Aug. 6, 2004

Volume 23, Number 49

ON THE COVER:
news

Making Ends Meet

The new AISD budget hurts, but less than in past years

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

City, County Budgets Hold the (Bottom) Line

At both City Hall and the courthouse, it's all quiet on the fiscal front

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Newborn District Takes Its First Steps

Hospital board gets a crash course in the realities of Austin health care

BY AMY SMITH

Movie Night in the Land of the Free

A meeting of the minds at the Crawford showing of 'Fahrenheit 9 / 11'

BY LEE NICHOLS

Gimmicks Rule the KEYE-TV Newsroom

Austin's ratings doormat rolls out broadcast-news 'innovations'

BY KEVIN BRASS

War Drums

The war is over, but all these people keep dying anyway …

BY MICHAEL KING

Naked City

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Access of Evil

It's a conspiracy! Defending Austin from the music network.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Slash the State

In Texas, the social contract is now written in disappearing ink

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Punishing thought crimes: Bush cracks down on dissent, and the GOP rejects your right to read

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Feeding the Film

Sixteen-hour days, hundreds of hungry crew members, remote locations, tight facilities, and tough competition: Two local caterers go to the movies

BY MICK VANN

Food-o-File

Roger Mollett relearns cuisine; plus, cupcakes make a comeback

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: American Cafes

BY ERIN MOSOW

music

Saving Face

Ian McLagan pulled up a few pints of 'black madness' and out popped 'Five Guys Walk Into a Bar' …

BY JIM CALIGIURI

TCB

John Walker's blues, an ACTV uprising, and AC / DC gets keelhauled

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Kevin Fowler

Loose, Loud, and Crazy

The Cornell Hurd Band

Cen-Tex Serenade

Floyd Tillman

The Influence

Oliver Rajamani

Sabas

Foscoe Jones

A Song Like This

Johnny Winter

I'm a Bluesman

Zeale32, Strange Fruit Project, DJ Avatar & DJ Hannibal, Malcolm Kipe, Robbie Hardkiss

Zeale32, Eternally Yours, Earful of Wax, Breakspiracy Theories Vol.1, Everything is Changing Pt.2

Damesviolet

Room 107

Sparta

Porcelain

Fires Were Shot

Solace

Steve Arceri

Eyes Like Poisoned Birds

Pleasant Grove

The Art of Leaving

various artists

Fort Worth Teen Scene Vol. 1, Fort Worth Teen Scene Vol. 2, Fort Worth Teen Scene Vol. 3

Jon Dee Graham

The Great Battle
screens

In Space

There's more to AtomFilms than 'This Land,' the satirical short so broadly bipartisan that it's been touted by unlikely bedfellows Fox News and Salon.com

BY MARRIT INGMAN

TV Eye

Keeping one eye on television and the other on pop culture.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Short Cuts

Austin ups its indie status by an icon; Moore misses out on his own party, kind of; and Jesus is a film fanatic

BY MARC SAVLOV

Screens Reviews

Stage & Spectacle: Three Films by Jean Renoir

The Criterion connection, Renoir-style

Film Reviews

Collateral

Michael Mann returns to his stock-and-trade: the glossy, kinetic crime thriller, this time starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx.

A Home at the End of the World

Michael Cunningham's novel is the basis for this story of a love triangle in which everyone's in love with Bobby (played by Colin Farrell).

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

Clive Owen stars as the sad, taciturn anchor of this modern film noir by Croupier's Mike Hodges.

Little Black Book

This is what happens when the "don't ask, don't tell" policy fails young lovers.

Maria Full of Grace

A desperate young woman from Colombia, who hopes to better her life, becomes a drug mule for the syndicate, transporting heroin to the States.

Twilight Samurai

A near masterpiece, this atypical samurai movie is more an epic of the heart than the battlefield.

The Village

Shyamalan coasts into this village that is wracked by the wages of fear, manipulation, and forestry.
arts & culture

Stitching Up a Storm

Textile art is alive and well in the Camp Fig exhibition "Pins & Needles"

BY RACHEL KOPER

The Site Is the Studio

Artist Andy Coolquitt builds a show from scratch in the Fresh Up Club

BY RACHEL KOPER

Culture Flash!

Stephen Mills in Montreal, Conspirare in the studio, the Blanton's first Impressionist painting, and party for the Texas Biennial

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

'New American Talent – The 19th Exhibition'

"New American Talent – The 19th Exhibition" merits repeated visits, for the abundance of energy and originality of vision among its many featured artists

'Mountains Beyond Mountains'

Alan Pogue's photographs of Haiti in the exhibition "Mountains Beyond Mountains" are closer to truth than assumptions
columns

Page Two

The reason that we can even discuss such a thing as the Austin film industry is not limited to names you most often hear associated with it

BY NICK BARBARO

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Has your style avatar Stephen found religion … or just joined a cult?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Deep sea diving, absinthe, and Lucy Liu

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

To Your Health

Most people have no trouble drinking water with either chlorine or chloramine at the levels used in municipal water supplies

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Is there a legal duty to help others?

BY LUKE ELLIS

About AIDS

News is more solid than conference suggests

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Letters at 3AM

Most of the American soldiers who have died in Iraq came from little places that the 21st century has left behind

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Day Trips

The Silver K Cafe brings fine dining with a Texas accent to the highway between Austin and Fredericksburg

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Luv Doc Recommends: The Rude Mechanicals' Pink Eye Ball

The Off Center, Saturday, August 7, 2004

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Onward to Greece; and Mexico passes the Chivas

BY NICK BARBARO

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