Sept. 8, 2006

Volume 26, Number 1

ON THE COVER:
news

Soldier of Morality

Spc. Mark Wilkerson learns that it's a lot easier to get in the Army than it is to get out

BY DIANA WELCH

A Planner's Paradise

A marriage of land use and transportation planning rarely seen in "property rights happy" Texas is being plotted

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

What Is the Texas Energy Center?

Is it a taxpayer-financed boondoggle for the oil and gas industry, or an economic development driver of new jobs and cutting-edge technology?

BY AMY SMITH

Election 2006

The latest dispatches from the campaign trail

Media Watch

KUT cuts another hour off John Aielli's Eklektikos, expands Twine Time

BY KEVIN BRASS

Council Notes

Wrapping up loose ends

Naked City

Beside the Point: Taxing Effectively

Debate should focus on meeting community needs, not arbitrary numbers

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Code Red on Deodorant Sticks; and Save Us From Our Protectors

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Austinites Sweep Texas Sommelier Competition

Scott Cameron, Craig Collins, and Devon Broglie

BY WES MARSHALL

The Sauciér

This week: Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki and Garlic Expressions

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-o-File

Taco Xpress reborn; Burnet blossoms; Jack Gilmore gets chile with it

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Sept. 8-15

Food Reviews

Habana SoCo

The food is as good as it was before the fire

Woody's South

Much to be thankful for
music

Hard Habit to Break

Moonlight Towers' DIY road rage: This is you, Austin

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

Live Shot

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

TCB

A pictorial history of TCB's, and the modern Austin music scene's, formative years

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

Trae

Restless

Weird Weeds

Weird Feelings

Southpaw Jones

Bedroom Demos Vol. 1:Zero Demand

Lauren Marie, Tina Mack, Fur Dixon, Ginger Leigh, Wendy Colonna

Introducing Miss Lauren Marie, Satan and the Goddess, The Pearl and the Swine, Sugar in My Coffee, Right Where I Belong

Golden Bear

Golden Bear
screens

The Revolting Door

The AFS Texas Documentary Tour: 'The Trials of Darryl Hunt'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Scripting the War

Susan O'Connor's journey to game writing

BY CARSON BARKER

Film News

Pull the film loop tighter; plus, how to give Harry Knowles a heart attack

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Crazy like a mediocre lineup

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Kicking and Screaming

So how does it hold up, the arch back-and-forth of these kids treading water in dead-end video-store gigs and oddly affecting affairs with underage girls?

Film Reviews

Broken Bridges

At first glance, Toby Keith drama Broken Bridges is about reconciliations; really, though, the movie is about the cross-marketing potential of contemporary country music full of cliché and contrived music performances.

Brothers of the Head

An astonishing twinning of wild imagination and drop-dead realism, Brothers of the Head is simply the most poignant and exciting mockumentary about (conjoined) sibling rivalry, revelry, and reversal of fortunes ever made.

Calvaire

Belgian horror romp Calvaire is so dead-set on being disturbing that it ends up tripping over its own hobbled feet and evoking fewer gasps than curdled little giggles.

Crank

Jason Statham's Crank – despite the fact that its ever-revving mayhem is ultraviolent, sexist, and frequently offensive enough to warrant a look-see by both the ACLU and the DOJ – is pure action-film bliss.

Crossover

The story of the friendship and contrasting paths to success of two natural ballplayers, both of whom appear to be too old to be playing teens, Crossover tries hard but never makes the leap.

Factotum

Charles Bukowski's Henry Chinaski is back, played by Matt Dillon in a low-key, gorgeously beery performance; it's 100-proof Bukowski, but with a decent barkeep at the helm and Lili Taylor's Jan on his arm. Factotum, for all its grim grind, is funny-serious and smart-stupid.

Hollywoodland

Although Hollywoodland stokes the dying embers of uncertainty regarding the 1959 death of George Reeves, TV's Superman, it nevertheless seems that the result should be more provocative and scandalous.

Idiocracy

Mike Judge's underrated comedy Idiocracy is the story of a man who awakes 500 years in the future to find a society so dumbed-down that he instantly becomes the smartest person alive.

The Wicker Man

Notorious director Neil LaBute's well-intentioned but inadvertently silly film starring Nicolas Cage replaces the vague, sinister paganism of the original with a creepy infusion of earth-mother estrogen gone haywire.
arts & culture

Plays Well With Others

Why Michelle Schumann is meant to be running the Austin Chamber Music Center

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Black and White and Read All Over': They got the shots

'The Austin Chronicle' pays tribute to the often-unsung shutterbugs who have added so much to our pages with the exhibit 'Black and White and Read All Over: 'Austin Chronicle' Photographers Celebrate 25 Years'

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Russell Collection: A second home Downtown

The West End space, vacated by F8 Fine Art Gallery, is now a new home for the Russell Collection, showing contemporary artwork alongside its paintings by the masters of yore

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Benefits Round-up: See Art, see Art run, see Art run and dance

Support your local nonprofits by buying prisoner art for the Inside Books Project, running a 5K for the Paramount and State theatres, and listening to Latino artists for the Austin Latino Theater Alliance

Culture Flash!

Austin museums want you, and Richard Buckley conducts in the Windy City

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Bell(e)

Bell(e), ethos' installation focusing on literary suicides, chucks the adolescent illusion that killing oneself is a meaningful act of passion

'Oliver Boberg / 1997-2005'

The Oliver Boberg retrospective at Lora Reynolds Gallery is a must-see, but telling you why might spoil the surprise

'Gladys Poorte and Naomi Schlinke'

D. Berman's joint exhibition of work by Naomi Schlinke and Gladys Poorte is an illumination of the "creatorly" power of the artist in process art
columns

Page Two: For the Fun of It

Reminiscing on 25 years of 'The Austin Chronicle' and looking forward to what's next

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen dishes on celebrities local (Capitol Kia's wide-mouthed Bill Dickason) and visiting (Quentin and Fiona), and more.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

What are the most effective treatments for curing and hiding the effects of vitiligo?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Roommates and new owners – what's the law?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

Carlos Cortés continues the family tradition of making beautiful art out of concrete structures that appear to be made of wood

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The bikes for weapons program takes off in Congo

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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Our latest batch

Luv Doc Recommends: The Austin Chronicle's 25th Anniversary Photo Exhibit Receptions

Austin Museum of Art – Downtown, Friday, September 8, 2006

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Why the Texas Longhorns Must Lose This Weekend

Fathers, children, and when glorious runs come to their ends

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Soccer Watch

Lady Longhorns win two, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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