Dec. 17, 2004

Volume 24, Number 16

ON THE COVER:
news

Dialing for Dollar$

Austin radio stations scramble to keep the money flowing in a strange new media world

BY KEVIN BRASS

Water Gushes Forth From LCRA

The utility wastes no time inking deals to moisten Hill Country sprawl

BY AMY SMITH

Johnston Tensions Land in Court

Transferred Johnston High School teacher sues Austin ISD

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Shareholders Swallow Schlotzsky's Meal Deal

Fire sale leaves sandwich-chain investors with an empty plate

BY AMY SMITH

Where the Dope Don't Grow

Feds turn down application for research-marijuana cultivation project

BY JORDAN SMITH

For the Activist Who Has Everything

Useless political gifts for the holiday season

Many Unanswered Questions in Officers' Deaths

A fatal motorcycle accident was preceded by a long afternoon of barhopping

BY JORDAN SMITH

Abstinence Makes the Head Grow Softer

A new report finds that federally funded abstinence-only educations contains "false, misleading, or distorted information about reproductive health."

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The DA Makes a Deal

They stole the Lege – will we get more in return than a sermon?

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin @ Large: Money for Love

There's a word for that sort of thing. It starts with an 'F.'

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

Governments won't support local business, so we have to; and 'Support Our Troops' – and their families – must be more than rhetoric

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Cookbooks

Gift guide

Food-o-File

My fondness for community cookbooks is well known, and I've just received two that I can recommend for holiday gift-giving; plus, holiday tamales!

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Reissues

Gift guide

TCB

Assessing 2004, local club owners break into a chorus of 'Staying Alive.' If only Dimebag Darrell had.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

DVDs: Part 3

Gift guide

Games: Part 2

Holiday gift guide

In Print

‘By the whole equation,’ David Thomson dares, aiming at nothing less than to set forth a single-volume history of Hollywood filmmaking in its entirety in under 400 pages, ‘I mean not just the history of American movies, but America in the time of movies’

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Red Alert

The late train on AtomFilms.com

BY MARC SAVLOV

CongratuSnizzles!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sing-Along

TV Eye

No more Moyers – now what'll we do for news?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Brother to Brother

A festival favorite jumps to the big screen with its story that compares and contrasts life as a gay black man in the present day and the Harlem Renaissance.

Flight of the Phoenix

Sticking closely to the tone of its predecessor, this remake of Robert Aldrich’s 1965 adventure film lacks the tang of the original, and trades the late-vintage Jimmy Stewart for the shirtless Dennis Quaid.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Thankfully, the dark tone of the beloved childrens books is carried over to the screen, and the terrific performances and production design provide extra lift.

Spanglish

The venerable filmmaker James L. Brooks stumbles badly with his new dramedy starring Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni.
arts & culture

In the Moment

Ann Hampton Callaway takes things 'Slow,' but she's more alive live than ever

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Between the Lions

'The Play of Daniel' revives the biblical prophet just in time for … Christmas?

BY BARRY PINEO

Hark! The Herald Organ Sings

New UT faculty members and exceptional organists Gerre and Judith Hancock give the mighty Visser- Rowland organ a workout with their own holiday concert

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Art Park

For four ephemeral hours on Saturday, Dec. 11, Wooldridge Park was transformed into a giant sculpture

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

A Christmas Carol

Two rather different versions of 'A Christmas Carol' illustrate the power still to be tapped from Charles Dickens' ghostly little book
columns

Page Two

A series of shifts: Mike Clark-Madison departs, our redesign winds up, and 'Page Two' tries to find joy while democracy crumbles

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

Holiday tips for HIVers

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

What new discoveries are there in regards to vitamin B-12?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Basketbrawl – Self Defense in Texas

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Weight Watchers, Teflon, Jacqueline Kennedy, and the average house

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

The Outdoor Art Museum reproduces some of the most famous works of the art world on the walls of the little town of Eastland

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Indiana prevails, and a long winter's nap for international play

BY NICK BARBARO

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