Nov. 9, 2007

Volume 27, Number 10

ON THE COVER:
news

Capturing the Dragon

Two Dem Challengers contend for CD 10

BY LEE NICHOLS

License to Shrill, Uncensored

A conversation with New York Times columnist Paul Krugman

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Houston Confronting Peak Oil

2007 Houston World Oil Conference focused on eventual point at which world oil production outpaces global demand

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Texas Voters Approve Props; Travis Narrowly Passes Cancer Measure

Constitutional-amendments election turnout low but a bit higher than we expected

BY LEE NICHOLS

Naked City

Developing Stories

Connect-the-dot conversations heard around town

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Reefer Madness

Feds ease harsh penalties on crack defendants

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: MUD in Your Eye

Northwest Austin suburb chal­lenges the Voting Rights Act

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Council on deck to approve slip-n-slide water deal with LCRA

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Stand Up, Congress; and Money Goes In, Money Goes Out

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Bubba & Babe's Backwoods Texas Wedding

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

Inwood Estates

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Nov. 10-15

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Estância Churrascaria

Go hungry, and eat slowly at this Brazilian steak house

First Chinese BBQ

Diverse ingredients come together at this Cantonese hot spot
music

Caught 'Em in Autumn

Local scene roundup

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Reviewing the three-ring circus of Fun Fun Fun Fest and flashing back to the Armadillo World Headquarters with Dweezil Zappa

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Shots

Angry Samoans

Waterloo Park, Nov. 3 & 4

Neurosis

Waterloo Park, Nov. 3 & 4

Saints

The Saints

Against Me

Against Me!

Murder City Devils

The Murder City Devils

Cat Power & the Dirty Delta Blues Band

Cat Power & The Dirty Delta Blues Band
screens

Los Angeles, I'm Yours

Thom Andersen sets the story straight on the city he loves in 'Los Angeles Plays Itself'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Jam on Wry

Primus' Les Claypool rocks the mock-doc in his directorial feature film debut, Electric Apricot

BY MARC SAVLOV

Fourth Annual Austin Asian Film Festival

Nov. 8-11

TV Eye

What to do when the writers' strike shuts down your favorite shows

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Chinatown

For many, Chinatown epitomizes the peak of Seventies Hollywood filmmaking and is perhaps the finest neo-noir ever made

Film Reviews

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Both a crime thriller and family tragedy, this stunner from octogenarian Sidney Lumet stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke as brothers whose blood runs cold.

Control

Control, Anton Corbijn's narrative portrait of Joy Division's suicidal singer, Ian Curtis, is easily one of the finest films ever made about the collision of music, madness, and the human heart.

Fred Claus

Awash with amazingly talented actors – Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Miranda Richardson, Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates, Kevin Spacey, to name a few – Fred Claus is sadly just an early lump of coal under the tree.

King Corn

The film’s light hand, appealing style, and simple exposition make it an eminently watchable inquiry into the politics of food, public health, and the reasons why corn has become an ingredient in virtually everything we eat.

Lions for Lambs

Robert Redford's Lions for Lambs, in which he co-stars with Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise, is a piece of nervy political theatre that argues against individual complacency in wartime.

Om Shanti Om

Via a tale of reincarnation, this new Bollywood movie offers a tribute to the Hindi spectacles of the Seventies.

Saawariya

This visually dreamy Bollywood romance is unusually financed and promoted by a Hollywood distributor.

Sleuth

Surprisingly, this powerhouse combination of writer Harold Pinter, director Kenneth Branagh, and co-stars Michael Caine and Jude Law adds up to a load of nonsense.
arts & culture

Love Craft

Stitch Austin, your rockin' showplace for indie design

BY RACHEL KOPER

Karen Kuykendall: In Memoriam

When this performer and friend of the arts died on Oct. 31, the city lost the grandest of its grande dames

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Chamber Music Center: Is that a bow in your pocket, or ... ?

For ACMC's next concert, Hot Enough for Ya, the aim is clear: Let's talk about sex

BY MICHAEL KELLERMAN

Arts Reviews

Voices Underwater

An entrancing swim through issues of communication, discrimination, and history (with a couple of eerie ghosts along for the ride)

Ashes, Ashes

In UT's staging of this postapocalyptic fairy tale, we can't help be sucked into the magic of the infinite hole

YLA 12: Embracing Chaos

Despite some enjoyable work by this year's Young Latino Artists, the show overall isn't impressive
columns

Page Two: Living Just Enough for the City

City sound limits and national anti-immigration movements share absolutism and intransigence

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Letters @ 3AM

At least four factors could determine the nominees and results of the next presidential election, and nobody's talking about them yet

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

The slipstream of leather, cashmere, faux fur, and designer logos could be seen from space: Stephen is making the scene, people; cut a swath

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Tours of Georgia O'Keeffe's home and studio in Abiquiu, N.M., allow guests unique insight into her art and life

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

The young girls go nuts for the UT women's soccer team

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Rats in India like curry, at fast-food restaurants there are more bacteria in ice machines than in toilets, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Fred Sanford is my neighbor

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

St. Edward's women host the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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