June 1, 2007

Volume 26, Number 39

ON THE COVER:
news

Deep Eddy Rising

Citizens and city come together to restore an Austin landmark

BY MICHAEL KING

The Key (Chain) to Chief Ellison's Heart

Hey, who wants an Austin Police badge?

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Power of Poetry

Johnston High English teacher makes poets out of school's urban immigrant youths

BY MICHAEL MAY

Bucks for Bullets: Federal minimum-wage raise approved

When Congress passed Iraq war spending bill last Thursday, it approved a raise in federal minimum wage for first time in a decade

BY CHERYL SMITH

Naked City

Developing Stories: The Long Capitol View

The Downtown Commission and Heritage Society of Austin square off over Capitol-view corridors

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Developing Stories

Traffic, bullshit, Suttle, and Town Lake

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

On the Lege

The last days of the session: a rebellion and a budget

BY AMY SMITH

Point Austin: Craddick Unbound

The House speaker retains his chair, but at what cost?

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside The Point

Rethinking our old water treatment plant, and other feces-related topics

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

The Offshoring of Local News; and Come On, Democrats, Shape Up!

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Place of Honor

Twelve rounds between Hiroko Shimbo and Tyson Cole

BY MICK VANN

Bocaditos

Cissi's Market Kohana Coffee and Austin Slow Burn Green Chile con Queso

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-o-File

Tentatively galvanizing news for the vegetarian community and a KLRU programming update

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

June 1-7
music

Rock & Roll Books

All the Townes Van Zandt, Texas Troubadours, Southern hip-hop, Zen punk, and Phil Spector, Warren Zevon, and Joe Strummer you can shake a bottle of sunblock at

TCB

Redrawing Austin's musical map with Roadhouse Rags, Rabbit's, and even a word or two from the state Capitol

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Live Shots

screens

A Life of His Own

Diving right in with Tab Hunter

BY MARC SAVLOV

Taking You to Ninja School

Seven reasons why Naruto is kicking everybody's ass

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

AFS's Other Minds, Other Worlds

Global Sci-Fi Cinema

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Film News

Incentives (except for any production that "portrays Texas or Texans in a negative fashion")!

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

La Lupe

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Adam's Apples

Pitting a skinhead against a priest, this Danish comedy, like most of that country's dramas, is dark, dark, dark.

Beyond the Gates

With infinite grace but no real suspense, Beyond the Gates bears dramatic witness to the Rwandan ethnic genocide of the last decade.

Bug

The Exorcist's William Friedkin directs this psychological thriller that never really gets under your skin.

Fool and Final

New Bollywood crime comedy.

Gracie

Davis Guggenheim (director of An Inconvenient Truth) tells this more-or-less true story of one New Jersey girl's struggle to play soccer in the male-dominated sports world of the late Seventies.

Jindabyne

The Australian director of Lantana returns to similar psychological terrain with this drama based on a Raymond Carver short story and starring the fantastic Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne.

Knocked Up

Although it’s extremely funny in bursts, Judd Apatow's new comedy flirts once too often with schmaltz before toppling into melodrama in its third act.

Mr. Brooks

Serial killers are a dime a dozen in this often beguiling but essentially ludicrous movie that stars Kevin Costner in an unconventional role.

Once

This delicate Irish import, which stars the frontman of the Frames, is an insightful and endearing reimagining of a familiar genre: the musical.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

This third Pirates outing is an empty vessel haunted by the ghosts of its sabre-rattling betters.

10 Questions for the Dalai Lama

His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, is truly a spiritual leader for the 21st century.
arts & culture

Making It Happen

The 2007 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame

BY ROBERT FAIRES

ASO Concerts in the Park: The gift at the gazebo

The Austin Symphony is again presenting its summer series of concerts in Wooldridge Park, and the musicians love getting out of the concert hall and inside that park's gazebo

BY BARRY PINEO

Austin Figurative Gallery/Pump Project: Something old, something new

Two gallery events, one focused on past Texas masters and one featuring artists creating new work in real time, show us where we've been and where we're going

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Wallace Shawn's 'A Thought in Three Parts': The author approves

After making a special visit to Austin to see Rubber Repertory's production of his play A Thought in Three Parts, Wallace Shawn called it 'an incredible moment in his life'

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Jesus Christ Superstar/Jesucristo Superestrella

Zachary Scott Theatre's Jesus Christ Superstar/Jesuchristo Superestrella transcends the usual ascension into the heavens of rock & roll to become an anthem of Mexican tradition

'Lizzy Wetzel, Bradley Brown & Edward Setina: Agent on the Road'

This first part of the artist exchange between Dallas' Road Agent Gallery and Austin's Art Palace brings a stylistically different perspective to our town
columns

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After a Fashion

Stephen and the rest of town remember Clifford

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Once closed to the public, Fort Chadbourne – located between San Angelo and Abilene – is now open for tours

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Flossing for life and marrying in absentia

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Austin speed racer – resolving a traffic ticket

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The Austin Lightning wins, Beckham's back, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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