Aug. 13, 2004

Volume 23, Number 50

ON THE COVER:
news

The Future Is Now

Local fiscal policy enters its Cold War era

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Pain and Suffering for Hospital District

City, county spar about money and power over new health care system

BY AMY SMITH

Firefighters Union Gets Burned

Members' insurance coverage in limbo after funds go missing

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Robin Hood Goes to Court

The Lege punts, and the judge catches the school-finance football

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Money Changes Nothing

The $33 million question: Will the city and county ever get along?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

All is not lost: Grassroots activists win court battles; and the Pentagon revolving door is profitable for Bush buddies

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Right Man for the Job

Steve Lawrence has succeeded at just about everything in life – especially importing and distributing European wines in Texas

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Classes, dancing, Bull at the Beard, and more among this week's scoops of news you can use

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Second Helpings: American Cafes, Part II

music

High Baptismal Flow

In search of rock & roll's psychedelic pioneers, Austin's 13th Floor Elevators

BY MARGARET MOSER

Where the Pyramid Meets the High

Long lost 13th Floor Elevators founder and visionary Tommy Hall – found!

BY JOE TRYBYSZEWSKI

TCB

Texas' songwriter emeritus Billy Joe Shaver, Lenny Kravitz's protégé, and the end of a bingo era. Also, Elvis.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

screens

Screening Process

The Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund panelists

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Character Development

UT's Video Game Design Boot Camp

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Short Cuts

Kat Candler can't be stopped, Robert Burns will live forever, Pedazo Chunk chips in free beer and films, and Steve Mims loves L.A.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

I want Craig McCracken to be my friend

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Upcoming Walt Disney Treasures: On the Front Lines

Of all the secrets in Uncle Walt's vault, one would expect Donald Duck decked out in SS regalia to rank with 'Song of the South' and the pseudo-sex subliminals of 'The Little Mermaid'

Film Reviews

Last Flight Out

Righteously mediocre stuff from the "film ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association"

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

All sugar, no spice in this modern-day fairy tale

Riding Giants

A creative wipe-out from the director of Dogtown and Z-Boys
arts & culture

Mother Courage

Melba Martinez's legacy at Mary Moody Northen Theatre

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Not Your Father's Musical (Or Your Kid's, For That Matter)

Three local shows show breaking into song ain't what it used to be

BY ROBERT FAIRES

In Memoriam: Nelson Patrick

Remembering Nelson G. Patrick, a man who devoted 70 years of his life to the education of Texas' young musicians

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Payne Award nominations on the horizon, a big banner dresses up the Long Center, a record haul at the Pink Eye Ball, Patsy Cline aids AIDS Services, and Hyde Park Theatre's garage bonanza

Arts Reviews

House Arrest

Both Anna Deavere Smith's script for 'House Arrest' and Zachary Scott Theatre Center's production of it fall short as meaningful political theatre
columns

Page Two

Our mission to engage readers, excite debate, and reimagine the 'Chronicle' is ongoing; our new online forum is the latest step

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Wanna know a 'Chronicle' secret? It runs in the family: Margaret Moser spends a lot of energy fantasizing being able to recast all the roles in 'Grease.' In this issue, Brother Stephen has some epiphanies over the possibilities of a modern remake of 'Valley of the Dolls'!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Kerrville-Schreiner Park is no longer a state park, but it is better than ever

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Newt Gingrich, Southern Baptists, and food poisoning

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

To Your Health

Is there something that can be bought locally to treat Candida?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Fingers of Fame

Rollie Fingers on the DH, Pete Rose, Eric Gagne, and More

BY MARK FAGAN

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