Aug. 3, 2007

Volume 26, Number 48

ON THE COVER:
features

SPACES

So, Who's Your Contractor?

How to find the contractor needle in the Cro-Magnon haystack

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

What Would Martha Do?

If the ideas are there, design it yourself!

BY TERRY ORNELAS WOODROFFE

You Don't Have to 'Do It Yourself'

When DIY doesn't cut it, hire an expert

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Going Green

Going green is easier than it seems

BY ABE LOUISE YOUNG

news

Making Waves

Barton Springs Pool in line for a fixer-upper

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Kill-a-Watt Challenge Champs

BY NORA ANKRUM

Attack of the Crickets

UT suffering under plague of field crickets

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Naked City

Beside the Point

If it's August, it must be budget-making time at City Hall

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Developing Stories

Getting back to our Wooldridge Square roots

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Media Watch: Bow Chica Wow-Wow

The life and times of a porn-music impresario

BY KEVIN BRASS

Reefer Madness: Green Alert

"These people are armed; they're dangerous ... violent criminal terrorists," says drug czar John Walters.

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

New Grounds for Leaving Iraq; and Strengthen the FDA

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Eating ... Crow?

Fried chicken revisited

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

No Reservations, Mindy Kucan's Hot Summer Night, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Aug. 3-9

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Jasper's Gourmet Backyard Cuisine

The Dallas destination opens in Austin's domain

Sazón

Huitlacoche!
music

Rockabye Baby

Rockabye baby, on the treetops, when the bow breaks, the cradle will rawk!

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Off the Record

Remembering blues drummer 'Uncle' John Turner, tracking the devil and Daniel Johnston, on-air with Seattle's KEXP, Abandoned Love Records, and more

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Okkervil River

The Stage Names

Spoon, Aliens, Aliens, Party Garbage

The Underdog (demo) b/w It Took a Rumor to Make Me Wonder, Now I'm Convinced I'm Going Under, Live at CBGB, Committed to Wind b/w Stow Away, Cut the Kite String b/w Circumsize Me

Rachel Loy

Tongue & Teeth

Eliza Gilkyson

Your Town Tonight

The Little Bicycles

Broken Hearts and Tired Legs

Opposite Day

Safety First

The Strange Attractors

The Strange Attractors

Mice & Rifles

All Kites Up
screens

For TLC, With a Little TLC

Is a local production company that recently finished its first documentary too good to be true?

BY TODDY BURTON

Pearls on Film

Home Movie Day takes personal memories, preservation to the public

BY CARSON BARKER

TV Eye

Indie Accomplishments

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

DVD Match

Antonioni vs. Bergman from beyond the grave

Film Reviews

The Bourne Ultimatum

The third film in this series is the best one yet about the rogue CIA spook with the memory of a goldfish.

Bratz

Bring some bratitude and a passion for fashion, and you'll be almost as giddy as a 10-year-old girl.

Cash

Bollywood thriller.

El Cantante

Jennifer Lopez and her real-life husband, Marc Anthony, portray the lives of salsa star Hector Lavoe and his wife, Puchi, in this biopic overstuffed with music-industry clichés.

Gandhi, My Father

Although Mahatma Gandhi was the father of his nation, he was unable to help his troubled son Harilal Gandhi.

Hot Rod

Cross Napoleon Dynamite's endearing optimism with Ben Stiller's total commitment to his goofy characters, and you'll wind up with a character something like Andy Samberg's hapless stuntman.

I Know Who Killed Me

Lindsay Lohan knows there are fates worse than her current legal quagmire – starring in this clunker, for example.

My Best Friend

An antiques dealer is more at home with his silent artifacts than with his fellow Parisians, until a cabbie teaches him the basics of social interaction.

The Simpsons Movie

The film delivers familiar hilarity and some treats you’ll never get on the show (nudity and drunkenness) but steers shy of anything bold and new.

Talk to Me

As the Washington, D.C., deejay Petey Greene, Don Cheadle leads a great cast through this biopic and musical glance back at the Sixties and Seventies.

Triad Election

When the time comes for an aging gangster godfather in Hong Kong to step down, a bloody battle for control ensues in this vivid story about thug life.

Vitus

This Swiss film tells the story of a child prodigy torn between his parents' desires to further his career and his own need for normalcy.

Who's Your Caddy?

Hip-hop culture invades the golf course in this instantly disposable and not terribly funny comedy.
arts & culture

Elvis Lives!

Allison Orr choreographs a new comeback special for the King

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Radical Nautical': Awash in water works

For its annual juried show, Gallery Lombardi asked artists to dive into the fantastical and mythical depths of the ocean

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

'AlienNation': Making cabrito of immigration scapegoating

In its first new show in two years, Austin's Latino Comedy Project roasts the immigration debate

BY BARRY PINEO

ColdTowne: Home on the strange

When it comes to the improvisers of ColdTowne, you're in for a really enjoyable time watching these guys do their stuff

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Words for Words

Spoken-word artists on their art form, the National Poetry Slam, and one another

Arts Reviews

Brilliant Traces

If you go see the Vestige Group production of Cindy Lou Johnson's Brilliant Traces, go for the performances

A Skull in Connemara

Martin McDonagh's A Skull in Connemara teeters between the absurd and the just plain silly

Lingo

Lingo's mosaic of dance and music was accessible, unpretentious, and full of life – much like its creators
columns

Page Two: Free to Be You and Me

'Chronicle' letter-writers and the editors who love them: a field guide

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM

8:15am, the moment Hiroshima was bombed, comes around every morning: It is something we live with

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen pulls a Carly Simon and gives a wannabe critic one huge eye roll

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Crandall Cotton Gin Restaurant offers comfort food cooked all sorts of ways

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

7-Eleven for the homeless and underpants for the illiterate

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Iraq wins Asian Cup, rec leagues currently enrolling, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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