Aug. 12, 2005

Volume 24, Number 50

ON THE COVER:
news

The Dropout Problem

Not students, but teachers – AISD struggles to retain qualified educators

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

All Aboard for the Death Penalty Express

Republicans aim to kill federal appeals law

BY JORDAN SMITH

City Takes on Walgreens in National Birth-Control Battle

McCracken leads charge against 'moral objections' prescription refusals

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Weed Watch

Sensenbrenner aide gives bad, bullying legal advice ... and then vanishes

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY LEE NICHOLS AND CHERYL SMITH

Lege or Circus?

A lack of democracy turns education 'reform' into an unfunny joke

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

Bushites squelch negative Central American labor conditions report; and sustainable food program teaches students more than they'll ever learn in a sterile classroom

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Bringing It All Back Home

Super Suppers, Dream Dinners, and the new family meal

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

Food-o-File

Big changes for two local favorites; plus, Bistro le Marseillais, feeling and eating the heat, and more.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

The 14th Floor

Austin's (and Corpus Christi's) other psych-era survivors

BY MARGARET MOSER

TCB

The Applicators apply themselves, inside the Bubble Empire, and more

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

MANIKIN

Texas Platters

Eliza Gilkyson

Paradise Hotel

The Sapphires

Live shot

Attack Formation

Somebody as Anybody

Comet

Feathers From the Wing EP

Manikin

Still

1986

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Craig Ross

The Greater Good
screens

By Example

The TFPF panelist screenings

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Festival Express

Summer's almost gone, which – with apologies to South by Southwest and Cine Las Americas – means Austin's film-festival season is about to get going

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Reigning Cat and Dog

John Kricfalusi, in town this weekend, on 'Ren & Stimpy's staying power.

BY KEN LIECK

Big 'EW' for the Alamo

Where does the theatre rank in 'EW's best of the best?

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

TV Eye

There's nothing like contemporary television to remind us how miserable we are

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Cop au Vin and Inspecteur Lavardin

In making its big move, the French New Wave was never about polarizing class, but that hasn't stopped some critics and contemporaries from all but labeling Claude Chabrol's work as bourgeois, processed, and better suited to the small screen

Film Reviews

Broken Flowers

Jim Jarmusch and Bill Murray meditate on middle age and the world of possibilities.

Four Brothers

A scrappy Seventies throwback about vigilante justice in the corrupt urban jungle.

The Great Raid

The single dullest war film of the past decade from the once promising director John Dahl.

Last Days

Gus Van Sant concocts an abstruse film "loosely inspired" by the end of Kurt Cobain’s life.

Saraband

Ingmar Bergman’s final film continues his exploration into mankind’s willful inability to accept the inevitable, whatever that may be.

The Skeleton Key

A top-notch cast is mostly wasted in this atmospheric but prosaic hoodoo spooker.
arts & culture

Return to Clod-Cuckold-Land

Director David Yeakle revisits 'The Three Cuckolds,' the commedia classic that got his Tongue in Groove

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Fears of a Clown

Austin's newest theatre company serves up the musical tale of a very famous French clown suffering an existential crisis

BY BARRY PINEO

BA2BA

Ballet Austin to Big Apple

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

The Heroes of Comedy boldly go to the 'Star Trek' Las Vegas Convention 2005, and Arthouse says, "We are family"

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

La Putain Avec Les Fleurs

A review of Roho Productions' "junk melodrama."

'The Retro Show'

Review of F8 Gallery's Retro Show

'Tina Medina's Pochismas'

Review of Tina Medina's 'Pochismas' at Women & Their Work
columns

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Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar weighs in on Daisy Duke, life's rich (Republican???) pageant(s), and the passing of a style great. Read on!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

Doug's House: your help enables their help

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

If the mineral gallium is good for lame horses, as I have heard, is it also good for humans with joint problems?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Pro se divorce in Texas

BY LUKE ELLIS AND LISA MCMORRIS

Day Trips

Reimers Ranch in southwestern Travis County is about to go the way of the Armadillo (World Headquarters)

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The first annual Auto Glass Industry Technician Olympics will be held Oct. 17-18, 2005, at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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The fall soccer season is already under way

BY NICK BARBARO

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