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Volume 27, Number 25

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news

Working on the Railroad

The regional Transit Working Group is poised to make progress on passenger rail

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

'Chronicle' Endorsements

March 4 primary election

Precinct 2 Constables

Why on earth would anyone want to run for constable? You'd be surprised.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Supreme Attention

Four candidates and only two open seats in play in high court race

BY JORDAN SMITH

Noriega vs. McMurrey

Noriega and McMurrey go to the mat

BY LEE NICHOLS

Craddick Under Siege

Speaker's race gets curiouser and curiouser

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Election Notes

Notes from the campaign trail

Charter Changes? Hold That Thought.

Austin gains another six months to mull over single-member districts

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

The School-Bond Lowdown

AISD trustees tell staff to work on language for three bond propositions for May ballot

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Naked City

Media Watch

KVET turns into poster child for station chaos, plus other tidbits

BY KEVIN BRASS

Point Austin: About Us

A reminder of just how bad things have gotten

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Futrell's City Hall reign comes to a quiet end, while council thinks "affordable" Downtown

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Democrats Suckered on Water-Boarding; and Sanctioning Corporate Autocracy

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

The Elements of Virtual Cooking

Video games that offer all the cooking and none of the food

BY SOFIA RESNICK

Event Menu

Feb. 22-29

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Our own Wes Marshall wins Wine Press Award, Louie Mueller Barbecue named Official Best Barbecue in Texas, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

music

King Tears

A decade after the ValuJet crash claimed Walter Hyatt's life, his posthumous archive celebrates his tender abilities once again

BY DOUG FREEMAN

SXSW 2008 International Bands

Off the Record

The British and Transmission Entertainment invade SXSW, Speeding Motorcycle rides into Zach Scott Theatre, and Spot opens Trailer Space

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Live Shots

The Ape-Shits

Beerland, Feb. 15

Balmorhea

Ballet Austin, Feb. 16

Krudas Cubensi

Victory Grill, Feb. 16

Floyd Moore Memorial

Antone's, Feb. 17
screens

In Play

Video game reviews

Players Guide

News, rumors, and outright lies from the gaming realm

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Keep It on the Download

Gaming, the agoraphobic way

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Film News

Terrence Malick drops a 60,000 pound Tree in Smithville

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Learning to love your local cable access programming

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Apartment: Collector's Edition

What kind of tender tyrant hinges a love story on a suicide attempt?

Film Reviews

Caramel

The denizens of a beauty parlor in Beirut depend on one another for friendship and support in this lovely Lebanese film.

Charlie Bartlett

If Ferris Bueller and Max Fischer of Rushmore joined together and had a child, their spawn would most certainly turn out something like Charlie Bartlett.

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Obtaining a back-alley abortion in Romania proves to be rivetingly tense in this visually spare but assuredly virtuosic film.

Jodhaa Akbar

From the director of Lagaan comes this masterful Bollywood epic about a 16th century marriage of political alliance that gave birth to true love.

Little Chenier

This story set within the Cajun community of Lake Charles, La., immerses the viewer in the distinctive culture.

The Signal

The Signal is an audacious horror film that nonetheless veers on occasion into surreal black comedy.

The Spiderwick Chronicles

This children's fantasy holds a lot of emotional promise but get waylaid by an overabundance of CGI effects.

Step Up 2 the Streets

Romantic sparks fly (again) among students from different backgrounds at the Maryland School of the Arts.

Vantage Point

Like Rashomon, this Dennis Quaid vehicle replays a single event – the assassination of the U.S. president – from multiple points of view.

Witless Protection

Larry the Cable Guy embarks on a new comic misadventure.
arts & culture

Continued Story

Daniel Johnston's songs find new life in the rock opera Speeding Motorcycle

BY KATHY MCCARTY

Austin Museum of Art: On the Count of Three, a New Home

For the third time, AMOA is moving forward with plans to build a permanent facility Downtown

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Theatre Action Project: A birthday bash for your inner grownup

The arts organization serving youth marks its 10th year with a party for the adults among us

BY BARRY PINEO

Merlin Works Institute and Gnap! Theater Season: Making the improv pie higher

Austin's strong improv scene is about to get even stronger, with a new training center and performance space

BY AVIMAAN SYAM

Arts Reviews

Big Love

UT energetically takes on Charles Mee's update of an ancient Greek drama and makes it very here, now

Death and the King's Horseman

A vibrant, captivating production of a magnificent play that speaks beautifully on death, life, and human nature

Greetings From Berrydale

Ryan Lauderdale's quasi-psychedelia and Michael Berryhill's stylized visions have little relationship, but both artists make a strong showing
columns

Page Two: On Topic

Wading into the SXSW vitriol, despite repeated warnings

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

After a Fashion

Last week was all about film, and this week, music. Is Stephen excited about a certain upcoming festival or what?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Woodward Ranch is an oasis on the desert and a wonderland of red plume agate and beautiful gemstones

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Participating in the Austin Marathon is straight-up crazy, and incredibly admirable

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Tampons soaked in vodka before entry, sperm released on command by the angler fish, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Avoid Foreclosure-Rescue Scams

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Spring Salsa Dance Festival 2008

Texas Union Ballroom, Friday, February 22, 2008

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Amp'd play season finale, Potters continue their surge, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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