Volume 25, Number 8
ON THE COVER:
Joining a long East Texas tradition, Jackson County DA Bobby Bell has convicted 28 black people on drug charges via manufactured evidence and railroaded trials. One small-town exile, her family, and a few neighbors are finally fighting back.
BY JORDAN SMITH
Fight between golf course and LCRA shows it's not easy being green
BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY
Developers tout proposed high-rise as perfect fit for Downtown; neighbors aren't so sure
BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON
When it comes to equality, a surprising number of major Texas companies are downright liberal
BY AMY SMITH
Council considers toll study and Mexican-American Cultural Center
BY WELLS DUNBAR
No on everything. Double no on Proposition 2.
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
The sunny side of the state's assault on social services
BY MICHAEL KING
Heretical entrepreneurs choosing community, quality of life over profits; and Perry comes to the rescue of our poor, hard-up judges, raising their pay to three times the average Texan's income
BY JIM HIGHTOWER
Drakula's Romanian cuisine is all treats and no tricks
BY RACHEL FEIT
A Bullington baby; Hoover's heads north; plus, more Texas on TV
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
The new Paggi House's model is 'Nothing you expect, everything you want.' Um ...
NG House is a blessing to Chinese food aficionados in Austin, especially South Austin
Kathy McCarty presses Jon Dee Graham about the good and the bad old and new days
BY KATHY MCCARTY
More trees fall victim to the smoking ban back-and-forth, while Austin nurses a huge Sparks hangover and Cowboy Mouth is just glad to be anywhere
BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY
Phases & Stages
Broken Social Scene
Live It Out
Children of Nuggets:Original Artyfacts from the Second Psychedelic Era 1976-1996
Festival!, Pink Floyd, London 1966-1967, The Right Spectacle:The Very Best of Elvis Costello, Royal Albert Hall London May 2 3 5 6 2005
You Could Have It So Much Better
AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL
Writer-director Rian Johnson on high school noir and Austin Film Festival highlight 'Brick'
BY MARC SAVLOV
What to see at the 2005 Austin Film Festival
Thursday, Oct. 20, through Thursday, Oct. 27
How a homegrown kidnapping thriller became the most popular film in Venezuela and angered the Chavez administration in the process
BY MICHAEL KING
High School Shorts Program
BY BELINDA ACOSTA
Burnt Orange has been living in a cave, while Texas looks to be trending toward Santos; plus, 'Ape Shit,' 'Chainsaw,' and 'The Breakdance Kid'
BY JOE O'CONNELL
Geena Davis is not really the president, but you might be surprised to learn how many people are riding the coattails of her administration
BY BELINDA ACOSTA
Doom is not so much a film as a marketing tie-in, albeit one with some exceptional production values.
You could call it Seabiscuit Jr., but this horsey heartwarmer does something surprising in spite of its underdog sports-movie formula and shameless emotional manipulation: It manages to be an enjoyable movie about and for girls.
This hazy remake pales in comparison to John Carpenter's original fogbanks from 1980.
Director and co-screenwriter George Clooney strikes just the right tone of gripping entertainment and understated cautionary tale in this thoughtful portrait of newsman Edward R. Murrow's confrontation with Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
High-schoolers protest when the principal outlaws their freedom of speech.
Charlize Theron stars in this fictionalized, rousing, but nevertheless predictable account of the first class-action sexual discrimination suit.
Basically a story about four young people whose car breaks down in the boondocks and the wretched things that befall them while first seeking help and then escape, this bare-bones horror film takes the hoary formula and runs wild.
This Venezuelan film about the kidnappings that are endemic in Caracas bursts with stylish technique and gruesome tension.
With a script by David Benioff (25th Hour) and direction by Marc Forster of Monster's Ball fame, Stay is an ambitious experiment that never quite jells.
Volume two of this fictional representation of the Mormons' migration West.
arts & culture
The artists up for the first Arthouse Texas Prize talk about their work
BY ROBERT FAIRES
The Austin Symphony's local premiere of Kevin Puts' 'Symphony No. 2': 'Island of Innocence,' evokes the cultural shift after 9/11 in a dramatic score
BY BARRY PINEO
This fall, Fidencio Durán's 20 years of painting have earned him a midcareer retrospective at Mexic-Arte Museum
BY PATTI HADAD
The Austin Museum of Art symposium Self Portrait: Austin Art in Local, National, and International Contexts was a positive day of critical dialog and amazingly open-minded community work
BY RACHEL KOPER
In 'American Fiesta,' Steven Tomlinson's quest for a set of Fiestaware leads him to embrace his past, imperfections, and those who are different
In Austin Playhouse's 'A Man for All Seasons,' David Stahl's immaculate Sir Thomas More stands his moral ground with humility, humor, and insight
'Surface/Depth,' an exhibition of 30-odd wood-fired ceramic vessels by Chris Campbell, is a tantalizing feast of color and form
When Gravity Fails: Notes on the influence of Ed Lowry, 'Crazy Mama,' and not sweating the small stuff
BY LOUIS BLACK
Our readers talk back.
What Stephen did last week and what he's probably going to do this ...
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
HIV testing: free and easy!
BY SANDY BARTLETT
I sometimes take 5-HTP to help me sleep and am surprised at how it seems to help me with irregularity. Why would it help the GI tract?
BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.
Child support putting pressure on deadbeat parents to pay child support
BY LUKE ELLIS
The Los Ebanos Ferry takes passengers from the U.S. to Mexico and back again with the simple tug of a rope
BY GERALD E. MCLEOD
Ingrid Bergman, Planet of the Apes, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Grizzly Adams
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
Our latest batch
Letters to the editor, published daily
Saudi Arabia declares a fatwah on soccer
BY NICK BARBARO