April 1, 2005

Volume 24, Number 31

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features

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news

Weird by Design

City's proposed design standards emphasize livability, walkability, and flexibility

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Quality of Life for Blacks in Austin: Going Beyond Midtown

The city's treatment of blacks – both governmentally and culturally – is questioned

BY JORDAN SMITH

An Austinite in Iraq

Local man describes the progress, failures, and dangers in Iraq after humanitarian work there

BY JEFF TONN

GoliathSucks.net

The little guy takes on Clear Channel and wins, sort of

BY KEVIN BRASS

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY LEE NICHOLS AND CHERYL SMITH

Point Austin: Beside the Point: City Council Notes

City Hall notebook

BY MICHAEL KING

Halfway to Nowhere

As the Lege turns the corner, there's still plenty of time for trouble

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

Right-wingers seize upon Schiavo case; and white-collar hucksters enjoy their freedom

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Secret Recipe

Journeyman chef Charles Mayes knows how to run a restaurant

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Scholarships, the Saveur Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival, tequila tastings at Santa Rita, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Cafe Bistro at Nordstrom

From shoe-shopping to problematic ordering to reasonably good refueling

La Terraza Grill and Bar

While dining recently at La Terraza, we couldn't help but think about the lucky folks that stay next door at the La Quinta at the corner of I-35 and Oltorf
music

Black Sheep Boys

Okkervil River navigates the headwaters of its career

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Saw It on the X

ZZ Top's one-man iconography machine, Bill Narum, shares his wares

BY MARGARET MOSER

TCB

Going yard with a litany of baseball songs, a hot-rod show, and Trail of Dead

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Okkervil River Reviewed

Okkervil River

Black Sheep Boy

the Decemberists

Picaresque

Johnny Cash, Drive-by Truckers, Ramones

The Man, His World, His Music, Live at the 40 Watt, End of the Century:The Story of the Ramones

Beck

Guero

Petra Haden

Sings the Who Sell Out

Susan Cowsill

Just Believe It

Josh Rouse

Nashville

50 Cent

The Massacre
screens

Warner Bros.: Avada Kedavra, Healy

'Wizard People, Dear Readers,' Brad Neely's wonderfully wacked-out homage to 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,' is no more

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Film News

Action: The state Senate and House incentive bills are in committee; a 'Scanner' delay; plus, Marc English, Joe Conway, and Sandra Bullock

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

It finally happened. I am in that group PBS courts during fund-drive time with those extended remember when' music special.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Carrie: Special Edition

Some kind of first for nearly everyone involved, the incredible 'Carrie' is done justice by its incredible DVD extras

Film Reviews

Academy Award-Nominated Short Films 2004

A program of eight short films nominated for live-action and animated Academy Awards in 2004.

The Ballad of Jack and Rose

An insular father-daughter relationship comes apart in writer-director Rebecca Miller's drama, which also stars her actor-husband Daniel Day-Lewis.

Beauty Shop

Amiable Queen Latifah comedy is the latest offering from the Barbershop franchise.

Downfall

Hitler's final days in the claustrophobic bunker are envisioned by the filmmakers, with an able assist from Bruno Ganz at the Fuhrer.

Melinda and Melinda

Woody Allen literally imagines a scenario as both a comedy and a tragedy, but we can't understand why half of this movie isn't at least amusing.

Off the Map

An off-the-grid family copes with depression and a tax audit outside Taos, N.M., in this warm and unusual drama directed by Campbell Scott.

Sin City

This ultra-noir adaptation of Frank Miller’s black-and-white cult comic series is a visual feast ripped straight from the original medium’s blood-soaked pages.
arts & culture

Adopting a Survivor's Tale

Stephen Mills' journey into the Holocaust leads a community toward tolerance

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Ones We Owe

Barbara Ehrenreich's 'Nickel and Dimed' lionizes America's minimum-wage heroines

BY BARRY PINEO

Hold That Process

The Arts Commission recommends to City Council that the arts funding application process be suspended for the coming year

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Fame' Via Liverpool

The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts is making a rare visit to America to audition Yanks, and Austin is where it's happening

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Genghis Khan

In 'Genghis Khan,' Salvage Vanguard Theater crafts a surprisingly traditional, surprisingly intimate, and absorbing operatic portrait of a lion in winter

KillSport

In KillSport, Spank Dance Company's latest, performers shoot, stab, bludgeon, and explode stuffed animals to satirize our lust for blood

'Sky Above, Earth Below'

'Sky Above, Earth Below' reveals the interest in the spiritual aspect of art shared by Stella Alesi and Connie Arismendi
columns

Page Two

Anyone who tells you the impact of a smoking ban will be negligible doesn't appreciate that it's the very number of Austin music clubs, including the swarm of the more marginal ones, that enables the scene's vitality

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Who is the Best Fashion Writer? Just ask the Saxon Pub! See inside for more details.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Letters at 3AM

The following examples of government mismanagement ought to be April Fools' jokes, but they're not

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

About AIDS

Resistance: What does it really mean?

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

Are bioidentical progesterone pills similar to the natural progresterone cream in the treatment of menopausal symptoms?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

What is double jeopardy?

BY LUKE ELLIS AND CHERIKA PROCTOR

Day Trips

The Warm Country Heart Theatre is a jewel among the boarded-up buildings and strip malls of the Paluxy River Valley

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Slow growing lobsters and dog leash death for Bonapartes

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: 28th Annual Southpaw Jones Birthday Celebration

Flipnotics Coffeespace, Friday, April 1, 2005

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Down but not out for U.S.; and the champs welcome Chivas to MLS

BY NICK BARBARO

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