June 25, 2004

Volume 23, Number 43

ON THE COVER:
news

Spotting the Rare Cheap Rental

The history and habits of a not-quite-extinct-yet Austin species

BY MICHAEL ERARD

Will There Finally Be a Mala Sangre Trial?

The city loses another bid to have the APD corruption case dismissed

BY JORDAN SMITH

Remembering Ruthe Winegarten

Author and activist changed Texas history – literally

BY EMILY PYLE

Woes for Lowe's

The big-bad big box gets stuffed – twice – in court

BY AMY SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Posse Convenes

In Houston, Texas Democrats unite behind one cause: dumping Bush

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: The Metro Message

It’s not a ‘campaign,’ exactly, but what is the transit authority’s tune?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

National political conventions: bought and paid for; and vets need Bush to put the money where his mouth is

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Assimilated Appetite

Does Thai Tara aim to please the American palate at the expense of traditional tastes?

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

Kudos to area chefs, a hot new sweet shop to cool Austinites down, and new ownership at Ararat

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings

Ice cream, part I
music

Everything Must Go

Tower's last hours

BY MATT DENTLER

TCB

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

Wilco

A Ghost Is Born

Vic Chesnutt

Little, West of Rome, Drunk, Is the Actor Happy?

Pan sonic

Kesto (234:48:4)

Sonic Youth

Sonic Nurse, Corporate Ghost DVD

Marah

20,000 Streets Under the Sky

Gretchen Wilson, Avril Lavigne

Here for the Party, Under My Skin
screens

The Kids Stay in the Pictures

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

Getting to Know You

East Austin Stories celebrates three years of documenting Eastside lives with a free night of movies and music

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

Why The OC rocks and why its many imitators should walk

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Short Cuts

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

Screens Reviews

SCTV Network 90: Volume 1

The Leopard

Criterion releases a three-disc restoration project of Visconti's regal The Leopard

Scenes From a Marriage

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

Film Reviews

Baadasssss!

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.

Fahrenheit 9/11

Michael Moore's agitprop is a political scorcher.

Napoleon Dynamite

Indie film about teenage dork celebrates the youthful underdog.

The Notebook

The love sap flows freely in this movie romance told in retrospect.

Two Brothers

Two tiger cubs separated during infancy are cast to the winds of fate in French-occupied Indochina.

White Chicks

Wayans brothers' comedy depends on latex and whitewash.
arts & culture

The Book on Lance Letscher

What lies behind the buzz of Austin's hot collage artist

BY MADELINE IRVINE

New Leader for the Long

Dallas area arts administrator Cliff Redd named executive director of the Long Center for the Performing Arts

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Target Audience, Loaded Images

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

Arts Bullets

The ballet's box office heads downtown, and cabaret artists sing for life

Arts Reviews

Where Nothing Falls II

Where Nothing Falls II is a breathtaking, heart-rending parade of bodies in motion through the vast expanses of a warehouse

Austin Museum of Digital Art Performance Series 2

In Austin Museum of Digital Art's Performance Series 2, three artists sank the mind's inner core into a calm and melting psychosis

The Fever

In producing Wallace Shawn's The Fever, Physical Plant Theater issues a call to think, from your car radio, and it's worth heeding
columns

Page Two

Understanding the Iraq invasion the Socratic way

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Burying Reagan and 'Mommy Dearest.' Kind of like chocolate and peanut butter.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Horseshit, oarfish, toothpaste, cheese spread, and mouse traps

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

To Your Health

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.

The Common Law

Can businesses use metered parking as valet parking?

BY GEOFF KIRSHBAUM

Day Trips

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

About AIDS

Proposal to change medical pot laws

BY KAREN HEIKKALA

Letters at 3AM

It takes fierceness to grow old well

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Giants fall in Europe; and the U.S. advances with a whimper

BY NICK BARBARO

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