March 10, 2006

Volume 25, Number 28

ON THE COVER:
features

Gay Place

The Gay Place gets all extended re-mix for SXSW, with interviews, chats, pics, blog entries, and more.

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

news

Who Killed Porter Middle School?

The evidence points to George W. Bush. But he wasn't alone.

BY RACHEL PROCTOR MAY

March 6 Primary Report

Eckhardt dethrones Sonleitner, fundamentalists duke it out with public education, and more

Return of the White Woman Dem

After 4-year drought, Donna Howard's swearing in signals Legislative return of rare species in Texas politics

BY AMY SMITH

McMansion or Not?

The Austin Chronicle's Am I McMansion or Not? Contest: Win a Cosmetic Shade Tree

Naked City

Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond

Point Austin: Supremes v. Texas

The future of U.S. politics may become, "Vote for Show, Map for Dough"

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

City Council takes up arms and definitions over the charter amendments

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

The Rise of the Imperial Presidency; and What Color is Your Steak?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Good to Go

Taco Bell is for suckers. This town's taquerias are for SXSWers.

BY MICK VANN

Food-o-File

A new little lady in the Big Apple, a new gelato shop, and a new chef in town: all in a week's food news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

I Am the Resurrection

Ignore Jim Morrison - do not cancel your subscription to the resurrection, because Roky Erickson is Lazarus unbound.

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

SXSW Picks and Sleepers

The Blurbing of SXSW 06

TCB

Parsing the posters at SXSW's Flatstock show. Also gay cowboys, sex tapes, and Oscar-winning pimps: TCB classes it up.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

SXSW Records

Belle & Sebastian

The Life Pursuit

the M's

Future Women

Irving

Death in the Garden Blood on the Flowers (Eenie Meenie)

Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3

... Tick ... Tick ... Tick

James Talley

Got No Bread, No Milk, No Money, but We Sure Got a Lot of Love

Beth Orton

Comfort of Strangers

Low Skies

All the Love I Could Find

Voxtrot

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives EP

Mogwai

Mr. Beast

Gogogo Airheart

Rats! Sing! Sing!

Wesley Coleman

Cash Flow

the Czars

Goodbye

Gris Gris

For the Season
screens

SXSW FILM

SXSW Film 06

March 10-18

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

The Home School

Austin's latest class of cinematic talent – represented by six anticipated films at SXSW – is going places, but they aren't leaving anytime soon.

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Ana Sisnett

Celebrated author, visual artist, and community activist / volunteer diagnosed with ovarian cancer

BY KATE X MESSER

SXSW FILM

Pablo Veliz

'La Tragedia de Macario'

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Mike Henry and Kyle Fuller

'Slam Planet: War of the Words'

BY MARC SAVLOV

Frank Bustoz and Ryan Polomski

'State vs. Reed'

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Intelligent Briefing

In 'Nobelity,' nine Nobel laureates offer straight talk on the planet's future

BY ROBERT FAIRES

New Territory

Documentarian James Marsh's first narrative effort, 'The King,' is a dark one

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Kar Gawk

Ron Mann's adventurous RIP for hotrod artist and icon Ed Roth

BY MARC SAVLOV

Sound Checking for a Pulse, and Finding It

The rock docs in this year's 24 Beats Per Second program rattle and hum with soul and revolt.

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Buzz Kill

Director Kelly Reichardt's keeping quiet on the darling of Sundance and Rotterdam

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

What Hath Eagle Wrought?

After the smoke cleared, 'The Whole Shootin' Match' helped give rise to the contemporary indie

BY LOUIS BLACK

See What They Do to You

How Jonathan Demme and Neil Young made a film about a concert attended by spirits

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

The Perfect Ride

John Hyams' ode to rodeo stays on for a surprising 5,760 seconds

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

The Notorious Irving Klaw

My grandfather's photography studio made him rich and Bettie Page famous. It also made him into a target for Fifties censors. So, what has director Mary Harron made of him?

