July 27, 2007

Volume 26, Number 47

ON THE COVER:
news

Hold Those Tolls!

Road conditions: funding hazy, future unclear

BY LARRY SCHOOLER

Kick-Starting CarShare

Austin CarShare hits the road

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Cap Met Axes Labor Relations Manager Position

Transit authority's union concerned about unexpected move's impact on upcoming negotiations

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Off Course: City Fees Trip Up Athletic Events

Organizers of local running, cycling, and triathlon events grapple with increased traffic-control costs

BY LAUREL CHESKY

Reptile Hunters Rattled Over Ban on 'Texas Tradition'

Feeling singled out, they're threatening to sue state over legislation banning roadside hunting of wild animals

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Naked City

Reefer Madness

As questions about possible political improprieties dog White House Office of the National Drug Control Policy, agency head John Walters hits Austin in search of good PR

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Endless War

One, two, three, four – what are we fighting for?

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

The plots thicken at City Hall

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Representing the Real America; and Unfriendly Skies

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Small-Town Surprises

Dining around Central Texas: part II

Bocaditos

Whole Foods 365 Brand Organic Flour Tortillas

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Event Menu

July 27-Aug. 2

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Mark and Melanie McAfee set the Barr high

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

music

Papa's Brand-New Bag

Jazzers and jam bands alike just wanna funk, Austin style

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Off the Record

NAMM's encore run at Austin, Dead Oceans floats a boatload of upcoming releases, and the Hood Internet doesn't care if vinyl singles sales are up, because their mash-ups are the singles of the 21st century

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

St. Vincent

Marry Me

Kinky Friedman

Live From Austin TX

Freddie Steady 5

Tex-Pop

Kevin Carroll

Tourmaline

Gordy Quist

Here Comes the Flood

Terri Hendrix

The Spiritual Kind

Lou Ann Barton

Old Enough

Belaire

Exploding Impacting
screens

Summer Chores

Summer blockbusters become video games, and fun is lost in translation

BY JEREMY MARTIN

Fine Print

A closer look at Texas film incentives

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Film News

It would behoove you to read this and read it quickly

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Watch List

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

No Reservations

While No Reservations is no Big Night, it's surprisingly winsome in parts, by virtue of Catherine Zeta-Jones' performance, and a romantic fable that lingers on the palette of the mind's eye.

Rescue Dawn

German arthouse director Werner Herzog tells the story of Navy air pilot and POW Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale) and proves that he is capable – like his characters – of almost anything.

Sunshine

The sci-fi reunion of Danny Boyle and Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later) is never less than beautiful but has a profoundly implausible plot turn that cheapens the sentiment.

Ten Canoes

Ten Canoes is as much a work of anthropology as it is a narrative, and its true strength lies in its exploration of ancient aboriginal hunting practices, death rituals, and legal traditions.
arts & culture

Heavy Metal

Even in blazing summer, Austin's welders and forgers fire it up and make like rock & rollers

BY RACHEL KOPER

Jan Heaton: Watercolor in her blood

Watercolor master Jan Heaton, who's been painting since she could hold a brush, explains how she makes art

BY BARRY PINEO

In Memoriam: Linda Pace and Javier Arista

Remembering San Antonio artist and patron Linda Pace and Austin actor Javier Arista

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Buddy Daddy: A boy and his dog

ColdTowne's Arthur Simone and his dog, Robin Goodfellow, perform onstage as an improv duo – seriously

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Reviews

The Wyrd Sisters

The Vortex's 2007 Summer Youth Theatre showcases more talented youth with Terry Pratchett's lighthearted, adventurous Wyrd Sisters

Thoroughly Modern Millie

The young musical thespians of Summerstock Austin's Thoroughly Modern Millie are determined to entertain you, and they succeed impeccably

Debra Broz and Adde Russell: 6.07 Works

At Salvage Vanguard Theater Gallery, artists Debra Broz and Adde Russell both try to say something important, but it's difficult to make out what
columns

Oops!

Our latest batch

After a Fashion

Stephen forgives someone for being themselves even though that person did not seem to extend the same courtesy

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Santa Fe School of Cooking mixes the fun of watching someone else do the cooking with a great foodie store

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Ink cartridges give people the psych-out

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

"Security Freeze" your identity theft worries, part two

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Beckham debuts to Hollywood royalty, Lightning conclude season, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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