Nov. 23, 2007

Volume 27, Number 12

ON THE COVER:
features

And the Loser Is ...

The biggest winner in the Chronicle's Bacheloser contest

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

news

Inhuman Resources

City HR employees rebel over director's actions, city response

BY WELLS DUNBAR

TYC Shows Little Evidence of 'Reform' at State Schools

Five months after the Texas Youth Commission reform bill was crafted to protect youth inmates, TYC is massively understaffed, with a third of all posts empty

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Messy Investigation of a Mess

Did Austin Police Sgt. Michael Olsen use excessive force when he shot and killed 25-year-old Kevin Brown? According to Internal Affairs, the answer is "inconclusive."

BY JORDAN SMITH

Wal-Mart Case Could Take Several Weeks to Decide

Complexity of Wal-Mart case, not to mention Thanksgiving, could delay judge's decision

BY LEE NICHOLS

Naked City

Point Austin: Fierce Urgency

While presidential candidates are asking for votes – where are they now?

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

The process that netted us Police Chief Art Acevedo – held up as exemplary for all future "critical hires" for the city – is starting to look like a happy accident

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Developing Stories: Park Once, Invest Twice

Two new city-owned parking garages would pay for themselves under enterprising proposal

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

The Hightower Report

Bush's Deepest Health Care Shame; and The All-Natural Flimflam

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Staff of Life

The Food staff enlightens on where to find bread so crusty and warm, and how to make it at home

Thanksgiving Wines

Chameleon wines for your Thanksgiving spread

BY WES MARSHALL

2007 ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot

Chameleon wines for your Thanksgiving spread

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Local businesses churn out holiday fare, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Nov. 23-26

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Two of a Kind

Jesse Dayton & Brennen Leigh, Austin's new George and Tammy coupling, more or less

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Off the Record

James White goes on location at the Broken Spoke, Marky Ramone defends his namesake and Phil Spector's innocence, and the Summer Wardrobe gives Roky Erickson a makeover

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 15

KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 15

Wendy Colonna

Old, New, Borrowed & Blue

Mark David Ashworth

Viceroy

the Texas Sapphires

Roadhouse Gems

Thor Harris

Fields of Innards

Chris Vestre Group

Suburban Life

Contranova

Infinity in All Directions

the Normans

Stereo Savant

Magnet School

Tonight We Drink... Tomorrow We Battle the Evil at Hand

Coma in Algiers

This is Your Justice

the Flood

Power to the Sheeple

Corruption Is King

The Karmic Debt

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Solos, Sessions & Encores, Pride & Joy

Zykos, Young James Long, No Bridges to Cross, Ghost of the Russian Empire

Keep the Light, You Ain't Know the Man, No Bridges to Cross, Ghost of the Russian Empire

The Strange Boys, YellowFever, Mothfight, The Teeners, Danny & the Nightmares

Nothing, Culver City, Hopscotch, the Teeners, Death of Satan
screens

You Ain't Goin' Nowhere

Has Todd Haynes reinvented the biopic? Or has he reinvented the Todd Haynes film?

BY SPENCER PARSONS

The Intersection of Personal and Political

AFS Essential Cinema presents a miniretrospective of the films of Philippe Garrel

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

'No Country' for Squash Fruit

Promoting No Country for Old Men, resident Alamo mad professor Edwin Wise whipped up a hand-held, pneumatic cow-killer that drove a steel bolt through strawberry-and-banana-filled pumpkin "heads"

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Letterman's writers find a new home on the Internet, plus gifts to give yourself and others

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

I Am Cuba

I Am Cuba is a remarkable marriage of technical experimentation, artistic innovation, radical storytelling, and left-wing politics

Film Reviews

August Rush

August Rush is a rather prosaic, oddly anxious, contemporary take on Oliver Twist, with Robin Williams – in nasty-man twee mode – thrown in for bad measure.

Enchanted

Romance, dry satire, and musical comedy blend in this new Disney film, which stars a delightful Amy Adams.

Hitman

Like the video game that inspired this film, Hitman is a brain-dead pleasure bomb.

I'm Not There

This meditation on Bob Dylan is infused with love – not the slavish kind but a true-eyed tribute to the artist who belongs to nobody and everybody at once.

The Mist

There's "something in the mist," and it's not only the beasts that bite but also the dark things that reside within.

This Christmas

The film has the perfect formula for holiday cheer: redemption through sentimentality, salvation through schmaltz.
arts & culture

Entranced

Remembering one who fascinated us all: Karen Kuykendall, 1937-2007

BY ROBERT FAIRES

365 Days/365 Plays: After 52 weeks, a sense of accomplishment and a blessing

On Nov. 10, Austin's part in a national theatrical event came to a close a stone's throw from where it started a year before

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Bubba and Babe's Backwoods Texas Wedding

Dinner-theatre nuptials, Texas-style

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

Vitality: A Baroque Thanksgiving: Music to give thanks by

Opening your concert season on Thanksgiving weekend might seem odd, but it's worked out well for Chamber Soloists of Austin

BY BARRY PINEO

Arts Reviews

La Putain Avec les Fleurs

This French clown show by RoHo Theatre Company aims to entertain, and it does just that, more often than not

Footprints

The multiform troupe went multicultural for its season opener with some captivating rhythms

The Book of Lenny

Jonathan Marshall's artwork and video illustrate a mythic journey that's *cough* Star Wars *cough* strangely familiar
columns

Page Two: Searching in Dreamland

Where music takes us

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters @ 3AM

I'd never met anyone so different in private from what Norman Mailer appeared to be in public

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Bearly Making It isn't your ordinary chain-saw sculpture operation

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

The Longhorn volleyball team is winning and having a great time doing it

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The real meaning of the word 'dork' is 'a whale's penis,' the first Beatle to visit America was George Harrison, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Holiday purchases – cash or credit card?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The Houston Dynamo win their second straight MLS Championship, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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