July 11, 2008

John Anderson

Volume 27, Number 45

ON THE COVER:
news

NETROOTS NATION

Building the Netroots Nation

The netroots arrive in Austin next week ... and they're thriving

BY WELLS DUNBAR

It's Nation Time!

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Blogosphere Branches Out

A highly abbreviated harvest of the best liberal and progressive reads online.

Bloggers and Pamphleteers

Karl Frisch and Lawrence Lessig on netroots politics

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Netroots Thumbnail

Becoming visible together

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Cool City: My Big Fat Carbon Footprint

One reporter's liberating steps toward energy efficiency

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Happenings

Well of Controversy: Water Hogs Threaten Farm

Water shortage in East Travis County growth corridor threatens Tecolote Farm

BY JACOB COTTINGHAM

Dispatches From Darfur

Austinites Rio Tenango and Leah Pries take their activism, and their aliases, all the way to Africa

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

FLDS Fashions Turn Frowns Upside-Down

Since the raid on their West Texas ranch, plucky FLDS moms are making their way in the gentile world by selling their signature prairie-style clothing online

BY JORDAN SMITH

Which Way for Puerto Rico? Ask McClintock.

Puerto Rican Sen. Kenneth McClintock stopped in Austin last week with some words of comfort for Dems ... for now, anyway

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Magic of Mushrooms

Newsdesk

BY JORDAN SMITH

Acevedo Stumbles

Chief Acevedo's firing of Larry Oliver raises questions about unequal treatment at APD

BY JORDAN SMITH

Quote of the Week

Headlines

Naked City

Beyond City Limits

Point Austin: Prog Blogs

The progressive bloggers are establishing a political agenda

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

City's chief information officer avoids indictment, but his firing is still a mystery

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Dead Executives; and Lawmakers Cash in as Lobbyists

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Time for Rosés

Rosés are a crisp complement to the savory flavors of summer grilling

BY WES MARSHALL

Four Cutting-Edge Cocktails

Nutrient-rich cocktails promise to quench your thirst this summer at the Belmont, courtesy of Daily Juice

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

Remember When Dairy brings to life memories of old-fashioned milk products while Tecolote Farm struggles to survive

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

July 11-15

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Dimassi's Mediterranean Buffet

The new Austin outpost of a Houston chain brings more than just hummus to North Austin

Tierra del Fuego Wine Bar

Sophisticated wine flights and tapas foster post-convention lingering on Second Street
music

Thanks, Canada

Blood-soaked nights on the road to punk rock with the Krum Bums

BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

Off the Record

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss raise sand in Dallas, Lick Lick goes big in Japan, Dutch hip-hop sprouts in Austin, and a homecoming for Doyle Bramhall II

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Ian McLagan & the Bump Band

Never Say Never

The Jazzus Lizard

Horn

Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis

Two Men With the Blues

Lisa Loeb

Camp Lisa

David Grissom

Loud Music

Possessed by Paul James

Cold and Blind

The Jungle Rockers

Cool It Out

The Steps

The Steps

My Education

Bad Vibrations

Horse + Donkey

Dreams
screens

NETROOTS NATION

The Great Crusader

Nobody's safe from man-with-a-camera Alex Gibney

BY MARC SAVLOV

On Ypsilanti Roller Girls and Inverse Proportions

Continuing the film incentives crusade: Five percent really packs a punch

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Real American Heroes, Clocking in at 3¾ Inches

The GI Joe Stop-Motion Film Festival

BY ASHLEY MORENO

TV Eye

TV Eye gives up her sabbatical from the box and re-embraces TV

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul

In the Tunisian desert, a young girl and her grandfather spin stories of woe, lost love, and religious disenchantment in this trancelike movie.

Before the Rains

This story about life and love in southern India during the twilight of British rule is exquisitely photographed but emotionally overwrought.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy II is the most splendidly imaginative and creatively uncorked piece of fantastic cinema since his Pan's Labyrinth netted an Oscar trifecta in 2007.

Jellyfish

This prize-winning Israeli film is set in contemporary Tel Aviv and is both a realistic and magical portrait of contemporary women.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

The new version of this Jules Verne classic provides gentle fun, but without the 3-D visual effects "comin' right at ya," this journey's center will not hold.

Love Story 2050

New futuristic Bollywood love story promises to be full of special effects and is the first of its kind for India.
arts & culture

Why Chamber Music?

For the folks who play it, it's the intimacy and democracy and unity and fun

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'US': Celebrating America in the mix

Inspired by Barack Obama's presidential run, artist Ricardo Acevedo photographs mixed-race individuals in their homes

BY BARRY PINEO

Lovey and Lovey: Tippling twosome toasts the town (but no titillation, please)

The gin-soaked alter egos of comedians Tami Nelson and Michael Jastroch dish on Austin, alcohol, and their new show

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Kidnapped by Craigslist': See the incredible obsessive postings!

How two theatre grads from St. Edward's turned the online phenomenon into a wildly successful play

BY BARRY PINEO

Arts Reviews

What I Want Right Now

Tom White's new drama about wish-fulfillment and a couple facing their final time together suffers from a lack of clarity

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

The 50th Zilker Summer Musical not only brings the animated musical to charming life, it deepens our appreciation of home

'LeWitt x 2'

Austin Museum of Art's exhibit is successful in revealing nuances of LeWitt's work, but less so in showing art by his peers
columns

Page Two: Film Vault

With Hellboy II, Guillermo del Toro makes the leap from mere great director to cinematic superhero

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

After a Fashion

How Your Style Avatar sleeps at night

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant in Natchitoches, La., put the sleepy town on the map with its delectable meaty pies

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

The human drama of athletic competition lies as much in defeat and disappointment as it does in victory

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Microwave popcorn with cell phones, slurpin' Slurpees for 43 years, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

I Didn't Know That's What the Law Says – Ignorance of the Law Is No Defense

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: 50th Annual Zilker Summer Musical – Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, Thursday, July 10, 2008

BY THE LUV DOC

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