Jan. 20, 2006

Volume 25, Number 21

ON THE COVER:
news

KUT by the Numbers

That ringing sound you hear? It's the cash register at Austin's public radio station.

BY KEVIN BRASS

Howard Surprises Bentzin, Leads Into Run-Off

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

2006 State Races

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 Moriarty File

The former manager of the Austin Clean Water Program files suit against the city, claiming defamation

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Naked City

Point Austin: Kicking Around the Bonds

T he Sisyphus bond committee just rolled the stone up the hill – be ready to duck

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

All hail King George; and the congressional king quid pro quo

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Uncommon Generosity

Following restaurateur Michael Vilim's time and money

BY WES MARSHALL

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio have produced what can only be called an extraordinary book

BY MICK VANN

Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South

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

Food-o-File

Ambling around the aisles at HEB Plus! and marvelling at how busy Martin Yan is these days

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Renegade

Still mourning the death of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott 20 years later

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

TCB

Art, food, football, TV, and even a little music: this one's got it all

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Jana Hunter

Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom

Darden Smith

Field of Crows

B-Boy City

B-Boy City 12

Hurts to Purr

Hurts to Purr

Jack Ingram

Live Wherever You Are

Roscoe Beck

Walk On

WIll Taylor & Strings Attached, James McMurtry

WIll Taylor & Strings Attached with James McMurtry
screens

Keep Not Silent

The fourth Austin Jewish Film Festival

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Trail of Ray

Keeping track of Crashcam

BY MARC SAVLOV

High Society

AFS's 20th birthday party

In Space

Listening closely to Last.fm and Pandora

BY JESS SAUER

TV Eye

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

Screens Reviews

The Bad Sleep Well

Sandwiched between career peaks, Kurosawa serves corporate sacrifice – suicide by seventh-story window, truck, and volcano – rather than feudal slicing and dicing

Film Reviews

Darwin's Nightmare

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.

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World

Albert Brooks again sallies forth where others fear to tread, although his comic results are more mildly amusing than riotously funny.

Marebito

Although long on style and concept, this film lacks the primal urgency of Shimizu’s 2003 J-horror blockbuster Ju-on.

Match Point

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.

The New World

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

Hang the DJ

The new political theatre invites you into its messy, sexy conversation

BY KATHERINE CATMULL

Tapestry's 'JASS'

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

Spank Dance Company

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

The Gospel of Lead

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

Arts Reviews

'Anne Ducote'

Anne Ducote's solo exhibition at Hyde Park Bar & Grill covers landscapes and passages that lead the viewer toward a welcoming valley or pathway

FronteraFest Short Fringe: Best of Week One

Improv, Butoh, cabaret, and one of those commanding performance moments that make FronteraFest made up the Short Fringe 2006 Best of Week One
columns

Page Two: Prayer for the Common Man

In the religious right's new democracy, principles prescribed by man have no value in the war between heaven and hell

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

Silence is not an option, if our Constitution is ever again to rise from the paper on which it was written

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen remembers the bawdy Shelley Winters and goes to an all-girl affair!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

What is the evidence that hoodia works as an appetite-suppressant?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Austin smoking ordinance – what's the skinny?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The rules of bowling, and one doozy of a Chilean diplomat

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

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

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Good luck scoring World Cup tickets, the San Jose Earthquakes move to Houston, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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