July 20, 2007

Volume 26, Number 46

ON THE COVER:
news

Streetcar Desires

The Austin streetcar has a consensus – it still needs champions

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Austin Boards Biofuel Bandwagon

City makes biofuels-conversion progress, as it works to implement Austin Climate Protection Plan, strives to meet goal of carbon-neutral fleet by 2020

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Saying Goodbye to Lady Bird

Mr. Dubose Goes to Washington – Part Time

Local author Lou Dubose commuting to D.C. as new editor of The Washington Spectator

BY LEE NICHOLS

WilCo Animal Advocates Hire Bulldog Attorney

Attorney Bill Aleshire hired to press for more vigor in Sheriff's Office animal cruelty and neglect investigation into Williamson County Regional Shelter

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Queen Lo-La Facing RV Park Exile

Trailer court moves to eject Nubian Queen Lo-La

BY DIANA WELCH

Naked City

Point Austin: Futrell's Farewell

City manager's retirement a curious affair

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Can council seize the reins at City Hall?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Country-of-Origin Labeling; and George's 'Excessive Punishment' Doctrine

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Exit Here to Eat

Dining around Central Texas

New & Noteworthy

Willie Nelson's Country Peach Cobbler Ice Cream

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Bocaditos

Doctor Kracker Flatbreads and Snacker Krackers

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-o-File

Can I interest you in some rum, frozen margaritas, gelato, and/or Butter Beer?

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Lake of Fire

Meat Puppets, Chapter 3: Curt and Cris Kirkwood, reunited, and it feels so good

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Off the Record

Wining and dining with Trish Murphy, talking tapes with Natrix Natrix Records, and much more

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Meat Puppets Reviewed

Meat Puppets

Rise to Your Knees

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals

Live Shot

Ahmet Ertegun, Los Zafiros, the Supremes

Atlantic Records: The House that Ahmet Built, Los Zafiros: Music from the Edge of Time, The Supremes, Reflections: The Definitive Performances 1964-1969

Interpol

Our Love to Admire

Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators

Keep Reachin' Up

Jason Isbell

Sirens of the Ditch

Velvet Revolver

Libertad

Battles

Mirrored
screens

Cartoon Networking

Locals finding success at SuperDeluxe.com

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Here's to Holly Hunter

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Captivity

Captivity, wherein 24's Elisha Cuthbert is abducted and tortured, is the kind of film that gives torture porn a bad name; it's just soulless, hateful, and freakishly monotonous.

Eagle vs Shark

Like Napoleon Dynamite, Eagle vs Shark is a little wisp of a movie, a lightweight feature loaded with montage and hung on the multidimensional performance of Loren Horsley as Lily.

Hairspray

While there’s nothing offensive about the wholesomeness of this new version of John Waters' 1988 cult classic, you wish that it didn’t feel as if every hair were in place.

I Don't Want to Sleep Alone

Although Tsai Ming-Liang's I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone is nearly wordless and slow moving, the film’s characters are compelling and its pace hypnotic. (AFS@Dobie)

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

Newest Adam Sandler comedy Chuck & Larry is a movie full of weak moments, contrived to the point of painful, that quickly turns from wild farce to gay-agenda movie.

Introducing the Dwights

Introducing the Dwights is a difficult film to watch. Ostensibly a comedy, it’s really just a collection of awkward stage performances set off by scenes of familial dysfunction.

Paprika

The multilayered Paprika, the newest animated film from Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers) captures the childlike, helter-skelter chaos and curiosity of the human mind better than any other animated film.

Partner

Not reviewed at press time. This madcap Bollywood comedy stars Khan as a "date doctor" and his real-life best bud Govinda, who needs a little help from the doc.
arts & culture

Hustle and Show

City Theatre Company's first year is a lesson in building a new stage and mounting a season at breakneck speed

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

Rude Mechanicals: Grrl Action impacts Austin

The Rude Mechs' greatest achievement? Maybe scoring funding for Grrl Action from nonprofit heavyweight Impact Austin.

BY BARRY PINEO

1 a.m.: No sloppy seconds

What time is it? 1 a.m. – i.e., the fiercely enjoyable brain warp that is improv duo Chris Trew and Tami Nelson

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arthouse: America's Got Talent!

Curator Anne Ellegood explains her picks for this year's New American Talent exhibit at Arthouse

BY RACHEL KOPER

Arts Reviews

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

The City Theatre Company's production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is not scintillating, but it is sufficient

Principally Precocious

The Austin Chamber Music Festival's Principally Precocious was a concert with glorious personality: thoroughly welcoming, energetic, and mischievous

'Christine Gray: Mimeographic Spectrum'

Christine Gray's paintings at Okay Mountain recall old Dutch still lifes but delightfully play with our perceptions
columns

Page Two: City Slights

In our civic dialogue, grace and respect have all but disappeared

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM

If I hadn't become a writer, I'm sure I would still keep the scribbles and torn scraps that I jot down like fragments from an inner life

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

The outlook sure looks rosier when the dress sizes start to drop

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Nacogdoches has more history in its little finger than most other Texas cities have in all of their city limits

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Flipping off Ed Sullivan and flagging down Morse

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

'Security freeze' your identity-theft worries

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Lightning, Tornados, Dynamo, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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