April 22, 2005

Volume 24, Number 34

ON THE COVER:
news

The Council We Deserve?

In the races for City Council, it's a search for competence amidst the chaff

BY MICHAEL KING

The Politics of Annexation

Critics say ACC election unfair, but Austinites foot out-of-district bills

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Will the Lege Shut Down Public Broadband?

Lawmakers mull shrinking municipalities' broadband influence

BY JEFF TONN

AMD and the Edwards Aquifer

SOS says mitigation offers aren't enough

BY AMY SMITH

Dorothy T. Goes Home

Fiery, feisty queen of Austin civil rights activists is recognized, remembered

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond

BY LEE NICHOLS AND CHERYL SMITH

Never Enough Time for Ethics

House GOP leadership seems determined to pretend bipartisan reform bill quietly disappearsName(s) of subject

BY AMY SMITH

Point Austin: Ribbonless

On or off the dais, looking for a little wisdom along Austin's color line

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Big Cendant is watching you; and honcho H. Lee Scott Jr.'s tantrum wins recognition

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

A Loaf of Bread, a Jug of Wine

The simple but elegant art of picnic pairing

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

Good Cuisine and an Interesting Scene

The 'Saveur' Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Wrapping up the 'Saveur' Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Cajun Coeur

A few detours on your roadtrip to Jazz Fest and Festival International de Louisiane

BY MARGARET MOSER AND CHRISTOPHER GRAY

TCB

A bumper crop of indie-rockers move to town, right before Audioslave burns it down

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

The Crack Pipes

Beauty School

Cue

Bring Back My Love

Ashlee Simpson

Live shot

George W. Bush Singers, George Mann & Julius Margolin & Friends, Steve Brooks, Basin Street

Songs in the Key of W, Hail to the Thief II:Songs to Send Bush Packing!, Bushwhacked, Bush Says: Rock & Roll America's No. 1 Defense Against Terrorism

Black Lipstick

Sincerely, Black Lipstick

The Mars Volta

Frances the Mute

Super Heavy Goat Ass

60,000 Years

Spencer Perskin

Magic Feather

Global Soul, the Calvin Owens Show, Tim Curry

This is It, Keeping the Big Band Blues Alive, Intimate Words

Pinetop Perkins

Ladies Man

Omar Lopez

Forever Red

Nati Cano's Mariachi los Camperos, Los Camperos de Valles

¡Llegaron Los Camperos!, El Ave de Mi Soñar:Mexican Sones Huastecos

Los Lonely Boys

Live at the Fillmore
screens

Godzilla vs. the Green Screen

Austin special effects artists can kill you with a squib or with a CGI bullet hit, gore it up with pig entrails or digitally composited blood, and create just about anything you can imagine with their bare hands or software. Does the industry need both?

BY MARC SAVLOV

All or Nothing

Local short-filmmaking / sketch group says hello and goodbye with Alamo show

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

The Eighth Cine las Americas

Through Sunday, April 24

TV Eye

Production companies are mad at work shooting sitcoms and dramas for consideration on the fall TV slate

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Porco Rosso

Am I really saying it's better than Casablanca? You read right, and I say bring it.

Film Reviews

Dallas 362

The actor Scott Caan makes a strong debut as a writer-director in this atmospheric character study in which he also co-stars with Shawn Hatosy, Jeff Goldblum, and Kelly Lynch.

The Interpreter

Although The Interpreter is intelligent, intriguing, and topical, it's hampered by its own good intentions, too many plot convolutions, and character ambiguities that try to pass for suspense.

Kung Fu Hustle

Stephen Chow's chop-socky offering is a manic, hyperentertaining blend of classic kung-fu tropes, special effects, and outrageous comedy.

A Lot Like Love

This Ashton Kutcher/Amanda Peet romance film is a lot like mediocrity.

One Missed Call

Takashi Miike's latest is a disappointing, second-rate Japanese horror film.
arts & culture

One Holiday, Two Gifts, 100 Years

Dan Welcher's pair of Yuletide operas shows what a difference a century makes

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Battleship Paul F. Tompkins

The Cap City Comedy Club capos unleash the smart bomb that is comic's comic Paul F. Tompkins

BY STEVE BIRMINGHAM

The Brave and the Bowled-Over

How to survive the creativity marathon that is 24 Hour Comics Day

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Theatre of the First Water

Zach makes a big splash on the national theatre scene as the first resident theatre to get to produce Tony winner 'Urinetown'

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Hello, Baby Sinus

Jodi and Owen Egerton (he of the Sinus Show) got a tax-day bonus: a baby girl!

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Good Night, Sweet Prince

A memorial service for Boyd Vance will be held Saturday, April 23, at St. James Episcopal Church

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Pageant

With Patrick MacDonald's dark comedy 'Pageant,' Hyde Park Theatre takes us deep into the woods to consider the nature of beauty with a quartet of low-key comic Canucks

Dress Suits to Hire

Winding up the Rude Mechanicals' Throws Like a Girl series, Holly Hughes' 'lesbian noir' 'Dress Suits to Hire' chills and excites in calculated disturbances

Reefer Madness

The Bedlam Faction tackle the cult hit 'Reefer Madness' with a postured, exaggerated approach that's totally intentional and often quite funny
columns

Page Two

The debate over the smoking ban is about rights, and saying it isn't is just silly

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen is just dripping in the finery of spring, y'all. The benefit season is afoot, and your Style Avatar has more than his big toe in it.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

AIDS denialism rises again

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

The pros and cons of caffeine

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Texas Board of Legal Specialization

BY LUKE ELLIS AND TRAVIS SMITH

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Scissors, elephants, truck noises, lawnmowers, frogs, and 1/100th of a second

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Livestock brands tell many stories of an industry and of families in the language of the plains

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Liverpool languishes in England

BY NICK BARBARO

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