Oct. 15, 2004

Volume 24, Number 7

ON THE COVER:
news

Bicycles, Roses, and Survivors

The Lance Armstrong Foundation and the spirit of its founder

BY RITA RADOSTITZ

Smoot Steps Down

Texas Freedom Network director moves on after six years of leadership

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

We Think It Can, We Think It Can ...

Capital Metro may have finally found a rail plan everybody can … tolerate

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

ELECTION 2004

What's a Constable to Do?

Candidates clash over job descriptions in Precinct 3 and 5 contests

BY JORDAN SMITH

Pushing 'Patriot Dreams'

A 'user's guide to democracy' with regime change in mind

BY WELLS DUNBAR

In Other Election News ...

Nader still off Texas ballot, Pete Sessions' naked butt, sexing up GOTV, and more

Listen to the Candidates Debate ...

Greens' Cobb, Libs' Badnarik face off before UT crowd

BY LEE NICHOLS

A Med-Mari Challenge to HHS

Advocates petition the feds to change their tune on medical marijuana

BY JORDAN SMITH

Put That in Your Big Box and ...

Activist groups beg to differ with the city's big-box report

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

ELECTION 2004

Endorsements

The Chronicle's picks in the Nov. 2 election

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: To Preserve and Thrive

Alvarez and Thomas' Eastside plan needs fine-tuning, but it's about time

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Contemptible

Tom DeLay setting new 'salacious' standards in congressional ethics

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Mad scientists and Big Brother … maybe we should be paranoid!

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Mission Accomplished

After more than a decade, Mars' adventurous menu might not be as challenging as it once was, but it's still one of the best in town

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

Everything is still happening in October!

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Ben's Longbranch BBQ

Ben Wash's welcoming greeting, big smile, and positive outlook are once again drawing in the folks from the neighborhood and the throngs of smoked meat faithful

Golden Bay

From steamed lobsters to crispy salt and pepper seafood to kung pao shrimp to dim sum, Golden Bay delivers Chinese classics of admirable quality

Swerve Coffee Lounge and Indie Pop Cool Treats

Apparently, Austin has an unshakeable thirst for coffee and an equally insatiable thirst for all things hip
music

Love Is All Around

Tracking Sonny Curtis and his tall, West Texas tales

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

TCB

A rock out, a rock opera, and a rock show. Must be Rocktober.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Green Day

American Idiot

Bright Eyes, Jim James, M. Ward

Live shot

Björk

Medúlla

Nick Cave

Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus

Richard Buckner

Dents and Shells

Saul Williams

Saul Williams

Interpol

Antics
screens

Cinematic Convergence

The 11th Annual Austin Film Festival

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

A Smattering of Shorts

Brief but sweet offerings from this year's Austin Film Festival

America's Team

Matt Stone and Trey Parker take on terrorism, celebrity, and the perils of puppetry

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Keepin' 'Em on the Farm

Barry Tubb's 'Grand Champion'

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

'SXSW Presents'

'Growin' a Beard' and "The 72 Oz. Steak"

Short Cuts

Dazed and Confused stands accused, but there's good news in The Bad News Bears department. Plus, Reel Women trivia master Sherry Mills has a secret.

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Sanitized for your protection

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Eulogy

Amusing comedy with a killer cast seems like it should be a lot funnier than it ultimately is.

Grand Champion

Kids adventure movie stars a boy and his prize steer – and a host of star cameos.

Head in the Clouds

Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend, and Penelope Cruz co-star in this stilted romantic drama set against the background of Europe between the wars.

Raise Your Voice

Raise your voice and just say "no" to Hilary Duff as a wannabe singing sensation.

Rick

Directed by Gus Van Sant's longtime editor and written by Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler, Rick is a harsh but compelling tale that loosely mixes tragedy and comedy.

Shall We Dance?

Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, and Susan Sarandon co-star in in this tempting remake of a Japanese film about a man's midlife slump.

Sheriff

Taxi

Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon comedy stalls at the starting gate.

Team America: World Police

Trey Parker and Matt Stone tame the world with marionettes.
arts & culture

Texas, Art Texas

When it comes to Lone Star art, Rebecca Cohen wrote the book (finally!)

BY ROBERT FAIRES

A Good Town for Dreaming

Austin gets inside the West Texas capital of contemporary art

BY RACHEL KOPER

Peter Pan vs. the Longhorns

Peter Pan has more than Capt. Hook to worry about this weekend. He has the whole Longhorn football team breathing down his neck.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Mail to the Chief

Vortex Repertory joins 27 other theatre companies from coast to coast in readings of 'Dear George: Letters to the President,' a theatrical presentation of actual letters from Americans across the country

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

October is Art in Public Places Month, and the Austin Shakespeare Festival invites you onstage

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Emma Kirkby and Fretwork

The distinctive voices of soprano Emma Kirkby and the English viol consort Fretwork resist homogenized sound for the sake of the polyphonic music they perform

'"Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation"'

The Arthouse exhibition "Comic Release" is well worth seeing if you like to give your mind's teeth something complex to chew on or you appreciate the vernacular of comic books and graffiti or even if you don't
columns

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

As we approach the most pivotal election since 1860, the work of Stirling Silliphant comes to mind because he shows that our present situation was not created by 9 / 11 but has been brewing for a long time

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

(Y)Our Style Avatar, Stephen M.M. does the party circuit and still manages to keep himself on time in order to serve you, the fashion slaves of Austin

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

Campaign holds skimpy hope, but choice is clear

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The rapture: gone like the wind

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

To Your Health

The sense of smell is vital for good health

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Common-law marriage in Texas

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

Appreciating the Indian rock art of the Lower Pecos River region

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Tough times for UT; Dallas burning for a playoff spot

BY NICK BARBARO

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