April 2, 2004

Volume 23, Number 31

ON THE COVER:
news

Betty Baker Rules

Love her or fear her, Austin's land-use queen rules the city her own way

BY AMY SMITH

UT Lawyers Take On the Death Penalty in D.C.

A team of UT-based attorneys takes the Tennard case to the U.S. Supreme Court

BY RITA RADOSTITZ

APD Mistake Leaves Austin Woman Shaken

Real estate broker's confrontation destroys her faith in Austin and the police

BY JORDAN SMITH

One More Time for Lugo, Canchola

Constable candidates expect a close contest in the April 13 run-off

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON AND JORDAN SMITH

Remembering Ortralla

Students and faculty at Reagan High School hold a memorial in honor of slain classmate Ortralla Mosley

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: The Big-Box Big Deal

Little things mean a lot, but design standards aren't simply superficial

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Kill the Messenger!

In the Tomstown counterattack, the GOP spin doctors are pointing the finger in every direction

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Next on the regime-change list: Venezuela; and, Mendocino County rejects Frankenfoods

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

The 'Saveur' Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival

Will Travel for Food (and Awards)

Barcelona

BY MICK VANN

Food-o-File

Food news you can use

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Thai, Part II

music

With a Bullet

Cross your fingers, Monte Warden and Bruce Robison may be headed for No. 1 with George Strait

BY MARGARET MOSER

TCB

With Tower Records closing in June, North Loop's new Sound on Sound hopes to fill some of the void

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

The Strokes

Live shot

Harry Nilsson

The Point!

John Frusciante

Shadows Collide With People

N.E.R.D.

Fly or Die

Cee-lo

Cee-lo Green Is the Soul Machine

The Bad Plus

Give
screens

GameRiot

On Tuesday, GameRiot, the world's biggest video game festival, brought its sexy arcade to La Zona Rosa on its Spring tour, complete with a smoke machine, buxom blondes, and a cheeky British emcee

BY COURTNEY FITZGERALD

Kids With Cameras

The Austin Student Digital Film Festival

BY MARRIT INGMAN

In Space

FoundMagazine.com

BY MARGARET CHAPMAN

Short Cuts

First Ozomatli, now Jason Patric. Or Jim Bowie.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Do the right thing! Or not.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Hellboy

Cult comic book hero makes the transition to screen with much, but not all, of his charm intact.

Home on the Range

It’s fitting that this is Disney’s last traditionally animated feature; the whole affair has a warm, nostalgic feel.

Kitchen Stories

The science of efficiency is undone by the unpredictability of human emotion in this Swedish comedy.

The Reckoning

A traveling troupe of actors in medieval England stumble upon a mysterious murder and end up single-handedly inventing the morality play.

Red Trousers: The Life of the Hong Kong Stuntmen

This double-layered documentary examines the creation of a Hong Kong action film and the impossible feats performed by the Asian stuntman.

Walking Tall

Contemporary remake of the 1973 grassroots classic retains and updates the basic plot while losing much of the original’s heart and soul.
arts & culture

Giving Voice

Students and colleagues sing in tribute to the late Martha Deatherage

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Pop Goes the Art!

Thirty years after the 1960s, Pop Art superstar Peter Max is still making art and still pushing the brand, coming to Austin on a national tour of his paintings and prints

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Bass Delay Gives Groups Room to Play

UT delays Bass Concert Hall renovations for local art schools

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

UT delays the closing of Bass Concert Hall for a year, Conspirare wants to sing an ode by a young Austin poet, and Zach decides whether it wants to go out with Sally Bowles or Roxie Hart

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Flying Dutchman

Austin Lyric Opera's first production of The Flying Dutchman was a solid and compelling staging of the opera that marked a turning point in Wagner's career and in German opera

Blue Surge

Director Ken Webster has made a career out of discovering quirky, funny scripts by young playwrights that entertain as they offer insight into our culture, and that describes Rebecca Gilman's Blue Surge perfectly

Tribal

In Ballet East Dance Theatre's Tribal, the company's original dances made you aware of the people around you and your connections to them
columns

Page Two

Spurned by cool former friends and driven to distraction by Ralph Nader and the 9/11 hearings, Louis Black busts all Erma Bombeck in the SXSW aftermath

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Oops!

Our report of the death of Urbanscape appears to have been exaggerated

Letters at 3AM

It's time to put our money and our mouths where they're needed in order to defeat George Bush in 2004

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Day Trips

Hangin' with the 'gators in Brazos Bend State Park

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

Stephen gets all gushy when he poshes it up in Houston – sort of like The Simple Life, but backward.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

I have a new car, and it keeps breaking down all the time. I've heard about the Texas Lemon Law, but how do I know if the law can help me?

BY LUKE ELLIS

To Your Health

The possible link between antibiotics and breast cancer

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

What's the latest scoop in HIV/AIDS research? To find out what went on at February's 11th annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Diseases, come have dinner with Dr. Bob Wallace, as he gives a Retrovirus Conference update on Thursday evening, April 8.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Luv Doc Recommends: First Annual Texas Travesty Film Festival

Texas Union Theatre, Saturday, April 3, 2004

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The Austin Posse arrives; friendly days in Europe

BY NICK BARBARO

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