Aug. 18, 2006

Volume 25, Number 51

ON THE COVER:
news

The Lewis File

Park Police personnel record casts a harsh light on small law enforcement agencies

BY JORDAN SMITH

Read the Coy Report (PDF file)

Streetcar Plan Takes Shape

Rail advocates hope a downtown circulator will help boost usage of the new commuter rail

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Campaign War Chest

Secretary of State Roger Williams' officeholder account is brimming with more than $200,000 in donor cash, suggesting that he has been stumping for dollars ever since Gov. Perry appointed him to the post in 2004.

BY AMY SMITH

Weed Watch

Stoner-culture icon in Austin Friday to read from his first book, penned straight from the pen

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Beside the Point: A Vegetative State

The City Council tries to move the budget beyond meat and potatoes

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

The Paris Hilton Minimum-Wage Hike; and Superrich Tax Cheats

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Margaritas vs. Mojitos

It's Mexico vs. Cuba, tequila vs. rum, mix vs. muddle, in this battle for lime-infused-libation-sensation supremacy in the Lone Star State

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

HATCH

A Hatch Crash Course

Hatch Chile Festival, Central Market: Aug. 20-21 and Aug. 27-28

BY MICK VANN

New and Noteworthy

Simply Sauces' Hatch Queso

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

News that will make you smile

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Choose wisely

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

The Zen of Revolution

Career sideman Michael Ramos steps out with 'Charanga Cakewalk'

BY DAVE MARSH

The B-Side

As the ACL Music Fest looms, at least one venue on Red River hopes to be ready for the overflow. The Las Vegas Emo's won't quite be ready by then, however.

BY DARCIE STEVENS

Phases & Stages

Heartless Bastards

All This Time

Carrie Rodriguez, Chip Taylor

Seven Angels on a Bicycle, Unglorious Hallelujah

Corinne Bailey Rae

Live shot

Johnny Cash

American V:A Hundred Highways

the Clash

Rude Boy

Johnny Dowd

Live shot
screens

When :-( = $

Despair.com, demotivation, and capitalizing on the variables of Web content

BY TODDY BURTON

Irvine Welsh

'Trainspotting,' 10 years later, and a new book

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund Panel Meets and Metes

Plus, Allison Anders' 'Gas Food Lodging' screens Aug. 21

TV Eye

Not as Seen on TV

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Accepted

Accepted asserts that a college run by students might be better than its institutional alternative, but who wants education advice from the creators of such a witless, uninspired excuse for a college comedy?

Jailbait

The stage origins of this low-budget, indie prison movie are simply everywhere, but it is so fantastically acted that it inspires indulgence of its first-timers’ mistakes.

Lower City

The toastiest summer on record is but an intermittently flickering 40-watt bulb compared to this positively incendiary sexual firestorm.

The Oh in Ohio

This story of an uptight corporate go-getter (Posey), her sad-sack high school science teacher husband (Rudd), and her search for her first orgasm is intended to invoke rolling laughter but instead results in repeated sighs.

Pulse

Pulse, the American remake of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 2001 horror film Kairo, is the McDonald's Unhappy Meal to the original's elegantly obtuse sashimi o' sorrow.

Zoom

This superhero sci-fi farce drags its feet, while the sappy sweetness will make you wince.
arts & culture

Cartoon Heritage

Food faces, renegade puppets, rainbow purses, and nicotine washes – it's all part of the art of Matthew Rodriguez

BY RACHEL KOPER AND KRISTIN UNGER

Summer of Solo Shows: The Second Wave

In Austin theatre, solo shows sometimes come in waves, as in the second half of August, which has four one-person theatrical vehicles opening the same weekend

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Texas Arts Exchange: CultureCon 2006

The Texas Commission on the Arts' latest biennial conference draws together artists and arts professionals to discuss ways to integrate the arts more fully into the lives of our communities

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Police believe they have the killer of Esther's juggler Warren Ryder Schwartz, Jenny Hart puts 'Space Ghost's Brak in stitches, more stage hits are back by popular demand, and construction starts on Ballet Austin's new dance center

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Red Cans

Rubber Repertory's 'Red Cans' is an experiment in new realms, one that puts you in another world, and so long as you bring your curiosity, you'll be surprised how engaging this world is

The Biscuit Brothers: Live From Symphony Barn

Allen Robertson and Jerome Schoolar, better known as the Biscuit Brothers, have carved a vigorous musical stage show out of their Emmy-nominated PBS program

'All Dressed in White'

Each of the seven video / multimedia works in Women & Their Work's "All Dressed in White" grapples with what the institution of marriage means or should mean in the life of a contemporary woman
columns

Page Two: Light and Darkness

Light and Darkness: In the bright cacophony of black and white, a confession of despair and an ode to uncertainty

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters @ 3AM

To blame disasters like the Twin Towers and New Orleans on a few perpetrators is to ignore the greater disasters that are the foundation upon which the developed world lives: our attempts to hold on to an unsustainable way of life

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Is DIY design? Your Style Avatar weighs in ... like the 500-lb. gorilla in the middle of the room.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden is just one of many reasons to visit Lampasas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

When organic produce is not available or is too expensive, are those grown in water or in greenhouses less likely to be contaminated with pesticides?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

My lease says what? – Issues to consider when signing a new lease

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The politics of Fluffernutter and Dylan channels the Everly Brothers

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Lady Longhorns face UTSA in season opener

BY NICK BARBARO

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