Sept. 29, 2006

Volume 26, Number 4

ON THE COVER:
news

Building Utopia

After years of pipe dreams, politics, and planning, the new Mueller Neighborhood is rising at last

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Mas Noticias Las Manitas: Council Members Take Stand

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Media Watch

'Dallas Morning News' editorial staff members leap for buyouts; and 'Austin Student' publisher says 'vendetta' by former UT boss partially drove her to sell her weekly paper

BY KEVIN BRASS

Celebrating Barrientos

Gonzalo Barrientos is stepping down at the end of his current legislative term in January, after 21 years in the Senate and 10 years in the House.

BY MICHAEL KING

Election 2006

The latest from the campaign trail

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Tough Tacos

As tempers rise, the Las Manitas debate symbolizes the future of Austin

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Council returns after a three-week hiatus to a lengthy and twisty agenda

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Poppies Up, Bush Down; and Biotech Mutation of Creeping Bentgrass

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

We Deem Keem Supreme

Custom candy at Farm to Market and beyond

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

New and Noteworthy

Casina Rossa Truffle & Salt

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

In spite of the sad circumstances, Bill Clinton at El Chile made Carlos Rivero's week

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Sept. 29-Oct. 5

Food Reviews

Mangieri's Pizza Cafe

His grandfather was serving up pizza in 1920s New Jersey; now, Anthony Mangieri's doing so in Southwest Austin

Ms B's Authentic Creole Restaurant

Whatever you do, order the sweet potato fries
music

Song for My Father

An epic and personal reminiscence of Don Walser and what he meant to Austin

BY MARK RUBIN

TCB

Bidding farewell to dandy Don Walser, remembering Jerry Lightfoot, helping Chris Tominaga, and shopping for HAAM

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

CAVEDWELLER

Texas Platters

Global, Strange Fruit Project, Clemits, J Kapone

Nigerian, The Healing, Last Laugh Rising Sun, Hood Tale 2

The Mars Volta

Amputechture

Dynah

Wake

Cavedweller

The Best Version of 'Gloria' Ever There Was

Johnny Edson

More Than Friends

Idgy Vaughn

Origin Story

Debo Adejobi

African Folk Tales & Music, Volume 1
screens

Out, In, and Onscreen

The 19th Austin Gay & Lesbian International FIlm Festival

Getting Through Something Hard

Kat Candler's 'jumping off bridges' screens in conjunction with the Travis County Suicide Prevention Coalition

BY C. AMBER PEARCE

'SXSW Presents' Launches Season Three on KLRU

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 9pm

BY MARC SAVLOV

In Play: Saints Row

BY JEREMY MARTIN

In Play: 'NHL 2K7' 2K Sports

BY MARK FAGAN

TV Eye

The 'Friday Night Lights' depth chart

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Dick Cavett Show: Hollywood Greats

These vintage interviews could not take place today; the guests had no movies to plug and 90 minutes in which not to plug them

Film Reviews

Edmond

William H. Macy stars in this film penned by David Mamet about one man's long night's journey of the soul.

Flyboys

This story of the Lafayette Escadrille squadron, who become the first U.S. fighter pilots, is surprisingly inert.

Jet Li's Fearless

Jet Li's final martial-arts epic is fittingly peripatetic, finding the Hong Kong superstar ricocheting across the screen from action set-piece to emotional overload and back again.

Open Season

The animated Open Season is long on manic energy and bathroom humor but short on real storytelling, emotion, and characters.

School for Scoundrels

Although it stars Billy Bob Thornton and Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder and is jam-packed with multitalented comedians and stars, School for Scoundrels is just not funny.

The U.S. vs. John Lennon

Documentary about Lennon's political activism and time spent in New York basks in the legend's presence but offers little new on the subject.
arts & culture

Out of Commission

The curious saga of 20 portraits of British literary greats that UT paid Feliks Topolski to paint, then didn't show for decades

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Payne Pleasures 2006: The nominees

Your play didn't have to tackle a political theme to earn a nomination for ACoT's 2005-2006 B. Iden Payne Awards, but the top nominees reveal that it sure didn't hurt

BY ROBERT FAIRES

365 National Festival: A Suzan-Lori play a day ...

Starting Nov. 13, Austin will join nine other cities across the country in a national festival that will produce 365 plays by Suzan-Lori Parks in 365 days

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Archives: UT makes play for Shepard, snaps up Newman, wins Woody

That treasure trove of cultural archives at UT has recently been expanded to include photographic portrait maker, playwright and actor Sam Shepard, and filmmaker Woody Allen

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Bars, Bedrooms, Bukowski

Watching 'Bars, Bedrooms, Bukowski,' a theatrical version of four Charles Bukowski stories, it's obvious that adaptor/director James Cotton loves his subject matter

Psycho Beach Party

The humor in Psycho Beach Party might seem as mindless as the targets, but with Naughty Austin's production the fun of guys in wigs, dancing hunks, and screaming chicks yanks you in

'Rembrandt's Etchings'

With the exhibition 'Rembrandt's Etchings,' the Blanton Museum of Art has created a rare and intimate opportunity for you to see, study, and absorb the impact of Rembrandt's mastery for yourself
columns

Page Two: Return of the Independents

'SXSW Presents,' season three

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters at 3AM

According to a 'USA Today' survey, 30% of all American youth hope to have careers in the arts. Who's been lying to these children?

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

What is keeping Stephen inside six nights a week, glued to the boob tube? And why would anyone want to go waaaaaaaay down south? Answers within.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The San Jacinto Monument has reopened its observation deck to the public, offering a beautiful view of the Houston skyline and the battlefield where Texas won its independence

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

Lead exposure is an ancient problem and lead poisoning remains unnecessarily common among children

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Changing My Name – Do I Need a Lawyer?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The president pushes the button ... the Fresca button

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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sports

Soccer Watch

Two big home games for the Lady Longhorns, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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