Sept. 30, 2005

Volume 25, Number 5

ON THE COVER:
news

Bad Medicine?

No Child Left Behind prescribed for Austin schools – although the cure may be worse than the illness

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

The Bus Stops Here: Cap Metro

One-day strike ratchets up tensions between transit agency and union

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Katrina Aftermath Radio: A Brief, Dysfunctional Life

Attempts to set up a low-power FM for Astrodome residents killed by bureaucracy

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Radio Dial: New New Rock Alternative Alternatives?

The radio marketeers have rendered adjectives completely meaningless

BY KEVIN BRASS

Why Has Austin's Solar Program Stalled?

Activists think the city has put sun power in the shade

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Getting Bonded

Making the wish list was the easy part ...

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

New Georgia driver license law keeps poor folks down; and family-owned businesses put people ahead of profits

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Community Cornerstones

Gourmet takeout markets and groceries are establishing themselves less as luxury than necessity

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

Food-o-File

Amy's latest location and Dracula's wine list; plus, two benefits you'll benefit from by attending

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Momentum and the Mountainside Sound

Dylan's bottler of magic, Bob Johnston, on the nicest guy ever, plus Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Michael Martin Murphey, and more

BY LOUIS BLACK

ACL Music Fest Live Shots

Friday

BY GREG BEETS

ACL Music Fest Live Shots

Saturday

BY GREG BEETS

TCB

Hair metal sneaks into ACL 2005, under a blanket of dust

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

ACL Music Fest Live Shots

the Double

Friday

Monte Warden

Friday

Dios (Malos)

Friday

Kasabian

Friday

Morgan Heritage

Friday

Gov't Mule

Friday

John Prine

Friday

Allman Brothers Band

Friday

Black Crowes

The Black Crowes

Kacy Crowley

Saturday

South Austin Jug Band

Saturday

Tracy Bonham

Saturday

Bloc Party

Saturday

Death Cab for Cutie

Saturday

The Fiery Furnaces

Saturday

The Walkmen

Saturday

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Saturday

Zap Mama

Saturday

Oasis

Saturday

M83

Sunday

Kaiser Chiefs

Sunday

Arcade Fire

Sunday

Franz Ferdinand

Sunday

Bob Mould

Sunday

Jack Ingram

Sunday

Wilco

Sunday

Kermit Ruffins

Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers

Tortoise

Sunday

Coldplay

Sunday

Best ACL Set

screens

Unique and Universal

A look ahead at the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

No Family Is an Island

The Piersons on 'Reel Paradise'

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Celebrating AFS's 20th

A series sampling the 1,400 films AFS has shown during the past two decades

Benefiting 'Bamako Chic'

Former Austinite Maureen Gosling needs funds to finish her latest documentary

Full Moon Horror

The Puppet Master himself at the Paramount

Film News

'Friday Night Lights' on the small screen – and in Idaho? Plus, the several recent successes of Tommy Lee Jones, 'Roller Girls,' Mike Judge, and more.

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

The return of Ricky Gervais; plus, Jennifer Perkins, Vicki Howell, and Austin among the Emmys

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Naked

The 1993 film by writer and director Mike Leigh, newly released by Criterion, is a small masterpiece of blighted English negativity: like little body with a corrosive heart

Film Reviews

Dil Jo Bhi Kahey

This new Bollywood film is a cross-cultural love story set in Mauritius.

The Greatest Game Ever Played

The improbable but true triumph of 19-year-old amateur American golfer Francis Ouimet at the 1913 U.S. Open is given the David and Goliath treatment.

Happily Ever After

This French romantic comedy is little more than a heap of clichés whenever the director and star Yvan Attal's real-life wife, Charlotte Gainsbourg, disappears from the screen.

A History of Violence

Cronenberg's new horror film implicitly tackles the old question of nature vs. nurture: What are we born with and what do we acquire from our environment?

Into the Blue

There's a crisp little thriller anchored in this movie about pretty people wearing skimpy swimwear in a beautiful locale.

A League of Ordinary Gentlemen

This documentary about Americans' love of bowling traces our fascination through the sport's glory decades and eventual decline to its recent revival.

MirrorMask

The work of fantasist Neil Gaiman finally makes it to the screen with its innate sense of wonder intact, despite this sporadically overstuffed package of magic, mystery, and masked madwomen.

Reel Paradise

This documentary shows what happens when famed producer’s rep/author/gadabout John Pierson convinces his family to move with him to Fiji, where, if all goes according to plan, he can leave behind the indie-film rat race, immerse himself in a completely foreign culture, and, best of all, screen all sorts of movies for the natives.

Serenity

Joss Whedon’s Western/sci-fi hybrid (which was canceled from TV but greenlighted for the movies) evinces the kind of swashbuckling bonhomie that made so many of us fall in love with the original Star Wars films.
arts & culture

An 'Our Town' for Our Town

With 100 Austin stories, Zach builds a city on a stage

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Actors From the London Stage: Just the Essentials

With Actors From the London Stage in residence at UT, you can see five actors reduce theatre to its essential elements: actors, audience, story

BY BARRY PINEO

City Cultural Arts Funding: One for the History Books

What do you call it when the City Council approves the Cultural Arts Funding Program budget with no furor or 11th-hour changes? How about 'historic'?

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Ballet Austin: The Start of Something BIG

A big new production, a Big Apple debut, and big gifts to support its big new dance center downtown may make this the biggest season yet for Ballet Austin

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Actors' Equity honors Dirk van Allen, and the 2005 B. Iden Payne Awards go to ...

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Match-Play

From Deborah Hay's dance 'The Match,' the Rude Mechanicals pull 'Match-Play,' a hilarious, intellectually striking bit of absurdity with the feel of 'The Real World' as conceived by Eugene Ionesco
columns

Page Two

After the fall

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

With two storms, nature has increased the speed of America's decline by several years. This series of columns sketches what we're in for (for good as well as for ill). The focus of this column is air travel and the tourist industries.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen at ACL?! Were there buff men with rickshaws to cater to such VIPs?? Were they giving out free Prada??

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

How can I make my HIV treatment as easy as possible – fewer pills, fewer side-effects?

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

I have tested positive for Group B Strep and I am pregnant, what should I do?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Child support – how much does parent have to pay?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Texas cities claim four of the seven top spots in per capita daily driving in the whole world

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

The rocking chairs at Fox Meadows Guest Houses and Nature Conservatory look out over a field where the deer come to feed in the evenings, and that is just one of nature's delights to enjoy there

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Luv Doc Recommends: Texas Freedom Network's 10 Years for Texas Gala

Palmer Events Center, Saturday, October 1, 2005

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

U.S. bows out of FIFA U-17 World Championships

BY NICK BARBARO

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