Jan. 16, 2004

Volume 23, Number 20

ON THE COVER:
news

Nukes Are Back!

The Bush administration plans for the next (little) nuclear wars

BY WILLIAM M. ADLER

Virtually Unkillable: TEA to Resurrect Online Charters

Supporters of 'virtual schools' never say die

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

The Fruit of the Pro-Lifers' Labors

What Texas women now need to know before an abortion

BY JORDAN SMITH

CD 25: It's a Small District After All

The congressional race in District 25 is not about race -- except when it is.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Naked City

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Dred Scott, Revisited

The federal court decision on re-redistricting opens an old wound in Texas politics

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Time to Repeal SOS?

What's really at stake in the proposed Temple-Inland deal

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

Kill car alarms!; taxpayer-built facilities get corporate names

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Dinertainment Dilemma

Can Kobe Japanese Steakhouse find a balance between the food and the fun?

BY WES MARSHALL

Saké on Sixth

Saké on Sixth is presented as a sleek, contemporary place with an innovative approach to the regular sushi bar, offering sushi, sake, and music, so we had to check it out.

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

Ah, to live the life of the Chronicle Food editor; plus, Gingerbread pancakes, Girl Scouts, and the Gilstraps of Wimberley

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings

Fast food
music

DERAILERS

Reborn Again

Tony Villanueva steps out of the Derailers and into a new paradigm.

BY JIM CALIGIURI

TCB

Don't wanna meet yo daddy, just want you in my Caddy

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Can

DVD

D-MadnessPale Soul& C'zar

Ice Cream Sunday

The Darkness

Permission to Land
screens

Lives Less Ordinary

The Austin Film Society's neorealism and Beyond: Italian Cinema, 1948-1970

BY MARRIT INGMAN

The Other 'Alamo'

Brace yourselves, devotees of Alamo and Texas Revolution lore: The prevailing mythology is about to take a few more hits, this round courtesy of Joseph Tovares and his new documentary, 'Remember the Alamo'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Short Cuts

South by Southwest Film 04. March. You. Many others.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

For those of us nervously watching the erosion of civil liberties and human rights, the next film in the 'Independent Lens' series, 'Life Matters,' is something of a wistful homage to what seems to be of little value these days

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Dirty Dancing: Ultimate Edition

No one knew quite what to expect of 1987's Dirty Dancing, the tiny-budget film that emerged as the sleeper hit of the summer and the slumber-party movie de rigueur for the rest of the decade. Nora Ankrum explains why and how.

Film Reviews

Along Came Polly

Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston date and become more than just friends.

The Cooler

The performances of William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, and Maria Bello shine as brightly as the lights on the Vegas strip where the film is set.

Monster

Charlize Theron gives a ferocious performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

My Baby's Daddy

Three players learn how to be good fathers and real men amid lots of stereotypes and tastelessness.

To Be and to Have

In this documentary, a one-room schoolhouse in France is a microcosm of the teaching universe.

Torque

Rev your engines: The first bike movie of the year is here.
arts & culture

The Human Touch

Violinist Laurie Young Stevens finds the passion and flash in baroque music

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Food Wine, and Thou'

In its savory new exhibition 'Food, Wine and Thou,' Studio2Gallery offers a feast of artwork whose succulent colors and scrumptious shapes aim to fill that empty space in your hungry heart

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

Austin won't be a capital of culture in 2004, Martha Norkunas won't be the director of Texas Folklife Resources, and Lana Dieterich won't be opening 'Always … Patsy Cline' this week

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Così Fan Tutte

The lack of passion in Austin Lyric Opera's Così Fan Tutte transforms Mozart's curious opera into a prime-time sitcom with a spectacular orchestra.

Titus Andronicus

Elena Manuela Araoz's minimalist staging of Titus Andronicus cleaves to the bosom of Shakespeare but ultimately loses its humanity.

One Flea Spare

Newcomers Vernacurious Performance Group create some potent moments in One Flea Spare, but overall, their staging of Naomi Wallace's highly poetic drama misses its emotional mark.
columns

Page Two

An amalgam of influences with a life of its own, the Chronicle is smarter than we are

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

This week, Uncle Style Avatar explore Platforms, Vespa Girls, red pumps that mysteriously turn into black high-tops and back again, and what's in Blackmail's trunk

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Before a big plate of smoked brisket and ribs became the national dish of the Lone Star State and the fare of fancy restaurants, it was a quick bite to eat from roadside stands.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

In the first century, Pliny the Elder claimed that mustard would improve lazy housewives.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

To Your Health

People laugh when I tell them how much a persistent itch on my back bothers me. Sometimes it even itches so much it hurts. Are there ways to control such a problem?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

What's up, what's down for 2004?

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Luv Doc Recommends: Third Annual Rabble-Rouser Roundup and Fat Cat Schmoozefest

La Zona Rosa, Sunday, January 18, 2004

BY THE LUV DOC

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sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

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