May 23, 2008

Jason Stout

Volume 27, Number 38

ON THE COVER:
news

Rehabilitation or Torture?

Texas prison inmates say their 'therapy' has taken a dark turn

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Quote of the Week

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Beyond City Limits

Developing Stories: Million-Dollar Vision

Will council fund a fresh comprehensive planning process?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Dingus vs. Dems ... vs. Craddick?

Sometimes the best way to thwart the Republicans is to sue the Democrats

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

@ Newsdesk: Some Real Losses at the Lege

A blog-land report on last week's collision of politics and meteorology

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bikes Missing From Domain's Mix

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Craddick Promises Money to Burn

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Oklahoma Is OK for Dan Patrick

Oklahoma now requires ultrasounds for pregnant women seeking abortion. Is Texas next?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Streetcar Dreams Deferred

Now what?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Austin's Most Wanted Bison Killer

Local businessman may pay high price for Colorado bison killings

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

FLDS Hearings Turn on Ages of Mothers

Fallout from West Texas raid continues

BY JORDAN SMITH

Happenings

May 22-29

TV Storm Surge ... and the Demanding Life of a 'Statesman' Editor

What would we do without TV during a storm?

BY KEVIN BRASS

Needle-Exchange Pilot Stung by Prick

Bexar D.A. thumbs her nose at new law to reduce drug addiction and disease

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Meanwhile ...

Approaching Memorial Day, something else to consider

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

As Kim makes her exit, Austin heeds the heavens' wrath

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

God and Oil Prices; Autocracy in Action

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Pick Your Own Berries

Enjoy the extravagance of berries without the supermarket price

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-o-File

Sarah's Party, a benefit for Sarah Rowland of Hairston Creek Farm, will feature locally produced foods and beverages and a silent auction

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

May 22-29

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Delicato Creamery & Cafe

Delicato impresses customers with gelato, sorbetto, coffee, and an international tapas menu

Cafe 909

Cafe 909 can compete on a national level

Driskill 1886 Cafe & Bakery

Driskill 1886 Cafe & Bakery is home of impressive chefs and bad food service
music

RETURN TO FOREVER

Infinity and Beyond

Return to Forever captain Chick Corea takes his Millennium Falcon out of mothballs

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Bomb the Bass

Who says the guitar is sexier than bass? Not Return to Forever's Stanley Clarke, and hopefully not Beyoncé either.

BY THOMAS FAWCETT

Elegant Gypsy Al Di Meola

Al Di Meola Returns to Forever with 30 more years of shred

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Fine Wine With Lenny White

Return to Forever and drummer closet vintner Lenny White

BY JAY TRACHTENBERG

Off the Record

The Butthole Surfers reunite, Sarah Jarosz paddles up Nickel Creek, and Shearwater soars to new heights

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

ZZ Top

Backyard, May 15

Greg Ginn & the Taylor Texas Corrugators, Gone, Mojack

Bent Edge, The Epic Trilogy, Mojack

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

Not Noiice

Sunset

Bright Blue Dream

Craig Marshall

Point of View

Guy Forsyth

Calico Girl

Heybale

The Last Country Album

Clemits

Tomorrows Friend
screens

Abandoning the Nest

Hurt by the state's inadequate incentives program, Texas film crews take flight

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Splash Town

Baby Cakes and the Professor Brothers dive into Adult Swim

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Sticks and Stones

MonkeyWrench Celebrates May of '68

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

At the Death House Door examines the death penalty through the eyes of a former death row chaplain

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film News

Her hotness Heather Graham makes a movie in town

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Screens Reviews

Indiana Jones: The Adventure Collection

The world's favorite whip-wielding archaeologist gets a new DVD reissue

Film Reviews

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The Pevensie kids are summoned back to Narnia for yet another mystical adventure based on C.S. Lewis' series of fantasy books.

A Four Letter Word

This tale of an unapologetically promiscuous New Yorker settles for the easy trifles of romantic comedy.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

If you're looking for escape, then the fourth installment in the beloved cliff-hanging archaeological-adventure franchise should fit the bill.

Postal

Another video game adaptation from the famously outré Uwe Boll, this one won fans at last year's Fantastic Fest.
arts & culture

Lasting Commitments

The 2008 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Love Sonatas: Take five (and put 'em all on stage)

The HBMG Foundation revs up Manuel Zarate's cycle of five plays, staging them all in repertory over two weeks

BY BARRY PINEO

Funniest Person in Austin 2008: Crowning Krug

After the final punch line in this year's contest was delivered, the last laugh belonged to Eric Krug

BY ROBERT FAIRES

AISD All-City Musical: 'Rent' control

A Pulitzer can't save Rent from being axed by AISD as this year's districtwide summer musical

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Much Ado About Nothing

Austin Shakespeare's free production in Zilker Park provides affordable, above-average dinnertime amusement

When Something Wonderful Ends

Sherry Kramer's play is heavy-handed when discussing America and oil but funny and moving when discussing her late mother

Jennifer Balkan: 'Hidden Meaning'

Balkan's paintings celebrate and challenge traditional portraiture, presenting something of an identity peekaboo
columns

Page Two: Duck Amuck

Cultural touchstones for the gray spaces

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Letters @ 3AM

Science is an endeavor, an investigation, a body of knowledge, but it is also a behavior

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen is humbled by the outpouring of love and offers a photo tribute here

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

At the pick-your-own Blueberry Palace outside Nacogdoches, it's one in the bucket and one in your mouth

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

The Austin Outlaws' Shadana Hurd averages 13 yards per carry, but that doesn't exclude her playing a second position on the field

BY ASHLEY MORENO

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Neil Young and model trains, beans and Cokes for the Beatles, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

My Credit Card Company Is Suing Me: What Can Really Happen?

BY PAT FITZGERALD AND LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Austin Wine Festival

The Domain, Saturday, May 24, 2008

BY THE LUV DOC

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