Feb. 3, 2006

Volume 25, Number 23

ON THE COVER:
news

Family Flight

Will AISD abandon its shrinking schools?

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

Endorsement

Special election for Texas House of Representatives, District 48

Cap Metro Dodges Strike

Union, management credit Mayor Wynn with success

BY WELLS DUNBAR

ACWP

Ex-director of water program says he's blowing whistle on pollution; city officials say they're on top of it

BY MICHAEL KING

McTear Headed to Adult Prison

After day of testimony from psychologists and counselors, district judge rules Marcus McTear has no chance for early parole

BY JORDAN SMITH

Radnofsky's Education Fixes Fall on Few Ears

Senate candidate Barbara Ann Radnofsky demands incumbent Hutchison 'end the war on children,' lays out proposals for aiding public education

BY LEE NICHOLS

Naked City

Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond

Point Austin: What Good Are Unions?

Give a hand to those Cap Metro workers who fought for you and me

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Bushites fail to protect troops; and Wall Street divides up the bonus booty

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Crown Jewel

Bombay Bistro is the newest Indian venture in town. Is it already the best?

BY MICK VANN

Food-o-File

Pamela Boyar is the best, according to the North American Farmers' Direct Marketing Association; plus, our cup runneth over with events you should consider attending

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Buenos Aires Cafe

A 'Big Night' experience at a modest Argentinean eatery

Mi Colombia

Go now, before the liquor license and the long lines to get in
music

Winter's Wolves

Unsheathing the Sword's two-fisted 'Age of Winters'

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

TCB

Handsome Joel remembered, inside Anthropos Arts, the drive to bring Roy Orbison to a postage stamp near you, and Chuck Berry deep in the heart of Texas.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

The Sword Reviewed

The Sword

Age of Winters

Ghostland Observatory

Paparazzi Lightning

Brothers & Sisters

Brothers and Sisters

Militant Babies

Militant Babies

Explosions in the Sky

Live Shots

A Tribute to Neil Young

Live Shots

Scarface

Live Shots
screens

Hustle and Snow

At Sundance, the proving ground just got a lot more slippery

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

More Than a Festival, Less Than a Movement

At Slamdance, tenderness, anger, and a very steep slope

BY SPENCER PARSONS

SXSW Film 06 Update

The official list will be released early next week, but we've got a credible source on the inside that was able to supply some titles a bit ahead of time

It's Alive!

Texas (finally) gets a horror-film convention to call its own

BY MARC SAVLOV

Marching On

Throughout February

TV Eye

My 'Rollergirls' review: the response; plus, Aaron McGruder deals with 'The Boondocks' backlash

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Rockford Files: Season One

How Raymond Chandler's coffee can became Stephen J. Cannell's cookie jar, with James Garner as the constant

Film Reviews

Before the Fall

Every movie about the Holocaust should be this good, but few are. Heartbreaking and brutal, its tale of two boys training together at an elite school is as intimate and truthful to its characters as it is powerfully topical and politically brave.

Big Momma's House 2

It's a shame to again witness Martin Lawrence squander his considerable comic talents under a fat suit and fake breasts in this shoddy sequel.

A Good Woman

Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan is here set among Jazz Age expatriates cold-chillin' on the Italian coast, and the result is not quite as dishy as one might hope.

Mrs. Henderson Presents

This staid British music-hall drama seems calculated to earn Judi Dench lots of award notices. Mission accomplished.

Something New

Think Bridget Jones' lovelorn but marriage-obsessed single woman, only make her a neat-freak, not a basket case, and a comely African-American, not a plumpish, pasty Brit in this genre-tweaking romantic comedy.

This Land Is Your Land

This muckraking populist grab bag of a film isn't so much a documentary as it is a harried piece of grassroots agitprop.

The White Countess

The final collaboration between director Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant is a gorgeous slice of Merchant Ivoryisms (thanks in large part to the lushly vertiginous cinematography of DP Christopher Doyle) that nevertheless fails to equal the team’s greatest works.

The World's Fastest Indian

Anthony Hopkins' great performance as Burt Munro, the real-life New Zealand codger and Indian motorcycle enthusiast who in 1967 set a land speed record that still stands today, is not enough to crash through this unabashedly sentimental wall of schmaltz.
arts & culture

Playing 'House' (and 'Garden')

At Austin Playhouse, running Alan Ayckbourn's paired comedies side-by-side is double the pleasure, double the fun

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Technologies of Writing'

You can see the history of the ancient and modern worlds through the most central of human expressions in the Ransom Center's 'Technologies of Writing' exhibit

BY BARRY PINEO

Austin Art in NYC

Kirk Lynn's latest play, 'Major Bang, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dirty Bomb,' wins a bang-up review from Ben Brantley in the 'New York Times'

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Mi Casa Es Su Teatro

The unexpected is to be expected when it comes to FronteraFest's Mi Casa Es Su Teatro, which features everything from monologues to musicals to martial arts in theatres, living rooms, and bathrooms around Austin

BY ROBERT FAIRES

In Memoriam

Legendary hoofer Fayard Nicholas of the Nicholas Brothers, recent visitor to Austin for the Soul to Sole Tap Festival and friend of Tapestry Dance Company, has died at age 91

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

FronteraFest Short Fringe

With FronteraFest 2006 in full swing, the January 27 Short Fringe program offered an assortment of theatrical ingenuity, frivolity, and tenderness

Get Your War On

The Rude Mechs' 'Get Your War On' provides a fresh reminder of the political outrages of the past four years and a fresh injection of the outrage we may have lost

Two Into War

Different Stages' pairing of Naomi Wallace's 'The Retreating World' and Fraser Grace's 'Gifts of War' offers solo portraits of two victims of war, staged with sensitive simplicity
columns

Page Two: Sticks and Stones

The paradoxical pleasures of the religious right

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

Unless my transmission conks out in a place like Bossier City, a guy like me hasn't much chance to hear out a guy like Virgil

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen returns to his designing roots; plus, the most charming Web sites of late, and the year's fanciest garage sale

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Not only are eggs delicious, they're also good for you

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Courtroom conduct and etiquette – can my clothes get me in trouble?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

The Nasher Sculpture Garden and the Crow Collection of Asian Art are just two excellent reasons to make a short trip to Dallas to enjoy some world-renowned art

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Eat and walk

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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sports

Soccer Watch

Houston 1836 is the name of Houston's MLS team, Arsenal is upset by the Bolton Wanderers, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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