Nov. 30, 2007

Volume 27, Number 13

ON THE COVER:
news

The Slow Dying of Johnston High

State accountability standards may close a school on the edge of survival

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

AISD Scrambles for Another Bond Election

Volunteer Citizens' 2008 Bond Advisory Committee considering proposed projects, mostly driven by essential repairs, swelling student numbers, and changing curriculum requirements

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

McMurrey Challenges Noriega From the Left

Corpus Christi teacher says he wants to be the Texan Paul Wellstone and "to re-establish the integrity of what I teach and what American democracy is about and who American democracy should serve"

BY LEE NICHOLS

Naked City

Reefer Madness

North Dakota hemp farmers go to court to defend right to tell DEA to butt out of plans to grow nonnarcotic hemp plant

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Citizens Needed

The city is considering charter revision, but the citizens are still yawning

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside The Point

The lonely path of board and commission reform

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

SweatFree Communities; and Big-Spending George

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Big Top Candy Shop

Tis the season for sugar overload

BY ROSALIND FAIRES

Event Menu

Dec. 1-9

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Whiskey Heaven

Opal Divine's whiskey fest includes all the Scottish trappings

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Look to local businesses for help with your holiday feastivities

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

ZuZu Handmade Mexican Food

Russell and Laura Arnold take the "handmade" moniker seriously

Habanero Mexican Cafe

We break the eat-but-don't-tell rule with this small and delicious eatery
music

Dreamsville

16 Magazine and the birth of music journalism

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Jon Dee Graham goes under the lens for a new documentary, Joel Laviolette culls spirits with Rattletree Marimba, and the new Austin Music Hall finally opens (sort of)

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Rock & Roll Books

screens

A Second Shot at 'Shootin' Match'

On the eve of the pending DVD release and Friday night's premiere of the restored and remastered The Whole Shootin' Match, Sonny Carl Davis and Lou Perryman reminisce about the late Eagle Pennell and the films they made together

BY LOUIS BLACK

Man of a Thousand Faces

Maverick filmmaker Vincent Gallo takes a time-out and turns his attention to music

BY MARK FAGAN

When There's Nothing Left to Burn ...

Cinematexas throws itself a Viking Funeral

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Film News

Local production heats up, and a UT professor makes it to the Oscar doc short list

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Thoughts on Thanksgiving dinner and four different Nutcrackers for the month of December

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Aaja Nachle

A dancer in New York returns home to India to see the teacher who taught her to dance and, ultimately, fight to save the school he built.

Holly

Ron Livingston plays a lost soul in Cambodia who rescues a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl, who has been sold as a prostitute by her parents.

Romance & Cigarettes

John Turturro directs this oddball musical in which the stars (the eclectic cast of James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Mary-Louise Parker, Christopher Walken, Aida Turturro, and Mandy Moore) lip-sync and dance to popular songs.
arts & culture

Conspirare Children's Choir: Birdsong for the holidays

Musical Director Nina Revering explains how a trip to the Holocaust Memorial Museum helped connect birdsong with this festive time of year

BY BARRY PINEO

Ballet East Dance Company: Reclaiming the modern in a pomo world

Rodolfo Mendez wants us to remember that before there was postmodern, modern dance ruled

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Neovagina Monologues: Tales of transformation

UT RTF professor Sandy Stone takes the stage to tell stories from the lives of transgendered individuals

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

Bouldin Creek Studio Tour: Seven to the south

Seven studios in this South Austin neighborhood open for your inspection – and holiday shopping

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Don't Dress for Dinner

Adultery may be a serious matter, but the Austin Playhouse gang succeeds in playing it for farcical fun

The Miser

While director Karen Sneed's vision for this Moliere comedy is clear, it's not always consistently presented

Matt Rebholz: The Golem

A parade of spooky black-and-white fever dreams in which we're less alive than the soulless being from folklore
columns

Page Two: Creative Mass

The people who forged Austin's identity also helped fuel its growth

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Stephen muses on the 21st Most Intriguing Heiress ... and camel toe

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Texas Musicians Museum in Hillsboro runs the gamut of Texas music history from Gene Autry to ZZ Top

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Not only has Marion Jones been forced to return her five Olympic medals, she's kind of a jerk, too

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Human urine as the electrolyte solution, chocolate truffles for $250 per 1.9 ounces, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Residential home business – Is it allowed?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Longhorns season fizzles out, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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