Volume 23, Number 43
ON THE COVER:
The history and habits of a not-quite-extinct-yet Austin species
BY MICHAEL ERARD
The city loses another bid to have the APD corruption case dismissed
BY JORDAN SMITH
Author and activist changed Texas history literally
BY EMILY PYLE
The big-bad big box gets stuffed twice in court
BY AMY SMITH
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON
In Houston, Texas Democrats unite behind one cause: dumping Bush
BY MICHAEL KING
It’s not a ‘campaign,’ exactly, but what is the transit authority’s tune?
BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON
National political conventions: bought and paid for; and vets need Bush to put the money where his mouth is
BY JIM HIGHTOWER
Does Thai Tara aim to please the American palate at the expense of traditional tastes?
BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN
Kudos to area chefs, a hot new sweet shop to cool Austinites down, and new ownership at Ararat
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
Ice cream, part I
Tower's last hours
BY MATT DENTLER
The Austin Music Co-op wants to give local musicians a break, but since they serve food, you can't smoke there
BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY
Phases & Stages
A Ghost Is Born
Little, West of Rome, Drunk, Is the Actor Happy?
Sonic Nurse, Corporate Ghost DVD
20,000 Streets Under the Sky
Here for the Party, Under My Skin
When the Cinemaker Co-op and the Center for Young Cinema combined to make the Motion Media Arts Center, at least one thing stayed the same: the importance of kids
BY MARC SAVLOV
East Austin Stories celebrates three years of documenting Eastside lives with a free night of movies and music
BY KIMBERLEY JONES
Why The OC rocks and why its many imitators should walk
BY BELINDA ACOSTA
South Austin hip video store Pedazo Chunk celebrates its third anniversary with a new store, and it's time to get soused again with the Drunk Film Festival version 3.0
BY MARC SAVLOV
Criterion releases a three-disc restoration project of Visconti's regal The Leopard
After Bergman's marriage-is-hell miniseries premiered in the Seventies, appointments for family counseling in Sweden increased, and the divorce rate swelled in Denmark
Melvin Van Peebles' son Mario pays tribute to his groundbreaking film Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song, and also settles a few old Oedipal scores along the way.
Michael Moore's agitprop is a political scorcher.
Indie film about teenage dork celebrates the youthful underdog.
The love sap flows freely in this movie romance told in retrospect.
Two tiger cubs separated during infancy are cast to the winds of fate in French-occupied Indochina.
Wayans brothers' comedy depends on latex and whitewash.
arts & culture
What lies behind the buzz of Austin's hot collage artist
BY MADELINE IRVINE
Dallas area arts administrator Cliff Redd named executive director of the Long Center for the Performing Arts
BY ROBERT FAIRES
Denton artist Max Kazemzadeh addresses his Persian heritage and images of violence in the media in a tight little show titled 'Curious Comforts' at Studio 107
BY RACHEL KOPER
The ballet's box office heads downtown, and cabaret artists sing for life
Where Nothing Falls II is a breathtaking, heart-rending parade of bodies in motion through the vast expanses of a warehouse
In Austin Museum of Digital Art's Performance Series 2, three artists sank the mind's inner core into a calm and melting psychosis
In producing Wallace Shawn's The Fever, Physical Plant Theater issues a call to think, from your car radio, and it's worth heeding
Understanding the Iraq invasion the Socratic way
BY LOUIS BLACK
Our readers talk back.
Burying Reagan and 'Mommy Dearest.' Kind of like chocolate and peanut butter.
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
Horseshit, oarfish, toothpaste, cheese spread, and mouse traps
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
Without doubt, the best way to live a long, healthy life is by keeping yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually fit
BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.
Can businesses use metered parking as valet parking?
BY GEOFF KIRSHBAUM
The Cross Timbers Hiking Trail meanders along the south bank of Lake Texoma as if it were following a serpent's path
BY GERALD E. MCLEOD
Proposal to change medical pot laws
BY KAREN HEIKKALA
It takes fierceness to grow old well
BY MICHAEL VENTURA
Letters to the editor, published daily
Giants fall in Europe; and the U.S. advances with a whimper
BY NICK BARBARO