Feb. 18, 2005

Volume 24, Number 25

ON THE COVER:
news

Are You Decent?

Dudley & Bob and the footsoldiers in the FCC's war on pop culture

BY KEVIN BRASS

The Rumble at Bunny Run Heads to Council

Neighbors say school reneged on promise of no apartments

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

City Attorney Report on Knee Calls for Changes at APD

City criticizes APD management, but Knee's fate unclear

BY JORDAN SMITH

New Austin 'Spokes' Speak Out Against Tasers

Austin activists coordinate efforts on police tactics, war, and other issues

BY DIANA WELCH

Cleaning Up Economic Development

Greens and the Chamber of Commerce join hands for renewable energy in Austin

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Naked City

BY LEE NICHOLS

Point Austin: They Toll for Thee

Behind the toll battle is a long and bumpy road to the same old place

BY MICHAEL KING

Handicapping Slots for Tots

The pols and the lobby shuffle the deck on gambling for education'

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

White House propaganda: pundit payola, video news releases, and misleadingly misnamed bills

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Off and On

Can Bellagio combine thoughtful food with thoughtful service?

BY WES MARSHALL

In Print

Two books, one old and one new, zero in on seafood and soups

BY MICK VANN

Food-o-File

The Meat Shop shuts its doors in anticipation of SH 130; plus, the Shoal Creek Saloon's Ski Lodge and Quack's Maplewood Bakery

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Banzai Sushi & Grill

Never a town to ignore fashion, Austin has its own set of worldly fast-food eateries selling everything from wraps to pasticcio. One of the newest is this Japanese grill.
music

Enfants Terribles

Cruiserweight, armed and ready

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

TCB

Strong new albums from Milton Mapes and the Action Is, and the Eighties still won't go away.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Pong

Bubble City

The American Analog Set, Paul Newman

Live shot

Elizabeth McQueen & the Firebrands

Happy Doing What We're Doing

the Golden Apples

Cooler Jets Will Prevail

Eisley

Room Noises

the Innocent

Our Grievances

the Platforms, Adrian & the Sickness, Natalie Zoe, Susan Lincoln

Kicked Off, Adrian & the Sickness, Seven Chords and the Truth, Mother Heart

Ana Egge

Live shot

the Chapters

Bleeding All Over This Town

Stickpony

Underneath the Beer Light

the Malford Milligan Band

Rides Again

Conjunto Aztlan

From Aztlan With Love

the Grassy Knoll Boys

Buckeyed Rabbit
screens

The Visitor

Crispin Glover comes back to Austin with his What Is It?' in the can

BY MARC SAVLOV

Celluloid Zealots on the March

IFC's 'Ultimate Film Fanatic' gets Austinized

BY MARC SAVLOV

In Print

On Thursday, Feb. 24, the Alamo Drafthouse Village will host the third Bill Hicks Night, in part to celebrate the release of this collection

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Film News

The stars are out already – just look around; plus Guadalupe Arts Center groups regroup and more industry news you won't find anywhere else

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

A bit of TV history took place last week

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

'Night and the City' and 'Thieves Highway'

The artistic tragedy of Jules Dassin's being blacklisted in Hollywood after 1949's swiftly compelling 'Thieves' Highway' is leavened somewhat by the fact that the 94-year-old director is still around to partake in the contemporary celebration of his dashing noir oeuvre

Film Reviews

Because of Winn-Dixie

There are no big surprises in this family picture, but neither is the admonition against working with children and animals appropriate here.

Bigger Than the Sky

Despite some bright spots in this woefully earnest modern romance, Bigger Than the Sky is awash in the obvious and sports a cloying adulation of theatre folk.

Constantine

Adapted from Alan Moore’s groundbreaking DC/Vertigo comic title, Constantine is sure to divide the series’ most rabid fans, but those who can set aside their preconceptions will discover one of the more artfully designed comic-based films in some time.

Hitch

What should be a battle of the sexes is more like a brief skirmish without any of the romantic tension that makes for an interesting – much less great – screen pairing.

Inside Deep Throat

This documentary about the heady days of porn – when "deep throat" became a household expression and everyone viewed the movie Deep Throat as a breath of fresh air – is informative yet lacking historical rigor.

Paper Clips

It’s an only-in-America tale about kids in the Tennessee hamlet of Whitwell and their "paper clip project” – a teaching tool meant to help them comprehend the dimensions of the Holocaust – but it grew into something much, much more.

Pooh's Heffalump Movie

It’s not big and bright and busy and boffo, but it's a perfectly marvelous matinee option for young children. It’s a sweet little story, from a kid’s-eye view, about the anguish of being too little to do stuff.
arts & culture

Down at the Jinn Mill

Austin's dirigo group prepare to premiere the best new play one could wish for

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Anna Deveare Smith Gets Under Austin's Skin

The packed house at Zach on Feb. 12 showed that Austin was ready for Anna Deveare Smith, and Smith proved herself more than ready for Austin

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Vin Gallery Rises From the Ashes

Like the phoenix of old, the Vin Gallery has emerged from the flames reborn

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

See a show and aid local theatres, catch some more Crush, show some dramaturgs how to two-step, and read up on Austin artists in national mags

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

'"Is This Drawing?"'

Its distracting title notwithstanding, the Concordia exhibition Is This Drawing?' features some intriguing visual work by outstanding Austin artists
columns

Page Two

The capricious, political use of recall and referendum perverts and endangers the idea of our constitutional republic

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Hobnobbing with the Style Avatar at the Grammys and ArtErotica!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

The pros and cons of using grapefruit-seed extract in fighting fungus problems

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

People's Law School

BY LUKE ELLIS

About AIDS

New lovers: get tested free!

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Letters at 3AM

Statistics on American education tell a dreadful story, the story of an advanced technological society slipping back to a state of ignorance and superstition

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Day Trips

The hot mineral waters of Marlin still flow from the fountain under the public pavilion

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The first gratuitous use of an umlaut for a rock band

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Chris Gage Benefit Concert

Scholz Garten, Saturday, February 19, 2005

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Champions League campaign under way, Nistelrooy recovers from Achilles injury

BY NICK BARBARO

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