April 13, 2007

Volume 26, Number 32

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news

How Do You Pick a Chief?

APD reviewer list raises questions about the process

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Last Rock & Roll Deejay

KLBJ cans legendary Johnny Walker

BY KEVIN BRASS

Council: Call Me a (Lone Star) Cab!

Hailing 'unique' business model, City Council chooses city's newest taxi franchise

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Refugees Remain in Taylor Prison

ACLU files suit to spring children from 'residential facility'

BY DIANA WELCH

Naked City

Developing Stories: What Would Andrés Duany Do?

The town-planning messiah fixes Austin.

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

More Developing Stories

A calendar of upcoming urban planning events

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

On the Lege: TXU Meltdown

TXU says FU, then backs down

BY AMY SMITH

Point Austin: Unconventional

Is the Hodge Affair the end of an era or the beginning?

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

If this was a good year, what's a bad one look like?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Why Media Companies Get No Respect; NYPD's 'Intelligence'

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Wine of the Week

Sometimes, bigger is better

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Openings, awards, accolades, and other assorted food goings-on

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

April 13-19

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

The Way We Garden Now

Katherine Whiteside

Java Gardens

Johanes and Shinta Muljadi are back in the kitchen where they belong

Phil's Icehouse

Last year, Amy Simmons and her team at Amy's Ice Creams took on a new venture that seemed like a natural
music

The Power of Three

With ZZ Top mowing down the Backyard this weekend, the power of three – trios – comes into play

BY MARGARET MOSER

TCB

Cowboys and bluesmen at the Alamo Drafthouse's new home, Moose and conjunto on the Eastside, an ailing Crack Pipe, a cranky cigarette company, and other nutty notions

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Stephen Marley

Mind Control

The Frames

The Cost

LCD Soundsystem

Sound of Silver

the Fratellis

Costello Music

Dr. Dog

We All Belong

Andrew Bird

Armchair Apocrypha

Bright Eyes

Cassadaga

Amy Winehouse

Back to Black

Grinderman

Grinderman

Fountains of Wayne

Traffic and Weather
screens

Holywood Squares?

A local church rents out the Alamo Drafthouse South for a conference on Christians and film

BY TODDY BURTON

A Decade of Cine

El Violín kicks off the 10th Cine Las Americas Film Festival

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film News

Stars litter the Austin landscape, the real Oprah Effect, and other nuggets of film info

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

War and Remembrance: Part III

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Twin Peaks: The Second Season

Twin Peaks: The Second Season, Dog Day Afternoon HD, and Old Joy

Film Reviews

Air Guitar Nation

What other international competition awards points for general "airiness"? This fun documentary celebrates the weirdness but never mocks the participants.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters

Absurdist non sequiturs and deadpan pauses emanate from an animated milkshake, a box of french fries, and a ball of ground beef.

Are We Done Yet?

Who could have foreseen that Ice Cube's path Straight Outta Compton would lead to family-friendly movies about the complications of life in the suburbs?

Disturbia

Up-and-comer Shia LaBeouf is a young actor to watch, but he’s had better opportunities than this teen thriller to show what he’s capable of.

Firehouse Dog

A Hollywood pooch gets lost during a stunt and ends up a stray outside a downtown firehouse captained by a single dad with a stubborn school-skipping son.

Glastonbury

The sense of total immersion in England's Glastonbury Festival is breathlessly complete in Julien Temple's everywhere-at-once music documentary.

Jagadam

Telegu-language film about a man who wishes to become the local don.
arts & culture

The Iron Man

Longtime local stage phenom Ken Webster has a record to rival that of a Baseball Hall of Famer

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Fuse Box: Supercharged

In its third year, Refraction Arts' Fuse Box Festival has evolved from the Little Festival That Could into the Amazing Colossal Fest

BY ROBERT FAIRES

UT Performing Arts Center: Wadsworth announces retirement

Pebbles Wadsworth, who has run the UT Performing Arts Center for 15 years now, will step down from her position as director of the UT PAC as of New Year's Day 2008

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Zachary Scott Theatre Center: A stage for a diva

The new theatre being built by the Zachary Scott Theatre Center already has a name: the Karen Kuykendall Stage, in honor of the Austin native and award-winning performer

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'The Barber of Seville': Oh, we meant to do it this way

With Bass Concert Hall no longer available, Austin Lyric Opera is working to stage The Barber of Seville in a hall with no orchestra pit, no proscenium, and no wing space

BY BARRY PINEO

Arts Reviews

Take Me Out

Zachary Scott Theatre Center's production of the baseball drama Take Me Out is powerful evidence that theatre is also a team sport and we're all playing together

Lettice and Lovage

Different Stages' Lettice and Lovage is a treat for Peter Shaffer's excruciatingly witty script and the easy rapport between the two lead actresses
columns

Page Two: Legacy and Lunacy

Rush Limbaugh and Waterloo Records leave their marks – in very different ways

BY LOUIS BLACK

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Our latest batch

Letters @ 3AM

Family life in the Bible mirrors the worst in anyone's family

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen hands out Fashion Crimes Against Humanity tickets and dips into the Gallery of the Absurd

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Brown Ranch and Hummer House south of Christoval is the summer home of the largest concentration of black-chinned hummingbirds

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Forrest Gump's soft-porn origins, and Oprah knows molting

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Nuts and bolts of filing your tax return

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Chaparral’s 25th Anniversary Party

Continental Club, Saturday, April 14, 2007

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

High school championship tournament rolls into Round Rock, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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