Aug. 4, 2006

Volume 25, Number 49

ON THE COVER:
news

NEWS UPDATE: Court Releases Redistricting Map

More of Travis in Doggett’s district

Having Your Baby

The anti-choice "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" are spending taxpayer funds on misinformation, scare tactics – or nothing

BY JORDAN SMITH

Toby Futrell's Budget

The staff-proposed city budget goes to council, with both breathing and wiggle room

BY WELLS DUNBAR AND MICHAEL KING

Weed Watch

Orrin Hatch, drug law reformer?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Bell Blasts Perry for Underfunded Parks

Crisis predates current administration, but Dem says guv could have prodded Lege

BY AMY SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Whose Budget?

The council asks for a new budget, and Futrell delivers the same old bill

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside The Point

Council approves contract for design of Water Treatment Plant No. 4, despite lingering endangered-species questions

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

How Things Work in Texas; and Giants Leeching on SBA

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Boomtown Dining

Eleven more reasons to make a trip to Marble Falls

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine Trips From Marble Falls

Seventeen wineries, so little time

BY WES MARSHALL

The Hill Country Fall Fest & Wine Auction

Sept. 15-17

Food-o-File

Our apologies to 888 Vietnamese

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Hot: the Iberian Peninsula and eating for a good cause
music

The Cult of Pitchfork

How former record-store clerks and obsessive music nerds turned a Web site into a hit machine

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

TCB

Brothers & Sisters' good vibrations, Awesome Cool Dudes' uncool misfortune, and 'Rockstar' Patrice Pike gives Dave Navarro the what-for

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Peaches

Live shot

Comets on Fire

Avatar

Ali Farka Toure

Savane

Golden Smog

Another Fine Day

Tapes 'n Tapes

The Loon

Enanitos Verdes, Dhira, Conector, Juana Molina, Balún, Kinky, Nortec Collective, Thievery Corporation, Los Lobos, Café Tacuba, Cibo Matto

Pescado Original, n / a, n / a, Son, Something Comes Our Way, Silencio = Muerte
screens

Amid Yahootinis and Freebies, a Focus on the Future

BlogHer in San Jose

BY MARRIT INGMAN

History Repeats?

Nueva Onda Movie Night

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Alternate realties, other lives

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Barnyard: The Original Party Animals

Yet another computer-animated film about talking animals offers a fine message for the kids, but little originality.

The Descent

Urban professionals go spelunking in an attempt to wipe away old horrors, only to find some new ones to call their own.

John Tucker Must Die

Teen female-revenge comedy doesn't live up to the edginess promised by its title.

The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green

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.

The Night Listener

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.

Shadowboxer

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.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Will Ferrell runs comic circles around NASCAR.
arts & culture

Slam as It Ever Was

The nationals come to Austin amid the polarizing medium's 20th anniversary

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

'Red Cans'

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

'Psycho Beach Party'

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

Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center

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

Arts Reviews

Radio :30

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

The Play About the Baby

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

'Summer Group Show'

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
columns

Page Two: Old Dogs, New Kicks

The past is a lie, and the future is unknowable – but we think it has something to do with the Internet

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters @ 3AM

The greatest danger to Israel, in the long term, is its dependence on the United States

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

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

Day Trips

The XIT Ranch was to Texas ranches what Dell Inc. is to computer manufacturers

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

Are there any solid studies to show that the 'new' Litozin rose hips can alleviate or even 'cure' osteoarthritis?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Privacy rights and selling photos

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Kickin' it at fairy camp and where to send your salami

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Oops!

Our latest batch

Luv Doc Recommends: Bruce Robison

Broken Spoke, Saturday, August 5, 2006

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

The Real Crash Davis

Alan Zinter of the Round Rock Express still lives the big-league dream

BY KEVIN BRASS

Soccer Watch

Barcelona and Ronaldinho pay a visit to Houston, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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