Sept. 2, 2005

Volume 25, Number 1

ON THE COVER:
news

Hurricane Relief Efforts Under Way in Austin

An estimated 5,000 hurricane evacuees are expected to arrive in Austin this weekend

BY AMY SMITH

Katrina Through the Eyes of an EMT

Philipp Meyer, a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at UT and an EMT, drove to New Orleans and spent 24 hours working with a local police department as an EMT.

BY PHILIPP MEYER

Everything Old Is New Again

A Texan's in the White House, we're in a quagmire war – and 'The Rag' returns to Austin

BY CHERYL SMITH

Workers Tell Council: 'It's Our Turn'

AFSCME reps want raise, official recognition, and broader definition of 'public safety'

BY WELLS DUNBAR

How to Keep Water in Central Texas

Long-range planning tries to cover multiple bases, but some say environment is left out

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Preying for Votes: The Governor's Preachers

Perry and religious conservatives get together to bash gays

BY AMY SMITH

Weekend at Casey's

Thousands converge in the president's back yard to make a stand with Cindy Sheehan

BY KATE X MESSER

Sparking a Prairie Fire: Cindy Sheehan at City Hall

The founder of Camp Casey and her "Bring Them Home Now" Tour arrives to a big Austin welcome

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Budget Frenzy

It ain't where they live

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Standing up for working families, the middle class, and the poor; and National Guard preying on the desperate

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Forged in Fire

The 15th annual 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival results

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Lake Travis gets more Interior Mexican; plus, the Bitter End bounces back, and Jo's and Threadgill's expand

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

911, We've Got a Smoker

Austin's new smoking ordinance takes effect today

BY DARCIE STEVENS

TCB

Put those cigarettes out and try to enjoy news on Single Frame, Bavu Blakes, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Snake Eyes Vinyl, and more

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

Jandek

Live shot

Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Come on Back

Nick Nack, Oddcomplex, Deepspace5 Unique, Assasyn Dynasty

Broken, Padded Wall Parade Route, Just Like Everyone Else  The Classified Mix Tape

Guy Forsyth

Love Songs: For & Against

Banjo & Sullivan

The Ultimate Collection 1972-1978

Honky

Balls Out Inn

Moonlight Towers

Like You Were Never There

Naugahyde Dream Sequence

Naugahyde Dream Sequence

Iron Kite

No Eyebrows

Friends of Dean Martinez

Live at Club 2

Bob Rodriguez

Corridor

Adrian Belew, Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson, Adrian Belew
screens

Good For Your Blood

Dozens of starry-eyed dreamers queued up at the Frank Erwin Center on Thursday, Aug. 25, in hope of having their lifelong dreams of cathode notoriety eviscerated before noon, only to discover themselves caught up in George A. Romero's idea of a good time

BY MARC SAVLOV

AFS Essential Cinema

Wild Reeds: Moving Images of Growing Up

Fantastic Fest

Badges go on sale Sept. 9.

Film News

Prepare for Pepe Serna; plus, the fall slate and Dallas' counterpunch

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Fox's 'Reunion' is the latest wannabe.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Two With Ted Knight

'The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete Second Season' and 'Too Close for Comfort: The Complete Second Season'

Film Reviews

Asylum

In this adaptation of Patrick McGrath's novel, Natasha Richardson and Ian McKellan wonder if the patients have taken over the asylum.

The Cave

A crack team of cave divers encounters untold horror in the form of bloodthirsty sea slugs.

The Constant Gardener

City of God director Fernando Meirelles makes his English-language debut with this bracing, heartbreaking conspiracy thriller set in AIDS-ravaged Kenya.

Junebug

With this film built on a host of remarkably nuanced Southern characters, first-time filmmaker Phil Morrison announces himself with assurance and uniqueness of vision.

9 Songs

Michael Winterbottom creates scenester porn in which he records the evolution of a man and a woman's relationship through sex and music – exclusively.

No Entry

An exotic dancer tests the strength of two couples in this entertaining Bollywood romantic comedy.

November

November, starring Courteney Cox, is a dense, dark head-trip of a movie that seems like the bastard offspring of Memento and Mullholland Dr.

Underclassman

Nick Cannon from Drumline plays a smart-aleck LAPD bicycle cop in this movie awash in clichés.

Undiscovered

A musician and an actress circle and sniff, and generally run through every cliché in the why-can’t-we-be-together playbook.
arts & culture

ImproviNation

Can I get a suggestion for an Austin festival in which troupes from across the country gather to create instant comedy?

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin at FringeNYC: Big Apple Bouquets

Austin's three entries in this year's New York International Fringe Festival earned some real attention, ranging from the respectable to the rave

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Long Center: Hustle and Flow

Oct. 31 is the target date for completion of the deconstruction of Palmer Auditorium and the deadline for the Long Center to match a $2.5 million challenge grant from Debbie and Kevin Rollins

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Ennio: Fine 'Tooning

Austin gets its first look at Ennio, the 'living cartoon' whose life-sized paper-doll impressions have made him a comedic sensation around the world

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash

The Paynes peregrinate to the Parish and choreographer Allison Orr returns to Venice

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Shear Madness

Zach's spirited revival of 'Shear Madness,' that audience-interactive murder mystery-comedy, just might be the kind of confection your dayjob-wearied mind could use

'Lens: George Krause + Sean Perry'

The exhibition of photographs George Krause and Sean Perry at D Berman Gallery explores a spiritual territory within the pragmatic
columns

Page Two

'Austin Chronicle' 24th anniversary redesign; and the politics of Katrina

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

Are the Panhandle's many roadside monuments to Christ testaments of faith or unadmitted doubt, or some of both?

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

About AIDS

Since 1997, The OZ Parties has provided poz people with comfortable and fun social events where HIV is not an issue

BY SANDY BARTLETT

Day Trips

Exhibits new and old at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco will keep patrons of all ages dazzled and delighted

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

Why are the amounts of vitamins in most pills so much higher than the RDA?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Does an arbitration clause mean I have to arbitrate?

BY LUKE ELLIS AND MARIE GONZALEZ

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

A state treasure, gas theft, and sexual favors

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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sports

Soccer Watch

A smattering of fútbol fun from near and far-flung places

BY NICK BARBARO

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