April 20, 2007

Volume 26, Number 33

ON THE COVER:
news

How Green Is the Music?

Festivals, bands, and musicians seek environmental harmony

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Sen. Dan Patrick: State Theologian

Blowhard legislator from Houston insists he's just misunderstood

BY AMY SMITH

School Board Election Preview

Race to fill District 2 spot on AISD board of trustees promises to be highly contested, with four candidates vying for empty seat left by board's longest-serving member, Rudy Montoya

BY JUSTIN WARD

What's Next for Bankrupt SOS?

Staff says life will go on, but tactics may change

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Rafting the Great Waller

Outdoorsman envisions converting sluggish creek into hardcore white-water rafting rapids

BY WELLS DUNBAR

A Stroll Along Waller Creek

Photo feature

Naked City

On the Lege

Tired arguments and middle-aged men set anti-woman agenda

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: How Are We Managing?

Targeting city manager may be hunting the wrong game

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Just one word: canvas

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Circuit City's 'Wage Management' Scam; and Tell FDA What You Think!

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

New & Noteworthy

Connie Rodriguez expands her catering business for eat-in or takeout

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-o-File

New restaurants and foodstuffs: It's enough to drive a man to a larger belt

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

April 19-26

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Liquid Assets

Broker's Gin

BY WES MARSHALL

Food Reviews

Lamberts

Upscale barbecue in an Austin landmark

Uncle Boudreaux's

There's a pot of gumbo waiting for you
music

The Great Pyramid

Bill Callahan can see clearly now

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

The B-Side

Old Settler's Fest digs in as Okkervil River's Will Sheff digs out, and Marijuana Law for Musicians tokes on

BY DARCIE STEVENS

Bill Callahan Reviewed

Bill Callahan

Woke on a Whaleheart

Peter Stopschinski

Chamber Music

Attack Formation

We Are Alive in Tune

Lush Logic, Ohn, Loren Dent

Funky Down Tronic, Revolutionary Revolution, Empires and Milk

Shearwater

Palo Santo [Expanded Edition]

The Biscuit Brothers

Old MacDonald's EIEI Radio

the Ugly Beats

Take a Stand

Tee Double

The Return of the Artform

David Newbould

Big Red Sun

Nathan Singleton & His Sideshow Tragedy

Borrowed Guitars, Unwound Hearts, and Broken Strings

Gurf Morlix

Diamonds to Dust

Steve Bedunah

Plug It in and Play

Robert Gomez

Brand New Towns

Gulf of Mexico

Rooms You've Never Seen Before

Red Leaves

Disposable Parts

Damesviolet

Upside Down

LeBlanc

This Is Me

The Pleasures of Merely Circulating

Four Songs:530 Seconds of Pleasure

Rivercity Seven

Eve

the Small Stars

Tijuana Dreams

Stealth Utd

Rational Anthem

Stickpony

Head First Through the Sound
screens

Travelogue

Cine las Americas goes around the world in seven days

The Bonds of Filth

The boys behind Hot Fuzz dish the dirt

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Who's in Charge?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Overlord

Overlord

Film Reviews

Avenue Montaigne

A young Frenchwoman moves to Paris from with nothing but the knapsack on her back and the innocent gleam in her eye.

Everything's Gone Green

In this amusing film based on a screenplay by Douglas Coupland, a 29-year-old contemplates life’s purpose and the meaning of “winning.”

First Snow

A moody thriller that tries to thumb its nose at fatalism, First Snow features another great performance from Guy Pearce.

Fracture

This legal thriller pits two brilliant actors against each other in a sustained battle of wills that has enough sizzle to keep us rapt even when the storyline sags.

Hot Fuzz

Simultaneously smart and silly, Hot Fuzz demonstrates that it's not necessary to be a buffoon in order to lampoon.

In the Land of Women

Adam Brody stars in this movie, which also features Kristen Stewart and Meg Ryan, as a young man creeping toward adulthood.

Mafioso

This genius Italian comedy from 1962 has been plucked from obscurity and given a sparkling new cleanup job.

Pathfinder

A Viking movie with this many graphic decapitations shouldn't be such a bore.

Perfect Stranger

The fishy smell that permeates Perfect Stranger comes from all of the red herrings flopping around this absurdly plotted Hollywood thriller.

Redline

Redline dives headfirst into onanistic autoeroticism, but this exotic-car movie feels ill-lubed and mechanical all the way.

Slow Burn

Slow Burn – starring Ray Liotta, LL Cool J, and Mekhi Phifer – becomes one of those movies that’s so bad, it’s almost entertaining. Almost.

The Tripper

David Arquette directs this horror film in which a Ronald Reagan-obsessed serial killer targets a bunch of hippies.
arts & culture

The Music Is Pretty Much Incessant

P. Kellach Waddle, the River City's 'educated hillbilly,' composes himself a life

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Fuse Box: Now with more electricity

The newly expanded Fuse Box Festival continues to shower sparks across Austin, with the second week packing in even more new dance, theatre, screenings, bands, and art

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Arts Hall of Fame: Class of 2007

The Austin Critics Table has named the sixth group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'floodlines': Hyde Park again awash in wonders

This Sunday, when Jaclyn Pryor's floodlines is presented again, the Hyde Park neighborhood will be abloom with mystery and have wonders wending their way down its streets

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Harry Ransom Center: They f**king scored the f**king Mamet papers

UT's Ransom Center – which has long held to the motto, 'Always be closing' – has acquired the archives of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, and director David Mamet

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Ah, Wilderness!

Ah, Wilderness!, Eugene O'Neill's only comedy, is given a lavish treatment at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre, resulting in a dream production full of bright, endearing charm

Kafka's Dick

Somewhere between Alan Bennett's strictly surface script and Lisa Scheps' direction, the Coda Project's production of Kafka's Dick falls flat

'The Geometry of Hope'

'The Geometry of Hope' at the Blanton Museum of Art provides a survey of abstract art in Latin America over the 20th century, segmented into chapters by cities and decades
columns

Page Two: All in the Family

Debunking the hippie Mafia theory, and starting to say goodbye to Rollo Banks

BY LOUIS BLACK

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After a Fashion

Celebrity sightings and Cheaters revisited

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is an excellent place for birders and nature lovers to soak in the beauty of the great outdoors

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Common Law

Choice of Small-Business Entity

BY MEGHAN GRIFFITHS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Lenin'd last words, the derivation of skiddoo, and Wikipedia gets more cred than the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Manchester United and Chelsea on track for a series of showdowns, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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