Dec. 2, 2005

Volume 25, Number 14

ON THE COVER:
news

What Killed Michael Clark?

The official Travis Co. autopsy doesn't tell the whole story

BY JORDAN SMITH

Daniel Rocha's Last Night: Reconstruction, Recommendations, Reprimands

Chief Knee and APD investigators differ over whether Schroeder's shot was justified

BY JORDAN SMITH

Thomas Declares for Mayor

Pro Tem calls for more inclusion and openness

BY MICHAEL KING

Clean Water, Clean Government Campaign Kicks Off

SOS Alliance wants more open and more proactive government on aquifer issues

BY AMY SMITH

'Real World' Rap Sheet

MTV louts both raised and caught hell on the mean streets of Austin

BY KEVIN BRASS

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Hecht v. Dietz

Supremes find high taxes onerous, but lousy schools OK

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Bush tries branding his critics as unpatriotic, wailing that it is 'deeply irresponsible' to question his motives

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Cookbooks

Holiday gift guide

Food-o-File

The Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils 2005 is the one; plus, taking measure of the Mercury's rising

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Realms of Inspiration

Erik Hokkanen, Finnish and fiddling in Austin

BY MARGARET MOSER

TCB

Books, video games, movie stars: TCB investigates this 'multimedia' business

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Rock & Roll Books

screens

Otaku* Overload!!!

After Monster Island Studios sank, Austin's acting community and Houston animé giant A.D. Vision unleashed talent bent on vengeance and redemption (*otaku = animé geek)

BY MARC SAVLOV

'SXSW Presents': 'Prizewhores'

'Prizewhores'

Film News

Word from the Independent Spirit Awards and Sundance fronts; plus, 'No Pain, No Gain,' Bobby Cannavale, and 'Light From the East'

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

One person's idea of empowerment is another's idea of sexual looseness. So, who decides what's what?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Knowing Me Knowing You

The 'Knowing Me Knowing You' two-disc set comprises all six episodes of the show, one of the most hilarious satirical comedies in recent memory. and is loaded with special features

Film Reviews

All That I Need

Movies this bad don’t often get released anymore, a circumstance that instantly raises the curiosity factor of All That I Need.

Christmas in the Clouds

This Native American romantic comedy, which won the Audience Award at the 2001 Austin Film Festival, arrives in theatres four years late but seasonally right on time.

First Descent

This vertiginous documentary about snowboarding talks with the sport's greats and shows them in action, rocketing down crag-encrusted, virgin slopes like buckshot fired from God’s own 20-gauge.

Garçon Stupide

Love and sensation: It's all the same thing to a young gay Swiss man who leads a dangerous life.

In the Mix

Consider this brick No. 1 in the fall of the house of Usher.
arts & culture

Larkin's Journey

New York choreographer Regina Larkin keeps coming back to Ballet East

BY PATTI HADAD

King Kong: You're on the Air, Ya Big Ape!

As 'King Kong' storms into cinemas across the globe, the Violet Crown Radio Players are bringing the simian sovereign to life onstage in a 'lost' radio adaptation of the 1933 film

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Pale Idiot': Return to the Rudeness That Started It All

As a celebration of 10 years of rudeness, the Rude Mechanicals are reviving the show that started it all, Kirk Lynn's absurdist comedy 'Pale Idiot'

BY BARRY PINEO

'Two Donuts': An Old-Fashioned Treat

'Two Donuts,' a play by José Cruz González, was presented to the Widen Elementary School student body by the UT Department of Theatre and Dance as part of its Fall 2005 Youth Theatre Tour

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Santaland Diaries

An infusion of Lee Eddy into 'The Santaland Diaries' makes Zach's holiday classic even more delightful

'The Fourth Season: Works by Ray Donley and Rosanne Olson'

A full array of masks populate the photographs of Rosanne Olson and paintings of Ray Donley, making 'The Fourth Season' an exhibition full of metaphor for both disguise and liberation
columns

Page Two

Requiem for decency

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

There's trouble in Nick & Jessica's paradise, and who are the Butthole Sniffers?!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

Recovery from HIV: news or rumor?

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

How do I find out if I have 'leaky gut syndrome,' and how is it treated?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Unsolicited items in the mail – what happens if the item is for someone else?

BY MELISSA DEVINE AND LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

Robert Cave's Albert Icehouse in Albert, Texas, is a great place to stop between Austin and Luckenbach for a cool beverage and live music on Saturdays

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

His facts will getcha every time

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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sports

Soccer Watch

Women's college and Champions League heat up

BY NICK BARBARO

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