July 15, 2005

Volume 24, Number 46

ON THE COVER:
news

War Made Easy

New echoes of Vietnam: 'Withdrawal would cripple U.S. credibility'

BY NORMAN SOLOMON

Supreme Court: Football or Fluff?

Supreme Court hears arguments in state's appeal of previous ruling that faulted Texas' method of funding schools

BY AMY SMITH

AISD: Low-Budget Wrassling Resumes

Budgeting for public education always involves struggles between competing needs, but these days the competition is particularly fierce

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

More Summer Fireworks at ACTV

A half-year after a city-led investigation began into missing money at ACTV, no answers are forthcoming. In the manner of many of the colorful programs and personalities that populate the public access airwaves, conspiracy theories abound – and not solely over the missing funds.

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY LEE NICHOLS AND CHERYL SMITH

Point Austin: Squeezing the Schools

Failing all its courses, the Lege sends a love note to Highland Park

BY MICHAEL KING

Point Austin: Playing the Numbers

A farewell to faitful servants, and a preliminary look at the city's priorities

BY MICHAEL KING

On the Lege

Instead of businesses, consumers and working stiffs will shoulder much of the property tax cut approved by the Senate.

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

Even W wonders; and Bush's hatchet man thrives on attacking 'political enemies'

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

In Aspen, an Austin-Flavored Celebration of the Chef

A weekend at the 'Food & Wine' Classic

BY WES MARSHALL

On the Road to the Right Recipe

Austin chefs tour area farms

BY MM PACK

Food and Wine With Altitude

The Colorado scene capitalizes on climate.

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-file

An exclusive glimpse into the potluck party of a food editor; plus, Austin in Oregon and this week's Event Menu

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

MY EDUCATION

Cinemascope

My Education and Cue: the instrumental auteur theory

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Above the Fold

Getting healthy, getting high, and getting shot

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Jeff Klein

The Hustler

Sparkwood

Jalopy Pop

Poi Dog Pondering

The Best of the Austin Years

the Total Foxes

Retirement Community

the Golden Boys

Scorpion Stomp #2

Ghostland Observatory

Delete. Delete. I. Eat. Meat.

At the Drive-In

This Station Is Non-Operational

Two Tons of Steel

Vegas

Terry Allen

The Silent Majority

Robyn Ludwick, Pamela Ryder, Abi Tapia, The Sapphires

For So Long, Clean, One Foot Out the Door, The Sapphires

Demon City Wreckers, the Koffin Katz, the Rocketz, various artists, various artists

Inner Demons, Inhumane, Rise of the Undead, Kicked Out of Purgatory, Dear Johnny, A Tribute to Cash

The Addictions, Back Porch Vipers, Los Hispanos U.K., Shrapnel, Zero Skills Inc

The Addictions, Light Up (We Never Have Too Much Fun), Borracho at 3 in the Morning, Revolution in Progress, Cornstalked Her Tractor Down Andy Kilter

Jade Day, David Newbould, Forrest Jourdan, Jay Thomas, Brian Keane

Chimera, Demos, Live & Headaches, The Family Farm, Cloquet, I Ain't Even Lonely
screens

Layers of Connection

Miranda July's crazy, shiny lovefest

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

The Archivist in Austin

Dennis Nyback shows it all to you

BY MARC SAVLOV

SXSWClick Gets Current

Multimedia contest selects finalists

Bad News Bears

TV Eye

There's only one other way to receive a second chance in this country: Get yourself a reality show

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Unfaithfully Yours

Had Hollywood not balked for nearly a decade in letting its first screenwriting superstar direct one of his stories, 'Unfaithfully Yours' might today be recorded as Sturges' directorial debut from 1932 / 33. Instead, it remains the modern Moliere's final treasure.

Film Reviews

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Burton and Depp's screen version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book is truer to the source material and generally splendid, artful, and often sinister, yet it doesn't completely displace the earlier screen version.

Dark Water

Despite a dream cast, this Hollywood remake of a Japanese horror classic is all wet.

Funny Ha Ha

In his microbudget debut, writer/director Bujalski shows a superb knack for capturing real moments (the stuff that happens between all the big moments) and the residue of our half-fulfilled inclinations.

Heights

This intersecting story that follows a half-dozen New Yorkers over the course of one long day and night is intellectually engaging and genuinely surprising, although not terribly risky.

March of the Penguins

The nature photography is so intimate, and the story of the penguins' mating is so carefully crafted into a sustained and satisfying narrative, that they become epic heroes: brave, if not fearless, and stalwart fools for love.

Me and You and Everyone We Know

Performance artist Miranda July's feature-length debut is packed with arresting images, moments, and single lines of dialogue – enough to earn the film top awards at Sundance and Cannes.

Wedding Crashers

The film’s sour tone, unremarkable direction, and bewildering characterizations of sexuality and race will probably not not hurt the comedy's charm at the box office.
arts & culture

A Double Life

Napoleon Beazley was executed by the state of Texas, but he lives again in a new play

BY BARRY PINEO

Ramsey's King

How an unknown law student became this year's Funniest Person in Austin

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

To Be Continued!

Something about 'hOle,' a new live theatrical serial in nine episodes, is bringing folks back to the Vortex every Tuesday night of this long, hot summer

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Dance Ambassadors

Ballet Austin makes a summer jaunt to Europe at the invitation of the State Department

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Homeward the Cellist

For one member of the Jupiter String Quartet, the ensemble's residency at the 2005 Austin Chamber Music Festival is a homecoming

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Flu Season

'The Flu Season' is difficult, jumping off in many different directions while focusing on love, time, memory, storytelling, and the nature of the real, but in mounting it here the Championship Theatre Group deserves its name

'Green Wave'

Virgina Fleck's 8,000-shopping bag mandala, 'Laguna Gyra,' swirls in imitation of a significant environmental disaster and sends an urgent, powerful message about the need for environmental restoration
columns

Page Two

Never mind the consipracy theorists, the death of literacy, and the Democrats' chronic foot-shooting – 'Page Two' needs a break.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Good news? There are a ton of cool Austin style events going on this week. Bad news? Bears. You heard it here.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

At the Moravia Store, the beer is cold and the polka music fills the air even when there isn't a band playing in the dance hall

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

There are several causes of water retention or edema, which research suggests may contribute to high blood pressure and other health complications

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Buying on eBay – caveat emptor

BY LUKE ELLIS, MEGAN LONERGAN AND CHLOË LOVE

About AIDS

"Dormant" and "Incubation" Not About Testing

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Hurricane keeps Lightning grounded in Big Easy

BY NICK BARBARO

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