Jan. 25, 2008

Volume 27, Number 21

ON THE COVER:
features

SPACES

news

Looking for 'Real' Democrats

A report from the endorsement circus

BY LEE NICHOLS

Endorsements

Who's Zooming Who?

The Early Money Race

BY AMY SMITH

Dukes Under Siege

District 46 race pits veteran incumbent vs. newcomer Thompson

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Dinosaur-Track Rescue Mission Under Way at UT ... Slowly

Bureaucratic hurdles not withstanding, legendary fossils could soon have new home.

BY JUSTIN WARD

City Council Election

Money toward May

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Downtown Mural Awaits a New Home

Rescue mission in works for Seymour Fogel mural filling wall on second story of former tax office

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Cross-Border Craziness

Judge says feds can take Eagle Pass land for fence, and more

BY CHERYL SMITH

Naked City

Point Austin: Gift Horse

A rich guy wants to give AISD $7 million. What's the catch?

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

New city manager gets point-blank barrel blast of Aus­tin democracy

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Facts for Action on Health Care; and Paying the Price for NAFTA

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food-o-File

Health Department cracks down on temporary food-service establishments

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Jan. 26-Feb. 3

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking

Iron Chef and restaurateur Masaharu Morimoto

Women of the Vine: Inside the World of Women Who Make, Taste, and Enjoy Wine

Deborah Brenner's book focuses on women in the U.S. wine industry
music

Strange but True

Jad Fair making art out in Manor with monsters, aliens, and dead dogs

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Daniel Johnston-inspired rock opera Speeding Motorcycle rolls into town with Kathy McCarty riding shotgun, Transmission Entertainment gains another foothold on Red River, and the Black & White Years get Real! In Color! with the Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

MGMT

Oracular Spectacular

Drive-By Truckers

Brighter Than Creation's Dark

Rogue Wave

Asleep at Heaven's Gate

Ween

La Cucaracha

Cat Power

Jukebox

Babyshambles

Shotter's Nation

the Hives

The Black and White Album

Pink Floyd

Oh by the Way
screens

This Kitty's Got Claws

Teeth tears into everything from abstinence programs to rape culture. Is Austin grownup enough to handle it?

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Tradition in Transition

Previewing the Austin Jewish Film Festival

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

TV Eye

TV without a net ... or at least a script

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

'It Came From Beneath the Sea' and 'Earth vs. the Flying Saucers'

Charles H. Schneer and Ray Harryhausen's collaboration produced 12 fantastic films in 26 years and a profound influence on the likes of Spielberg and Lucas

Film Reviews

How She Move

She move something fierce in this low-budget Canadian crowd-pleaser about stepping.

Mad Money

Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes, and Queen Latifah as janitors at the Federal Reserve who plot the "recycling" of currency that is pegged for destruction.

Teeth

Austin-shot horror pic about a girl who discovers that her naughty bits are bitey.

U2 3D

Feature-length, 3-D concert film of U2's global Vertigo tour in 2006 was filmed at several shows. On the IMAX screen, these Irish rockers really rattle and hum.

Untraceable

This tepid, borderline-offensive cyber-serial-killer thriller rehashes both better and worse examples of the current, vapid clamor for so-called "torture porn."
arts & culture

Jazzin' Up Catfish Row

After 70 years, Zach creates a Porgy and Bess for Austin

BY GRAHAM REYNOLDS

'Fritz Haeg: Attack on the Front Lawn': Activism disguised as art

Arthouse's exhibition turns a lawn into a garden to get us thinking about where our food comes from

BY BARRY PINEO

'Portrait of Allison': Kid pix

For one night only, Allison Elementary School photography students show how they click on the world

BY ROBERT FAIRES

see.hear.speak.three: They said 'yes and' and had a festival

ColdTowne's comedy fest grew out of the fundamental improv principle of saying, 'Yes, and ...'

BY BARRY PINEO

Arts Reviews

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Austin Playhouse's production provides a pleasurable escape from our world of straight talk and minimal etiquette

FronteraFest Short Fringe Week One

The first week brought packed houses, captivating shows, and the promise that the rest of the fest will be just as magical

'Maximalist'

Good art creates believable stories in small spaces, and that's what this Else Madsen exhibition does
columns

Page Two: Welcome to the Funhouse

Republicans' rhetorical sleight of hand has allowed them to distort this country's founding principles while seeming to uphold them

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops

BY WES MARSHALL

After a Fashion

Stephen finagles and whines. And you don't even have to read all the way through to the end of the column to get to that part.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg is a must-visit for World War II buffs

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Wondering why the Longhorns are playing just as well without Kevin Durant as they were with him, economist David Berri knows why

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

ee-through frogs, Hugh Hefner's peacocks and spider monkeys, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Texas Homestead Exemption – Does It Apply to Me?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Austin has a new professional soccer franchise, the Aztex

BY NICK BARBARO

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