Archives - Aug. 17, 2007 Issue - The Austin Chronicle

Aug. 17, 2007

Volume 26, Number 50

ON THE COVER:
news

Porn Busters!

Investigators run roughshod over rights in hunt for cybersex offenders

BY JORDAN SMITH

The $360 Million Question: Where to Put WTP4?

City Council is re-re-rethinking WTP4

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Acting on Directors

The spring retirement announced by City Manager Toby Futrell raises the question of how the city will fill key openings

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Animal Shelter Drops the Ball on Missing Dog

Was Reba the dog euthanized or stolen?

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Developing Stories

Two city boards and commissions take opposing stands on corridor preservation

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Reefer Madness

Feds remain illogically steadfast in opposition to medicinal marijuana

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: No Bill

Grand jury clears APD's Olsen, but questions remain

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Preternaturally talented rogue city manager tries escaping 'The Company' before it does her in

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Foreign spying on Americans; and where are they now?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Will Travel for Food

Oregon Brewers Festival

BY LEE NICHOLS

Preparing for the Hatch Chile Invasion

Batten down, y'all ...

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Amelia Sweethardt conquers Vermont, plus a Texas Book Festival update

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Aug. 18-23

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Shanghai Restaurant

If the name sounds familiar, it's because the Yim family helped introduce Austin to dim sum at the original location way back when

Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe

When I heard that the founders of Esther's Follies were opening a restaurant/music venue, two questions immediately came to mind
music

The Gospel of Progress

Micah P. Hinson lands in Austin – hopefully not on his back

BY DOUG FREEMAN

The Elephant in the Living Room

Spencer Gibb tiptoes atop 54 Seconds

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Peeping inside a Broken Clock; Stag Records rolls out the red carpet; the Jazzus Lizard meet their maker, and more

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Rufus Wainwright, Neko Case

Live Shot

Imperial Teen

The Hair the TV the Baby & the Band

Charles Mingus

Tijuana Moods, Cornell 1964, Music Written for Monterey 1965 Not Heard... Played in its Entirety at UCLA
screens

Rain, Broken Glass, and a Dead Body in the Dumpster

Fourteen hours of Elizabeth Reeder's A Very Bad Day

BY MARRIT INGMAN

Arcade Fire

Competitor Steve Wiebe on The King of Kong

BY CARSON BARKER

TV Eye

The Women's Realm

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Arctic Tale

The filmmakers crafted their nature footage into a kid-friendly "narrative" about the itty-bitty walrus and the little polar bear that could.

Death at a Funeral

Pure farce served straight up and directed by the man who moonlights as the voice of Yoda and Miss Piggy.

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

This is a winning, sweet, and occasionally disturbing documentary about otherwise sensible adults who vie for the title of World's Best Donkey Kong Player.

Lights in the Dusk

How does one say “cherchez la femme” in Finnish?

Marigold

An American actress is stranded in India in this Bollywood/Hollywood co-production.

Skinwalkers

Another subpar, bite 'n' slash, PG-13 bloodless-bath.

Superbad

Cera and Hill are comic gold in this comedy, which is from the Judd Apatow stable and which has credits populated with refugees from Arrested Development.

The Ten

Quirky comedy sketches illustrate each of the Ten Commandments.
arts & culture

Art of the State

Retiring director Rick Hernandez reflects on three decades with the Texas Commission on the Arts

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Krishnam Vande Jagatgurum': Saluting the Guru to the World

Silambam Dance Company of North America treats Austin to an Indian classical ballet dramatizing the life of Krishna

BY BARRY PINEO

Gobotrick Theatre Company: Keeping the Soul Happy

Naomi Wallace's drama One Flea Spare is the latest venture from Gobotrick Theatre Company

BY BARRY PINEO

Parallelogramophonograph: Supercalifragilisticexpiali motherfuckingdocious

When Parallelogramophonograph does improv, it's like watching hyperintelligent, human-shaped, joyously goofy otters at play

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Reviews

Rainbow Family of the Serendipitous Now, or the Orpheus Project

Rainbow Family of the Serendipitous Now refracts the Orpheus myth through the lens of the Manson family in a seamless, complex, color-coded vehicle

The King and I

Allison Orr's choreographic tribute to Elvis Presley, The King and I, is perceptive, inventive, and surprisingly engaging

Interchange

'Interchange,' this year's three-part summer MFA show at Creative Research Lab, marks a positive departure from last year's
columns

Page Two: Along the Bias

Lack of media objectivity cuts all ways

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters @ 3AM

Ingmar Bergman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini: The great achievement of these film directors was to create living souls to look at, that we might know ourselves

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen trips down memory lane. Whoops!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Rancho de las Cabras left a legacy of agriculture terms and techniques that survive today

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants

The real-world Lasso of Truth, Kerouac's childhood fantasy, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Investment property & 1031 exchanges

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The European season gets started, Beckham makes his MLS debut, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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