Aug. 8, 2008

Volume 27, Number 49

ON THE COVER:
news

Just Add Students

The new Eastside high school takes issue

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Headlines

This week's news with a capital 'N'

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Res Publica

Some good citizenship for your to-do list this week, Aug. 7-13

Enchanted Forest Not Out of the Woods

It could be a year before the forest is all up to code

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

AISD Scores TAKS Victories

TAKS ratings improve for many AISD schools

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Does Austin Need Fixing? Ask Reno.

Animal shelter reform has meant less euthanasia in Reno – why not in Austin?

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Committee Approves Bus Fare Hike

Raises approved for all except elderly and disabled passengers

BY JUSTIN WARD

What, Me Ride the Bus?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Patterson Lobs Another Christmas Surprise

Public access to Christmas Mountains is still uncertain

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Neighbors Protest Proposed Health Clinic

A North Central Austin clinic has neighborhoods up in arms

BY LYDIA CRAFTS

McCaul Takes GOP Mantra to Gas Station

Austin congressman milking gas price issue

BY LEE NICHOLS

Court Upholds E-Vote Machines

State Dems lose another legal round in eSlate case

BY LEE NICHOLS

State GOP Fears Libertarian Upset

Republicans see the future, and it is the Libertarian Party of Texas!

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

News Bullets

Reefer Madness

Pot is the gateway to hell. Who knew?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Developing Stories

Thinking big on transportation and land-use planning

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Point Austin: The Cost of Community

The city budget is where Austin decides how to live

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Gas, Water, and Trash

There could be a higher utility bill in your future

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Video: City Hall Hustle

Back in the Dais – The Hustle Gets Clipped

The Hightower Report

Rise of the Rovians; and Bush's Oily Lies

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

News Bulletin

The FDA and CDC announced that tomatoes are safe, but continue to avoid jalapeños and serranos from Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

DVD Review

José Andrés provides culinary adventure in this PBS series

BY MICK VANN

Book Review

Eduardo Machado shares his experience as a Cuban exile, complete with recipes, in Tastes Like Cuba

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

Hatch chiles weather the storm, Jane King leaves Central Market for Patricia's Lunchbox, Bill Norris of Fino heads to Queensland with his Bee Sting, and Bennigan's lives on while Ararat goes nomadic

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Help out Texas tomato growers, Austin Children's Shelter, and the Capital Area Food Bank, and enjoy some good eats while you're doing it

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Roy's

Seafood lovers will find comfort in dishes from Executive Chef Lawrence Kocurek and Roy's Classics

The Amsterdam Cafe

The Amsterdam is comfortable, informal, and friendly in the laid-back way that has always been Austin's hallmark
music

Chac-Mool

A rare glimpse inside the inner circle of accordion pioneer Esteban 'Steve' Jordan

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Better to burn than fade away: a recap of Lollapalooza 2008

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Centro-matic, South San Gabriel

Dual Hawks

Roy Hargrove

Earfood

McPullish

Back to Mount Zion Riddim

Topaz & Mudphonic

Southpaw Jones

Cruelty

Adam Ahrens

Fond du Lac

deEP end

Mas Cultura!, Maneja Beto, Who Said I Was Running?, The Meat of the Fruit

ZZ Top

Eliminator (Collector's Edition), Live From Texas

The Devil Bat

Lingers Like a Ghost

The Yuppie Pricks

Balls.

Steve Earle, Willie Nelson

Copperhead Road Deluxe Edition, Stardust

The Bellfuries

Palmyra

Jim Stringer & the AM Band

Triskaidekaphilia

The Shake 'Em Ups

The Shake 'Em Ups

Murray Hammond

I Don't Know Where I'm Going but I'm on My Way

Harold Ambler

Carousel

Back Porch Mary

Time of the Broken Heart
screens

Cine Joven Sin Fronteras

Teaching technology, telenovela, and how to straddle two countries and two cultures with a camera

BY MARC SAVLOV

Art, Stunt, or Punk?

James Marsh on his dizzying documentary, Man on Wire

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Send Your Cheek Swab to Space

A new promotional contest for Tabula Rasa sounds like the stuff of science fiction

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

TV Eye

While you're watching the Olympics, who's watching you?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

American Teen

A princess, jock, rebel, heartthrob, and geek: It could be The Breakfast Club, but American Teen is instead a documentary that ducks the consequences of its own making.

Hell Ride

This grindhousey biker film, executive-produced by Quentin Tarantino, is a convoluted, overly snazzy-looking tale of bad blood between even worse people.

A Jihad for Love

What it's like to identify as both gay and Muslim is the topic of this brave documentary, which looks at the seemingly irreconcilable conflict.

A Man Named Pearl

A self-taught topiary artist in South Carolina is profiled in this amiable but unadventurous documentary.

Man on Wire

In a guerrilla act, French wirew-alker Philippe Petit crossed the space between the World Trade Center towers in 1974. His daring and artistry continue to amaze and inspire, as demonstrated in this documentary.

The Midnight Meat Train

This horror film, based on a Clive Barker short story, details the nightly exploits of a butcher who plies his trade nightly on human subway riders.

Pineapple Express

A winning "bromance" between stoners, played by reigning comedy king Seth Rogen and James Franco, is at the heart of this shaggy pot story.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Female camaraderie, nostalgic sentimentality, and emotional catharsis are back in this sequel: The film hits its marks but lacks real depth.
arts & culture

Hey, Emily

BY HARVEY PEKAR AND TARA SEIBEL

K.Lear: Straitjacketed Shakespeare

A Denton performance artist straps on a straitjacket to explore madness in Lear

BY BARRY PINEO

Art Thefts: Ripped Off While You Eat

Someone stole three paintings from a local deli and may be behind a rash of similar robberies

BY ROBERT FAIRES

KidsActing: The Young Ones Take Center Stage

The space known as Arts on Real gets a new name and becomes a theatre of, by, and for kids

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Bat Boy: The Musical

Weekly World News' favorite cover boy is alive and well in Summer Stock Austin's energetic show

The Taming of the Shrew

City Theatre honors Shrew's fun, wild, lusty world while putting Kate and Petruchio in a burger joint

The Deep End

A refreshing, loving look at summer culture from photographer Will van Overbeek and watercolorist Melissa Grimes
columns

Page Two: Other Shoes, Other Feet

Republicans blame it all on the Democrats, while outraged activists flirt with censorship

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar deems it OK to go without the NYC scarves for the summer, and it's hard not to remember a guy whose art is all over you

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

The Gay Place

What's gayer than a coronation? We are!

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Take the short trek south on I-35 to the San Antonio missions for a fun day trip

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

The air sex competition at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz last week featured something that should be inherent in all sporting events, serious fun

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

David Hasselhoff a Young Snapper, 'Hanma' for Hummer, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Moving Somewhere New? Your Lease Terms Are Important.

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

From Burnt Orange to Gold

Eighteen current or former Longhorns will represent the United States in the Beijing Olympics

BY LEE NICHOLS

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