Sept. 1, 2006

Volume 25, Number 53

ON THE COVER:
news

All 'Round Republic Square

A new context of major civic buildings may yet make a people place of our historic downtown park

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Campaign Notes

The special election gets weird; the governor's race stays so.

Congressional District 31: What's Up With John Carter?

Democratic challenger can't get incumbent to talk with her; neither can we

BY LEE NICHOLS

Round Rock Growth Explosion

SH 130 likely to shift epicenter of growth in Round Rock from land around Dell to one-time farmland on northeast end of town

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Beside the Point: All Grown Up

How Water Treatment Plant No.4 got where it is today

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Professor Bush's Economic Nostrum; and Fran's Travels

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Afterburn

The 16th 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival: contest results

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Drink It on the Rooftops

Why Houlihan's actually rules

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

The Hill Country Fall Fest & Texas Wine Auction

Sept. 15-17

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

An old reliable

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

No appetizers – we're going straight to the entrées

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

The Greatest Gift

An oral history unearthing one of post-punk's most seminal acts: Austin's Scratch Acid

BY GREG BEETS

TCB

  Patrice Pike comes home, lalaland breaks out, Trophy's cleans up, and TCB comes clean.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Bob Dylan

Modern Times

Slayer

Christ Illusion

New York Dolls

One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This

Radio Birdman

Zeno Beach

the Sleepy Jackson

Personality – One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird

Pharrell

In My Mind
screens

The Chosen One

Director Jamie Babbit sounds off on 'The Quiet' – Burnt Orange's first national release – and its discomfiting implications

BY MARC SAVLOV

Surviving the Blacklist: Joseph Losey in Europe

Sept. 5-Oct. 10

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

All Work, No Play

Gaming industry types converge on the Austin Convention Center

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

TV Eye

Emmy post

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Italian, Criterion-style

Three new Criterion titles demonstrate how far fascism's castor-oil cocktail will travel down the throat of its native filmmakers before it comes back up twice as Azzurri.

Film Reviews

Lage Raho Munnabhai

Not reviewed at press time. This Indian comedy is a sequel to 2004's Munnabhai M.B.B.S. This time Munna "Bhai" falls in love with the voice of a radio deejay.

The Quiet

The first Burnt Orange Productions joint mixes The Piano with Poison Ivy. Perhaps future generations of film scholars will embrace The Quiet as a B-movie that problematizes the oppressive gaze, but for now, it's a misfire.

Trust the Man

With distinct echoes of Woody Allen, Trust the Man follows fashionably neurotic New Yorkers in oversized apartments as they search for happiness, love, and sex.
arts & culture

Tag – You're It!

Celebrating urban scrawl with Gallery Lombardi's exhibition 'Austin Graffiti Art: From Birth to Present'

BY AMANDA DOUBERLEY

Daniel Bozhkov: The singers at the Springs

A dozen Austin choirs gathered at Barton Springs as part of the upcoming Arthouse exhibition "Daniel Bozhkov: Recent Works"

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Symphony Orchestra: Roll over, Beethoven

The Austin Symphony is set on playing all nine of Beethoven's symphonies before it makes its first appearance in the Long Center in 2008

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Salvage Vanguard Theater: Countdown to blastoff for 'Intergalactic' tour

Salvage Vanguard Theater launches 'The Intergalactic Nemesis,' its homegrown spoof of sci-fi serials, on a mission to seek out new life and new civilizations – or at least new fans – in seven cities across the country

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

The Art Palace glows in the 'Times,' and Dan Dietz gets a hearing at the Kennedy Center

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Keepin' It Weird

It is a rare piece of theatre that can be uplifting, enlightening, and disturbing all at once, and 'Keepin' It Weird' is such a piece

Confessions of a Mormon Boy

In his 'Confessions of a Mormon Boy,' Steven Fales reveals intimate details about his life as a Mormon and a male escort and proves himself as brave and courageous as a performer can be

'The Long Drive South'

Art or anthropology? Volitant Gallery's 'The Long Drive South,' featuring work by New York artists who motored down to Austin, may be a revealing discussion on both
columns

Page Two: Ten Ways of Looking at an 'Austin Chronicle'

In celebration of our 25th anniversary

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters @ 3AM

Every contributor to a newspaper – not least, the letter-writers and ad designers – creates an artifact precious to history

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen is deeply touched by a pack of racers headed north to Alaska – and no, it's not the Iditarod

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Is there an effective way to treat nosebleeds through nutrition?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Can I sublet my apartment?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

When discussing the finest cuisine in Central Texas, barbecue has to top the list

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

John Wayne dies and dies again, and regression on the gas-mileage front

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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BY NICK BARBARO

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