June 11, 2004

Volume 23, Number 41

ON THE COVER:
news

Unpardonable

The Bush record of 'compassionate conservatism' is amply illustrated by his clemency record in Texas

BY LUCIUS LOMAX

Building a Better Hill Country Suburb?

Developers Dick Rathgeber and Terry Mitchell say

BY AMY SMITH

A Gay-Bashing in the East Sixth 'Dead Zone'

A brawl outside Emo's raises questions about police protection east of Red River

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Elephants at Play

GOP State Convention features flags, sanctimony, preaching … and a little politics

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: The Smoke Unclears

Further adventures in symbolism – and unintended consequences – at City Hall

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

The horrors of war just keep unfolding

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Sauce Boss

Lauri Raymond looks back on – and forward to – the life and times of SASS dressing

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

Food-o-File

Joy Peppers, June books, festival news, and a roving French supper club: The Austin food scene is heating up

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings

A little Italy, part III
music

Get in the Ring

Scott Weiland calls Andy Langer out

BY ANDY LANGER

Walk Like Cleto

H-town's Chingo Bling slings tamale beats

BY JOE NICK PATOSKI

TCB

I went down to the Crossroads, fell down on my knees

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Fastball

Keep Your Wig On

Alejandro Escovedo

Por Vida

Maneja Beto

Para que las Paredes no se Aburran

Migas

Hits-n-Mrs.

Euphoria, Johnny Fish & the Minor Dieties, Misspent Youth, Later with Justin Filer, Slaves at Rest, Ellipsis

'Hi-BoB' CD Release

Dresden 45

Paradise Lost – Expanded

The New Year

The End is Near

Darden Smith

Circo

Terri Hendrix

The Art of Removing Wallpaper

Ghostwriter, Jim Stringer & the AM Band, Greezy Wheels, Coffee Sergeants, Brent Palmer, Glass Family, Midgetmen, Good Looks, Gun Totin' Meateaters

Road Angels and Torrential Rains, In My Hand, HipPOP, El-Ariesh, Stabilize EP, Glass Family, High Life, Let the Needle Drop, Cease and Desist

Oh, Beast!, Tia Carrera, Gorch Fock, Brown Whörnet, Mico de Noche, Migas

PSR DVD Vol. 1

Barbara Lynn

Blues & Soul Situation

Omar & the Howlers

Boogie Man
screens

The Hot Spot

How Richard MacKinnon and the Wireless City Project are making Austin the center of the tech universe – again

BY MARC SAVLOV

Down by Law

More than two decades later, 'Wild Style' still stands as a hip-hop high point

BY ROBERT GABRIEL

Required Viewing for Troubled Times

Craig Baldwin's Blows Against the Empire

BY MARC SAVLOV

Short Cuts

If it's June, it must mean zombies and free money

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Plans are being made for even more gay TV. Whatever that means.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

3 Women

It came to Robert Altman in a dream, and that much is clear

Film Reviews

The Chronicles of Riddick

Vin Diesel revs up the sci-fi franchise.

Control Room

A timely documentary look at Arab news network al Jazeera.

Garfield: The Movie

Garfield Declawed is the result of taking this comic strip to the big screen.

Love Me if You Dare

Love and malice, as only the French can do it.

Saved!

Teen satire softly pokes at the hypocrisies of organized religion.

The Stepford Wives

Remake will quickly go from an idea that's misbegotten to a movie that's completely forgotten.
arts & culture

Applause! Applause!

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

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Do Kill the Messenger

Guest performers bring cameo cutups to Tongue and Groove Theatre's production of The Comedy of Errors

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Bullets

Two Austin arts groups go to D.C. for an international arts festival, and another is headed to New York for one

Arts Reviews

Ladee Leroy

You and I may not share those things we keep deep inside, but Ladee Leroy will make you awfully glad that Lee Eddy does

"New York Stories"

In Studio 2 Gallery's "New York Stories," photographers Hannah Neal and Martha Grenon turn their lens on the city that never sleeps

The Drawer Boy

Michael Healey's The Drawer Boy is a sweet, sometimes hilarious, and ultimately moving story of lifelong friendship well-staged at Hyde Park Theatre
columns

Page Two

Liberals' core beliefs are as vital as ever, but they've forgotten how to communicate

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

What did the drag queen teach Stephen, and when and where will he get Wilde?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Ted Kennedy, Emmylou Harris, gas, and UFOs

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Buffalo Gap Historic Village, south of Abilene, provides a time line of Texas history

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

Is there any harm in microwaving food in plastic containers?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Filing a lawsuit in small claims court

BY JESSICA MANGRUM

About AIDS

AIDS-related pain? Get paid for research!

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Letters at 3AM

Speaking through your children's blood, and the words of the past and the present

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Europe holds its own championship, Euro2004; the rest of us wait for the World Cup

BY NICK BARBARO

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