Aug. 15, 2008

Volume 27, Number 50

ON THE COVER:
news

The New M.O. at City Hall

City Manager Marc Ott opens up on his new job, his new city, and his philosophy of governance

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Res Publica

Go, go, good citizen, go! Your civic agenda: Aug. 14-21.

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Framing the Populist Message

This election year, the populist message just might pay off

BY LEE NICHOLS

Noriega Knocks Border Wall

Noriega criticizes Cornyn's immigration stance

BY LEE NICHOLS

Libertarians Jonesing for TCRP Delegate List

The L Word: Not just for lesbians any more

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Integrity Unit Members Hunker Down

New unit begins review of how Texas criminal justice system stacks up

BY JORDAN SMITH

Thomas Frank's 21st Century Corruption Theory

A Q&A with the author of What's the Matter With Kansas? and The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Defense Lawyers Try to Halt Execution

State primed to deliver another lethal injection

BY JORDAN SMITH

APD Commander Gets Job Back

What happens when you don't report a comment you thought discriminatory, and then the comment itself is deemed not discriminatory after all? You get fired – but not for long.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Eastside Memorial It Is

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Budget Woes at AISD

Doesn't look like AISD will be cutting property tax rates any time soon

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Planned Clinic Pits Neighbors Against Health District

Many residents were unaware of proposed clinic until they read about it in the newspaper

BY LYDIA CRAFTS

Streetcar: The Work Plan

The wheels are in motion for an urban rail system

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Union Considers Final Offer in Cap Metro Negotiations

If ATU 1091 rejects StarTran's offer – and they might – a strike could be on the horizon

BY JUSTIN WARD

Media Watch

Sports guy Roger Wallace is unflappable as he delivers live sound bites from "halfway around the world"

BY KEVIN BRASS

Point Austin: Bare Necessities

Budget decisions are about money ... and justice

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: A Bridge Too Far?

Street closure debate comes to a head over Batfest

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Are We in Iraq to Stay?; and Time for Percolate-Up Economics

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

¡Sí Se Puede!

How Claudia Alarcón saved Christmas (dinner)

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

TEXSOM: Stands for Some Smart Texas Sommeliers

This year's Texas Sommelier Conference culminates in a Grand Tasting open to the public

BY WES MARSHALL

Event Menu

Aug. 15-21

Food-o-File

Austin eats dirty, drinks hard, and welcomes the new Frisco Shop and Tolbert family chili

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Torchy's Tacos

As long as the quality is akin to Torchy's, Austin can never have too many taco joints
music

Appreciation Society

Shapes Have Fangs bite into a Kinks klassic

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Across the Great Divide

Hacienda's Abraham Villanueva keys in on the Band

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Off the Record

The Sword and Metallica ride the lightning at Ozzfest, while Kanye West and Hope for Heroes lend a helping hand to U.S. veterans

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Live Shots

screens

The Community Turns Its Camera On

KLRU's Docubloggers mixes new media and old

BY ASHLEY MORENO

Once More Unto the Breach

Film Fight returns, dons ruff and British accent

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Mummy's the Word

Mexic-Arte Museum screens a landmark of Mexican fantastic cinema

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film News

Austin Studios gets an upgrade, plus the fall festival season begins

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Fake reality and real rock on IFC's new semiscripted show, Z Rock

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Bachna Ae Haseeno

New Bollywood romance.

Bottle Shock

Stuff the cork back in: This wine movie was sold before its time.

Fly Me to the Moon

This animated film is a simple parable of spirited can-do-ism, in which a trio of young houseflies semiaccidentally tags along on the Apollo 11 moon shot.

Henry Poole Is Here

Director Mark Pellington has turned soft with this corny, redemptive, and/or inspirational tale that stars Luke Wilson.

The Last Mistress

The latest titillation from French provocatrice Catherine Breillat is a period piece starring the ever-alluring Asia Argento.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

The only important things in this new animated epic is that viewers be blown away by the endless and pointless laser battles and that girl power comes into its own.

Take

Take, with a very good performance by Minnie Driver, is a dreadfully misguided movie whose story of redemption is utterly irredeemable.

Tropic Thunder

Instead of entering the jungle to find the heart of darkness, Ben Stiller goes in to take aim at the Achilles' heel of Hollywood: its utter pomposity and self-importance.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Woody Allen's newest is by no means a bad film, but it’s irrefutable evidence that Allen has aged – or cloistered – himself into irrelevance.
arts & culture

The Big Show

Comic-Con has gone Hollywood, but Austin's comics pros say it's still the place to be

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Teatro Vivo: Giving Voice to Its Own

In a departure, the company mounts a program of plays by four of its artists

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

Landmarks: Enhancing Campus With Art

UT gets 28 large sculptures on long-term loan from the Metropolitan Museum

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Long Center: Playing Without a 'Chaperone'

The national tour of The Drowsy Chaperone won't stop in Austin after all

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Judy Thompson-Price: A Maker of Dances Gets Her Due

The Zilker Summer Musical honors the woman who has choreographed 20 shows

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Twelfth Night

Scottish Rite Theatre serves up Shakespearean comedy with actors who know their stuff

Brass Ring

Sequel to HIT. suffers from some trite dialogue, but hang on for that final twist

Double Identity: Andrew Long & Michael Long

These brothers' works reveal the fascinating strengths of nonobjective art
columns

Page Two: Funny Papers

More than ever, the Chronicle is what people make of it

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops

Our latest batch

Letters at 3AM

Officially confirmed 'alien' activity would be as sobering as it is intoxicating

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

The Gay Place

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar rocks with the royals and those who throw parties like they are

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The water in Oregon's Crater Lake is the most beautiful shade of blue

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

A look into the darker side of the Olympic Games

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Muses, cockroaches, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

'Late Rent' Penalties and Cash Rental Payments

BY LUKE ELLIS

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