Archives - June 16, 2006 Issue - The Austin Chronicle

June 16, 2006

Volume 25, Number 42

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news

'Y' Can't We Be Friends?

The Fix290 Coalition provides a test case for highway and community compatibility

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Follmer Fights Back

Fired APD Officer Joel Follmer to seek reinstatement

BY JORDAN SMITH

Good Morning, Afghani-Stan!

Stan Knee will be one of thousands of former U.S. police officers now working abroad in lucrative postings, typically as private employees of international conglomerates under contract to the U.S. government

BY MICHAEL KING

Media Watch: Libel Suits Ain't Pretty

Suit against KVUE alleges story defamed local modeling and acting school owner

BY KEVIN BRASS

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Up or Out?

Debates over open space and neighborhoods are the discourse of community

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

At 3am, who cares what's going into the bonds?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

State Secrets; and The GOP's Xenophobic Goofiness

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Working-Class Heroes

The restaurants on the resurgent Airport Boulevard are solid, simple, and affordable

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Austin Tea Party

The Tea Embassy presents Best on Ice

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

Reports from rumor patrol; plus, it's that time of year for many, many different kinds of beer

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Better Git It in Your Soul

Why listen to jazz's greatest bassist Charles Mingus today? The Creative Opportunity Orchestra's monthlong Mingus Among Us series has answers.

BY HARVEY PEKAR

TCB

Talking smack with Doug Stanhope and the Yuppie Pricks, investigating Substance D with 'A Scanner Darkly' composer Graham Reynolds

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Tapes n' Tapes

Live Shot

Be Your Own Pet

Be Your Own Pet

the Raconteurs

Broken Boy Soldiers

the Minutemen

We Jam Econo:The Story of the Minutemen

Dr. John, Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint

Mercernary, The River in Reverse

Phoenix

It's Never Been Like That

Shellac

Live Shot
screens

GAMING

Throwback Throwdown

Can the next-gen and old-school coexist?

BY CARSON BARKER

GAMING

David vs. Goliath

The retro revival takes on some of the hot recent releases

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

In Print

'Book of the Dead: The Complete History of Zombie Cinema' and 'Conversations With John Schlesinger'

Austin Wranglers

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

What if?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Stagecoach

John Wayne has been called many things, but "beautiful" isn't often one of them

Film Reviews

Fall to Grace

Shot in Austin with a mostly local cast and buoyed by a fine, evocative score, Fall to Grace is a quiet little ensemble film that pulses with its own unique heartbeat.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

Racing junkies would be better off browsing the many online drifting videos in which the camera doesn't cut and the people don't speak.

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties

Hide the lasagna: The fat, lazy cat – and his doppelgänger – is back.

The Lake House

This tale of magical realism has potential for delightful originality, but the Sandra Bullock-Keanu Reeves love story lacks heat and the science fiction premise spirals into senselessness.

The Lost City

Andy Garcia’s film is a Cuban exile’s lament – more a dirge for what has vanished than a celebration of the past.

Nacho Libre

This sophomore outing from the director of Napoleon Dynamite is full of cheesy goodness, courtesy of Jack Black, but a little goes a long way.

Wah-Wah

The death throes of an empire are are practically nothing when compared with the twitch of the marital death nerve in Richard E. Grant's semiautobiographical directorial debut.
arts & culture

Austin Power and Light

A guide to 10 new companies that are charging up Austin's theatre scene

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

Texas in Bold, Dark Strokes

When Jack Jackson wasn't studying, researching, and presenting history in painstakingly drawn graphic novels, this wildly talented artist and scholar was making it himself

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The True Originals

In her solo show 'True Originals,' painter Daphane Park has created a series of mutant portraits that are 1/3 female creature, 1/3 creepy textures, 1/3 dreamy background

BY RACHEL KOPER

In Memoriam

Bil Pfuderer, an actor, director, and designer in Austin theatre for 20 years and producer of the Zilker Summer Musical from 1980-1995, died in Canton, Ohio, on June 4

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Mozart! (Like You've Never Heard It Before)

Austin choral ensemble Conspirare marks Mozart's 250th birthday with the newly finished version of his 'Mass in C Minor' in the concert Mozart! (Like You've Never Heard It Before)

BY BARRY PINEO

Arts Reviews

The Intergalactic Nemesis Trilogy

Salvage Vanguard Theater's repertory revival of all three parts of its popular Intergalactic Nemesis series parodying science fiction radio serials delivers three evenings of gluttonous intergalactic delectation

Bunk Bed Brothers

The Pat Hazell-Matt Goldman comedy 'Bunk Bed Brothers' isn't just for nostalgic baby boomers; it's for anyone who can understand the rivalry and love between brothers growing up together
columns

Page Two: Loss Upon Loss

Legendary cartoonist, historian, and Texan Jack Jackson passes on

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen takes on the statewide political landscape ... and throws a Tupperware Party ... sort of.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Is there a reliable and inexpensive way to test a home for radon?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Protesting High Property Taxes – Persuasive Evidence

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

Col. Charles Goodnight's home and all of his many accomplishments are being remembered and restored by the Armstrong County Museum and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Prison populations and a Polish pope

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Places to watch the WC, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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