Aug. 25, 2006

Volume 25, Number 52

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news

After the Storm

Austin's Louisiana exiles remain suspended between before and after

BY CHERYL SMITH

Petty Nastiness in WilCo

After more than a year of legal wrangling, federal judge sets date for jury to decide whether Williamson Co. Sheriff James Wilson demoted former WCSO officers Barry Simmons and Ralph Fisher in retaliation for reporting wrongdoing within department and/or for supporting Wilson's rival, former sheriff Jim Wilson

BY PATTY RULAND

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Beside the Point : A Ton to Chew On

City grapples with weight loss, forcing bicycle helmets, and public safety staffing, among other issues.

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Bad Bosses; and a Bill to Ban Sweatshop Labor

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL

Flame On

Hot-saucy legends get fired up for the festival

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Sweet Heat

The 16th annual 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival

BY ROBB WALSH

The 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival 20,000 Lb. Challenge

How you can help the Capital Area Food Bank while having a blast at the 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Iron Chef Alamo Battle Celluloid Episode I

Bullington vs. Eichelberger

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Movers and shakers, ranges and changes

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Aug. 24-31
music

TCB

Nineteen days on the road with Moonlight Towers later, TCB arrives in Austin a bitter, broken man but with plenty to report.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Reissues & Box Sets

Depeche Mode, the Cure, the Jesus & Mary Chain

Speak & Spell, Music for the Masses, Violator, The Top, The Head on the Door, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Psychocandy, Darklands, Automatic, Honey's Dead, Stoned & Dethroned

Spoon

Telephono, Soft Effects EP

Windsor for the Derby

Calm Hades Float, Minnie Greutzfeldt

Wire

Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, 154

Sonic Youth, Ciccone Youth, Thurston Moore

Sonic Youth, The Whitey Album, Pyschic Hearts

Plasticland

Make Yourself a Happening Machine:A Collection of

Harry Nilsson

Son of Schmilsson, A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night, Everybody's Talkin':The Best of Harry Nilsoon

Johnny Cash

Personal File, Man in Black:Live in Denmark 1971

Matthew Sweet

Girlfriend

Kashmere Stage Band

Texas Thunder 1968-74

Big Bill Broonzy

Amsterdam Live Concerts 1953

various artists

Panama! Latin, Calypso and Funk on the Isthmus 1965-75, Ethnic Minority Music of Northeast Cambodia, Radio Thailand, Radio Algeria

Billy Bragg

Volume 1

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

Legends of Country Texas

various artists

Rockin' Bones; '50s Punk & Rockabilly

Bruce Hornsby

Intersections 1985-2005

the Beatles

The Capitol Albums Vol. 2

Bjork

Surrounded

various artists

The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 5

various artists

The House That Trane Built:The Story of Impulse Records

Sonny Stitt

Stitt's Bits:The Bebop Recordings, 1949-1952
screens

How He Made 'Fried Worms'

The dirt on director Bob Dolman

BY MARRIT INGMAN

Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund Grant Recipients

$125,000 to 18 filmmakers

Film News

It's dry as a bone out there, but this verdant pasture of industry info and celebrity gossip is no mirage

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Extended networks

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Beerfest

The jokes in this latest film from the Broken Lizard comedy troupe are about as potent as near-beer.

How To Eat Fried Worms

This kids movie, which was filmed in Austin, is not as wormy as it sounds.

Idlewild

OutKast has been operating as two separate and distinct musical personas for at least three years now, and Idlewild unwisely continues this trend into the cinematic realm.

The Illusionist

Surprisingly, this atmospheric movie starring some of the greatest actors of our time is a dull and enervating bore.

Invincible

Mark Wahlberg plays footballer Vincent Papale in this story about how he captured a spot on the Philadelphia Eagles team in an open tryout.

Material Girls

The Duff sisters star as heiresses who must learn to earn a living when their cosmetics firm goes belly-up.

My Country, My Country

Using the Iraqi democratic elections in early 2005 as its focal point, this powerful documentary is the sad lament of Iraqis who truly want the best for their homeland, despite seemingly overwhelming odds.

Quinceañera

Don't confuse this Sundance charmer with My Big Fat Mexican Debut, for its farcical scenes of high hair and waltzes form a genial, light-comic prism for watching race, age, class, and sexuality collide in one of America's most economically and ethnically complex cities.

Snakes on a Plane

This solid little B-movie arrives cloaked in the dodgy garb of a fanboy phenomenon.
arts & culture

Mission: Improvable

Austin's improv community gathers intelligence

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

American Repertory Ensemble: Flight risk

American Repertory Ensemble had no trouble getting to Scotland for its recent weeklong gig at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival but had a devil of a time getting back home

BY ROBERT FAIRES

100 Proof Comedy: Shot down stand-up

Four of Austin's funniest comics have created a new showcase in which the hook is the comics doing what the audience does, i.e., taking a belt, knocking one back, hitting the sauce

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Paramount and State Theatres: Archives to UT

Some 3,000 items – from playbills and posters to contracts and correspondence – from the Paramount and State theatres are being donated to the UT Fine Arts Library

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

A Blanton curator goes south, a solo show master goes back to Houston, an area quilter and portraitist go national, and the Long Center and KMFA go to the bank

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

I Am My Own Wife

Zachary Scott Theatre Center's staging of I Am My Own Wife draws us intimately to its protagonist, German transvestite Charlotte van Mahlsdorf, and caught in this mystery man-woman's spell

Sodomy and Pedicures

Monologues about single women in New York may be overdone, but Jessica Hedrick redeems the genre with Sodomy and Pedicures, the story of a sex-starved communist's daughter that's self-aware, smart, fresh, and far from cliché

'Making It Together'

"Making It Together," the second part of the summer UT art grad shows at the CRL, gives quick answers to questions surrounding the idea of collaboration in art

Web Extra: B-Boy Bluez / Hot Dogs at the Eiffel Tower

In his 'B-Boy Bluez,' playing on a double bill with Maggie Gallant's 'Hot Dogs at the Eiffel Tower,' Zell Miller III creates whole worlds on stage and performs his heart out for whatever audience he gets
columns

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Fresh off the hunt from Dallas Market Center's Holiday/Resort Show, your Style Avatar goes off on what's good about Austin fashion

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Turkey Shop Smokin' Cafe in Abbott is back and cookin'

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

Can galvanic skin response tests be trusted?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Security deposit – can they charge me for that?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Charles Lindbergh's Lindy and Fred MacMurray's Marvel

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

Waterloo Park, Sunday, August 27, 2006

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The Lady Longhorns beat UT-San Antonio in an exhibition match, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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