Feb. 15, 2008

Volume 27, Number 24

ON THE COVER:
news

'Chronicle' Endorsements

March 4 primary election

BY THE 'CHRONICLE' NEWS STAFF

ELECTION

Primaries Looming Large

Obama & Clinton add weight to March 4

BY LEE NICHOLS

Aleshire vs. Oden

Behind the scenes in county politics

BY MICHAEL KING

Spears Thinks Voter ID Is 'Reasonable'

County's voter registrar at odds with her party key issue

BY LEE NICHOLS

District 52 Republicans Vie to Replace Krusee

Southern Williamson House seat up for grabs

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Three Dems Aim at Railroad Commission's Williams

Energy industry has too much sway on regulatory body, critics charge

BY AMY SMITH

Election Notes

Tidbits from the campaign trail

Notable Democratic Endorsements

A roundup of the Dem clubs' recommendations for the March 4 primary

Veteran Lays Siege to Library, West Lake ... and Laura Bush

West Austin man on crusade against naming area's new library branch after first lady

BY ANDREA GRIMES

Meeker vs. Leffingwell

Race for City Council's Place 1 seat off to a bruising start

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Re-Energizer Revival

Students from across state descend upon UT for global warming conference

BY ANDREA GRIMES

Austin Says, 'No, Thanks,' to Investing in New Nukes

City's decision based on an 'apolitical' financial risk analysis, Wynn says

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Legal Battle Over When Prisoner Is Sane Enough for Execution Bounces Back Here

Supremes punt case of death row inmate Scott Panetti to federal district court in Austin

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Point Austin: Happy Valentines!

Prepare to be seriously wooed by the Dems

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Marc Ott takes over as city manager, and BTP sends a fond farewell

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Bush Pushes Military Commitment to Iraq; and The Howl of the Wolf

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Hometown Favorite

Las Palomas at 25

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Starlite Sunday Brunch

Find some real soul food on this swanky brunch menu

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

Casa de Fruta Organic Mesquite Flour

Casa de Fruta's Organic Mesquite Flour adds hints of cinnamon and chocolate but no smoke

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-o-file

New restaurants, chefs at sea, and Lawrence Eguakun makes a comeback

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Feb. 14-21

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Las Palomas

This West Lake eatery proves that you can go home again
music

Spontaneous Convergence

Chris Cogburn's No Idea Festival risks improvisation

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Armed Forces Entertainment's metal of honor, the Judy's reunite for the Austin Music Awards, Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel's Double Fantasy

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Reivers

The Reivers

School Police

II

the Service Industry

Limited Coverage

the Heavy Circles

the Heavy Circles

Luna Tart

Luna Tart Died

That Damned Band

999 Surreal Eyes

the Politics

These Bridges Will Not Stand

One Trick Monkey

One Trick Monkey

Grey Daturas, Daniel Francis Doyle, Koji Kondo, the Black

Owly Claw b/w Hammer, History of Consideration, Give Us Your Guts

Broken Teeth

Electric

Reverend Organdrum

Hi-Fi Stereo

Marshall Styler

A Face in the Clouds

All in the Golden Afternoon

All in the Golden Afternoon

Jeff Tracy

Moments in Time

Austin Collins

Roses Are Black

Any Random Six

Any Random Six

El Tule

Volumen 1

The Word Association

Lucid.

Leann Rimes, Brent Allen, Tommy Alverson, Darryl Lee Rush, the Joel Hofmann Band

Family, There's a Lot of Folks Like Me, Country to the Bone, Live from the River Road Icehouse, One More Day

Rich Harney

Where Love Begins

Robert Skiles

The Noble Grapes
screens

Art + Commerce

Marc English Design's DIY Criteria

BY MARC SAVLOV

Confessions From the King of Fuzz

Cult soundtrack composer Davie Allan comes to the Alamo Ritz

BY MARGARET MOSER

AFS Essential Cinema

AFS presents the sequel to one of its most provocative Essential Cinema series programs from last year

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

TV Eye

The writers' strike may be almost over, but we're gonna be feeling it for a while now

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Zodiac: Director's Cut

Spencer Parsons has been waiting for a proper DVD of Fincher's essay on the dorkiness of evil since end titles rolled in the theatre

Film Reviews

Definitely, Maybe

Before giving in to romantic frippery, Definitely, Maybe functions as a believable, era-zagging retelling of one man’s overlapping love affairs with three women.

Dirt Road to Psychedelia

This documentary traces the changeover of Austin's youth culture from beatniks to hippies, folkies to rockers, and potheads to day-trippers – with side trips into all the music along the way.

Jumper

Jumper is pretty slick, entertaining stuff about what young male teens might do if given the ability to teleport.

Me & You, Us, Forever

A 47-year-old Christian man, in the throes of divorce, remininisces about his first love: his high school girlfriend from 30 years ago.

Taxi to the Dark Side

Alex Gibney's new documentary focuses on the patterns of abuse committed by American armed forces against enemy combatants in Iraq and elsewhere. Instead of bad apples, he finds bad orders.

The 2007 Academy Award Nominated Films: Live Action

Be your own judge and jury for these final five competitors for the Best Live Action Short Oscar.

The 2007 Academy Award Nominated Short Films: Animation

See the five animated shorts in competition for the Oscar, and judge for yourself.
arts & culture

After the 'Watch,' What?

Alumni of AMOA's 'New Art in Austin' talk about the exhibition's impact on their careers

BY RACHEL COOK

Raúl Salinas: In memoriam

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Long Center: Sounds to your heart's content

You can hear the first-ever concert in the Long Center as a Valentine's Day treat

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Blanton Museum of Art: Ann Wilson takes the reins

Ann Wilson has been named interim director of the Blanton Museum of Art

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Ballet Austin: Youth moves

Choreographers ages 7-17 won their own chance to shine during this week's search for New American Talent

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash

Applause for Austin playwrights in Louisville and New York, hats off to Chia, and a tuba player of note

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

You Are Pretty

St. Idiot's amazingly intimate tour of a brothel is funny, daring, and real

'Five Women Wearing the Same Dress'

Despite the script's weaknesses, this NXNW production stays engaging because all five women are fun to watch

Testsite 08.1 Ether

A heady, intelligent exchange between artist and critic about art's invisibility and criticism's illegibility
columns

Page Two: SXSW 101

An index of commonly misplaced ire

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

After a Fashion

Stephen preps for the Texas Film Hall of Fame with a look back at previous years' events

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Letters @ 3AM

The real election is being decided in the primaries, and unless disaster intervenes, the next president will be Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Day Trips

Marfa Gliders give visitors to West Texas a bird's-eye view of the landscape

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

This Valentine's Day, the Longhorns have learned to love the one they're with, not the one who got away

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Angelina Jolie in a bath with her rat, keeping ingrown toenails in the family, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Beware of 'Foreclosure Prevention' Companies

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The latest on Stoke City, Aztex tryouts, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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