Sept. 9, 2005

Volume 25, Number 2

ON THE COVER:
news

Home From Home

Austin opens arms to New Orleans 'guests,' longing to return

BY AMY SMITH

Without Evidence: Executing Frances Newton

Another Texas death row case marked by official carelessness, negligence, and intransigence

BY JORDAN SMITH

Council Notes

Narrowing the drive through Town Lake Park has been studied to death ... so let's give it more study

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Smoking Ban Kicks Off as Katrina Kicks In

Cigarettes are out at Austin’s clubs, but New Orleans musicians could be in

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: What Works

A good time to think about the best uses of community, democracy, and government

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Support our indie coffee houses; and join the fight against library budget cuts

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Well Connected

Shalimar's extensive menu shows the many influences of Pakistani-Indo fare

BY MICK VANN

Food-o-File

Bidding farewell to the inimitable T.J. McFarland; plus, Foo Swasdee Thais up Texas

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Tino's Greek Cafe

The concept is genius, and there's actually more there than meets the eye
music

Terms of Engagement

If 'We Can't Make It Here,' then James McMurtry's in big trouble

BY ANDY LANGER

TCB

Austin steps up to help our New Orleans brothers and sisters the best way we know how: benefits, benefits, benefits

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Echo & the Bunnymen, The Go-Betweens

Siberia, Oceans Apart

Windsor for the Derby

Giving Up the Ghost

Iggy Pop, the Stooges

A Million in Prizes:The Anthology, The Stooges, Fun House
screens

Flight Patterns

The Texas Documentary Tour: Judy Irving's 'The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Cinematexas 10

Sept. 14-18

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

TV Eye

Bless Kanye West's heart

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer

The two-disc 'Collected Shorts' spans 27 years, and while some of the films don't fully cross the CGI generational divide, you can see in all of them why animators like Tim Burton have been so strongly influenced by Svankmajer's work

Film Reviews

Echoes of Innocence

Earnest and well-intentioned Dallas-based cast and crew have created a puzzling and inauthentic youth drama that promotes teenage sexual abstinence.

Lila Says

Based on an eponymous 1996 erotic novel, Lila Says is the story of a French girl and an Arab boy who learns the difference between words and actions.

A Sound of Thunder

Abandoning any pretense of respect for the Ray Bradbury source material, this film manhandles the author’s delicacies into a lumbering and bewildered mess of grade-Z sci-fi clichés.

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

South Korean horror cultist Park Chan-wook's 2002 film is the opening freshet in his bloody cinematic triptych; it’s also a finely wrought and emotionally complex film of surpassing, stylized beauty.

Transporter 2

For all its gimmicky mayhem, Transporter 2 is an improvement over the original, completely setting aside such yawn-inducing cinematic standbys as a romantic interest and realism.

2046

At once tremendously dense and gossamer-thin, this period romance/sci-fi hybrid from Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-Wai is a riot of sight and sound that has an irresistible, elemental pull.
arts & culture

Race to Innovation

With $1,000 each and eight weeks, five teams compete to take theatre to a new level

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

The Evidence of Silence Broken: Becoming Zell

How Zell Miller III came to be an acclaimed poet-performer is revealed in 'The Evidence of Silence Broken,' his hip-hop performance piece

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Michael Frary: In Memoriam

Michael Frary, an influential Texas modernist, painter of Texas watercolors, and longtime UT-Austin art professor, has passed away at age 87

BY ROBERT FAIRES

GlassTire: Stew Descending a Staircase

GlassTire, the online journal for all things visual artsy in Texas, has coerced assorted Austin arts organizations to stir up some serious chili this weekend

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Gallery 3: Where the Students Hang

The University Co-op is sponsoring Gallery 3, a new visual arts exhibition space run by students, inside its building on the Drag

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Twelfth Night

In Onstage Theatre Company's 'Twelfth Night,' the frolicking gaiety generally gives way to choppier stage seas and constricted emotion

'Organic: Recent Artworks by Todd Campbell and Jennifer Chenoweth'

'Organic' shows new work by husband and wife artists Jennifer Chenoweth and Todd Campbell that is opulent and expansive
columns

Page Two

In a post-Katrina about-face, Republicans suddenly don't want to play the 'blame game'

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

About AIDS

Research shows that when folks with serious health issues do volunteer work, they don't notice their own aches 'n' pains quite so much

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

Is eating chocolate beneficial to my health?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Identity theft at the gas pump?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

The Texas Metal Arts Festival in Gruene features 25 of the top creative metalworkers in the state showing their creations ranging from fine jewelry to large outdoor sculptures

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mitzi Gaynor, Topo Gigio, and "farthinder"

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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sports

Soccer Watch

U.S. Men secure their place in the World Cup finals.

BY NICK BARBARO

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