May 14, 2004

Volume 23, Number 37

ON THE COVER:
features

Summer Fun

Join us as we head for the beach – the one here in Austin and the one on the Gulf!

BY KATE X MESSER

news

Final Disposition

The beleaguered Texas Funeral Service Commission once again finds itself mired in controversy

BY ROBERT BRYCE

The Envision Thing: Clearing the First Hurdle

Envision Central Texas begins the long, slow journey toward implementation

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

LCRA Express Spawns Hamilton Pool Traffic Jam

Despite plenty of reasons to go slow, the agency – and its developer friends – are in a big hurry

BY AMY SMITH

Central Austin Plan: Love Is All Around!

Shocking scenes of consensus unfold right before the City Council's eyes

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Vote, With Your Feet

This week's elections set the stage for years of citizen butt-kicking to come

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Passing the Buck

With the special session nearly gone, the goal continues to recede

BY MICHAEL KING

Senate Wheels Still Spinning

The upper house dawdles (thank God) as the special session clock ticks

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Corporate advertising pisses me off; and, the rich get richer

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Hops, Barley, and ... Rainwater?

The Bitter End's Environmental Pale Ale is ready just in time for the Teas Craft Brewers Festival

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Austin's all over the TV, and Austin chefs are all over the place

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: Brewpubs

music

Under the Covers

All of a sudden, it's cool again to play other people's songs – not to mention fun!

BY DARCIE STEVENS

Phases and Stages

Young Heart Attack

Mouthful of Love

Dale Watson

Dreamland

Amy Farris

Anyway

Rhythm of Black Lines

Human Hand, Animal Band

The Stingers ATX

All in a Day

Los Lonely Boys

Live shot
screens

The 'Trash' Man

John Waters on tour, in Austin

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Little Documentary That Could

How Morgan Spurlock's 'Super Size Me' took a giant bite out of the fast-food industry

BY PETER DEBRUGE

Three Days at Tribeca, Three Years Later

Is the film festival still all good in the hood?

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Short Cuts

Nude models, big awards, big movies, dead rock stars. Just another week in Austin film.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Friends is dead. Long live Friends. Now, can we move on?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Breakin' All the Rules

Despite the title of this sugar-coated fluffbomb of an urban romantic comedy, precious few rules are broken, cinematically speaking, during its quick, painless 90 minutes.

James' Journey to Jerusalem

A movie about a Christian pilgrim and chance, temptation, and illusions’ protection.

Mickey

Mega-author John Grisham wrote and financed the making of this Little League baseball film starring Harry Connick Jr.

Super Size Me

In his cheeky but incendiary documentary about our fast food nation, Morgan Spurlock chronicles the deterioration of his body after a 30-day "McDiet."

Troy

This big-budget adaptation of The Iliad tries mightily, but the end result is the sound and fury of Homer undone.

Young Adam

A finely observed moral drama from Scottish filmmaker David Mackenzie, one of the rare directors who is equally adept at composition and working with his actors.
arts & culture

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2003-2004

The full list of nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art

BY ROBERT FAIRES

It's All About Surprise

Brendon Walsh, now officially the Funniest Person in Austin, talks comedy

Arts Bullets

Bring cans of food to the ballet for a prize in return, holdovers for 'Stadium Devildare' and 'Noises Off,' and it's time for the O. Henry Pun-Off and the Capital City Men's Chorus midnight cabaret

Green Day, Thanks to NEA

Austin artists and agencies will receive a total of $891,200 in the latest round of federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts

Arts Reviews

Six Mexicans Named Gonzalez

In Six Mexicans Named Gonzalez, writer-performer Adrian Villegas is not afraid to confront American racism and spit in its ghoulish eye – and he's pretty damned funny as he does it

'A Piece of Work: AquaPoint'

AquaPoint is not overly arresting, but if you're leisurely walking the grounds of the Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, Damian Priour's limestone arrow dripping water is hard to walk by without pausing

Ghost From a Perfect Place

Blending eerie reminiscence and the trappings of outright hostility, Vortex Repertory Company production of Ghost From a Perfect Place feels as if it ought to be more provocative than it is
columns

Page Two

Fighting a traditional war in Iraq dooms us to failure; knowledge and understanding are the real weapons of the future

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen hails a 'couple' of designers and gets down with the Johnson clan

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The world’s smallest catholic church is right here in Warrenton, Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Ailing Americans, amateur axe-wielders, and active agua areas

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

To Your Health

Is high-fructose corn syrup worse for us than other sweeteners?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

New Warnings About Erection Drugs!

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Letters at 3AM

The United States military is moving inevitably toward reinstating the draft

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Luv Doc Recommends: The 27th Annual O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships

, Saturday, May 15, 2004

BY THE LUV DOC

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Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

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