April 14, 2006

Volume 25, Number 33

ON THE COVER:
news

Clouded Prospects

Lege special session opens with glowing rhetoric, uncertain goals

BY AMY SMITH

Run-off Roundup

Democrats and Republicans finalize their November slates

Naked City

Point Austin: Low Expectations

Not much reason to believe that the Lege will do right by Texas students

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside The Point

Mueller neighbors aren't against a new water tower, they just want a better-looking one.

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Stealing Local Democratic Authority; and Grounding Our High-Flying Congress

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Simple, Straightforward, and Satisfying

A legendary restaurateur's latest venture is another success

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

At the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Dandelion Cafe

Nice and wholesome never tasted so good

Mangoes and Curry Leaves

Jeffrey Alford and Jeffrey Alford
music

Crackin' Up

The Arm muscles up to 'Call You Out'

BY DARCIE STEVENS

TCB

TCB scales the Wall of Sound festival at Fort Worth's Ridglea Theater

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Elvis Costello, Austin Symphony Orchestra

Elvis Costello & the Austin Symphony Orchestra

Drive-by Truckers

A Blessing and a Curse

Calexico

Garden Ruin

Fiery Furnaces

Bitter Tea

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Show Your Bones

Ghostface Killah

Fishscale

T.I.

King

Anouar Brahem, Charles Lloyd

Le Voyage de Sahar, Sangam

Andrew Hill, Randy Weston, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, the Mary Lou Williams Collective, Larry Willis

Time Lines, Zep Tepi, Solo, Zodiac Suite:Revisited, The Big Push

Betty LaVette, Candi Staton, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Cassandra Wilson

Child of the Seventies, His Hands, Refined Sugar, Thunderbird
screens

Tales That Must Be Told

Previewing the ninth Cine Las Americas

'State vs. Reed' Gaining Steam: Pair's First Doc Becoming the Story

Local pair's first doc becoming the story

BY FRANK RIVERA

Questions, Prepares to Launch

Paramount screening, April 18

BY JOE O'CONNELL

In Space

The meme machine

BY MARRIT INGMAN

TV Eye

Stealing ideas

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Awesome: I Fuckin' Shot That!

A Beastie Boys concert as filmed by 50 giddy fans.

The Benchwarmers

Another comedy from ex-SNLers, along with Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder and baseball's Reggie Jackson.

Don't Come Knocking

With its wonderful veteran cast, its heart on its sleeve, and a love for the landscape that suffuses its technique, Sam Shepard and Wim Wenders' movie is a peculiar but rewarding escape.

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things

Based on the allegedly autobiographical short stories of alleged teen author J.T. Leroy, Asia Argento's film describes a Gothic maelstrom of psychic and physical abuse.

La Mujer de Mi Hermano

Soap melodramatics masquerade as high art in this south-of-the-border drama about a love triangle and marital infidelity.

Music From the Inside Out

Documentary filmmaker Daniel Anker spent five years with the Philadelphia Orchestra as they toured, rehearsed, and waxed poetic about the purpose of music in their lives.

Phat Girlz

Comedian Mo’Nique’s first starring film vehicle, Phat Girlz, suffers from a bad case of undernourishment.

Summer Storm

German film is a trite tale of youthful angst and closeted sexual confusion about what really happens at those wild and crazy rowing camps that keep all of Bavaria abuzz.

The Wild

Despite its title, Disney's new animated film, The Wild, is about as pedestrian as you can get.
arts & culture

Still Burnin' Down the House

Salvage Vanguard Theater and the Rude Mechs party on

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Floating Chair

'The Floating Chair,' an exhibit at Design Within Reach, shows how the area's finest industrial designers bring so much to the table

BY RACHEL KOPER

Arts and the Economy

A new study shows that Austin's cultural sector contributes over $2.2 billion to the local economy and is responsible for close to 44,000 permanent jobs

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Zachary Scott Theatre Center

The National Endowment for the Arts is giving the Zachary Scott Theatre Center $40,000 toward a production of 'Porgy and Bess' to be staged in 2007

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Blanton Museum of Art

The Blanton Museum of Art's new education and visitors pavilion has just acquired a name, thanks to a $4.5 million gift from Houston businessman Edgar A. Smith

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Static

The Salvage Vanguard Theater world premiere of Ryan Pavelchik's 'Static' seats 12 viewers in a hotel room with a man desperately seeking to find himself

The Odd Couple

Director Don Toner serves his Austin Playhouse revival of The Odd Couple well by turning its wonderful characters over to wonderful character actors
columns

Page Two: The Politics of Distraction

In the face of failure at home and abroad, the right turns on immigrants

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM: Effete!

It's never too late to see yourself as you are

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar goes back to his youth and gets all horny (and toady)

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

We have mo bananas today

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

To Your Health

Burning tongue syndrome (glossopyrosis) discussed

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

Day Trips

Kayakers of all experience levels will enjoy a pleasant float down the Luling Zedler Mill Paddling Trail

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Common Law

Car rentals – Do I need the extra auto insurance?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: 13th Annual Austin Reggae Festival

Auditorium Shores at the Long Center, Saturday, April 15, 2006

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The U.S. Men tie Jamaica, will announce their WC roster on May 2, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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