June 10, 2005

Volume 24, Number 41

ON THE COVER:
news

Shake Yo Rump-ah!

Photographer Will Van Overbeek goes back to school for prom and finds a whole lotta shakin' goin' on.

Little Athletes, Big Dreams

Austin's youth sports boom is young athletes, big competition – and big money

BY BILL CRAWFORD

You Are There!

The bottom of the barrel isn't low enough for local TV news

BY KEVIN BRASS

Keel's Firestorm

A bill that critics charged would have increased the pace of Texas executions dies and takes a judicial pay raise bill down with it

BY JORDAN SMITH

Change Ain't Easy

County reluctant to rename courthouse

BY CHERYL SMITH

Dumping on Del Valle

Residents wary of waste processing site

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

High School by Redesign

Garza Independence High School students get involved with plans to rework local high schools

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere.

BY LEE NICHOLS AND CHERYL SMITH

Point Austin: Playing the Numbers

A farewell to faithful servants, and a preliminary look at the city's priorities

BY MICHAEL KING

Small Victories

The Travis Co. Lege delegation closed shop with a few achievements

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

Norquist disowns stinky pal; and forget about a living wage

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Icing the Batter Electric

Cake decorators both professional and passionately amateur prep for local competition

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Beau Theriot has got the Oasis back on track; plus, grillin', tea, 'The Future of Food,' and Roy's recipes

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Almost Grown

Ana Egge and Adam Carroll reflect over their songwriting adolescence

BY JIM CALIGIURI

TCB

Choosing Darkness, a Chairman, and the much-appreciated new air-conditioning at Emo's

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Audioslave

Out of Exile

Marc Bolan & T. Rex

Born to Boogie

Kansas City Jazz

Frank Driggs and Chuck Haddix

Quasimoto

The Further Adventures of Lord Quas

Brian Eno

Another Day on Earth

Coldplay

X&Y

White Stripes

Get Behind Me Satan
screens

Tween Titans

The adventures of Taylor Lautner and Taylor Dooley (Sharkboy and Lavagirl, respectively), in conversation

BY MARC SAVLOV

Stay Sweet, BFF, KIT

'Freaks and Geeks' fans and their bittersweet assembly at the Alamo

BY MARRIT INGMAN

Film News

Rodriguez and Q.T. go back to the grind; plus, 'Screen Door Jesus,' back to Sundance, and all kinds of opportunities to get involved

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

This ain't your grandma's antiques show

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Heaven Can Wait

Ernst Lubitsch's first effort in Technicolor shimmers like Champagne in crystal: all bubbles, trifles, and blithe sophistication

Film Reviews

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D

Robert Rodriguez adds a dimension with this kids fantasy movie, but only in the most literal sense – 3-D.

High Tension

A gripping piece of splatterpunk, despite the fact that there's not much to it and the plot crumbles in the third act.

The Honeymooners

Instead of reworking the original TV show’s subject matter regarding class and marriage, this is plodding mimicry featuring a predominantly African-American cast.

It's All Gone Pete Tong

A superstar DJ goes deaf in Ibeza in this mockumentary that observes his process of coping.

Lords of Dogtown

This narrative re-creation of the skateboarding doc Dogtown and Z-Boys is a blast, as accurate as it ought to be with more than enough mythology and gut thrills thrown in for good measure.

Mondovino

Sprawling documentary about the globalization of the wine industry is ambitious but frequently directionless – for true connoisseurs only.

Rock School

More than his Philadelphia school of rock, it's blustery instructor Paul Green who becomes the true subject of this documentary.
arts & culture

May I Have the Envelope, Please?

The 2004-2005 Austin Critics Table Awards

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Conference Confluence

Austin hosts not one, but two national conferences on the arts the same weekend in June

BY ROBERT FAIRES

It Is Easy Being Green

Rather than make you puzzle out for yourself what environmental art is, Austin Green Art is hosting a summerlong, citywide exhibition that shows you what it is

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Benefits help a playwright pay off medical bills and a dance company keep dancing

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

2005 Soul to Sole Festival Concert

The continuum of tap from 1930s elegance to today's stomping rhythm pulsed in the concert concluding Tapestry Dance Company's 2005 Soul to Sole Festival

''Figure It Out 2005': George Lopez'

Irrational and impotent posturing distinguishes the figures in the drawings that George Lopez is exhibiting in the Eastside Art Palace's "Figure It Out."

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Rupert Holmes' adaptation of 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' has more to do with Victorian music hall entertainment than Dickensian literature – and is all the more engaging for it
columns

Page Two

The artistic genius of 79-year-old cinematographer Haskell Wexler is only the beginning of his story; the passion and eloquence of his lifelong political commitment stand equal to his cinematic achievements

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

We take cars for granted, yet people have been living like this only a short time, and, when this era exhausts itself, people may never live like this again. What will they think of us, I wonder.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Are you languishing in one of 'The Stages of Self-Acceptance for Gay Men'? Let Uncle Stephen guide you through.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

For HIV-positive people, a few simple precautions can make trips safer and more fun

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

Is an annual DEXA test enough to assure that I won't ever develop osteoporosis?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Copyright – registering a copyright & 'poor man's copyright'

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Next year the United States will spend as much on defense as the rest of the world combined

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge encompasses a rare island of native grassland and its natural occupants

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

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BY THE LUV DOC

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sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

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