Nov. 12, 2004

Volume 24, Number 11

ON THE COVER:
news

Two Lives Lost

Danielle Martin and Jackson Ngai shared a close friendship, a passionate love for music, and mental illness. They cared for each other as best they could. And then he killed her.

BY EMILY PYLE

ELECTION 2004

Election 2004: By the Numbers

The precinct-by-precinct breakdown holds little sign of "change."

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Smoke Clears In Lege Races

White contemplates recount as Strama's victory is secured

BY AMY SMITH

Better Training: An RX for APD

Police think-tank offers advice on use of force, community outreach

BY JORDAN SMITH

Be Afraid, Coyotes – Be Very Afraid

Travis County tackles coyotes in northwest Austin

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Picking Up the Pieces

Amidst the electoral rubble shine the gems of political opportunity – and human comedy

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Every Day Is Halloween

But will only the good corporate kids get the candy?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

Public schools sell their soul, and Lockheed sells us flying lemons

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Staying Power

Despite (or because of) its hotel bearings, Finn & Porter is a haute spot on the Austin dining scene

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Austin is a TV town, after all; plus, Andrea Timmer is a no-show (again), and the Filling Station is out of gas

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Athenian Grill

Things have changed at the space formerly occupied by Jean Luc's Bistro

Santa Rita Cantina

I have a confession to make: I have never been an enthusiast of Tex-Mex cuisine
music

The Whole Bow

Alvin Crow fiddled it his way

BY MARGARET MOSER

Equality

Ornette Coleman, speaking softly and carrying a huge legacy

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

TCB

Troublesome pirates, returning Superflies, and British minstrels help ease the sting of last week's election

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Elliot Smith

From a Basement on the Hill

State of Bengal & Paban Das Baul, Stephan Micus, Rokia Traoré, Radio Tarifa, Bob Marley & the Wailers

State of Bengal vs. Paban Das Baul Tani Tani, Life, Bowmboï, Fiebre, Burnin' Deluxe Edition

Brian Wilson

Smile

Robyn Hitchcock

Spooked

Pinback

Summer in Abaddon

Talib Kweli, Mos Def

The Beautiful Struggle, The New Danger

Alejandro Escovedo

Por Vida All-Star Tribute Concert
screens

Vision and Focus

In the 'Undertow' with director David Gordon Green and first-time screenwriter Joe Conway

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Quick, Good, and Good for You

Reel Women brings Lunafest to Austin

BY JESS SAUER

Film News

Robert Rodriguez and the come-hither look of 'Rambo 4'

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

My e-mail has fallen silent post-election

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Clerks. X (10th Anniversary Edition)

This officially marks a decade since the term 'snowballing' was popularized in our ever-expanding sexual vernacular

Film Reviews

After the Sunset

Possibly the ideal film to more or less ignore while lounging poolside and sipping Jamaican rum, After the Sunset is 100-proof pap.

Being Julia

There are so few really great film roles written for middle-aged women that when one comes along and it stars the near-perfect Annette Bening, it’s disappointing that the rest of the movie does not equal her performance.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Cast is excellent; movie is OK; men and women are soooo different.

Lightning in a Bottle

Ostensibly a record of one mighty blues show, this film goes beyond the tag of concert film and achieves something more: a living history lesson, tracing the evolving sound of the blues.

Muhammad: The Last Prophet

Animated film. Not reviewed at press time.

The Polar Express

Chris Van Allsburg’s magical tale of the Christmas Eve re-education of a Santa-doubting adolescent gets the motion-capture treatment.

Undertow

Cross-pollinate the arthouse film with B-movie backwoods gothic, and you get something like Undertow’s peculiar fusion of high and low culture.
arts & culture

Dvorák's New World Inquiry

How a Czech composer helped America find its authentic voice

BY KATHERINE CATMULL

The Bad American

Bill Maher comes out on drink, drugs, and God

BY STEVE BIRMINGHAM

Break-In at the Blue

Thieves broke into the Blue Theater last week and made off with more than $6,000 worth of technical equipment

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Art From the Streets

This year's Art From the Streets sale, showing artwork by some of our city's gifted but homeless creators, boasts 2,300 works of art

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

A great way to brush up your Shakespeare, the epidemic of extended runs continues, and the Fall Soiree falls through

Arts Reviews

Crowns

The Zachary Scott Theatre Center production of Crowns sings a joyous hosanna to the African- American tradition of the church hat

Cabaret

UT's Cabaret is a risky departmental production sufficiently primed as postelection catharsis

Veritably Vienna

A. Mozart Fest's Veritably Vienna concert showed that violinist Uli Speth and pianist Mary Robbins know the benefits of collaboration in Mozart's violin sonatas

'Margarita Cabrera: Maquila'

Margarita Cabrera's show at Women & Their Work is filled with soft, stuffed sculptures of everyday household objects rendered in bright, cheerful colors

'Jon Langford in 'Three Britischer Cowboys''

Jon Langford, longtime member of the British band the Mekons, has developed a great nostalgic painting style for rendering his own version of American heroes
columns

Page Two

Forget the middle ground: Why don't the progressives take over the Democratic Party and make a real fight of this thing?

BY JOHN SAYLES

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Somehow, Stephen has managed to milk attention to his birthday out of another week's column. You'd think they happen more frequently than once a year … perhaps at his age, they do? Plus, some Vivid cowboy news for those who may read this column for different reasons …

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Patton fifth in the five; and other great veterans

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

About AIDS

Possible treatment for facial wasting

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

Is it a good idea to take aspirin every day?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Election ballots

BY LUKE ELLIS

Letters at 3AM

Cry over the election if you must, but don't let the bastards sap your vitality. American progressives started seriously mass-scale organizing only about a year ago, and in just one year we came within reach of victory.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Day Trips

The Villa Del Rio captures the international influences of the Mexican border

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Last home stand for the ladies; young men in Jamaica

BY NICK BARBARO

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