Aug. 10, 2007

Volume 26, Number 49

ON THE COVER:
news

The Death of Brad Will

An American reporter films his own murder in Oaxaca, and Mexican and U.S. authorities look the other way

BY JOHN ROSS

Charter School Stirs 'Revitalization' Politics

Eastside revitalization or private profit on public dime?

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Texas Activists Rattle Cages Over Shabby Jails

Austin-based inmates' rights group hopes to shine daylight on inhumane conditions and mismanagement in county jails

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Naked City

Developing Stories: Rent & Roll

French capitalism meets community bicycling

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Beside the Point: Money, Money Everywhere

City budget: A study in haves and have-nots

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Pushing for shared prosperity; and Bush's Iraq oil law

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Sipping From the Spigot

The time has come for the great boxed-wine challenge

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Gene's gumbo fakes not the funk on the nasty dunk

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Aug. 10-16

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

La Reyna Bakery

A dad comes out of retirement to help his daughter expand the family business
music

Gypsy Rose

The 'Rockabilly Filly' bucks back into Austin

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Off the Record goes the distance at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore; Snake Eyes Vinyl relocates; Belaire and Tacks, the Boy Disaster ship overseas; and more

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

The Derailers

Under the Influence of Buck

White Ghost Shivers

2006 Flim Flam Follies: Hallowe'en Ball at the Oaks

Dale Watson

The Little Darlin' Sessions

The Cornell Hurd Band

Beyond the Purple Hills

The Weary Boys

Coalinga

Vince Bell

Recado

Sam Baker

Pretty World

The Breathers

I'm Still Curious

Seth Tiven

Solitude
screens

Down We Go

Revisiting Renaissance man Robert Thom's prolific and hellish Hollywood visions

BY LOUIS BLACK

Film News

Forgiveness, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, and more

BY JOE O'CONNELL

SXSWclick Winners

Dan Brown's "Pierre" heads list of Web-fest shorts

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Rebels, Rogues, and Rascals

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Becoming Jane

Jane Austen could spot a phony, and, as a result, she would not have been happy with this romanticized account of her early years.

Chak De India

Bollywood film about a male coach who teaches the ragtag women's national hockey team to believe in themselves.

Daddy Day Camp

Someone should blow "Taps" for this outing and put it out of its misery.

Goya's Ghosts

Neither a biopic of the artist nor a historical epic, Goya's Ghosts is a timeless study of the human potential for barbarism and hypocrisy.

Gypsy Caravan

Billed as the “Gypsy Caravan,” five bands travel across America making music from across the Romani diaspora.

Macbeth

This Australian film puts a modern, hyperstylized spin on an old tale: Should it be, "Out, damned spot" or "Off, damned Ray-Bans"?

Rush Hour 3

It's The Bourne Ultimatum's evil twin, relying, as it repeatedly does, on tired, cookie-cutter, cliché action set-pieces.

Stardust

This uneven adaptation of Neil Gaiman's bestselling novel is clogged with too much fairy dust.

Underdog

A mad scientist's experiments provide a beagle with superpowers and the ability to speak in this children's comedy based on an old cartoon.
arts & culture

Spanking the Figurative

A new Austin gallery captures dancers with paint

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

'Rainbow Family of the Serendipitous Now': Working together

BY BARRY PINEO

Spunky Monkey Ranch: Happy trails, spunky one

David Pratt and Susan Maynard, who helped make South First artsy and cool, are closing Spunky Monkey Ranch for life in the country

BY RACHEL KOPER

Look Cookie: Mutatis mutandis

New and rough-edged as the improv troupe Look Cookie is, it's still worthwhile watching them do their thing

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Nohegan: Camping out for art

The art camp Nohegan is back for a second summer, with more camping, camaraderie, and creating art at McKinney Falls State Park

BY SALVADOR CASTILLO

Arts Reviews

An Almost Holy Picture

Zachary Scott Theatre's Almost Holy Picture might work better with a thousand different words

Disney's High School Musical

The Zachary Scott Theatre Center's peppy staging of Disney's High School Musical proves the live version can beat out what's in the box

'New American Talent: The 22nd Exhibition'

In 'New American Talent: The 22nd Exhibition,' we may be witnessing a return to structure
columns

Page Two: Downward Spiral

Aesthetically, we have gone insane and dull

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Our latest batch

After a Fashion

Our social butterfly, your Style Avatar, keeps it indoors and parks it in front of the tube for a bit

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Samuel Mirelez builds birdhouses like Michelangelo paints ceilings

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants

Spatial-temporal reasoning, Hitler's favorite movies, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Sell your home and get a tax break?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Manchester United takes home the Community Shield trophy, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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