May 6, 2005

Volume 24, Number 36

ON THE COVER:
news

The Range War at Commissioners Court

Officials choose up sides over law firm's proposal to privatize tax collections

BY AMY SMITH

Full Campaign Disclosure: Here Comes Late Money

Charges, countercharges, and lawsuits in City Council campaigns

BY MICHAEL KING

Some Bars Cross the Smoking Line

A few local proprietors have publicly broken rank and thrown their support in favor of the proposed full smoking ban

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Pepsi Brings Union Fight to City Council

Labor representatives attend council vending machine discussion, urge members to use city clout to pressure Pepsi to bargain in good faith

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Senate Bill Threatens Local Water Quality Standards

Armbrister attacks Austin's control over the aquifer ... again

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY LEE NICHOLS AND CHERYL SMITH

No Stinkin' Ethics

The usual Lege suspects exterminate the latest attempt at campaign finance reform

BY AMY SMITH

Point Austin: Prevailing Winds

AISD says it can't afford bond-project benefits, but local workers beg to differ

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Sale: One new identity for $35, two for $50; and What legislators, cigars, Fleetwood Mac tickets, Starbucks, and limo rides have in common

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Empress

Austin restaurateur Suzi Yi shares her story

BY MICK VANN

Food-o-File

Will 'Cooking Under Fire' get an audience anywhere near that of 'The French Chef'? Plus: Mother's Day musts.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Parallel

Forget what you know about fast-food and takeout joints
music

Ribbon on the Highway

Here comes Jimmy LaFave

BY DAVE MARSH

THE OCTOPUS PROJECT

Phases & Stages

Live shot

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

TCB

Field trips to Houston and San Antonio, to see people coming to our own field in September

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

British Sea Power

Open Season

The Raveonettes

Pretty in Black

Feist

Let It Die

the Ponys

Celebration Castle

Mando Diao

Hurricane Bar

Autolux

Future Perfect

The Benevento / Russo Duo

Best Reason to Buy the Sun

New Order

Waiting for the Sirens' Call

the Perishers

Let There Be Morning

Hot Hot Heat

Elevator

AC / DC

Family Jewels

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals

Cold Roses

John Prine, Bruce Springsteen

Fair & Square, Devils & Dust
screens

Shorts on a Shoestring

The Texas Documentary Tour presents 10 Under 10

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Walking on Sunshine

Tood Solondz's feel-bad movie of the year

BY CINDY WIDNER

Shorts for SafePlace

The second annual TriParTite Film Festival

BY MARC SAVLOV

Burnt Churches and Backstabbing

'Metal Wars' wracks the Alamo

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

TV Eye

Eeek! A precious, affluent white woman is lost! Eeek! Evil looms around every corner, and the biggest victim of all? Plus, here comes Jenny Hart.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Divorce Italian Style

With loyalty to such cinematic emperors as Fellini, Pasolini, and Antonioni, the Criterion Collection's devotion to post-war Italian masterpieces is serious business. Seriously buffo, comico, spiritoso in the case of neo-realist Pietro Germi's 'Divorzio all'Italiana' (1962).

Film Reviews

Crash

The paths of a seemingly unconnected, multicultural group of Los Angelenos cross in the most compelling American movie to come around in a long while.

House of Wax

An occasionally creepy but mostly rote remake of the 1953 horror classic, with some putatively clever jibes at a certain high-profile hotel heiress.

Kingdom of Heaven

Ridley Scott's Crusades epic is a historical spectacle on the order of Gladiator and a dissection of war, as gritty and illuminating as Black Hawk Down, that takes flight when it becomes a canvas for ideas and ideologies in action.

Palindromes

Nominally the story of a 13-year-old girl who longs for a baby, Todd Solondz's latest is provocative, wicked, even bleakly funny, and ultimately empty.

Up and Down

Director Jan Hrebejk’s stylishly interwoven tales of modern-day Prague add up to a melancholy, comedic riff on what it means to be European these days.

Walk on Water

A homophobic Israeli assassin insinuates himself into the life of a former SS officer's gay grandson in hopes of learning the Nazi's location in a well-intentioned but ultimately simplistic plea for tolerance all around.
arts & culture

In Creative Hands

How artists shape the ancient medium of clay into works of stunning variety

BY RACHEL KOPER

Start Trekkin'

The Heroes of Comedy boldly go where no troupe has gone before

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Revenge of the Return of the Son of the Graphics Giveaway Begins!

If Scrooge McDuck, Bruce Wayne, and Veronica Lodge are giving away millions, it can only be Free Comic Book Day, Part IV

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Norwegian Black Metal – Photographs'

This week offers a rare chance to objectify pure evil here in Austin as Peter Beste's photographic portraits of Norwegian Black Metal satanists go on display

BY RACHEL KOPER

Arts Reviews

Get Your War On

The Rude Mechanicals' 'Get Your War On' bulldozes through the buried media and lost horrors of the post-9 / 11 years with a sarcasm that strikes sparks

The Marriage of Figaro

Austin Lyric Opera offered something to delight everyone with its funny and excellent 'Marriage of Figaro'

'Adde Russell'

Adde Russell's artwork made me think she had stolen my childhood cigar boxes of treasures and painted replicas of each precious object onto canvas
columns

Page Two

Our 'rights' can be lost in many ways, one of which is to chip away at them because of health, community, decency, moral, and/or ethical standards

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

About AIDS

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial service will be held Sunday, May 15, 8pm at Republic Square Park on Guadalupe

BY SANDY BARTLETT

After a Fashion

Making the fashion scene with Your Style Avatar, Mr. Stephen McMillan Moser, it's hard to imagine when he has time to worship at the altar of Trinity Broadcasting Network... but he does. Hallelujah!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

What are the benefits of taking the 'fancy' form of folic acid, 5-methyl tetrahydrofolate, and how would I know if it is better for me if I decide to try it?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Wrongful termination

BY LUKE ELLIS AND NATHAN MOSS

Day Trips

The Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville puts the Texas criminal justice system into perspective

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Neutral Switzerland, zircon crystal, shampoo, Turkmenistan, and Type-B Men

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Oops!

Our latest batch

Luv Doc Recommends: The Vagina Monologues

Topfer Theatre at Zach, Saturday, May 7, 2005

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

High drama in Holland

BY NICK BARBARO

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