Jan. 14, 2005

Volume 24, Number 20

ON THE COVER:
news

From Schools to ... Nuts

The 79th Lege hasn't been here before – it only seems like it

Peace and Progress Come to Shoal Creek

Feud between cyclists and residents comes to an end

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

New Rules or New Roles for Charter Schools?

TEA proposes a crackdown on failing charters, but can it be enforced?

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Pfurious in Pflugerville

Pfillies or pfamily pfun for the NE Travis suburb?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Hits, Errors, and Home Runs at ACTV

Missing funds at Austin Community Television spur an investigation and accusations

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Naked City

News and happenings around Austin and beyond

BY LEE NICHOLS

Day One: Long on Smiles and Short on Dollars

Head for the hills ... the Lege is back in town!

BY AMY SMITH

Austin @ Large: Over and Out

Thoughts on the first day of the rest of Austin's life

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

The Hightower Report

No escape from cell phones, even in the skies; and, don't give up your biometrics!

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Austin on the Hoof

Rounding up the Austin steak house scene

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-file

Sampling 'Mexican Food in Austin: The Guide;' plus, Foo Swasdee's Tsunami Relief Open House at Satay

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

The Outsiders

Four local bands map their own chart through choppy industry waters

BY DARCIE STEVENS

TCB

Emo's Free Week leaves 'TCB' broken, battered, bloodshot, but happy

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Mavis Staples

Have a Little Faith

Willie Hightower

Sweet Soul Music

Marianne Faithfull

Before the Poison

Le Tigre

This Island

T.I.

Urban Legend

Willie Hightower, Bettye Swann, Candi Staton

Gwendolyn D. Pough
screens

Overnight Sensation

Sword of Dracula' creator Jason Henderson is taking over the (fantasy) world

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

A New Year's Eve bout with cedar fever made me feel like 2005 is just an extension of 2004, and it looks like the same on the small screen

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Dead Like Me: The Complete First Season

'Life sucks, and then you die. And then it still sucks.'

Film Reviews

Bukowski: Born Into This

Every young writer goes through a Bukowski phase, but only the skid row author himself was "born into it."

Coach Carter

Come to this movie for the prominent hip-hop soundtrack and glossy sports action; leave with a message about teamwork, decency, and self-respect scorched into your brain.

Hotel Rwanda

Don Cheadle, in the finest performance of his career, headlines this true-life story about the "Oskar Schindler of Kigali, Rwanda" during the massacres of 1994.

House of Flying Daggers

The swooning visuals, the expert choreography, the teasing love story, and the puzzle-piece plot all combine to provide this martial arts movie with the spirit of a star-cross'd swashbuckler.

In Good Company

In Good Company is a sincere but serviceable-at-best dramedy from Paul Weitz, one-half of the fraternal team that has already brought us two studies about the human male: American Pie and About a Boy.

Racing Stripes

Just as the titular zebra, Stripes, is not really a horse of a different color, this kids picture is not a movie of a different stripe.

The Woodsman

Writer-director Nicole Kassell’s debut film is a lean drama anchored by subject matter which, although difficult, remains distantly disquieting yet never challenging.
arts & culture

'Match' Maker

Deborah Hay's latest dance leads to a new start

BY ROBERT FAIRES

In Memoriam: Bill Fagan

BY ROBERT FAIRES

New City Endorsement of Long Center on Tap

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Deveare Smith Visits – and Inhabits – Austin

The Zachary Scott Theatre Center is hosting a special performance by Anna Deveare Smith in which she'll present theatrical portraits of select Austinites

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Theatre Thievery: The Sequel

Over the Christmas holiday weekend, two more Eastside theatres, the Vortex and Arts on Real, were burglarized

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

FronteraFest 2005

Sonny's Last Shot

Though it has the episodic feel of a screenplay, 'Sonny's Last Shot' is, all in all, a satisfying evening of getting your jollies at the expense of the Texas Legislature

Elektra

In Austin Lyric Opera's production of 'Elektra,' conductor Richard Buckley succeeds in conveying the complexity, richness, cruelty, and humanity of this work

'Paintings by Christopher Fitzgerald'

Diaz Gallery was formed as a labor of love by Adam Diaz, a friendly soul who seeks to represent those artists who are passionate and involved with their work
columns

Page Two

The perception that the liberal elite mocks the rest of the country and holds its values up to ridicule is probably critical to the whole positioning of moral values as a national issue. And it is only perception.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen reminisces about his early love for drag and brings it all up to date with some S&M: 'Standing & Modeling,' of course

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

HIV isn't the only STD out there

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

As 'nanotechnology' enters into the field of medicine, what is now called 'blood spot testing' may emerge as the future of blood testing

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Consumer scams to avoid

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Snickers, 'Sneakers,' Singapore, and 'Notes on Nationwide Dialing'

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Heritage Forge in the Homestead Heritage Traditional Crafts Village north of Waco preserves the ancient art of blacksmithing

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

A merry Christmas for Chelsea, and the power of a union

BY NICK BARBARO

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