June 24, 2005

Volume 24, Number 43

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news

Y Not?

The battle over AMD's move to Lantana is a one-tract skirmish in a larger war over the uncertain future of Central Texas

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Rocha Shooting: Plenty of Questions, Few Answers

Angry public confronts city officials at community meeting with questions about the officer-involved shooting death of Daniel Rocha

BY JORDAN SMITH

Battling for Music, History, and Learning

Juneteenth Battle of the Bands competition harkens back to days when marching bands enjoyed a celebrated place in Austin's black community, and creates opportunity for greater future African-American involvement in school bands.

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

City in Court Against SoCo Cafe

City files charges against South Congress Cafe owners for unpermitted construction of fence, deck, and outdoor bar

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

The Good and the Bad

'Texas Monthly's biennial list of 'Best and Worst Legislators' is out

BY AMY SMITH

Naked City

BY CHERYL SMITH

Grandma vs. Cowboy

Can Strayhorn lasso Perry? Maybe the Lege will tell.

BY AMY SMITH

Point Austin: Ringing in the New

New City Council takes its place, and the fun just keeps on coming

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

It's not easy being a CEO; and touch a football or feast on fried shrimp, and go to hell

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food-o-File

A vat of news; plus, the summer Event Menu is heating up

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Las Cazuelas

Some time ago, a friendly reader e-mailed with the suggestion that we simply must check out the taqueria at the corner of Cesar Chavez and Chalmers

Santos Taqueria

Santos Silerio learned her craft feeding eight hungry children

Sawadee Thailand

Sawadee in Thai means 'hello,' and Sawadee Thailand restaurant is the ideal introduction to the cuisine of the Land of Smiles for the uninitiated
music

On Any Sunday

Continental Sunday nights at Heybale's two-step cotillion

BY MARGARET MOSER

TCB

Austin rallies to help Jon Dee Graham's son save his legs

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Austin Imprints

Dwight Yoakam

Blame the Vain

Slow Dazzle

The View From the Floor

Great Lake Swimmers

Great Lake Swimmers

Phosphorescent

Aw Come Aw Wry

David Olney

Migration

Paul Metsa

Texas in the Twilight

Tutu Jones

Live

The Clutters

T&C

Various Artists

Hall of Mirrors

RPG

Fulltime
screens

That Darn Documentary

Director Zev Asher on 'Casuistry: The Art of Killing a Cat'

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

For black and brown people of my generation, the Jackson debacle is particularly painful in a way that few have articulated

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Gary Cooper Collection

Rarely did he singe the big screen with his craft, yet his dimpled impassivity was ready-made for audience personification

Film Reviews

Bewitched

Again Kidman goes for another nose-centric role, yet Nora Ephron's very meta remake of the old TV show still misfires.

George A. Romero's Land of the Dead

Romero has again crafted a character-driven horror film that doubles as a metaphor for the economic disparity in America and, to a lesser degree, the war on terror.

Herbie: Fully Loaded

This deluxe retread is sort of annoying, but it’s so scrappy and persistent that it seems kind of cute in spite of itself.

My Summer of Love

This ripe and symbolically drenched coming-of-age story nevertheless pleases due to its rare emotional honesty and the delightful performances of two young newcomers.

Torremolinos 73

In this comedy set in Seventies Spain, a married couple makes porn movies for Scandinavian consumption.
arts & culture

What We Learned

What is the state of the arts in America and where does Austin fit in the mix?

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Playing God … and W

Actress Shannon Grounds on tackling a pair of the ultimate power roles – at once

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Good Art Hunting

'Cracks in the Pavement' is back, giving Austinites another chance to discover art left on sidewalks, under bridges, beside freeways, in park bushes, and in other unlikely corners of the cityscape

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Two local artists make '24-Hour Comics Day Highlights,' the Arts Commission talks minority arts allocations, and Andrew Long opens his studio

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity

'The Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity,' the third installment in Salvage Vanguard Theater's retro radio serial, is the only conclusion to a space opera trilogy you need this summer.

The Water Principle

Director Ken Webster's production of 'The Water Principle' seems as much at cross-purposes with the quirky, strange script as its characters are with one another

Whispers of Heaven

With Whispers of Heaven, choreographer Sally Jacques invites us to steep in visions of loveliness in a hard place, to ease into beauty as we would a hot bath

'Mike Krone at RT Gallery'

In his artworks shown at RT Gallery, illustrator Mike Krone seems able to efficiently focus on new possibilities even when things go very wrong
columns

Page Two

An oceanside contemplation of the Declaration of Independence

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

A visit to Deadwood: The legends show you where to go. Once you get there, you do your best to find out why you came.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

What a week! Stephen revels in the tacky, the tawdry, and the out-and-out terrible when it comes to fashion. Better luck next week, dear Avatar!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

Confidential or anonymous? Either way, the result will only be given in person, so no one can get your results except you.

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

My doctor says my constipation results from 'weak peristalsis.' What is this, and what can make it better?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Boating while intoxicated

BY NICOLE CLARK AND LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Nicolas Cage, albacore tuna, remote viewers, and the Shah of Iran

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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Our latest batch

Day Trips

The Beer Can House stands out in the quiet West Houston neighborhood like a belly dancer at a black-tie ball

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Luv Doc Recommends: Willie Graham Legg Perthes Benefit

Saxon Pub, Friday, June 24, 2005

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Ajax to clean up American soccer; and a football coup in Senegal

BY NICK BARBARO

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