Oct. 20, 2006

Volume 26, Number 7

ON THE COVER:
news

Save as We Pave?

The latest trend in environmentally sensitive planning tiptoes into Travis County

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

ELECTION

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements

Our picks for the Nov. 7 election

Election 2006

November Election roundup

KXAN News Director Quits

Two weeks after proclaiming the KXAN news department was “headed in the right direction,” news director “Wild Bill” Seitzler resigns after 10 months on the job

BY KEVIN BRASS

Developing Stories

A developer offers to extend the Town Lake trail in exchange for a variance to build closer to Town Lake. Is it worth it?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Minimum Wage Murmurs

Hundreds of economists sign on to "manifesto" urging Congress and state policymakers to raise the minimum wage, an act of defiance that is apparently generating some disconcerted murmurs

On House-Arrest Soirees and Fabulous Thighs: Martha Speaks!

An underwhelming Martha Stewart was a keynote speaker at the sold-out, fem-lite Texas Conference for Women last Thursday at the Austin Convention Center

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

ELECTION

Bond Booty: Fantasy and Reality

Striking a balance among the various interests wanting a slice of the city bonds pie

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Naked City

Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond

ELECTION

Point Austin: Endorsed!

Take a long look at the 'Chronicle' opinions – and then leap

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

City Hall's Colossal Cyber Scandal

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Cleaning Up Congressional Corruption; and The Blockhead in Charge of Whistle-blower Protection

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Young and Hungry

ACC offers students two restaurants' worth of opportunity

BY MICK VANN

Bull in a Kitchen Stadium

David vs. Iron Chef

BY WES MARSHALL

In Memoriam

New and Noteworthy

CKC Farms' farm-fresh goat cheese

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-o-File

In memoriam: Ron Bannon; and other news and events from the culinary world

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

October 19-26
music

Streets of Love

Stalking the Stones across Europe

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

TCB

Saying adios to Texas music titan Freddy Fender, and bienvenidos to a little band called the Rolling Stones

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Box Sets

various artisits

A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box

Tori Amos

A Piano:The Collection

Waylon Jennings

Nashville Rebel

Fats Waller

If You Got to Ask, You Ain't Got It

the Byrds

There Is a Season
screens

The Image Formed

Previewing the 12th Austin Film Festival

Double Life

Director Douglas McGrath on the other critically acclaimed Truman Capote biopic, 'Infamous'

BY LIZ WELCH TIRRELL

What Is This Miracle Called Movie Music?

Making movie-music magic 'Infamous'

BY MARK RUBIN

Young Blood

Growing Up as the 'Living Dead'

BY MARC SAVLOV

'SXSW Presents': 'The Dreams of Sparrows'

'The Dreams of Sparrows'

The Big Move

Blogging revolutionary Mena Trott outlines her company's latest advance

BY MARRIT INGMAN

TV Eye

The Panel Channel

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film News

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Screens Reviews

The Seventh Continent and Benny's Video

Michael Haneke's first two films

Film Reviews

Don

Not reviewed at press time. Bollywood film about a widowed father in need of cash who is recruited by the police to masquerade as the leader of an international gang of thieves.

Flags of Our Fathers

The first half of the film continues Clint Eastwood's ongoing deconstruction of America's hero myths but then detours into some uncharacteristically sentimental mulch.

The Grudge 2

Japanese director Shimizu may be the only director in history to have helmed a pair of Hollywood remakes of his two biggest hit films and managed to screw up both of them.

Jaan-E-Mann

Not reviewed at press time. Bollywood film about two men in love with the same woman.

Man of the Year

Instead of being the hippest kid on the block, this comedy plays like a schizophrenic exercise in shrill cinematic politics.

Marie Antoinette

Don’t fear the film’s early reviews from Cannes, which too often slighted it for being fluffy (it isn’t, though its heroine is) or ahistorical (it isn’t, though it is contemporary).

The Marine

WWE wrestling champion John Cena makes his film debut in this action film.

One Night With the King

Despite a title that makes it sound like a tell-all about a one-night-stand with Elvis Presley, this movie is actually about the Jewish heroine, Queen Esther.

You're Gonna Miss Me: A Film About Roky Erickson

Detailed here is the long, tangled saga of Erickson, the visionary lead singer of the 13th Floor Elevators, whose trip to fame detoured though mental institutions.
arts & culture

Beyond the Blockbuster

With "Luca Cambiaso, 1527-1585," the Blanton bucks the trend toward superstar exhibitions and spotlights a lost Renaissance master

BY NIKKI MOORE

Bass Concert Hall: Renovation elaboration

New information from the UT Performing Arts Center about the $14.7 million makeover of Bass Concert Hall and what the PAC will be doing during the 18 months that it's dark

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Long Center: Halfway home, a peek at what's to come

Midway through Palmer Auditorium's transformation into the Long Center for the Performing Arts comes a new image of the center's crown jewel:2,300-seat Dell Hall

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Eeyore's Birthday: A statue where the party started

The Eastwoods Neighborhood Association is raising funds for a sculpture of Eeyore to commemorate the park's part in the launch of that Austin rite of spring, Eeyore's Birthday Party

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Still time left to get some free theatre, laurels for historian Oscar Brockett and director Don Toner, and a new baby for the first couple of Salvage Vanguard Theater

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Rocky Horror Show

The Zachary Scott Theatre Center revival of 'The Rocky Horror Show' provides Austin, and especially fans of all that is Rocky, with an experience worthy of the word classic

Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back

The play 'Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back' seeks to honor the New Orleanians affected by Hurricane Katrina, but the level of intensity in the UT staging often makes it hard to connect to
columns

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

After a Fashion

Stephen weighs in on the Belmont and what Dubya might be reading these days...

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

What is the best kind of air purifier to use in my home to help reduce allergens?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Can I smoke in bars? – The latest on Austin's smoking ban

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

The Atkinson Candy Company of Lufkin still makes its delicious Chick-O-Sticks and Peanut Butter Bars the same way Grandpa did back in 1932

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The origins of the Purple One and Clark Kent's raison d'être

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

'Best of Austin' Oops!

Our latest batch

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Catch the Lady Longhorns while you still have a chance, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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