Volume 25, Number 21
ON THE COVER:
That ringing sound you hear? It's the cash register at Austin's public radio station.
BY KEVIN BRASS
In a district designed to favor the GOP, Democrat Donna Howard needed a surprising mere 73 more votes to avoid a run-off.
BY AMY SMITH
A sampling of some of the livelier contests taking shape in the March 7 primary and the general election in November
BY WELLS DUNBAR AND AMY SMITH
The former manager of the Austin Clean Water Program files suit against the city, claiming defamation
BY KIMBERLY REEVES
T he Sisyphus bond committee just rolled the stone up the hill be ready to duck
BY MICHAEL KING
All hail King George; and the congressional king quid pro quo
BY JIM HIGHTOWER
Following restaurateur Michael Vilim's time and money
BY WES MARSHALL
Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio have produced what can only be called an extraordinary book
BY MICK VANN
Marcie Cohen Ferris traces the story of the Jewish immigrants in the South from larger urban centers like Savannah and Atlanta to more rural areas like the Mississippi Delta
BY ERIN MOSOW
Ambling around the aisles at HEB Plus! and marvelling at how busy Martin Yan is these days
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
Still mourning the death of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott 20 years later
BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ
Art, food, football, TV, and even a little music: this one's got it all
BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY
Phases and Stages
Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom
Field of Crows
B-Boy City 12
Hurts to Purr
Live Wherever You Are
WIll Taylor & Strings Attached with James McMurtry
The fourth Austin Jewish Film Festival
BY SPENCER PARSONS
Keeping track of Crashcam
BY MARC SAVLOV
AFS's 20th birthday party
Listening closely to Last.fm and Pandora
BY JESS SAUER
Billed as 'a new spin on drama,' the drama of 'Rollergirls' is limited to the petty arguments of whiny women having trouble getting along, because, well, you know how women are
BY BELINDA ACOSTA
Sandwiched between career peaks, Kurosawa serves corporate sacrifice suicide by seventh-story window, truck, and volcano rather than feudal slicing and dicing
This delicately horrific yet artful documentary examines the destruction of Lake Victoria by the omnivorous Nile perch, and the dire consequences this causes the Tanzanian people.
Albert Brooks again sallies forth where others fear to tread, although his comic results are more mildly amusing than riotously funny.
Although long on style and concept, this film lacks the primal urgency of Shimizu’s 2003 J-horror blockbuster Ju-on.
Unoriginal but pleasantly prosaic, Woody Allen's latest is a diverting story of crime, love, and luck that conducts itself with a refreshing absence of moral judgment and omniscience.
Instead of a great story about the conflicted origins of the American nation, Terrence Malick interrupts his transcendental observations for a dopey love story between John Smith and Pocahontas.
arts & culture
The new political theatre invites you into its messy, sexy conversation
BY KATHERINE CATMULL
In remounting Tapestry Dance Company's 'JASS,' Artistic Director Acia Gray is seeing how dancers, like jazz musicians, take their time as they get older
BY ROBERT FAIRES
The fire at 304 E. Fifth has forced choreographer Ellen Bartel of Spank Dance Company to close Center Studio, the dance space she's been managing there for a decade
BY ROBERT FAIRES
Arthouse's Talking Art with Dario Robleto and Jeremy Blake is a good bet for a stimulating afternoon, with two rising art stars who have a history of weirdly personal, spicy commentary
BY RACHEL KOPER
Anne Ducote's solo exhibition at Hyde Park Bar & Grill covers landscapes and passages that lead the viewer toward a welcoming valley or pathway
Improv, Butoh, cabaret, and one of those commanding performance moments that make FronteraFest made up the Short Fringe 2006 Best of Week One
In the religious right's new democracy, principles prescribed by man have no value in the war between heaven and hell
BY LOUIS BLACK
Our readers talk back.
Silence is not an option, if our Constitution is ever again to rise from the paper on which it was written
BY MICHAEL VENTURA
Stephen remembers the bawdy Shelley Winters and goes to an all-girl affair!
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
What is the evidence that hoodia works as an appetite-suppressant?
BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.
Austin smoking ordinance what's the skinny?
BY LUKE ELLIS
The rules of bowling, and one doozy of a Chilean diplomat
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
San Luis de Las Amarillas Presidio once stood on the world stage as Spain's most remote outpost against French expansion into Middle America
BY GERALD E. MCLEOD
Letters to the editor, published daily
Good luck scoring World Cup tickets, the San Jose Earthquakes move to Houston, and more
BY NICK BARBARO