May 18, 2007

Volume 26, Number 37

ON THE COVER:
news

Writing the Climate

Flannery and Kolbert on the accelerating pace of global warming

BY NORA ANKRUM

Racism Alleged at TCEQ

Lawsuit filed by two former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality employees accuses agency of racial discrimination, contends agency denied them promotion because they are black.

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Election Lowdown

Results from a variety of elections

CYCLING

Austin Bike Month Activities

Get your rear in gear

Naked City

CYCLING

Developing Stories: Neighbor Power

Why neighborhood plans work better in Seattle

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

On the Lege: Freshman Watson Thrives in Senate Environment

Lege is preferable to City Hall for former mayor

BY AMY SMITH

Media Watch: The Incredible Disappearing Telecom Committee

Two years after Lege passed sweeping reorganization of competitive landscape for delivering telecommunication services to homes, community groups wonder what happened to committee that was supposed to monitor law's impact

BY KEVIN BRASS

Point Austin: Budget Puzzles

Before your eyes glaze over, a few matters for consideration

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Funky day care the latest gentrification victim

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Who's joining Bush's war?; and Why import so much food?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Top Chef (and Taqueria and Takeout and Place to Take Kids and ...)

The 2007 Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll
music

The New Rage

Voxtrot finally conquers the LP

BY DARCIE STEVENS

TCB

Freescale's Road to Austin is paved with good intentions, Lions get ready to roar on Guitar Hero 3, the Parish thinks locally, and the Texas Music Museum's barely-tapped treasure trove

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Voxtrot Reviewed

Voxtrot

Voxtrot

Wilco

Sky Blue Sky

The Stanley Brothers

The Definitive Collection (1947-1966)

Bright Eyes

Live Shot

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Baby 81

Travis

The Boy With No Name

Miranda Lambert, Elizabeth Cook, Gretchen Wilson, Avril Lavigne

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Balls, One of the Boys, The Best Damn Thing
screens

Boots and Suits, Scheming and Dreaming

The Wilson Brothers on The Wendell Baker Story

BY MARRIT INGMAN

Teaching Themselves

The filmmakers, cast, and crew of Chalk learned valuable lessons with little in the way of a plan or a budget

BY TODDY BURTON

'Flatland: The Movie'

World premiere, Sunday, May 20

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Not Going to Use 'Time Warp' in the Headline ... Oops, Too Late

Austin Rocky Horror group celebrates birthday

BY JOHN H. RAZOOK

Inner-Inner City

Charles Burnett on Killer of Sheep

BY CARSON BARKER

TV Eye

The End of the Cardigan-Clad Wise Man as We Know Him

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Away From Her

Based on a short story by Alice Munro and confidently directed by actress-turned-director Sarah Polley, this drama starring the stunning-as-ever Julie Christie is a penetrating story about love's mysteries.

Chalk

Made by teachers for teachers, this local indie offers no easy answers to its statistic that 50% of teachers quit within their first three years on the job.

Delta Farce

In this multination offender, Larry the Cable Guy and two friends are Army reservists who are shipped off to Iraq but mistakenly wind up in Mexico – and can't tell the difference.

The Ex

Zach Braff and Amanda Peet play husband and wife who deal with a new child and an old flame in this featherweight comedy that never steps outside its comfort zone.

Fay Grim

The lunatic charm of Parker Posey is the best reason to see this wild, borderline-screwball sequel to Hal Hartley's 1998 film, Henry Fool.

Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams

This first feature from Bosnian director/writer Jasmila Zbanic offers up a slice of life after hell in which a widowed mother and daughter still veer perilously between fear and hope.

Journey From the Fall

The fall of the title refers to the fall of Saigon – which is just the beginning for these Vietnamese characters whose stories of re-education camps, exile, and relocation are movingly portrayed in this drama.

Shrek the Third

The big, green cash machine has finally run dry, perhaps not of box-office power but most assuredly of the caustic wit that made the first two films so winning.

The Valet

This flat French farce has a couple of likable characters, one or two decent jokes, and a lot of missed opportunities.

The Wendell Baker Story

The Wilson brothers deliver this shaggy comedy – which was written and directed by Luke and Andrew and co-stars Luke, Owen, and seasoned pros Harry Dean Stanton, Seymour Casssell, and Kris Kristofferson.
arts & culture

Outstanding!

Nominations for the 2006-2007 Austin Critics Table Awards

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Mel Ziegler: The exit interview

As he prepares to leave Austin, internationally recognized artist and former Arts Commission Chairman Mel Ziegler reflects on the city and the arts over the past decade

BY SALVADOR CASTILLO

Fandango!: Double the plucking, as guitar and harpsichord wed

It may seem a strange marriage, a union between guitar and harpsichord, but when harpsichordist Keith Womer and guitarist Susan McDonald play together, all doubts fade away

BY BARRY PINEO

Culture Flash!

Ballet Austin's Dance Education Center gets some financial help to the finish line, and UT's Ransom Center gets an extra helping of Samuel Beckett materials

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

A Thought in Three Parts

In staging Wallace Shawn's famously unproduced and pornographic A Thought in Three Parts, it'd be so easy to stumble or misjudge, but Rubber Repertory has gotten almost everything stunningly right

Winning Dirty

The deep pleasures in the sketch show Winning Dirty come from character comedy and the way that the members of the Frank Mills troupe are old-school comedians

'Jennifer Balkan: Her New Work'

In her new work, Austin artist Jennifer Balkan takes up certain surrealist painters' penchant for self-portraiture and dense symbolism, with intriguing results
columns

Page Two: A Personal Journey, Part 1

Smelling the jasmine with Vince Martin and Fred Neil

BY LOUIS BLACK

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Our latest batch

After a Fashion

A note from Stephen's brother sparks dreams of peace and Buffy Sainte-Marie

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

P.J. Hornberger's Folk Art Gallery looks like a doll house beside U.S. 290 in Carmine

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mike the Headless Chicken Days, and more bloody tidbits

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Real estate and title issues

BY ANDREA LOWRY

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Lightning win exciting home debut, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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