July 14, 2006

Volume 25, Number 46

ON THE COVER:
news

Studying for Justice

Austin students get a summer immersion in activist history

BY MICHAEL MAY

Media Watch

Feds make lame attempt to show broadcasters who's boss

BY KEVIN BRASS

Vote Suit

Put it on paper!

BY LEE NICHOLS

WilCo Court Fight

Suit claims commissioners gutted constable's budget after it had already been adopted, in order to transfer mental-health duties from constable's precinct to sheriff's office

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Naked City

Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond

Point Austin: Five-Card Draw

It's still early, but the governor's race bears a closer look

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

War Numbers; and Ignoring News of the People

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Good Egg: More Than 200 Fresh Approaches from Breakfast to Dessert

The egg, once scorned, is now celebrated

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-o-File

Austin loses a leading foodie, at least for a while; plus, the French rule

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Mandola's Italian Market

It's all good

Clay Pot Buffet

A culinary and cultural treat for Austin
music

COLLINGS GUITARS

Building the Perfect Beast

Building the perfect acoustic (and soon, electric) guitar - by hand

BY ANDY LANGER

COLLINGS GUITARS

Building the Perfect Beast

The Process

BY ANDY LANGER

TCB

Guitar (and piano, drum, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, etc.) nirvana comes to Austin with the NAMM Summer Show

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Thom Yorke

The Eraser

Joe Strummer, Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt, Billy Joe Shaver, Brian Jones

Joe Strummer:Let's Rock Again, Neil Young: Heart of Gold, Townes Van Zandt: Be Here to Love Me, Billy Joe Shaver, Live From Austin TX, Stoned

Tool

10,000 Days

Christopher O'Riley

Home to Oblivion: An Elliot Smith Tribute

Brad Mehldau, Brad Mehldau & Renée Fleming

House on Hill, Love Sublime

Ralph Stanley

A Distant Land to Roam:Songs of the Carter Family
screens

Extra Credit

How a class I took in college helped find distribution for a low-budget, high-caliber indie

BY BRIAN CLARK

Short Circuit

SXSWclick announces its 15 finalists

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film News

Tall tales of the Texas film industry

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Nom sequitur

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Cavite

This rocketing thriller that pits an unseen Filipino terrorist against an unwitting Filipino-American dupe is one of the purest examples of no-budget, seat-of-the-pants, gloriously DIY filmmaking since The Blair Witch Project.

Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man

Part concert film and part fascinating biography, this deft film is a moving tribute to Leonard Cohen’s musical legacy.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

The pirate genre will always be buoyed aloft on the swells of outrageous action, ridiculous couture, and the derringest of do – and this sequel is no different.

Wassup Rockers

Larry Clark, the director of Kids, is back 10 years later with this look at a group of teenage male Latinos in Los Angeles who have more than the usual difficulties finding somewhere to fit in.

You, Me and Dupree

The story of the houseguest who won't leave gets another reworking in this diverting yet disposable Owen Wilson vehicle.
arts & culture

From Stuff, Art

The 21st 'New American Talent' exhibition features a whopping 72 works of art, many of them created from everyday objects

BY AMANDA DOUBERLEY

Camp Nohegan

In the first year of Camp Nohegan, 30 artists gathered for four days in cabins at McKinney Falls State Park, made arts and crafts, took lots of pictures of each other, and generally hung out

BY RACHEL KOPER

The Play About the Baby

Though the baby in Edward Albee's 'The Play About the Baby' may or may not exist, the play is funny and, in its evocation of a traumatic dream state, terribly, horribly frightening

BY BARRY PINEO

Vaudeville Vanya

Some of Austin's finest young actors have banded together as a creative family called St. Idiot Collective and are out to make solemn Anton Chekhov fun with 'Vaudeville Vanya'

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

Arts Reviews

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

With 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,' directors Ginger Morris and Robin Lewis and a wealth of local musical talent have created something truly special: the best Zilker Summer Musical in the past 10 years

Shirley Valentine

Only one woman in Austin could play Shirley Valentine with the charismatic hold of a storyteller, and that would be Bernadette Nason, who stars in Onstage Theatre Company's production

'Tape & Float: Kurt Mueller and Rebecca Ward'

With its second exhibit, The Donkey Show moves away from the spectacular toward something a little closer to home, or at least to Home Depot: Rebecca Ward works with masking tape, and Kurt Mueller's supplies are straight from the paint aisles
columns

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen eats out. You can't take him anywhere.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Robert E. Howard Museum in Cross Plains modestly holds the story of the creator of 'Conan the Barbarian' like a thin-shelled egg

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

Is lithium safe for a teenager?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Temporary restraining order

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Neuroses aren't so sexy after all

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Oops!

Our latest batch

Luv Doc Recommends: 11th Annual Bastille Day Festival

French Legation Museum, Saturday, July 15, 2006

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Italy triumphant, the United States drops in the world rankings, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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