Sept. 17, 2004

Volume 24, Number 3

ON THE COVER:
news

Live and Unscripted

A ringside seat at the AMN/AMP/ACTV death-cage match

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Council Whistles a Happy Budget Tune

Pain, pain, go away, come again some other day

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

School Bond Proposals Roll to Victory

All six bond propositions to build, renovate, and expand AISD schools pass

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Is Scott Panetti Sane Enough to Die?

Courtroom debate over schizophrenic Texas death row inmate

BY JORDAN SMITH

Judge Dietz Finds School Finance System Unconstitutional

Court ruling ends five-week trial with a mandate to Legislature to design a new system

BY MICHAEL KING

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Wreck on the Highway

Why the dogs can't catch the toll road speed machine

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

The Department of Homeland Security shills for Big Insurance; and Dubya uses Nixon's old hatchet man against Kerry

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Once and Future

Castle Hill Cafe, an all-time Austin favorite, is not resting on its laurels

BY RACHEL FEIT

Food-o-File

Eat, Drink, Watch Movies is back in a big way with a great cause; plus, there are a lot of restaurants in this city!

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Castleberry's Gourmet Sammiches

Where the low-carb craze hasn't found its grasp

Texican Cafe

Recognizing a long-overlooked far-South gem
music

2004 AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FESTIVAL

2004 ACL Fest Guide

Everything you need to know

2004 AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FESTIVAL

ACL Fest Interviews

ACL Fest Reviews

Looking Out My Back Door

Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of 'Austin City Limits' with 13,000 words. In pictures.

BY ANDY LANGER

TCB

The Austin City Limits Music Festival gets big without outgrowing its roots

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Elvis Costello

The Delivery Man

You Call It Madness

Lenny Kaye

Ramones

Ramones Raw

Rilo Kiley

More Adventurous

the Libertines

The Libertines

Tears for Fears

Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
screens

Cinematexas 9

Cinematexas International Short Film Festival 9, Sept. 22-26

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Buggin' out at IMAX

Celebratory habits of the Austin arthropodophile: a Saturday at the Bullock

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

SXSW Presents

'Los Trabajadores'

BY MICHAEL KING

Dispatches from the Toronto International Film Festival

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Short Cuts

The Conrans will 'Captain' 'Princess of Mars'; plus, Linklater headed for 'Bad News'

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

'Lost' is 'Gilligan's Island' meets (choose one): 'Rashomon,' 'The X Files,' 'The Twilight Zone,' 'Survivor,' 'Lord of the Flies.' But it's also one of more interesting new shows this season.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Code 46

Cyberpunk meets renegade romance, à la Orwell.

Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa

Funky Monkey

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Visually stunning sequel to the cult 1995 anime.

The Hunting of the President

This Friend-of-Bill doc recounts the hard-right campaign to cut short the Clinton presidency.

Mean Creek

A kinder, gentler Bully.

Mr. 3000

This Bernie Mac baseball flick is standard genre fare.

National Lampoon's Gold Diggers

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

You can't keep a bad zombie down.

Silver City

John Sayles adds his cinematic two cents to this election year’s plethora of politically minded movies.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

This CGI adventure yarn is a loving tribute to all things retro-futuristic.

Touch of Pink

This queercentric romantic comedy gets its inspiration from culture clash and the ghost of Cary Grant.

Wimbledon

A terribly tender, good-hearted romantic comedy from across the pond.
arts & culture

Meet the New Bosses

Long Center director Cliff Redd and ALO director Richard Buckley compare notes on leading an arts institution, the challenges they face, and being new to Austin

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Two 'Hot' for Your Eyes

A double shot of steaming art at W&TW and Camp Fig

BY RACHEL KOPER

Following 'Suit'

'Zoot Suit' revival, symposium track the impact of Luis Valdez's powerful play then and now

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Arts Reviews

The Death of a Cat

C. Denby Swanson's unconventional new play, 'The Death of a Cat,' takes us into a weird world as dark and funny as an Edward Gorey cartoon

Austin Symphony Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth

In ASO's season opener, Peter Bay did justice to Verdi, Brahms, and Bartók while maintaining the enthusiasm of his orchestra and its audience
columns

Page Two

Steve Earle brings Townes Van Zandt's ghost along on Silver City's magical mystery tour; it hangs around for the Toronto Film Festival

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Pink and brown are just not cutting it anymore, people. Get with the program. Plus … you know … more shilling for stores and stuff …

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Dachshunds, Delta, Dodgers, dance floor, and ham drippings

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

About AIDS

Meds side effects got you down?

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Letters at 3AM

All the economic numbers point one way: Hard times are about to get harder

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

To Your Health

I very seldom remember my dreams; does this mean I'm missing some nutrients?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Privacy of the tenant

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

Manny Gammage's Texas Hatters waltzed into the encyclopedia of Texas legends a long time ago

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Something less than galactico; and the Word was good

BY NICK BARBARO

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