June 22, 2007

Volume 26, Number 42

ON THE COVER:
news

The Last Last Sunday?

Austin organizing project contemplating its future

BY ROBERT JENSEN

Down but Not Out: Ararat moving to new location

What happened to North Loop's rough-around-the-edges, perpetually crowded, BYOB purveyors of Mideast eats?

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Unfair Firing at AISD?

In few-month span, Travis Heights Elementary custodian placed on administrative leave, fired, restored, placed on leave again, and finally terminated – stories behind ordeal vary

BY JUSTIN WARD

So Long to My Other Brother Daryl

Slusher remembers Janes

BY DARYL SLUSHER

Naked City

Developing Stories: Compact & Connected

All aboard for Transit-Oriented Development

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Gov. Perry's Ham-Fisted Veto Pen Strikes Again

Lege coverage

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Perry Flips on Private Property Rights

Guv vetoes bill offering protections from eminent domain

BY AMY SMITH

'Texas Monthly' Legislative Top 10s

Best and worst of the Lone Star State

BY AMY SMITH

Beside the Point: Game Over

How to win friends and influence budgets

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Casualties of Bush's Contract Army; and Outsourcing America

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Eating Fresh in Texas

Local foodies are reveling in a festival of produce

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

In Memoriam

Bobbie Covey

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Off with my head, etc.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

June 22-28

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Chado Tea Market

An infatuation becomes a market dedicated to the art of tea
music

Descent Into the Maelstrom

Radio Birdman surfs out of Edgar Allan Poe's maelström a quarter-century later

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

DIY or Die

Red 7's house rules are hardcore, so stop whining

BY AUSTIN POWELL

TCB

The final countdown continues with a dance diva, close call for Ornette Coleman, and a bunch of other stuff

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

Norah Jones

Live Shot

Monterey Pop Tribute

Live Shot

The Polyphonic Spree

The Fragile Army

Abra Moore

On the Way

Two Nice Girls

Two Nice Girls

Beta Valentine

"Gold"

The Drawing Board

Clear to the Far Side of Way Over Yonder

Haunting Oboe Music

Haunting Oboe Music

The Jungle Rockers

The Jungle Rockers

$hane

Music for Bathtubs
screens

The Truth Hurts

Rowdy Stovall's Mexican Sunrise was inspired by his real life, whether it be football injuries or run-ins with satanists

BY CARSON BARKER

A Closing Credit for The Alamo at 409 Colorado

June 27

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

The Territory

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Bamako

This Malian courtroom drama is like nothing you've ever seen: The people put the institutions of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on trial.

DOA: Dead or Alive

Female fighters start out as enemies but strip down to their bikini tops to fight a common foe.

Evan Almighty

Steve Carell's new film is a mild laffer instead of a divine comedy.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Although it tries mightily to top 2005's origin story by introducing fanboy favorite the Silver Surfer, this film is nevertheless relentlessly dull and curiously bombastic.

1408

Even though 1408 is one of the best Stephen King adaptations ever, this movie belongs to star John Cusack and director Mikael Håfström all the way.

Golden Door

Despite the hardships depicted, Golden Door is a sweet film that plays witness to the immigrant birth pangs of modern America.

A Mighty Heart

Based on the true events surrounding journalist Danny Pearl’s kidnapping and murder in Pakistan, this drama by Michael Winterbottom and starring Angelina Jolie is more aloof than melodramatic.

Paris, Je T'Aime

Eighteen short films by an international who’s-who of filmmakers make up this omnibus celebrating the joys and sorrows of love and Paris, organized by neighborhood.

La Vie en Rose

How do you tell the true story of the nearly mythical popular performer Edith Piaf? In epic proportions, of course.
arts & culture

Brass Ring Lessons

How TexARTS' first two go-rounds in staging classic musicals are helping to make its new Carousel ride a winner

BY ROBERT FAIRES

21c Austin: Mints on your pillow and prints, to boot

The developers of the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Ky., are planning their second such combo of contemporary art and lodging for Downtown Austin

BY ROBERT FAIRES

McNichol & May: Harking back with style

Bob McNichol & Erika May are among the most literary improvisers in town, each of their spontaneous narratives carried along by the depth of the characters they create

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Zachary Scott Theatre Center: Enter stage left, a new managing director

After a national search, the Zachary Scott Theatre Center found its new managing director, Elisbeth Challener, right in its own back yard

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Pillowman

Hyde Park Theatre has mounted an excellent production of The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh's immensely challenging tale of gruesome crimes, accountability, and storytelling

love conjure/blues

Sharon Bridgforth's love/conjure blues is a ritual steeped in the magic of the Southern black oral tradition and West African spirituality but encircling all of us

'Cantanker/us'

'Cantanker/us,' a show of artwork by the staff of the visual-arts magazine Cantanker, is a rare opportunity to consider both sides of each artist/staffer's practice
columns

Page Two: Conspiracy Theories

Can you handle the truth?

BY LOUIS BLACK

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Our latest batch

Letters @ 3AM

Financially and militarily, we're not a superpower anymore – though no presidential candidate can admit that

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen drops a gay bomb and salutes the dreck that is Mahogany

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Eilenberger's Bakery, in Palestine, may be best known around the world for its holiday fruitcakes, but locals know it as a year-round bakeshop

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Basinger's fowl collection and breadcrumbs for boo-boos

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Homestead exemption – why & how?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Weathering the Storm

The Austin Lightning look to gain a foothold in Austin as soccer is primed for the national spotlight

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Soccer Watch

Hard-luck weekend for the Lightning, Beckham reinjures his ankle, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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