Feb. 9, 2007

Volume 26, Number 23

ON THE COVER:
news

Going Vertical

The new VMU zoning could transform your neighborhood – and you have 90 days to help decide how

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

'Texas Tough' Sex Crime Wave Hits the Dome

Sex-predator hysteria threatens a legal backlash

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Coal War Update

Charles "Doc" Anderson launches legislative attack against proposed coal-fired power plants, efficiency practices report, and more

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Media Watch

With circulation sliding, Austin American-Statesman turns to heavens for help

BY KEVIN BRASS

Reefer Madness

North Dakota ag commissioner still waiting to hear from feds on whether they'll waive individual federal registration for qualified farmers who gain state approval to farm hemp; and hemp revolution seeds germinating in South Carolina

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

On the Lege

The Cervical Wars Part I: Perry, HPV, and the Politics of Cancer

BY AMY SMITH

Point Austin: What Molly Wrote

Ivins and her kind

BY DAVE DENISON

Beside the Point

Seaholm unveiled: Is the game worth the phalli?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Support the Severely Wounded; and Bush's Health-Care Tax

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

A Foodie's Valentine's Day Guide

... Not involving edible underwear

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

Bocaditos

Mangia amore

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

Wine of the Week

Love potions

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Has Top Chef hit bottom? Plus, Reed Clemons sells Capitol Brasserie.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Feb. 9-15

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Bess Bistro on Pecan

After one visit, you won't be returning for a chance glance at Ms. Bullock
music

This Town

The Go-Go's Kathy Valentine takes the Zilker Park train back to her Austin upbringing

BY MARGARET MOSER

TCB

SXSW inches closer, the Scoot Inn rises again, Arclight Records booms, and Cindi Lazzari and Chris Foley depart much too soon

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

Joe Ely

Happy Songs From Rattlesnake Gulch

Jean Synodinos, Michelle Anthony, Autumn, Ali, Karrie Hopper

Breathe, *Frozenstarpalace, Sugarcane, Grace of Doves, An Unusual Move

The Chumps

Invent Rock 'N' Roll ('95-00)

ST 37

And Then What

the Unbearables

Just One Bite:Selections from "Bitten!: A Zombie Rock Odyssey"

the Argives

Nothing Better Beginning

Bill Baird

Silence!, Sunset

Sean Mencher

Sean Mencher

Blue Cartoon

September Songs

Onion Creek Crawdaddies

Irons in the Fire

Ruthie Foster

The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster
screens

On the Road Again

Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky's Half-Cocked Celebrates a Milestone

BY DARCIE STEVENS

Austin Film Society Documentary Tour

Jennifer Baichwal's Manufactured Landscapes

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

'SXSW Presents'

"Pedal"

TV Eye

Am I Having a Laugh?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

The Dead Girl

The filmmaker and an all-star cast create this somber murder mystery that has little mystery but is filled with a deep foreboding about the anguish that dominates some women's lives.

Hannibal Rising

Who would have thought mass murder and cannibalism could be so dull?

The Last Sin Eater

Jesus Christ, the original sin eater, has his hands full with a bunch of superstitious Appalachian immigrants from Wales in the 1850s.

The Messengers

This spook story is a surprisingly mediocre Hollywood debut for Hong Kong’s Pang brothers.

Norbit

The three personas Eddie Murphy adopts in this film literally fill the screen, but the script doesn't serve his multidimensional talents.
arts & culture

Throws Like a Girl: Catching Gretchen Phillips

Season four of Throws Like a Girl – the Rude Mechanicals' annual series celebrating women performers – rocks, literally, and Gretchen Phillips explains why

BY PATTI HADAD

State Theatre: The show will go on, just not very soon

The Austin Theatre Alliance is committed to restoring the flood-damaged State Theatre but expects it to take another 18 months, at least

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Mi Casa Es Su Teatro: Home is where the art is

Time again to get your theatre outside the theatre and inside someone's home, via FronteraFest's one-day, site-specific fiesta, Mi Casa Es Su Teatro

BY ROBERT FAIRES

365 Days/365 Plays: Week 13

The yearlong festival of plays by Suzan-Lori Parks continues with seven plays performed by members of M.E.M.E.

Arts Reviews

Present Laughter

You may think you know what a Noël Coward comedy is like, but the Zachary Scott Theatre Center production of Present Laughter is light years ahead of your expectations

FronteraFest Short Fringe: Week 3

No one would ever plan a night of theatre such as the night of theatre that was the FronteraFest Short Fringe Best of Week 3, but it set a high-water mark for entertainment

'Rising Stars 3'

Studio 107's "Rising Stars 3" features uniquely sculptural prints by Adreon Henry, appealing photos of rust by Fernando Lafuente, and powerfully honest portraits by Alonso Rey
columns

Page Two: When I Write the Book

On luck, anarchy, and the narrative vagaries of life

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Stephen's there as the fur and the rose petals fly ... and reconnects with Ken. No, not the doll, silly, the Neiman Marcus veep.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

"Body Worlds" at the Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas takes the visitor on an incredible journey through the human body

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

O, verily, thou needest not a dictionary

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Small Business and Federal Tax ID – What Is It and How to Get One?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Soccer-related deaths in Italy, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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