July 29, 2005

Volume 24, Number 48

ON THE COVER:
news

Meet the New Neighbors

A fugitive sect of Mormon polygamists is building a home – and an end-time temple – in the West Texas town of Eldorado

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Banks of the Blanco

Environmentalists and Hays County clash over river-clearing project

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Tasers Helped Reduce Use of Force, APD Report Says

But critics still worry about physical effects

BY JORDAN SMITH

Benedict Charges Campaign Finance Violations

Unsuccessful council candidate says out-of-town money violates the law

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

BY LEE NICHOLS AND CHERYL SMITH

Point Austin: Wish Lists

AFSCME steps up to the council budget table, and the bonds begin to take shape

BY MICHAEL KING

House Gives Perry the Finger

House Bills 2 and 3 die; it's back to square one

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

The dark art of science twisting; and if you're in your fightin' prime, Uncle Sam is watching

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Combination Punch

Sushi Japon puts it all together with restraint and good taste

BY MICK VANN

Food-o-file

Sweetish Hill is ready to celebrate; plus, Vespaio, P. Terry's Burger Stand, and many options on the Event Menu

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Romeo's

It might be old-fashioned, but it never gets old

Billy's on Burnet

How I found a new favorite hangout
music

There Goes the Neighborhood

Ray Pride's 'Beauty School' Crack Pipes: No day at the ballpark

BY GREG BEETS

Texas Platters

Live shot

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

TCB

It may be in Chicago, but there's something distinctly Austin about Lollapalooza 2005.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

Voxtrot

Raised by Wolves EP

Slim Thug, Rapid Ric & Mr. Rogers, Suav, Deuce Almighty, Buddy Leroy, DeLoach

Already Platinum, Afta da Relays, Hate Me From a Distance, In Deuce We Trust, Pimp Stroll, The Life and Times of Wally DeLuxe

Stephen Bruton

From the Five

Susan Gibson

Outer Space

Stayton Bonner

Think I'm Gonna Move to Australia

Billy Dee

When the Vow Breaks

Willie Nelson, George Strait, Rodney Crowell

Countryman, Somewhere Down in Texas, The Outsider

Tuxedo Killers, Dumb Haircuts, Ethan Master of the Hawaiian Ukelele, Mexican Blackbirds

M. Night Shyamalan's Tuxedo Killers, Dumb Haircuts / Ethan Master of the Hawaiian Ukelele, Fear of Texas

Clifford

Signal the Sun

Creature of Unusual Size

Paris Utopia

[DARYL], Black Tie Dynasty

Bloody Basin

Kissinger

Me and Otto

Kirk Smith

Suddenly Bright Out

Uptown Creepers

What They Want

The Whiskey Decision

Slow Horse
screens

Bigger Stakes

Richard Linklater on remixing 'The Bad News Bears'

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

On the Case: No. 1

The Burnt Orange kids take on 'The Cassidy Kids': No. 1 in a series

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Film News

'The King' finds a throne, Hanks finds another Wilson, and where you'll find time to help Marian Yeager; plus, Sandra Bullock should stay closer to home

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

The flirting has just begun. Yes, it's only the end of July, and yet the networks are already running promos for new shows that may not even premiere until late fall.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Best of Open Screen Night: Year Two

How great it is to have an outlet like this in town? Pretty great. But how great is this anthology?

Film Reviews

Happy Endings

Movie about master manipulators and the people who love them is rife with surprises.

Must Love Dogs

Convinced that one is the loneliest number, a divorced woman uses man's best friend to catch a new mate.

Sky High

An adolescent superhero can't find his niche.

Stealth

Masterful aerial action sequences don't compensate for earthbound plot.

Yes

While the unconventional Yes doesn’t realize all of its artistic ambitions, its depiction of romantic passion still resonates.
arts & culture

Off-Off-Broadway Bound

An Austinite's account of taking the stage in New York City

BY LOWELL BARTHOLOMEE

Movin' On Up

With a hotshot New York design team on board, Arthouse makes a long-awaited start on the transformation of its second story

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Two(Funny)fer Words

The Friday Night Twofer is a new night of hilarity building on the recent explosion of improvisational theatre and comedy troupes in Austin

BY PATTI HADAD

Culture Flash!

An award for Trio Contraste, a new contract for Peter Bay, a chorus of 'New York, New York' for Kirk Lynn and Rob Nash, and benefits for 'La Pastorela' and Hyde Park Theatre

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Petra's Pecado

Rupert Reyes' bilingual comedy 'Petra's Pecado' hits the audience with Mexican culture like a well-wrapped enchilada washed down with a frosty margarita

'Alonso Rey'

Alonso Rey's painted psychological dramas transcend jargon to establish an unexpected truthfulness that captures human character
columns

Page Two: Page Break

"Page Two" is taking a break

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar gets all rock & roll on yo' ass this week! Word!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

What's the latest scoop on HIV treatments?

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

What's the deal with acrylamide?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Buying on eBay – Caveat Emptor

BY LUKE ELLIS, CHLOË LOVE AND MEGAN LONERGAN

Day Trips

A sea turtle's life has never been easy

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Klaatu, Barada, and Nikto

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Lightning falls short of playoffs

BY NICK BARBARO

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