July 8, 2005

Volume 24, Number 45

ON THE COVER:
news

Keeping Austin Wild

As the population swells, officials and activists look for ways to preserve open space

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Weed Watch: Don't Bogart That Lollipot!

Candies derived from marijuana flowers contain no THC, but still raise the ire of politicians

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Real Austin?

The capital of Texas ... a great place to hook up and throw up

BY KEVIN BRASS

UT Raises the Solar Roof

Students build all-solar house for national competition

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY LEE NICHOLS AND CHERYL SMITH

Property Tax Fireworks Flare

Proposals would actually tax Texans more, but with little extra for schools

BY KIMBERLY REEVES AND AMY SMITH

Point Austin: Thoughts After Celebration

Beneath the rockets' red glare, the costs of our Iraq misadventure mount

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Corporations promising to relocate here and to create lots of jobs in exchange for tax breaks and other goodies are full of it; and Transportation Security Administration doing a lot more than making you take off your shoes

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Excellence Without Pretense

Mark Schmidt's 'rustic gourmet' approach is the driving force behind Cafe 909

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Will Travel For Food

Tequila country

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Congratulations and upcoming events across the Austin food community

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

The Kitchen Door

Since 1975, the Kitchen Door has been selling hearty home-cooked American comfort food to go, and despite its longevity, it shows few signs of aging
music

99 Bands

Ninety-nine local bands on Red River waiting to be heard

BY DARCIE STEVENS

TCB

Why everyone loves Alan Durham's Sex Drive; Trophy's and a slew of other music-sharing venues reshape the scene

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

I Hope You're Happy Now

Andrew Bujalski, who wrote 'Funny Ha Ha' in Austin and wrapped it in Boston, on the film's unlikely fate

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Behind the Curtain

The Texas Documentary Tour: Amy Grappell's 'Light From the East'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

In Print

The creator of TV's cult classic Freaks and Geeks and writer of another memoir, Kick Me, Paul Feig is no stranger to mining embarrassment's riches, and Superstud ranks high among his work for going so low

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Film News

The Texas Film Commission copes with big departure; plus, Kat Candler, shooting updates, and casting calls

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Having been exiled from Austin for the month of June, I found myself longing for a decent breakfast taco

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Hustle

The 1975 film 'Hustle' is a great modern love story disguised as a neo-noir police procedural. Largely unappreciated at the time of its release, the situation has not improved greatly if we are to judge by this no-frills DVD release.

Film Reviews

Après Vous

Two of France's top actors pair up for this wishful farce about good deeds and their consequences.

Fantastic Four

All four aren't fantastic, but at least two are pretty good in this latest Hollywood take on a classic from Marvel Comics.

Kontroll

Hungarian writer-director Antal is like the conductor of a midnight express: Grab a rail and hold on while he whizzes through montages and extreme angles of impossibly precipitous escalators in the Budapest subway system.

Undead

This Australian horror film arrives at the tail end of a recent and very substantial cinematic zombie overdose. Unfortunately, there are only so many ways to slice the walking dead.
arts & culture

Music for the Eyes

Annie Leibovitz's portraits of American musicians reveal her true oeuvre

BY MARGARET MOSER

The Next Diegos

Mexic-Arte's 'YLA No. 10' showcases the work of tomorrow's great Latino artists

BY PATTI HADAD

Let the Spirit Move You

The Spirit Echoes Fine Art Festival is your one-stop shop to fill all those one-of-a-kind sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, and jewelry needs

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Last call for changes to the city arts funding guidelines, another cool two million for the Long Center, Sally Jacques gets touched by an angel, more Austin artists do New York, and another honor for Conspirare

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Appointment With Death

Even without Hercule Poirot, the Different Stages production of Agatha Christie's 'Appointment With Death' provides a satisfying mystery

Ondine

The plays of Jean Giraudoux are rarely staged today, so Coda Theatre Project's 'Ondine' is, while flat in places, a courageous and heartening show

'Flatbed Press'

Flatbed Press offers artists opportunities to create limited-edition prints and compelling memories.
columns

Page Two

Religious zealotry can have the effect of undoing basic morality

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back

Letters at 3AM

'Practice,' in the modern sense, means to work at something persistently, trying to get it right – which also fits my meaning, my practice: the hour or so a day when I read my 'devotionals' (a Catholic usage), then to go to my altar to meditate and pray

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Where and with whom did Stephen sally forth this Fourth of July? And what else happened in town on this party weekend.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

On the down-low ...?

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

A decision on whether to supplement with ultratrace minerals or not depends on diet

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

Day Trips

Lyfe Tyme barbecue pits love their smokers, and so will you

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

LSD, chess, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and 12 pianos

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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Luv Doc Recommends: Moonlight Towers Free Show

Emo's, Saturday, July 9, 2005

BY THE LUV DOC

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sports

Soccer Watch

Divine intervention lifts Austin Lightning

BY NICK BARBARO

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