Nov. 3, 2006

Volume 26, Number 9

ON THE COVER:
news

Secrets Shared

The documentary photos of Donna DeCesare

BY CHERYL SMITH

ELECTION

The 'Chronicle' Endorsements

Our picks for the Nov. 7 election

Election 2006

One last stop on the campaign trail before Election Day

Austin Municipal Bonds: The 'CliffsNotes' version

It's real simple:'yes' seven times

Top 8 Reasons to Vote for a New Main Library

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Developing Stories

A look at the proposed Iconic Preservation ordinance - a brilliant idea, or a nutty one?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Icon or Eyesore?

You make the call!

Police Monitor: What Brown can do

The process is supposedly still open, but Travis Co. prosecutor Cliff Brown looks like a lock for the Police Monitor job

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

ELECTION

Point Austin: One for the Books

All the sound and fury is upballot, but the real work is on the ground

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside The Point

As the bond election nears, council takes up a light agenda

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Reefer Madness

Big time drug policy pusher swoops in on Austin

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Wal-Mart's New Look; and Good Neighbors, Bad Fence

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

International Gustations

In Austin, it's a small world after all, but one with plenty of options

Wine of the Week

Hi.

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

All you can read ...

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Nov. 2-9

Food Reviews

Ana Brasil

A short trip to a new Brazilian boutique is a revelation
music

Hurd Is the Word

Cornell Hurd, Austin's most prolific C&W songwriter? It's no joke.

BY MARGARET MOSER

TCB

Dialtone Records, a chain-saw-carving country singer, Spoon on the silver screen, and still more Rolling Stones aftermath: This column is truly coconuts

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

Willie Nelson

Songbird

Pat Green

Cannonball

Halloween Hoot Night

Halloween Hoot Night

Daniel Johnston

I Killed the Monster: 21 Artists Performing the Songs of Daniel Johnston

Pink Nasty

Mold the Gold

Mario Matteoli

Hard Luck Hittin'

Micah P. Hinson & the Opera Circuit

Micah P. Hinson & the Opera Circuit

Attic Ted

The Attic Ted Land Suite

Texas Zydeco

Roger Wood

Gorch Fock

Thrilller

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

Snacks

Prom Nite

... Thanks for the Words

Adrian & the Sickness

Adrian for President

Burden Brothers

Mercy

the Applicators

My Weapon

The Lord Henry

Zoo Palace

the Service Industry

Ranch Is the New French

Hellapeno

Hellapeno
screens

When the Family Business Is the Oldest Profession in the World

AFS Texas Documentary Tour: Mystelle Brabbée's 'Highway Courtesans'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

'SXSW Presents'

'State vs. Reed'

At the Alamo Downtown: Two Star Symphony does 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari'

At the Alamo Lakecreek the Docuweek Multicity Documentary Tour

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film News

Minor 'Miracle': mystery of major Hollywood family film shooting here pretty much solved

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Is Free Speech F****d?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Big Animal

The Kieslowski-Stuhr collaboration turns a tale about the bond between a man and his beast into an allegory of fiercest humanity

Film Reviews

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

This mockumentary provides some of the most fearless acts of transgressive comedy in years.

Flushed Away

Flushed Away has a wicked, smart, and subtle sense of humor, and unlike so many kids movies these days, its characters are living, breathing parts of a small ecosystem.

Old Joy

Old Joy is an accurately observed slice of that moment between postadolescence and parenthood, when friends cling or scatter, and circumstances force buried feelings to the fore.

Saw III

The director of Saw II is back for more of this vicious-minded series in which the psychopathic Jigsaw toys with his victims' last gasps.

13 (Tzameti)

This first feature by Georgian-born French immigrant, Gela Babluani, marks a memorable debut: It's a taut and stylish thriller despite its brutal psychological duress.

Umrao Jaan

Bollywood film about the emotional journey of a young girl who is kidnapped and sold as a courtesan.
arts & culture

Keeping Pace, Culturally

Proposition 4 calls for an investment in cultural facilities for the city, and, Austin, it's time

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'High School Musical': From the Disney Channel straight to Austin High

Disney's made-for-cable phenomenon High School Musical is jumping from the small screen to the stage, and Austin High is one of seven schools chosen to premiere the official stage adaptation

BY ROBERT FAIRES

2006 B. Iden Payne Awards: Payne, Payne, who got the Payne?

When the Austin Circle of Theaters handed out its B. Iden Payne Awards for 2005-2006, it was 'American Fiesta' that, well, bowled over the rest of the nominees

BY ROBERT FAIRES

First Night Austin: Just eight weeks until New Year's

For folks working on First Night Austin, eight weeks out is crunch time for the mammoth cultural extravaganza, especially since they want the second edition to be even better than the first

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Assumption

'The Assumption' is Refraction Arts Project's very modern and entertaining take on 'Hamlet' – a Shakespearean satire of all things hillbilly and all things Eastern, set to a rock & roll beat

Ring, Rip, Rent

Ring Rip Rent, a new play by Martha Lynn Coon, shows us a future where women who have violated society's sexual mores are confined, classified, and treated

'William Kentridge: Weighing ... and Wanting'

William Kentridge's film 'Weighing ... and Wanting' re-examines the biblical tale of Belshazzar in post-apartheid South Africa
columns

Page Two: The Time of the Toad

The New McCarthyism, or why the way the Dixie Chicks incident passes into history matters

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Stephen goes off on Fudgems and gets a li'l on himself...

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

To Your Health

The lowdown on amyloidosis

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Filing complaint against a doctor

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

Visiting the Mt. Blanco Museum is a must for all dinosaur lovers

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Howdy Doody's double and when to spank a monkey

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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An MLS playoff update, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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