March 2, 2007

Volume 26, Number 26

news

Perry's Big $$$ Ideas

The governor reaches for a legacy – is anybody listening?

BY AMY SMITH

Austin's Barbarian Blogger

Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon recounts her two weeks in the presidential crosshairs

BY AMANDA MARCOTTE

WilCo Lawsuit Settlement: Public Information Politics

County commissioners approve settlement of 2005 lawsuit by former sheriff's office lieutenants against Sheriff James Wilson and county, but why did plaintiffs settle for nothing?

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Fighting the War: Wilkerson sentenced, activists press Congress

Soldier faces seven months in prison for refusing Iraq service

BY JUSTIN WARD

Nichols Execution: Another Texas death row travesty

Prosecutorial misconduct includes hiding crucial witness

BY JORDAN SMITH

Capitol Briefs

Naked City

Lege Notes: Taser talk and more

Stories from under the pink granite dome

Point Austin: Obama Mania

For the heady moment, everything he do b-be funky

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

City Council wants to grant workers collective bargaining rights, needs Lege approval

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Developing Stories

Tweaking Northcross

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Media Watch

Not-so-hidden agendas orbit around satellite merger approval

BY KEVIN BRASS

The Hightower Report

Rein in Big Tobacco; and Bush Seizes More Power

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Smoke Trail

Taking the central-city barbecue tour

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Revisiting Josephine Viscardi; plus, Cissi's Market on South Congress

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

March 1-8

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

The Burger House

Jack Koustoubardis' Dallas landmark opens a new location in Austin
music

SXSW Picks 2 Click 2007

SXSW Picks 2 Click raison d'être

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

TCB

Roky Erickson gets his life back (literally), UT's Harry Ransom Center and the White Ghost Shivers remember the 18th Amendment, and Shaft heading for SXSW? Shut yo' mouth.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

Arcade Fire

Neon Bible

Madeleine Peyroux

Live Shot

Duke Ellington

The Complete 1936-1940 Variety, Vocalion, and Okeh Small Group Sessions

Chamillionaire

Mixtape Messiah 2

Lee Hazelwood

Cake or Death

Caetano Veloso

screens

SXSW INTERACTIVE

The Game of Life

An early look at Will Wright's Spore

BY MARC SALTZMAN

ScreenBurn

The gaming arm of SXSW Interactive gets pumped

BY CARSON BARKER

Morgan Romine

Shooting her way into the public eye

BY JOEY SEILER

Connective Issue

Web 2.0, online gaming, but everything's in-between

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Electric Sheep Co. of 'Second Life'

Herding pixels for fun and profit

BY MEMORY HARKER

Kevin Slavin

Off the screen and on the streets

BY CARSON BARKER

Paul Slocum

Modding the game

BY JEREMY MARTIN

The Future of Film on the Web

Part I: The means

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Where the Wild Things Blog

What we're afraid of finding – or who we're afraid is finding us – when we tell stories on the Web

BY MARRIT INGMAN

Getting A Money Shot

John Halycon Styn on the Porn Model

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

And I Approved This Instant Message

What will page views, YouTube clips, and MySpace friends add up to for Web-savvy Democratic hopefuls?

BY ROBERT BRYCE

Brooklyn's Answer to Bristol

Will Leitch, World Wide Web leader in sports

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Community Access

The groundbreaking Austin Past and Present archive projects means free museums, movies, music, and more all over town

BY NORA ANKRUM

Keeping It Together

You mean open source hasn't saved the world yet?

BY JON LEBKOWSKY

Shooting the 'Hard Time Killing Floor Blues'

Craig Brewer on Black Snake Moan

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film News

The latest incentives push shows promise; Swingtown seeks extras

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Fix the Lines on My Screen!

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

May 6th

A fitting epitaph for the always controversial Van Gogh

Film Reviews

The Abandoned

Creepy Eastern European atmospherics encase this horror film, which nevertheless suffers from an anemic script.

Black Snake Moan

Like a steady 12-bar blues progression, Black Snake Moan lays down a groove and works the chords over and over 'til they're all spent.

The Lives of Others

This recent Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film is the story of the small redemption of one man, who happens to be a hated East German Stasi officer.

Nishabd

A 60-year-old man and an 18-year-old girl hook up in this Bollywood Lolita story.

The Number 23

Joel Schumacher and Jim Carrey combine their dubious talents to create an even more dubious movie in which a man becomes obsessed with the number 23.

Reno 911!: Miami

The gang from the Comedy Central show attend a national police convention in Miami Beach during spring break.

Wild Hogs

John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, and William H. Macy star as middle-aged friends who seek life's purpose while on a cross-country motorcycle trip.

Zodiac

The director of Fight Club and Se7en switches gears here from psychological thrillers to something that more closely resembles a police procedural.
arts & culture

Bi-ology

The Texas Biennial's second rising

BY NIKKI MOORE

'Gyre': A swirling vortex of plastic ... and creativity

Ariel Dance Theatre revisits Gyre, its investigation of things we don't want to look at, and pulls into its spinning mass bunches of new artistic collaborators

BY BARRY PINEO

Arthouse Texas & Hunting Art Prizes: Art as big as Texas

The Lone Star State's two biggest honors for visual artists are one step closer to awarding their respective five-figure prizes this year

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Hogg Auditorium: $2 million to jump-start the renovation drive

UT's historic Hogg Auditorium is in line for a makeover, and UT alums David and Ann Honeycutt have made a $2 million gift to support the hall's restoration

BY ROBERT FAIRES

2006 People's Choice Winner: It had to be ewe

Visitors to Austin City Hall voted on the 101 works of art displayed in the 2006 People's Gallery exhibition, and their top choice was Benge Elliott's sculpture, Three Sheep

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Funnyhouse of a Negro

Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro is a bold, daring play, and Austin Community College and ProArts Collective have given it the bold, daring staging it deserves

Afterplay

As written by Brian Friel and performed by Babs George and Don Toner, Afterplay is a waltz of the walking wounded danced with stately grace to a beautifully elegiac tune

El Gran Circo: The Aztlan Circus

In the same way that Aztlan Dance Company has revolutionized Latin dance, they take the circus and run with it in their new production, El Gran Circo: The Aztlan Circus
columns

Page Two: Scratching the Surface

Festival films, the Austin Music Awards, and the truth about South by Southwest

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters @ 3AM

Like everybody else, I’ve come to take the computer’s marvels for granted. I’ve even come to take for granted that, roughly every two years, I’ve got to shell out for a new model.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen's annual Oscar roundup of who DHOH (did her own hair), and look out, Neiman Marcus is coming!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Choke Canyon State Park is a haven for fishermen, birders, and campers alike

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

A Norwegian doomsday vault and Poe's pussy muse.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Family and Medical Leave Act – what rights does the employer have?

BY VANESSA GONZALEZ

Oops!

Our latest batch

Luv Doc Recommends: 79th Zilker Park Kite Festival

Zilker Park, Sunday, March 4, 2007

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Out of Town, to a Conference

A guide to the Big XII NCAA men’s basketball tourney

BY JOHN RAZOOK

Soccer Watch

A new women's U.S. soccer league to begin in 2008, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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