June 27, 2008

Shelley Hiam

Volume 27, Number 43

ON THE COVER:
news

Hill Country Militia

Grassroots homesteaders tighten ranks to fight urban encroachment

BY GREG HARMAN

A Dose of Integrity for Texas Criminal Justice

The Court of Criminal Appeals has created an Integrity Unit – but can the CCA really be part of the solution when it's so much a part of the problem?

BY JORDAN SMITH

YELLOW BIKE PROJECT

YBP Moves With Heavy Load, Light Heart

Yellow Bike Project moves two semi-trailer trucks' worth of stuff – minus the trucks, of course

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Pedal-Powered Movie

Watch the Yellow Bike Project folks, plus 75 of their friends, move two semi-trailer trucks' worth of stuff by bike! And listen to a jaunty tune!

BY MICHAEL LUCAS

Pedal-Powered Pictures

Not sure what a "goose-necked trailer" is or who'd be crazy enough to haul one behind their bike? See for yourself in these pics taken by Daniel Mottola during last weekend's big bike move.

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

DPS Turns to Secret Service for Security Advice

Mansion fire not the 'finest moment' for DPS

BY LEE NICHOLS

McClellan Takes the Mic

On tour with his new book, 'What Happened,' the former White House press secretary made a hometown pit stop

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Now That's a ROT of Money

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Happenings

WilCo Follies

Was it OK for a deputy to shoot a suicidal man holding a gun to his own head? The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will soon weigh in.

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Wal-Mart Puts Smiley Faces on Neighbors

Wal-Mart shrinks, and neighbors rejoice

BY LEE NICHOLS

Homeless RV Park Seeks Good Neighbors

Eastside residents balk at proposed mobile-home park for the homeless

BY LYDIA CRAFTS

Quote of the Week

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Beyond City Limits

Developing Stories

What can the City of Brotherly Love teach Austin?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Point Austin: Burning Questions

And we wonder why nobody votes

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Making a bonfire out of a campfire

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Wrecking the Airline Industry; and Rewriting Some PATRIOT Act Stupidity

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Zealous Pursuit of the Perfect Cocktail

'You shake a drink to wake it up, not to put it to sleep'

BY WES MARSHALL

White Turmeric/Mango Ginger

MGM Indian Foods brings mango ginger to the West

BY MICK VANN

Food-o-File

Central Texas food and wine get national attention

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

June 28-July 3

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Joe DiMaggio's Italian Chophouse

Joe DiMaggio's Italian Chophouse has perfectly made drinks, a solid selection of fish and steak, as well as an ambiance that suggests Joe and Marilyn are nuzzling in the next booth

Sichuan Garden

We could not be happier with the arrival of Sichuan Garden, even if it is in Round Rock
music

Mabuta no Ura

The Japanese rainbow spectrum of Boris' amplifier worship

BY AUSTIN POWELL

The Big Chill

Wild Thing Chip Taylor waxes political on 'New Songs of Freedom'

BY MARGARET MOSER AND CHIP TAYLOR

Off the Record

Peering through the walls of Austin history to pay tribute to an original member of the 13th Floor Elevators and preserve Raul's rats

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Tom Waits

Live Shot

Duffy

Rockferry

Emmylou Harris

All I Intended to Be

Dizzee Rascal, Emmanuel Jal

Maths + English

Love

Love Story

The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Beats

Grandmaster Flash with David Ritz

Abe Vigoda

Skeleton

No Age

Nouns
screens

Brothers in Arms

Jeff Nichols' Southern Gothic family saga, 'Shotgun Stories'

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Better Than Book-Learnin'

Master Class With John Pierson premieres on KUT

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

The Fight Stuff

Jamaa Fanaka on racial myths and the ailing film industry

BY MARC SAVLOV

The City of Angels, Air-Kissing Austin

Dispatch from the Los Angeles Film Festival

BY KYLE HENRY

TV Eye

TV Eye enters week three of no TV (okay, with an itty-bitty cheat)

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Children of Huang Shi

This would-be epic tells the story of George Hogg, an English adventurer who saved the lives of Chinese orphans during the Sino-Japanese War of the 1930s and Forties.

Flight of the Red Balloon

Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien directs this contemporary homage to the classic international short, "The Red Balloon."

Reprise

This bracingly good Norwegian film is many things at once: portraits of mental illness, obsessive love, the uneasy transition from punk rock youth to “upstanding” adulthood, and fraternal competitiveness.

The Singing Revolution

Using a combination of historical footage and modern-day scenes, this documentary about Estonia's independence movement is a welcome shot of unsentimental optimism.

Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic

In this new Hindi movie, four orphaned children are blessed with a nanny.

WALL-E

By turns sad, hilarious, exciting, and ultimately, hopeful, this is a film of Great Truths masquerading as child's play.

Wanted

Based on Mark Millar’s ultraviolent comic-book miniseries, Wanted isn’t so much a movie as it is a parade of fast cars, big guns, heavy metal guitars, exposed cleavage, and tests of masculinity.
arts & culture

Living With 'Monstrosities'

Jen Hirt and Scott Webel and their Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

'What I Want Right Now': Title Match

Titling a play can sometimes be a tenuous proposition, as was the case with Tom White's most recent work

BY BARRY PINEO

Aztlan Dance Company: A Dancer's Life

Longtime Aztlan dancer Stephanie Mayorga Keeton doesn't just like to dance: She needs to dance

BY JONELLE SEITZ

KMFA: The Man Behind 'Classically Austin' Leaves for Portland

Jack Allen, the man who recharged Austin's classical radio station, is off to do the same for a West Coast station

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

'Bomb Shelter: or the Modern Pinocchio'

A refreshingly different after-the-bomb fable that gets at our impulse to create through a playful acting-out of 'Frankenstein'

The Pirates of Penzance

While the staging could use more swash with its buckle, this take on the G&S pirate musical succeeds where it must: with the music

Verdi: Messa da Requiem

Conspirare's performance of the Verdi work provided a blazing vision of Judgment Day and a transcendent glimpse of glory
columns

Page Two: Unreasonably Reasonable

Political arguments depend on mutual respect

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

After a Fashion

Your gracious Style Avatar on throwing rocks and giving 'em 'the finger'

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Wimberley Zipline Adventures offers Hill Country thrill-seekers a ride they won't forget

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

It's not the NFL, but Arena Football League 2 is still professional football, and 'you gotta take pride in what you do'

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Sex equals money, the Beatles consider a reunion show for $3,000, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Immigrant Worker's Rights

BY EDNA YANG

Luv Doc Recommends: Keep Austin Weird 5K and Festival

Auditorium Shores at the Long Center, Saturday, June 28, 2008

BY THE LUV DOC

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