Oct. 27, 2006

Volume 26, Number 8

ON THE COVER:
features

All Over the Map

The many moods of International Drag KingCommunity Extravaganza 8

BY CINDY WIDNER

news

ELECTION

Invisi-Bell Halloween Mask Instructions

How to magically appear on Nov. 7

BY AMY SMITH

The Rise of the Invisible Man

Can longshot Democrat Chris Bell ring up a miracle?

BY AMY SMITH

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements

Our picks for the Nov. 7 election

ELECTION

Election News

The latest dispatches from the campaign trail

Four of Six: 3rd Court of Appeals

This year, four of the court's six seats are contested

BY JORDAN SMITH

Developing Stories

Big Box, Back Off!; Las Manitas Swirls On; and Bucking the City

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

A Letter to Mexico

Oaxacan unrest visits local consulate

BY CHERYL SMITH

Primal Troubles

Hill Country primate sanctuary seized

BY CINDY WIDNER

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Point Austin: Let 'Em Eat Op-Eds!

From Managua to Guang Zhou, it ain't easy being Wal-Mart

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Books at Green, Drunks on Sixth

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Reefer Madness

'Hemp for Farming' and Acronym Antics

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

It’s 2006, George, Not 1706; and War Profiteers

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Texas (Cook)Book Festival

Foodies, follow us to paradise, aka the TBF Cooking Tent ...

Jay McInerney's 'Hedonist in the Cellar'

A novelist's take on wine

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Getting a read on Halloween

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Texas Wine Month wraps; chili cook-offs are just heating up
music

The Sound and the Fury

Nic Armstrong's IV Thieves, stealing thunder in Austin.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

TCB

Halloween tricks and treats from the Rolling Stones, Pet Shop Boys, White Ghost Shivers, and Palm School Choir, while yet another Austin outdoor festival is born

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

FACELESS WEREWOLVES

IV Thieves Reviewed

IV Thieves

If We Can't Escape My Pretty

Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller

Baboon

Baboon

Ornette Coleman

Sound Grammer

Faceless Werewolves

Medium Freaky

Peter & the Wolf

Lightness

Dana Falconberry

Paper Sailboat

Michael Hall

The Song He Was Listening to When He Died

Bob Schneider

The Californian

Dirty Wormz, Ryno, VIP, Public Offenders

The Parazite, The Call Me No, Welcome to tha Ground Under, Day of Truth

Kinky Friedman

Last of the Jewish Cowboys:The Best of Kinky Friedman, Why the Hell Not... The Song of Kinky Friedman

Big Chris Gates & Gatesville

Ain't It Grand...

Lower Class Brats

The New Seditionaries

Pompeii

Assembly

Sparta

Threes
screens

The Game Is All

We catch up with some major players in Austin's gaming universe

BY N. EVAN VAN ZELFDEN

Austin Film Festival Competition winners

Competition winners

'SXSW Presents'

'24 Hours on Craigslist'

'Mutual Appreciation'

Writer/director Andrew Bujalski is back in Austin for his critically acclaimed film's theatrical opening here

In Space

Super!Alright!

BY TODDY BURTON

TV Eye

Say hello to my big (and black) friend

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Hail Mary

Released in 1985 to a chorus of religious condemnation and social opprobrium, it's Jean-Luc Godard's most divisive film, which is saying something

Film Reviews

Catch a Fire

Phillip Noyce explores the havoc and repercussions caused by white interlopers toward indigenous peoples in this straightforward account of real-life black South African activist Patrick Chamusso and the white Boer police agent, who hunts him.

Conversations With God

Life-affirming lessons about a generous, forgiving God and the redemptive possibilities of love and charity dominate this movie based on Neale Donald Walsch's bestseller.

Death of a President

More sleight of hand than persuasive drama, this what-if story about the aftermath of a presidential assassination is technically seamless but dramatically hollow.

Flicka

Girls and their horses. They're grist for this new update of Mary O'Hara's beloved novel My Friend Flicka.

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

Montiel's debut feature about growing up in Astoria, Queens, in the mid-Eighties is full of the filmmaker's instinctive brio and inchoate ideas and the elaborations of a brilliant ensemble cast.

loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies

This film captures a fair amount of this band's electric charge and documents its 2004 reunion tour.

Mutual Appreciation

Writer/director/actor Bujalski has been branded the “emo Cassavetes”: His movies have an astoundingly lifelike rhythm full of small moments that only add up to something bigger later on.

The Prestige

Two rival magicians are locked in a lifelong quest for supremacy, which leads them down a slippery slope of hairpin twists and triple-turns in this Christopher Nolan movie.

The Queen

This Helen Mirren starrer provides a glimpse of the British monarchy at a contemporary crossroads between supreme dominance and utter irrelevancy.

Renaissance

Not reviewed at press time. Science fiction, film noir, and revolutionary animation combine in this futuristic story set in Paris 2054.

Running With Scissors

This film depiction of Augusten Burroughs' hellish childhood is tonally fractured and features a series of performances that pitch and yaw between "normal" and utterly mad.

Tideland

Terry Gilliam misfires completely in this dreary, unfocused, and exhausting psychodrama.

Unidentified

Satan causes Earthbound heathens to believe that the sudden depopulation of the planet is due to an extraterrestrial invasion rather than the Rapture. Holy UFOs!
arts & culture

'The Fall of the House of Usher': When Debussy was a Poe boy

With UT's hosting of the Debussy International Congress comes a Halloween treat: an operatic adaptation based on Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher'

BY BARRY PINEO

ColdTowne Theater: Comedy moves uptown

You can count all the comedy venues in Austin on the fingers of one hand, so the opening of a new one, ColdTowne Theater, qualifies as a real occasion

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Ventriloquist Night: Public speaking for dummies

With a new wave of interest in ventriloquism, what better time for full-time Austin puppeteer Bob Abdou to launch a course in Ventriloquism 101?

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The End of Words: An Evening With Eugène Ionesco

Coda Theater Project's staging of three one-acts by Eugène Ionesco suffers from its attempts to inject emotion and motivation into absurdist texts, but the plays themselves are still eminently entertaining

'Joey Fauerso: Wide Open Wide'

Joey Fauerso's 'Wide Open Wide' is a stellar animation that sets hundreds of her paintings in motion, but the display of those paintings at Women & Their Work makes for a less than compelling installation

Thrush: A Play With Songs

Caridad Svich's 'Thrush' takes place in a war-ravaged world, but the writer's ill-conceived structure and Salvage Vanguard Theater's slow and sentimental production makes that world surprisingly dull
columns

Page Two: Bond on Bond

All seven propositions on the current ballot represent a triumph of thought, vision, and planning

BY LOUIS BLACK

Postmarks

Our readers talk back.

Letters @ 3AM

Republican stewardship of our government has miserably failed. Polls show that Americans finally realize this, but we don't know if that will translate into votes.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

The fall social calendar is in full swing, and your swinging Style Avatar is all over it

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

Did you know that wild foods have more nutrients than domesticated plants or animals?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

How do I file a grievance against an attorney?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

Wanna see some ghosts? Galveston is the town for you.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

In 1970, breaking up was easy to do

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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