Sept. 16, 2005

Volume 25, Number 3

ON THE COVER:
news

Second Wind

As the Katrina crisis subsides, the small victories and the larger questions persist

BY AMY SMITH

Who Is Mr. Roberts?

Hearings begin for Supreme Court nomination

BY JORDAN SMITH

Capital Metro's Labor Woes Continue

Accusations fly from union of illegal interference in negotiations

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Senator Farewell

Gonzalo Barrientos steps down from his place as the people's senator

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Where's W.? Not on the Gulf Coast; and 'Thou shalt not kill' slips evangelist's mind

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Y Mess With a Good Thing?

A new approach out in Oak Hill

BY RACHEL FEIT

Food-o-File

Making it a little bit easier for the Big Easy; plus, an Event Menu filled to burstin'

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Nutty Brown Cafe

Your first impression on walking into the Nutty Brown Cafe is that this place must have been here when the cattlemen were still using the Chisholm Trail

Flip's Satellite Cafe

A textbook definition of 'tucked into a corner' is the only apt description of the location of Flip's Satellite Cafe, a southwest Austin offshoot of the Barton Springs mainstay
music

Static Between Stations

The American Analog Set at 10: end of part one

BY DARCIE STEVENS

Sweet Home Edinburgh

Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble on living in the past

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

TCB

The gumbo's spilled over into the chili

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

LOMITA

American Analog Set Reviewed

The American Analog Set

Set Free

Charlie Sexton

Cruel and Gentle Things

Voxtrot

Live shot

Freddie Steady 5

Freddie Steady Go!

Things That Go Pop!

Things That Go Pop!

Palaxy Tracks

Twelve Rooms

Fishboy

Little D

various artists

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2004

Mingo Fishtrap

Yesterday

Wayne Sutton

Walking Disaster

Bear & the Essentials

Two Time Fool

the Brew

Rumba Caliente

Marshall Styler

The Twilight Concertos

Jim Keaveny, Colin Brooks, Steven Pile, Danny Schmidt, Daniel Makins

A Boot Stomping, Blood And Water, Home For Right Now, Parables & Primes, Daniel Makins

Lomita

Stress Echo

the Lifters

Texas Trash

the Tombstones

Twang from the Grave

the Midgetmen

High Life
screens

Generous Depth, Marginalized Meaning

Previewing Cinematexas 10

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Back to the Grind House

On the occasion of QT 6, an ode to the demented poetry of triple bills in iniquitous theatres

BY LOUIS BLACK

Days of de la Iglesia

Sept. 21-28, Alamo Drafthouse Downtown

BY MARC SAVLOV

SXSW Accepting Submissions

Filmmakers of all shapes, sizes, stripes, makes, models, genres, durations, ages, backgrounds, creeds, colors, and technologies, come forth

Film News

What does Katrina mean for the Texas film industry? Plus, bidding goodbye to the Austin actress with the most beautiful eyes, Tomi Barrett.

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Next week is a big week in network TV

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Bela Lugosi Collection

'Poor Bela,' Boris Karloff once lamented to an interviewer who asked him about his old rival. 'He was his own worst enemy.'

Film Reviews

The Baxter

Director Showalter (Comedy Central's Stella) misses a terrific opportunity to pull back the curtain on "the other guy" – the Baxter is the lead man's second fiddle in your standard romantic comedy – and ends up making a pretty good case for why the sad sack never gets the girl.

The Beat That My Heart Skipped

A character study of a young man torn between disparate career paths as either an enforcer for his slumlord father or a virtuoso pianist, is underserved by its prosaic realism and adds little to the original.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Derrickson’s film, based on a real event in which a priest was charged with negligent homicide because of a death that occurred during an exorcism, flirts with relevance and assorted hot-button topics but fails to amount to much more than an overlong exercise in Jesuit Theosophy 101, played against the backdrop of Law & Order.

5x2

Ozon's film begins at the end and leads backward over the slow death of a couple's marital bliss, but even while we’re flipping through the snapshots of two people’s disenchantment with each other, it never feels tawdry or excessive or, for that matter, very interesting.

Just Like Heaven

This romantic comedy about a winsome, charming ghost and the man who loves her sidesteps abundant potential clichés through sheer dint of the acting skills on display.

Lord of War

Gattaca writer-director Andrew Niccol shines his usual cynicism on the subject of gunrunning in his new film, a strange amalgam of compelling visuals and fascinating vocational details forged with deep moral ambivalence and often hollow didacticism.

The Man

Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy have starred in bigger stinkers, but this wheezing comedy may herald the death knell of the interracial buddy-cop farce.

An Unfinished Life

An Unfinished Life never transcends its simple storyline to charter original ground, but it’s the kind of movie you can’t fault too terribly much, primarily because its heart seems to be in the right place.
arts & culture

Dance Fever

With Hot September Flurries, a corps of Austin choreographers burn up the Blue all month long

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Pork Chop Wars: Big Enough to Tell the Story

With her new 'performance novel,' Laurie Carlos can finally tell her family's story with the epic, operatic form it deserves

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'The Border Radio Show': Blast From the Past

In The Border Radio Show, a stellar cast of Lone Star artists revive the days when radio towers south of the Rio Grande filled the airwaves with revival meetings, wild product pitches, and all kinds of music.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

The Windy Side of the Law: Bard for the Defense

You can experience the connection between the law and literature by attending 'The Windy Side of the Law: Shakespeare's Twelfth Night'

BY BARRY PINEO

Doug Rauss: In Memoriam

Remembering Doug Rauss, a dedicated arts patron and volunteer for several Austin theatre companies, who died Wednesday, Aug. 31

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Comic Relief, Katrina-Style

Ron 'Tater Salad' White will headline an all-star comedy concert to benefit the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Evidence of Silence Broken

In his impressive solo show, 'The Evidence of Silence Broken,' spoken word performer Zell Miller III wears his heart, his mind, and his very soul on his sleeve

Charlotte's Web

Scottish Rite Children's Theater makes its stage version of E.B. White's 'Charlotte's Web' bright and stimulating with lively interaction and fine performances

Ennio, the One-Man All-Star Living Cartoon

The Austin debut of Italian performer Ennio Marchetto was something of a disappointment, but his energetic display did provide 70 minutes of mindless fun
columns

Page Two: President Know-Nothing

President Know-Nothing

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

To blame disasters like the Twin Towers and New Orleans on a few perpetrators is to ignore the greater disasters that are the foundation upon which the developed world lives: our attempts to hold on to an unsustainable way of life

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen remembers Biscuit and tells you where to get a great hair cut for a great cause

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

As thousands of Katrina's victims arrive in Central Texas, HIV/AIDS service organizations are prepared to see that the needs of HIV-positive evacuees are met.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

How do 'thrifty genes' influence weight gain?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Avoid new consumer scams and identity theft tactics

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

The East Texas Arboretum in Athens uses flowers and landscaped gardens as a gateway into the rugged beauty of the hardwood forest along Walnut Creek

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Runaways, lobbyists, philosophers, and Pablo Picasso

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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The Horns move into the Top 25 and the European Champions league kicks off

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