July 18, 2008

Volume 27, Number 46

ON THE COVER:
news

Can the Bands Play On?

The Live Music Task Force tunes up to protect Austin's claim to fame

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Quote of the Week

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Beyond City Limits

Will 'Safe-P' and TDCJ Be Held Accountable?

Legislative committee will hear testimony on a controversial substance abuse treatment program

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Defense Cries Foul on Yogurt Shop DNA

Prosecutors' yogurt shop murder case appears to be in trouble

BY JORDAN SMITH

ARA All Up in the Victory's Grill

Unpopular Austin Revitalization Authority projects are threatening to crowd the Victory Grill

BY LEE NICHOLS

Thinking Beyond Coal

Coal mines are mucking up the environment, from the Appalachian mountains to the outskirts of Austin

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Shocked at ROT! Round Up the Usual Suspects!

Offended peepster takes a gazillion photos of nude revelers

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Bringing the Net to Austin

How Netroots Nation selected Austin for its meet-up for bloggers

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Catalyst: Chris Bowers

A Q&A with the editor of Open Left – who'll be one of Netroots Nation's busiest attendees

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Republicans on the Defense

Conservatives aim to prove their own blog-worthiness at the Defending the American Dream Summit this weekend

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Animal Defenders Seek Ban on Circus Wildlife

Just in time for the circus – animal-rights group brings its message to town

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Mansion Fire Fallout

DPS head Col. Tommy Davis steps down; meanwhile, Texas first lady Anita Perry steps up to raise funds for restoration

BY LEE NICHOLS

Happenings

What's on your political plate this week: July 17-23

TxDOT Clocked for Toll Trafficking

Texas Department of Transportation gets tough reception at Sunset Advisory Commission

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Point Austin: The Perps Walk

FISA, Congress, and the rule of law

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Brewster's brewing a whole new role for himself

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Reefer Madness

U.S. ranks tops in drug use

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Citigroup's Big Deal; and The Fight for Change in Washington

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Beyond the Spritzer

Cooling off with summer wines

BY WES MARSHALL

In Memoriam

Feisty local will be missed by many

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Austin's got a crop of new summer offerings, including myriad cupcake boutiques, the Big Ass Burger, and 'Le Burrito'

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

July 18-24

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Rio's Brazilian Sauces and Pastries

South America invades Austin food scene
music

Younger Than Yesterday

Brothers and Sisters, tighter than yesterday, looser than today

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Hard Back

You got grime in my hip-hop!

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Off the Record

Putting a price tag on the new exclusivity of rock & roll records

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Beck

Modern Guilt

Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Misha Alperin, Norma Winstone, Keitil Bjørnstad / Terje Rypdal

January, Her First Dance, Distances, Life in Leipzig

Three 6 Mafia

Last 2 Walk

Melvins

Nude With Boots

Coldplay

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

Catherine MacLellan

Church Bell Blues

Martha Wainwright

I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too

Gary Wilson

You Think You Really Know Me: The Gary Wilson Story
screens

It's All Fun and Games Until Somebody Starts World War III

A Cold War classic turns 25

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Fantastic Fest 2008 Lineup Announced

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Film News

Dallas continues to dominate the Texas Motion Picture Alliance

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

A new ABC Family drama about teen sex would be groundbreaking if it didn't lean so much on stereotypes

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Batman: Gotham Knight

Six animated visions of the Caped Crusader, as envisioned by six unique animé directors and six different writers

Film Reviews

Brick Lane

Brick Lane shows us the life of a Bangladeshi woman, who moves to London to marry a man she's never met, keep house, raise a family, and eventually act on her squelched yearnings.

The Dark Knight

The visuals soar and Heath Ledger's Joker is magnificent, although this Batman movie is grim and chilly, as if made for our age of anxiety.

Encounters at the End of the World

Werner Herzog, contemporary cinema's most consistently lyrical examiner of the (in)human condition, returns to the documentary form in yet another wonderfully improbable locale: Antarctica.

Mamma Mia!

This film adaptation of the Broadway adaptation of a catalog of Swedish disco hits retains all the fun but remains astonishingly silly.

Meet Dave

Eddie Murphy reteams with his Norbit director for this new extraterrestrial comedy in which miniature aliens operate a spaceship that has a human form.

Savage Grace

You can almost smell the desperation in the twisted psychosexuality of Savage Grace, the film purportedly based on the true story of a mother-son relationship that went tragically wrong.
arts & culture

In Dreams

Camera in hand, D'Ette Cole makes images to bridge the gaps between night and day

BY NIKKI MOORE

Summer Stock Austin: I'm Your Puppet

Trouble Puppet Theatre Company teams up with Summer Stock Austin to take Jack up the beanstalk in a whole new way

BY BARRY PINEO

'Skate! A Night at the Rink': Heaven on Wheels

Choreographer Allison Orr liked the moves she saw at the rink so much, she invited local skaters to dance

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Acia Gray: From Austin, an Ambassador of Tap to the World

The artistic director of Tapestry Dance Company has just been named president of the International Tap Association

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Red Balloon

Tongue and Groove Theatre's new show leaves you feeling like something dark and heavy has been lifted up and carried far, far away

Seussical the Musical

This theatrical tribute to the good doctor tries to take on too much at times, but its heart is in the right place

Blue Rhapsody

The kickoff to the Austin Chamber Music Center's 12th festival was as much theatre as it was concert
columns

Page Two: Critical Grasp

Civil disobedience and free speech are cut from the same unalienable cloth

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Letters @ 3AM

As much fun as it is to blame speculators and oil companies, and as certain as it is that some reforms would help, the real culprit is global demand

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen goes on a desperately needed staycation

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Paddling the Colorado River from Little Webberville Park to Big Webberville Park is about as easy of a canoe or kayaking trip as you can imagine

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Lions Municipal Golf Course is an Austin treasure that deserves to be saved

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The unoriginal Oreo, humans get HIV from monkeys, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

But I Was Wearing My Seat Belt!

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Industrious Anarchy

Anarchy Championship Wrestling is striving to keep the wrestling tradition alive in Austin

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

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