Oct. 26, 2007

Nathan Jensen

Volume 27, Number 8

ON THE COVER:
news

Finding the Sweet Spot

For Austin's 'density bonus' development program – what's on our wish list?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

'Austin Chronicle' Endorsements

General Election, Nov. 6 – Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Another TYC Prison in Trouble

What happened to Coke County Juvenile Justice Center?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bewitched

Nightmare Factory's doors remain padlocked after argument about safety codes, Fire Department jurisdictions, and water systems

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Supermask Instructions

So you want to be developer hatchet man Richard Suttle?

Naked City

Developing Stories: Wynn Calls for 2008 Rail Vote

Will Austin get a streetcar at last?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Media Watch

Goodbye Air America, and Media Management Pettiness

BY KEVIN BRASS

Reefer Madness

The odd logic behind federal sentencing guidelines

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Public Accuracy

Norman Solomon on a life of activism and writing

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Panhandling debate abates while Mangiasaurus Rex finds new home

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

What Torture Is; and the Coalition Goes Home

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Grape Beyond

From Burgundy to Tuscany, the basics on wines one might soon find in Austin

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Beaucoup pastry doughings; plus, sad news from the Brentwood Tavern and P&K Grocery

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Oct. 26-Nov. 1: Halloween & Día de los Muertos edition

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

music

General Lee and Me

My life and dirty times as a Jam & Jelly Girl with Dino Lee & the White Trash Revue

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Japanese guitarist Michio Kurihara drops Sunset Notes at Mohawk, Trail of Dead severe ties with Interscope, and Lamberts cooks up new residencies

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Radiohead

In Rainbows

P.J. Harvey

White Chalk

Annie Lennox

Songs of Mass Destruction

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Raising Sand

Fiery Furnaces

Widow City

Josh Ritter

The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter

Jens Lekman

Night Falls Over Kortedala

Beirut

The Flying Club Cup

John Fogerty

Revival

Neil Young

Chrome Dreams II

Band of Horses

Cease to Begin

9th Wonder

The Dream Merchant, Vol. 2

Johnny Cash

The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show
screens

Something Out of Nothing

Joe Swanberg, anti-director, on Hannah Takes the Stairs

BY SPENCER PARSONS

The Scene

Jones' town

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Family Style

Fatherhood gives Bella director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde new insight

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Ellen DeGeneres makes me cry

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Days of Heaven

Moving pictures rarely lives up to that phrase the way this one does

Film Reviews

Bella

This two-person character study features lovely performances that are models of restraint in what otherwise might have been a soppy melodrama.

The Comebacks

A comedy spoof of inspirational sports films.

Dan in Real Life

What passes for real life in this Steve Carell film is as genially inoffensive and predictable as the average TV sitcom.

Deep Water

The documentary Deep Water tells the white-knuckled true story of the first single-handed around-the-world yacht competition.

Hannah Takes the Stairs

The naturalistic indie talker unhurriedly follows a young woman through her days and nights – Nerf-ball games at work, waiting for the bus, and a series of relationships fueled by “chronic dissatisfaction.”

Lars and the Real Girl

This movie's high-concept premise would be easy to dismiss were it not so flawlessly executed.

Reservation Road

Crime and Punishment comes to New England in this story about the aftermath of a child's death.

The Ten Commandments

This family-oriented adaptation of the Book of Exodus is the inaugural film in a planned franchise of crudely animated Bible stories.
arts & culture

Starting Over

For Tuna creators Jaston Williams and Joe Sears, the fourth time is the charm

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Artists' Honor Roll: Austin takes the prize

A rundown of recent honors bestowed on local artists and arts educators

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Symphony Orchestra: Commission fever

ASO has commissioned a new orchestral work from composer Christopher Theofanidis

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Rubber Repertory: Cashing in

Rubber Repertory applies for its first-ever grant and scores $15,000

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin GuitarTown Project: Going, going, gone!

The auction of all those guitar sculptures raised a half-million dollars for four local charities

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Seagull

Breakin' String Theatre's take on Chekhov goes down like a shot of fine vodka

Far Away

In the space of an hour, this ACC Drama Department production shows the world coming apart

Transactions

This Blanton exhibition shows us how art occurs in the transfer of ideas, information, and nonmaterial goods
columns

Page Two: Immigration by the Numbers

As our focus shifts from Iraq failures, an untenable and disheartening argument arises

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters @ 3AM

The United States failed because its people overvalued their ideals and undervalued their resources

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Half a century of Stephen: a veritable feast of brooch and sunglasses

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

David Hendley's unique clay creations have been attracting buyers to the Piney Woods since 1991

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Harpo Marx loved black jelly beans, Roman Emperor Claudius believed in the healthful quality of farting, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Visa to travel – when & why?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Extravagasm VI 'Return to Eden'

Club Allure, Friday, October 26, 2007

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

College soccer season flying by, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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