April 9, 2004

Volume 23, Number 32

ON THE COVER:
news

The Downtown Dominoes

The headlines are about Block 21 and Seaholm, but the long-term questions are about what the city of Austin should be

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Bee Cave Mall Back on Fast Track?

Developers try – quickly – to get reapproval for a controversial big-box project

BY AMY SMITH

AISD Casts a Wider Blueprint

The Austin ISD announced its expansion of the Blueprint Initiative to LBJ and Reagan high schools

BY MICHAEL KING

Election 2004

The GOP chair wages war against his own party’s right- wing fringe; Business as usual in the Williamson County Attorney’s office

BY AMY SMITH AND JORDAN SMITH

Another Texan for President?

BY LEE NICHOLS

Naked City

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Switching Tracks

The Union Pacific offer to move east symbolizes a new era in regional transportation politics

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Suffer the Little Children

The Lege cutbacks to CHIP and social services have little to do with fiscal conservatism

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

The new boom is still a bust for many; and the White House gets favorable press – from itself

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Market Watch

Are the big five of Austin's busy farmers' markets competing or cooperating?

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

New Year's in April

Celebrating the Thai Songkran in Austin

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

Accomplishments and accolades, bocaditos and hot bites

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings

Indian, Part I
music

$liding Home

Austin slide guitar sovereign Cindy Cashdollar steps out from the side

BY JIM CALIGIURI

TCB

The Return of Baldemar Huerta, succumbing to the Darkness, and I swear that I don't have a gun

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

Grupo Fantasma

Movimiento Popular

Ben Kweller

On My Way

Les Messieurs du Rock

L'estase

Hekill Three

One With a Bullet

ST 37

The Insect Hospital, The Secret Society

Kirk Van Praag

The Wrest

James McMurtry

Live in Aught-Three

Cross Canadian Ragweed

Soul Gravy

Floramay Holliday

Trouble and a Truer Sound

Sara Hickman

Big Kid

Del Castillo

Del Castillo Live

Del Castillo, Los Lobos, Tito Larriva, Cruzados, Patricia Vonne, Iguanas

Mexico and Mariachis

Tee Double, Strange Fruit Project, Rehash

Lone Star, Soul Travelin', The Rehash Extended Player

Voxtrot, Sparkwood, the Bright and Hollow Sky, Something Happened, the Murdocks, the Chapters

Voxtrot, In Black & White and in Color, The Bright and Hollow Sky, A Well Placed Kick, the Murdocks, Between Love and Death
screens

Out of Print and Onto Film

The Austin Film Society Texas Documentary Tour: Mark Moskowitz's 'Stone Reader'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Modern Art

AFS's Contemporary Iranian Cinema

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

The Inaugural Austin Asian Film Festival

You want animé? Go to Ushicon. You want the best new unadulterated Asian cinema? Hit up CinemaAsia.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Short Cuts

Fridays with Forrie

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Brini Maxwell is the most refreshing, fun, and delightfully self-assured woman on television. So, catch her while you can.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Alamo

In this round of historical revisionism there's not much to remember except, maybe, Davy Crockett becoming a fiddler on the roof.

Ella Enchanted

All-singing, all-dancing fairy tale is all-but-unbearable.

Good Bye, Lenin!

Popular German comedy generates nostalgia for the pre-unification years.

Intermission

Irish ensemble interweaves a dozen characters and their affairs of the heart.

Johnson Family Vacation

Half-baked comedy is on the road to nowhere.

Osama

The first feature to come out of post-Taliban Afghanistan, Osama tells the story of a girl who masquerades as a boy.

The Prince & Me

Who says you can't be a princess and go to medical school too?

Secret Things

Violent French erotica about female empowerment is a turbocharged gender bender that's equal parts soft-core porn and overwrought symbolism.

The Whole Ten Yards

This Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, and Amanda Peet sequel falls several yards short of its mark.
arts & culture

A Revolution in Acting

The SITI Company's J. Ed Araiza is transforming the way Austin actors view their art

BY KATHERINE CATMULL

Ceramics You Will Not Want to Eat Off

'The Fine Art of Ceramics' is a straightforward title for a tight show, with five artists creating intimate textures and sculptures out of clay, porcelain, and plaster

BY RACHEL KOPER

The Joke's on Bush

Newspaper cartoonist Dan Piraro launches a national stand-up tour, Bizarro's PolitiComedy-A-Go-Go, starring a "quartet of liberal wisenheimers" cracking wise about election-year issues, this week in Austin

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

Choreographer Deborah Hay is welcomed home from New York, Doyle Bramhall rocks the house at Zach, and new plans for the Long Center are being unveiled

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Did You Say Love?

A chick and a dude productions pays tribute to love in their original production Did You Say Love?, but unfortunately, the show creates little stir and minimal interest

Noises Off

Michael Frayn's Noises Off is funny stuff, and while this Naughty Austin production sometimes works, it has only one basic level: big, fast, and loud

The Foreigner

What makes this production of The Foreigner such a joy is seeing those familiar faces from the Greater Tuna franchise working together so sharply for such an appreciative audience
columns

Page Two

If myopic concerns could be traded as legitimate, revenue-based options, Austin would be looking at one of the great bull markets of our time

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

From whose necks are local faves Anthony Nak dripping this week – or Fashion Week for that matter? Does it matter? Sure. So much bold type, so little time!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Dainty duds for dudes, driving deaths, and delectable dough

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Cars – the Texas Lemon Law (part 2)

BY LUKE ELLIS

To Your Health

Clues to your health may be found in your fingernails

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

April 16 fair targets testing awareness

BY ALEXANDRA BURR

Day Trips

Enjoy a cold Star Bock Beer at the Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Giant killers in Europe; the Posse comes to town

BY NICK BARBARO

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