April 15, 2005

Volume 24, Number 33

ON THE COVER:
news

Where There's Smoke …

Across the country, perspectives on the smoking bans offer a very mixed bag

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

The Prevailing Wage Guessing Game

Trustees worry that doing the right thing might cause bond dollars to come up short

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Is Texas Gas Burning Austinites' Money?

Energy gadfly says utility may be overcharging customers

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Endorsements

Our picks in the May 7 elections

Bills Gone Wild!

The good, the bad, and the ugly at the 79th Legislature's halfway mark

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY LEE NICHOLS AND CHERYL SMITH

Point Austin: Smoke This!

Austin voters have a chance to confirm that everybody has a right to breathe free

BY MICHAEL KING

Women and Children Last

When it comes to sharing the wealth, Texas has its priorities top-down

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

Senator takes pity on poor little CEOS; and Propaganda Rules!

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

¢heap Eat$

Hearty, affordable fare that won't cost more than the pocket change left over after your visit with the tax man

Food-o-File

More puff, pastrywise; plus, Tommy Li, Bollywood, and William Dunmire

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Smoke Signals

Red River's live music venue owners fear Austin's newly proposed smoking ordinance – with good reason

BY DARCIE STEVENS

TCB

Sorting through the spring flood of new records and old festivals, plus a deeper look inside George W.'s iPod

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

Doug Sahm & the Sir Douglas Quintet

The Complete Mercury Recordings

Maggie Walters

Maggie Walters

Dao Strom

Send Me Home

MDC

Magnus Dominus Corpus

Candye Kane, Vanessa Peters & Ice Cream on Mondays, Maren Morris, Kathy Smock

White Trash Girl, Thin Thread, Walk On, Sweet Nothing

Wammo, Shorty Long

Lowriders on the Storm, Taters

Andrew Duplantis

Only Funny the First Time

Friends of Lizzy

Perfect Little Pieces
screens

Singing, Dancing, Kissing, Killing, and Marrying; Blood, Patriotism, Religion, and Tradition

The Austin Film Society's Bollywood and More: Recent Hindi Cinema

BY LOUIS BLACK

Man on Fire

Mike Henry and the 'Slam Planet' recovery benefit

BY MARC SAVLOV

Chile's 'Machuca' Opens Eighth Cine Las Americas

Wednesday, April 20, 7pm

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Film News

Summer shoots, Senate bills, and a few film festivals you should know about; plus, Bob Ivy plays with dolls

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

'If it didn't happen on television, then it didn't happen'

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Amityville Horror

A dream home on Long Island is not all it's cracked up to be: The family inside sees dead people.

The Animation Show 2005

This second incarnation of the Mike Judge- and Don Hertzfeldt-produced animation anthology is, if anything, even better than the first.

Chrystal

Billy Bob Thornton plays an Arkansas husband who attempts to redeem himself after critically injuring his wife and killing their son in a car accident four years earlier.

Dear Frankie

An ad hoc dad turns out to be far better than the real thing in this sentimental Scottish yarn.

The Fearless Freaks

Documentary about the band the Flaming Lips – the crazy/bizarre Oklahoma outfit that, despite itself, rose to national prominence.
arts & culture

The Stage Uncaged

How a performative open mic From Iowa became a theatrical springboard in Austin

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

In Memoriam: Boyd Vance

Boyd Vance, founder and director of Pro Arts Collective, acclaimed musical theatre performer, and leader in nurturing and promoting African-American arts for a quarter of a century, has died

BY ROBERT FAIRES

In Memoriam: Mitch Hedberg

Stand-up comedy lost one of its most beloved and gifted talents with the March 30 passing of Mitch Hedberg

BY STEVE BIRMINGHAM

Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2005

The Austin Critics Table has named six inductees for the 2005 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Hi, Bob

Onetime Dr. Hartley Bob Newhart, still balding, still grinning, took a sold-out Paramount back to 1972 for just under an hour last Thursday

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Arts Reviews

Nickel and Dimed

The State Theater Company's 'Nickel and Dimed' makes Barbara Ehrenreich's book about the desperate plight of the working poor flesh and blood, immediate and urgent

'The Wheeler Brothers: Fresh' / 'The Wheeler Brothers: Now Even Fresher''

In two Austin exhibits, Lubbock's Wheeler brothers offer another tour of burger joints, dry landscapes, girls, advertising signs, and references to famous paintings – mostly of girls – in the Americana narrative of Wheelerville
columns

Page Two

'Sin City' may offer almost no suggestion of a moral substructure. But it insists there is morality, no matter how fragmented.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

About AIDS

How's your heart on HAART?

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Letters at 3AM

The Oklahoma City Memorial and Ground Zero stir feelings of the dead calling on us to live

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Where, when, and with whom was Your Style Avatar seen and whom did he see? Hmmmmm? And what about the Pope? Or Prince Charles? Hmmmm?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Treatments and causes of asthma attacks

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Extension of time to file tax return

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

The Stoneleigh Hotel in Dallas has all the charm you would expect from an old hotel

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Taxes on hats, boots, beehives, basements, chimneys, birth, souls, and beards

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Attack of the killer soccer fans

BY NICK BARBARO

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