May 16, 2008

Volume 27, Number 37

ON THE COVER:
news

ELECTION 2008

Place 1: A Clear Victory for Leffingwell

Meeker's anti-Wal-Mart cred fails to bring in the votes

BY LEE NICHOLS

Place 3: Shade's Surprising Landslide

Even after winning, Shade takes jabs at Kim

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Place 4: Morrison, Galindo Move to Run-Off

BY WELLS DUNBAR

AISD: No Probs for Props

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

ACC: Mahoney Comes Out on Top, for Now

BY LEE NICHOLS

McCracken Disavows Stanford

Brewster breaks with political consultant

BY WELLS DUNBAR

In Other Elections ...

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Place 4 Handicapping: Clouds Over Galindo

BY LEE NICHOLS

Municipal Election Results by Region

Quote of the Week

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Beyond City Limits

Density Debacle at 51st Street

Neighborhood, developer, and bike activists all at odds over proposed development

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Happenings

May 15-22

Envision Crestview Station

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Crashing the Green Water Treatment Plant Proposal Party

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Artist Cage Match: Fairey vs. Orr

Iconic Obey Giant creator sues Austin artist

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Newsdesk: Pushing for a Three-Party System

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

A Little Poison With Your Plastic?

Polycarbonate plastic bottles pulled from shelves over health concerns

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Developing Stories

CAMPO's new executive director plans to get busy planning

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Point Austin: Picking Up the Pieces

Campaigns end with a thunderclap and voters' whimpers

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

The Tobyocracy's diaspora continues

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Spending Your Stimulus Check; and Corporate Greed Strangles Health Care

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

2008 Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll

A year's worth of Austin's best eateries

Event Menu

May 16-18
music

Soundscraping

The Weird Weeds sprout up among Austin's experimental jet set

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Local bands get licensed to ill, Marked Men prove lo-fi is all the rage, and Explosions in the Sky curate All Tomorrow's Parties

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Eliza Gilkyson, Christine Albert

Beautiful World, Paris, Texafrance

Leatherbag

Love & Harm

Brent Adair

Ostrich

Old 97's

Blame It on Gravity

Monroe Mustang

The Imaginary Band, Regretfully Declines

Twanguero, Eddie Foster, Dave Insley, Kimmie Rhodes, Eleven Hundred Springs

Big Bend, Copano Bay, West Texas Wine, Walls Fall Down, Country Jam

Bob Schneider

When the Sun Breaks Down on the Moon

Nelo

Nelo

Kissinger

Underwater

Ghost of the Russian Empire

The Mammoth

Lucid Dementia

Trickery

Tungsten Coil

Alpha Omega

Noise Revival Orchestra Experience, Everything's Gone Green, Canopy

Noise Revival Orchestra Experience, Hiding in the Light, Canopy / Anopy

Jesse Sublett

Murder Ballads & Noir Capers, Part 1

Death is Not a Joyride

The Human Zoo

ATX UndergroundVolume One

ATX Underground, Volume One

Driver F

Chase the White Whale

The Wailing Walls

Long Live the Infidel
screens

Look, Ma, All Hands

Hammer & Tongs on why their Eighties-era childhood epic Son of Rambow is the anti-CGI

BY MARC SAVLOV

Master Pancake Flattens 'Road House'

For love (of Swayze) and money (for cancer research)

BY ASHLEY MORENO

In Play

Welcome to the Godfather of the 21st century

BY DARCIE STEVENS

TV Eye

Squeezing our state onto the small screen in ways old and new

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

First Ladies: Early Women Filmmakers

Kino celebrates female filmmaking pioneers

Film Reviews

My Brother Is an Only Child

This Italian film is a coming-of-age story about a young man who – like the era he was born into – has no idea how to come of age, except by fits and starts.

Son of Rambow

Amid this endearing story about two boys in Eighties England who join together to make their own Rambo movie, lies an uncommon, unaffected portrayal of young male intimacy.
arts & culture

Object Lesson

In Sherry Kramer's new play, things that are ordinary become magical: flowers, Barbies, even the writer herself

BY C. DENBY SWANSON

Alan Pappé: In Memoriam

The man who gave us thousands of memorable images from Hollywood and the music scene has passed

Mindstorms Mania: Children are the future, and the future is robots

The next generation of robot-makers showed their stuff at Austin Children's Museum's robotics showcase

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Reviews

The Last Days of Desmond Nani Reese: A Stripper's History of the World

Heather Woodbury's new solo show about a 108-year-old fallen woman humanizes strippers and storytellers, whores and academics

Don Quixote

In Ballet Austin's take on Cervantes' old knight, youthful vigor and good humor pretty much carried the day
columns

Page Two: Spin and Cinema

An understanding of the U.S. Constitution by way of Robert Thom

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Even Avatars need a nap now and again.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Nichol's Landing Paddling Trail lends access to the many swimming, paddling, and water-related delights of the Upper Guadalupe River

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Cassanova tore up the competition at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge and hopes to do the same in the nationals

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Whale puke, George Costanza, coffee – the miracle drug, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Protesting High Property Taxes: Persuasive Evidence

BY LUKE ELLIS

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