Aug. 24, 2007

Volume 26, Number 51

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news

Pearce Gets a New Principal

High test scores at what cost?

BY JUSTIN WARD

Gimme (Animal) Shelter

Swirling city politics, site selection, and – oh yes – animal welfare

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Maxey Shows Moxie in Curious Bid for Tax Assessor

Glen Maxey defends his bid for tax assessor-collector

BY LEE NICHOLS

Think (and Eat) Globally by Dining for Darfur

Local restaurants join in Darfur fundraising effort

BY RITA RADOSTITZ

She Could Do No Wrong – Until Police Hauled Her off to Jail

Interim director of WilCo animal shelter charged with theft

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Naked City

Reefer Madness

If the DEA has its way, hemp-farming will go to seed

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Bad Loan

Las Manitas wins even without city loan

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Council sharpens its pencil before tackling public safety budget

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Republican Presidential Hopes; and Schumer's Wall Street Poverty Program

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The El Paso Connection

Longtime Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival Contest judges Henry and Fred Alvarado and Carlos Contreras

BY MM PACK

HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL

Meet & Heat

The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

BY LOUIS BLACK

Food-o-File

A refresher on how we do things around here

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Aug. 23-30

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Chief's BBQ & Grill

Pals since high school, Jeff Turner and Kelly Gartzke started this South First destination four years ago
music

What's Happening?

Ruta Maya toasts the Summer of Love

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Moronic punk band trashes local pizza place; Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears prep for a tour with Spoon; and Almost There Records turns 3

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Spot Barnett

Live shots

Storm the Tower

Live shots
screens

A New Day

Life in Kat Candler's cinematic world

BY MARC SAVLOV

Dynamics Dysfunctional and Otherwise

Julie Delpy on 2 Days in Paris

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Film News

The Austin Film Festival gets Stoned; plus, a Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund update

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

The Ultimate Mother

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Eye of the Dolphin

This family film is charming enough to inspire young girls to grow up wanting to swim with live dolphins rather than groom My Little Ponies.

Heyy Babyy

Hindi remake of Three Men and a Baby is set in Australia.

The Invasion

This fourth film telling of Invasion of the Body Snatchers appears to be made by pod people themselves.

The Last Legion

Although this story of ancient Rome offers guilty-pleasure fun, the film is not very inspired or well-conceived.

Molière

This ragtag biographical portrait plays something like Meet the Parents vs. Shakespeare in Love: A Farce in Three Acts.

Mr. Bean's Holiday

The comic Mr. Bean provides a so-so late-summer diversion, unlikely to reignite Beanmania – or repeat the previous film’s boffo box office.

The Nanny Diaries

An awful lot of good talent was squandered on this by-the-numbers film version of the bestselling tell-all about the child-rearing habits of the rich.

Resurrecting the Champ

Several morality plays vie for attention in this story about a workmanlike sportswriter who latches on to a tale told by a homeless alcoholic as his ticket out of palookaville.

Right at Your Door

Harrowing doesn't even begin to describe this low-budget exercise in siege paranoia, which builds on our current terrorist-related night sweats.

Rocket Science

On the surface, Rocket Science is yet another quirky high school movie, but its story of a stutterer who's enticed into joining the debate team is special in its own way.

2 Days in Paris

Julie Delpy debuts as a feature-film director with this smart and funny romantic comedy.
arts & culture

Making the Scene

Looking back at the time when Austin was at the center of the Texas art world

BY AMANDA DOUBERLEY

Austin Shakespeare Festival: Changing of the Bard

Guy Roberts has resigned as artistic director of the Austin Shakespeare Festival, and Ann Ciccolella has been named his successor

BY BARRY PINEO

10 Minutes Max: For 600 seconds, anything goes

The weekend forecast calls for an umbrella – Dance Umbrella, that is, and its annual showcase of short performance works

BY BARRY PINEO

In Memoriam: Joe York

Joe York, who for more than 20 years was the city's leading leading man and one of its most gifted theatre directors and designers, has died

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Mr. Marmalade

Capital T Theatre Company brings a brightness to Noah Haidle's Mr. Marmalade that keeps the whole affair surprisingly light

One Flea Spare

Gobotrick Theatre Company's One Flea Spare is a worthwhile production of a play that's smart and crafted with a rare dexterity and elegance
columns

Page Two: Turn to Sinatra

Considering media objectivity and losing yourself in art

BY LOUIS BLACK

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Our latest batch

After a Fashion

This week, Stephen dukes it out with a real queen

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Cycle Ranch in Floresville features one of the top motocross tracks in the Southwest

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants

Montezuma Red by Elizabeth Arden: the lipstick that says sexy and deadly, perfect for your Marine daughter

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Landlord & tenant issues – security-deposit issues

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Lady Longhorns get their season started on the road, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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