June 30, 2006

Volume 25, Number 44

ON THE COVER:
news

CSI: Travis County

Why Is the Medical Examiner's Office so screwed up?

BY JORDAN SMITH

AISD Budget

District may have resources to reverse cuts if it can muster the courage to raise taxes

BY MICHAEL MAY

Katrina's Aftermath

As the end of the primary federal housing program keeping roofs over the heads of area hurricane evacuees gets closer, local homeless advocates and social service providers try to prevent evacuees from falling through affordable housing cracks

BY CHERYL SMITH

Will the Nuke Mushroom?

The long-reviled South Texas (Nuclear) Project might actually expand.

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Blue Spectre

The 'Statesman' discovers a sinister plot to take control of city government. The culprits? Those union goons, of course

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Jennifer Kim fights a lonely battle to get the new Green Water Treatment Plant built

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Ad Creep Advances; and Congress Does It Again

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

A Refreshing Development

Thank you, Mexico, for family-run fruterías and juguerías

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Award-Winning Summer Refreshment

Martine Pelegrin's L'Alhambra

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Watching, Breathing, and Eating the World Cup 2006

The quarterfinals definitely mean high-caliber matchups; hopefully, they also mean high-caliber cuisine.

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

New and Noteworthy

New flavors take us to the top of the taste mountain, but also to the valley of agony and despair

BY MICK VANN

Food-o-File

Off with our heads on some misreporting of the Lazy Fork Barbecue legacy; plus, an Independence Day Event Menu

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Boomerang's

You've got to try these Australian meat pies
music

Return to Sin City

Gram Parsons, back in a big way even if he never left

BY JIM CALIGIURI

The True One

The Byrds' fifth dimension, Gene Clark, eight miles high and as wide as Americana

BY LOUIS BLACK

TCB

The Back Room's curtain call after almost 33 years, live music crosses the gay divide at Chain Drive, and a sore groin foils Beck's secret Continental Club show

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Julieta Venegas

Limón y Sal

Badi Assad

Live shot

Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White

Tom Sanction

Nardwuar

The Human Serviette:Doot Doola Doot Doo ... Doot Doo!

Evangelicals

So Gone

Sufjan Stevens

The Avalanche

Bruce Springsteen

We Shall Overcome:The Seeger Sessions
screens

The Latest From Z Zeitgeist

'Pathogen' and 'Zombie Girl: The Movie'

BY MARRIT INGMAN

I've Had a Wonderful Evening ...

Marx Brothers Month at the San Antonio Street Cafe

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Neighborhood Watch

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

The Devil Wears Prada

A fresh and caustic take on the fashion industry is hobbled by a threadbare plot about a girl learning that it's wrong to sell her soul for designer shoes.

Drawing Restraint 9

Iconoclastic artist Matthew Barney and his paramour Björk flood the screen with arresting images and sounds, and though little of it makes ordinary sense, it's compelling nevertheless.

Lady Vengeance

The South Korean master of revenge dramas, Park Chan-wook, offers another entertaining puzzle of emotional nuance, riotous color, and bloody hell.

Look Both Ways

This indie ensemble film from Australia examines big issues such as life and death but it's really at its best when probing smaller interactions.

Superman Returns

Superman returns to Earth seeming more like a humbled prodigal son than an invincible superhero.

Twelve and Holding

This disturbing but emotionally authentic story about adolescent life treats its subjects with bravery and compassion.

Waist Deep

An ex-con in Los Angeles gets pulled back into the gang wars when he has to rescue his son, who was in his carjacked vehicle.
arts & culture

Are You Experienced?

In a new ad campaign, the Blanton redefines 'art,' raising questions about what it means

BY NIKKI MOORE

Fat Pig

To present an in-your-face play about weight as your first show requires real intestinal fortitude, so consider the Vestige Group, making its debut with Neil LaBute's 'Fat Pig,' a gutsy bunch

BY BARRY PINEO

The Music Man

TexARTS' highly anticipated version of 'The Music Man' brought Meredith Willson's classic musical to life with charm and verve and a fullness of character that's eluded many a production fully tricked out in period costumes and sets

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Chamber Music Festival

As the Austin Chamber Music Festival marks its 10th summer of celebrating the intimate joys of chamber music, it will be the last for Felicity Coltman as Austin Chamber Music Center director

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

A Brief History of Helen of Troy

Capital T Theatre Company's 'A Brief History of Helen of Troy' depicts a lot of brutality in a teenage girl's world, but ultimately it's about caring, connection, and love

'Summer Fling'

Art Palace's exhibition 'Summer Fling' offers a look at that ever elusive 'real thing' that is at once as disturbing, pleasurable, and seductive as art in Austin can get

I Love My Dead Gay Son: The Musical!

With 'I Love My Dead Gay Son: The Musical!', the energy-to-burn Yellow Tape Construction Company turn this cult film 'Heathers' into a loud, amped-up send-up of everything Eighties
columns

Page Two

The debate over illegal immigration is nearly perfect for Bush's core voters

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

With a successful 30th high school reunion under his tunic, Stephen proves that you can go home again

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Hypokalemia and regulating potassium levels

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Annulment – as if the marriage never happened?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

Aloe King: Soothing the Lower Rio Grande Valley for four decades

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Deadly doctors and dentists' drills

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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Our latest batch

Luv Doc Recommends: The Heart of Texas Red White & Blues Festival

Waterloo Park, Saturday, July 1, 2006

BY THE LUV DOC

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Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

WC quarterfinals preview, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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