Oct. 7, 2005

Volume 25, Number 6

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news

Stopping the Nonsense

The No Nonsense campaign gears up to derail the national anti-gay crusade

BY AMY SMITH

Death Puts Tasers in Spotlight Again

Officers quickly returned to duty, ME's report still out

BY JORDAN SMITH

Is the Hammer Nailed?

Yet another indictment of DeLay, this time for money laundering. Will it reverberate for other politicos?

BY AMY SMITH

Parents Playing High School Redesign Hooky?

Austin ISD's proposed high school redesign needs more parental involvement

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Illegal SoCo Cafe Deck 86ed for Now

Restaurant's lawyer claims he didn't know permits were needed

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Tased and Confused

When the APD falls in love with Tasers, it's the Eastside that gets shocked

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Firefighters put to work as FEMA publicity agents; and poor, desperate Bushites look to the American people to pay for their mess in Iraq

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

TEXAS BARBECUE FESTIVAL

Serious Business

The first Texas Barbecue Festival

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Texas Barbecue Festival Info

Sunday, Oct. 9 at Austin's Historic Farmers' Market

Sausage Shrines

A pilgrimage

Food-o-File

7 runs aground, while Dot's Place rises from the ashes; plus, 'Sideways' at Spicewood and HerbFest

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Home Is Where the Hatred Is

Dialoguing with 'Souled American' author Kevin Phinney

BY ROBERT GABRIEL

That's Entertainment!

Gang of Four bassist Dave Allen: 'We've still definitely got it'

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

TCB

Rocktober dawns with some troublesome cartoons, another round of Hall of Fame voting, and the Black Angels' delicious drone

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Sheet Music

screens

Really Over There

The Texas Documentary Tour: Garrett Scott and Ian Olds' 'Occupation: Dreamland'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

It's Alive!

The founders on Fantastic Fest I

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Grassy Knowles

'Domino' premieres in Austin with Richard Kelly in attendance

'Not Lost' to Premiere in Austin

From South Sudan to North Texas

'SXSW Presents': 'Frontier'

'Frontier'

TV Eye

With the proliferation of shows featuring aliens out to conquer the Earth, I thought I would come up with a thought-provoking column. Then I heard the call of George Clinton.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Man Who Fell to Earth and Bad Timing

Musicians make uneasy actors. With his directorial debut, 1970's 'Performance,' Nicolas Roeg characteristically tossed convention out the hotel window by casting Mick Jagger as one of the leads. He would follow up with David Bowie and Art Garfunkel.

Film Reviews

Green Street Hooligans

The psychotically testosterized world of British football hooliganism, with its crimson tide of fist-in-mouth male bonding and lager-lout bad manners, is captured in this post LOTR Elijah Wood movie.

In Her Shoes

Even if these Shoes are not perfectly stitched, the fit is nevertheless comfortable and the look is polished.

Oliver Twist

Some may doubt the need to once more bring Dickens’ tale to the screen, but Polanski’s deft adaptation proves that there’s still life in that well-worn story of a boy who beats the odds.

Proof

As with many film adaptations of stage successes, David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about mathematics and madness loses something in its translation to celluloid.

Thumbsucker

The plot realistically mimics a teenager’s adriftness and tendency toward hairpin-turn mood shifts as it bounds from the wonderfully affecting to the decidedly idiosyncratic to the occasionally absurd.

Tony Takitani

This adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s eponymous short story is a delicate little curio, lighter than air and gravely philosophical at once.

Two for the Money

Pacino again plays another Mephistophelean type who mentors McConaughey's ex-jock in the intricacies of his tout service, offering tips to betters on the Vegas line, but the film is about as fresh as a day-old betting slip.

Waiting ...

This frequently offensive and doggedly disgusting film about working in the restaurant industry is technically inept and wholly crude.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

This new animated comedy is a brilliantly conceived and executed bit of Brit wit, perfect for both kids and their parents and anyone even remotely interested in laughing themselves silly.
arts & culture

The Dish on Desire

In 'American Fiesta,' Austin's favorite economist / playwright / actor has plenty to say about what makes us want

BY LOWELL BARTHOLOMEE

Austin Theatre: Free for All (At Least for a Night)

A national audience development campaign that's offering a free night of theatre on Oct. 20 has cast Austin in a starring role for its national premiere

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Faces of Austin: Face-Off

City Hall gets more artsy this week with the debut of Faces of Austin, a new program that features 25 works by Central Texas filmmakers celebrating what makes Austin Austin

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Lyric Opera: Breaking Glass

For Austin Lyric Opera's 20th season, artistic director Richard Buckley has lined up the American premiere of Philip Glass' opera 'Waiting for the Barbarians'

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Cesar and Ruben

Ed Begley Jr.'s 'Cesar and Ruben,' a play with music, is a respectful and warm tribute to the life and work of United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez

Come Home

Yellow Tape Construction Company's self-styled indie folk musical 'Come Home' plays out like a quaint indie film with Midwestern melancholia and harmony

One / the body's grace / Carmina Burana

Ballet Austin's bill of 'One / the body's grace' and 'Carmina Burana' provided a living spectacle of sound and motion that evoked the pleasure in what it means to be human
columns

Page Two: Look Who's (Still) Talking

Miers nomination pushes right-wing spin machine into disturbing, delicious overdrive

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen sure is getting around, hobnobbing with the bigwigs and taking in all of the faboo fall fashion fetes

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

Campaign to end AIDS moves to fall

BY HEATHER MITCHELL

To Your Health

Is it OK to give worm medicine to children if you only suspect worms but don't have evidence of it?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Child support – how can the attorney general's office help?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

Joe Cotten's Barbecue in Robstown serves brisket, sausage, ribs, sliced pork, but no birds

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Slurpees, Texas slaughterhouses, Tina Louise, and helicopters

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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sports

Soccer Watch

Gerrard and Lampard prove fair-weather friends

BY NICK BARBARO

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