Volume 24, Number 35
ON THE COVER:
An annotated list of several places where kids could be going this summer to enjoy physically and mentally invigorating activities
Is the noisy suburban school battle an omen of things to come?
BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY
Whistle-blower testimony raises new questions concerning actions of city officials
BY JORDAN SMITH
Travis County officials spark a feud over the prospect of privatizing the county's delinquent tax collection duties
BY AMY SMITH
Energy efficient building project proves fiscally impractical for current neighborhood location
BY DANIEL MOTTOLA
'Statesman' explores new ways to spark circulation and revenue, often taking a pickax to traditional Ad-Editorial boundaries in the process
BY KEVIN BRASS
City Council candidate Lee Leffingwell will continue his
Place 1 run despite recent personal tragedy
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
BY LEE NICHOLS AND CHERYL SMITH
In a bill on child protection, the House votes to do its worst
BY AMY SMITH
A human tragedy overshadows the campaign two-steps, but the dance goes on
BY MICHAEL KING
Uncle Sam says 'tough break' to regular taxpaying citizens, 'anything for you, Lockheed'; and working stiffs sponge up the stress of globalization
BY JIM HIGHTOWER
The Driskill's Royal Victorian Spring Tea
BY BARBARA CHISHOLM
The sustained explosion of South Congress; plus, Garden Parties, farmers' markets, and Sunday Musical Mystery Series
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
Busy Austinites focused on their destinations amid I-35 traffic might tend to miss the unassuming brick building on the northbound access road between the Crazy Lady and Dreamers
Kathy McCarty explains why it took her a decade between albums
BY KATHY MCCARTY
BY AUDRA SCHROEDER
Arclight Records, an ailing Octopus, ACL leaks, and indie-rock hits the beach
BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY
The Dirty & Hairy Film Festival
The Carlton Chronicles:Not Until the Operation's Through
ATX Records Presents Volume 1, Whut It Dew 2, The Other Side of Texas Volume 1.5, The Swed.u.s.h. Connection (Swedish Brandy), In the End, All Things Begin
Polkas, Gritos y Acordeónes
A Heart Wide Open
Live! Down the Road
The Eclectic Horsemen, Guess You Heard, One More Time, Who's Goin' Down to Town
5 Songs, The Shim Shams, Ready for the Fall
Forget the Alibi
Under the Radar
Grief Can Kill an Elephant
Don't Poop in My Mouth and Tell Me It's Raining
Take to the Sky
Before the Fadeaway
The summer games preview
BY MARCEL MEYER
Enron's collapse caught on tape, sort of
BY SHAWN BADGLEY
Nancy Higgins' 'Viva Les Amis'
BY MARC SAVLOV
Making 'Room' for Kyle Henry in Cannes; plus, 'August Evening,' 'Everything in Between,' and 'Dallas'
BY JOE O'CONNELL
Why 'Warm Springs' is one actually worth watching
BY BELINDA ACOSTA
The Baja 1000, the longest off-road race in the world, is captured on film by Step Into Liquid's Dana Brown.
Oscar winner documents the collapse of Enron in vivid detail and with cinematic flourish.
Fans of the novel can exhale, finally; panic is unwarranted. On the other hand, audiences unfamiliar with Douglas Adams’ bizarre world may wonder what all the fuss is about.
Here’s an interesting surprise: Dour, dry David Duchovny’s directorial debut is more weepy than creepy, a conventional coming-of-age story that flashes back to 1970s New York City.
A mirthless comedy about venal people doing stupid things.
This 2003 revenger from Korean upstart Chan-wook Park is a multilayered, intensely performed, shockingly violent, and viscerally visual tour de force.
Neither a change of seasons nor truly wonderful performances can breathe life into the dismally enervated drama Winter Solstice.
A nonstop orgy of bullets, bombs, and booty that aims low and hits the bull’s-eye with enough firepower to sink the Bismarck.
arts & culture
Remembering Boyd Vance, his life and legacy
BY ROBERT FAIRES
Behind the music of 'The Marriage of Figaro' is a man named Lorenzo da Ponte
BY DAN DIETZ
For its staging of Sandy Asher's ironically titled children's comedy 'The Wise Men of Chelm,' Second Youth Family Theatre gets to bring the playwright to town
BY BARRY PINEO
Comic artist David Rees and the theatre of 'War'
BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER
Mary Moody Northen Theatre's production of 'Honk!' reimagines the ugly duckling in a musical that's long and uneven but offers some excellent acting and moments of unquestionable magic
Even for a Tuna virgin, 'Red, White and Tuna' is a viciously funny excursion into small-town Texas politics, relationships, and heated gossip
The two lovely new operas 'Della's Gift' and 'Holy Night' offer us intimate examinations of love of Christmastime
Notes on Daniel Johnston, 'Dead Dog's Eyeball,' and the soundtrack of our lives
BY LOUIS BLACK
Our readers talk back.
No country gets two centuries anymore. The 21st will be China's century. That's what $4-plus a gallon means, and nothing can stop it. We're heading for a modern Dust Bowl.
BY MICHAEL VENTURA
Who are the up-and-comers coming up from UT Fashion program? Plus, Your Style Avatar weighs in on the controversial subject of little stickers with kids' names, sport, team, and jersey number on the back of SUVs.
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
Denialists are often well-intentioned but willfully uninformed. We applaud the raising of difficult questions, but if denialism interferes with education and self-empowerment, it is merely destructive.
BY SANDY BARTLETT
Fairfield Lake State Park caters to a lot of different recreational activities, including fishing, mountain biking, birding, and hiking
BY GERALD E. MCLEOD
What's the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?
BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.
Preparing a will under Texas law
BY LUKE ELLIS AND CHERIKA PROCTOR
It's raining men
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
Our latest batch
Auditorium Shores at the Long Center, Friday, April 29, 2005
BY THE LUV DOC
Letters to the editor, published daily
Chelsea and AC Milan drop the ball
BY NICK BARBARO