Sept. 15, 2006

Volume 26, Number 2

ON THE COVER:
news

Big, Bright Eyes of Texas

Celebrating the life of the bigger-than-life Ann Richards

BY AMY SMITH

What's Best for Frankie?

Williamson County wastewater deal yields the familiar odor of Commissioner Limmer

BY JORDAN SMITH

Election 2006

Chris Bell goes on a snipe hunt, and other campaign news

IAF: The Promised Land Visits the Hilton

Preachers quiz the gubernatorial candidates – and ban them from preaching

BY MICHAEL KING

Naked City

Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond

Point Austin: Politics, As Usual

When it comes to governing, one-liners aren't much help

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point: City Budget

Council goes for the rollback rate, gives early Christmas presents

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Bush's Homeland Hokum; and Ralph and Mary's Park

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Restaurants Near Zilker

New and Noteworthy

Flavors from Spiceburst

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

Mangia best served 'Cold'; plus, cake talk

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Take it plate by plate, one plate at a time

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Blue Star Cafeteria

How has instant success affected Eddie Bernal's latest venture?

P. Terry's Burger Stand

Fast food that's actually food
music

What's So Funny About Peace, Love, and Ice Cream?

Matt Allen's free ice cream melts the hearts of rockers everywhere

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Trying Somehow to Catch Up

Take two for What Made Milwaukee Famous' debut, Trying Never to Catch Up

BY MELANIE HAUPT

ACL Music Fest Preview

ACL Aftershows

ACL Music Fest Interviews

ACL Music Fest Reviews

Barton Springs Pool Info

Restaurants Near Zilker

TCB

The ACL Festival turns five, and the weather gods (might) give Austin a break. Trae tears up Red 7, and the obituary roll call grows.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

What Made Milwaukee Famous

What Made Milwaukee Famous

Trying to Never Catch Up

Shawn Colvin

These Four Walls

Sarah Dashew, Jessie Lee Miller, Carrie Lee & the Saddle-ites, Marilyn Rucker

Jealous Girl, Now You're Gonna Be Loved, Brought to You Via Saddle-ites, Somebody Else's Weirdo

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

Stranger Things

Reckless Kelly

Reckless Kelly Was Here

Andrew Duplantis & the Unfaithfuls

Colorblind

The Channel

Tale From the Two Hill Heart/Sibylline Machine

Grupo Fantasma

Comes Alive
screens

When There's Motion, but No Pictures

Guest Artistic Director Ed Halter adjusts Cinematexas' experimental aim

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Cinematexas 11

Schedule: Wednesday, Sept. 20-Sunday, Sept. 24

Left Behind

The Omnibeast – and a sect of video-art zealots at UT – is hungry

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Get Ready for the Abstronics of Mary Ellen Bute

A centennial celebration for the conductor of light

BY MARRIT INGMAN

An Extraordinary Life

Odell Grant

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Kars: The Movie

Ron Mann on 'Tales of the Rat Fink'

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Aaron Sorkin, Mad as Hell

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Olivier's Shakespeare

Now that 'Deadwood' lies murdered in the mud, Shakespeare is the only solace.

Film Reviews

The Covenant

The Covenant is a sleek yet empty picture about four handsome high school seniors who possess supernatural powers and impossibly chiseled stomachs.

Gridiron Gang

The Rock's moral football tale is a pleasant surprise: a swift, sure-footed, and gritty melodrama that plays to the strengths of its formula and elicits empathy for its kids.

The Ground Truth

Far from being just one more documentary wishing to expose alternative truths about the war in Iraq, Foulkrod's film instead airs some of the hard-won truths learned by American soldiers.

Half Nelson

Ryan Gosling's bleakly hopeful turn as crack-addicted teacher Dan in Half Nelson is matched only by the smoldering realism of newcomer Shareeka Epps.

Haven

Lacking purpose or thoughtful complexity, Frank E. Flowers' film, starring Orlando Bloom and Bill Paxton, is an overly ambitious mess.

The House of Sand

The House of Sand is a quintessentially moderate art film: panoramic and symbolic, epic in scope, technically accomplished, and miraculously acted by the mother-daughter team of Fernandas Montenegro and Torres in showy dual roles.

The Last Kiss

You could say Paul Haggis' The Last Kiss is something of a Garden State redux, but Zach Braff's character here is less fanciful, less melodramatic, and far more prone to doing the thoughtless things men tend to do.

Lunacy

Jan Svankmajer's creepy-crawl slowly becomes one of the most mordantly beautiful of the director's films, an asylum-set anti-love story with mobile body parts and splashy theatrics.

The Protector

Thai martial arts star Tony Jaa, who made a strong stateside impression in the recent Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, stars in this follow-up action picture, that plays like an invigorating Free Willy with elephants.

Tales of the Rat Fink

Ron Mann's Tales of the Rat Fink is an ebullient survey of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's life that revs along with the zest a souped-up hot rod.
arts & culture

Talented If Not Young

The artists in Mexic-Arte's 'YLA No. 11' may be beyond youth, but they're still definitely deserving of attention

BY RACHEL KOPER

Hairspray: 'The Beat' goes on

Austin gets its first blast of Hairspray via a new national tour, and director Matt Lenz explains what makes this musical such a crowd-pleaser

BY ROBERT FAIRES

American Fiesta: Doing the dishes one more time

Interest from New York producers is prompting a second encore run for Steven Tomlinson's award-winning one-man show 'American Fiesta'

BY ROBERT FAIRES

First Night Austin: Long day's journey into First Night

Pulling together the second First Night Austin has been a struggle and with New Year's less than four months away, Ann S. Graham has resigned as executive director

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

St. Nicholas

In 'St. Nicholas,' Conor McPherson wrote one hell of a one-man show, and Ken Webster executes it beautifully, making this tale of vampires seem as it might really be real

The Muses: Memories of a House

Certainly theatre has been offered in homes before, but rarely have so many pieces (13) been offered in a single home as in 'The Muses: Memories of a House,' presented by the Vestige Group

'Mary Lee Bendolph, Gee's Bend Quilts and Beyond'

The Austin Museum of Art's exhibition 'Mary Lee Bendolph, Gee's Bend Quilts, and Beyond' prompts one viewer to piece together a story about postmodernism from patches of art and ethnology
columns

Page Two: Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget: Reveling in the communal greatness that is Austin, without getting too specific

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters @ 3AM

The greatest sins of newspapers are sins of omission and emphasis. Historical context is usually ignored, and though facts are reported truly, a lack of context can make the facts lie.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen learned of the Beauty of Life – and what's hot for autumn – at this fashion forward event.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Texas Seaport Museum in Galveston hosts Texas' official tall ship, the 'Elissa'

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

Do creases in the earlobe signify potential heart problems?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Bad Idea to Break My Lease?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

What exactly does that "J" stand for in Michael J. Fox?

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Oops!

Our latest batch

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The Lady Longhorns split a pair on the road, play a pair at home this weekend, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle