Sept. 3, 2004

Volume 24, Number 1

ON THE COVER:
news

News 8 at 5

Can Austin's little news station that could survive the grim reapers at Time Warner?

BY KEVIN BRASS

Capital Metro Stays Its Course

All Systems Go!, but no extensions added, to a November commuter-rail vote

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Toll Roads May Take a (Minor) Detour

Krusee contemplates changing strategy, but not retreat

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Saving South Congress - for Whom?

This weekend's street fest raises questions about the future of the Southside's main drag

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Weed Watch

Find your friendly local narc on a new Web database

BY JORDAN SMITH

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

Austin @ Large: Lesson Planners

All I need to know about cities, I learned in kindergarten

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Operation Was Successful ...

The jury's still out on "tort reform" – but the courthouse door is closed

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

The culture of lying goes cellular; and Wal-Mart tries to buy a new image

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Trial by Fire

The 14th annual 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival results and winners

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Judgment Days

Pigging out at the Taylor International BBQ Cookoff

BY MICK VANN

Food-o-File

Don't leave the table till you clean your plate of local food news; while you're at it, Eat, Drink, Watch Movies

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Definitely Famous

Heart's Nancy Wilson, younger, wiser

BY MARGARET MOSER

Monster Mash

Metallica's Kirk Hammett, plus filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, marvel at Some Kind of Monster

BY MATT DENTLER

TCB

Party on Red River or in Kansas, with Attack Formation if need be, but you must submit to the all-consuming power of BOB

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Steve Earle

The Revolution Starts Now

DB and His Men of Action, 1100 Springs, Jesse Dayton, WT Special, Junior Brown, Dear Johnny…, Willie Nelson

Contagious Heartache, Bandwagon, Country Soul Brother, From Stone, Down Home Chrome, Dear Johnny…, The Troublemaker

the Arm

The Arm

Gibby Haynes & His Problem

Gibby Haynes & His Problem

Ministry

Houses of the Molé

Balistica

The Jungle Science e.p.

Devin the Dude

To tha X-treme

Ashlee Simpson

Autobiography

Windsor for the Derby

We Fight Til Death

Amberjack Rice

Get So Little

Beaver Nelson

Motion
screens

Me Talk Dirty One Day

Bryan Poyser and Jacob Vaughan come clean on their 'Dear Pillow'

BY JOHN PIERSON

The Final Act

The Texas Documentary Tour hosts Robert Stone's 'Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Austin Film Society

Gay and Lesbian Images in Global Cinema series

Short Cuts

Invest in the fests!

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

For those who like their comedy spiked, raw, and still kicking, Trio unleashes a wickedly delicious treat

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

A Hollywood vessel of doom hunts for the Big Squeeze.

Dear Pillow

Provocative Austin-made feature pushes sexual buttons meant to arouse and provoke, but never satisfy.

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

The Fox News Channel's "fair and balanced " reporting is put to the test in this partisan documentary.

SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2

Let’s just call SuperBabies what it is: child abuse.

Vanity Fair

Disappointing screen adaptation lacks the novel's satiric edge.

We Don't Live Here Anymore

What people fight about when they fight about love.

Wicker Park

Paul McGuigan pulls out all the stops on his Wurlitzter Organ of Incessant Camera Trickery to muddy the waters of rationality in this bizarre remake of a fine French thriller.
arts & culture

Change in the Weather

A different kind of summer for the city arts funding process

BY ROBERT FAIRES

A Ham for This Season

Hans Frank's political drama is timely fare for election time

BY BARRY PINEO

Always in the Best Spot

Harry Benson caught history in the making, at the center of it all

BY ROBERT FAIRES

City of Brotherly Rudes

The Rude Mechs hit Philly with 'How Late It Was, How Late,' while company member Lana Lesley goes touring with SITI Company

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Rob Nash's latest gets a holdover, and those truly were picketing clowns

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Bell, Book, and Candle

The comic skill of the actors in OnStage Theatre Company's revival of Bell, Book, and Candle makes magic

"Open Doors"

A group of nine artists has created "Open Doors," an energetic, fun installation show with a piece of art in each room of a bubble-wrapped house

Leave It to Biber

In the concert Leave It to Biber, violinist Boel Gidholm, cellist Christopher Haritatos, and keyboardist Keith Womer exulted in the expressive freedom that this music offers the interpreter
columns

Page Two

In the beginning, we kept the Chronicle going mostly out of sheer perversity and stubbornness; 23 years later, it looks like there was more to it than that

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Cricket fights, cousins, and birds

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

About AIDS

The Federal Trade Commission has gotten a court order to halt sales of the Discrete home HIV test in the US

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

What are the pros and cons of taking fish oil supplements?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

Letters at 3AM

'The 9 / 11 Commission Report' only shows us how much we still do not know about what happened on that day

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

The Common Law

Security deposit issues

BY LUKE ELLIS

After a Fashion

George-ness, Weird-ness, and what happens when Stephen does not get invited to a party

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Abilene State Park is an oasis in the parched, red-dirt prairie

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Oops!

Our latest batch

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

U.S. women go out in a blaze of glory; and a Saint takes on the Word

BY NICK BARBARO

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