Feb. 17, 2006

Volume 25, Number 25

ON THE COVER:
news

Here Comes the Guv

Kinky Friedman lights up his campaign

BY JORDAN SMITH

Primary Colors: Part II

More races to watch, up and down the ballot

Howard Defeats Bentzin

Dems claim a 'Republican' district

BY AMY SMITH

Making the Energy Grid Smarter

New nonprofit pushes energy providers for efficiency via high tech

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

March 7 Primaries

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Not So Smart

Jury rules in favor of officer, but APD policy still stings

BY LEE NICHOLS

The Hightower Report

President Pinocchio speaks to the nation; and Lobbyists reject restrictions

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Plated Safe

A young chef shines, but with a menu short on surprises

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Boomerang's: Australian for pie; plus, Ruta Maya recognized and Las Palomas celebrated

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Brentwood Tavern

One of North Austin's best-kept secrets is about to be out
music

Outlaw Onda

If Tejano music isn't on the radio, does it still exist?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

TCB

It's been rough out there, for you, me, Red River, Knife in the Water, and R. Kelly. Who else is 'Trapped in the Closet'?

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Jenny Lewis, the Elected, Loose Fur, Glenn Kotche

Rabbit Fur Coat, Sun Sun Sun, Born Again in the USA, Mobile

Folk Alliance Conference

Folk Alliance
screens

Nerd Burn

How WEFAIL Web design has found success while spending way too much time online

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The 'Gatchaman' Cometh

Four episodes of seminal Seventies animé get Alamo treatment

BY MARC SAVLOV

In Print

The X List: The National Society of Film Critics' Guide to the Movies That Turn Us On
Its reach is ambitious, covering films from the mainstream and the fringes, from the buddy flick to good, old-fashioned hard-core porn.

BY MELANIE HAUPT

In Print

The Big Book of Porn: A Penetrating Look at the World of Dirty Movies
Like the titillating genre, the book is loaded with enticing eye candy and a fun, flirtatious layout – imagine Skinemax doing a VH1 special:'Behind the Porn,' in book form

BY KATE X MESSER

Monthly aGLIFF Program Launches With Celebration of Raval

P.J. Raval the first to be fêted

Crime, Punishment, & Country Music

'Lifers' premieres locally at Ruta Maya

South by Southwest Film Passes

Now on sale

TV Eye

Stop me if you've heard this one before: A Latino goes to an audition but doesn't get the job because he's too ethnic

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

La Bête Humaine

Jean Renoir shot it in 1938, just as Hitler's troops were occupying the Sudetenland and Neville Chamberlain and his band of appeasers were bending Europe's back to the whims of the Third Reich. So, you'll forgive him for making such a dark picture.

Film Reviews

Ballets Russes

Majestic movie about once celebrated, now long defunct ballet company that changed the face of modern dance.

Caché

In this challenging, tension-agitating film a privileged French couple become vulnerable when menaced by an unseen observer who constantly watches them.

Eight Below

We smell penguins, even though Eight Below's animals are really a pack of sled dogs in a wonderful man-and-dog movie.

Firewall

This high-tech heist thriller is like a For Dummies guide to the genre.

Freedomland

This Richard Price story about simmering racial tension that boils over during the course of a police investigation is choppy and erratic.
arts & culture

The Next Steps

Ballet Austin seeks out tomorrow's Balanchines with a new and unique choreographic showcase

BY ROBERT FAIRES

La Follia's Musical Moonlighting

In the concert Musical Moonlighting, Baroque ensemble La Follia focuses on compositions by people who spent their days working in fields other than music

BY BARRY PINEO

State Theatre Company

It's a new year, and the State Theater has a new artistic director, who has announced some new additions to the theatre's season

BY ROBERT FAIRES

American Repertory Ensemble

Figuring dance and music to be great tastes that taste great together, American Repertory Ensemble aims to bring those art forms together in an organizational peanut butter cup

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Stella Adler and the American Theater

UT's Harry Ransom Center, which acquired the complete archive of Stella Adler, celebrates her impact on American acting in the symposium Stella Adler and the American Theater

BY BARRY PINEO

Arts Reviews

Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!

The Jewish Community Association of Austin production of 'Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!' is that rare revue where you actually care about the characters and what happens to them

Rosita's Jalapeño Kitchen

In Teatro Vivo's staging of 'Rosita's Jalapeño Kitchen,' a full cast acts as ingredients for recognized recipes to Mexican life

Oh Mother

'Oh Mother' is refreshingly eclectic in its celebration of its theme, its dances as individual as the children of the women who dance so eloquently in it

'In Between'

The art show 'In Between' provides the viewer with a rare opportunity to interact with the ideas that inform the exhibited works
columns

Page Two: Dial 1-800-Bentzin

How a rejected candidate can win back hearts and minds

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

Our national self-doubt and self-conflict are nothing new, but what is new, in the last 40 years or so, is a state of confused and conflicted values. It is the signature of our era that we live in a world so unstable that its limits may be tested merely by a bumper sticker.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Tom Ford is creepy and Stephen travels to Houston for fabric

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

What can be done to counter the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Common law divorce?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

What's French for "banana"

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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sports

Soccer Watch

The U.S. men take on Guatamala in Frisco, Texas, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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