Oct. 6, 2006

Volume 26, Number 5

ON THE COVER:
news

Crestview at the Crossroads

Near north neighborhood faces redevelopment transformation

BY LEE NICHOLS

Who's Paying for LCRA Growth?

The LCRA’s wholesale customers are asking tough questions about the agency’s expensive expansion

BY AMY SMITH

Planned Parenthood Slashed Again

While patients lose health care, the state dumps money on unprepared clinics

BY JORDAN SMITH

WTP 4: Meryl Streep Plays Travis County?

The county tells the city to take its Cortaña plan and get bent

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Election 2006

The latest reports from the campaign trail

Housing Authority Won't Use Affordable-Housing Bond Money

HACA chooses to keep independent of city's $55 million in affordable housing bonds on November ballot

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Media Watch

KXAN staffers fear the baseball bat to the head

BY KEVIN BRASS

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: Why Vote?

Here are 10 good reasons to mark your calendar for Nov. 7

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

The city and county play chicken over Bull Creek and Cortaña

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Messing With Meat; and From Wealth to Jail to Divorce

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Little Shops of Wines

How a couple of ounces are redefining the experience

BY WES MARSHALL

Taking a Look at Texas Wine Month

Throughout October, and thanks to Susan Combs

BY WES MARSHALL

Event Menu

A bounty of places to be

Food-o-File

You're not leaving the site till you eat all of your news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Medicine Man

Up a Tree With Greg Ashley

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

The Devil in Us All

Butch Hancock, like Leo Tolstoy and Bob Dylan, takes on this political world

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Dream Story

Boy with a horn returns from the Big Apple

BY JAY TRACHTENBERG

Elias Haslanger Reviewed

Elias Haslanger

Dream Story

TCB

Finally, nobody died this week, heralding several new beginnings: Trail of Dead hopes its career is reborn on 'So Divided,' ex-Domino Bobby Whitlock relocates to Austin, Stretford comes back on the scene, and even the boy-band craze is revived

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Butch Hancock Reviewed

Elias Haslanger

Dream Story

Butch Hancock

War and Peace

Mastodon

Blood Mountain

American Heritage

Millenarian

DJ Screw

DJ Screw: The Untold Story

various artists

Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys

M. Ward

Post-War

Tanya Donnelly

This Hungry Life

Bobby Bare Jr.

The Longest Meow

the Knife

Silent Shout

Burt Bacharach

Live shot
screens

Showcase Showdown

The Austin Museum of Digital Art's programming challenges our notions of creativity

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Belles on Her Toes

Trying to shake Gene Tierney

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

God Bless This Mess

The AFS Texas Documentary Tour: Doug Block's '51 Birch Street'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Viva Pedro!

Eight re-releases in two weeks lead up to 'Volver'

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

SXSW Presents

'Last Days of the San José'

Film News

Triskaidekaphobia be damned, at least for some; others on the scene are quite unlucky, actually.

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Good timing

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

On the Edge: The Femicide in Ciudad Juárez

Operating with limited resources, Steev Hise interviews mothers, activists, scholars, and writers to paint the portrait of a city in a state of severe crisis

Film Reviews

Al Franken: God Spoke

The film follows around comedian and politico Franken without managing to either inflame or inspire the viewer or add much new information to Franken's already well-documented history.

The Departed

Watching this new film by Scorsese is tantamount to falling in love with the director all over again.

49 Up

This British series is one of the great achievements of the cinema, one that reveals how an observant camera plus the passage of time can capture reality.

The Guardian

Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher co-star in this action drama about the Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers, which is a surprisingly engaging character-driven picture.

Jesus Camp

This film is not a freak show or exposé but rather a call to arms to pick sides in the deepening cultural, political, and spiritual schism between the two Americas of the 21st century.
arts & culture

A Lot of Cojones and a Little Faith

The art of Micael Priest

BY MARGARET MOSER

Women on Fire: Six of one, Ivey's dozen of the other

Tony Award winner and Lone Star native Judith Ivey discusses the challenges of portraying a dozen characters in the one-woman monologue show 'Women on Fire'

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Free Night of Theater 2006: Encore run, still no charge

After a smash debut in 2005, the Free Night of Theater goes nationwide, with 300 performances across the country – including 21 in Austin – being offered at no charge

BY BARRY PINEO

Arts Reviews

Parade

'Parade' is an ambitious musical for a university theatre department, but the entire company presenting it at St. Edward's is impressively in tune with Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown's retelling of the Leo Frank case

Bitten! A Zombie Rock Odyssey

As a play, 'Bitten! A Zombie Rock Odyssey' is impressively bad, but it's got one hell of a soundtrack

'Lu Ann Barrow's Soul-Journers: Friends, Family, and the Fabric of Daily Life'

In Lu Ann Barrow's brilliantly colored canvases, every pebble, blade of grass, dress, and wallpaper pattern is rendered in bold colors that excite rather than drown one another out
columns

Page Two: Seasons Change, and So Do We

Our sports blog commences, 'SXSW Presents' continues, and Priest unmasks the past

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar searches for the greenroom at the county tax assessor's office

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

What is the best alternative to an elimination and challenge diet in determining dietary factors with migraines?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Changing My Name – Do I Need a Lawyer?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

The Waco Mammoth Site tells an amazing story of the prehistoric elephant's natural parenting instincts

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Dancing from Canada to Austin, and where not to tether a pregnant pig

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

A tough weekend for the Longhorns, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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