June 29, 2007

Volume 26, Number 43

ON THE COVER:
news

The TAKS Is Dead! Long Live the TAKS!

Students continue to cram for slow-to-expire high-stakes tests

BY MICHAEL MAY

The Morales Murder: Misreported worldwide

Blame for sloppy reporting goes to ... APD?

BY JORDAN SMITH

TEA: Neeley Steps Down

Official story: Forced out when informed by governor's staff that he's ready for new leadership at Texas Education Agency

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Oak Hill Redevelopment: Varying visions for town center

Concept of town center node in Oak Hill looks like it's getting tougher - not easier - as city's neighborhood plan progresses

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Campaign Buzz

Distant city and county elections begin to draw early feelers

BY KATHERINE GREGOR AND MICHAEL KING

Will Texas Catch Some Solar Rays?

Local and worldwide solar-energy experts convene in Austin and deliver this message: The day when solar energy will compete economically with traditional fossil-fueled power is fast approaching, and Texas is doing much less than it could be to utilize its solar potential

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Lawsuit Against APD Officers Alleges Civil Rights Violations

Family of 24-year-old beaten and arrested last summer by APD officer at bus stop files federal lawsuit against officer and his supervisors

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Developing Stories

Liveable City presents 2007 Vision Awards; ROMA Design Group working on initial research stage of Downtown Austin Plan; and architectural team for San Antonio master plan selected

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Reefer Madness: This Is Your Brain on Drugs

ONDCP's latest attempt at scaring you into believing marijuana is bad is pure propaganda

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Oregon Dreams, Austin Nightmare

Leave for a week, and there goes the neighborhood

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

A weird week at City Council

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

The Seventeen Traditions; and Bushites' Ethical Cluelessness

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Yardbird's Blues

How the bone-out chicken-fried chicken breast is destroying American menus

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

A Place to Try

The Lost Sock Launderette & Coffee Lounge

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

The Las Manitas model has other restaurants wondering where the $750,000-forgivable-loan line forms

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

Kiwi Pinot is a best buy

BY WES MARSHALL

Event Menu

June 29-July 5

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

The Girls of Summer

Austin's inaugural all-girls rock camp looks out after its own

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

TCB

That's the news, and I am outta here

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Radio Birdman

Live shot

White Stripes

Icky Thump

Queens of the Stone Age

Era Vulgaris

Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur

Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur

Sinéad O'Connor

Theology

Rolling Stones

The Biggest Bang
screens

Not Enough Cooks

Janeane Garofalo discusses Ratatouille, stirs up trouble

BY MARRIT INGMAN

Film News

Projects aplenty

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

POV at 20

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Apne

Bollywood film about an ex-boxer whose career was cut short and the expectations he has of his sons to fulfill his legacy.

Evening

Featuring the work of a great many fine actresses, this movie is less than the sum of its parts and runs aground while trying to create a mountain from a molehill.

Live Free or Die Hard

As John McClane, Bruce Willis once more brings the noise and blows the bejesus out of the bad guys.

Ratatouille

Pixar scores another triumph of animated wonder with this story of a rat who craves haute cuisine over garbage.

Sicko

Professional gadfly Michael Moore alights on the topic of the shortcomings of the American health-care system, and crafts his most widely accessible film to date.
arts & culture

PHOTOASIS

Photoasis

Will van Overbeek's camera captures the eternal allure of Austin's favorite swimming hole

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

24 Summers at Barton Springs Pool

Photographs by Will van Overbeek

Sterling Allen: The Allen transformer as self-generator ...

Sterling Allen's irrational, exuberant drawings in the exhibit 'Writesy Drawsy' are so decisive in placement and texture that they immediately send you to a happy place as a viewer

BY RACHEL KOPER

Is That Science?: The elements of smile

The initial results of the experiment Is That Science? – wherein members of the theatrical company St. Idiot Collective interacted with the element Improvium – were fast, furious, and funny

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Jessie Otto Hite: With the Blanton built, the director takes her leave

With the Blanton Museum of Art's new galleries open and drawing record crowds and the companion building set to open next year, Jessie Otto Hite has decided to retire as director in 2008

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Carousel

TexARTS' staging of Carousel found the humanity in this unusually dark musical, bringing us close to even the cruelest characters and taking them to a place of comfort and light

The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera, the deliciously caustic musical by Brecht and Weill, has been reinterpreted by Austin Playhouse, with unfortunate results, as a kind of broad slapstick
columns

Page Two: Brain Wash

Coming to terms with conspiracy theorists, with some help from Loudon Wainwright III

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Our latest batch

After a Fashion

Stephen ponders his career in radio and what to wear for it

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

White-water rafting on the Rio Grande in New Mexico is a huge rush and a little scary, too

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Benito's birthright and the nitty-gritty on sandpaper

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Class-action lawsuit – what is it?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Karaoke Apocalypse

Hole in the Wall, Friday, June 29, 2007

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Austin Lightning lose fourth straight, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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