Oct. 21, 2005

Volume 25, Number 8

ON THE COVER:
news

Crackpot Crackdown

Joining a long East Texas tradition, Jackson County DA Bobby Bell has convicted 28 black people on drug charges via manufactured evidence and railroaded trials. One small-town exile, her family, and a few neighbors are finally fighting back.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Who's the Hog in This Circle C Water Fight?

Fight between golf course and LCRA shows it's not easy being green

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Will Towering Condos Spring to City Approval?

Developers tout proposed high-rise as perfect fit for Downtown; neighbors aren't so sure

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

Gay Corporate Texas

When it comes to equality, a surprising number of major Texas companies are downright liberal

BY AMY SMITH

Council Notes

Council considers toll study and Mexican-American Cultural Center

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Endorsements

No on everything. Double no on Proposition 2.

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Jobs to Go

The sunny side of the state's assault on social services

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Heretical entrepreneurs choosing community, quality of life over profits; and Perry comes to the rescue of our poor, hard-up judges, raising their pay to three times the average Texan's income

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

What Does Business During the Day and Doesn't Suck?

Drakula's Romanian cuisine is all treats and no tricks

BY RACHEL FEIT

Food-o-File

A Bullington baby; Hoover's heads north; plus, more Texas on TV

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Paggi House

The new Paggi House's model is 'Nothing you expect, everything you want.' Um ...

NG House

NG House is a blessing to Chinese food aficionados in Austin, especially South Austin
music

A Hell of a Year

Kathy McCarty presses Jon Dee Graham about the good and the bad old and new days

BY KATHY MCCARTY

TCB

More trees fall victim to the smoking ban back-and-forth, while Austin nurses a huge Sparks hangover and Cowboy Mouth is just glad to be anywhere

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene

Metric

Live It Out

various artists

Children of Nuggets:Original Artyfacts from the Second Psychedelic Era 1976-1996

various artists, Pink Floyd, Elvis Costello, Traffic, Cream

Festival!, Pink Floyd, London 1966-1967, The Right Spectacle:The Very Best of Elvis Costello, Royal Albert Hall London May 2 3 5 6 2005

Franz Ferdinand

You Could Have It So Much Better

My Morning Jacket

Z

Neil Young

Prairie Wind
screens

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

Hammett Meets Hughes

Writer-director Rian Johnson on high school noir and Austin Film Festival highlight 'Brick'

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Indelibles

What to see at the 2005 Austin Film Festival

2005 Austin Film Festival Schedule

Thursday, Oct. 20, through Thursday, Oct. 27

Captive Audience

How a homegrown kidnapping thriller became the most popular film in Venezuela – and angered the Chavez administration in the process

BY MICHAEL KING

'SXSW Presents': High School Shorts Program

High School Shorts Program

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film News

Burnt Orange has been living in a cave, while Texas looks to be trending toward Santos; plus, 'Ape Shit,' 'Chainsaw,' and 'The Breakdance Kid'

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Geena Davis is not really the president, but you might be surprised to learn how many people are riding the coattails of her administration

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Doom

Doom is not so much a film as a marketing tie-in, albeit one with some exceptional production values.

Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story

You could call it Seabiscuit Jr., but this horsey heartwarmer does something surprising in spite of its underdog sports-movie formula and shameless emotional manipulation: It manages to be an enjoyable movie about and for girls.

The Fog

This hazy remake pales in comparison to John Carpenter's original fogbanks from 1980.

Good Night, and Good Luck

Director and co-screenwriter George Clooney strikes just the right tone of gripping entertainment and understated cautionary tale in this thoughtful portrait of newsman Edward R. Murrow's confrontation with Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

Kids in America

High-schoolers protest when the principal outlaws their freedom of speech.

North Country

Charlize Theron stars in this fictionalized, rousing, but nevertheless predictable account of the first class-action sexual discrimination suit.

The Roost

Basically a story about four young people whose car breaks down in the boondocks and the wretched things that befall them while first seeking help and then escape, this bare-bones horror film takes the hoary formula and runs wild.

Secuestro Express

This Venezuelan film about the kidnappings that are endemic in Caracas bursts with stylish technique and gruesome tension.

Stay

With a script by David Benioff (25th Hour) and direction by Marc Forster of Monster's Ball fame, Stay is an ambitious experiment that never quite jells.

The Work and the Glory: American Zion

Volume two of this fictional representation of the Mormons' migration West.
arts & culture

The Final Four

The artists up for the first Arthouse Texas Prize talk about their work

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Symphony: Everything Old Is New Again

The Austin Symphony's local premiere of Kevin Puts' 'Symphony No. 2': 'Island of Innocence,' evokes the cultural shift after 9/11 in a dramatic score

BY BARRY PINEO

Fidencio Durán: Painting the Known World

This fall, Fidencio Durán's 20 years of painting have earned him a midcareer retrospective at Mexic-Arte Museum

BY PATTI HADAD

AMOA's Symposium on Austin Art: How Deep Is Our Love?

The Austin Museum of Art symposium Self Portrait: Austin Art in Local, National, and International Contexts was a positive day of critical dialog and amazingly open-minded community work

BY RACHEL KOPER

Arts Reviews

American Fiesta

In 'American Fiesta,' Steven Tomlinson's quest for a set of Fiestaware leads him to embrace his past, imperfections, and those who are different

A Man for All Seasons

In Austin Playhouse's 'A Man for All Seasons,' David Stahl's immaculate Sir Thomas More stands his moral ground with humility, humor, and insight

'Surface/Depth'

'Surface/Depth,' an exhibition of 30-odd wood-fired ceramic vessels by Chris Campbell, is a tantalizing feast of color and form
columns

Page Two

When Gravity Fails: Notes on the influence of Ed Lowry, 'Crazy Mama,' and not sweating the small stuff

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

What Stephen did last week and what he's probably going to do this ...

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

HIV testing: free and easy!

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

I sometimes take 5-HTP to help me sleep and am surprised at how it seems to help me with irregularity. Why would it help the GI tract?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Child support – putting pressure on deadbeat parents to pay child support

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

The Los Ebanos Ferry takes passengers from the U.S. to Mexico and back again with the simple tug of a rope

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Ingrid Bergman, Planet of the Apes, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Grizzly Adams

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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sports

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Saudi Arabia declares a fatwah on soccer

BY NICK BARBARO

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