Oct. 5, 2007

Volume 27, Number 5

ON THE COVER:
news

The Journey of a Gun

Gun traveled circuitous path to Kevin Brown's hands

BY JORDAN SMITH

Bike Mobility Task Force Wheels Out Initial Recommendations

Final recommendations due by end of November, go to council in December.

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

CAMPO Poised to Pass Toll Plan – Despite Uneasiness

CAMPO driving toward vote on humongous toll plan

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Who Knew a Tax Collector's Race Could Be This Much Fun?

Spears and Maxey spar over role of tax assessor-collector

BY LEE NICHOLS

Seven Straight Nights to Shine Light on Gay Rights

Straight folk go to bat for queer folk

BY NORA ANKRUM

Naked City

Developing Stories

City just says no to $1 million. Go figure.

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Point Austin: How Will We Manage?

Council looks for a new manager, and new kind

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

The politics of panhandling

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Verichip Implants, Tumors, and Cash; and USDA: A Brothel for Agribusiness

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Eastside News

Exploring a quartet of recently opened restaurants

Religious Attendance

Seventy-fifth annual St. Elias Mediterranean Festival is sure to draw record crowds

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Oct. 4-18

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Bistro 3158 takes its dining series trans-Atlantic; plus, Amy's Ice Creams celebrates Oliver Stone

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Silver Lining

The Octopus Project's Avalanche instrumentalism

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Hank, Harry, and Jesse James

Sitting in with Jimmy Grabowske, steel guitarist to the stars

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Barreling down the Big State Festival and going to 11 with the Paul Green School of Rock Music

BY AUSTIN POWELL

The Octopus Project Reviewed

The Octopus Project

Hello, Avalanche

Devendra Banhart

Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon

Kevin Drew, Stars, The Most Serene Republic, Metric

Spirit If ..., In Our Bedroom After the War, Population, Grow Up and Blow Away

Bruce Springsteen

Magic

Kanye West, 50 Cent

Graduation, Curtis

Thurston Moore

Trees Outside the Academy

Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Wes Montgomery, Sarah Vaughan

Dave Brubeck: Live in '64 & '66, John Coltrane: Live in '60, '61 & '65, Duke Ellington: Live in '58, Dexter Gordon: Live in '63 & '64, Wes Montgomery: Live in '65, Charles Mingus: Live in '64, Sarah Vaughan: Live in '58 & '64
screens

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

Dreams, Journeys, Disasters, and Joy

Previewing the 14th annual Austin Film Festival

When Little Blue Men Fight the War at Home

Scott Prendergast on 'Kabluey'

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Half-Brother Against Half-Brother

Jeff Nichols on 'Shotgun Stories'

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Labor Intensive

John Fiege on 'Mississippi Chicken' and Anne Lewis on 'Morristown'

BY SPENCER PARSONS

A Sense of Wonder

T'chaka Sikelianos on 'A Yeti in the City'

BY SOFIA RESNICK

Austin Film Society Documentary Tour: 'Nanking'

... and DocuWeek at the Arbor

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Saving 'Friday Night Lights'

You knew NBC renewed it, but did you know someone was gonna see God?

BY MIKE DOLAN

Film News

Chalk and jumping off bridges finally see DVD, while Fantastic Fest becomes a beast

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Casting About

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Feast of Love

Robert Benton directs this Oregon-set meditation on the permutations of love among a constellation of characters.

The Heartbreak Kid

Ben Stiller stars in this smart and winning remake of a 1972 Neil Simon-penned comedy about a man who falls in love with another woman on his honeymoon.

The Jane Austen Book Club

Though it’s as estrogenic as dong quai, this amiable film about six friends and their book club is thoughtfully rendered with a certain universality of spirit.

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising

This fantasy film, adapted from Susan Cooper's series of novels, is utterly devoid of anything but bombastically simplistic notions.

Weirdsville

Weirdsville accomplishes something that is rare for Canadian-made comedies: It's actually funny.
arts & culture

They Might Be Angels

For Blue Lapis Light, dance artists Laura Cannon and Nicole Whiteside become heavenly creatures

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Sylvia Orozco: The right path

Mexic-Arte's director has been honored by Mexico for showing its cultural treasures in Texas

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Free Night of Theater 2007: See a bit of drama, on the house

Time again for your annual chance to sample what area thespians do, at no cost

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Children's Museum: No go on Block 21

The Austin Children's Museum has decided not to be a part of the sexy Block 21 development after all

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Patterns of Peru and Texas': Peruse Peruvian power

Showing the art connection between sister cities Lima and Austin

BY RACHEL KOPER

Arts Reviews

Full Circle

Pointedly political, yes, but Charles Mee's update of Brecht is also wildly entertaining

Threshold of Night: Music of Tarik O'Regan

Listening to Conspirare sing Tarik O'Regan's music, we held infinity in our ears
columns

Page Two: Cat and Mouse

Slipping in and out of dreams, films, and comics, in which nothing is revealed

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Stephen goes alley-cattin' for real

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge on the Texas coast near Brazoria is a very peaceful place

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

A more politically correct Barbie, lethal TV remotes, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Need Legal Advice? – Call LegalLine - Austin's Free Legal Hotline

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Longhorns and Hilltoppers maintain their winning ways, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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