Nov. 11, 2005

Volume 25, Number 11

ON THE COVER:
news

The Towers of Power

Are high-rises the key to a middle-class Downtown?

BY MIKE CLARK-MADISON

ELECTION

Victory for God – or Bigotry?

The already illegal practice of gay marriage just got more illegal

BY AMY SMITH

Top of the Props

A roundup of the non-gay-bashing amendments

BY MICHAEL KING

County Gets Bonded: Roads and Parks and Jail, Oh My!

Local voters easily pass county bond package

BY MICHAEL KING

Election Results

All the numbers

With God on Their Side: The KKK Stops By

Lawsuit filed after city separates Klan from counterprotesters and excludes certain media

BY DIANA WELCH

Instant Replay: How and Why Did Daniel Rocha Die?

Re-enactment discrepancies leave family still looking for answers

BY JORDAN SMITH

Local Civil Rights Hero Overton Dies

Activist helped desegregate Austin's schools

BY AMY SMITH

Coffee Tawk With Maureen Dowd

Chatting with the star 'NYT' columnist about Judy Miller, Bush's nannies, and blogs

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Sharpening Teeth

Remedial dentistry in order for Police Monitor

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

The Pentagon spends more than a billion in tax dollars every day; and commercial soul, not corporate logos, is what counts

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Interior Designers

After 30 years, Miguel Ravago and Tom Gilliland offer a cookbook as challenging and fascinating as their menu

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-file

A conversation with Julie Powell; plus, the Kitchen Sisters at BookPeople

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Chest Cavities, Empty Kneecaps, and Elbows

A week at Austin's all-ages live music venue Redrum and the 'School of Rock' lessons learned

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

TCB

A harvest of local albums from I Eat Records, new location for the Bubble, and new hope for the SIMS Foundation

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

Martí Brom

Heartache Numbers

Michael Shane Borden & the Diesel Kings, Lucas Hudgins & the First Cousins, Shootin' Pains, Bobby Earl Smith, Brandon Rhyder

Michael Shane Borden & the Diesel Kings, Honky Tonk Illusion, Mean Old Moon, Turn Row Blues, Conviction

Johnny Gimble, Dick Gimble, Emily Gimble

A Case of the Gimbles

Horton Brothers

Tempo for Two

Edith Frost

It's a Game

Two-Headed Dog

Better Than One

the Hudsons

the Hudsons Live Album

Housewife

The Delicate Prey

Rapid Ric, Basswood Lane, Knight Ridaz, Bavu Blakes, Damar, Damar

Getcha Weight Up, The Lane Vol. 1, A New Knight, Nobody Leavin, The G.U.G.U. Album

Friends of Dean Martinez

Lost Horizon

Explosions in the Sky

How Strange, Innocence

Bayta Darell

Write Me in Metal / Make Me Forever

Games & Theory

That Dark Bird You Hold in Your Arms

The Invincible Czars

Gods of Convenience

Pail

Story of a Spacemonkey

the Sweethearts

Looks Could Kill

Toof

Jennifer Love Handles
screens

Starting From Something

After an eight-year break, Shane Black is back with 'Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,' taking himself in a different direction

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Anything Can Happen: Jon Favreau and Dax Shepard on 'Zathura'

Jon Favreau and Dax Shepard on 'Zathura'

BY MARC SAVLOV

Double Vision

The Polish brothers share their indie insights

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

'SXSW Presents': 'See How They Run'

'See How They Run'

TV Eye

Kinky Friedman, 'The West Wing,' and 'Commander in Chief'

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Gumball Rally

An escapist romp from 1976, it's determined to have a good time, and what's wrong with that?

Film Reviews

Chicken Little

Disney's first all-CGI, made-in-house, animated feature is painful for all ages, despite a voice-talent roster to make the angels weep.

Côte D'Azur

The French still like to get their sex on, a fact confirmed again and again in this breezy, featherweight sex farce.

Get Rich or Die Tryin'

The film story of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's tough road to success is so melodramatic that if it weren't real it would be laughable.

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Shane Black's directorial debut is a suckerpunch-and-a-half, a trippy tribute to L.A. noir and a genre-busting blitzkrieg attack on Hollywood pretensions that’s just as full of them as the pulp it lampoons.

NBT: Never Been Thawed

Mockumentary about the members of a Frozen Food Enthusiasts Club is funny when it stays on topic but becomes scattered when it strays.

Pride & Prejudice

This fresh adaptation of Jane Austen’s masterpiece starring Keira Knightley presents a witty and lovesick skirmish of the sexes that exceeds all expectations.

Shaadi No. 1

In a country famous for its exhaustively over-the-top filmmaking, India’s Shaadi No. 1 is an extreme case: a maddeningly manic comedy-romance painted in vibrant shades of neon pink and Day-Glo violet.

Where the Truth Lies

Master filmmaker Atom Egoyan goes for the mainstream with this new murder mystery, but sadly his aim is way, way off.

Zathura

With his follow-up to Elf, actor-turned-director Jon Favreau sticks with family-friendly filmmaking, this time delivering a bang-up version of Chris Van Allsburg’s bestselling children’s book Zathura.
arts & culture

Waterfalls and Sea Changes

The former and current artistic directors of Austin Script Works discuss new plays, local theatre, and the writer's voice

BY DAN DIETZ

Theatre: Classic Comeback

Throughout November, Austinites have the chance to see four plays that have stood the test of time: 'Hamlet,' 'Macbeth,' 'The Way of the World,' and 'The Playboy of the Western World'

BY BARRY PINEO

Arthouse Texas Prize: Big Winner Eileen Maxson!

A glittering crowd gathered in the Driskill Hotel on Friday, Nov. 4, to watch Eileen Maxson of Houston take home the first Arthouse Texas Prize

BY RACHEL KOPER

Boyd Vance: Sweet Remembrance

On Oct. 27, the City Council sweetened some of the bitterness of Boyd Vance's passing this year by naming the new theatre at the Carver Museum and Cultural Center after him

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash

Calling all Eastside artists, here come the Russians, visual artists talk residency programs, and Steven Dietz comes to UT

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Marriage of Miss Hollywood and King Neptune

Robert Schenkkan's 'The Marriage of Miss Hollywood and King Neptune' eases us back into that long-ago world of screwball comedy and serves up some new fun

Up in the Old Hotel

The delights of Refraction Arts Project's 'Up in the Old Hotel' are many, but the creators seem to assume that you already know a lot about 'New Yorker' writer Joseph Mitchell

Movin' Out

In this national tour of 'Movin' Out,' Twyla Tharp's choreographic power gleamed like the chrome of a streamline fin on a convertible
columns

Page Two

Free speech in defense of liberty is no vice

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

Right now, and for at least the next three years of this administration, the United States of America is not being governed. Hurricane Katrina demonstrated, and Iraq every day confirms, that the powers-that-be are dysfunctional. We are on our own.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Who is Stephen's fave new singer? Who is The. Best. Salesperson. EVAH? What happened when Stephen set foot back in Oilcan's? You'll have to read to see!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

About AIDS

Avian flu and the effects on the HIV-positive community

BY SANDY BARTLETT

To Your Health

Why is calcium added to so many foods while other nutrients (like magnesium) aren't?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Why do I need a will?

BY CARL BARRY

Day Trips

Earlier this year the Regency Bridge north of San Saba became the last suspension bridge in Texas that cars can drive across

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Some parts of the Bible are not actually true

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Ladies college and MLS playoffs come to Texas

BY NICK BARBARO

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