April 7, 2006

Volume 25, Number 32

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news

Run-Offs to Go

A handful of races still hang in the balance – including these hot ones

BY LEE NICHOLS AND AMY SMITH

Is BCP Still for the Birds?

Ongoing disagreement over the appropriate balance between public access and endangered species protection on Western Travis County's Balcones Canyonlands Preserve comes to a head

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Out Youth Temporarily Out of Business

Financial problems and staff turmoil leave queer kids alienated

BY EMILY PYLE

Officers Cleared in Hernandez Beating Trial

APD still investigating whether policy violations occurred

BY JORDAN SMITH

AMD's Favorite Charity

Our Top 10 list of organizations and causes we believe AMD might like to consider sponsoring

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Ballot Battle

Judge rules city must rewrite ballot language covering open-government and clean water charter amendment propositions

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Endorsements

Naked City

Point Austin: Cops Go Free

APD acquittal suggests citizens still judge cops by a lower standard

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Council looks to survey the campaign damage and adjust the funds

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

For the Love of Nature; and Our Comically Inept Congress

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Roots

Previewing the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Second that!

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Have a Little Faith

James Hand might just get out of this country music business alive

BY JIM CALIGIURI

TCB

If we can now get arrested for even acting drunk, we may need Emo's, Daniel Johnston and Dale Watson more than ever

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

Willie Nelson

You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker

Dale Watson

Whiskey or God

Lucky Tomblin Band

In a Honky-tonk Mood

the Texas Sapphires

Valley So Steep

The Black Angels

Passover

Glass Eye

Every Woman's Fantasy

Nervous Exits

Get Out

Public Offenders & da 2-3 Mic Breakaz, Young Nick, DJ LL, DJ Rapid Ric, Dat Boy Mikee, East 35

All Black, WDRT Radio, H.O.T (Heart of Texas), Chalie Boy:The Versatyle Child, Gimme a Break, C Me Outside

ZZ Top

Tres Hombres, Fandango!
screens

On the Line, Two Shots

The Texas Documentary Tour revisits Steve James' 'Hoop Dreams'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

With a View

Kyle Henry and Cyndi Williams relive the making of 'Room'

BY SPENCER PARSONS

The Poppin' and Lockin' Ain't Stoppin'

Boogaloo Shrimp on life two decades after 'Breakin'

BY MARC SAVLOV

Screen Door: Shorts

Latest edition of minifestival takes place Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8.

Film News

On the set of 'Grind House,' sort of; plus, updates on 'There Will Be Blood,' 'Dallas,' and more

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Injustice, devastation, and bowling

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Academy Award-Nominated Documentary Shorts 2005

A rare opportunity to see what's considered the best in the field of short docs; plus all four nominees have a socio-political bent.

Adam & Steve

It’s an honest, refreshing comedy about love – gay, straight, or both – and is a date movie for all occasions and persuasions.

Battle in Heaven

Hot new Mexican director Carlos Reygadas is back with his second feature which pushes his unflinching imagery into provocative realms.

Brick

Brick transfers Dashiell Hammett’s hard-boiled universe to the modern high school campus with nary a clue that more than a half-century has passed since the Continental Op’s heyday.

CSA: The Confederate States of America

Scathingly satirical, often horrific mockumentary examines what America might look like if the South had won the Civil War.

Game 6

Novelist Don DeLillo's first foray as a screenwriter uses the legendary sixth game of the 1986 World Series as the central metaphor in this film starring Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr.

Lucky Number Slevin

This fun but ultimately disappointing mistaken-identity thriller has style galore, which may actually be the crux of its problem.

Room

Room wears the skin of a psychological thriller, but plays out as something far darker, weirder, and more distancing. The film was invited to Cannes and earned Independent Spirit Award nominations for its Austin artists, Kyle Henry and Cyndi Williams.

Slither

Writer-director James Gunn knows what makes horror fans howl, and is one heck of a writer to boot.

Take the Lead

It’s hard to fault such a warm, bouncy, and, yes, occasionally funky genre stalwart such as this for being exactly what you’d expect.
arts & culture

The 'West' Shall Rise Again

A new generation creates its own take on the show that changed Austin theatre

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

With 1,000-plus bodies packing the Paramount on March 30, clearly Austin wanted to hear what superstar artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude had to say

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Women

Frank Benge, who's directing 19 women in a new staging of Clare Boothe-Luce's ever-popular 'The Women,' describes his relationships with the play and all those females

BY BARRY PINEO

Culture Flash!

Council candidates talk the arts, the people's choice from City Hall's art exhibit, musical theatre training from Broadway pros, and local playwrights get read on both coasts

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Durang/Durang

In the St. Edward's University production of Christopher Durang's redundantly titled 'Durang/Durang,' canonized American plays transform into comedic farce

Director's Choice/Evolution

In Director's Choice/Evolution, the side-by-side presentation of old and new dances by Ballet Austin's Stephen Mills and Gina Patterson revealed two creators maturing and deepening in their art

'Outer Limits'

The new series of paintings in 'Outer Limits' by Eric Gibbons offers psychological portraits of the artist and of characters from Star Wars
columns

Page Two: When Does 'Open' Mean 'Closed'?

The open-government charter amendment is a special-interest wolf in populist sheep's clothing

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Balls to the walls, baby. This week in Fashion is balls to the walls.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Are the claims that Proxenol will make you look and feel younger too good to be true?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Tax return – can I get an extension?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

The Holy City of the Wichitas has hosted the 'Prince of Peace Passion Play' every Easter season since 1926

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

James K. Polk: The Catheterizer

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Ching kicks Dynamos off to good start in MLS season, U.S. men prepare for WC game vs. Jamaica, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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