March 4, 2005

Volume 24, Number 27

news

Looking Like Texas

District 51's Eddie Rodriguez represents the future of the state's people and policies

BY AMY SMITH

TRMPAC Finally Lands in Court

Longtime Republican testifies ... for the Democrats

BY AMY SMITH AND JORDAN SMITH

Smoking Ordinance Headed for the Ballot

Onward Austin gets its anti-smoking signatures

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

School Finance Bill Heads for the Floor

Republicans pass HB 2 out of committee over educator objections

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Costello Puts Up a (Toll) Roadblock

Austin Toll Party sues CTRMA

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Taking the TAKS Is Hard … Understanding the Results Is Harder

Austin ISD scores better -- we think

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY LEE NICHOLS

Point Austin: Dreaming Downtown

The conversation resumes on how to remake the second street district

BY MICHAEL KING

Place Your Bets

The gambling action heats up at the Capitol

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

A Big Corp. becomes Big Brother; and, the SEC decides corporate reform is a 'stale' issue

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Return of the Fajita King

After 35 years, Sonny Falcon is still getting his strip- steak story straight

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-file

Whole Foods and Alamo expand, UT opens its doors wide, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

P2C05

The magnificent seven: spotlighting a local septet showcasing SXSW 05

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

TCB

Stranger than Fiction: Spoon previews new album, the smoking ban returns, the Gourds let a few fly

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

SXSW Records

13th Floor Elevators

I Have Always Been Here Before:The Roky Erickson Anthology

Stan Ridgway

Holiday in Dirt

Rachel Loy

Love the Mess

Kathleen Edwards

Back to Me

Crooked Fingers

Dignity and Shame

Graham Coxon

Happiness in Magazines
screens

SXSW INTERACTIVE 2005

Get Visionary With Me Here

We are no longer pioneers of the digital age. We're miners.

BY BRUCE STERLING

The Tip-Off

Where is Malcolm Gladwell's mind? What about now?

BY NORA ANKRUM

Not Shutting Up Anywhere

This Al Franken is your Al Franken

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Superbadass Web Sites for Everyone!

With the help of Knowbility's AIR-Interactive for the Arts and a team of professional designers, I am going to help reinvent the Internet

BY SPIKE GILLESPIE

SXSW INTERACTIVE 2005

Nellie Blog

Why modern-day muckraker Ana Marie Cox couldn't care less about her critics – or even, at times, her audience

BY ROGER GATHMAN

Things to Do for Free

Broke? Badgeless? Fear not.

Self-Funded and Self-Made

Tom Fulp on 'Alien Hominid'

BY MARCEL MEYER

It Doesn't End With the Internet

Amalia Anderson on old-fashioned organizing

BY COURTNEY FITZGERALD

Everybody's Court Artist

Sam Brown on 'Exploding Dog'

BY COURTNEY FITZGERALD

This Town Is Big Enough for the Four of Us

There's a new place to get drunk, full, and filmically informed, but it's still the Alamo Drafthouse

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film News

No good deed goes unpunished, just ask Mopac Media's Kevin Triplett; plus, Explore UT and awards all over the place

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Lots of midseason premieres in March. So, without much fuss, here's what's coming up ...

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Bad Guy

Early film from South Korea's enfant terrible Kim Ki-duk is a coarse and distubing drama about obsessive love.

Be Cool

The follow-up to Elmore Leanard's Get Shorty is rife with star talent but short on inspiration.

Bear Cub

Spanish drama avoids the politics of gay adoption while focusing instead on realistic characters and situations.

Bewafaa

Bollywood romance glosses over the cultural ramifications of marriage and adultery, but is heavy on the music and melodramatics.

Cursed

The latest from the Scream team hardly merits a weak yelp.

The Jacket

This mix of amnesia, time travel, and Adrien Brody adds up to a fairly forgettable experience.

Man of the House

Filmed in Austin with Tommy Lee Jones, Man of the House is nothing to write home about.

The Pacifier

Vin Diesel plays a Navy SEAL who draws diaper duty.

Sky Blue

This gorgeously dystopian South Korean film rivals and, at times, surpasses the best of Japanese animé.
arts & culture

Do It Yourself Biennial

How to showcase all the great art in Texas on a shoestring budget

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Man Who Would Be Swing

A new play gives Ray Benson the chance finally to chat with the King, Bob Wills

BY BARRY PINEO

A First for Austin Art

New City Hall filled with locals' visual artistry

BY RACHEL KOPER

On the Funding Front

The symphony, Long Center, and Blanton Museum of Art have all seen lots of green sprouting in their yards lately

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Images of coexistence on Auditorium Shores, artists wanted to leave gifts in the urban landscape, LCP on TV, and '25 to watch' at the Austin Fine Arts Fest

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

A Midsummer Night's Dream

In director Lucien Douglas' staging of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," folly comes to the fore and makes for pretty pleasant company

Single Wet Female

In the spoof Single Wet Female,' Marga Gomez and Carmelita Tropicana mounted a delectable feast of perversions, inversions, and subversions for the ravenously underrepresented

The Boulez Project

In concept, the Boulez Project was somewhat provocative, but in performance, it was carelessly assembled
columns

Page Two

South by Southwest 2005 is upon us. Please don't tell us to relax.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

Our Ecstatic Days' is that rarest of creatures: a great novel. The first great American novel of the 21st century. Steve Erickson has discovered the secret of creating a novel that is not a book but an organism. Proust did it. Joyce almost did it. Faulkner sometimes did it. Marquez did it. Yes, that's the company Steve's keeping in Our Ecstatic Days.'

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Big feet, freedom hairdressers, and the Oscars

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

Meds side effects got you down?

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

Does dairy consumption at a meal interfere with iron absorption?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Explore UT

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

Charles Kincaid's Grocery Market in Fort Worth consistently gets listed as one of the best burger joints in the U.S.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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BY NICK BARBARO

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