Feb. 16, 2007

Volume 26, Number 24

ON THE COVER:
news

Left Behind

AISD moves to close Webb Middle School – and transfer the "merchandise"

BY MICHAEL MAY

Developing Stories

Citizen passion against city-approved site plan for redeveloping Northcross Mall continues to run hot and deep

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Media Watch

Musical Managerial Chairs at KEYE, Emmis

BY KEVIN BRASS

Naked City

Point Austin: Webb Games

Webb Middle School is a test case for bad public policy vs. community resolve

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

McCracken waxes Wal-Mart for the cameras

BY WELLS DUNBAR

On the Lege

Texas and Sudan: In or Out?

BY AMY SMITH

Reefer Madness

Corporate America, say hello to your new partner, NORML

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

The Workplace Body Snatchers; and Rummy Won't Go Away

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Then and Nau

Of Kash-Karry, Casiraghi's, and Jeffrey's: Clarksville's culinary history

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

'San Antonio Express-News' Wine Competition and Festival

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Blue Bell Centennial Celebration Starts in Austin

The Texas treasure's rolling birthday party

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Feb. 16-22

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Death Valley Nights

BÖC's Spectres reissue brings out the ghosts

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

TCB

Changes in the air at the Parish and Emo's, a new label on the horizon, Li'l Cap'n Travis gets a Friday Night Lights close-up, and a Grammy surprise for an old Texas Playboy

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Lucinda Williams

West

Kristen Hersh

Learning to Sing Like a Star

Bob Seger

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

The Autumn Defense

The Autumn Defense

Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah

Some Loud Thunder

Clinic

Visitations

various artists

Forever Changing:The Golden Age Of Elektra Records, 1963-1973
screens

Actually Living With War

The latest AFS Essential Cinema series focuses on the films of the Middle East and North Africa

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

'SXSW Presents'

Animated Shorts Program

SXSW Interactive 07

Web Awards finalists

Film News

As Perry proposes $20 million for incentives in budget, two major productions open up shop in Austin

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Program Guide

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Recent Releases

Taking a look at recent releases, from Johan van der Keuken to the St. Louis Cardinals

Film Reviews

Academy Award-Nominated Animated Shorts 2006

See this year's five nominees and some additional animated shorts.

Academy Award-Nominated Live Action Shorts 2006

And the Oscar goes to … see the five nominees and judge for yourself.

Breach

The career of Robert Hanssen, the brilliant real-life FBI spy whose exploits as a double agent caused a great many deaths, should be the mole story to end all mole stories, but it is not.

Eklavya: The Royal Guard

A stellar cast stars in this contemporary Bollywood film about the guardian of a dynastic legacy.

Music and Lyrics

Drew Barrymore plays lyricist to Hugh Grant's has-been musician in this Valentine's Day romantic comedy.

Tears of the Black Tiger

This Thai film is part melodrama and part spaghetti western, as if Sirk and Peckinpah fell into a blender and out poured tear-soaked Polaroids, giant exploding squibs and blown-up heads, tearful Asian songbird ballads, and homoerotic outlaw bonding.
arts & culture

Warrior Voices

With a Spanish-language production of The Vagina Monologues, Austin Latinas are making themselves heard

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Personnel Department: New Hires at Conspirare and the Mary Moody Northen Theatre

Personnel changes at local arts organizations continue, with the arrivals of a new executive director at Conspirare and a new business manager at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts on Real: Secrets to building a successful theatre

Naughty Austin Artistic Director Blake Yelavich spills all about the creation of his theatre, Arts on Real, in his cover-story interview in the trade publication DramaBiz

BY ROBERT FAIRES

365 Days/365 Plays: Week 14

The yearlong festival of plays by Suzan-Lori Parks continues with seven plays directed by Kathleen Fletcher

When is a lion an ape?

Disney turned The Lion King into the 800-pound gorilla of Broadway musicals, which means it can sleep anywhere it wants, and the Lion sleeps tonight in Bass Concert Hall

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

A pair of Austin-penned plays are fit for an elevator, a local's little yarn scores a big win, and two receive visual-arts prizes while one helps choose a big winner

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Romeo and Juliet

That Mother of Invention Productions has chosen Romeo and Juliet as its premier offering is admirable, but this new Austin theatre company's reach exceeds its grasp

Flash Dance: 30 Dances in 60 Minutes

Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company's Flash Dance: 30 Dances in 60 Minutes won't give you Jennifer Beals, just clean, clear movement in expressive, compact little nuggets

'Theresa Marchetta: Retreat'

As you look at the drippy, globular shapes on the canvases in "Theresa Marchetta: Retreat," your mind may get lost trying to figure out what's in front of you
columns

Page Two: Second Nature

The ritual chaos and considered lunacy of South by Southwest

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM

U.S. military action against Iran is not likely to be tolerated by Europe, Russia, and China

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar yawns at the Grammys and gets a dry cut

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Babe Zaharias Museum is a tribute to one of the greatest female athletes of all time, Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The greatest tragedy of all ... good thing Jesus is on his way

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

People's law school

BY LUKE ELLIS

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Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The Houston Dynamo explodes in Costa Rica, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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