Dec. 26, 2003

Volume 23, Number 17

ON THE COVER:
features

New Year's Eve Events

BY WELLS DUNBAR

news

Maps, Balls, and Testifying

The testimony gets mighty strange at the re-redistricting trial.

BY MICHAEL KING

The True Story

Grandfather fought in the Philippines -- after that, things get kinda blurry …

BY LUCIUS LOMAX

Chapman out the door, off the hook

A surprise retirement spares the APD assistant chief.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Lucy Neyens Asks: Is My Case Closed?

The APD sexual-misconduct case remains in official limbo.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Stratus 2003: Make Way for HEB

Neighborhood negotiations go much better for Stratus the second time around.

BY AMY SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

What's at Stake?

The federal redistricting trial will reverberate through national politics for years.

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: What Happens Next?

Suggestions for a 2004 City Hall to-do list

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

Jim's holiday gift list; and Sears gets a present from ABC.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Go West, Young Men

All for the love of Pinot: Three Austinites make serious waves in the world of wine.

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

As 2003 swiftly comes to a close, I've taken a few minutes out of the holiday madness to ponder things I'd like to see in the coming year.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings

Babbo’s Italian Gelato & Coffee, Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse & Cafe, Jo’s Hot Coffee & Good Food, JP’s Java, Ruta Maya International Headquarters, Trianon
music

No Dominion

A partial roll call of people who died in 2003.

BY MARGARET MOSER

Best-Ofs

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

TCB

What a sampling of the Austin music scene wants for Christmas.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

'One From the Heart'

Coppola's critically, commercially, and conversationally ravaged Las Vegas romance makes a comeback

BY LOUIS BLACK

Girl of Their Dreams

Disney was struggling to find a young star for Young Black Stallion. Then, Austinite Biana Tamimi found them.

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Short Cuts

With Screaming Black Yak Day upon us, Marc Savlov kindly gives out some kudos and guidance.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Native American actors playing Native Americans? On a major network? With no white guy in sight? This might be a good time to talk about diversity on the small screen in 2004.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Big Fish

Tim Burton is all grown up and getting serious.

Cheaper by the Dozen

Cheaper comedy dozen't add up.

Cold Mountain

Swoony kisses and true grit mark this Civil War epic from the director of The English Patient.

House of Sand and Fog

Moody and offbeat adaptation of Andre Dubus III bestseller heralds strong debut for new director and dandy performances by Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley.

Peter Pan

There's a definite sexual tension between Peter and Wendy in this live-action Pan that's heavy on the special effects.

21 Grams

Powerful performances resonate in this devastating and weighty follow-up picture from the director of Amores Perros.
arts & culture

Hanging Up the Torches

After 20 years of juggling fire and other foolery, the Flaming Idiots are calling it quits.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

New Wind to Blow Through Austin

Internationally recognized composer John Corigliano has chosen the UT School of Music to premiere his Symphony No. 3 for Wind Ensemble.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

Austin playwright John Walch goes to Louisville for its festival of new plays; Vincent Kitch goes to Washington for Americans for the Arts; and Everett Quinton goes to Seattle for a new production of Twisted Olivia.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

columns

Page Two

Meditations on memory, politics, and sexuality, brought on by the Beach Boys.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

The story of how the Style Avatar got his sew on

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Daytrips

Christmas isn't over till the last light comes down.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, and barely domestic fruitcakes

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Can I cancel an order and get my money back because the item is taking so long to get here?

BY LUKE ELLIS

To Your Health

Until recently I had never heard of a vitamin called biotin. What is it good for, and what foods have it?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

Letters at 3AM

Learning to listen to your soul in all aspects of your life.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

About AIDS

Happy New Year ... and Thanks!

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Luv Doc Recommends: 12 Steps to a More Dysfunctional Christmas

, Friday, December 26, 2003

BY THE LUV DOC

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