April 23, 2004

Volume 23, Number 34

ON THE COVER:
news

Bradley's Lazarus Lotto Goes to Court

Gary Bradley's bankruptcy trial features the spectacular rise of the Lazarus Trust

BY AMY SMITH

Futrell to Council: Deficit Shrinks ... a Bit

The city budget report looks a wee bit rosier, but with plenty of thorns

BY AMY SMITH

It's a Car, It's a Canvas ... It's an Art Car!

Art cars roll through downtown

BY JORDAN SMITH

Vibrating Hardware Wars

Competing makers of tongue vibrators get down and dirty in the courtroom

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Show With No Home

The current antsiness among broadcasters nails a local favorite

BY MICHAEL KING

ACC Chooses Robert Aguero

The ACC board of trustees selects Robert Aguero as the college's new president

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Naked City

Breaking stories from Austin and beyond

BY MICHAEL KING AND LEE NICHOLS

What's So Special?

Gov. Perry calls a special session, and pits property taxes against schoolchildren

BY MICHAEL KING

On the Lege

The first days of the special session feature a rhetorical slugfest between the governor and the comptroller

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Tyco stays the course, and the USDA rolls over for Big Beef

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Elegance Out of Town

Monica's 701 is fine dining, indeed

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

The Austin Diner

We know they can do breakfast. But what about lunch?

BY RACHEL FEIT

Food-o-File

Wrapping up the Saveur Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival means good news and bad

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Catfish, Part I

music

Working-Class Hero

Is Michael Fracasso's Austin's best kept musical secret?

BY DAVE MARSH

TCB

Austin City Limits, cannonized!

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Li'l Cap'n Travis

… In All Their Spelendor

Fivehead

Guests of the Nation

Kino Eye

Internal Architecture

Significant Digits

Bird

Bob Schneider

I'm Good Now

Gurf Morlix

Cut 'n Shoot

This Microwave World, A Formatik on Tact's, Yuppie Pricks, Ignorance Park, Platforms, Pretty Please

Love Your Zine, Let's Go to Bed, Snakes and Sliders, Hostile Takeover, Ignorance Park, Platforms, Demonstration

Bonny Holmes

Boxful of Trouble

Eve Monsees

Eve Monsees & the Exiles

Friends of Dean Martinez

Random Harvest

Patty Griffin

Impossible Dream

Ojo del Sol

Sunrise to Sunset

A Five and Dime Ship, Iron Kite, Concentric, Explosions in the Sky, Calla

A Five and Dime Ship, The Light in the Fog, Concentric, The Long Spring, Calla

Jazz Pharaohs, Suzi Stern & Terry Bowness, David Chenu

Old Man Time, Lament, One
screens

Melodramatic Entrance

On set with 'Shades of Life,' the multicultural soap-opera access show giving minority actors a shot at exposure

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Good News and Bad News

John Pierson's 'Spike Mike Reloaded'

BY MARC SAVLOV

Lasses, Sasses, and Cineastes

LadyFest Texas movie night

BY DIANA WELCH

In Space

Google bombs

BY MARRIT INGMAN

Short Cuts

South Austin's best-kept video-store secret might not be such a secret for much longer

BY MARC SAVLOV

Watching Outside the Box

How many industries do you know of that can capitalize on dated inventory while ringing up sales for "failed" merchandise?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Academy Award-Nominated Short Films 2003

A package of some of the most recent animated and live-action Oscar nominees.

Connie and Carla

Witnessing a mob hit can be a real drag.

Gloomy Sunday

As the turmoil of WWII engulfs Hungary, a Budapest eatery becomes home to a love triangle.

Man on Fire

Denzel Washington heads up a pulsating kidnapping thriller.

The Seagull's Laughter

Set in 1950s Iceland, this film is equal parts noirish mystery and coming-of-age tale.

13 Going on 30

Magic wishing dust allows Jennifer Garner to completely skip over her teens and twenties.

Two Men Went to War

A WWII comedy of errors begins when two British military dentists swap their drills for grenades.
arts & culture

As Theatre for Children Matures

In 40 years of nurturing young people's love for the stage, Coleman Jennings has helped a profession develop, too

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Oh, What a Lovely War Protest!

The Accidental Activist tells how the Lysistrata Project became a global anti-war phenomenon, from the perspective of Kathryn Blume, who co-founded and lived it

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Articulations

City Council adopts new guidelines for the Cultural Arts Funding Program, Michelle Schumann shoots off for a Canadian piano competition, and some 'palpable hits' to get your sweet William for Shakespeare's birthday

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues

It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues is a blues primer covering every variation on the form, and in the Zachary Scott Theatre Center's production its lessons are driven home with verve and fervor and musical excitement

Austin Symphony With Ilya Gringolts

Austin Symphony's return to Mahler's Fifth Symphony under the baton of Peter Bay revealed a mature and confident orchestra pulling itself up another notch

The House

The House, director J. Ed Araiza's third collaboration with the student artists at St. Edward's University, is unapologetically about them, which makes for the show's strengths and its weaknesses
columns

Page Two

A few modest school-finance proposals

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen goes west, sees some big rocks, and only adds to the splendor of the Marfa lights…

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Cab Calloway careers, cosmetic cutouts, and our country's clothing

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

A relative passed away recently, and the duty has fallen to me to wind up her affairs. We don't know if she left a will. What can I do?

BY JOE MARRS

To Your Health

Should L-glutamine powder be taken with meals or between them?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

HIV and STD testing: free and easy

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Day Trips

Bask in the bluebonnets' beauty on your way to some delicious barbecue

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Oops!

Our latest batch of gaffes and blunders

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Iran left out (again!), Germany mad over beer, and Cameroon embarassed by naughty uniform scandal. Who said soccer was boring?

BY NICK BARBARO

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