Oct. 19, 2007

Volume 27, Number 7

ON THE COVER:
news

Another Side of Travis Heights

In a South Austin apartment complex, residents organize for change

BY LEE NICHOLS

'Austin Chronicle' Endorsements

General Election, Nov. 6 – Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Run for Shelter

City takes first significant step toward relocating Town Lake Animal Center

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Closing Time? Attorneys Call for Justice's Head

Public cries foul over Keller's killer instincts

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Media Watch

Despite naitonwide tune-out trend, Austin viewers keep watching local TV news

BY KEVIN BRASS

Point Austin: Animal Passions

If the dogs recognized their spokesmen, they'd run the other way

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Council moves to temper city manager's authority

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

Gut-Check Time for Congress; and Betrayal on Trade by Democratic Leaders

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Dinner Partier

Anthony Bourdain comes back to Austin

BY MICK VANN

Yates Family Buys Spicewood Vineyards

Manigolds set to live the good life

BY WES MARSHALL

Green Corn Project Fundraiser

Sunday, Oct. 21, noon-4pm

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Adventures in Kitchen Space, the Big Top Candy Company, and the world of chili cook-offs

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Oct. 19-25

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Mars

When Mars landed on South Congress, citizens of the 78704 didn't flee in horror from the invaders
music

Welcome to the Machine

Local label roundup 3.0

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Off the Record

Word of amendments to Austin's sound ordinance prompt a town hall meeting, Marcus Rubio discusses The Life of Pillows, and Flipnotics turns 15

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Big State Festival

Live shot

The Dark Water Hymnal

The Dark Water Hymnal

High Tension Wires

Midnight Cashier

Honeypot

Dirty Mother Fuzz

Ringo Deathstarr, Built by Snow, Jana Hunter, Brazos

Ringo Deathstarr, Noise, Carrion, A City Just as Tall
screens

Game Reviews

AFS Essential's Torn From the Motherland: Films From the African Diaspora

Oct. 23-Nov. 20

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Film News

Jeff Nichols' Shotgun Stories wins the Narrative Jury Award at AFF; plus, Pras, NAMAC, and Willem Dafoe

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Moonlighting and the future of the medium

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?

This week Milestone is releasing the director's edition on DVD for the first time, complete with 10 minutes of previously unseen footage, and even with no other extras to speak of, it's a cause for celebration

Film Reviews

Bhool Bhulaiyaa

This new Bollywood film is a comic haunted-mansion story.

For the Bible Tells Me So

Various men and women of the cloth provide a systematic dismantling of the idea that the Bible condemns homosexuality.

Gone Baby Gone

Ben Affleck's feature directing debut is strong on atmospherics and moral quandaries.

Into the Wild

Sean Penn adapts Jon Krakauer's bestselling mystery adventure to the screen with frequently stunning but ultimately unsatisfactory results.

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

More than an appreciation, this documentary portrait of the great American folksinger and activist is an inspiration.

Randy and the Mob

This Southern-fried comedy, directed by and starring Ray McKinnon, is a flat-footed take on the suburban Southern gentleman in disrepair.

Rendition

Intelligent and well-meaning, Rendition is nevertheless an oversimplified and uneven attempt to arouse righteous indignation among its viewers.

Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour

A 17-year-old girl encounters, um, paranormal activity.

Things We Lost in the Fire

This film starring Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro is an impeccably constructed and perfectly paced drama of domestic and internal volatility.

30 Days of Night

This film's high-concept stroke of genius lies not with its vampire clan but with the setting: a tiny Alaskan hamlet where nightfall indeed lasts all month.

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?

The creative powerhouse known as Tyler Perry is back in front of and behind the camera with this predictable film about four married couples.
arts & culture

The Master Builder

The impeccable craft and enduring genius of Arthur Miller, as explained by Tony Kushner

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Jessica Mathaes: A concertmaster flies solo

ASO's top violinist readies for her first solo concerto performance with the orchestra

BY MICHAEL KELLERMAN

New Art in Austin 2008: The 20 to watch

AMOA names the 20 Austin artists for its next 'New Art in Austin' exhibition

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Volitant Gallery: Volitant, we hardly knew ye

After 18 months, the Downtown showcase for contemporary art shuts down

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Art Alliance Austin: At 50, a rejuvenated mission and new name

After five decades, Austin Fine Arts Alliance has renamed itself Art Alliance Austin

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Death of a Salesman

Strange choices and weak acting cripple City Theatre's take on Arthur Miller's magnum opus

Illumination

Blue Lapis Light transforms Seaholm into a grand cathedral where the spirit is free to soar

Ronnie Weeks: Reinventing the Wheel

Collage is a valid form, and artist Ronnie Weeks uses it well
columns

Page Two: Sweat Lodge

Scenes from a cinematic teepee

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Stephen needs an assistant: The devil wears Versace knockoffs

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Dr. Joe Smith's eye-catching sculptures have been attracting folks to Caldwell for decades

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The widest street in Europe, the true meaning of the word 'buster,' and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Nuts and bolts of trademark registration

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Longhorns and Hilltoppers unbeaten streaks snap, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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