Dec. 19, 2003

Volume 23, Number 16

ON THE COVER:
news

Mutual Interests

Military might makes investments right for teachers and state employees in Texas.

BY LUCIUS LOMAX

Rights and Consequences

The Redistricting trial pits "partisan gerrymandering" against the Voting Rights Act.

BY MICHAEL KING

For Lowe's, A Win's a Win

Lowe's and the city cut a deal over the aquifer.

BY AMY SMITH

APA, Futrell Turn Up the Heat

The city manager and police union continue slinging barbs over the withholding of the King investigation results.

BY JORDAN SMITH

How Much Is the Sun Worth?

Austin Energy tries to place a value on solar power.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: The Writing on the Wall

If neighborhoods don't embrace Smart Growth, the city as a whole will get stuck with stupid growth.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Human Rights Are Indivisible

International Human Rights Day activities in Austin strung together workers' rights, social services, and Texas' awful death penalty.

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Cable television promised savings with deregulation … and we're still waiting; and, the "synfuels" loophole has just become a bad joke.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Candy Hell

Or, it takes a lot of patience to play Mrs. Santa Claus.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Since you've been good boys and girls this year, Virginia B. Wood fills your stockings with lumps of foodie news instead of coal.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: CoffeeHouses Part I

music

My Obsession

Joe Nick Patoski leaves this terrestrial plane -- radio plane, that is.

BY JOE NICK PATOSKI

Dreck the Halls

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

TCB

Outer-space transmissions picked up by recent dental work

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Reissues

Doug Sahm

The Genuine Texas Groover

Jefferson Airplane

Takes Off, Surrealistic Pillow, After Bathing at Baxter's, Crown of Creation

Beatles

Let It Be … Naked

Television

Marquee Moon, Adventure, Live at the Old Waldorf, San Francisco, 6 / 29 / 78

Allen Toussaint

The Complete Warner Recordings

Ethiopiques

Ethiopiques, Vols. 1-20

Jimi Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Marvin Gaye, various artists, Pink Floyd

Jimi Plays Berkley, Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live at the Isle of Wight, Marvin Gaye Live in Montreux 1980, Sympathy for the Devil, Pink Floyd Live in Pompeii -- the Director's Cut
screens

Resetting Middle-Earth

As The Lord of the Rings journey ends onscreen, Austin game developer Inevitable Entertainment rewinds to The Hobbit.

BY COURTNEY FITZGERALD

Taking on 'Trivial Pursuit'

Bill and Gin Tolany's 'Dibs' parties smart.

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Short Cuts

Sundance, Slamdance, and South by Southwest: The 411 on upcoming fests is right here.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Questions and answers

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin

An authoritative film study of the career of the Little Tramp by the esteemed journalist Richard Schickel.

In America

The masterful storyteller Jim Sheridan, along with a wonderful cast, tell the story of a family whom you'll never forget.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The saga ends (and ends) back in the Shire where it began.

Love Don't Cost a Thing

A nerdy high school student pays a cheerleader to pretend to be his girlfriend in order to appear cool.

Mona Lisa Smile

The new Julia Roberts movie applies a retrofitted sense of feminism to the Great Housewife Debate of the Fifties.
arts & culture

Tale of a Tale Spinner

How a ballplayer, a piano player, beatnik poetry, and Lubbock made Terry Allen an epic storyteller.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

When Comic Do Good

Thanks to the benefit 'Stand-Up Is Dead,' some Central Texas wildlife won't be.

BY BARRY PINEO

Articulations

Austin architectural firm TeamHaas was tapped as the new design team for the proposed Long Center for the Performing Arts.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Rockin' Christmas Party

The cast of Zachary Scott Theatre Center's annual Rockin' Christmas Party delivers like crazy for over two hours, but this year's edition feels under-rehearsed and is uncomfortably loud.

Black Nativity

Pro Arts Collective's Black Nativity isn't quite theatre and isn't quite church, but a celebratory presentation of both that includes glorious gospel music and the eloquence of Langston Hughes.
columns

Page Two

The very nature of the police's job should earn more consistent praise, but at the same time it demands monitoring.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen gets on all fours for the holidays. You heard it here first.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Enjoy some Golden Gal Pralines with Capt. Day Trips.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Broccoli is to cats as feet are not to Toto.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

I used cash to buy electronics equipment from the Austin store of a nationwide electronics company. I want to get my money back but am not sure what my options are.

BY LUKE ELLIS

To Your Health

Are there natural remedies for pinworms?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

Holidays and nights: Beware Viagra and Tina

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Soccer news from around the world

BY NICK BARBARO

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