March 31, 2006

Volume 25, Number 31

ON THE COVER:
news

ELECTION

What's at Stake at City Hall?

City elections bring debate over people, priorities, and propositions

BY MICHAEL KING

ELECTION

What's at Stake in Austin's Schools?

Austin ISD faces a spring election and a brace of persistent problems

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

ELECTION

ACC

Five candidates battle for three open spots on the Austin Community College Board of Trustees

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Endorsements

Elementary School Limbo Continues

Decisive vote on whether to close two AISD elementary schools comes down to indecisive 4-4 tie at Monday's board of trustees meeting

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Hidden Evidence?

Reed's attorneys insist evidence unavailable to him during his 1998 trial casts serious doubt on his guilt of the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites, and strongly supports the defense theory that another man was the killer

BY JORDAN SMITH

Connecting the Food Dots

What the war in Iraq has to do with tomatoes and the Red-Headed Stranger

BY CHERYL SMITH

For Their Eyes Only

TWP says there isn't enough money to give them all canes

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Greens vs. Greens

Charter election rhetoric begins rising all around

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

It's trump and counter-trump in the council vs. charter wars

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Turning Cookies Into Armor; and A Regime of Injustice

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Restaurant Service: A Discussion

Twelve Austin professionals come to the table in an effort to define, demystify, and defend the most controversial aspect of dining out.

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

El Mesón gets some competition – from itself; plus, an extended Event Menu

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

JESSE TAYLOR

Jesse Hercules Taylor

Words and images to preserve Jesse 'Guitar' Taylor

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Freight Train Outta Town

Jesse Hercules Taylor

BY JO CAROL PIERCE

Deal Him In

Jesse Taylor's tornado days

BY MARGARET MOSER

TCB

TCB sees dead people, lots of them, and one extremely live band

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Arab strap

The Last Romance

Hard-Fi

Stars of CCTV

The Complete Motown Singles Volume 4:1964

The Complete Motown Singles Volume 4:1964

Witch, Om, Facedowninshit, Priestess, Rammstein, Invaders

Witch, Conference of the Birds, Nothing Positive, Only Negative, Hello Master, Rosenrot, Invaders

Saul Williams

Live Shot
screens

Merchant of Death

Director Jason Reitman spins his feature, 'Thank You for Smoking'

BY DARCIE STEVENS

Blue Screen Has Austin Studios in the Green

And what John Walsh catching more crooks has to do with it

BY JOE O'CONNELL

In Print

'Conversations With the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age at the American Film Institute'

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Three Women Abroad

Tuesdays, April 4 through May 16, Alamo Drafthouse Downtown

'The Passing Show' Comes to Town ...

Ronnie Lane doc opens up at Alamo South Lamar

TV Eye

Testosterone on tap

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Ask the Dust

The legendary screenwriter and occasional director Robert Towne here adapts and directs John Fante's Depression-era novel about a first-generation Italian-American novelist and his life in Los Angeles.

ATL

Wicked smart examination of black kids in modern Atlanta features talented young actors navigating the circuitous path to adulthood while spending their downtime at the local roller rink.

Basic Instinct 2

This wholly unwarranted sequel is so outrageously preposterous (and chockablock with bad dialogue) that the end result achieves a basement grandeur of near-epic proportions.

Find Me Guilty

Like the criminal justice system it portrays, Find Me Guilty (starring Vin Diesel in the dramatic lead) ultimately works a great deal better than you might expect.

Go for Zucker!

As two German families collide, the film explores its characters’ shared history to unravel the challenges of political and personal reunification.

Ice Age: The Meltdown

An exercise in the superfluous, this sequel lacks the original film’s geniality – and all of its pro-environment stumping.

Joyeux Noël

The title suggests a seasonal release, but this remarkable film is very much of the moment, suggesting the futility of war by depicting the “Christmas truce” of 1914 from three sides in the battle.

Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector

A movie so exasperating it's driven our reviewer to escape into song.

The Passing Show

This rock documentary about musician Ronnie Lane can be described in one word (or is it three?): Ooh la la.

Stay Alive

Contrary to the hopes of geeks everywhere, Stay Alive is not an all-zombie musical remake of Sly Stallone's 1983 Saturday Night Fever sequel, but instead a fatuous and dull horror film about gamers.

Thank You for Smoking

This snarkily playful little comedy gets so wrapped up in its own barbed witticisms that it fails to land even the lightest sucker-punches on the institutions it aims to skewer.

Trudell

John Trudell, the Native American rights activist and spoken-word artist and musician, is the subject of this reverential biographical portrait that feels more like a press package than a full-fledged biopic.
arts & culture

Author? Author?

Who really wrote Shakespeare's plays? Writer Amy Freed plays the question for laughs.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

American Fiesta

The American Theatre Critics Association has awarded Steven Tomlinson's American Fiesta its 2005 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Director's Choice

With her choreographic achievements being showcased in Ballet Austin's 'Director's Choice / Evolution,' Gina Patterson explains what makes a choreographer

BY ROBERT FAIRES

In Memoriam

Alfred King, one of Austin's greatest cultural benefactors and advocates, has died at age 89

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Bad Dates

The day after opening in the solo comedy 'Bad Dates,' actress Helen Merino broke her foot, forcing director Dave Steakley to bring in Jill Blackwood as a ringer

BY ROBERT FAIRES

OilBash

Literate, greasy ladies throw down on the Eastside

BY CINDY WIDNER

Arts Reviews

The Glory of Living

As staged by Hyde Park Theatre, Rebecca Gilman's 'The Glory of Living' walks a tightrope between offensive slurs and comical jabs over solemn social issues

Kissing the Goodbye

Dying and the worth of individual lives are treated with a refreshing and uplifting respect in Zell Miller III's family drama 'Kissing the Goodbye'

'Lance Letscher: Index'

Lance Letscher's works in the D Berman exhibit 'Index' are at once sublime, profound, mesmerizing, gorgeous, subversive, and encompassing
columns

Page Two: Life, Fiction, and Selling Out

Life, fiction, and selling out

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

No matter if it's an unknown young singer like 17-year-old Sahara Smith in a little club on South Lamar (the "unknown" part won't last long in her case), no matter if it's in the room of an unknown poet destined to remain unknown, no matter – there are acts of creation, however desperate, that cannot be stopped.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen takes on 'Project Runway'

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Useful tips on counteracting the side effects of Fosamex

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Listen up – illegal downloads & copyright law

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

Jaree Basher helps emerging talent find a voice at the Garland Opry

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Redefining "going postal," and dirty, dirty Americans

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Italians fair to middling; and the return of MLS

BY NICK BARBARO

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