Feb. 8, 2008

John Anderson

Volume 27, Number 23

ON THE COVER:
news

Prosecutor Times Four

The four D.A. candidates have their critics

BY JORDAN SMITH

Demand and Supply

The CBAC makes its recommendations, and the school board ponders its options

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Pitonyak Case: When is a private-property search justifiable?

Because evidence was illegally obtained, Colton Pitonyak's conviction should be tossed out, lawyers argue

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Naked Court Report: From the Gilded Halls of Williamson County

Disorder in the courthouse

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

KOOP Arson: The jazz behind the fire

Music dispute is reported motive behind crime

BY JUSTIN WARD

Solar Celebrity HelioVolt Lands in Austin

Darling of international renewable energy circles to build its first solar-manufacturing plant here

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Naked City

Election News

Point Austin: Special Treatment

The Statesman goes after Glen Maxey – and gays, and the mentally ill

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Zoning and development action doesn't come any hotter and heavier than last week's City Council meeting.

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

How About a Real Democratic Stimulus; and Google

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

CHOCOLATE RENAISSANCE

Chocolate Renaissance

The Food staff recommends local and online chocolate retailers for Valentine's Day

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Retailers

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Online & Wholesale

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Elemental Chocolates

BY MICK VANN

Baked Goods

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Austin Chocolate Festival

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Third Annual Chocolate Show and Competition at TCA

Texas Culinary Academy hosts an afternoon of wining and dining on chocolate

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

How About a Little Wine with That Chocolate?

Find the perfect combination for you and your sweetie

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

The possibilities for filling Austin gift boxes are endless

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Feb. 8-14

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

In Her Own Time

Haunting the dark corners of Karen Dalton

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Off the Record

SXSW unveils the full band list. What more could you ask for?

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Mars Volta

The Bedlam in Goliath

Shrapnel

Torn From Existence

The Ape-Shits

La Pollution Culturelle

Foot Foot

Everything Cool has Been Canceled

The Pleasures of Merely Circulating

The Pleasures of Merely Circulating

Lick Lick

Lick Lick

Chris Boehk

The Day I Realized I Might Not Make It

Silver Pines, Single Frame, the Frontier Brothers, The Soldier Thread, Eliot Fitzgerald, the Rite Flyers, Joel Laviolette's Rattletree Marimba

Fort Walnut, SFEP, Solar Power Strength!, Fevers and Fireworks, Icarus the Philistine, Suffer Fools Gladly, Live EP

the Mercers

Pretty Things Walk

Graham Weber

The Door to the Morning

Danny Schmidt

Little Grey Sheep

The Belleville Outfit

Wanderin'

The Band of Heathens

Live at Antone's

the Moonhangers

The Last of the New York Sessions

Calvin Russell

Unrepentant

Owen Temple

Two Thousand Miles

Lawrence Lander & the Best Friends Money Can Buy

Cigarette Stars

Paula Nelson Band

Lucky 13

Jon Emery

Early Morning Blues

Danny Fast Fingers

Snake Head Red

Peggy Wright

Without You
screens

See Yama-san Run

How the Japanese Do Democracy in Campaign

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

The Relativity of Fineness

Crispin Glover on the It trilogy and his departed star and screenwriter

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film News

Richard Linklater casts a boy wonder for an Isle of Man shoot in March

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Eager for new content, the networks are dipping into premium cables coffers

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Postwar Kurosawa

Five underappreciated films from the Japanese master

Film Reviews

The Eye

In this Hong Kong horror remake, Jessica Alba stars as a blind violinist whose cure turns out to be worse than the disease.

Fool's Gold

Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson star in this tale of two gorgeous, love-tossed, star-crossed treasure hunters who reunite to search for a lost 18th century galleon.

Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour

The men don't know, but the little girls understand.

In Bruges

Playwright Martin McDonagh directs his first feature film, which is about a couple of hitmen caught between heaven and hell.

Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation 2008

Another compilation of old and new animated spectacles guaranteed to rot your eyeballs.

Spiral

Portland-based creeper about a lonely painter and his muse/potential prey was a big hit at last year's Fantastic Fest.

Starting Out in the Evening

In this contemplative meditation on the pained aging of literary lions, Frank Langella delivers a brilliant performance as the story's elderly New York City novelist.

Strange Wilderness

When a popular wildlife TV show starts slipping in the ratings, the clueless hosts go off to the Andes in search of Bigfoot and big ratings. Big mistake.

Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights – Hollywood to the Heartland

Back in September 2005, Vaughn decided to try his hand at the impresario game and Gathered together four young stand-up comedians for a 30-day bus tour of the heartland.

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

Martin Lawrence is remarkably subdued in this story about a successful professional who returns home to rural Georgia and discovers that his family still makes him feel like a petulant teenager.
arts & culture

Pun de Deux

Kathy Dunn Hamrick gives the lowest form of humor a lift in The BarreTenders

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Porgy and Bess': Lawd, it's on its way

Despite some offstage storms, Zach's production made a big splash – and may win a second life

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Marathon': Down the jackrabbit hole

Where else to workshop this new musical drama by Jesse Sublett and Darden Smith than the Continental Club?

BY ROSALIND FAIRES

Luke Savisky: Creative Capitalist

Creative Capital helps Austin's projector of large-scale images get his work that much larger

BY RACHEL COOK

Arts Reviews

I Dream a World

A program designed for Conspirare to flex its muscles and show off its versatility, which it did with great success

Hills Snyder: All Good Children

In the Gallery 68 show, the artist posed as a serial killer being executed for his crimes
columns

Page Two: A Living Constitution

The promise of liberty, unedited

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Our Style Avatar drinks the Superbowl away and eats his way through a Project Transistions fundraiser

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Playing Through

UT's female hoop star Ashley Lindsey is just starting to feel comfortable in her own shoes (and Tinker Bell socks)

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Day Trips

A short history of grain elevators in Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

A Jewish Native American chief? Germans not the biggest beer drinkers? And more.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Foreclosure – Contact the Lender?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: The Reivers Reunion Show

Parish, Sunday, February 10, 2008

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Aztex holds tryouts, MLS is coming to CenTex, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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