Jan. 21, 2005

Volume 24, Number 21

ON THE COVER:
news

When Is a Lie Not a Lie?

When an APD officer does it, it's a lie. When a supervisor does it ...

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Call Us in 2105

As the city drops its time capsule, we hope there'll be something to drink to – and with – in 100 years

BY MICHAEL KING

Weed Watch

Supreme Court tosses out mandatory sentencing ... sort of

BY JORDAN SMITH

Oh, Now They Care About Ethics

Former Democratic rep gets $10,000 fine; similar fine for Republican successor was reduced

BY AMY SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY LEE NICHOLS

On the Lege

The Lege solves school finance. Or not.

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

Pentagon helps rip off veterans and taxpayers

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Cocciante Quotient

Hospitality matters at Andiamo

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

The Dinner Guest Lecturer

Food historian Andrew F. Smith brings 'The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America' to Austin

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

Romeo's sold; a new Quack's in a new spot; and you should really try Reido's; plus, Roberto Santibanez returns

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Cilantro's

Proof that Mexican home cooking is alive and well in far South Austin
music

The Goose & the Gander

The Rise and Recover and what it's like to live like a rock star – sometimes

BY DARCIE STEVENS

Phases & Stages

Live shots

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

TCB

Floating down Okkervil's river of golden dreams, taking Pinetop Perkins, Helios Creed, and a bunch of T-shirts along for the ride

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Brownout!

Live shots

Carolyn Wonderland

Live shots

Bulemics, Disengage

'Rank & Revue' Second Anniversary Party
screens

Dream Job

Inside the production of Richard Linklater's 'A Scanner Darkly'

BY MARC SAVLOV

Into Thin Air

The already under way adventures of Austinites at the Dances Sun and Slam, and what they might mean for the local scene

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Back in the Mirror

First-time director Niels Mueller on 'The Assassination of Richard Nixon'

BY MARC SAVLOV

It's Open ... Come On In

Screen Door Film welcomes short-film makers

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Film News

Updates on Robert's and Rick's adaptations, Texas on TV, and 'Dot' plays L.A.; plus, have you ever considered a double bill of 'Tarnation' and 'Mrs. Doubtfire'?

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

I saw two seemingly unrelated things on TV that set my mind ablaze last week. The first was a commercial for toddlers' disposable underwear. The second was the series premiere of Jonny Zero on Fox.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Staying Alive

You don't even want to know

Film Reviews

Are We There Yet?

Despite bearing a title that practically cries out for disrespect from antsy filmgoers, the new Ice Cube picture (he stars as well as co-produces) demonstrates the actor's amiable side and proves he can headline a family picture.

The Assassination of Richard Nixon

First-time director Niels Mueller tells "the mad story of a true man" in this tragic portrait of Sam Bicke, who tried to fly an airplane into the White House in 1974.

Assault on Precinct 13

This new version of John Carpenter's classic is superfluous in the extreme, and while it’s not technically a bad movie, per se, viewers unfamiliar with the film’s lineage will likely write it off as yet another midwinter also-ran, the sort of action film that never quite takes off and instead focuses on random gun battles and cheesy dialogue.

Elektra

Watching Jennifer Garner as Elektra turn somersaults over her foes in her drop-dead-sexy assassin’s gear isn’t nearly as invigorating as it ought to be.

Vera Drake

With this period piece set in 1950 London, British filmmaker Mike Leigh delivers his best picture in some time, and with it he seemingly aims to provoke conversation about the ethics of abortion.

The Work and the Glory

Not reviewed at press time.
arts & culture

Risk: It's What They Do

What's at stake for the frontier-crossing artists in Long Fringe 2005

BY BARRY PINEO

Council Gives Long Center Unanimous Go

At their Jan. 13 meeting, Austin City Council members voted 7-0 to approve a revised lease for the Long Center for the Performing Arts

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Through the Green Fuse

'Through the Green Fuse,' Conspirare's first professional recording, is a shimmering, iridescent prayer in which the beauty of the subject is magnified by the sensitivity and sensuousness of these voices

BY ROBERT FAIRES

LBJ Swings Like the Pendulum Do

For a fun Sixties flashback – sans acid – see the LBJ Library's 'Signs of the Times: Life in the Swingin' Sixties'

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Square One

Steve Tesich's bitingly funny, dark play Square One' posits an oppressive U.S. frighteningly close to our country today.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre

There's a sincerity and sweetness to Different Stages' production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre' that makes the show tender and touching

FronteraFest Short Fringe: Friday, Jan. 14

The Jan. 14 Short Fringe program featured a humdrum radio thriller, a comedy about tourism, a graceful commentary on rape, a provocative performance about sexism, and a thoughtful, funny reflection on headlines

The Match and Solo Adaptations

Strange, funny, obvious, and obscure, Deborah Hay and company's The Match' gave me, in more ways than one, the time of my life

'Janet Kastner, Joseph Janson, and Brad Ellis'

In an interesting exhibit at D. Berman Gallery, a number of unexpected commonalities emerge among the works of Janet Kastner, Joseph Janson, and Brad Ellis.
columns

Page Two

The unprecedented outcry over toll roads ignores a larger problem: We want more government services than we can pay for

BY LOUIS BLACK

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Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

No concept lies more firmly embedded in our national character than the notion that the U.S.A. is No. 1,' the greatest.' A number of facts reveal that we can no longer even consider ourselves among the Top 10 nations in the world.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

We find a (very) few gab-worthy Globes moments, our favorite model / lawyer checks in, and your style diva does Dallas

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Gonzales Food Market makes headlines as well as terrific barbecue and sausage

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

About AIDS

Big brother ID number should die

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Ford was Leslie Lynch, a scientific truth about horses, nuclear tests on the moon, and calculus

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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

ATM, debit, and credit cards

BY LUKE ELLIS

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sports

Soccer Watch

Of strikes and scabs

BY NICK BARBARO

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