April 21, 2006

Volume 25, Number 34

ON THE COVER:
news

City of the Dead

Journeying through the graves of Austin's oldest cemetery

BY CHERYL SMITH

We Have a Winner! Sort of ...

Our scientifically calibrated Bloat-O-Meter© has identified the most McMansiony house in Austin

BY WELLS DUNBAR AND RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

An Honest Ballot

A look at what you're actually going to be voting on

BY MICHAEL KING

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Refighting the Last Wars

Prop. 1, Prop. 2, Saving Barton Springs ... and Everything Else

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Attempts to debate Props. 1 and 2 produce only polarized statements and crowd heckling

BY WELLS DUNBAR

On the Lege

Opening day of the special legislative session featured more plot lines than a MASH episode.

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

Don't Look Down at Immigrants, Look Up; and a New Horror From the IRS

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Oh, Sister

Adelaide, South Australia, sibling city and state of Austin, Texas, is a delicious destination for food and wine lovers

BY WES MARSHALL

Want to Really Celebrate Earth Day?

Drink organic wines

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

A couple of corrections; a whole lot of events you might consider attending

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Dariush Persian Grill

Owned by Jaqueline and Farhad Bordbar, Dariush is a pleasant spot on the west side of Congress, just south of 10th
music

Let It Bleed

Riverboat Gamblers: The most thrilling (and battle scarred) punk band this side of the Mason-Dixon Line

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

TCB

Ever health-conscious, TCB talks allergies with Claritin pitchman Bruce Robison, delves into the Music Genome Project, and observes the highest holiday of the most sacred herb

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Riverboat Gamblers Reviewed

Riverboat Gamblers

To the Confusion of Our Enemies

various artists

Quite a Party! 24 Great Instrumental Bands Play the Fireballs

Jon Dee Graham

Full

Electromagnets

Electromagnets II

Single Frame

Everything Wants to be Used for What it Was Made For

Quien esBoom!

Cast Your Burdens Aside

Daniel Johnston

Welcome to My World:The Music of Daniel Johnston

Paper South, Midori Umi

Paper South, Midori Umi
screens

Gaming & Idling

This season's sports games

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Little Underground Worlds

Mary Harron on 'Bettie Page'

BY RICK KLAW

Cine Las Americas

The slate through Sunday

Film News

Paranoia runs deep-fried; plus, 'Elvis and Annabelle,' Troublemaker's future, and more

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Adorable idiots and selfish jerks

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

American Dreamz

American Dreamz tries to satirize the vapidity of American popular culture; instead, the film gets trapped beneath its own wheels.

Being Cyrus

This atypical Bollywood film is an English-language mystery drama that has no song-and-dance numbers and is a brief, 90-minutes long.

Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story

This SXSW recipient of the 2004 Audience Award for Best Narrative stars The Daily Show's Rob Corddry as a professional paintball athlete looking to reclaim his former glory.

Friends With Money

Forget friends with money – how about friends with husbands, kids, mortgages, and so-called life plans? That’s the short list of differences between the depressed, single stoner, played by Jennifer Aniston, and her circle of female friends.

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

The film has talent, quirks, laughs, and even some skin, but nevertheless creaks its way through an awkward story.

The Notorious Bettie Page

Gretchen Mol dazzles as the titular pinup girl, but the film raises many more questions about the enigmatic icon than it answers.

Scary Movie 4

What's new in this fourth edition of the popular-culture spoof machine? Well, Shaquille O'Neal and Dr. Phil, for starters.
arts & culture

The Distance Danced

Between its old and new versions of 'Swingin' Then & Now,' Tapestry Dance Company has swung a long way, baby

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Green Art

The city has said Austin Green Art could transform the 40,000 sq. ft. vacant lot of Block 21 into an art park April 15-22 as part of its major Earth Day celebration

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Blue Lapis Light

Before the ugly concrete shell of the Intel building goes away for good, it will be the site for something beautiful: Sally Jacques' next large-scale dance, 'Requiem'

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Arts Hall of Fame

The Austin Critics Table has named the fifth group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Texas Young Masters

Eight students from Austin have been named to the 2006 class of Young Masters as designated by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust Council

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Visual Arts Benefits

Waves in the gardens on the horizons

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Beard of Avon

Different Stages' production of the Amy Freed comedy 'The Beard of Avon' benefits from two actors who create an Elizabethan odd couple in delightful balance

Bad Dates

Theresa Rebeck's Bad Dates is a guilty pleasure, offering reflections on relationships, jobs, fashion, and dating through genuinely captivating monologues

'Life Still'

In the exhibit 'Life Still,' Stella Alesi, Gabel Karsten, and Mo Scollan aren't just showing still lifes of bathroom sinks and kitchen objects, but portraiture breaking away from tradition
columns

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen explores the melting pot that is ... HEB?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Are people who were not breast-fed lacking in any important nutrients?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Deferred Adjudication – What Is It?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum is the Texas version of the Smithsonian Institute

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

We have mo bananas today

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Hell’s Belles with the Addictions

Antone's, Saturday, April 22, 2006

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Champions League results pending, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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