Nov. 24, 2006

Volume 26, Number 12

ON THE COVER:
news

The Town Lake Variance Shuffle

The hike-and-bike trail, questionable developer tactics, and a potential windfall for urban parks all flow together on East Riverside Drive

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Supremes Weigh In on 'Partial-Birth' Abortion

Supremes recently heard oral arguments in two cases that ask whether federal law banning so-called partial-birth abortion should be allowed to stand – even though it lacks any exception to protect life of the mother

BY JORDAN SMITH

A Small Light Bulb: Artists, activists, spiritual people convene

Monthly salon where progressives can meet and talk begins this Sunday

BY DIANA WELCH

Naked City

Point Austin: Thinking Outside the Box

Stacy Mitchell examines the megaretail culture and the tools required to dismantle it

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside The Point

Council members vote to give themselves near 30% raise, but not everyone accepts it

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Reefer Madness

Medi-Pot Hysteria Unfounded

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Softening the Words of War; and "Burden" on Corporate Crooks

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Line of Descent

Carol Dawson and Carol Johnston's House of Plenty: The Rise, Fall, and Revival of Luby's Cafeterias

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

New & Noteworthy

Whole Foods pizza

BY KATE THORNBERRY

In Print

The Asian Grill: Great Recipes, Bold Flavors

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

Going from farm to market to mural; plus, a shot at winemaking immortality

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Where to find the Austin Farmers' Market, at least for a while

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

C Sick

Eight years after the Chronicle's initial look in hepatitis C, Austin's music community is both better and worse

BY MARGARET MOSER

TCB

A TCB Thanksgiving with purple turkey, mash-up potatoes, and a juicy lawsuit for dessert

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

THE DICKS

Texas Platters

various artists

KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 14

The Woggles, Hot Rails, Sparkle Motion, Ape-Shits, the Gash

Cover the Waterfront, Hot Rails, Sparkle Motion, Ape-Shits, the Gash

Patrice Pike

Unraveling

Blaze Foley

Cold, Cold World

The Original Bells of Joy

With Friends

Nanci Griffith

Ruby's Torch

the Boxing Lesson, Lalaland

Songs in the Key of C, Mumbojumbo EP

the Dicks

Hungry Butt

Z-Ro

I'm Still Livin'
screens

The Austin Film Society's Sublime Lines

Essential Cinema series: Japanese Animé

BY SOFIA RESNICK

Robert Altman

1925-2006

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

TV Eye

TBS tries to be funny

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Pandora's Box

Louise Brooks. Berlin. The Twenties.

Film Reviews

Bobby

Bobby looks at the lives of some everyday people who are about to get caught up in the avalanche of history when they become witnesses to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

Déjà Vu

If the science fiction in Déjà Vu has more to do with fiction than science, it’s not as though this Denzel Washington picture ever pauses long enough for that realization to fully take hold.

Dhoom 2

New Bollywood sequel pits a supercop against a high tech superthief, who meets his match in a thief of the opposite gender. (Opens Friday.)

For Your Consideration

Although it attempts to skewer Hollywood, this new comedy from Christopher Guest, and his loyal troupe of improv actors doesn’t have even a drop of affection for its characters.

The Fountain

Like some epic figure of yore, writer/director Aronofsky has allowed his hubris to get the better of him: The Fountain is a dry well.

Let's Go to Prison

Bob Odenkirk directs this comedy written by the Reno 911! team, but consider this one disarmed and extremely pointless.

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny

How much you'll love (or loathe) JB and KG's passion for the power chord and all it entails will depend, most likely, on your familiarity with the duo beforehand.

Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner

Documentarian Freida Mock presents her subject as a play in three acts, but the academic and fragmented structure obscures the warmth of this playwright.
arts & culture

Curatorial Reportage

The Blanton Museum's ever-shifting WorkSpace offers up- to-the-minute views of what's happening in contemporary art

BY AMANDA DOUBERLEY

365 Days/365 Plays: Over the river, but in the River of Spirit

The local launch of the 365 Days/365 Plays project saw hundreds of people, including playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, crowd onto the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge for a dramatic spectacular

BY ROBERT FAIRES

E-flux Video Rental Austin: Keep circulating the tapes

E-Flux Video Rental has come to Austin, bringing more than 600 short and feature-length art videos that you can watch at Arthouse or take home to view at no charge

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Darkling Band: Lay on, Macduff ... again

With his latest novel, The Darkling Band, comics writer Jason Henderson returns to the story of Macduff and creates a sort of Western with dark elves

BY JOEY SEILER

Arts Reviews

Frozen

The premiere production of the City Theatre Company is excellent – a simple and powerful staging of Bryony Lavery's Frozen, a difficult drama about a serial killer and forgiveness

Plaid Tidings

Zachary Scott Theatre Center's charming production of Plaid Tidings, the sequel to the hit musical revue Forever Plaid, proves you can never have too much of a good thing

'Celebrated Skin'

The tattoo art on display in "Celebrated Skin" show technical virtuosity and are visually arresting, but the element that shines the most in the exhibition is the respect for tattooing
columns

Page Two: We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident

Free speech: Do we have to spell it out for you? Plus, a farewell to a great American filmmaker.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters @ 3AM

Democrats may vote for laws like the PATRIOT Act that gut the Bill of Rights, but Democrats do not initiate laws that abolish our freedoms – an important distinction.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Are you a ho on the go? Well, you could use the information in this week's column. Ho-bag.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Christmas-light displays are one of the many holiday traditions that all ages seem to enjoy with equal enthusiasm

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

To Your Health

Are there some lesser-known nutrients that would help fight periodontal disease?

BY JAMES HEFFLEY, PH.D.

The Common Law

That Fence is Ugly – Can I Take It Down?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Avoiding la guillotine, and catching up with Van Hawk

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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sports

Soccer Watch

Portland dismisses UT Lady Longhorns from the NCAA tourney, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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