Aug. 1, 2008

Volume 27, Number 48

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news

DEATH PENALTY

The Death Penalty in Practice

BY MICHAEL KING

Those Who Are About to Die

Your Texas death machine gets rolling again

BY JORDAN SMITH

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Quote of the Week

Res Publica

Your good-citizen calendar for July 31-Aug. 7

Front-Runner Emerges for CAMPO Seat

Capital Metro board mounts search to fill vacancy

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

McCaul's Islamic 'Rescue'

Congressman jumps on wrong bandwagon in quest to show his anti-terrorist stripes

BY LEE NICHOLS

Permit Woes

South Austin art and music venue trying to reopen

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Austin Not So Walkable

BY LEE NICHOLS

Driver Sentenced in Bicycle Fatality

Family of victim, cyclist Vilhelm Hesness, agreed to plea deal

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

PUC Gathering the Western Wind

A new source for electricity is on the wind

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Austin's Clean Energy Future

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Noriega on Energy ... Looks Familiar

Rick Noriega announces his energy plan

BY LEE NICHOLS

Nader Stumps for Prez

Remember Ralph Nader? He's running for president again.

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Breast-Feeding Campaign Kicks Off

BY SARA ROBBERSON

Report Details DPS Failures in Fire Case

Lack of training, staff shortages among DPS' shortcomings

BY LEE NICHOLS

Hays County Turns Blue – and Green

New county leadership is keen on environmental stewardship

BY JACOB COTTINGHAM

Phone Use Cut at Hutto

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Austin May Join Effort to Buy Aquifer Property

Finally! A piece of environmentally sensitive property that won't be developed.

BY JACOB COTTINGHAM

City Hall Hustle: Budget Time

The annual budget melodrama rounds up the usual suspects

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Developing Stories

Plans unveiled for rail transit

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Point Austin: Impeaching the Empire

The House Judiciary Committee considers high crimes and misdemeanors

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

DHS Border Fence Will Split Campus; and Dodging a Tax by Dissing Pringles

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

An Avocado Story

From the Aztecs to the Austin Aztex, everybody's eating avocados

BY MM PACK

Shirataki Noodles

Japanese diet noodles can be substituted in many dishes

BY MICK VANN

Food-o-File

From campus to the convention center, new executive chefs are courting culinary connoisseurs

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Wine tastings and kitchen-tool demonstrations keep the weekend ahead well-informed

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Williams-Sonoma Wine & Food: A New Look at Flavor

Josh Wesson delights with his wine and food pairing expertise
music

The Mayor of Washington Boulevard

The first Beach Boys' solo album, Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue, washes back ashore after more than three decades

BY BILL BENTLEY

Off the Record

The Dedringers and James McMurtry visit VideoRanch, the Strange Boys land In the Red, the Decoder Ring crosses paths with the Hold Steady and Modest Mouse, and Full Service amps up in a parking lot near you

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Harlem

Free Drugs

Mammoth Grinder

Rage and Ruin

The Dirty Hearts

Pigs

Sales Bros.

Hired Guns

Watching the Moon

Perception Is Bent

Sunset

The Glowing City

Hug

Live at Room 710

Full Service, Point of Contact, Ember, Deejer, Rockland Eagles, Distant Light, Goldcure

The Dig, Human, Under Pressure, Dark Summer Dawn, Osaka Cocka Rocka, Simulacrum, Portuguese Prince

Micky & the Motorcars

Naive

Crystal Flavola

Automatic Monkey

Dr. Zog

Going to the Zydeco

Chris Van Loan

Rebirth

Young Nick

Gone EP

Denice Franke, Shotgun Party, Patty David

Gulf Coast Blues, Shotgun Party, One Step Above the Blues

Owl Morrison

Playing With Matches

Hans Frank & the Auslanders

Glambilly!

Abi Tapia

The Beauty in the Ruin

Izzy Cox

Love Letters From the Electric Chair
screens

Don't Fear the Devil

Some glorious bastards, new to DVD

Of Strip Clubs and Hash Stashes

On location: Dance With the One

BY CLAY SMITH

Spandex Not Required

Comic-Con 2008

BY ZACK CARLSON

Film News

Remakes and revisitings from Austin's cine-making kings

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

AMC's Mad Men is back, and boy, is TV Eye glad

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Brideshead Revisited

It's a film, not a miniseries, but this rendition's attention to the steep divides of class and religion in prewar England remains as sharply etched as ever.

Elsa & Fred

A septuagenarian love story from Spain, Elsa & Fred will likely warm the cockles of your heart, even though it’s hardly the stuff of great romance.

Kuselan

In this Indian remake of the Malayalam hit Kadha Parayumbol, a film star gives an assist to an old acquaintance.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

This third outing makes it abundantly clear that this once-fresh mummy franchise is dead in everything but name.

Ripple Effect

Like a pilgrim seeking salvation, Ripple Effect is awash in self-important questions, becoming an exercise in pop mysticism which stars Forest Whitaker.

Swing Vote

Kevin Costner’s new comedy may be timely, but that doesn’t make it funny or worthwhile.

Tell No One

The many pleasures of this riveting psychological thriller from France derive more from the perplexing questions it raises than the discovery of the answers.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe

Mulder and Scully, these once-keen buckers of bureaucratic BS and masters of the painfully engorged tease, have become deadly dull in this newest incarnation.
arts & culture

Striking Sparks

When strangers team up to create a play and a video game in 10 weeks, sparks fly – in a good way

BY HANNAH KENAH

'Tiny Acts of Immeasurable Benefit'

Katie Pell's new exhibit channels the artist's positive energy and desire to celebrate everyone

BY BARRY PINEO

United States Art Authority

A zoning glitch forces the UT campus-area arts space to close down temporarily

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Don Howell: In Memoriam

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Clean House

Zach Theatre's production is so good that you wish you were onstage with the characters

Skate! A Night at the Rink

Forklift Danceworks' latest was a big wet kiss to the communal joys of roller-skating

Passion at Play

Though at times exciting, this program lacked American Repertory Ensemble's usual spark of artistic fusion
columns

Letters at 3am

The "Situation" is upon us: China and Southern Asia can support their own growth and have no more use for us

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Oops

After a Fashion

Stephen was never one for backpedaling

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Check here each week for excerpts from our Gay Place blog and highlights from the week's listings.

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Central Texas rodeos feature some of the finest live-action entertainment in the Lone Star State

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

King of Kombat fighters know the therapeutic benefits of taking and receiving a spinning back fist

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

A toilet-seat art museum, aliens exist, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

What's the deal with my security deposit?

BY LUKE ELLIS

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