March 18, 2005

Volume 24, Number 29

news

Sixth Street Blues

Downtown stakeholders raise questions about policing ... the police

BY JORDAN SMITH

And They're Off!

City Council races pick up steam at candidate forums

BY MICHAEL KING

Strayhorn Takes Toll on the CTRMA

Comptroller delivers scathing audit of road agency

BY MICHAEL KING

Up From the Slime – Commissioners Push for Water Quality Rules

Interim county development rules leave everyone dissatisfied

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY LEE NICHOLS AND CHERYL SMITH

Point Austin: The Usual Suspects

On trying my best to be scandalized by the Comptroller's report on the CTRMA

BY MICHAEL KING

Public Ed Bill Escapes the House – Barely

Dems – and a few Republicans – try to hold back the privatization wave

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

Bush makes a mess of the Food and Drug Administration; and preaches to Russia about the merits of hypocracy – err, democracy

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Ate Days a Week

How much more food and music can you ask for in this town around this time and after?

Food-o-file

SoCo explodes, again; plus, midtown movers and St. Patrick's Day

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Heroes and Villains

Van Dykes Parks: 'Smile' and the world smiles with you

BY GREG BEETS

SXSW Picks & Sleepers

Picks & Sleepers

SXSW DAILY: THURSDAY

2004-05 Austin Music Awards

Austin Music Hall, Wednesday, March 16

BY DARCIE STEVENS

Ballroom Dancing

SXSW panels

BY DARCIE STEVENS

Girls Can Tell

BY MELANIE HAUPT

My SXSW

Music fest diary

BY STAN RIDGWAY

The Insider

Brief conversations with very important people

BY ANDY LANGER

Spotlight: 22-20s

8pm, Stubb's

BY ANDY LANGER

Spotlight: Kaiser Chiefs

9pm, La Zona Rosa

BY ANDY LANGER

Spotlight: Martha Wainwright

10pm, Caribbean Lights

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Spotlight: M.I.A.

11pm, Elysium

BY ROBERT GABRIEL

Spotlight: Pong

1am, Room 710

BY GREG BEETS

Spotlight: LCD Soundsystem

1am, Elysium

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

TCB

SXSW news

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

SXSW DAILY: FRIDAY

TCB

SXSW news

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Live Shots

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Girls Can Tell

BY MELANIE HAUPT

My SXSW

Music fest diary

BY MIKE DOUGHTY

The Insider

Brief conversations with very important people

BY ANDY LANGER

Spotlight: Ian Hunter

7:30pm, Town Lake stage

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Spotlight: Mary Lou Lord

9pm, Soho Lounge

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Spotlight: Nona Hendryx

10pm, Cedar Street

BY MARGARET MOSER

Spotlight: Rezillos

12mid, Elysium

BY GREG BEETS

Spotlight: Gorch Fock

1am, Whisky Bar

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Spotlight: Blowfly

1am, Emo's Main

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

SXSW DAILY: SATURDAY

TCB

SXSW news

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Girls Can Tell

BY MELANIE HAUPT

My SXSW

Music fest diary

BY ROBYN HITCHCOCK

The Insider

Brief conversations with very important people

BY ANDY LANGER

Spotlight: Menomena

9pm, Red Eyed Fly

BY DARCIE STEVENS

Spotlight: Phoenix

12:30am, Antone's

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Spotlight: The American Analog Set

1am, Blender Bar at the Ritz

BY DARCIE STEVENS

Spotlight: Daniel Johnston

1am, Maggie Mae's

BY GREG BEETS

Spotlight: Ronnie Montrose

1am, Vibe

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Spotlight: MF Doom

1:15am, Emo's Main

BY ROBERT GABRIEL

WEEKLY ISSUE

TCB

Welcome to Deadwood: Sorting SXSW's cocksuckers from the hoopleheads

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

SXSW DAILY: THURSDAY

SXSW DAILY: FRIDAY

SXSW DAILY: SATURDAY

SXSW Records

screens

Big and Bright

Scenes from the Fifth Annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards

