Sept. 10, 2004

Volume 24, Number 2

ON THE COVER:
news

The Traffic Report

Rail rolls forward, but toll roads encounter slowing

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Below the budget storm clouds, plans form for UTMB campus at Mueller

BY AMY SMITH

Nader Loses Ballot Fight, Uses F-Word

Nader loses in federal court but vows appeal for Texas ballot

BY MICHAEL KING

Terror Hysteria Burdens Local Charities

Local nonprofits balk at federal giving campaign's new rules

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Endorsements

Austin ISD bond election

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Home Stretch

Texans should have a visceral sense of what's at stake in Bush vs. Kerry

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Money and Power

Where Austin's city budget is concerned, the two really do go together

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

Fake Texans sue 'True Blue' ones; and Ashcroft cracks down on legal, peaceful dissent

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Discovery and Rediscovery

Mediterranean and European influences make for an inspired contemporary Italian menu at TinTinNio

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Make room for some foodie news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Noodle-ism

Noodle-ism is ideal for a mixed group of carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans. And even though the food is fast, it never feels like fast food.

Chooby Doo International Cafe

With the objective of bringing a fun, fresh alternative to the standard fast-food places in the area, this new eatery has devised a menu that incorporates multiethnic fast foods
music

31 Nights

Darcie Stevens braves 31 nights in a row out in the Live Music Capital of the World. Too bad she didn't live to see it.

BY DARCIE STEVENS

TCB

Lubbock or leave it, with Buddy Holly, the Flatlanders, and some dude who says he's James Dean's bastard son

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Mastodon

Leviathan

Dizzee Rascal

Showtime

Wiley

Treddin' on Thin Ice

Tal Farlow

The Complete Verve Tal Farlow Sessions

Moanin' at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin' Wolf

James Segrest and Mark Hoffman
screens

The Avatar's Avatar

How game designer and Women's Game Conference Chair Sheri Graner Ray plans to save the industry from stagnation

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

SXSW on KLRU

'Okie Noodling' kicks off festival showcase series

BY MARC SAVLOV

Cool, 'Clean' Air Up North

Dispatches from the Toronto International Film Festival: No. 1

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Short Cuts

Addressing Jerm Pollet, Owen Egerton, and John Erler's 'Sinus' problems; plus, 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Tron' Suit Guy

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Projecting a landslide victory for the WB's latest effort

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Cellular

Feels like a B-picture, but a smart, finely tuned one that wouldn’t have been out of place in Roger Corman’s mid-Seventies stable.

The Cookout

Don't get burned on these leftover stereotypes.

Criminal

Solid but uninventive American remake of a sly Argentinean movie about a couple of con men who should have left well enough alone.

Ju-on: The Grudge

Fear of what's lurking just out of sight is at the heart of this Japanese horror film.

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

You don't have to be a Metallica fan to enjoy this candid documentary that in essence is a complex chronicle of people just trying to get along.

My Mother Likes Women

In this mildly daffy Spanish import, a woman's grown daughters react to the news that their mother has taken a woman lover 20 years younger than she.

Paparazzi

A vicious revenge fantasy produced by Mel Gibson, the Passionate filmmaker who last partnered with that turn-the-other-cheek fellow.

What the #$*! Do We Know!?

Quantum physics, intent and possibility, science and fantasy … goofy cult or educational primer?
arts & culture

Attention to Sound

John Cage's approach to music has shaped how Michelle Schumann listens to and plays it

BY JERRY YOUNG

Talking Through 'That Day'

Two plays – Omnium Gatherum and The Guys – try to express what happened on September 11

BY ROBERT FAIRES

See You at the Fair

In his new show 'Funicular,' painter Joseph Phillips renders images of cable cars and Ferris wheels that cut across the canvas with geometric force

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Where in the world is Deborah Hay?

Austin choreographer Deborah Hay, truly a global citizen, is in the midst of a major travel binge

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

UT Opera scores a wealth of green while ALO is in the black, and Salvage Vanguard Labor Party wins a vote of financial confidence

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Ham

Hans Frank's 'Ham' offers a political drama in which a seemingly good man experiences a dangerous pressure from all sides
columns

Page Two

SXSW Presents – a new series on KLRU that features beginning, independent documentaries – is the latest development in the vibrant Austin film scene

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

A babe on each arm and a case of forbidden Grey Goose: just another fabulous night in the life of Your Style Avatar!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Spongebob Squarepants, sloppy signifying, and stunning cell-block statistics

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

About AIDS

Will public's beliefs about AIDS matter?

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

Is there any therapy to help deal with precocious puberty?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Specific terms in the lease

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

Lehm Berg Winery continues a centuries-old winemaking tradition

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

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