Feb. 11, 2005

Volume 24, Number 24

ON THE COVER:
news

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Texas prosecutors use the 'law of parties' to widen the net for capital punishment

BY JORDAN SMITH

FWS Punts Salamanders to TCEQ

Environmentalists decry shift in enforcement responsibility

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Neighbors Call Foul on Tennis Center Expansion

Galindo residents want to keep green space

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Naked City

Headlines and happening from Austin and beyond

BY LEE NICHOLS

An Education Only a Boss Could Love

Public schools lurch a little closer to privatization with HB 2

BY AMY SMITH

Point Austin: A Question of Vision

Austin's possible futures are prefigured in two very different sorts of public action

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Jim hopes Dubya enjoyed his inauguration, because polls show the next four years may be bumpy

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

For the Love of Chocolate

The taste, the look, the feel of an obsession

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Our Valentine's Day Eat, Drink, Watch Movies screening of 'Chocolat' is sold out for Monday night, so be sure and tune in to Majic 95FM at 6:40am on Friday morning for the chance to win the last pair of tickets! Meanwhile, folks at the following places will be glad to help you choose the perfect chocolate gift for your sweet baboo.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Five Degrees from Beethoven

UT pianist Anton Nel, figuratively descended from a line of teachers beginning with Beethoven

BY GRAHAM REYNOLDS

TCB

Doug Sahm's and Handsome Joel's memories live on, even as the international pipeline into Austin dries up

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Reckless Kelly

Wicked Twisted Road

Justin Trevino

Too Many Heartaches

the Yuppie Pricks

Brokers Banquet

Broken Teeth

Blood on the Radio – Live

Baby Robots

Chartorseau

No Idea Festival

No Idea Festival

Oliver Future

The Bear Chronicles

The Onlys

Limbic System

the Explosives

KaBOOM!

Shaun Young

Wiggle Walk

Kimmie Rhodes

Windblown

Zein Al-Jundi

Traditional Songs from Syria

the Ugly Beats

Bring on the Beats!
screens

True Hollywood Stories

Texans who took a chance and headed west tell all

BY ELI KOORIS

Burnt Orange to Tell 'Children's Story'

A tale of two 12-year-old runaways is the next project from Burnt Orange Productions, the for-profit film arm of the University of Texas Film Institute

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Flicker's Best

Thursday, Feb. 17, 9:45pm, Alamo Drafthouse Downtown

BY MARC SAVLOV

In Print

Scott Von Doviak's 'Hick Flicks: The Rise and Fall of Redneck Cinema'

BY SPENCER PARSONS

TV Eye

First they came for Bob. Then, they came for Buster. Who's next? But, more importantly, when will this witch hunt end?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Wings of Desire

After several years in the States, where he directed four films, German-born Wim Wenders decided to head back home and compose a love letter to Berlin

Film Reviews

Boogeyman

Don't go into the closet.

In the Realms of the Unreal

The strange artwork and life of primitivist Harry Darger is given dimension by master documentarist Jessica Yu.

Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior

The mass release of this top-notch Thai action film should havee American audiences grinning ear to ear and shore to shore.

Shabd

Not reviewed at press time.

A Tree of Palme

It's the Pinocchio story filtered through the prism of cyberpunk animé.

William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

Al Pacino stars as Shylock in this film rendition of Shakespeare's thorniest play.
arts & culture

A Score Is Born

UT midwifes a new symphony by John Corigliano

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Our Motto: Be Depraved

'I Am Alpha' takes a darkly satirical look at a certain all-American youth group

BY BARRY PINEO

Fire Aid

Assistance has been organized for the more than 70 artists and arts organizations affected by last week's fire at the Guadalupe Arts Center

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Light' Dawns in Austin

A new ballet leads the way in an ambitious community project promoting tolerance

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Aida

Zachary Scott Theatre Center's Aida' delivers some memorable moments, but not all sides of the musical's romantic triangle are in balance

'Open House'

Michelle Mayer's middle-class home installation at Women & Their Work offers aesthetic and conceptual strength and shows Mayer at her very best
columns

Page Two

SXSW 2005 looms on the horizon

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen weighs in on city planning issues ... at least ones regarding how certain things look. Other than that, he drops a lot of names and tells you where to go. For Valentine's Day, silly.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

For black Americans, the time is now!

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Day Trips

The Canyon of the Eagles on Lake Buchanan outside of Burnet is as special as its name implies

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Oops!

Our latest batch

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Concerning beans, pods, snow, wind, rain, hedgehogs, and perfect chopsticks

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

To Your Health

What are lignans?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Mediation – what happens at a mediation?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The U.S. national team sees and conquers in Port of Spain

BY NICK BARBARO

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