Oct. 22, 2004

Volume 24, Number 8

ON THE COVER:
news

Whack-a-Pol!

Dems come out swinging at Austin's GOP House freshmen

BY AMY SMITH

ELECTION 2004

3rd Court: Experience Counts

But what kind of experience? The D's and R's differ.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Yelenosky Takes Aim at Keel

'People's lawyer' runs to unseat GOP appointee to Travis Co. bench

BY AMY SMITH

In Other Election News ...

Levy goes off the rails, the GOP flunks geography, Bexar County races get physical, Nader gets help from a Friend of Rick, and Kerry wins the stoner vote

Unlocking the Texas Vote

Felon disenfranchisement hits more than 3% of the state's potential voters

BY JORDAN SMITH

Whack-a-Pol Update

Late-breaking news from the Travis Co. legislative races

BY AMY SMITH

The Early-Voting Report

Lots of people, and only one missing (empty) ballot box …

BY LEE NICHOLS

Happy Trails to All at Austin Confab

National Trails Symposium comes to Convention Center

BY DAN OKO

Dick Ellis on TV, Then and Now

The veteran (ex-)anchor says 'it's a young man's and young lady's game'

BY KEVIN BRASS

Endorsements

2004 General election, Nov. 2

AISD High Schools Flunk Real-World Test

Audit says district poorly prepares grads for college or careers

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Can Austin Kick-Start the Hybrid-Car Future?

Austin Energy looks toward 'electrifying the transportation grid'

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

County Responds to Voting Machine Problems

Travis County election officials have responded to complaints that voters casting straight-party Democratic ballots are discovering, when performing a final check of their ballots, that their votes for president have been changed from Kerry/Edwards to Bush/Cheney.

BY LEE NICHOLS

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Texas Family Values

Why don't we protect Texas children? Because we'd rather not spend the money.

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Balancing the Books

The big hole we need libraries to fill

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

The Bushites harass a grieving war mom; and the prez cozies up to Pervez

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Pretty Good Sailing

McCormick & Schmick's docks downtown with a full haul of satisfying seafood

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

We celebrate Texas Wine Month and anniversaries all around, check out some new ventures by some old friends, and ask for St. Elias' forgiveness

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Galaxy Cafe

A kicky cafe signals that Southwest Austin is ready to outgrow its chains
music

The Ballad of Joe Hill

Get up, stand up – stand up for your rights

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Lousy With Desire

Soulman Walter Tragert and the light at the end of the tunnel

BY MARGARET MOSER

TCB

No clues in Joe Bates' murder and other tales from Austin's music jungle

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

THE GOURDS

Phases and Stages

The Gourds

Blood of the Ram

Tia Carrera, Kodiaks, Observers, Attic Ted

Live 6-3-03, Cherry Blossom / Evil and Alcohol, Lead Pill, Attic Ted

Ethan Azarian

Captain of the Town

Ron Flynt

L.A. Story

Dynah

Dynah

A Five and Dime Ship

The Way It All Would End

Kelly Clarkson, Rebecca Cole, Ginger Leigh, Chrissy Flatt, Brennen Leigh

Miss Independent, Bloom, Vivo, Walk With King, Too Thin to Plow

gfire & govinda

Electric Sadhana

Wan Santo Condo

Wan Santo Condo

3 Balls of Fire

Chrome & Water

Blaze Foley

Oval Room

Tachycardia

Tachycardia

Fairfax

Light These Dreams

Zom Zoms

One Brain

The Fighting Brothers McCarthy

Ladies and Gentlemen …

Keg Vultures

Bendy Straw Brain Massage and Spiritual Dry Cleaning

Chili Cold Blood

Rock n' Roll Motherfucker
screens

The Benda Mask

Untold secrets of Jean Arthur

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

'Primer' Time

Sundance winner Shane Carruth's sci-fi vérité

BY MARC SAVLOV

No Film Left Behind

'Variety' critic Joe Leydon's program for cinema literacy

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Scenes from the 11th Annual Austin Film Festival

'Tarnation' Sensation

Jonathan Caouette's inexplicably perfect documentary of growing up gay in Texas is the astounding new face of DIY moviemaking

BY MARC SAVLOV

In Space

Films to see before you vote

BY COURTNEY FITZGERALD

Short Cuts

Spongebob and the Lips converge on Austin Studios, and the local IMAX pumps up its technology for 'The Polar Express'

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

The Political Dr. Seuss

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Around the Bend

Family elixir is by turns weepy and hilarious, a little bit Caine and a whole lotta Walken.

Broadway: The Golden Age

Epic oral history of the heyday of the Great White Way as told by the people who were living on graham crackers and dreams back when it was all going on.

Celsius 41.11

Reactionary film claims to reveal the truth behind the lies of Fahrenheit 9/11.

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

The scruffy, seminal punk band that put the Bop in the Blitzkrieg is given its due in this treasure-laden doc.

The Grudge

New American version of haunted-house film follows the same tack as its Japanese predecessor, but is strangely neutered by its infusion of blond American actresses.

Pauly Shore Is Dead

Born and bred L.A. narcissist Pauly Shore turns auteur for this comedy film outing about … himself.

Primer

Physics and metaphysics mingle in this minimalist yet intriguing fiction about inventor-scientists who discover a technique of time travel.

Surviving Christmas

Money can buy happiness goes the moral of this cynical yet mildly amusing comedy starring Ben Affleck and James Gandolfini.

Tarnation

Sometimes people grow up sane despite the best efforts of society to drive them mad. So it is for Jonathan Caouette, who with this film assembles his life into his art.

Woman Thou Art Loosed

Based on a novel by Bishop T.D. Jakes, a black evangelical preacher and author who also co-stars, this unusual film is part revivalist sermon, part narrative drama, and wholly urgent and engaging.
arts & culture

Triumph of the Yellow Kid

Comics are art, Spiegelman notes in his panel-busting history lesson

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Three-Five-Zero-Zero,' Meet Two-Zero-Zero-Four

Another 'dirty little war' makes 'Hair' current again

BY BARRY PINEO

Tripods Sighted Over Barton Springs!

The Violet Crown Radio Players are re-creating Orson Welles' infamous radio version of 'The War of the Worlds,' and this time, the Martians are landing in Central Texas

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

KDH Dance joins KDNY in NYC, Kate Catterall tells us how public memorials can heal, the city wants faces of Austin City Hall, and the UT String Project wants anything you have to sell

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Dracula: A Woman Scorned

With Dracula: A Woman Scorned, a gender-swapped variation on the classic vampire tale, it's tough to tell if a chick & a dude productions were going after sleepless nights or camp

Nightswim

History and friendship are the fulcrum on which Nightswim balances Steve Moore's impressionistic, profound look at famous friends Roy Bedichek, Frank Dobie, and Walter Webb
columns

Page Two

A functioning democracy is a very hard thing to love, and even harder to trust

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

About AIDS

'The World's Latest Info' at ASA on Nov. 4

BY SANDY BARTLETT

After a Fashion

Check it out! Stephen gets a little 'boot'y …

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Join Capt. Day Trips on a one-hour dolphin tour

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Shark defense from the one-armed bandit

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

To Your Health

Is goat milk better for you than cow milk?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Effects of common-law marriage in Texas

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Local Lady makes good; and Major League playoffs

BY NICK BARBARO

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