March 12, 2004

Volume 23, Number 28

ON THE COVER:
news

Anatomy of a Shooting

The circumstances around Jessie Lee Owens' shooting were anything but clear-cut

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Donkeys Kick Back

Doggett picks up a surprisingly easy victory in his new district

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Tweaking the Elephant's Booty

The TRMPAC lawsuit rumbles into Travis Co. court

BY MICHAEL KING

Hospital District Campaign Ready to Roll

Backers and opponents gear up for a May 15 vote on a Travis Co. health care taxing district

BY AMY SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Good Enough for Your Kid

The Lege considers the cost of an "adequate" public school education

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Oversight, Out of Mind

As the city and police union move forward, what's being left behind?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

A mad Mad Cow policy; and DARPA just won't die

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Right Place, Right Time

Four of Austin's most reliable downtown restaurants keep on pleasing

Food-o-File

It's time for the Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo, and all of the victuals that come with it

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Vegetarian

music

SXSW MUSIC

Get Me Back to Austin

Five reasons to the celebrate the 2003-04 Austin Music Awards

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

SXSW Picks & Sleepers

Blurbing SXSW 04 music – Wednesday only

Ferocious Joy

SXSW Film wants its MTV, or at least its music films – Austin and otherwise

BY DARCIE STEVENS

TCB

Will Wynn has it in for AMN, as does the Austin Hotel & Lodging Association

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

SXSW MUSIC

SXSW Records

British Sea Power

The Decline of British Sea Power

the Gay

You Know the Rules

Adult Rodeo

Tough Titty

Choking Ahogo

Radars and Maps

Cass McCombs

A

The Six Parts Seven

Lost Notes From Forgotten Songs

Linus Pauling Quartet

C6H8O6
screens

Once Upon a Time in Austin

The films, the filmmakers, the crews, the making of a scene

BY LOUIS BLACK

Value Appreciation

The Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards enters its fourth year

BY MARGARET MOSER

SXSW FILM

The Rove M.O.

If you read this story, your career could be over by the end of the day: Michael Paradies Shoob examines 'Bush's Brain'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Trail Mix

Paul Stekler on 'Last Man Standing' and the 10 essential ingredients of political documentary

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

The Passion of the Journalist

Jonathan Demme on 'The Agronomist," his tribute to Haiti's bravest, loudest voice for democracy

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Next Departure

With 'Jersey Girl,' Kevin Smith swaps out Jay and Silent Bob for a 7-year-old, all while 'The Green Hornet' looms

BY MARC SAVLOV

Screening Calls

What to see and when and where to see it at SXSW Film 04

SXSW FILM

After the Demons

Luciana Pedraza's 'The Portrait of Billy Joe' is more than a story of a 64-year-old songwriter

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Alamo on Its Way South

Downtown theatre will move in seven months

BY MARC SAVLOV

SXSW FILM

Revolución y Fantasía:

From AFS, Cine las Americas, and SXSW

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Short Cuts

SXSW Film 04 is here. Where are you?

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Friday night is a terrible night to launch a new series

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

Frankie Muniz, playing the star agent of the CIA's kiddie corps, saves the day in London.

The Book of Mormon Movie, Volume 1: The Journey

The leaden acting, tablecloth wardrobe, and Sixties-era Star Trek set design are more likely to leave nonbelievers stupefied than awestruck.

Latter Days

A West Hollywood party boy and a Mormon missionary find love and understanding.

Secret Window

Even the powerful combination of Johnny Depp and John Turturro can't save this Stephen King film adapatation.

Spartan

This crackling good David Mamet movie starring Val Kilmer is one if the writer-director's best efforts.

The Statement

The pace of this political thriller about a Nazi collaborator on the run for four decades (Michael Caine) is as listless as the justice system that pursued him.

SXSW Film Festival 2004

Go. Watch. Mingle. Enjoy. For complete schedule see www.sxsw.com.
arts & culture

Requiem for a Sane Man

Exalting comic maverick Bill Hicks on the 10th anniversary of his passing

BY STEVE BIRMINGHAM

Feedback of a Different Kind

At last week's arts funding forum, artists gave city officials an earful – but not what they expected

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Lights! Camera! Pedestrian!

This month Luke Savisky and Arthouse give a little nod to Austin history with a cinematic installation that involves showing film in and on Arthouse's home space at 700 Congress

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

The Blanton Museum of Art adds another Old Master to its collection, Cinqué Hicks adds Electric Skin to the Web, and Jay McMahan has his art added to the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Art Collection

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Dark Goddess 2004

Director Bonnie Cullum makes a point of pulling you out of the modern world for Dark Goddess 2004 so you might be more receptive to its mythic message of the power of transformation

Rhythm of a Life

Tapestry Dance Company's Rhythm of a Life pulsed with a vigor and intensity that seemed to arise from new, deeply personal connections to dance and to life

Sueño

While the UT Department of Theatre & Dance's production of Sueño has an eye for the visual, the perfunctory sound design and strained emotionalizing by the actors leave it less than dreamy
columns

Page Two

There is no other place in the country, outside of New York and L.A., with the same quality and quantity of filmmaking and filmmakers as Austin

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Jermaine Jackson's son's name is Jermajesty.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

Stephen goes shopping with a friend to get ready for all the big to-do’s on the social horizon. Hide your credit cards.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Dealing with Crohn's disease

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

A new study published in Biological Psychiatry suggests that shyness may not be good for HIV-positive people

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Day Trips

Capt. Day Trips drops the 411 on Round Top, Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Luv Doc Recommends: SXSW Film Festival screening of Super Size Me

Paramount Theatre, Saturday, March 13, 2004

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Gunners rise, Reds fall: report from the Champion's League

BY NICK BARBARO

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