Dec. 30, 2005

Volume 25, Number 18

ON THE COVER:
news

Bringing the War Home

No More Victims works for peace, one wounded child at a time

BY EMILY PYLE

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Blame It on Grandpa

In search of heroes and villains over AMD

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Take Cheney away; and IBM's plans for the middle class

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Sparkling Examples

It's that time of year again ...

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-file

A goodbye to Gus Vayas and the GM Steakhouse occasions an explanation as to why we can't save the world

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Starry Eyes

Roky Erickson's monumental comeback

BY MARGARET MOSER

TCB

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Best Ofs

Orange Mothers

Greatest Hits

Shel Silverstein

The Best of Shel Silverstein: His Words His Songs His Friends

Johnny Cash

The Legend of Johnny Cash

Rosanne Cash

The Very Best of Rosanne Cash

Todd Snider

That Was Me 1994-1998

Tindersticks

Working for the Man: The Greatest Hits

Johnny Adams

The Great Johnny Adams Blues Album

Shirley Horn

But Beautiful: The Best of Shirley Horn

Bob Marley & the Wailers

Africa Unite: The Singles Collection

Dead Can Dance

Memento: The Very Best of Dead Can Dance

The Beta Band

The Best of the Beta Band

New Order

Singles

Nirvana

Sliver: The Best of the Box

Richard Hell

Spurts:The Richard Hell Story

Beastie Boys

Solid Gold Hits

Snoop Dogg

The Best of Snoop Dogg

Eminem

Curtain Call: The Hits
screens

New Year, Old Films

Mid-20th-century must-sees: Part I

BY LOUIS BLACK

AFS Celebrates Its 20th, and You Can, Too!

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Film News

The 2005 numbers from the Texas Film Commission? Not bad. Gary Busey coming to town? Scary. Plus, Rhiannon Elizabeth Rodriguez-Avellán, Susan Youssef, and Tracie Laymon.

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Last week, I launched a riff on 'fascinating' TV-related events of 2005. Here's where I left off.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Ball of Fire

In a Lonely Place

Munich

Munich is dense, thoughtful filmmaking that nonetheless flies along: Seething not only with multilayered, subtextual arguments, it’s also a heck of a thriller.

The Producers

The film's wonderfully over-the-top performances often feel constrained by first-time film director Susan Stroman, whose inexperience behind the camera is all too apparent.

Rumor Has It ...

Fans of The Graduate should skip this strange comedy, which posits that the real-life inspiration for counterculture icon Benjamin Braddock grew up to be a cheesy, brainless high tech zillionaire doing yoga and driving a Mercedes around Half Moon Bay.

Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek is an accomplished Aussie version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre; it's also a viscerally told slasher film that manages to do an awful lot with very little.
arts & culture

Our Shostakovich Year

On the centenary of Dmitri Shostakovich's birth, Austin arts groups join forces to throw the Russian composer a yearlong party

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Last Shall Be First

New Year's Eve becomes a cultural extravaganza with First Night Austin

BY ROBERT FAIRES

A Tuna Christmas

After 17 Decembers performing 'A Tuna Christmas' literally thousands of times all over the country, do the folks involved have some holiday tales to tell?

BY BARRY PINEO

National Champions of Comedy

Austin's improv headquarters is fielding its own nationally ranked team (of comedians, natch) to put a live comic spin on the Rose Bowl championship

BY ROBERT FAIRES

George Carlin

As George Carlin brings his Off-Base and On Target tour to Austin, area comics talk about this savagely funny and influential stand-up artist

BY STEVE BIRMINGHAM

columns

Page Two

Beyond Belief: Belligerent intolerance is no testament to faith

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen's Big Western Adventure poses a big western dilemma: Do Capri pants go with the squash-blossom necklace?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Nothing seems to recharge the batteries like relaxing in a rocking chair on the front porch of a cottage surrounded by sounds of nature

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Common Law

Are Texas Drunk Driving Laws Tough Enough?

BY LUKE ELLIS

To Your Health

Does fish oil work as well as Tricor to reduce triglycerides associated with diabetes?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

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