Oct. 29, 2004

Volume 24, Number 9

ON THE COVER:
news

'Reinventing Government'

A conversation with Louis Dubose about Tom DeLay and 'The Hammer'

BY MICHAEL KING

'He's Forked Himself'

Our Full conversation with Louis Dubose about 'The Hammer'

BY MICHAEL KING

'Iconoclast' Country

It's election time in Crawford – peace and free speech keep right on waving and smiling

BY KATE X MESSER

ELECTION 2004

Congress: The Texas Five, Plus One

Down to the last inning of Tom DeLay's little game

BY MICHAEL KING

Who Are All These Voters?

Turnout surge shifts ground (a wee bit) under congressional races

BY LEE NICHOLS

How to Cast a Write-in Ballot

BAK Barks at Big Doggett

A horrible candidate, or very expensive cannon fodder?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Whack-a-Pol: The Finals

Stick and Baxter – and Mrs. Baxter! – get nasty in the House races

BY AMY SMITH

E-Night Party Roundup!

The Dastardly eSlate

Really, the voting machines won't change your vote to Bush / Cheney. Honest.

BY LEE NICHOLS

Election Makes People Stupid

Sign-stealing, vandalism, cacti, chain saws, eggs … you do the math

BY JORDAN SMITH

In Other Election News ...

GOP PAC gets a reprieve, Bush loses the matchbook vote, and Barr backs Badnarik

AISD Fills Pipeline From Within

New partnership helps teachers' aides get degrees, meet district bilingual gap

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Fat Bastard Too 'Cheeky' for Austin Radio

Wine ads warp the moral fiber of some – but not all – local listeners

BY KEVIN BRASS

Daily Muddies the Legal Waters

'Statesman' case against Williamson candidate is more complex than they think

BY JORDAN SMITH

Iraqi Day of the Dead:

How to make your own mask

Election 2004 Updates

The latest electoral happenings in Central Texas, updated daily

Politics Feature

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: Hate Males, Not Rails

Please don't make me write this column again in four years.

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Kerry Year One

No surprises at the Texas dailies – one good failure deserves another

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Dubya paints rosy pictures of the war and job creation … and on both, he's lying

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food on Fourth

A guide to small plates and good drinks for barhopping in the Warehouse District

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Dot's Place suffers a tragic fire but is already rising from the ashes; the Texas Book Festival hosts Bon Appetit, Y'all; and Halloween's around the bend

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Double Bliss

A day in the life of 'Austin City Limits' at 30

BY ANDY LANGER

Insecure

John Cale's strange relationship with Austin and Alejandro Escovedo

BY MARGARET MOSER

TCB

The politics of dancing, or at least politics and dancing

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Live Shots

screens

Maybe She's Born With It

Texas Documentary Tour: Liz Mermin's 'The Beauty Academy of Kabul'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Pedazo Chunk's Halloween Party

Friday, Oct. 29

BY MARC SAVLOV

In Print

Peter Bogdanovich can't get enough of himself

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Austin Film Festival Parting Shots

'The Loss of Nameless Things' gains studio attention

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film News

While major productions play tax-incentive hopscotch across the South and Southwest, Austin tries to figure out how to reignite its winning streak

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Series creator Josh Schwartz on the evolving OC

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Birth

If your dead husband returned to you in the body of a 10-year-old boy, would you seize the opportunity for your romance to be born again or would you call Child Welfare?

The Manson Family

Shot over the course of 10 years, underground filmmkaker Jim Van Bebber tells the story we all think we know. This time, however, the story graphically unfolds from the perspective of Charles Manson.

Ray

Ray Charles, we can't stop loving you, even though this formulaic biopic lacks your original style.

Saw

Saw is indeed a horror movie, but not necessarily in the manner the filmmakers intended.
arts & culture

I Hear Dead People

Berkeley's art team ARCHIVE brings recorded seances to the Austin Museum of Art

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Snapshots From Zombie Nation

The nimble mind of artist KRK Ryden pieces together cartoon characters, drive-in theatres, outer space, devo-lution, mind control, and tikis to create a psychedelic pastiche of colorful painting

BY RACHEL KOPER

Mmmm! Mmmm! Good drama!

Austin Script Works has four new scripts just out of the oven that it wants you to sample

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

The UT Performing Arts Center is luring students into the voting booth with free tickets, and three local stage hits add extra performances

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Ajax (por nobody)

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Austin Shakespeare Festival's second bout with 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in four years offers much by way of manic disposition, but not much by way of substance

'Ghost Stories: The Disembodied Spirit'

The Austin Museum of Art exhibit 'Ghost Stories: The Disembodied Spirit' offers enough engaging evocations of the unearthly to give you a pleasurable shiver
columns

Page Two

At their best, our 2004 endorsements take a stand, but invite readers to agree or disagree with their reasoning

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

The great days of the United States of America are over: Our country is now important economically only because of its citizens' consumption

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Will our Style Avatar Stephen audition for the new Jerry Hall reality show? We think he should, too. See inside.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Arcane trivia of the damnned!

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

How the next President will reshape the Supreme Court

BY LUKE ELLIS

To Your Health

The evaluation of thyroid status is one of the most formidable tasks in medicine

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

About AIDS

HIVers: Get Your Flu Vaccination!

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Day Trips

The spooky specters of San Antonio

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

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