June 6, 2008

John Anderson

Volume 27, Number 40

ON THE COVER:
news

The Webberville Conundrum

Austin's plans for an eastern landfill hit a little obstacle – the people who live there

BY LEE NICHOLS

'Chronicle' Endorsements

June 14 City Council run-off

BY THE CHRONICLE EDITORIAL BOARD

Quote of the week

Headlines

Naked City

Beyond City Limits

Their Reputations Precede Them

Run-off rivals Galindo and Morrison set the record straight

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Going Negative: Galindo vs. the 'Green Home Tax'

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

AG and Dems Settle ... Then Fuss

Voting fraud lawsuit ends in 'victory' for both sides

BY LEE NICHOLS

New Study Raises Specter of Helmet Law

This just in: booze and bikes don't mix

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Newsdesk

The Sunset Advisory Commission calls out TxDOT's lack of accountability

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

It's Party Time at the State Convention

There's still plenty of fun to be had …

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Those Pesky Superdelegates

Who will they pick? And who are they, for that matter?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

A Parting Plan for Austin's Downtown Parks

Dunkerley pushes new plan to preserve Austin's open spaces

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Happenings

Who Will Preside Over Parks?

Austin Parks and Rec searches for a visionary new director

BY JAMES SCOTT BANKSTON

Harris County Death Penalty: Race matters

New study shows race a factor in capital sentences

BY RITA RADOSTITZ

Texas Supreme Court Backs FLDS Mothers

Children reunite with parents in wake of Supremes' decision

BY JORDAN SMITH

Developing Stories: What's Wrong With the Super PUD

The proposed PUD amendments won't fix the problems without a plan

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

(Further) Beside the Point

Admiral Dunkerley ships out; anchors aweigh for the new council

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Aging Agitators; and the Price of Imported Shrimp

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Campus Restaurant Roundup, Summer 2008

The choice campus eateries this summer are close to UT, easy on the wallet, and fast

BY MICK VANN

The SXSW of Hooch: Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail, held each July in New Orleans, is a must-attend festival for professional foodies and mixologists

BY KATE X MESSER

Wine of the Week

The 2005 Becker Vineyards Cabernet Reserve Sauvignon is a Napa-worthy Texas Cab

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Sarah Rowland benefit shows Austin's big heart and local eats

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Event Menu: June 5-12

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Absolutely Dan Dyer

If Dan Dyer couldn't sing, being 'easy on the eyes' wouldn't matter

BY MARGARET MOSER

Trouble in Mind

Hayes Carll got a guy sent back to prison!

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Off the Record

There's a whole lot of shaking going on thanks to Johnny Walker, the Pachanga Latin Music Festival, Return to Forever reunion, and Breakaway Records

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Shearwater

Rook

T Bone Burnett

Tooth of Crime

Justin Trevino

Take One as Needed for Pain

The Krayolas

La Conquistadora

The Mother Truckers

Let's All Go to Bed

Adam Carroll

Old Town Rock n Roll

Green Mountain Grass

As the Crow Flies

Those Peabodys, The Roller, Anew Revolution, Sweet Skull

Animal Saturday, The Roller, Rise, Sweet Skull
screens

Building Buzz, One 'Bag' at a Time

The Duplass Brothers buck New York and Los Angeles to premiere 'Baghead' here in the town where they started it all

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Enter the Funnyman

Danny McBride's improbable ascension via a bootlegged, no-budget tae kwon do comedy

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Tragedy on the Border

AFS Documentary Tour| Kieran Fitzgerald|The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez|Tommy Lee Jones

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Pop Goes the Culture

The SAMOPC hosts a night of music and a movie

BY JOHN DAVIDSON

Film News

Whip It? More like a 'Blew It': Drew Barrymore pic finds better incentives in Michigan

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

The Starz network digs into the history of comic books

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Bigger, Stronger, Faster*

While examining steroid use and abuse, this documentary discovers that enhancement drugs permeate our culture. Who’s to say which ones should be illegal?

The Foot Fist Way

Faux documentary about a strip-mall kung-fu sensei without the sense to come in out of the pain has moments of laugh-out-loud greatness but also much dopiness.

Kung Fu Panda

Jack Black's animated Po may be an animated panda bear, but deep down, he’s really just a nerd with a pop-culture obsession.

Mister Lonely

Oddly, Harmony Korine's film may be his most accessible as a director, featuring characters and images that are unforgettable – even if they don't add up to a complete narrative or visual whole.

Sarkar Raj

Bollywood sequel is a political drama that further explores episodes in the lives of the powerful Nagre clan.

Standard Operating Procedure

The great documentary filmmaker Errol Morris delves into the notorious photographs taken at Abu Ghraib to discover the "truths" they contain and whatever culpabilities they might reveal.

Stuck

Stuart Gordon tells his own creepy version of the story about the Fort Worth woman who locked her car in the garage for days with the mangled-but-still-living body of a human victim stuck in her windshield.

Surfwise

This documentary is a revealing portrait of Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, the spiritual father of Israeli surf and the corporeal father of a nine-child surfing dynasty in California.

You Don't Mess With the Zohan

As far as we know, this Adam Sandler movie is the first Hollywood-made Jewish/Palestinian/immigrant comedy that also doubles as a surprisingly trenchant analysis of the Middle East's perpetual bloodbath.
arts & culture

Honor Roll

The 2007-2008 Austin Critics Table Awards

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Big Range Austin Dance Festival

Choreographer Ellen Bartel is stirring up the local dance scene again with a bigger, more sophisticated dance fest

BY JONELLE SEITZ

Pecha Kucha

Watching local artists, designers, and filmmakers show 20 slides for 20 seconds each can be either illuminating or excruciating

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Arts Reviews

Art

The first production by the new Penfold Theatre Company reveals a company of fine actors capable of very fine work

The Bat

ALO's hometown take on Die Fledermaus with wit, affection, enthusiasm, and style from all parties

Jim Torok: Life Is Good

Torok's contrasting images of realism and cartoon abstraction show us both his life and his constructed idealized self
columns

Letters @ 3AM

We have become a space-faring species and are discovering that the universe is stunningly gorgeous and implacably dangerous – like us

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen finally gets to use the phrase "porn star and welfare-mother-turned-singer-
and-social-activist" in a column

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Jeannie Ralston's new book, The Unlikely Lavender Queen, is all about life, and love, and lavender, of course

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Some people are destined to compete in triathlons, and some to watch

BY THOMAS HACKETT

The Common Law

Clinton, Obama & the Texas State Convention

BY ANDY BROWN

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Irish whores, exfoliate before application, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Great Guitars Rock for Van Wilks and Prostate Cancer Awareness

Antone's, Sunday, June 8, 2008

BY THE LUV DOC

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