born to Be Blue

Alejandro Escovedo

With These Hands

Delbert McClinton

Live

Trish Murphy

Girls Get in Free

The Neal Pollack Invasion

Never Mind the Pollacks

various artists

Damn, It's 2 Early

the Breathers

Work and Sleep

Golden Arm Trio

The Cry Pitch Carrolls

OHN

Let's Get It…

K-Otix, Nick Nack, Hydroponic Sound System, Central Standards, Overlord

Ethos, Improving Silence, Grids / Loops / Intersections, the Re-Up
screens

Animation Revelation

Charging toward a movie, TV, or computer screen near you: HorseBack Salad Entertainment

BY MARC SAVLOV

Views to a Kill

Gus Van Sant investigates school violence with 'Elephant'

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

The Bold One

Action / horror heartthrob John Saxon brings two classics to the Alamo.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Standing by Stanley

It's a mad, mad, mad, mad interview with actor Karen Sharpe Kramer, the widow of the iconoclastic director.

BY COURTNEY FITZGERALD

Short Cuts

Steve Bilich here, in Manhattan, and everywhere

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Trio's Epic TV: The Top Ten Miniseries of All Time recalls a time before TiVo.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

Bad cat makes stink in theatre.

Elephant

Gus Van Sant examines the petri dish that grows the lethal seeds of high school disaster, à la Columbine.

Gothika

Halle and Penelope de-glam for this running, screaming, jumping thriller that never allows logic to interfere.

Shattered Glass

Before Jayson Blair there was Stephen Glass, a fabricator of magazine stories, whose fall from grace is told here.

The Station Agent

Award-winning indie favorite shows how human beings form emotional connections – despite their best efforts not to.

Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator

The rise and fall of Eighties skateboard king Mark "Gator" Rogowski.
arts & culture

Sisters Within Circles

The new exhibition "Circles," featuring abstract art by Jacqueline May and Benné Rockett, reveals a dreamy harmony between the two artists.

BY RACHEL KOPER

Articulations

Two theatre companies may have to cancel shows if they don't raise funds by a certain date; ACoT gets down to business; and Hogg Auditorium is headed for a makeover.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

'"Selections from the Permanent Collection"'

Mexic-Arte Museum's showing of selections from its permanent collection is a little confusing in setup and somewhat rough, but there's also something charming about its rusticity.

A Raisin in the Sun

For their production of A Raisin in the Sun at St. Edward's University, director Melba Martinez has her designers and cast support Lorraine Hansberry's play in almost every conceivable way, and the rewards to be reaped from their investment are great.

The Emperor of the Moon

The Bedlam Faction's sci-fi, action-movie, musical upgrade of Aphra Behn's 17th-century comedy The Emperor of the Moon is a good time that's edgy enough for the wilder bunch and tame enough for conventional crowds.
columns

Page Two

Our political differences are rarely as black and white as partisan politicking makes them seem.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Why is Stephen peeing all over himself this week, and how does he dress to go to Taco Bell???

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Elgin's City Cafe raises pies to an art form.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

I would like to eliminate food additives from my diet but that seems to be an impossible task. What are the worst ones that tend to cause the most problems?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

My husband and I throw a blowout party during the holidays that normally involves the heavy drinking of his friends. What kind of responsibility do we have if one of them gets in a car accident while trying to drive home after the party?

BY LUKE ELLIS

About AIDS

Emphasis on HIV-positive people marks prevention shift

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Luv Doc Recommends: Drag the River at Beerland

Beerland, Friday, November 21, 2003

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

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