Aug. 5, 2005

Volume 24, Number 49

features

Intelligent Design

A cinematic simian salute to Koko on SoCo

Shop the Monkey

SoCo boutiques and more

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Bargains in the Mist

Where to find the missing link
news

A Better Place

For nearly 30 years, Primarily Primates has offered a refuge for misplaced animals

BY CINDY WIDNER

Rumblings of a Mad Mom Movement

Texas Parent PAC wants to purge Lege of lawmakers who won't go to bat for public ed, regardless of party

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Council Notes

City Council heads into the budget season, looking to restore previously cut services

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Linebarger, Oden Still Pushing for County Tax Business

But county officials say collections are very efficient

BY AMY SMITH

Labor Woes at Cap Metro

Capital Metro service hangs in the balance at 11-hour union negotiations

BY WELLS DUNBAR

'Statesman' Drops a Turd

Decision to censor 'Doonesbury' strip annoys the crap out of daily's readers

BY KEVIN BRASS

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY LEE NICHOLS AND CHERYL SMITH

Perry Settles for a 'Half-Loaf'

And he's 'stunned' that you would question his special sessions

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

The Wal-Mart way in Latin America is a bad way, factory monitor learns; and economic theorists not thinking in real-world terms

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

All in the Presentation

John Bullington's and James Holmes' culinary performance art: now showing at an Alamo Drafthouse (or elsewhere) near you

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-file

Primates in Progress; plus, Texas chefs in the media and Texas barbecue across the Atlantic

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Monkeying Around

Songwriters love monkeys, be they figurative or literal

BY MELANIE HAUPT

TCB

Plunging into Austin music's past with the Armadillo, and its future with MySpace. Craig Ross included free of charge.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

Pelt, Banana

The man in the monkey suit and my quest for meaning

BY TAYLOR HOLLAND

Chimp-Suit Maker

Norman Tempia of Animated FX Inc., along with his partner Dave Nelson, made a nearly believable chimp suit for the 1995 movie 'Ed.' So, we called to see what's up his tree.

BY TAYLOR HOLLAND

Down the Hill, Up the Hill, Into the Cave

Where the bad man in the ape suit and diving helmet touched me

BY LOUIS BLACK

Body of Work

Joe Dallesandro on 'Je T'aime Moi non Plus'

BY MARC SAVLOV

Steve Bilich's 7th on San Antonio Acting Workshops

Bilich's goal includes not just working actors but anyone who 'wants to break down to their core and grow from their core': businesspeople, clergy, you name it, Bilich is interested in busting your inner-child's chops

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film News

Kadeem Hardison is in for 'The Cassidy Kids'; plus, 'Poodle Dog Lounge,' 'Rescue Me,' 'Mexican Sunrise,' and more

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Is it time for an all chimp and monkey network?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Beautiful Country

A grueling journey is undertaken by a Vietnamese teen to find his absent mother in Ho Chi Minh City, and then his father, a former G.I., in Texas.

The Chumscrubber

Teens, suburbia, five sets of dysfunctional parents, and the suicide that looms over it all.

Crónicas

John Leguizamo plays a TV reporter in Ecuador in a film that examines the ethics of tabloid journalism.

The Dukes of Hazzard

A remake that's about as deep as Jessica Simpson's cleavage.

Sarkar

Bollywood gangster film honors The Godfather.
arts & culture

The Monkey Time

How communing with the apes inspired the artists of the Texas Monkey Project

BY CINDY WIDNER

My, My, Maestro

One reporter's firsthand account of exploring competitive improv at the Hideout

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Rising Stock

With Summerstock Austin, a gang of young performers serious about theatre get a chance to develop their craft in the old-school environment of a stock company

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash

Tom Hester's funny film scores a close second in Montreal, Kathy Dunn Hamrick scores good press in New York, and AMOA keeps Liebovitz late 'til 8

BY ROBERT FAIRES

columns

Page Two: Tapping Into the Monkeygeist

Chimps ahoy on the newsstand

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

We are a community, we and the creatures. There are only a few tenths of a percent of difference between the chimpanzees' DNA and ours, yours, mine.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

About AIDS

Roll on that rubber

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

Should I ditch my Teflon cookware?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

eBay & PayPal – caveat emptor (part IV)

BY MEGAN LONERGAN

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Drug makers, belly dancing, and Harrison Ford

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

The Texas Surf Museum in Corpus Christi tells the story of an era as well as the evolution of the sport along the Texas coast

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

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Our latest batch

Luv Doc Recommends: Devil's Day at the Cove

Lake Travis, Saturday, August 6, 2005

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Major League Soccer teams try European exhibitionism

BY NICK BARBARO

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