March 23, 2007

Volume 26, Number 29

ON THE COVER:
news

URBAN PIONEER

We Were the Urban Pioneers

Our search for the just-right million-dollar condo, in the wilds of Downtown

BY WELLS DUNBAR AND JORDAN SMITH

Developing Stories: Pioneering at Mueller

Urban trailblazers aren't just settling Downtown

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Point Austin: Cops Cost Money

We've been plugging the dike with overtime, and the cracks are showing

BY MICHAEL KING

Polygamist Prophet Update

FLDS leader Jeffs asks that rape-as-accomplice trial be moved; in different case, judge orders him to pay up

BY JORDAN SMITH

Beside the Point

Paul Robbins wants to take City Hall back

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Naked City

On the Lege: A $156 Million Disaster

The Accenture scheme blows up in the state's face

Media Watch: Sunday Morning Blues?

A watchdog group claims that the political talk shows' choice of guests tilts right

BY KEVIN BRASS

The Hightower Report

Politicizing U.S. Attorneys; and Ambassador Spic and Span

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Planting a Seed

Local schools see students not only eating all of their vegetables but growing them, too

BY MICK VANN

Wine of the Week

Randall Grahm, rich weirdo, makes great wine

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Mars, Chow.com, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

March 23-30

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

2006-07 Austin Music Awards Show Encore

Austin Convention Center, Wednesday, March 14

TCB

SXSW 07: a lot of carrying on, a massive jolt of energy, then oblivion

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Funhouse

Jandek, Bill Callahan

Jandek/Bill Callahan

Stooges

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

Boris

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

Gary Lucas, Gods and Monsters

Gary Lucas/Gods & Monsters

Terry Reid

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

Qui With David Yow

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

Meat Puppets

The Meat Puppets

Lee "Scratch" Perry

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

The Octopus Project, Black Moth Super Rainbow

The Octopus Project + Black Moth Super Rainbow

Field Music

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

Marnie Stern

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

Uncle Earl

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

Deadstring Brothers

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

Summer Hymns

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

The Good, the Bad & the Queen

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

Federation, the Pack

Bay Area Rap Showcase

Bobby Patterson

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

Nick Drake

Nick Drake Remembered

Monterey Pop at 40

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

Say It Loud! I'm What? and I'm Proud

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

Ponderosa Stomp

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

Mary Weiss

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

Reigning Sound

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

Mando Diao, Fratellis

Mando Diao/The Fratellis

Patrick Watson

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

The Nightwatchman

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

Chromeo

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

UGK

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

Hugh Cornwell

Trolling South by Southwest 2007

Peter, Bjorn and John

Peter Bjorn & John

Eli "Paperboy" Reed & the True Lovers

Eli "Paperboy" Reed & the True Loves

Best SXSW 07 Showcase

Trolling South by Southwest 2007
screens

Movie Nights

Scenes from SXSW Film 07

Come as You Were

Sarah Kelly and Connie Britton on The Lather Effect

BY TODDY BURTON

Alamo Downtown Heads for Better Digs

Who needs the Warehouse District when you can have the Ritz on Sixth?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

In Play

Reclaim UT's title ... virtually

BY MARK FAGAN

TV Eye

Margin Material

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Trailer Park Boys: Seasons 1 & 2

Alliance Atlantis released the show's collected episodes season by season last year without frills or fanfare, but even without extras, they're worth discovering

Film Reviews

Color Me Kubrick: A True...ish Story

This story about a con man who pretended to be Stanley Kubrick is a playground for star John Malkovich.

Dead Silence

A supernatural thriller about a ventriloquist who goes mad, from the team that brought us Saw.

G.I. Jesus

Jesus Feliciano is a Mexican national who joins the Marines to gain U.S. citizenship and returns home from Iraq with a nasty case of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Host

This manic monster party from South Korea cleverly updates the Japanese monster-movie genre while offering a witty and sweet look at what's left of the nuclear family.

I Think I Love My Wife

Who would have ever guessed that Chris Rock would be the guy to film an American remake of Eric Rohmer's meditation on fidelity, Chloe in the Afternoon?

The Last Mimzy

Solid performances elevate this mild but hardly magical children's sci-fi story.

Namastey London

Bollywood film about a British girl torn between an arranged marriage in India and her boyfriend back in England.

Premonition

Sandra Bullock again turns toward the supernatural in this thriller in which she plays a housewife who's uncertain whether her husband is alive or dead.

Pride

Based on the true story of Jim Ellis, who created a nationally respected swimming program from an abandoned community center, Pride is a by-the-book sports film.

Reign Over Me

This Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle film is often disjointed and needlessly sentimental, though the film's whole often compensates for its sketchy parts.

Shooter

Mark Wahlberg plays an ex-Marine marksman who is set up to be the fall guy in a government plot.

TMNT

Back on the screen for the first time since the early Nineties, the Ninja Turtles are now animated via CGI, though their plot and character details got lost in the shuffle.

What Love Is

Writer/director Callahan keeps his characters talking from the first frame to the last – and like all great chatterers their preferred topic is love and all its variations.
arts & culture

Site Unseen

"America Starts Here" shows how the pioneering artistic team of Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler made the overlooked visible

BY AMANDA DOUBERLEY

'La Víctima': An old message still needing to be heard

As Teatro Vivo stages La Víctima, a groundbreaking look at Mexican-U.S. immigration, Rupert Reyes and Jorge Huerta discuss the play's origins and relevance

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

'American Fiesta': Big Apple in a Fiestaware bowl

That buzz last summer about an off-Broadway run for Steven Tomlinson's American Fiesta? Consider it confirmed: The show opens in New York on April 26.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

UT Faculty Composers: All-stars take the field

A concert of works by Donald Grantham, Russell Pinkston, Bruce Pennycook, Dan Welcher, and Yevgeniy Sharlat will be a veritable home-run derby of music by UT's compositional heavy hitters

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

The winners of the Amster Youth Concerto Competition tune up, the Biscuit Brothers get buttered up (by the Lege), and Koper scoops up Texas Biennial inside info

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Mambo Italiano

Naughty Austin looks to be "coming out" for a more serious production with the gay "straight" play Mambo Italiano

Hamlet

Vortex Repertory Company's new production of Shakespeare's Hamlet has a strong contemporary feel, but ultimately it diminishes some of the power of the tragedy

'Elaine Bradford: Freaks of Nurture'

In her exhibition "Freaks of Nurture," Elaine Bradford's crochet-covered menagerie of stuffed animals is equal parts lighthearted nonsense and poignant sadness
columns

Page Two: Mea Culpa Redux, and Again Mea Culpa

Confessions of an evil dwarf

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

What a week! Stephen revels in Austin in its top form.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Rodeo Heritage Museum in Dublin, Texas, tells the story of the beginnings of the modern rodeo

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Knows is The first bank robbery and that shifty Sasquatch

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Landlord's Perspective on Tenant Disputes

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: 'Joe Ely's Bonfire of the Roadmaps'

Harry Ransom Center, Thursday, March 22, 2007

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

U.S. Men play Ecuador (Sunday) and Guatemala (Wednesday), and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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