Jan. 28, 2005

Volume 24, Number 22

ON THE COVER:
news

TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT

Here Comes the Train

Can city staff, citizens, and neighborhoods realize – and build – a more livable city?

BY LEE NICHOLS

Charting the TODs

Some visual samples of the neighborhood plans for Transit Oriented Development

Policing Sixth Street – in White and Black

Two conflicting stories – did a Downtown partier get out of control, or did the cops?

BY JORDAN SMITH

What the Cops Say vs. What the Lawyer Says

BY JORDAN SMITH

McCracken Charges Toll Road Cover-up

Council Member says toll road proponents overplayed direness of funding situation

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Pondering Planning in Southwest Travis County

Citizens try to balance development and conservation in sensitive Hill Country land

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Now Appearing on Local Stages: Willie Nelson and Austin Biofuels

The Red-headed Stranger tries to cut down on smoke in the air. The bad kind, that is.

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

ACC South Austin: Plain, Weird, or Just Plain Weird?

Board spends $1.1 million on architecture fees and gets a Kleenex box

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Naked City

News and happening from Austin and beyond

BY LEE NICHOLS

Point Austin: Getting Into Bonds

When the wish lists are written, will the money follow the speeches?

BY MICHAEL KING

The Election, the Baby, and the Bathwater

Heflin challenge could reverberate statewide

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

Newt Gingrich is back ... hooray! And, job numbers are up – but wages aren't.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Picking the Spread

The best bets for watching Super Bowl XXXIX in Austin

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Tailgating Traditions

Philadelphia vs. New England

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-file

You still have a chance to Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? for Project Transitions; plus, events from all over the Austin food map

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

The Mob House Rules

Trail of Dead introduces their new epic release to the world

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

TCB

Kicking it red-state style with the Yuppie Pricks, Asleep at the Wheel, and Snoop Dogg. Suck it, blue states!

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Trail of Dead Reviewed

... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

Worlds Apart

Bright Eyes

I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, Digital Ash in a Digital Urn

Arcade Fire

The Arcade Fire
screens

Walk a Mile

The Texas Documentary Tour: Ramona Diaz's 'Imelda'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Possible Lives

The third annual Austin Jewish Film Festival

BY MARRIT INGMAN

The Adventures of Austin's March

Thin-slice this, bitch! SXSW 05 is on its way, and we've got names

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

TV Eye

I'm going to Vegas, baybee! For work, of course.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

OH! Mikey: Volumes 1-6

Leave it to the Japanese, arbiters of the bizarre, to find a way to make mannequins even scarier – by making them domestic

Film Reviews

Hide and Seek

John Polson's psychological thriller about a father (Robert De Niro), daughter (Dakota Fanning), and the creepy goings-on in their house in the woods dangles over the precipitous edge of awfulness a full 90 minutes before toppling into that abyss with a resounding clatter.

Million Dollar Baby

Glorious performances and Eastwood's confident direction result in a film that transcends the rules of its genre and shows us, with an unvarnished simplicity, how human beings struggle to come to terms with the unthinkable.

Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation 2005

Spike & Mike has always been a hit-or-miss program, and this year is no different, with a few genuinely brilliant pieces surrounded by examples of puerile fun and juvenile humor.
arts & culture

The Company You Keep

There's no knowing Andrea Ariel without knowing the artists she works with

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Home Front

In our post-9/11 world, Michelle Mayer's 'Open House' hits us where we live

BY MADELINE IRVINE

Elaborate Life

His love of theatre has led 'Aida' director Matt Lenz on an amazing journey

BY BARRY PINEO

Austin Playwrights

The playwrights of Austin Script Works are continuing to gain ground in their takeover of the American theatre

Culture Flash!

Esther's crowns new wits, and Chase Staggs gets a check from SVT

Arts Reviews

St. Enid and the Black Hand

In Vortex Repertory Company's mesmerizing St. Enid and the Black Hand,' an archetypal family enacts a fairy tale with many-layered meanings

Enchanted April

Austin Playhouse's Enchanted April' taps the story's timeless charms and envelops you in a captivating glow, as warming as spring sunshine

Austin Symphony Orchestra With Peter Serkin

Despite not always fully engaging with soloist Peter Serkin, the Austin Symphony Orchestra was clear, tidy, and provided some sweeping music

'New Works by Liz and Maurice Treviño'

Liz and Maurice Treviño's new, poster-art- influenced paintings are tragic, but they're too specific, sharp, and clean to be morose
columns

Page Two

The vision of a healthy, dynamic, impressively powerful country having a tortured, ongoing internal dialogue about its actions serves to inspire rather than discourage dreams

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

About AIDS

New test for TB – at last!

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

Reducing the risk of appendicitis

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Topless in Texas

BY LUKE ELLIS

After a Fashion

This may very well be the only time you will see Barney, Tinky-Winky, Winnie the Pooh, and Cher appear in the same 'After a Fashion.' What are you waiting for?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Waiting around for pots to boil, Spock's home world, and a fecund brain in a petri dish

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

The Benini Sculpture Ranch outside of Johnson City uses the rugged Hill Country landscape as a backdrop for two-dozen designs by internationally recognized artists

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Luv Doc Recommends: Austin Lounge Lizards' 25th Anniversary Show

Texas Union Ballroom, Saturday, January 29, 2005

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

On American soccer, and soccer in America

BY NICK BARBARO

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