July 7, 2006

Volume 25, Number 45

ON THE COVER:
news

Political Realist

An Interview With Ben Barnes

BY AMY SMITH

PSEM: City Coy About Coy report

In wake of public release of assessment report of city's Public Safety and Emergency Management forces, officials announce Park Police Chief Darryl Lewis will step down to division manager, but dance around saying much else

BY MICHAEL KING

Media Watch

"Austin" mags wrestle for naming rights, and Snoop gets a shot on The Beat

BY KEVIN BRASS

AISD: Students Rein in Recruiters

Austin students yank the chains of over-aggressive military recruitment

BY MICHAEL MAY

Naked City

Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond

Point Austin: Supreme Confusion

The Supreme Court ratifies the Texas GOP majority with a shrug

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Axing Our National Parks; and Connecting the Dots to CEO Pay

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Independence Freestyle

A brewery benefits a greenbelt

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Watching, Breathing, and Eating the World Cup

France vs. Italy is one for the true gourmand, but what of the third-place game?

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Wine of the Week

Bogle Chardonnay

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Let's just go ahead and get under way ...

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

music

Just Another Manic Monday

The Alamo Drafthouse's music / film synergy: Music Mondays and more

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

TCB

Anticipating a busy fall, with new records on the way from IV Thieves and Lemurs, and old ones from What Made Milwaukee Famous and Spoon

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

Sara Hickman

Motherlode

the Ginn Sisters

Blood Oranges

Maneja Beto

Accidentes de Longitud y Latitud

Balistica

Promise Land

Tacks, the Boy Disaster

Live shot

Datsuns, John Schooley, Rachel Goldstar, the Nasties

Stuck Here for Days, Live on Australian Radio, Rachel Goldstar, ...Teenagers Bored

Foot Foot

Ye Old Pitchshift

Masonic

Without Warning

Banana Blender Surprise

Paint the Town Brown

Austin City Limits 2005 Music Festival

Austin City Limits 2005 Music Festival

Loxsly

Loxsly, Whisky Bar, June 29

various artists

The Pilgrim:A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson

Mike & Ike, Wildcard & Sach, Dubb Sicks, Southbound

Introducing Mike and Ike, Smokejumpers, Sunrise Alcoholic, The Come Up
screens

Securing the Substance

Richard Linklater on his adaptation of 'A Scanner Darkly'

BY MARC SAVLOV

Off the Wall

AFS Texas Documentary Tour: Rebecca Dreyfus' 'Stolen'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

When Hollywood Met Steve Collins

... and other Austin stories from the L.A. Film Festival

BY TODDY BURTON

The Word and the Image

The Pop Films of Peter Whitehead

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Xs and Os

Ward Serrill on 'The Heart of the Game'

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

TV Eye

Mekka Lekka Hi-Mekka Hiney Ho!

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

Mr. Dante Remus Lazarescu of Bucharest descends into a distinct rung of hell when he calls for an ambulance and is subsequently schlepped through Romania's uncaring medical system.

The Heart of the Game

Seven years of film footage went into this perceptive documentary about girls who play high school basketball, the situations unique to their gender, and their marginalization by the school administration.

The King

First-time filmmaker James Marsh delivers a Texas gothic that stars Gael García Bernal and William Hurt, but the characters lack depth and humanity.

A Scanner Darkly

As the title implies, there’s a certain opacity to A Scanner Darkly's cautionary drug tale, but at times Richard Linklater's film can be as naked as the lunch on the end of your fork.
arts & culture

Energy Abounding

Few words better encompass what the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Company is all about

BY BARRY PINEO

Bernadette Nason

When Onstage Theatre Company was founded 10 years ago, Bernadette Nason told Michael Stuart he'd direct her in the one-woman comedy 'Shirley Valentine' one day – and now that day has come

BY BARRY PINEO

Radio: 30

Hyde Park Theatre revives its production of Chris Earle's play Radio: 30, which creates a pitch-perfect rendering of emotional breakdown in the recording studio

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Culture Flash!

Deadline for the Texas State Auditions, Armadillo artist Danny Garrett gets his own day, proposals for the Mueller public art project are presented, and Ann Adams' 'Big Chiller Blues' gets hot press

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Hollow

Although Different Stages' production of Agatha Christie's mystery The Hollow demands all one's focus and concentration, its stylish design, strong acting, and surprises make it worth it in the end

'HEAT'

Stepping into D. Berman's exhibition 'HEAT' can transport you to a few alternate realities as powerful and reality-bending as any virtual world inside a computer

'Candace Briceño: Nevermore'

With her solo exhibition Nevermore, Austin artist Candace Briceño continues her sustained inquiry into landscapes while driving her use of color and line into new territory
columns

Page Two: Flip It and Reverse It

Bush abandons troublesome action for the sanctity of meaningless battles and ideological purity

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

The pattern repeats across the country. Talk tough against immigrants for the redneck vote, then stop any anti-immigrant operation that costs businesses money – which means all of 'em.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Why did Stephen get back into the clothing-design business?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

'Day Trips' visits Paris, France

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

What's new in vitamin D research?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Annulment – as if the marriage never happened?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Ancient wines, the Texas Whip, and the truth about tequila

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Italy and France move on to the World Cup final with impressive semifinal victories

BY NICK BARBARO

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