May 12, 2006

Volume 25, Number 37

ON THE COVER:
news

Looking for Cheap Dirt

Trying to make housing 'affordable' has a whole lot to do with the facts on the ground

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

ELECTION NOTES

Election Notes

The propositions and beyond

Defending a 290 Toll

Engineer over US 290 West project through Oak Hill sticks up for future toll project

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Cleanliness, Godliness, and Money

Critics charge that Clean Water Clean Government's finances are a bit murky

BY MICHAEL KING

Triumph in the Lege?

Lawmakers could pass tax legislation before it's curtains on Tuesday, handing the governor and lawmakers something to crow about when they return to the campaign trail

BY AMY SMITH

Who's Buying the Votes?

The C&E reports show whose money is funding which campaigns

BY MICHAEL KING

Honoring B Rapoport

Center for Public Policy Priorities to recognize legendary Texas philanthropist

BY FRANK RIVERA

Sewer Politics in Rollingwood

Community's mayoral race just a snippet of larger, incestuous tale involving some of Austin's most prominent players in regional planning, politics, and pork

BY AMY SMITH

ACC Race

A tangled web of work relationships roils the Kaplan / Mejia-Dietche contest

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Election Tidbits

Incorrect polling place notice; early voting surges; Williamson Co. elections chief steps down

Weed Watch

North Dakota could be first state to issue farmers licenses to grow industrial hemp; and Limbaugh off the hook

BY JORDAN SMITH

Endorsements

Naked City

Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond

Props Forum Gets Down and Dirty

Props 1 and 2 supporters and opponents prove themselves talented beer-drinkers, chip-eaters, and yellers at Democracy for Texas forum

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

ELECTION NOTES

Point Austin: A Living City

When you vote on Saturday, keep in mind the real soul of the city

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Dollars in the details

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Librarians Battle For Freedom; and a Gusher From Exxon Mobil

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Musicians on the Menu

In concert or in the kitchen, these locals have the chops

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Journey into my misuse of "journeyman"; plus, Phil and Amy buddy up on Burnet Road; Mother's Day; and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

Alamos

BY WES MARSHALL

music

Transcendentalism

Shearwater soars out from under Okkervil River

BY MELANIE HAUPT

The New Mechanic's Guide

Phil Waldorf's tips to landing on Misra Records.

BY DARCIE STEVENS

TCB

Come sail away with Peter & the Wolf, mellow out with Summer Wardrobe, and reflect on some mighty fine cock-rock from SINIS.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

Alejandro Escovedo

The Boxing Mirror

Shandon Sahm

Knock Yourself Out

Insect Sex Act

Act 1

Verbal Seed, MC Overlord, DJ Chicken George, Paradox

Afronauts, The Black Theory, CG Classics:Homage to Hip-Hop Volume 1, Hiatus

Dixie Witch

Smoke & Mirrors

Holland Hopson with Hidden Noises, Brekekekexkoaxkoax, Oceanographer

Holland Hopson with Hidden Noises, We Used to be Such Good Friends, On leaping from Airplanes

Cardinale

31:13

Pete Rodriguez

Mind Trip

Robert Socia Band

Robert Socia Band

Albert and Gage

Cry Love

Zom Zoms

Yellow Rainbow

Charanga Cakewalk

Chicano Zen

Blunt Force Trauma

Good Morning America...

Exit the King

Exit the King

Lions

Volume One

Plane of Existence

Kinetic

Rollergirls:Music from the A&E Television Series

Rollergirls:Music from the A&E Television Series

Shortfilm

Mythical Beast
screens

The 2006 Paramount Summer Classic Film Series

Schedule: May 24-Sept. 8

TV Eye

Irritations and considerations

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

It's Always Fair Weather

The quintessential musical for sentimental cynics

Film Reviews

An American Haunting

A satanic-possession thriller set in 1817 stars Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek – to little avail.

Art School Confidential

This follow-up to Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes’ transcendent Ghost World is too scattershot to be truly great, but their smarty-pants campus yarn is on fire with satire.

The Celestine Prophecy

The New Age metaphysics-cum-pulp thriller novel is now a movie.

Darna Zaroori Hai

Unusual Bollywood film is an anthology horror film with segments directed by seven different directors.

Goal!: The Dream Begins

From East L.A. to the soccer fields of England, this rags-to-riches story sticks closely to the sports movie formula.

Just My Luck

Lindsay Lohan takes on a grown-up role, but we can't tell the difference.

Poseidon

A handful of talented actors checked their egos at the door in hopes of … something, but this Poseidon is a wash.

The Syrian Bride

This story about an arranged marriage taking place in a remote outpost of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights will be familiar to anyone ever caught in an avalanche of red tape.

Water

This film which examines the second-class status of women in traditional Hindu society is beautiful yet sad, a tale drenched in centuries of stagnant, holy water.
arts & culture

Getting Physical

Anna Deavere Smith returns to Austin to investigate the resilience of the human body

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Finding Writer's Voice

Suzan-Lori Parks isn't coasting, 'cause she's still listening

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Art of the Pot

Art of the Pot, the annual showcase of local and national pottery, is here for your Mother's Day weekend family activity and gifting pleasure

BY RACHEL KOPER

Cultural Benefits

Blue Lapis Light and the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival and Miniature Golf Tournament host fundraisers for their respective creative enterprises

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Dance Repertory Theatre

UT resident student dance company Dance Repertory Theatre makes the leap to the national stage, as in the Kennedy Center, via the 2006 National College Dance Festival

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Funniest Person in Austin Semifinals

Wayne Alan Brenner describes being a judge for one of the semifinal rounds of the 2006 Funniest Person in Austin Contest at Cap City Comedy Club

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Reviews

Cheater

With cheating so hip today, Andrea Skola and Shrewd Productions have put together eight original 10-minute plays that explore the contemporary nuances of being a cheat

Tintypes

Violet Crown Players' revival of the revue 'Tintypes' doesn't always work theatrically, but musically, its celebration of early 20th-century American music is pleasing to hear
columns

Page Two: Unreasonable Discourse

When it's 'good vs. evil,' political discourse is impossible

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters @ 3AM

Apart from the boycott, and separate from it, the theme of May 1 was, over and over: Register and vote.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen takes off the gloves, throws down the gauntlet, and whips out the wire hangers. Dang.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Correcting keratoconus and other cornea-related concerns

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

E-mail privacy: Can my boss read my e-mails?

BY BRANDY WINGATE AND LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

The Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin houses nearly 800 animals representing every continent except Antarctica

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Puggles, Labradoodles, and Christopher Columbus

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Oops!

Our latest batch

Luv Doc Recommends: aGLIFF’s fifth annual Mommie Dearest Roast

Alamo Drafthouse Downtown, Sunday, May 14, 2006

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The 2006 World Cup is just around the corner, the European leagues wind down, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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