March 25, 2005

Volume 24, Number 30

ON THE COVER:
news

Talk Radio Turns Blue

Leading with Al Franken, Air America lands in Austin

BY KEVIN BRASS

When Is a Tax Not a Tax? Ask the GOP.

The House tax bill passes, but will it actually help Texas schools?

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Senators Debate Life-Without-Parole Option

Death penalty proponents trot out predictable arguments against it

BY JORDAN SMITH

Anti-Smoking Ordinance Wins Federal Round

Judge tells bar owners they filed in the wrong court

BY MICHAEL KING

City Searches for a Feral Cat Fix

Volunteers fight market forces and nature to control stray population

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY LEE NICHOLS AND CHERYL SMITH

Vampire Vouchers Rise Again!

'Virtual' or 'Pilot' – Lege begins the biennial campaign to siphon money from public schools

BY AMY SMITH

Point Austin: The Fire This Time

In their rush to reach out to the Eastside, city officials get burned

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Bush's bureaucracy stiffs wounded vets; and senators receive Gooberhead Award for denying working stiffs a minimum wage raise

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Market Study

With the opening of the new Whole Foods, the grocery business in Austin and elsewhere is at its apex

BY RACHEL FEIT

Food-o-file

Everything you need to know about Easter Sunday in Austin

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Planet Rock

Live Shots

2004-05 Austin Music Awards

Backstage pass

TCB

SXSW 2005 plows a furrow of beer cans, cocaine, and music through downtown Austin

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

Out Takes

SXSW might be over and done with, but our coverage isn't quite yet: reviews and photos

Crew Stories

Prop Master Andina Aste-Nieto

BY WELLS DUNBAR

TV Eye

A reader's letter got me to thinking ...

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Twentieth Century and Bringing Up Baby

Getting to the gist of screwball's golden age

Film Reviews

Callas Forever

While Callas Forever seems sincere in its attempt to pay tribute to the world’s most famous opera singer, it unwittingly disserves her in its bizarre wish-fantasy about resurrecting her voice onscreen.

Guess Who

Bernie Mac gets punk'd by Ashton Kutcher.

Ice Princess

This refreshingly femme-centric tale advocates on behalf of physics, feminism, and athleticism.

Millions

A sweet, emotionally complex film about faith, charity, and growing up is not what most people would have expected from Trainspotting's Danny Boyle, but this new movie is unmistakably his.

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

No medals will be awarded for this Sandra Bullock follow-up, although the actress proves herself an ever-game comic actress.

The Ring Two

Narrative listlessness and a lack of scares makes this mother-and-son reunion a shabby affair.

Schultze Gets the Blues

The life of a retired German miner and accordion player is spurred toward change by the sound of zydeco music.

Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela

A fascinating, confounding documentary portrait of the "longest running religious festival in history" – the Kumbh Mela in Prayag, India, a 70 million-strong, once-every-12-years event.
arts & culture

Facing the Media

Who is Young-Min Kang? That's what he wants to know.

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Let's Get Lost

Arts on Real replaces its scheduled production of 'Adult Entertainment' with the Lost Film Fest

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Presto Christo!

Christo and Jeanne-Claude are coming to Austin for the Austin Museum of Art, which has just gotten a splashy new look

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Theatre Thievery, Part 4

The Santa Cruz Center for Culture is the fourth Eastside theatre to be hit by thieves in the last five months

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

A second life for 'Death of a Cat,' a new arts commissioner from the tourism bureau, and a West Coast trip for Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Sleeping Beauty

The Vortex Repertory Company's 'Sleeping Beauty' shows the company in a playful mood, delivering a musical adaptation that is fanciful, lighthearted, and disarmingly sweet

'Between You and Me'

The Arthouse exhibition 'Between You and Me' uses video to explore intimate space in the artistic context

'Open Doors Downtown'

The second exhibition for the Open Doors art group takes advantage of the cavernous AMLI space to present six new large installation works
columns

Page Two

Finding peace in the wonderful chaos of SXSW

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen in overalls?? Can you see it? Billy Jack can ...

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

Waterloo offering new HIV support group

BY GAIL GOODMAN

To Your Health

What usually happens with chronic hepatitis C infection, and can anything be done nutritionally to improve the outcome?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Identity theft – protect yourself

BY LUKE ELLIS AND LARA WAGNER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Lindsey Wagner, Atlantic tsunamis, Mount St. Helens, and Condoleezza Rice

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Dan Blocker of O'Donnell, Texas, was Hoss Cartwright on the television show 'Bonanza' and lives on through reruns and in a museum and small park in his hometown in the Panhandle

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Is Sir Alex 'sackable'?

BY NICK BARBARO

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