Feb. 4, 2005

Volume 24, Number 23

ON THE COVER:
news

How to Get Your Kids Through College

Once students enter the 'pipeline,' can educational plumbers stop the leaks?

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Hunting Moby-Spam

Austin spam-fighter goes forth to battle the kings of e-trash

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Council Candidates Take Their Places

Many scramble to replace Slusher and Goodman; only Gale takes on Dunkerley

BY MICHAEL KING

Zero-Energy Homes and Hope Break Ground in Montopolis

The city shoots for energy efficiency and affordability in low-income neighborhood

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Still Looking for the Truth at APD

Chief Knee may be guilty of the same offense for which he fired an officer

BY JORDAN SMITH

What If ... Media Terrorists Landed on Sixth Street?

We assume it would go something like this ...

BY KEVIN BRASS

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY LEE NICHOLS

Craddick Commits Committees

Some Central Texas Reps feel a sting for opposing the GOP leadership

BY AMY SMITH

Point Austin: A Blueprint for Mental Health

The Mayor's Task Force issues its report, but the real work is yet to come

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

'Consumer Reports' explores capitalistic idiocy; and libraries go begging while boondoggles get funding

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

All Good Thoughts, All Good Food

The symbolism and celebration of Tet, the Vietnamese new year

BY MICK VANN

Food-o-file

Parallel opens on Burnet Road; plus, celebrate the Super Bowl, Carnaval, and Mardi Gras Austin-style

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

When I'm 64

Veteran musicians retire to Austin

BY MARGARET MOSER

TCB

Darin Murphy heads for Broadway, Daniel Johnston heads for the silver screen, DJ Pandora heads home

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Ray Wylie Hubbard

Delirium Tremolos

Old 97s

Live

the Weary Boys

Holy Ghost Power

Rob Halverson

Second Whirled

the Stepbrothers

Baby It's Over

Jesus Christ Superfly

I Don't Wanna Be Crazy

the Golden Dawn

The Legend of the Dawn

Rusted Shut

Rehab

Glorium

Fantasmas

Hydroponic Sound System, Nick Nack, Strange Fruit Project, Headkrack & the Are, Word Association, Adlib, Beneb & Nt Wt, Ross Hogg, B-Cause, E-40, Keak da Sneak, Federation Frontline, Turf Talk, Messy Marv, San Quinn

Southern Borders Soul Music, Soul Proprietor, Air Raid Volume 2, Slump & Grind

Texas Music Project

Don't Mess With La Musica de Tejas, Don't Mess With the Music of Texas, Volume Two

Shearwater

Thieves

D:Fuse

Begin
screens

A Full Dance Card

Back in Austin after eight days in the land of mountains and Mormons at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, it's hard to distill the experience into any one verity. The combination of dozens of movies and the oxygen-poor altitude create memories that seem more impressionistic than precise.

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

I'm Crazy for You

Blow-Up' at the Drafthouse

BY MARC SAVLOV

SXSW Update

Two more big announcements from SXSW Film 05; plus, stay tuned for the full lineup and be ready to buy up some passes

Film News

Finally, something louder than a whisper for incentives, but it'll take a roar; plus, Bill Plympton, Texas on TV, and Dinesh Potluri

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Like most filmmakers, New York-based Shola Lynch is attracted to a good story. Enter Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to successfully run for congress in 1968 and, in 1972, to enter presidential campaign,

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Friday Night Lights

'Friday Night Lights' is the story of Odessa's Permian High School football dynasty in the 1980s. It's a good story, but did Hollywood pull off a film rendition of Odessa high school football?

Film Reviews

Alone in the Dark

There's a certain majesty to German director Boll's style of filmmaking: a freedom from art, talent, skill of any formal kind, and the sheer pigheadedness to keep going at any cost.

Bad Education

Almodóvar delivers the finest movie of his career: a film noir melodrama that maybe should be called film sanguine.

The Wedding Date

Inexplicable Fantasy Romances for the Harried Modern Gal 101 is a more fitting title for this shameless mediocrity.
arts & culture

Bittersweet Spotlight

Round Rock's Ellen Marlow is on Broadway (at the age of 10)

BY CLAY SWARTZ

Songs of a New Race, Sung Again

A celebration of African-American chamber music from the Austin Chamber Music Center and Huston- Tillotson College

BY BARRY PINEO

Art Burn

An early-morning blaze at Guadalupe Arts Center displaces 75 artists

BY ROBERT FAIRES

ASF + $$$ = RSC N TX?

The Austin Shakespeare Festival may be the first company in America to stage the Royal Shakespeare Company's hit comedy 'The Dog in the Manger,' but first it must raise $15,000

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Blown Sideways Through Life

Tour de force describes what actress Barbara Chisholm's performance in 'Blown Sideways Through Life,' Claudia Shear's autobiographical journey through the workplace

Short Fringe: Wednesday Jan. 26

The Short Fringe lineup on Jan. 26 covered juice enthusiasts, life in a small Texas county, an action TV parody with a ticking clock, and a fading friendship as a wrestling match

Detour

Ariel Dance Theatre's new work Detour' blends dance and drama, humor and gravity, to tell of brushes with death that bring people back to life

'"Premeditated: Meditations on Capital Punishment"'

Malaquias Montoya's Premeditated: Meditations on Capital Punishment' was notable for the art and its challenge to consider deeply a topic it would be much more comfortable to forget
columns

Page Two

It's time to celebrate the coming of South by Southwest and think about how we're going to pay for our roads

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back

About AIDS

"Meet HIV" at ASA on Feb. 10

BY SANDY BARTLETT

After a Fashion

Signs, signs, everywhere signs! Sigh! Is the (now) controversial Gomi Kitty really a sign?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Letters at 3AM

Carnaval literally means 'Goodbye, meat,' but in spirit it's more like 'Farewell to desires of the flesh.' Let's celebrate our desires before we bid them farewell.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Day Trips

Artists have tried to replicate the method of creating cement sculptures that look like wood, but few have mastered the technique like Dionicio Rodríguez

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

One of the molecules in your lungs came from Caesar's last breath

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Mediation - what is it?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Carnaval Brasilero

Palmer Events Center, Saturday, February 5, 2005

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Mascots become erudite, Man United trounces Arsenal

BY NICK BARBARO

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