March 26, 2004

Volume 23, Number 30

ON THE COVER:
news

Kontinental Krew

Local custom car club, the Kontinentals, bring the third annual Lonestar Rod & Kustom Round Up auto show to town

Not Quite 'Ya Se Fue!'

The APD version of the Ozomatli bust at Exodus is ... hard to believe

BY JORDAN SMITH

AISD Bonds: More Sprawl and Surveillance?

The Austin ISD bond proposal includes plans for new construction and security measures that are raising some public questions

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

APD Racial Profiling: New Numbers, Old Questions

The 2003 report shows disparities but also problems with the data itself

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Meet and Obscure

The new police contract is neither the cause nor cure of the APD crisis

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

What School Finance Crisis?

The Lege considers school finance, and recommends ways to cut wages and fire teachers

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

A company that wants to get under your skin; and the Social Security hoax

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Taste, Memory

By innovating old favorites in an old building, Moonshine is setting new standards

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Think things are slowing down after SXSW? Not when it comes to the food business in Austin.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Thai, Part I

music

AMA Hoochie Koo

The 2003-04 Austin Music Awards scrapbook redux

Rocks Off

Saturday SXSW "Live Shots" and more

TCB

One final SXSW missive

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

Big Fat Independent Movies

Sending off SXSW Film 04

Audience Participation

COHI's Sera Bonds on how your watching movies at the Alamo can empower women in conflict areas

BY SAMANTHA PAXTON

The 22 Steps

Screenwriter John Truby's first Austin seminar

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Second Annual Austin Jewish Film Festival

March 27-April 3

Roll Over, Beethoven

An interview with Francis Preve, laptop composer and producer

BY COURTNEY FITZGERALD

Short Cuts

Will McDonald's be part of our post-SXSW, prehibernation meal?

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

"This is one of those rare cases where the initial conception was ambitious to begin with," Executive Producer Steve James says of The New Americans, a three-part documentary premiering March 29 on PBS' Independent Lens.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Dawn of the Dead

It's hard to keep a good zombie down.

Jersey Girl

Ben Affleck plays a widower dad in this family dramedy from an uncustomarily sweet Kevin Smith.

The Ladykillers

The Coen brothers remake a British comedy classic starring Tom Hanks in a flamboyantly love-him-or-hate-him performance.

Monsieur Ibrahim

Omar Sharif makes a welcome return to the screen in this gentle French film about a Jewish adolescent and an elderly Muslim shopkeeper.

Never Die Alone

Every known hip-hop gangster cliché comes to the fore in this film starring DMX and David Arquette.

The Same River Twice

A documentary about how things change and don't change.

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

A guilty pleasure for thirtysomething stoners with ironic dispositions and large nacho platters.
arts & culture

When Wagner Became WAGNER

With 'The Flying Dutchman,' Richard Wagner made opera bigger than big

BY JERRY YOUNG

Ballet East: 'Tribal'

Ballet East goes "Tribal" this weekend, using movement to explore issues of belonging, the ties that bind, and how tribes can lower us to barbarism or lift us to redemption

Decade on the Vanguard

No. 10 looks like the best Salvage Vanguard birthday ever!

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

Helping ensure the future of classical music are four young Central Texas musicians who won the 2004 Pearl Amster Concerto Competition and two UT School of Music doctoral candidates chosen to learn conducting from Maestro Kurt Masur

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Mercy Seat

With Neil LaBute's The Mercy Seat, the dirigo group takes us back to 9 / 11 and shows a couple laying bare their relationship against that day's monstrous tragedy

'New Works: Jack Spencer'

Nashville-based photographer Jack Spencer is such a maestro in the darkroom that the prints he creates have the mysterious, almost shrouded look of Old-West silver tintypes

Austin Symphony With Norman Krieger

On the first anniversary of the American-led invasion of Iraq, the Austin Symphony offered a pleasing variety of views of the American landscape through music by 20th-century composers
columns

Page Two

On love, culture, renewal, timelessness, and SXSW

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Oops!

Our latest batch of gaffs and blunders

After a Fashion

Catch Stephen out schmoozing for a good cause or two. It's that time of year, folks. The social and fashion seasons are upon us.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The world's largest collection of spurs is almost too big to comprehend.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

A Hindu Heinrich Himmler, a hard of hearing Hoover, and heavenly hemispheres

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Here are some other quirky new traffic laws you might find interesting

BY LUKE ELLIS

To Your Health

Can any nutrients help fend off an imminent headache?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

Better sex with non-nukes?

BY SANDY BARTLETT

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