March 24, 2006

Volume 25, Number 30

ON THE COVER:
news

A Question of Fairness

Austin voters will have another chance to broaden city insurance coverage

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Chipping Away at CHIP

Kids' health coverage still touch and go in Texas

BY AMY SMITH

Death and the Unpatriotic Act

Among amendments tacked onto newest version of the PATRIOT Act is a section allowing U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to grant legal fast-track for death-penalty appeals in states that have enacted standards for attorney appointments to indigent death row inmates

BY JORDAN SMITH

Trashing the Trash Rules

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recently adopted the most significant rewrite of the state's garbage rules in a decade

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Polygamous Prophet Property Report

Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been hard at work on yet a third secluded compound – much like its gated spread in West Texas

BY JORDAN SMITH

Whose House Is Fattest?

The original "McMansion or Not?" contest

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

If a Tree Falls on a Corndog ...

Austin novelty card company gets crushed by lawyers and money

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond

Point Austin: Chasing the Money

Austin campaign finance reform is much less than meets the eye

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

As usual, the Statesman editorial page gets it completely wrong

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Doing Something About Global Warming; and Taking Care of Number One at the ATF

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Veggie Heaven

A visit to Angel Valley Organic Farm

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

Watching TV while keeping an eye on the local scene

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Roky Road

The 2005-06 Austin Music Awards

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

TCB

SXSW 06: Was it all a dream? Or a nightmare?

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Like a Hurricane

Art Brut

SXSW live shot

Chamillionaire

SXSW live shot

Goldfrapp

SXSW live shot

Dengue Fever

SXSW live shot

Gogol Bordello

SXSW live shot

Figurines

SXSW live shot

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives

SXSW live shot

the Woggles

SXSW live shot

Tralala

SXSW live shot

Tapes 'n Tapes

SXSW live shot

Animal Collective

SXSW live shot

Arctic Monkeys

SXSW live shot

Glass Eye

SXSW live shot

The Pretenders

SXSW live shot

Witch

SXSW live shot

Be Your Own Pet

SXSW live shot

The High Dials

SXSW live shot

The Essex Green

SXSW live shot

Richard Swift, Pink Mountaintops

Richard Swift / Pink Mountaintops

Christopher O'Riley

SXSW live shot

Allen Toussaint, New Orleans Social Club

Allen Toussaint / New Orleans Social Club

Best SXSW Showcase / Best Local Set

Storming SXSW 2006, the aftermath

New Orleans Music After Katrina

New Orleans Music After Katrina

Outside the Box

Outside the Box

Diamonds in the South

Diamonds in the South
screens

The Long Goodbye

We're having a tough time letting go of SXSW Film 06

Titan, King, God, Monster

Ray Harryhausen in Austin, Tuesday, March 28

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film News

So, sure, SXSW is over, but that just clears your schedule for QT Seven

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Is this crazy, or is it just me?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Cowboy del Amor

Ivan Thompson, the "Cowboy Cupid" who brokers marriages between American men and Mexican women, is a truly fascinating documentary character that is expertly revealed through rock-solid storytelling.

Duck Season

Despite being a movie about youthful inertia among some Mexico City adolescents stuck at home by themselves, Duck Season is squirmy, restless and avidly visual.

Inside Man

Although with Denzel, Jodie, and Clive in tow it would be difficult to go wrong, Spike Lee and screenwriter Russell Gewirtz have created a truly original film from various shopworn genre clichés.

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey

Lots of information and finely honed arguments characterize this vicariously thrilling and joyous documentary that explores heavy metal’s many permutations and sheer endurance over the past 30-odd years.

She's the Man

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night gets a teen-movie rehash in this manic panic of a mess that never rises to even the lowest levels of the Bard’s cross-dressing comedy of errors.

Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story

Tristram Shandy’s inspired, breakneck madness provides a good forum for Michael Winterbottom’s chief talent: the illumination of human nature, with all its messes and occasional marvels.

Tsotsi

Winner of the 2005 Best Foreign Language Oscar, this South African entry is a harsh but ultimately redemptive tale of a young gang leader who lives in a Johannesburg shantytown.

Unknown White Male

The ambitions of this intriguing documentary about one man’s amnesia far outweigh its accomplishments.
arts & culture

Gentle Disturbances

Creating ripples in public space with large-scale public art

BY ROBERT FAIRES

David Huntsberger

Straddling all things rascally and erudite, David Huntsberger's stand-up odyssey on evolution is more fun than a barrel of Scopes Monkey Trials

BY STEVE BIRMINGHAM

Art Outside

Art Outside reinvents the art show by placing art outside of its normal context, in a wood filled with 120 plots, each occupied by a different visual artist

BY BARRY PINEO

ProArts Collective

After a cruel 2005, ProArts is moving forward in the new year, with its first stage show, Kissing the Goodbye, by award-winning Austin writer Zell Miller III

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Lyric Opera

Austin Lyric Opera announces what's coming when it turns 20 next season and serves up a banquet of opera on celluloid in a party, titled Lights, Camera, Opera

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Where Are They Now?

Cyndi Williams' play 'Where Are They Now?,' based on the Parker-Hulme murder case, is a true crime drama that isn't about who done it but who survives it
columns

Page Two: Location, Location, Location

The key to South by Southwest is, as always, Austin

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

After SXSW, everything is an afterparty!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Is SOD available in food or do I need to get it in a supplement? I've been reading that it's a great free-radical neutralizer.

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Listen up – burning CDs and copyright law

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

Nowhere in the state takes more pride of its dogwood trees than Palestine, and nowhere can you find a greater concentration of the blooms than in Davey Dogwood Park

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Those crazy, crazy presidents

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Joe Nichols At Rodeo Austin

Travis County Expo Center, Friday, March 24, 2006

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

U.S. men falter in a WC warm-up, West Ham United blowing bubbles, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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