June 23, 2006

Volume 25, Number 43

ON THE COVER:
news

Downtown's Tall Order

Where can we put 20,000 new residents?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Defenseless: TFDP Sues Williamson Co.

Is Williamson County dispensing with defense?

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Hoover: Caught in the Flash

Artsy nude photos of teacher took on dramatically different context when viewed through lens of a high school classroom

BY MICHAEL MAY

Church Fight

Local atheist activist and Presbyterian pastor team up to challenge conservative wing of church's hierarchy

BY AMY SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond

Point Austin: Three Dimensions

When you're looking for heroes, avoid the usual suspects

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

City Council gets ready to wade in the water (treatment plant)

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Alito Strikes; and Corporatizing The Border

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Watching, Breathing, and Eating the World Cup 2006

The round of 16 means excitement on the pitch and at the table

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

New and Noteworthy

Peach Creek Farm Berkshire pork

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Wine of the Week

Well, whiskey, actually ...

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Tasty travel tips. bocaditos, and more ...

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

The Lazy Fork

The latest in the Mikeska legacy lives up to the name.

RedBud Bar & Grille

Go for the booze, stay for the food.
music

Snake Charmer

Ray Wylie Hubbard survived the crash, recovered the black box, and continues to fly high and get lowdown with 'Snake Farm.'

BY MARGARET MOSER

TCB

Discussing the joys of Meatjoy with Deadwood's John Hawkes, a toast to Beerland's fifth anniversary, and Czeching out faded Western swing great Adolph Hofner

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

THE DIXIE CHICKS

MY EDUCATION

Ray Wylie Hubbard Reviewed

Ray Wylie Hubbard

Snake Farm

Dixie Chicks

Taking the Long Way

Alvin Patterson Battle of the Bands

Live shot

Peter & the Wolf

Peter & the Wolf

Paul Minor

Shadow Figure

Maneki Neko

Auracle

Willie Nelson

The Complete Atlantic Sessions

Cat Scientist

Cicada

My Education

Moody Dipper

Van Wilks

Running from Ghosts

Roy Orbison

The Essential Roy Orbison

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Sir Douglas Quintet

Live From Austin TX

Pocketful of Deng

Boxed In

Blackholicus

Variations in Death Minor

Ghost of the Russian Empire

With Fiercest Demolition

KVRX

Local Live V.10

Left Out

Distortion

Anthony Romero

Forest Talks
screens

Joined in Progress

Three local channels get Austin back with the program – but is anybody watching?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Might as Well Face It

Caveh Zahedi on 'I Am a Sex Addict'

BY BRIAN CLARK

Film News

In Austin and abroad: action

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Instant classic?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Click

Click is a message movie whose real message isn't "Stop and Smell the Roses, Jackass," but "How to Manipulate the Audience in 12 E-Z Steps."

I Am a Sex Addict

If you leave the theatre with that awkward too-much-information feeling after peering into the director's self-exposed psyche, you will also remember his high-wire act that combines fact and fiction, drama and self-deprecating humor, honesty and self-delusion.

Krrish

A sequel to the Bollywood fantasy blockbuster Koi Mil Gaya.

Peaceful Warrior

It's mostly hoo-hah, but there are moments in this New Agey, feel-semi-good crowd-pleaser that rise above and beyond the gymnastics and psychobabble.

Sketches of Frank Gehry

The controversial architect is brought into focus by veteran filmmaker Sydney Pollack.

Wordplay

A documentary about crossword puzzles and their ardent fans, with specific focus on the daily puzzles in The New York Times; their editor, Will Shortz; and the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.
arts & culture

But You Can Win Her Yet

TexARTS revives a classic musical and a big musical theatre dream

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Hitten Switches': Of Communal Recognition

The mail-art collaboration 'Hitten Switches,' by Travis Millard and Michael Sieben, is a journal, a two-person diary, an ode to friendship, and a manifestation of a respectful relationship

BY RACHEL KOPER

State Theatre

The waters may be gone, but the State Theatre is still sunk in the aftermath of a June 13 water-main break that left the venue's stage, basement, and four rows of seats inundated

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Dance

Some Austin dance artists will be getting out of town this summer – way out of town: Innsbruck, Jacob's Pillow, and Hong Kong – thanks to special invitations

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The 24th Day

Not everything in Arts on Real's production of The 24th Day comes together as well as it might, but Tony Piccirillo's script works quite effectively on the level of human drama

'What Do You See'

In his first Austin show, Lubbock's Joe Romero presents abstract paintings that utilize a variety of colors and patterns to summon forth archaic subjects for the viewer to contemplate

'Legacies of Dust'

The Carver Museum exhibition "Legacies of Dust" is a vital exploration, through the lens of daughterhood, of how memory functions and how selves are defined out of time, place, history, politics, sexuality, and community

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

There ain't nothin' like a ho'-down, and Austin Playhouse's production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas draws the audience to her big friendly bosom
columns

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters @ 3AM

On this drive, the universe condensed into one word: invitation.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

You wouldn't think that an event so oozing with testosterone would displease Stephen so. Well, you'll just have to read to find out.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

What is the difference between l-glutamine and glutamine, and the same for the other amino acids?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Divorce – Let Me (Unfortunately) Count the Ways

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

Tolbert's Restaurant in Grapevine knows chili

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Deadly doctors and dentists' drills

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

All the World Cup news that's fit to print

BY NICK BARBARO

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