Aug. 31, 2007

Volume 26, Number 52

ON THE COVER:
news

Angels in South America

Round Rock-based Bolivian missionary project in crisis

BY DAN SELINGER

Are We Masters of Our Domain?

Critics are concerned that rather than boosting local shops, a subsidy deal struck by City Council with developers of the Domain is dropping cash into an already successful project, filled with high-end stores

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Landfill Expansion Trashed ... for Now

Opponents of revised contract between Williamson County and Hutto landfill operator Waste Management Industries celebrate county commissioners’ decision to postpone voting on contentious new deal

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Cool City: The Leffingwell Lens

One council member's view of the Austin Climate Protection Plan

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Naked City

Beside the Point: An Open Letter to Rich Oppel

Sometimes it's hard not to agree with Rich Oppel

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Reefer Madness

Q & A with Rob Kampia, co-founder of the Marijuana Policy Project

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Rebuild the Middle Class; and Life in Iraq

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Among the Smoldering Embers

The 17th annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival: Contest results

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Central Market's No Holds Barred Hatch Chile Pepper Recipe Contest Winners

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

A Culinary Passport to Asia

Asia Food Fest 2007

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

Summer Rosés

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Another Austinite takes first at the Texas Sommelier Conference; plus, how about Italian tonight?

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Aug. 31-Sept. 6
music

Hey, Hey, Hey!

No. 2 hit from 1965, 'Treat Her Right,' by Roy Head & Gene Kurtz: 'Just one of them songs that hangs around"

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Inside Western Vinyl's ambience, talking Prince and side projects with Grupo Fantasma's Adrian Quesada, Table Manners Crew operate on all fours, and a 1967 Hoot Night Happening

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Car Stereo (Wars)

The Bandit

Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State

Dave Oliphant

White Denim

Let's Talk About It

UGK

Underground Kingz

Omar Kent Dykes & Jimmie Vaughan

On the Jimmy Reed Highway

Ian Moore

To Be Loved

John Schooley & His One Man Band

One Man Against the World
screens

GAMING

Cooperative Play

Richard Garriott and his team at NCsoft unveil their new online game

BY JOEY SEILER

No Noobs

Why the Austin Game Developers Conference Isn't for Gamers

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Game Review: BioShock

BY ERIC SEBESTA

The Austin Premiere of Short Film Works by William Wegman

Sept. 6 event at the Design Center benefits EmanciPet

BY TODDY BURTON

Cinematexas Heads for That Big Screening in the Sky...

But festival season soldiers on

BY MARC SAVLOV

AFS Essential's Blokes 'n' Birds: British Realist Cinema

Sept. 4-Oct. 9

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

TV Eye

Baffled Intrigue

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Balls of Fury

Goofy pingpong comedy gets by on the amiable nerd panache of chunky lead Dan Fogler.

Black Sheep

It's smart; it's silly; it's shear terror, as the ruminants develop a taste for human flesh.

The Boss of It All

Lars von Trier assures us at the outset that this will be a "cozy comedy," the last thing you might expect from this prickly filmmaker. (AFS@Dobie)

Illegal Tender

A throwback to the Eighties crime dramas and Seventies blacksploitation films, this Latino action thriller about family ties and blood feuds rarely transcends clichés.

Ladrón Que Roba a Ladrón

This Spanish-language caper film, made in Los Angeles, offers grand entertainment and sociological import.

No End in Sight

If you're growing as weary of Iraq war documentaries as you are of the war itself, then this sobering, information-filled study of the war's origins is the film for you.

Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag

This new release is a remake of the popular Bollywood film Sholay.

Self-Medicated

It contains some freshman mistakes, but this microindie has such dramatic momentum, such a need to tell its story, that it's well worth a look.

September Dawn

This movie about the Mountain Meadows Massacre of Sept. 11, 1857, during which local Mormons murdered 120 members of a wagon train heading West, reeks of ulterior motives.

War

Jet Li and Jason Statham spar and provoke all-out war among the Asian mobs.
arts & culture

De-Spurring the Moment

The making of the 2007 Out of Bounds Improv Festival

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Long Center: Countdown to opening and beyond

Summer at the Long Center meant lots of construction activity and two hefty contributions from the corporate community

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Going Over the Top and Other Outrageous Behaviors: Being melodramatic – on purpose

Karen Hastings, a specialist in melodrama and vaudeville, is offering locals a master class in acting the old-fashioned way

BY BARRY PINEO

Rude Mechs: How great it was, how great

The Rude Mechs' Bush-whacking version of Get Your War On nets raves and a festival prize at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Conspirare: My favorite year

In a banner year, Conspirare signs with the prestigious Harmonia Mundi label and plans a powerful Long Center debut with the Verdi Requiem

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Dragonfly Princess

Despite its fairy-tale trappings, ethos' opera The Dragonfly Princess takes us down a dark path of intrigues, heresy, power struggles, and death

Babble For Your Soul

Babble for Your Soul is a rare opportunity to see live theatre with very minimal commitment and the pleasure of being entertained, engaged, perhaps edified

Radical Nautical

'Radical Nautical,' maybe the most jam-packed show in Gallery Lombardi history, is a quirky, energetic celebration of water
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Letters @ 3AM

The current economic crisis is real, probably systemic, and maybe dire

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen is too early to know about Norah and too late to pay tribute

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Honky-tonking with history at the White Elephant Saloon in Fort Worth

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Drinking under the influence of no sleep, Schulz on skates, and busty suicidal women

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

My roommate moved out – Do I have to pay the entire rent myself?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Lady Longhorns open their season this Friday, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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