March 11, 2005

Volume 24, Number 28

ON THE COVER:
news

Here Today, There Tomorrow

Austin ISD Schools grapple with high student turnover – and all its consequences

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Racial Profiling Data Illuminating, yet Inconclusive

The nation's most comprehensive study to date shows a pattern suggesting profiling, but reporting methods need more uniformity

BY JORDAN SMITH

More to Education Than Test Preparation

Austin Interfaith asks AISD to de-emphasize standardized testing

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Police Officers Burned by Comments

Cops punished after cheering the fire that burned nightclub

BY JORDAN SMITH

Austin to Vote Smoke-Free?

Anti-smoking ordinance lands on May 7 ballot

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

No More Juvie Executions

The Supreme Court's ban on executing kids has repercussions all the way back to Austin

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

BY LEE NICHOLS AND CHERYL SMITH

Point Austin: High Tuition

As the centex toll plan moves forward, Austin becomes a reluctant stepchild

BY MICHAEL KING

So What – Now?

The TRMPAC trial concludes, as the fight continues over the 2002 Lege races

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

Bush wants to deplete your Social Security; ChoicePoint may have helped deplete your bank account

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Chuck It

We're so hungry we could eat just about everything served up at and around the Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo

What to Read on How to Become a Cookie

Food-o-File

Mangia in the movies, Living Foods & Juice at Whole Foods, and Italy in Austin

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Not Fade Away

The 2004 / 05 Austin Music Awards. In a word, roots.

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

SXSW Picks & Sleepers

Blurbing the first night of SXSW music

Songs of Pain Was Not in Vain

The day a skinny young kid named Daniel Johnston came shuffling to the back door of the 'Chronicle'

BY LOUIS BLACK

TCB

Bracing for SXSW, hailing the Dicks, avoiding the cow pies

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

SXSW Records

A-Frames

Black Forest

Shooter Jennings, Holly Williams, Rodney Crowell, Tony Joe White

Put the O Back in Country, The Ones We Never Knew, the Outsider, The Heroines

Hubert Sumlin

About Them Shoes

Scott Biram

The Dirty Old One Man Band

Jason Moran

Same Mother

Mary Gauthier

Mercy Now

Jennifer Gentle

Valende
screens

SXSW FILM

The Movies That Matter

An interview with Killer Films producer Christine Vachon

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Land of Plenty Time

The fifth annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards

BY MARGARET MOSER

I Live My Broken Dreams

This year's rock docs examine the 'outsider myth' and more among the likes of Daniel Johnston, Townes Van Zandt, and Wild Man Fischer

BY WILL ROBINSON SHEFF

The Enron Autopsy

Alex Gibney on The Smartest Guys in the Room'

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

We Interrupt This Program

Don't go trying to see any films until you read this

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

This Is a Love Story

Back and forth with Tood Solondz on his new film, 'Palindromes'

BY CINDY WIDNER

The Redeemers

Ellen Spiro on 'Troop 1500,' the story of Girl Scouts and the inmate mothers who love them

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Andrew Does the Book of Luke

The Wilson boys are back in town with their 'Wendell Baker Story,' which took one an eternity to write and the other a month to shoot

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Uneasy Lovin'

The Puffy Chair'

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Pray Tell

'The Education of Shelby Knox'

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Anxiety of Influence

Teenagers Georgia and Wyatt Pierson on their family's filmic mission to Fiji

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Horror, Period

'Dead Birds'

BY MARC SAVLOV

Miami Heat

'Code 33'

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Sleaze, Camp, and Social Justice

AFS presents On the Border: Films of Rogelio Agras& #225;nchez Sr.

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Film News

Look no further than this alt-weekly's SXSW coverage for proof that Austin is the film capital of Texas, but don't forget some of the stuff going on 'Between the Scenes'

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Caution should rule when making comparisons to milestone series. Yet, the folks at ABC thought it clever to compare their new John Stamos series, Jake in Progress,' to one of my favorites in its promotion of the show

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Batman the Animated Series: Volume 2 and Superman the Animated Series: Volume 1

The 1990s were a golden era for intelligent, uniquely designed superhero animation series

Film Reviews

Imaginary Heroes

Only this troubled suburbanite family knows if they are imaginary heroes or ordinary people.

Robots

There are no great animation advance in Robots, but neither is it a return to The Ice Age.

A Tale of Two Sisters

Dread and mystery are the hallmarks of this South Korean psychological thriller.
arts & culture

Working Beauty

In spinning a fairy tale of gifts, outsiders, and thorns, Bonnie Cullum's own story gets told

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Stand-up's Best Medicine Show

The Comedians of Comedy provide stand-up's best medicine show

BY STEVE BIRMINGHAM

Arthouse Texas Prize Finalists

Arthouse has named four finalists for its first-ever Arthouse Texas Prize, worth $30,000

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Death by 'Chunklet'

Athens, Ga.-based 'Chunklet' magazine is the bible of cutting-edge stand-up comedy and underground rock coverage

BY STEVE BIRMINGHAM

Culture Flash!

ALO has blood on the tracks in 2006, and Salvage Vanguard lands a new office

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Jinn

In Kirk Lynn's playful and wistful 'The Jinn,' three couples with magic lamps find out if what they wish for is really what they want

Ugly Maria

Despite some inexperienced acting and lax direction, 'Ugly Maria' deserves notice for its audacious exploration of the social stigma of rape

'"Pocket full of posy (all fall down)"'

Susan Whyne's 'Pocket full of posy (all fall down)' at D Berman Gallery is a dreamlike reflection of her emotions surrounding 9 / 11
columns

Page Two

Advice for artists, inspired during the whirlwind of SXSW 2005

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen gears up for the celebrity onslaught by skewering more ... celebrities!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

Enough with the NYC 'superbug'!

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

Does dairy consumption at a meal interfere with iron absorption?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Who gets the engagement ring if the wedding is called off?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Les Diables Bleus, moonquakes, and a Tunnel of Fudge Cake

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

The Knot in the Loop Saloon could be described as a neighborhood bar, but the neighborhood is one of the prettiest in the Hill Country

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The monkey on Chelsea's back

BY NICK BARBARO

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