July 25, 2008

Nick Derington

Volume 27, Number 47

features

WONDER STORIES

Wonder Stories

My fascination with Dick and chubbies

BY KATE X MESSER

news

One Quadrillion ... and Then Some

New laser science at UT pushes the boundaries of knowledge

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Texas Fiction Science

The State Board of Education does its part to fantasize biology

BY ANDREA GRIMES

Quote of the week

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Beyond City Limits

WONDER STORIES

NETROOTS WRAP-UP

Netroots Farewell

Convention reminds progressives to look beyond November

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Goodbye, Texas; Hello, Pennsylvania

What's next for the Netroots? Penn.

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

John Dean on Bush

The former White House counsel reveals just how far we've (not) come since Nixon

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Cap Metro Cancels Shuttle Services

Transit agency bows to new federal rule on shuttles

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Happenings

APD

The APD drags its feet on cite-and-release law

BY JORDAN SMITH

Officer Cleared in Dog Shooting

Investigation concludes that Officer Johnny Wooldridge was behaving in accordance with guidelines when he shot and killed Naive the dog

BY LAUREL CHESKY

Controversial Sewage Case in State's Hands

TCEQ will decide proposal to dump treated effluent in creek

BY JACOB COTTINGHAM

Students Weigh In on Streetcar

Don't let Austin be shown up by Dallas and Houston, say students who advocate rail

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

The November Election

Campaign finance reports can tell you a lot about a candidate

BY LEE NICHOLS

New Evidence Could Clear Death Row Inmate Rodney Reed

Jimmy Fennell's impending trial on kidnapping and rape charges unearths old suspicions that he was responsible for the 1996 murder of his fiancée

BY JORDAN SMITH

Northeast Alliance Rejects Housing Project

BY LYDIA CRAFTS

Cover America Uncovering Health-Care Horrors

Consumer group seeks to expose America's health-care ills

BY LYDIA CRAFTS

FCC Overruled on 'Wardrobe Malfunction' Fine

BY KEVIN BRASS

Point Austin: Reading the Roots

They came, they saw, they blogged

BY MICHAEL KING

Point Austin: Jeremy Scahill on Iraq and Democratic Timidity

Beside the Point

Welcome Back ... to an All-Nighter

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

The Iraq Oil Rush; and Corporatizing the Political Conventions

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Sci-Fi 2008

We pay tribute to avant-garde chefs by reviewing the molecular gastronomy trend, as well as pioneering Pop Rocks and pastry chefs

BY MICK VANN

Desserts at Uchi

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Magic Fruit

BY MICK VANN

Pop Rocks

BY MICK VANN

WONDER STORIES

Science-Fiction Wine?

Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm keeps winemaking weird

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Salmonella from peppers, fight gas prices with Austinuts, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

July 24-29

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Elizabeth Faulkner's Demolition Desserts: Recipes From Citizen Cake

Elizabeth Faulkner's new cookbook deconstructs the status quo in baked goods
music

Mothership Connection

Space is place for the hip-hop race

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Soundtracking unknown worlds with sci-fi instrumentation

BY GRAHAM REYNOLDS

Seven Sci-Fi Rock Flicks

Bowie, Kiss, Flaming Lips, Guitar Wolf, Frank N. Furter, and Marty McFly: celluloid rockers

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

'Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey'

BY BILL ELM

Moog: A Revolution in Sound

BY GRAHAM REYNOLDS

It Came From the Idiot Box

Small-screen sci-fi: TV themes

BY MARC SAVLOV

Five Science-Fiction Authors to Scan Darkly

ST 37 captain Scott Telles pulls five notables off the SF bookshelf.

BY S.L. TELLES

Doctor Who

Doctor Who?

BY MELANIE HAUPT

WONDER STORIES

Roky Erickson: Bleib Alien

They watch the Sci Fi channel up on the 13th floor.

BY MARGARET MOSER

Black Joe Lewis: The Next Generation

R&B hollerer Black Joe Lewis talks "Trek."

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Blake Sandberg: Resident Alien

Label head and musical Alien Blake Sandberg insists he's an earthling.

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Off the Record

Examining the foreign exchange rate with Ocelot, White Denim, and Dizzee Rascal, while Suzanna Choffel promotes further tourism to Texas

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Sci-fi Platters

Ennio Morricone

The Thing

Radiohead

OK Computer

The Flaming Lips

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

Klaatu

Klaatu

Danny Elfman, Oingo Boingo

Forbidden Zone: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

various artists

Life Beyond Mars: Bowie Covered

Grateful Dead

Grayfolded

Outkast

ATLiens

the Police

Ghost in the Machine

Melt-Banana

Cell-Scape

Rush

2112

Public Enemy

Fear of a Black Planet, Apocalypse 91 ... The Enemy Strikes Black
screens

The Future of Funny Has Already Happened

Welcome to Spaced, the cult British comedy with Star Wars in its eyes

BY MARC SAVLOV

Things That Came: It Might Be Science, But It Sure Ain't Fiction

'Videodrome' and 'They Live,' then and now

BY MARC SAVLOV

WONDER STORIES

Wonder Stories

Screens

The Hard Question

Why don't zombies just eat one another?

BY MARY JO PEHL

Sci-Fi Week

Paramount Theatre Summer Classics

TV Eye

The geeks shall inherit the earth? They'll certainly rule San Diego this weekend.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Robot Chicken: Star Wars

This spoof is sure to keep that inner problem child happy

Film Reviews

Kabluey

Oddball tale of a directionless young man who moves in with his sister-in-law, whose husband is in Iraq with his National Guard unit, is quirky but unaffecting.

Space Chimps

This animated, sci-fi romantic comedy starring anthropomorphized chimpanzees is a lot funnier than you might expect.

Step Brothers

Will Ferrell's newest is a lot like Will Ferrell's oldest, which is to say it feels like an amped-up Saturday Night Live skit.

The Wackness

An odd-couple pairing between a teenage pot dealer and the shrink with whom he trades weed for sessions anchors this story about coming of age in New York City during the Nineties.
arts & culture

Days of Future Past

The history of Salvage Vanguard Theater's unlikely sci-fi success, The Intergalactic Nemesis

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Brazilian Guitar Quartet: Capturing the Unexpected

Bringing this famed musical foursome to town is the latest feather in the cap of the Austin Classical Guitar Society

BY BARRY PINEO

WONDER STORIES

Wonder Stories: Artists in Space and Unstuck in Time

Austin artists and arts leaders reveal which work of science fiction affected them the most

Arts Reviews

Escurial

This one-act about a mad king and his jester is played at such a fast tempo that the audience is overwhelmed with information

Kidnapped by Craigslist

How much you enjoy this theatrical collection of Craigslist posts may depend on how you feel about carnivals and confessions
columns

WONDER STORIES

Page Two: Wonder Stories

The unbound adventures and outrageous duets of a life spent with science fiction

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

After a Fashion

Apparently, Stephen has more than one finger

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The spectacular Bright Leaf nature area is open for guided tours on the second Saturday and Sunday mornings of each month

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Dara Torres qualified for her fifth U.S. Olympic team at the age of 41

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The father of our country and the father of American foxhounds, beeswax as cervical caps, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Noncompete Agreements

BY CHRIS ODDO

Luv Doc Recommends: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!

St. Edward's University, Saturday, July 26, 2008

BY THE LUV DOC

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