Volume 26, Number 10
ON THE COVER:
Austin's streets still a hazard for two-wheeled transportation
BY DANIEL MOTTOLA
Democrats score a shutout in Travis and Hays
BY KATHERINE GREGOR, MICHAEL KING, LEE NICHOLS, KIMBERLY REEVES, CHERYL SMITH AND JORDAN SMITH
Democrats conquer Congress, and even conservative Texas helps out
BY LEE NICHOLS
Key Texas election returns
BY AMY SMITH AND JORDAN SMITH
Auditor's report raises questions about city's site-selection process for new water treatment plant
BY WELLS DUNBAR
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
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
A day or two for cheering, and then back to work
BY MICHAEL KING
Council members head to conference center/day spa for "team building," "agenda setting," and inner council member exploration
BY WELLS DUNBAR
Exporting Patients; and Change the Course
BY JIM HIGHTOWER
San Antonio New World Wine and Food Festival
BY MICK VANN
And this is my story ...
BY ERIN MOSOW
New arrivals and exciting departures
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
Can fun fill your tummy? Maybe not.
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
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
The Guadalupe location has been a resounding success from the get-go, and now they have added a South Austin location
Thurston Moore brings Ecstatic Peace! above ground
BY AUSTIN POWELL
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
Why I Hate Women
The Crane Wife
Altar, Every Red Heart Shines Toward the Red Sun, In the Absence of Truth, Clearing the Eye, Tia Carrera
Last Man Standing: The Duets
Face the Promise
Knives Don't Have Your Back
Gang of Losers
Sam's Town, Boys and Girls in America
I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
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
An almost-exclusive report from the set of the Duplass Brothers' follow-up to 'The Puffy Chair'
BY BRYAN POYSER
'Witches in Exile'
Through Sunday, Nov. 12
You might think a TV columnist without a TV has little to offer. Think again.
BY BELINDA ACOSTA
"Oh, the thrill of identifying unknown films!"
Based on the first of a series of youth adventure books by Anthony Horowitz, this film introduces the teenage spy to film audiences.
Although made in 1969, this French masterpiece by Jean-Pierre Melville is receiving its first stateside release.
Four disparate stories are woven into an eloquent and electrifying depiction of mankind's increasingly fractured state.
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.
Documentary shows how Miami was once a sleepy seaside hamlet with a permeable border and largely unprotected coastline before the cocaine economy took over.
It's difficult to reconcile this romantic trifle starring Russell Crowe with Ridley Scott, the director who made Blade Runner and The Gladiator.
A stilted, manipulative, and altogether unfun film starring Tim Allen and Martin Short.
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
Steve Moore's latest play makes a pilgrimage to the truth of a misunderstood faith
BY ROBERT FAIRES
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
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
BY RACHEL KOPER
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
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
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
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
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
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
I scream, you scream, but when Stephen scream's for ice cream, it's an entirely different tune...
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
Twister Alley is an art gallery of mobiles, pinwheels, and windmills created by craftsman Don Taylor
BY GERALD E. MCLEOD
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.
Filing a complaint against a doctor (part 2)
BY LUKE ELLIS
Peppermint Patty's broken home, and the sperm vs. hair debate rages on
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
Our latest batch
Letters to the editor, published daily
Lady Longhorns awarded No. 1 seed, and more
BY NICK BARBARO