Aug. 20, 2004

Volume 23, Number 51

ON THE COVER:
news

No Mercy

The case of James Allridge raises familiar questions about the Texas justice system

BY JORDAN SMITH

Fire Contract Talks in Limbo

Despite voter approval in May, still no collective bargaining

BY JORDAN SMITH

New Rival for 'Daily Texan'

'The Austin Student' aims to the right of the UT campus paper

BY KEVIN BRASS

'All Systems Go!' ... Very, Very Slowly

Cap Metro proposes a rail plan that is much less than meets the eye

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Postcards From the Terrorists!

Be alert! People are taking pictures!

BY MICHAEL KING

Endorsements

'The Austin Chronicle' endorsements for the Sept. 11 Austin ISD bond election

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Back to School

From Dallas to the Border, Texas shortchanges its children and its future

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Recall of the Mild

Want to dump Will Wynn? Be careful what you wish for.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

The conventions offer TV-worthy news, if the networks would just look for it; and, teach English to foreigners! … so they can take your job

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Rules of the Game

How Hudson's on the Bend captures the spirit of cooking fearlessly

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

If it's late August, it must be heaven for Austin chile heads; plus, paying visits to husband-and-wife teams living their restaurant dreams

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS

High Baptismal Flow: Part 2

The 13th Floor Elevators' ground floors – where are they now?

BY MARGARET MOSER

13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS

She Lives

Clementine Hall was the 13th Floor Elevators' hip, maternal Wendy, providing food and security for the band's tribe of Lost Boys

BY MARGARET MOSER

TCB

Another Saturday night at the bookstore, and some really awful TV

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Fiery Furnaces

Blueberry Boat

Scissor Sisters

Scissor Sisters

Brian Eno

Another Green World, Before and After Science, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy), Here Come the Warm Jets
screens

Five for Fall

The season's most anticipated games

BY MARCEL MEYER

Before Its Time

A fresh 35mm print of 'Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains' plays the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown

BY KATE X MESSER

Starting Something

Storie Productions

BY MARC SAVLOV

aGLIFF's Opening Night

Thursday, Aug. 26

BY MARC SAVLOV

Short Cuts

Bob Ray's 'Hillbilly Doomsday' has been found!

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

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

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Alien Vs. Predator

An asinine grudge match between two of the most memorable Eighties-era screen bugaboos

Garden State

A mash note to love that speaks to Generation Y as powerfully as The Graduate did to the Boomers.

Grand Theft Parsons

This film version of the legend of Gram Parsons’ missing body lacks soul.

Intimate Strangers

In this surprisingly romantic tale of confused identity and psychoanalysis, the doctor isn’t in, but the tax attorney is.

Open Water

Is it wrong to root for the sharks?

Without a Paddle

This yuck-fest gets its jokes from men's fear of homosexuality and impotence.

Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie

Would that you could activate a "Dark Clown" card on this bewildering anime import.

Zatôichi

Beneath its layers of epic detail, this Zatôichi is cinematic cotton candy.
arts & culture

Backward 'Spin'

Catherine Berry explains how to reverse engineer your very own musical

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Topping Out the Blanton

That tree on the roof? Means the new museum is A-OK.

BY BARRY PINEO

Hunger Isn't Funny, But ...

The comics of Stand Up Is Dead mount their first anti-hunger banquet to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Payne Pleasures 2004

Latest ACoT theatre-award nominations favor two Austin musicals

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

A Flaming Idiot gets legit, the Cultural Arts Division gets kicked upstairs, Zilker Theater productions goes west, young actor, and Hyde Park Theatre turns Italian

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Velveteen Rabbit: The Musical

All the elements come together to produce something truly magical in KidsActing's revival of 'The Velveteen Rabbit: The Musical'

Not Clown

You're not likely to enter a world as uniquely weird and vibrant as that of Physical Plant Theater's 'Not Clown' any time soon

12 Steps to a More Dysfunctional Musical

Rob Nash's '12 Steps to a More Dysfunctional Musical' gives his troubled Smith clan something to sing about: a 4-year-old boy
columns

Page Two

A First Amendment primer for Alex Jones' faithful and others in need

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Panties, heels, shoplifting, dog collars, and suffragettes

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

If Athens, Texas, hosted the Olympic Games instead of its Grecian namesake, we would see an entirely different lineup of sports

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Deadly decompression, tired tuna, wolfberry the "red diamond," and Stroganov in Siberia

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

To Your Health

How much selenium is enough and how much is too much in helping to prevent cancer?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Can a landlord hold a tenant's personal property?

BY LUKE ELLIS

About AIDS

What's new? Find out on Aug. 25

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Letters at 3AM

The White House resorted to scare tactics, terror alerts, and slander following the Democratic Convention in order to avert the public's attention from newly released statistics documenting the country's economic downturn

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Olympic soccer, featuring a chastened Chastain; and an open call for local stars

BY NICK BARBARO

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