Feb. 29, 2008

Volume 27, Number 26

news

'Chronicle' Endorsements

March 4 primary election

ELECTION 2008

Make Your Vote Count – Twice!

A primer on Democratic precinct conventions

BY LEE NICHOLS

Debate Night: All the News Next Door

It's campaign season in Austin!

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Ron Paul

Moses and handguns

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Debate Notebook: Outside Looking In

BY CHERYL SMITH

Dukes and Money

Questions persist about Rep. Dukes' finances

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Constable Races: Part 2

The relatively tame contests at play in precincts 1,3, and 4

BY AMY SMITH

WilCo Officials Close Ranks in Constable Race

Maverick WilCo Republican constable under fire from county officials

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Party Chairs

Grassroots vs. Technology; and Modernization vs. the Grassroots

BY LEE NICHOLS

Election Notes

Olsen Hearing Raises More Questions Than Answers on APD Policy

Will Austin Police Department Sgt. Michael Olsen get his job back?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Target Target: Janitors win a legal victory

Laid-off janitors at Target sue for overtime and back pay

BY JUSTIN WARD

Naked City

Reefer Madness

Election Edition

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: The Okey Doke

Obama's genius is in movement and counterpoint

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Single-member districts proposal shoehorned into discussion and vote, barely in advance of city's election-setting deadline

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Forest Service Serves Mining Company; and Flaunting the Law While Flying the Flag

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Trailers (No Trash)

The Food staff surveys the street corners and back alleys of Austin for its finest street-food cuisine

Thom's Grocery

Picnic at Zilker Park? Make Thom's your last stop.

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

Cissi's Market

South Congress' grocer exemplifies its hip, modern surroundings

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

Food-o-file

A new Torchy's Taco complete with seating and Little Nookies, Quack's political cookies, and more gooey food news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Feb. 29-March 6

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

SXSW Picks 2 Click 2008

Seven local showcasers ready for their close-ups

Off the Record

The sound of music at the 2008 SXSW Film Conference, Barack Obama boogies back to Texas with Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, and Bubble Recording sports a diamond

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Ghostland Observatory

Robotique Majestique

100%

David Smay, Amanda Petrusich and Kate Schatz

Roxy Music

The Thrill of It All

Van Morrison

Tupelo Honey, It's Too Late To Stop Now, Wavelength, A Sense of Wonder, Avalon Sunset, Back On Top

Beach House

Devotion

Ray Davies

Working Man's Café

Tuxedomoon

Vapour Trails
screens

SXSW INTERACTIVE

Leaping Into SXSW Interactive

An aperitif to kick things off

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

In Your Facebook

Do social networking sites strengthen communities or the class divide?

BY JON LEBKOWSKY

Down the Rabbit Hole

The weird, ever-evolving world of ARGs

BY CARSON BARKER

ScreenBurn Arcade

This two-day event is free and open to the public

The Manipulation of Tay Zonday

Viral marketing, part-savvy, part-skeevy

BY DARCIE STEVENS

Talk Show Host

Heather Gold is not here to push your product

BY SPENCER PARSONS

The Wiis on the Bus

How the Wii Remote and simulated games are changing the way we learn

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

See Jane Game

Keynote speaker Jane McGonigal wants to change the world

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

One Size Does Not Fit All

The international community reacts and adapts to a Westernized Web

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

World, Interrupted

Saving the world, one Web warrior at a time

BY NORA ANKRUM

Simplexity Rising

Web usability reveals itself to be a game of hide-and-seek

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Stop Writing ...

and Start Storytelling

BY JOEY SEILER

Eugene the Destroyer

His comedy kills, and now he's hosting the SXSW Web Awards

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Will Ferrell Plays Dirty

On jocks, jokes, and why he's no Cuba Gooding Jr.

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

The Film Prof's Drunk, and the Kids Are Not All Right

Zombie auteur George Romero delivers another state of the union

BY SPENCER PARSONS

TV Eye

The government claims it wants to help you switch from analog to digital-ready TV, but they're not making it easy

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Badland

Badland is a well-meaning but pointlessly overblown drama about an American vet with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Be Kind Rewind

Michel Gondry's latest mind warp, which stars Jack Black and Mos Def, is long on vision and heart but short on narrative coherence.

City of Men

This Brazilian followup to the award-winning City of God tells a new story but continues its look at gangster life and the cycle of poverty in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.

George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead

Every generation gets the George A. Romero socio-political zombie opus they deserve. We must be living right, because this new film cuts right to the heart.

The Other Boleyn Girl

The Other Boleyn Girl, with Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, is an engagingly sordid meditation on protofeminism.

Penelope

Christina Ricci and James McAvoy star in this modern-day fairy tale about a girl who's cursed with a pig's snout for a nose but must find true love before the curse can be removed.

Semi-Pro

If basketball must be mocked, it deserves to be mocked well, and unfortunately, Will Ferrell's Semi-Pro isn’t up to the challenge.

Youth Without Youth

After a 10-year absence, Francis Ford Coppola has come in from the vineyards, but his Youth Without Youth is a self-satisfied bore that fails to connect with the audience.
arts & culture

Austin Museum of Art: The third way, explained

AMOA's new proposal for a new Downtown home is dramatically smaller than the last, but that's by design

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin: Frederic blows out 38 candles (or should that be 152?)

The city's G&S devotees throw the duty-bound hero of The Pirates of Penzance a Leap Day birthday bash

BY BARRY PINEO

Arts Reviews

Revenge of the Space Pandas

Il Teatro Nostro's production of this play for youth by David Mamet outshines its shoestring budget

Brahms: The String Sextets

Though it took some time to get there, the ensemble Viola by Choice proved how essential the viola is in chamber music

On Foreign Soil

Matt Wester's compassionate paintings are drawn from photographs he took as a National Guardsman in Iraq
columns

Page Two: Dream of Life

SXSW celebrates the best of what I am and what I believe

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters @ 3AM

The archetypes in this Democratic primary are Mama and He Who Can Free the Sword From the Stone

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen has a DIFFArent weekend in Dallas and wants to give Katie Holmes a glass of water

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Enjoy the petting zoo and hear the history of one of Texas' most astonishing African-American ranching families at the Taylor-Stevenson Ranch

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Eric Shanteau may be the third-fastest individual medley swimmer in the world, but that doesn't guarantee him a spot on the U.S. Olympic team

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

he benefits of exercise and alcohol together, why Tibetans loved to be devoured by dogs, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Cycle Utopia – Can Cyclists Do That?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The Aztex make some coaching move, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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