Volume 25, Number 49
ON THE COVER:
More of Travis in Doggett’s district
The anti-choice "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" are spending taxpayer funds on misinformation, scare tactics or nothing
BY JORDAN SMITH
The staff-proposed city budget goes to council, with both breathing and wiggle room
BY WELLS DUNBAR AND MICHAEL KING
Orrin Hatch, drug law reformer?
BY JORDAN SMITH
Crisis predates current administration, but Dem says guv could have prodded Lege
BY AMY SMITH
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
The council asks for a new budget, and Futrell delivers the same old bill
BY MICHAEL KING
Council approves contract for design of Water Treatment Plant No. 4, despite lingering endangered-species questions
BY WELLS DUNBAR
How Things Work in Texas; and Giants Leeching on SBA
BY JIM HIGHTOWER
Eleven more reasons to make a trip to Marble Falls
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
Seventeen wineries, so little time
BY WES MARSHALL
Our apologies to 888 Vietnamese
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
Hot: the Iberian Peninsula and eating for a good cause
How former record-store clerks and obsessive music nerds turned a Web site into a hit machine
BY AUDRA SCHROEDER
Brothers & Sisters' good vibrations, Awesome Cool Dudes' uncool misfortune, and 'Rockstar' Patrice Pike gives Dave Navarro the what-for
BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY
Phases & Stages
Another Fine Day
Pescado Original, n / a, n / a, Son, Something Comes Our Way, Silencio = Muerte
BlogHer in San Jose
BY MARRIT INGMAN
Nueva Onda Movie Night
BY JOE O'CONNELL
Alternate realties, other lives
BY BELINDA ACOSTA
Yet another computer-animated film about talking animals offers a fine message for the kids, but little originality.
Urban professionals go spelunking in an attempt to wipe away old horrors, only to find some new ones to call their own.
Teen female-revenge comedy doesn't live up to the edginess promised by its title.
This story of a young man in search of Mr. Right has a certain scrappy underdog charm but doesn’t flout any aspects of the romantic-comedy formula.
This taut, wiry exercise in eerie bad vibes, about a writer-cum-radio personality and a disturbing teenage literary sensation, is emotionally dense but never fully takes flight.
Not reviewed at press time. Stars Çuba Gooding Jr. and Helen Mirren as passionate yet unlikely lovers, as well as assassins and stepmother and stepson. And if that's not enough drama, one of them also has a fatal disease.
Will Ferrell runs comic circles around NASCAR.
arts & culture
The nationals come to Austin amid the polarizing medium's 20th anniversary
BY SHAWN BADGLEY
The performers in 'Red Cans' have to stuff themselves into tiny laundry hampers where they can't see, must use their arms to walk, and get horribly cramped and bruised, but you won't hear them complain
BY HANNAH KENAH
Coming soon to theatres near you will be two productions of Charles Busch's camp classic 'Psycho Beach Party' but despite having the same title, they'll be surprisingly different
BY BARRY PINEO
Getting a place of one's own is always cause for celebration, which is why the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center is throwing a big shindig
BY ROBERT FAIRES
Chris Earle's psychological drama 'Radio :30' shows how advertising works, through a deejay's emotional collapse while he's recording a spot for a burger joint
In the Coda Theater Project production of 'The Play About the Baby,' the actors deliver Edward Albee's brilliant and dreamlike play cleanly and clearly
The 'Summer Group Show' at Lora Reynolds Gallery is a departure from the strong exhibits it has mounted so far, a gap in the norm that suggests the pressures galleries are under to produce cohesive exhibits
The past is a lie, and the future is unknowable but we think it has something to do with the Internet
BY LOUIS BLACK
Our readers talk back.
The greatest danger to Israel, in the long term, is its dependence on the United States
BY MICHAEL VENTURA
Your Style Avatar will tell you who's a designer and who isn't, thank you very much, and who to vote for, while we're at it
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
The XIT Ranch was to Texas ranches what Dell Inc. is to computer manufacturers
BY GERALD E. MCLEOD
Are there any solid studies to show that the 'new' Litozin rose hips can alleviate or even 'cure' osteoarthritis?
BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.
Privacy rights and selling photos
Kickin' it at fairy camp and where to send your salami
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
Our latest batch
Broken Spoke, Saturday, August 5, 2006
BY THE LUV DOC
Letters to the editor, published daily
Alan Zinter of the Round Rock Express still lives the big-league dream
BY KEVIN BRASS
Barcelona and Ronaldinho pay a visit to Houston, and more
BY NICK BARBARO