Nov. 16, 2007

Volume 27, Number 11

ON THE COVER:
news

Energy Savers

Meet the winners of our Kill-a-Watt Challenge

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

APD Pot-Hunters Are Data-Mining at AE

Are you using 'too much' energy? Inquiring drug cops want to know.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Travis Co. Vote

A mere 50.29% of Travis voters supported Proposition 15, the state constitutional amendment creating the Cancer Prevention and Research Insti­tute of Texas

BY LEE NICHOLS

Data Riches

A data nerd's dream come true, the Central Texas Sustainability Indicators Project's latest report is out

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Dumped by County, BFI Takes Landfill Plan to TCEQ

County rejects BFI deal but isn't willing to fight landfill proposal at state level

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Austin Bishop Checkmates 'Dark Materials' in Schools

Trilogy's anti-religious themes and author's beliefs get books banned from local Catholic schools

BY JUSTIN WARD

Media Watch

Freedom Communications Inc. closes its one-reporter Capitol bureau, progressives rally behind Air America, and the last of the tacky deejays

BY KEVIN BRASS

Naked City

Point Austin: Whose City Is It?

Northcross Wal-Mart fight is about a lot more than a site plan

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Council takes long, slow journey into night

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Save the GOP From Socialism; and $2.4 Trillion and Counting

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Sweet Scottish Surprise

Drambuie tries to restore its place as a restorative

BY WES MARSHALL

Holiday Magic Baking Contest

Cookie baking contest tests holiday mettle

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Nov. 16-17

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Bombay Express

Bombay Express presents a cornucopia of exotic spices to transform mundane vegetables into works of culinary street-food art

Counter Cafe

This old-timey-style diner satisfies with true American comfort food
music

Terrible Beauty

The first day that Sam Baker could hear again

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Off the Record

The renovated Austin Music Hall breaks new ground; Brown Whörnet goes digital; and Roky Erickson rocks Austin City Limits with a little help from his friends

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Kim Miller, Patricia Vonne, Betty Soo

Risk of the Roar, Firebird, Little Tiny Secrets, Never the Pretty Girl

Bukka Allen

Confidante

Jade Day

Of Waking

Zookeeper

Becoming All Things

Masonic

Things I Am Guilty Of

Aliens

Head First

Lions

No Generation

Baby Robots

10 Year High

The Story Of

The World's Affair

Dysfunkshun Junkshun

Suga-Water-Purple- Groove-a-Listic

Jane Bond & Chad Tracy

Hell or High Water

Roger Wallace

It's About Time

Ana Egge

Lazy Days

Connie Jo Kirk

Never Met Nobody

Trae

Life Goes On

Patty Griffin

Live From the Artists Den

Boombox ATX, Penname, Chingo Bling

Feel the Boombox, A Tale of Two Midis, They Can't Deport Us All
screens

The End of the World as He Knows It

Richard Kelly does decadence plus dystopia in Southland Tales

BY SPENCER PARSONS

The Big Squeeze

The writers' strike hits close to home

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Film News

Casting news for Terrence Malick's new film, meet the new AFS communications manager, and more

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

The first casualties of the writers' strike.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Dear Pillow

An 85-minute tribute to erotic confusion, the locally made Dear Pillow is both fascinated by and hostile to the absurdities of our culture's Puritanism and takes obvious joy in poking holes in them

Film Reviews

Beowulf

The irony inherent in using 21st century motion-control technology to tell a tale approximately 1,400 years old is just one of many bizarrely entertaining aspects of Beowulf.

The District!

This animated Hungarian feature is equal parts South Park and Magyar-inflected hip-hop, and an altogether smart, urban riff on Romeo and Juliet.

Love in the Time of Cholera

Funny when it’s supposed to be serious and awkward when it’s supposed to be romantic, every twist in this Gabriel García Márquez adaptation is a near miss, except for the performance of Javier Bardem.

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

Starring Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, and Jason Bateman, and directed by the writer of Stranger Than Fiction, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium has whimsy coming out of its ears.

No Country for Old Men

The Coen brothers display magnificent form with this Cormac McCarthy tale about intransigent evil in the modern West.

P2

Horror overtakes a woman on level P2 of a parking garage, and the film's suspense plays on our collective unease with being alone, at night, surrounded by concrete and rebar.

Southland Tales

Six years after Donnie Darko, filmmaker Richard Kelly returns with this incomprehensible, self-indulgent mess of post-apocalyptic anxiety, political paranoia, and pop-culture references.
arts & culture

Man With the Light Touch

Peter Bay leads the Austin Symphony with the finesse of Astaire

BY ROBERT FAIRES

East Austin Studio Tour

Art-savvy locals offer tips for where to go and who to see when you go EAST this year

BY RACHEL KOPER

'Footprints'

In the multiform company's new production, the dancers move between cultures as well as dance styles

BY JONELLE SEITZ

Arthouse Texas Prize

Ireland native and naturalized Texan Katrina Moorhead was awarded the 2007 Arthouse Texas Prize

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Elephant's Graveyard

In this new play, the infamous tale of a circus elephant that was hanged is recounted in heartbreaking fashion

Ring Round the Moon

Though at times long-winded, Jean Anouilh's farce still has enough charm and humor to entertain

Pokey

Each artist in this group show brings together disparate elements and, like patchwork, creates a larger whole
columns

Oops!

Travis Co. 200th Civil District Court Judge Gisela Triana does not intend to run for appeals court's chief justice seat

BY JORDAN SMITH

After a Fashion

Why is Stephen suddenly interested in bed jackets and catheter cozies?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Canyon Lake Gorge opens a wide crevice along the Balcones Fault, exposing layers of an ancient seabed

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Justin Perez and Toj Mora represent the Platonic ideal of their high school football team, except they're deaf

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Marijuana arrests in the U.S. set all-time record, Louisiana has more bridges than any other state, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

There goes the neighborhood – Can they park cars like that?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Houston Dynamo plays for their second MLS Championship, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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