June 2, 2006

Volume 25, Number 40

ON THE COVER:
features

GAY PRIDE 2006

DIY Queer Community

Can’t relate to what Austin’s gay scene has to offer? Make one of your own!

BY KATE GETTY

gAyTX Fun Guide

Hot, gay fun in the ATX

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

The Gay Place

Pride listings
news

Schroeder v. APD

Latest police shooting case raises retro question: Why not Glasgow?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Chartering Middle School

Hoping to reach middle-schoolers who could go off track in a regular school setting, district moves forward with charter school plans

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Media Watch

GMs sent packing at KEYE and KXAN

BY KEVIN BRASS

Maxey Goes Statewide?

Is an openly gay Austin liberal the answer to rebuilding the state Democratic Party?

BY AMY SMITH

The Hubris at Enron

Rarely have convictions been more deserved than those of former executives Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling

BY ROBERT BRYCE

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Hanging Up on AT&T

My boss is suing the phone company – bully for him

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Council ponders where to set the property-tax rate, and which health care package should cover city employees and their partners

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

A Little Something for the People; and Long-Distance Burger Orders

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Wine of the Week

Hook and Ladder

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-file

FINO is only getting better; plus, Starlite's descendants and the Eastside Cafe's new marketing strategy.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Taverna

At the corner of Second and Lavaca, Taverna is the newest eatery to grace the latest 'hippest-spot-in-town' and the current see-and-be-seen Downtown dining scene

Oaxacan Tamaleo

The tamales are superlative: the best in town
music

Rock & Roll Books

Summer reading

TCB

Austin's weeklong goodbye to Clifford Antone, while the club he left behind ponders its own future

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

screens

Shooting Loose, Long or Short

The Duplass Brothers discuss how they found 'The Puffy Chair,' and where they're headed now as it hits theatres

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Beyond Big Tex

'Ride Around the World' IMAXes cowboy culture

BY STEVE UHLER

De/Re:Constructing the Narrative

Tuesdays, June 6-July 25

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Original Alamo Will Survive ... as a Nonprofit

Downtown Drafthouse will assume nonprofit status

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Turnoffs

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Winter Soldier

On January 31, 1971, more than 125 Vietnam veterans gathered in a conference room at a Howard Johnson's in Detroit for a reckoning

Film Reviews

The Break-Up

Thirtysomething icon Jennifer Aniston grieves a failed relationship in one half of the movie, while thirtysomething icon Vince Vaughn grows up in the other.

Clean

With an award-winning performance by Maggie Cheung, Clean is one of the most emotionally honest movies about drug addiction ever made.

District B13

Set in the near-future of 2010, this French import is not big on plot exposition, instead focusing on its finely wrought action momentum, which moves ever forward with rushing exhilaration.

Down in the Valley

Sadly, this is less the epic modern Western it aspires to be than a muddled melodrama about a delusional drifter played by Edward Norton.

An Inconvenient Truth

Al Gore’s zeal for spreading knowledge about global warming is inspiring and this documentary about his efforts also showcases the new, improved Gore.

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Joan Plowright stars in this bittersweet yet predictable story about an aging widow's new friendships.

The Puffy Chair

In their first feature, former Austinites the Duplass brothers have made a near-perfect relationship-trauma comedy.
arts & culture

Showing the Way

The 2006 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame

BY ROBERT FAIRES

ColdTowne

In just months, New Orleans improv troupe ColdTowne has become deeply involved in Austin's comedy scene, and now it's close to getting its own venue

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Funniest People

The merry month of May was a big month for Austin's mirthmasters, with three contests determining who among us can provoke the biggest laughs

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Bass Concert Hall

The UT Board of Regents has upgraded the fire and safety upgrade of Bass Concert Hall to a $14.7 million renovation of the 3,000-seat hall

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Playwrights

Four Austin playwrights are getting the opportunity to develop and showcase new work in the Big Apple

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Minus Tide

In the provocative new drama Minus Tide by Austin playwright Kimberly Burke, distance can make it hard to tell clouds from mountains and abuse from love

Talent Show 1989 and Catastrophe Theory

Though the shows Talent Show 1989 and Catastrophe Theory aren't related, the Getalong Gang's spoof of junior high talents and Stephen Pruitt's account of his career path both offer much in the way of entertainment

'Sugarcoated'

With the exhibit 'Sugarcoated,' co-curators Lisa Choinacky and Katherine McQueen have assembled an energetic mix of drawings, paintings, sculpture, textiles, and mixed media by female artists
columns

Page Two: More Stars Than There Are in Heaven

Honoring those who helped create, and now tend, the legacy of Clifford Antone

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen's lists of things to do, places he went, and people he dished

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Although it has been recognized for more than a century, failure to gain weight, or 'failure to thrive,' still lacks a precise definition

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Same-sex relationships & incapacity

BY BRANDY WINGATE AND LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Pat Robertson pumps ungodly amounts of iron, rumba for women's rights, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Oops!

Our latest batch

Luv Doc Recommends: Gynomite “Breaking the Cherry” spoken word performance

The Vortex, Tuesday, June 6, 2006

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Serious GAME

For the Austin Outlaws, the game is the only thing

BY KEVIN BRASS

Soccer Watch

The U.S. squad's lineup is set for the impending WC kickoff, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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