BY RICK KLAW

I'll Sleep When I Figure Out Why I Can't

Analyzing Alan Berliner's most personal documentary yet

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

The Searcher

Wim Wenders on his sense of the right direction

BY DIANA WELCH

Hello Mother, Hello Father

'51 Birch Street'

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Are You There, God?

'Eve and the Fire Horse'

BY MARRIT INGMAN

TransAmericans Behind Bars

'Cruel and Unusual'

BY KATE X MESSER

Animal Magnetism

'Lifelike'

BY MARRIT INGMAN

Open Up – It's the Filmmakers!

Kirby Dick raids the MPAA

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Recognizables

One night, one of a kind

BY STEVE UHLER

Panelism

SXSW Film 2006

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Embrace Your Wipe-Assness

Trolling SXSW Interactive 2006

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Gettin' Wiffy With It

The blogged, branded, and dooced at SXSW Interactive 2006

BY MARRIT INGMAN

Film News

The Sundance Channel and NetFlix make 'Room' for Kyle Henry

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

The deconstructed Negro

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Failure to Launch

This date movie is dude-friendly by design, but all its attention to hairdos and cute outfits does not make up for its lack of romantic spark.

Gay Sex in the 70s

Little more than a series of interviews with those who survived those times, interspersed with titillating soft-core clips from the archives, this documentary offers a sympathetic perspective of the post-Stonewall sexual liberation years in New York City.

The Hills Have Eyes

This remake ratchets up the gore while subtly rewiring some of the characters, but it never manages the nagging subtexts Craven so handily injected into the original horror film.

The Libertine

Johnny Depp runs away with the show in this murkily filmed picture, cackling all the while and defiling beauty in all its forms as the exceedingly decadent Earl of Rochester.

Private

This Italian film presents a modern parable about a Palestinian family, whose home in the West Bank is abruptly taken over by Israeli soldiers.

The Shaggy Dog

There are precious few surprises here, but this breezy remake starring Tim Allen is a painless affair.

Ultraviolet

In an opening voiceover, a superhuman killing machine warns, “I was born into a world you may not understand.” Boy hidee, she ain’t kidding, and fully 88 minutes later, that world is still pocked with incomprehensibility.

Why We Fight

Jarecki’s canny and somewhat overwhelming documentary paints a grim historical picture of war profiteering run amok.
arts & culture

Improvising Every Second

The secret history of Austin Circle of Theaters director Latifah Taormina, from Second City to the Committee and beyond

BY LOWELL BARTHOLOMEE

'Where Are They Now?'

Cyndi Williams is living a playwright's dream with her play 'Where Are They Now?,' which is being staged for the third time in 15 months

BY BARRY PINEO

'Greyhounds and Other Virtual Ways to Travel'

In 'Greyhounds and Other Virtual Ways to Travel,' choreographer Ellen Bartel creates three dances exploring the idea of how we travel without moving

BY BARRY PINEO

Culture Flash!

American Fiesta makes the finals of a national new play award, the Rude Mechs get their Gun from Creative Capital, and Katalin Hausel lands the Umlauf Prize

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Gary Grinkle's Battles With Wrinkles And Other Troubles In Mudgeville

Watching Second Youth Family Theatre's visually delicious theatrical confection 'Gary Grinkle's Battles With Wrinkles and Other Troubles in Mudgeville' is like seeing a children's book come to life

'Terrain: New Paintings by Shawn Camp'

Artist Shawn Camp's latest works are topographical and aerial in theme, emphasizing swirls of grasslands and rivulets, clouds and stars
columns

Page Two: Aww, Canada ...

At last, a magical confluence of ice hockey, Neil Young, and SXSW 2006

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

It's hard out here for a Style Avatar, especially after all those DHOHs at the Oscars!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Is there a good and cheap way to judge the nutritional content of fruit?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Does McMansion Ordinance affect home remodels?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

Take the Texas music heritage tour and learn more about Texas' homegrown talent, such as Bob Wills, Buddy Holly, and more

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Def Leppard keeps good company, Toxoplasma runs rampant, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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Fútbol fun from near and far-flung places

BY NICK BARBARO

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