Volume 25, Number 35
ON THE COVER:
BY NORA ANKRUM AND WAYNE ALAN BRENNER
New FEMA floodplain maps raise neighborhood questions about proposed developments
BY WELLS DUNBAR
After more than a month of searching for the aspiring singer / songwriter, sheriff's investigators charge victim's aunt and uncle with her murder
BY JORDAN SMITH
Check it out! Austin High alum dispatches spazzy SOS (Save Our Scotty?) for GWB's former press sec!
BY KEVIN BRASS
Despite what you may have heard from anti-immigration types about foreign freeloaders taking our jobs and our services without chipping into the national kitty, an increasing number of undocumented immigrants pay taxes.
BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
Big Tobacco, poor smokers gain temporary reprieve, and other tax politics news
BY AMY SMITH
The hot air season is upon us and everybody's an energy source
BY MICHAEL KING
Green Water's move to Guerrero Park will officially die today.
BY WELLS DUNBAR
An Explosive New Politics; and Sports Brandalism
BY JIM HIGHTOWER
Korea Garden's tempting menu is best tested one dish at a time, and most pass with flying colors
BY MICK VANN
Awards, accolades, and openings give Austin something to celebrate
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
Te drab-looking building off of I-35 that formerly housed an insurance company has been transformed by friendly Jordanian owners into a casual Middle Eastern eatery
A world-renowned wine master and her chef show what Spain is made of.
Cyril Neville holds nothing back
BY ROBERT GABRIEL
Rap's rise at the Back Room, Mother Truckers take over South Congress, Austin film crew documents the tenuous fate of New Orleans and Jazzfest, and a year's worth of sexy local ladies
BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY
Sing Me Back Home
Black Joe Lewis, New Used Car, A Long Way Home, Ridin' the Darkhorse, Texas Harmoica Rumble
Who Are Your Customers?
Everyone's Got 'Em
Four guys, six 'Star Wars' films, and endless possibilities
BY JOSH ROSENBLATT
Taking aim at Banff and Blowin' Up a Spot
BY MARC SAVLOV
BY KIMBERLEY JONES
A Look Back
BY BELINDA ACOSTA
Tsui Hark's wide-screen riot of color, movement, and sound
This story about a girl from the ghetto who wins the national spelling bee has lofty if sometimes unfulfilled goals, but is a rewarding tale nevertheless.
Unfortunately, this low-budget portrait of a socially inept film-store geek is annoyingly two-dimensional, and the film's paper-thin plot and flat jokes don't help either.
Metaphorically speaking, Little Red Riding Hood eats Humbert Humbert in this story of an online predator and his jailbait, gamine prey.
Steve Buscemi directs this story about a lovable loser who moves back in with his off-kilter family in Indiana.
This serviceable action thriller disintegrates into an implausible mess that's barely salvaged by the presence of old pros like Michael Douglas and Kim Basinger
Eerie but ultimately unengaging film adaptation of Konami's smash series of video games has a pitch-perfect score and unnervingly nightmarish imagery.
Bring It On's scribe Jessica Bendinger writes and directs this teen movie set in the world of competitive gymnastics, and features leotard-clad girls who learn to stick together to fight injustice.
United 93 is a sober, humanistic portrait of America’s literal “first responders,” who in an instant were forced to wrap their heads around a new, unfathomable reality.
arts & culture
On the eve of its long-awaited grand opening, UT's Blanton Museum gets its art in the right place
BY ROBERT FAIRES
Eastside gallery Okay Mountain opens strong with "Repressed Burial Fantasy," featuring new works by Jason Villegas that gently remind us we are all meat for a bigger creature at some point
BY RACHEL KOPER
With a program of large-scale video installations called Luminocity, some UT students are turning buildings, walkways, walls, and alleys into movie screens
BY ROBERT FAIRES
For Austin's sterling choral ensemble Conspirare, the first few months of 2006 has seen concerts here and far away and the release of a new and most comforting CD
BY ROBERT FAIRES
The Rude Mechs' 'Decameron Day 7:REVENGE!' is a meditation on vengeance refracted through the lens of ghost stories, how-to guides, 'Star Wars,' and soap operas
In the Zachary Scott Theatre Center staging of 'The Exonerated,' tales of people wrongfully imprisoned on death row draw us deeply into a world of injustice
The brightly painted dead or decaying limbs in Hank Waddell's exhibit 'Tree Bones 'draws viewers' attention to the effect people have on the health of the environment
'Testsite 06.1 ~ The Burden of Decision' is an investigation of artistic collaboration with a strong current of Freudian repression and struggle running below the surface
Our readers talk back.
Three fronts of transformative change in U.S. society: the allowance of Christian proselytizing in the U.S. Air Force Academy, Halliburton's receipt of government contracts to build detention centers for Homeland Security, and the rise of the Latino electorate
BY MICHAEL VENTURA
Stephen trips the bright lights (big titties) fantastic!
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
Why are those sticky labels on fruits and veggies, and are they harmful if swallowed?
BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.
Common Questions About Deferred Adjudication
BY LUKE ELLIS
The nine li'l cabins of the Blanco Settlement offer rocking chairs, Frisbee golf, and a Jacuzzi among other amenities for your vacationing pleasure
BY GERALD E. MCLEOD
Res Inexplicata Volans, chocolate milk
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
Letters to the editor, published daily
Arsenal and Barcelona take Europe; and West Ham faces Mersey boys
BY NICK BARBARO