Nov. 2, 2007

Celesta Danger

Volume 27, Number 9

ON THE COVER:
news

'Austin Chronicle' Endorsements

General Election, Nov. 6 – Proposed Constitutional Amendments

The Unnecessary Death of Vilhelm Hesness

Bicycle groups question official response to driver recklessness

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Watershed Redo

How redevelopment can save the springs ... or not

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Slicing the Map

Charting single-member possibilities

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Judge Denies Laura Hall New Trial

Prosecutors failed to disclose crucial evidence during trial, appeal attorney argues

BY JORDAN SMITH

Second Street Retailers Take Stand Against Landlord

Second Street retailers hire lawyers to fight wacky billing system

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

WilCo's Latest Snafu

Illegal workers and sexual assault – just another WilCo contract

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Naked City

Reefer Madness

War on Prohibition is the new War on Drugs

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Full Court Press

The Moriarity lawsuit arrives in court – trailing a herd of lawyers

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Disneyland has its civic virtues

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

The Wonderland of Rudy, Mitt, and Fred; and Subsidizing Disaster

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Le Grand Fromage

Whole Foods global cheese buyer Cathy Strange

BY MM PACK

A Texas Book Festival Trio

Food-o-File

Mother's is back!

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Nov. 1-8

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Fun Fun Fun Fest Preview

The blurbing of Fun Fun Fun Fest

Off the Record

Graham Williams of Transmission Entertainment breaks down this weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest, while Ian McLagan and the Chronicle music staff sound off on the 2008 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ballot

BY AUSTIN POWELL

screens

Re-Re-Re-Re-Reopening Night

The Ritz: Talkie theatre, cowboy hangout, playhouse, comedy and punk club, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

BY MARC SAVLOV

On Watching Cine las Americas' La Hora Fria and John Huston's 'Under the Volcano'

While getting ready to go

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Film News

Little children and Little Children; plus, the Texas Bigfoot

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Fantasy world

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

American Gangster

A sizzling cast and their director do a crackerjack job of nailing the look and feel of New York City's bad old days of internal corruption and outer rot.

Bee Movie

Jerry Seinfeld delivers an agreeable though tame animated picture that more than does the trick but is unlikely to become a superbuzz movie.

The Bubble

This gay-tinged Romeo and Juliet story set largely in Tel Aviv shows the complexities of love in a land where the conflicts are as old as Western religion and as new as suicide bombers.

Confessions of a Superhero

What does Superman do when he's not posing for snapshots with tourists in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre? This documentary about Hollywood's ultimate poseurs tells all. SXSW Film Presents

Martian Child

Only in Hollywood can a movie about alien children be boring, although the terrific performances of John Cusack and Bobby Coleman help redeem this predictable mush.

My Kid Could Paint That

This truly perplexing documentary begins as a fascinating cultural investigation of a child prodigy, but gradually devolves into an unintentionally creepy and exploitative document.

Saw IV

Jigsaw died in Saw III but here we get to witness his autopsy, stem to stern, thus giving him not only the last laugh, but Being and Nothingness, as well.

Wristcutters: A Love Story

Despite the film's good-natured sense of absurdity about the afterlife, it's not enough to make up for its lack of real humor or meaning.
arts & culture

Fantastic Voyage

For 'The Odyssey,' composer Graham Reynolds goes on a journey with Austin Children's Choir

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Luke Savisky: Hands across the water

Images of hands projected across Wooldridge Park illuminate our assault on and communion with the environment

BY BENNÉ ROCKETT

Women & Their Work: Why W&TW?

Arts professionals talk feminism and women's art over the past 30 years and W&TW's role in both then and now

BY ROBERT FAIRES

2007 B. Iden Payne Awards: Prize night

Running down the winners at this year's awards from the Austin Circle of Theaters

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Io: a myth about you

Monika Bustamante's updated Greek myth comes in a top-notch production that rages about like a rough sea

Tuna Does Vegas

Taking the Tuna crew to Sin City was a huge gamble, but we end up bigger winners than losers

Cauleen Smith: NTSC

Smith uses the analog TV production standard to probe what's uniform and what's excluded in society as well as TV
columns

Page Two: Down the Drain

Even if it were possible, what would getting rid of all illegal immigration cost us?

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

After a Fashion

Watch it, Charlize; Elvis on fire; and is Stephen saying what we think he is saying?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Terrill Antique Car Museum in De Leon makes up for its small size with some of the most unique specimens of automotive history

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Darwin's death, gorging on glutamates, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Visa to Travel – When and Why (Part 2)?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Master Pancake Theatre

Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, Friday, November 2, 2007

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Longhorns to play their final regular season game, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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