June 13, 2008

Volume 27, Number 41

ON THE COVER:
features

MOTORCYCLE RALLY WEEKEND

Ride to Live

Local biker clubs share the secrets of the open road

BY ABE LOUISE YOUNG

The Bard of Blast

Steve Wolf's pyro-antics are poetry in motion

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Welcome to the Motordrome

One of the last Wall of Death barrels comes to town

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

We Can Rebuild It

Build a bike in two days

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

A Four-Cone Event

ROT Rally parties from curb to curb

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Two-Wheeled Texas

Bikers' best bets on the highways and byways

BY ANGELA ARMSTRONG, KATE X MESSER, TERRY ORNELAS WOODROFFE AND MEGHAN RUTH SPEAKERMAN

Rally Listings 2008

Your calendar for some wheelie great events

BY ANGELA ARMSTRONG, KATE X MESSER, MEGHAN RUTH SPEAKERMAN AND RICHARD WHITTAKER

What's on the Slab

Texas roadhouses are far from middle-of-the-road

BY KATHY MCCARTY

GAY PRIDE

Respectable Street

As Austin Pride revs up, will its soul get lost on the roadside?

BY KATE GETTY

gAyTX Fun Guide

Austin spots so hot, they're flamin'

BY KATE X MESSER AND KATE GETTY

Austin Pride 2008

The party goes on all month long ...
news

Apocalypse February!

When digital TV arrives next year, you may not notice

BY KEVIN BRASS

'Chronicle' Endorsements

June 14 City Council run-off

BY THE CHRONICLE EDITORIAL BOARD

Dems in Austin: Taking the Next Step

The State Convention looks ahead to November

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Newsdesk

Joe "Thundersticks" Jaworski revs up his bid for S.D. 11 and the Bad Precedents

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Sessions: From Vodka to Voter ID

Dems rally to fight voter ID law

BY LEE NICHOLS

Johnston Seniors Bid Final Farewell

A bittersweet occasion for Johnston's last graduating class

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Place 4 Run-Off Heats Up

Morrison and Galindo exchange accusations as election day approaches

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Cat Did It: WilCo off the Hook in Shelter probe

Animals blamed in abuse case (and for squealing to the pigs)

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Billboard Plant: Newest Travis Heights Resident?

Neighborhood questions what will go on in Reagan National Advertising's planned warehouse

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Happenings

Anthony Graves Case Raises the Dead ... Again

Judge once again okays testimony of dead witness

BY JORDAN SMITH

ICE Draws Cool Reception in Austin

Immigration comes calling at the jailhouse

BY MATT MARTINEZ

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Beyond City Limits

Point Austin: Heat Wave

From Philadelphia to Austin, the air is burning

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Exciting things to see and do at this week's council meeting

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Blackwater's Reward; and Who Benefits From Cloning?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Blanco Lavender Festival

Fragrant entertainment is to be had at Blanco's Lavender Festival

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Austin Home Brewer Honored

Local Austinite Kerry Martin wins the 13th annual Big Batch Brew Bash

BY LEE NICHOLS

Food-o-File

Avoid salmonella and other dangerous bacteria by eating locally grown produce

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu: June 17

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Parkside

Freshness and simplicity brighten palates in a former steak house

10th Street Tacos

Downtown tacos, El Paso-style
music

Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Everything

What do Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, and Ocote Soul Sounds have in common? Prince, Maceo Parker, and Larry Harlow!

BY THOMAS FAWCETT

Off the Record

Soaring gas prices put local bands in a pinch at the pump and a homecoming of sorts for Janis Joplin and the Butthole Surfers

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Bun B

II Trill

Lydia Mendoza

The Best of Lydia Mendoza

Rae Davis

Positive Thinking!

Alexander's Dark Band

Music to Stand by the Fireplace To

Sisters Morales

Talking to the River

Brian Birdwell

Volume 1

Nathan Singleton & His Sideshow Tragedy

Itinerant Youth

Mario Matteoli

Golden State

Windsor for the Derby

How We Lost

Monkeywrench

Gabriel's Horn
screens

The Present Beware! The Future Beware!

Austin animator Brad Neely drinks beer, hates British children

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Even the Undead Gotta Dance, Gotta Sing

John McLean's labor of love, Z: A Zombie Musical

BY JOE O'CONNELL

In Play

This one's designed by the hardcore gamer for the hardcore gamer

BY JOEY SEILER

TV Eye

Suddenly, a reason to watch The View again

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Lovers & The Fire Within

Louis Malle, lobbing smart bombs

Film Reviews

Baghead

Kind of funny and kind of scary, the lo-fi Baghead is not so much a horror movie as a four-character study of relationships and the drive to find meaningful work.

The Incredible Hulk

Finally, the Hulk is truly incredible. As of right now, it's Marvel's universe; we just live in it.

The Promotion

Forgettably bland, this comic film features Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly vying for the same job promotion.

War, Inc.

John Cusack's War, Inc. rails against the military-industrial complex in a barely disguised contemporary story about covert operations.
arts & culture

The Total Package

The Decoder Ring's Christian Helms provides everything you could want in a design – or a designer

BY SERGIO BURNS

The Velveeta Room: Vive la Difference de le Fromage!

Nearly three dozen comics are flocking to Sixth Street to pay tribute to Austin's other comedy club

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Muses II: Memories of a House: Home Theatre

A special house in Travis Heights becomes even more special as the setting for Vestige Group's collection of playlets

BY BARRY PINEO

CreateAustin: The City Gets the Plan

After two years in the making, the community cultural plan has been presented to the Austin City Council

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Hamilton Township

Salvage Vanguard turns Jason Grote's new play into a rare slice of performance: funny, frightening, visceral, violent, and totally unforgettable

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Austin Playhouse's production of this early Sondheim musical features some strong work, but it also feels dated and safe

Lance Letscher: 'Industry and Design'

Throughout his latest group of collages, Letscher is always exploring how we work through ideas and emotions
columns

Page Two: A Threat and a Promise

The city takes on live music, again

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, outside of Glen Rose, seems to get better with age

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Wolfgang Suhnholz is more interested in building a robust soccer community in Austin than scoring a big-time coaching gig

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The Mary Tyler Moore Show airs somewhere in the world every hour of every day, solitary gaming, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Political Asylum Project of Austin

BY CHRIS JIMMERSON

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