Nov. 10, 2006

Volume 26, Number 10

ON THE COVER:
news

Riding at Risk

Austin's streets still a hazard for two-wheeled transportation

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

ELECTION 2006

Election 2006: Local Results

Democrats score a shutout in Travis and Hays

BY KATHERINE GREGOR, MICHAEL KING, LEE NICHOLS, KIMBERLY REEVES, CHERYL SMITH AND JORDAN SMITH

ELECTION 2006

Election 2006: Control of Congress

Democrats conquer Congress, and even conservative Texas helps out

BY LEE NICHOLS

ELECTION 2006

Election 2006: Key Texas Races

Key Texas election returns

BY AMY SMITH AND JORDAN SMITH

No Surprises: City snafu over WTP 4 continues

Auditor's report raises questions about city's site-selection process for new water treatment plant

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Patterson Appeal Denied Again

Thirteenth Court of Appeals denies for second time the appeal of Frederick Patterson, one of 29 black residents in Edna rounded up and charged with dealing crack

BY JORDAN SMITH

WilCo Sheriff's Office Lawsuit: 'Stuff rolls downhill'

Williamson Co. and its sheriff, James Wilson, could stand trial on civil charges for violating the First Amendment rights of two former deputies and the Texas Whistleblower Act

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Naked City

Point Austin: What's Next?

A day or two for cheering, and then back to work

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Council members head to conference center/day spa for "team building," "agenda setting," and inner council member exploration

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Exporting Patients; and Change the Course

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Will Travel for Food

San Antonio New World Wine and Food Festival

BY MICK VANN

I Was a Judge in the Kosher Chili Cook-Off

And this is my story ...

BY ERIN MOSOW

Food-o-File

New arrivals and exciting departures

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Can fun fill your tummy? Maybe not.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Hyde Park Bar & Grill

While Hyde Park isn't an excessively distant drive, South Austinites rejoiced at the news that this institution was opening a second location on West Gate

Madam Mam's West Gate

The Guadalupe location has been a resounding success from the get-go, and now they have added a South Austin location
music

Explosions in the Mind

Thurston Moore brings Ecstatic Peace! above ground

BY AUSTIN POWELL

TCB

Thunderpalooza goes down in flames, the Chumps rise from the ashes, and Mondays at Nasty's keep on keepin' on

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Beck

The Information

Pere Ubu

Why I Hate Women

The Decemberists

The Crane Wife

Widespread Panic

Live shot

SunnO))), Boris, Red Sparowes, Isis, Tia Carrera

Altar, Every Red Heart Shines Toward the Red Sun, In the Absence of Truth, Clearing the Eye, Tia Carrera

Jerry Lee Lewis

Last Man Standing: The Duets

Bob Seger

Face the Promise

The Black Keys

Magic Potion

Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton

Knives Don't Have Your Back

The Walkmen

Pussy Cats

The Dears

Gang of Losers

The Who

Endless Wire

The Killers, The Hold Steady

Sam's Town, Boys and Girls in America

Yo La Tengo

I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
screens

Fall Films

Discussed: 'Babel,' with Alejandro González Iñárritu, 'For Your Consideration,' with Catherine O'Hara; 'The Fountain,' with Darren Aronofsy; 'Shut Up and Sing,' with Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck; and 'Sleeping Dogs Lie,' with Bobcat Goldthwait

Son, You Got a Baggie on Your Head

An almost-exclusive report from the set of the Duplass Brothers' follow-up to 'The Puffy Chair'

BY BRYAN POYSER

'SXSW Presents'

'Witches in Exile'

The Austin Asian Film Festival

Through Sunday, Nov. 12

TV Eye

You might think a TV columnist without a TV has little to offer. Think again.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque

"Oh, the thrill of identifying unknown films!"

Film Reviews

Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker

Based on the first of a series of youth adventure books by Anthony Horowitz, this film introduces the teenage spy to film audiences.

Army of Shadows

Although made in 1969, this French masterpiece by Jean-Pierre Melville is receiving its first stateside release.

Babel

Four disparate stories are woven into an eloquent and electrifying depiction of mankind's increasingly fractured state.

Boynton Beach Club

Although this movie about residents of an “active adult” retirement community in Florida has a certain niche-market appeal, it’s really a movie for anyone who enjoys a solid romantic comedy.

Cocaine Cowboys

Documentary shows how Miami was once a sleepy seaside hamlet with a permeable border and largely unprotected coastline before the cocaine economy took over.

A Good Year

It's difficult to reconcile this romantic trifle starring Russell Crowe with Ridley Scott, the director who made Blade Runner and The Gladiator.

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

A stilted, manipulative, and altogether unfun film starring Tim Allen and Martin Short.

Stranger Than Fiction

A good movie but not a great one, Stranger Than Fiction is reminiscent of the films of Charlie Kaufman but lacks that writer’s conceptual rigor and imaginative power.
arts & culture

Understanding Islam

Steve Moore's latest play makes a pilgrimage to the truth of a misunderstood faith

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Yoga Drama

For a year, Austin will be practicing daily public acts of creative expression through the national festival 365 Days/365 Plays

BY C. DENBY SWANSON

Art From the Streets: Taste the rainbow of flavors

What makes the annual "Art From the Streets" exhibition and sale interesting is the way it shows not how different homeless people are from us, but how much we all have in common

BY RACHEL KOPER

'Con Mis Manos': Everyone's familia

Misael Martinez's 'Con Mis Manos' takes place in el Valle, and few Latino plays conjure the same sense of place while sensitively portraying a family coping with cancer

BY PATTI HADAD

Culture Flash!

Hunting PLC wants to give a Texas artist $50K, puppet people want you, a Beegle play is Louisville-bound, 'Cantanker' publishes again, and KDHDC and Yellow Tape partying for your cash

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Night Hank Williams Died

Austin Playhouse's revival of 'The Night Hank Williams Died' boasts a strong script and acting but so carefully skirts anything ugly or messy that it's all surface: bloodless, polished, and clean

Have You Ever Been Assassinated?

Rebecca Beegle's 'Have You Ever Been Assassinated?' plays out like a fever-dream version of 'Yankee Doodle Dandy,' deliriously mashing up vaudeville acts with American history

'Heyd Fontenot and Louie Cordero: East Meats West'

Art Palace's 'East Meats West' shows how Heyd Fontenot and Louie Cordero may have different styles, but they share an enjoyment in contemplating the body that's palpable
columns

Letters @ 3AM

Something in me still wants to be a World War I fighter pilot – which is not only nuts, but helps me understand why we will always make war

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

I scream, you scream, but when Stephen scream's for ice cream, it's an entirely different tune...

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Twister Alley is an art gallery of mobiles, pinwheels, and windmills created by craftsman Don Taylor

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

Hives is usually considered an allergic reaction and treated with antihistamines such as Zyrtec or Claritin, but the allergenic trigger is often unknown

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

Filing a complaint against a doctor (part 2)

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Peppermint Patty's broken home, and the sperm vs. hair debate rages on

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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