July 22, 2005

Volume 24, Number 47

ON THE COVER:
news

Lifting the Curse at KEYE?

Can big bucks and big names return the CBS affiliate to the land of the ratings living?

BY KEVIN BRASS

Rocha Case: New Drug Evidence Raises Questions About County Lab

First test showed no drugs in suspect; second contradicted

BY JORDAN SMITH

Guadalupe Gets a Makeover

Heritage neighbors give mixed reviews to redevelopment north of the Drag

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY LEE NICHOLS AND CHERYL SMITH

On the Lege

No solution; another special session is coming

BY AMY SMITH

Point Austin: The Costs of Community

While the Lege shows what not to do, the city has a chance to do better

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Enlist the rich; and Supremes clear the way for government to turn your property over to companies that'll pay more in taxes

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Fish Tale

Maiko sushi lounge has great potential, but some of its promises have gone unfulfilled

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

Thoughts on the feeding tube; plus, Nu Age, El Chilito, and everything you need to know, event-wise, for the upcoming week on the Austin food scene

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Indian Palace

The land of milk and honey down Far West

Rocco's Grill

Less Louis Prima than the Spins
music

Iraqnophobia

Tough Austin tenorman Alex Coke

BY JAY TRACHTENBERG

Wake-Up Call

Looking back on the onetime heart of local hip-hop, Catfish Station, and the visuals that defined it

BY ROBERT GABRIEL

TCB

Hanging with the Devil's Rejects, dodging downtown water-gun fire, mourning two more fallen rockers

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Sufjan Stevens

Illinois

Etta James

Live shot

the Greencards

Weather and Water

Engineers

Engineers

A Band of Bees

Free the Bees

Electrelane

Axes

Kinski

Alpine Static
screens

Zupan on Impact

'Murderball' and the making of a celebrity

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Remembering His Roots

Craig Brewer tells the story behind 'Hustle & Flow'

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film News

Action Figure's new digs; plus, 'The Cassidy Kids,' Native American shape-shifters vs. bounty hunters, and more

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

What the ...?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Fritz the Cat

Based on one of Robert Crumb's earliest characters, Fritz the Cat doesn't exactly survive the test of time and was admittedly off-base to begin with – Crumb famously hated the movie and killed Fritz off in a subsequent comic – but that didn't diminish the film's popularity

Film Reviews

Bad News Bears

This genial remake is Billy Bob Thornton’s game all the way.

The Devil's Rejects

A viciously entertaining psycho-road-movie-revenge-‘n’-wreckage-romance.

Hustle & Flow

A rousing Rocky story set on the mean streets of Memphis.

The Island

If you like Maxim, you'll love this latest from adrenaline fiend Michael Bay.

Murderball

This doc about quadriplegic rugby entertains, informs, and inspires.
arts & culture

The Carol You Don't Know

There's much more to Ms. Channing than Dolly and Lorelei

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Getting Kids Into the Act

Curtain up on GRRL Action and Vortex Summer Youth Theatre

BY BARRY PINEO

Hank Yanked

The Zachary Scott Theatre Center had to close its hit production of 'Hank Williams: Lost Highway' because of a planned national tour of the show

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Tears for Ears

Vocalist Tina Marsh, pianist Eddy Hobizal, and cellist Terry Muir have recorded their delectably eclectic program from last summer's CO2 benefit, and the CD is out

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Played Out

After only a year and just two productions, play! Theatre Group has sold its building at East 12th and Cedar and cancelled all future productions

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Hestervision

A new short film by Austin comic Tom Hester screens at the big Just for Laughs international comedy festival in Montreal

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Annie Get Your Gun

Zilker Theatre Productions' staging of 'Annie Get Your Gun' is delightful enough to make you feel there are no show people like show people

The Two Lives of Napoleon Beazley

The Original Theatre Company's 'The Two Lives of Napoleon Beazley' presents the story of a Texas teen sentenced to death with heartbreaking scenes, evoking pathos for injustice

'Karyn Olivier: Winter Hung To Dry'

In her clothesline installation 'Winter Hung to Dry,' artist Karyn Olivier utilizes the sparest means to penetrate the consciousness of nostalgia and perception

The Texas Monkey Project

The Texas Monkey Project: 2005 Art Show and Sale runs Saturday, July 23 through Saturday, Aug. 20, at Progress Coffee. All proceeds benefit the Primarily Primates sanctuary
columns

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

No recent commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Walt Whitman's 'Leaves of Grass' shared the poem's spirit or its author's invitation to expand the very definition of 'human being'

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

You've got mail ... and gonorrhea!

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

Caring for the special needs of premature babies

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Buying on eBay – caveat emptor part II

BY LUKE ELLIS AND MEGAN LONERGAN

Day Trips

Jim Hansen, aka the Birdman of Bellville, can tell you a thing or two about birds and birdhouses

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

24,000 metal knife-shaped objects of unknown origin and purpose

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Oops!

Our latest batch

Luv Doc Recommends: Heybale! Concert

, Friday, July 22, 2005

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Lightning buckles under Heat, and U.S. advances to Gold Cup semi-finals

BY NICK BARBARO

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