April 4, 2008

Jason Stout

Volume 27, Number 31

ON THE COVER:
news

Listening to the Bones

Bones tell a story at world's largest body farm

BY R.U. STEINBERG

'Chronicle' Endorsements

Primary Run-Off, April 8

Dem Convention: Turning Texas blue

Travis County Dems have the spirit, yes they do!

BY LEE NICHOLS AND RICHARD WHITTAKER

Obama Takes Convention and Texas

For now, anyway ...

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

A Bloodcurdling Day in the Neighborhood: Candidates woo ANC

Candidates to ANC: Howdy, neighbor!

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Panetti Sane Enough to Die

U.S. District Court rules (again) on the mentally ill Texas inmate

BY JORDAN SMITH

Terrorism Hardens Austin

Austin learns what to do when terrorists – and acronyms – attack

BY MATT MARTINEZ

Rolling Rebellion at Capital Metro

Budget cuts threaten transit services for the disabled

BY JUSTIN WARD

Naked City

Reefer Madness

Medi-pot patient acquitted after 11-minute deliberation

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Following Ronnie

The next D.A. must meet a high standard

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Spring fever: Council members' minds adrift

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

FEMA Still at It; and A Library for Bush Groupies

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food-o-File

The James Beard Foundation and Inter­national Association of Culinary Professionals honor local cookbook authors

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week: Albariño

The climate in the province of Pontevedra produces delicious Spanish wine

BY WES MARSHALL

Food Reviews

Cuisine de Cocktail at the Peacock

Join the Peacock the first Tuesday of each month for five-course dinner with cocktail pairings
music

Don't Look Back

Why the crush at the Hole in the Wall on Wednesdays?

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Kick It Off

Keith Richards never bought a Ricky Nelson album, only James Burton's LPs

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Off the Record

Threadgill's reopens its original location in historic fashion, Spoon gets remixed, and Neil Young's Greendale takes the stage

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!

the Raconteurs

Consolers of the Lonely

Tony Trischka

Territory

the Breeders

Mountain Battles

Lionel Loueke

Karibu

Willie Nelson

One Hell of a Ride

Graveyard, Witch, Torche

Graveyard, Paralyzed, Meanderthal
screens

The Secret Lives of Girls

AFS Documentary Tour presents the six-part Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

His Dark Materials

David Gordon Green shines a light on love and loss in Snow Angels

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Road Warrior

Self-distributing Hell on Wheels

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

The discussion of race in this country needs to continue, but who's going to do the talking?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Summer Palace

This Chinese film dramatizing the Tiananmen Square massacre earned the director a five-year ban from making movies

Film Reviews

Chicago 10

The trial that resulted from the demonstrations outside the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago were a media spectacle that is well-captured here.

The Grand

There's some truly hilarious material (though not nearly enough) in this partially improvised movie about characters competing in a Las Vegas championship poker tournament.

Leatherheads

George Clooney's latest (behind and in front of the camera) is awfully agreeable, but it lurches forward in fits and starts.

Nim's Island

This girls adventure story that stars Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster, and Gerard Butler bears the reminder that we should all be the heroes of our own life stories.

One Two Three

A comedy of mistaken identities provides the plot of this new Bollywood comedy.

Planet B-Boy

The global revival of breakdancing is the subject of this documentary, which shows off the mad skillz of competitors around the world.

Shine a Light

The Rolling Stones gather no moss in this Martin Scorsese-directed concert film that's playing on both IMAX and conventional screens.

Snow Angels

Filmmaker David Gordon Green guides his cast, headed by Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale, through a fumbling world of nursed grudges and blown opportunities.

Superhero Movie

Superhero Movie is a tonally confused spoof, which, for once, doesn't go far enough comedically.

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

This Brazilian film is set against the twinned, opposing backdrops of the explosive 1970 World Cup and the human toll of the country's brutal military dictatorship.
arts & culture

Myth Steps

Trenton Doyle Hancock's mythic creatures rise from the canvas, with help from Stephen Mills and Graham Reynolds

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Crestview Wall of Welcome: Art bringing neighbors together

Neighbors cheered the dedication of the Wall of Welcome, a community mosaic five years in the making

BY KENDLE WADE

Charles Umlauf: One last sale for the city's sculptor

More than 100 works from the estate of an artist who embodied Austin are being offered for sale by his family

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Long Center: Opening was, in a word, grand

In artistry and style, the gala opening for the Long Center was an evening worthy of a facility 16 years in the making

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Matt & Ben

Naughty Austin's comedy doesn't provide deep insights into Damon or Affleck, but it's funny, with some darn fine acting

Spank Dance Company: Butoh

The dancers in this performance evoke nothing so much as machinelike armatures slowly, intermittently, gorgeously going haywire

Ewan Gibbs: Pictures of Pitchers

The eight drawings of baseball pitchers, all in the same balletic contortion, are all about the pleasure of looking
columns

Page Two: The Business of America

Solutions to the made-up immigration 'problem' would be an expansive and burdensome assault on both companies and individuals

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar is still squinting from all that glare from all those rocks at the Long Center opening

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Robb Kendrick is a successful photographer, lavender farmer, and avid day-tripper

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

It was a tale of two talented center midfielders at the Austin Aztex U-23 tryouts

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Plato was an amateur wrestler, NASCAR inspirers were amateur bootleggers, and the characters in Twin Peaks were amateur coffee addicts: 216 cups (to go with their 42 slices of pie)

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Tax Return – Can I Get an Extension?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: 15th Annual Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival

Bullock Texas State History Museum, Saturday, April 5, 2008

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Dynamo drop season opener, Man U steamrolling competition, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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