Out There

Reviews and reports from SXSW Film and Interactive 05

SXSW Film 05 Awards

The Best of the Fest

SXSW Interactive 05 Web Awards

Sunday, March 13

SXSW DAILY: THURSDAY

SXSW Film Reviews

Our first daily installment of festival film reviews, from 'The Aggressives' to all of the shorts

SXSW DAILY: FRIDAY

SXSW DAILY: SATURDAY

WEEKLY ISSUE

Film News

The Legislature's $20 million in proposed incentives to lure more film projects to Texas is emphasizing jobs and aiming to boost rural areas as well as larger cities like Austin; plus, Wes Anderson's next movie

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Anyone needing evidence on why the network sitcom is failing should turn on their sets next week

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Written on the Wind

A Douglas Sirk tour de force, 'Written on the Wind' explores the director's typical fascination with interfamilial relationships in a hold-on-to-your-cocktail- hat production oozing with Technicolor angst

Film Reviews

Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids

Even though Born Into Brothels – winner of the 2004 Oscar for Best Documentary – is a devastating portrait of impoverished Calcutta children who are born into the sex trades, the film is also an inspiring document about human possibilities.

Gunner Palace

Uday Hussein's former pleasure palace is now home to an American artillery regiment, whose members we get to know from their poolside antics to their far more sobering responsibilities of patrolling Baghdad.

Hostage

Bruce Willis is called back to active crime-fighting duty in this new thriller.

Steamboy

Japanese anime director Katsuhiro Ôtomo, best known for Akira, here delivers a dazzlingly straightforward rush that thrusts its protagonist into astonishing action set-piece after set-piece.

Travellers & Magicians

Travellers & Magicians feels a bit like Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as retold by Siddhartha, as this Himalayan beauty gently delivers a very accurate anti-materialistic Buddhist morality lesson.
arts & culture

Killer Choreography

Ellen Bartel's blood-spattered new dance 'Killsport' mocks our love of the old ultraviolence

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Dream Come True

Back home in Texas, Lisa Scheps finally gets her place to play!

BY BARRY PINEO

Za vashe zdorov'ye, Shostakovich!

Fifteen local arts organizations work together to celebrate Shostakovich's 100th birthday

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

The 2005 Texas Medal of Arts Awards have been announced, and the Elisabet Ney Museum snags a Historic Homes grant

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Varekai

Cirque du Soleil's 'Varekai' begins with Icarus tumbling from heaven but then leaps skyward again with acts that convey the thrill of flight

At Home With Dick

'At Home With Dick' is approximately an hour and a half of songs and memories from the funny, very talented songwriter Dick Price
columns

Page Two

Talented songwriter and performer Mandy Mercier lends her voice to our ongoing conversation about artistic recognition and creative success

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letter at 3AM

Donating money to causes is fine and necessary, but it doesn't get you off the hook; active human energy is what generates change. Bite off a chunk of trouble for yourself. There is no hope or solution without you.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Okay, SXSW has officially begun and your Style Avatar is deep in it. Watch where you step.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

SXSW DAILY: THURSDAY

After a Fashion

Austin's friendly neighborhood (not to mention cuddly) Style Avatar, Stephen Moser makes the scene as the scenesters take over Austin! Be sure to catch AAF in each of our SXSW dailies!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

SXSW DAILY: FRIDAY

After a Fashion

It's SXSW all over, especially all over that other acronymically correct paradise, Austin's SoCo, our hallowed South Congress Avenue, south of the river. See what our Style Avatar has been up to and what he recommends.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

SXSW DAILY: SATURDAY

After a Fashion

Our Style Avatar and yours, SMM is the man about town this week. See where he's been seen and with whom!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

WEEKLY ISSUE

About AIDS

Tops may get HIV easier than thought

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

What are the pros and cons of using macadamia oil?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Do I have to take the Breathalyzer?

BY LUKE ELLIS AND TRAVIS SMITH

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Hydrogen-fueled Hummers and coffee beans in animal droppings

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Waltzing through the dance halls of Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

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sports

Soccer Watch

SXSW brings soccer to the big screen with 'Hooligans'

BY NICK BARBARO

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