Dec. 31, 2004

Volume 24, Number 18

ON THE COVER:
news

Welcome to the Real World

Rhizome Collective brings activist ideals down to earth

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

High Tech Schools: The Future, or the Latest Fad?

Will new technology funding go to build skills or just buy stuff?

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Williamson DA Puts the Squeeze on Defense Bar

John Bradley sees nothing wrong with compelling testimony about indicted clients

BY JORDAN SMITH

Weed Watch

Chronic-pain specialists are just drug dealers in disguise, say federal narcs

BY JORDAN SMITH

Weed Watch

Amazonian hallucinogen OK – for now – in religious observances

BY JORDAN SMITH

Sucking, Spewing, and Burning LNG and the Texas Gulf

Plans for LNG terminals in the Gulf of Mexico raise major environmental questions

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Austin @ Large: On Your Marks!

It's never too early (or too late?) for a council-race pregame show

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

Real men don't drive Hummers; and, you will submit to Big Brother … um, voluntarily

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Tasting the Stars

Champagne: an appreciation and primer

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-file

What's cooking in the Central Texas food scene.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Roadside Playboys and Texana Dames

The Hancock Family's long, strange, supernatural musical journey

BY MARGARET MOSER

Greatest Hits

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

TCB

Closing out the year by considering the persistent question: Are there too many bands in Austin?

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

Crew Stories

'People will ask me if I'm a production assistant or an assistant director,' Glen Moorman says, 'and I always tell them, if you have a $50,000 budget, I'm your first assistant director, and, if you have a $50 million budget, I'm the last production assistant hired.'

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Had your fill of frothy TV holiday fare? Weary of bowl games? Lost your buzz from all those holiday sweets? Well, then, 'The Territory' comes just in time.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Up Series

At age 22, as a researcher for Granada Television, Michael Apted was charged with finding participants for a documentary project that, unbeknownst to him, would become his life's work

La Dolce Vita

Decadence, perhaps inevitably, dates itself: Fellini's much-censored 'La Dolce Vita' no longer shocks in its depiction of upper-class excess and listless living the way it did upon release in 1960, but it's a gorgeous artifact, nonetheless

Film Reviews

Beyond the Sea

More "Splish" than "Splash," this biopic about the life of pop crooner Bobby Darin is practically a one-man Kevin Spacey show.

Darkness

Eurotrash horror film for the new millennium.
arts & culture

Constructing the Illusion of Depth

Four of Austin's master painters reveal the secrets of their craft

BY RACHEL KOPER

I'd Like to Be Under the Sea

Artist Hana Hillerova explains how she grew her 'Octopus's Garden'

BY JACQUELINE MAY

The Year in Revulsion

Comic J.R. Brow charts the lows and lowers of 2004

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Geeeeet a piece of Bernadette Peters or Reba McEntire from Arts on Real
columns

Page Two

A tainted prayer for the new year

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

Happy New Year ... and thanks!

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

Can a person be allergic to cold weather?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

The National Do Not Call Registry

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Malnutrition in Iraq, hot dogs in the United States, Ketu will change into Virgo, and D&D at least once a month

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

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