May 28, 2004

Volume 23, Number 39

ON THE COVER:
news

Westward Ho!

In-progress or proposed developments for near-western Hill Country rise overnight like so many toxic mushrooms

BY AMY SMITH

Montana Blues

Great-grandmother Marie died of a broken heart in Billings, Mont.

BY LUCIUS LOMAX

Enviros Give Dell a (Barely) Passing Grade

Hopeful signs – but continuing challenges – for electronic recycling effort

BY LEE NICHOLS

City Bets the Farm on Robinson Ranch

Austin prepares to enable a new city on a huge chunk of Williamson County

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

An Underground Effort to Recall APA's Sheffield

Anonymous cops accuse the union head of falling down on the job

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Pardoned by Satan

If Texas can't kill the insane, where will the madness end?

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: (Jennifer) Gale Force

The vote in the AISD board elections suggests too many Austinites are just not paying attention

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

Spider-Man gets kicked out of baseball; Bush and Rummy deny responsibility for torture

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food-o-File

V.B.W. keeps an eye on the comings, goings, and goings-on

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: A Little Italy, Part I

music

When Doves Cry

Purple fingerprints on our past and present

BY MELANIE HAUPT

TCB

Texas history, Handsome Joel, and 'Choice Cuts' from Tee Double.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

Come Out and Play

Has Austin – or anywhere else – ever seen anything like Cinemania weekend?

BY MARC SAVLOV

Crew Stories

Second Assistant Camera Courtney Harrell

BY COURTNEY FITZGERALD

SUMMER READING

In Print

'Fabulous!: A Loving, Luscious, Lighthearted Look at Film From the Gay Perspective' and more

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Short Cuts

Mo' money, mo' money, mo' money, mo' money

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

The media all but ignore the death of a Chicana titan. What's sadder is that it's unsurprising.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

'King of New York' (Special Edition)

With Abel Ferrara's first real budget came name talent and new blood

Film Reviews

The Day After Tomorrow

A new Ice Age cometh

Raising Helen

Ugg boots, ugh movie. Cuddle-bunny story stars Kate Hudson.

A Slipping-Down Life

Lili Taylor and Guy Pearce star in this adaptation of an Anne Tyler story that was filmed in Austin several summers ago.

Soul Plane

Everything is lewd and crude at this mile-high club.

La Vie Promise

Isabelle Huppert stars in this French road movie about a selfish streetwalker, her unwanted teenage daughter, and the escaped convict who befriends them both.
arts & culture

Coming Soon To a Concert Hall Near You

What's ahead for the Austin Symphony Orchestra & Ballet Austin in 2004-2005

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Art Seen

Three Austin artists – Sean Perry, Warren Cullar, and Jay McMahan – have had their artwork recognized on a national level

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Playwright Update

Playwrights Dan Dietz and Colin Denby Swanson are among the 18 semi-finalists for the 2004-5 P73 Playwriting Fellowship , and Dietz’s Tilt Angel has been selected for full production at New Jersey Repertory Theater next season

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Bullets

Relive your prom with Coda Theater Project; see Jaxon's artwork in a museum (of sorts); the Blanton receives $100,000 for its first show in its new building; and travel is in the cards for two AMOA leaders

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Underpants

To get into The Underpants, as it were, director Don Toner has deployed a reliable ensemble of able actors, who deliver a friendly poke in the ribs about matters a little farther south

A Night in Vienna

Friendship was the theme of the Budjanova Chamber Orchestra's A Night in Vienna, which was dedicated to the memory of Danielle Martin, the late UT professor whose life touched many of those at the concert
columns

Page Two

Hey, it's his shower

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen cruises South First and 'Shouts' it out!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Amos, Andy, admitted atheism, and Amnesty's accounting

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Pratt's Book Store has a great selection you might not expect from a small-town bookstore

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Common Law

There are so many lawyers, how do I know which one to hire?

BY LUKE ELLIS

To Your Health

What nutrients can be taken to minimize radiation damage to healthy tissue?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

Bushites open door slightly to global generics

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Letters at 3AM

Justice sidestepped: Lane McCotter, the Bush administration's overseer for rebuilding Iraq's prison system, previously resigned from his job as Utah's top corrections officer because he was under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for reports of abuse

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Farewell to the Champions League; long live Euro 2004

BY NICK BARBARO

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