May 7, 2004

Volume 23, Number 36

ON THE COVER:
features

SUMMER FUN

Summer Camps

Instead of renting twenty videos per week and melting your kids' brains this summer, try some of these more active activities

BY DIANA WELCH

2004 Austin Parks & Recreation Pool Schedule

news

North Central Blues

APD's new North Central Area Command force is bringing community policing to blighted north central neighborhoods

BY JORDAN SMITH

Bee Cave Brouhaha

Civic unrest erupts in the southwest Travis County village

BY AMY SMITH

No Clear Winner as Bradley Trial Wraps Up

Will developer's bankruptcy case end with a split decision?

BY AMY SMITH

Defending the Innocent in Texas

The Texas Center for Actual Innocence is open for business at the UT Law School

BY RITA RADOSTITZ

Blix In Austin:

The UN weapons inspector blasts Bush at the LBJ School

BY LEE NICHOLS

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Coming Up Lemons

The House Bill on public school finance goes to the floor, and it's all about tax cuts and slot machines

BY MICHAEL KING

On the Lege

The Lege special session gets down to business, and it's woefully business as usual

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Social Security: It ain't broke, so don't fix it; and, productivity has gone up – so why hasn't your paycheck?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Pao, Wow!

The Mandarin House's stellar reputation has followed it out to Lakeway – why haven't you?

BY MICK VANN

WINES OF CHILE AND ARGENTINA

Will Travel for Wine

Chile and Argentina

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Mario Batali has discovered Austin's Matt Lee, but not in a good way; Hoover's has a new breakfast; and the Alamo Drafthouse finds food on the tracks

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Hot Smoke & Sasafrass

'Hot Smoke & Sasafrass' (and its backstory) returns via the reissue of A Gathering of Promises

BY GREG BEETS

TCB

Thirty Three Degrees announces it will be shutting its doors. Out the door, too, is Associate Music Editor Michael Chamy.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Reissues

Nas

Illmatic 10th Anniversary Platinum Edition

Bob Marley & the Wailers

Grooving Kingston 12

various artists

Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945-1970

Rita Coolidge

Delta Lady: The Rita Coolidge Anthology

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, Tusk

Gilbert O'Sullivan

Caricature: The Box

The Hollies

The Long Road Home 1963-2003

Bob Dylan

The Bootleg Series Volume 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964 – Concert at Philharmonic Hall

Peter Paul & Mary

Carry it On

Depeche Mode

The Singles Box Vols. 1-6

various artists

Hallucinations: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets From the WEA Vaults, Come to the Seventies: Soft Pop Nuggets From the WEA Vaults

Jerry Garcia

All Good Things: Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions

Bad Religion

How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, Suffer, No Control, Against the Grain, Generator

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The Best of the Early Years, Preservation Hall Hot 4 with Duke Dejan, Shake That Thang

Dave Brubeck

For All Time

Black Sabbath

Black Box: the Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)

Judas Priest

Metalogy
screens

Ten Little Indies

UT and AFS team up for a Doc Tour deviation: 10 films under 10 minutes long made for less than $10.

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Momentum Requires Movement

The Nudge Micro Digital Film Fest

BY COURTNEY FITZGERALD

Money Changes Everything

Greg Pak's 'Robot Stories' is ap-pealing to just about everyone, seven years after his appeal to the Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund launched his career.

BY MARC SAVLOV

In Space

BitTorrent

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Short Cuts

Press 1 for English

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

A spoonful of censorship …

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Bon Voyage

An engaging chamber comedy cum lavish period piece set in France at the beginning of WWII.

Envy

Director Barry Levinson tackles the human vice of envy in this comedy starring Ben Stiller and Jack Black.

Love Object

A shy office drone orders a life-sized plastic doll off the Internet, to predictably disastrous results.

Main Hoon Na

Hindi movie full of plot and song.

New York Minute

A winking, disingenuous farce from the Olsen twins.

Nói Albinói (Nói the Albino)

This bewitching Icelandic film mines frozen veins of resentment and quirky, black-ice humor.

Robot Stories

A short film collection billed as "science fiction from the heart," with an emphasis on the heart part.

Van Helsing

Hugh Jackman's mysterious monster hunter is pittefd against nearly the entire pantheon of Universal’s classic monsters, including Dracula and and the Wolf-Man.
arts & culture

Among Us

The gypsy feet of playwright Ruth Margraff keep wandering back to Austin, and we're fortunate that they do

BY CYNDI WILLIAMS

In Memoriam: Danielle Martin

The music community mourns the loss of professor of piano Danielle Martin

BY ROBERT FAIRES

A Piece of Work

'Portraits'

BY MOLLY BETH BRENNER

Arts Bullets

Texas high schoolers act; Deborah Hay lectures; Bill Wittliff and Julie Speed read; and you learn about Duchamp

Arts Reviews

Stadium Devildare

The Rude Mechanicals' Stadium Devildare, from a script by Ruth Margraff, offers a muscle-bound riff on reality game shows and superpatriotism, but its torrents of text eventually leave the brain numb

L'Orontea

The Texas Early Music Project's concert rendering of this Baroque gem L'Orontea left no doubt as to the opera's musical pleasures

Screwed Into the Book of Love

The Bedlam Faction's production of Wayne Alan Brenner's Screwed Into the Book of Love is an ambling journey through a maze of situations built upon the effects and circumstances of love
columns

Page Two

The overwhelming need for a Travis County hospital district should be obvious

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

So many purse designers, so little talent… errrrrr, time, time! We mean time!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

A beautiful area of Texas, Wharton County has hundreds of stories to tell

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Isn't it worth taking 30 seconds to say you've learned something new today?

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

To Your Health

Which is the 'better quality' protein: whey or rice?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

A relative passed away recently and the duty has fallen to me to wind up her affairs. She left a will. Where do I start? Can I do this without a lawyer?

BY JOE MARRS

About AIDS

Free Lunch 'n' Learn on May 12: HIV Basics

BY SANDY BARTLETT AND TIM BYRNE

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The Austin Lightning kick off their season and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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