June 18, 2004

Volume 23, Number 42

ON THE COVER:
news

'It All Leads Back to Texas'

Robert Bryce on the Texas-Washington-international crony network

BY MICHAEL KING

Mission, Not Accomplished

The city's draft budget is on the table, and the cuts just keep on coming

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Scott Appeals Conviction in Yogurt Shop Case

A recent Supreme Court decision may undercut both verdicts

BY JORDAN SMITH

Endorsements

Austin Community College Board of Trustees Place 6 run-off

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Mueller in the Middle

Whatever disasters City Hall hath wrought, the old airport isn't one of them

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Bait and Switch

We may get another special session, but school funding remains a poor bet

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Oh, the indignity! Royalty gets the commoner treatment, sort of; and 'offshoring' gets a new name

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Hatching a Plan

Austin's emerging culinary creative class is sharing talent and resources to find the right recipe for success

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings

Snow cones

Food-o-File

Osteria Amerigo's on hold, while 7's expanding

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Pop Rocks

Making music in mecca for parents and children alike

BY MELANIE HAUPT

TCB

O beautiful, for Prince, Ray Charles, and 100 pounds of weed

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

B-Boy City

B-Boy City 11

Jean Synodinos, the Ginn Sisters, Julieann Banks, Jelly Jar, Julie Burrell, Kerry Polk

Lucky, Generally Happy, Magazine and Race, Preserved, Julie Jazz, Hardtop Jubilee

KVRX

91.7 FM KVRX Presents: Local Live Volume 8 – It Came From the Basement

Grady

Y.U. So Shady?

Bahrain

Bahrain

Midlake

Bamnan and Slivercork

Tucker Livingston, Jane Bond

Tucker Livingston, Vol. II ° Live at the Continental Club

Kimmie Rhodes

Lost & Found

James Cotton

Baby, Don't You Tear My Clothes

ZZ Top

Greatest Hits: The Video Collection, Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top

Edward Hobizal

Anamnesis

Cluan

The High Road

The Dung Beatles

Ass Masters Volume One
screens

Four Eyes, Three Dimensions

Alamo brings in big technology for 'Little Expo'

BY MARC SAVLOV

In Space

PrayforReason.org

BY COURTNEY FITZGERALD

Short Cuts

Like Kerry in the comics

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Could Paris Hilton or Jonathan Antin teach Dubya a thing or two about how to work it?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Around the World in 80 Days

Jackie Chan finally emerges as plausible English-language star in this international romp that's as light as a hot-air balloon.

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

In this goofy and lowbrow Vince Vaughn/Ben Stiller comedy, the good guys are lovable losers and the bad guys have frosted feathered hair and unitards with inflatable codpieces.

The Last Horror Movie

The U.S. premiere of this self-reflexive horror film from England is presented in Austin by Fangoria magazine.

The Return

A long-absent father returns to his family in this prize-winning Russian drama, and for his two young sons the unexplained reason for his return is as mysterious as his absence.

The Terminal

Steven Spielberg enters his Capra period with this optimistic melting-pot tale starring pal Tom Hanks, whose underused comic instincts come to the fore.
arts & culture

In Search of the Wild Art

'Cracks in the Pavement' leaves art objects in unexpected spaces throughout the city

BY ROBERT FAIRES

A Piece of Work

A combination of inscrutability and aristocratic beauty seduces the viewer of Ray Donley's 'Figure in Black Cap'

BY MOLLY BETH BRENNER

Saltz Exposes Himself

The senior art critic for 'The Village Voice' kept everyone laughing during his lecture at Arthouse

BY RACHEL KOPER

Arts Bullets

It's Edinburgh for 'Bolero,' the Big Apple for 'Flawed' and 'St. Enid,' and AMOA for PR guy David Wyatt

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Cabaret

Zachary Scott Theatre Center's production of Cabaret embraces the play's sexuality and hedonism but doesn't always convey its debauched defiance

'"Now and Tomorrow"'

The kid art in Creative Research Laboratory's "Now and Tomorrow" exhibit is more than notebook doodling; it's inventive, arresting self-expression

Know Dog

Kathryn Walat's Know Dog is a tale of loneliness and longing, but an authentic howl of desperation is missing from Salvage Vanguard Theater's world premiere
columns

Page Two

The rhetorical extremes about Ronald Reagan belie a country balanced on a rhythm of democracy

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen's date gets hit on, and, remarkably, there's no word of bloodshed. Read all about it.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

There's something familiar about the Japanese weasel

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

To Your Health

Are there natural alternatives to the prescription cholesterol-lowering medications?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Deciding whether to file suit in small claims court

BY JESSICA MANGRUM

Day Trips

Is there anything better on a lazy summer day than lounging around in a cool pool watching the world go by?

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

News and jokes from Euro2004

BY NICK BARBARO

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