Aug. 22, 2008

Volume 27, Number 51

ON THE COVER:
news

Before the Well Runs Dry

The city moves toward conservation, but is it moving fast enough?

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Students Raise the Eastside Banner

BY JANA BIRCHUM

Res Publica

This week's civic duties: Aug. 21-28

Biomass: A Question of Wood, Not Could

Council will vote this week on a proposed wood-waste-fueled power plant, but just because it's carbon-neutral doesn't mean it's perfect

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Exoneration for Child Counselor Targeted by Strayhorn

After a four-year battle with the state, Bebe Gaines wins the right to work with foster kids again

BY JORDAN SMITH

Media Watch: Anybody Want to Buy the Bat Cave?

Read all about it – 'Statesman' goes up on the block

BY KEVIN BRASS

Another Court Defeat for SOS

The Save Our Springs Alliance doesn't get to reorganize to stave off creditors – but it's free to file another lawsuit

BY AMY SMITH

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

WilCo Dems Tap Austin Expertise

Austin Democrats eager to help break GOP stronghold in Williamson County

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Polling in Senate Race All Over the Map

Who's ahead in U.S. Senate race? It depends.

BY LEE NICHOLS

Noncontroversy Erupts in HD 47

Donna Keel campaign squashes nonexistent rumor before it doesn't start

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Party Leaders Pin Hopes on Harris

Houston, we have a chance to take back the Texas House.

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Texas Supreme Court Draws Widespread Criticism

Critics of 'Entergy v. Summers' decision find unlikely allies

BY LEE NICHOLS

Austin Activist Deported From China

Founder of Students for a Free Tibet takes his message to China, then gets booted back to Texas

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bus-Stop Shuffle

Better check out the new Cap Metro routes before you head out to your old bus stop

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

URA Votes Against East 11th Density Increase

A win (for now) for Eastside opponents of increased density around the Victory Grill

BY LEE NICHOLS

Point Austin: Domain City Limits

City Charter amendment would end a deal gone sour

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Political Drought Withers SMD ... Again

'Gentleman's agreement' stays intact after unsuccessful effort to change Austin's system of electing council members

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

The Presidential Library Scam; and Structurally Deficient Bridges and Politicians

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Who's a Pepper?

The piquant history of an American hot sauce

BY MICK VANN

The Best Micheladas in Austin

No Bloody Marys here

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

4 x 13 = Cool

Four wines to cool the hot-sauce burn

BY WES MARSHALL

Let Our Commercial Bottler Winners Add Some Spice to Your Cooking

Beat the heat outdoors with these fiery prize-winning complements

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD AND KATE THORNBERRY

HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL

The 2008 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival

Sunday, August 24, 2008 at Waterloo Park

Event Menu

Local food events

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

The most delicious things are happening in South Austin this summer

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

The Good Times Ain't Over

Freddy Powers keeps on truckin'

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Off the Record

Greezy Wheels shift their gears for a midnight ramble, Black Joe Lewis preps for the Chronicle's annual Hot Sauce Festival, American Analog Set's Andrew Kenny rewinds back to Austin, and the lineup for the 2008 Fun Fun Fun Fest is in

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases and Stages

Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Testament

Rules of Hell, Nostradamus, The Formation of Damnation

U2

Boy, October, War

Inara George With Van Dyke Parks, Inara George, Van Dyke Parks

An Invitation
screens

The Chaos of Eros

Isabel Coixet's 'Elegy' for a dying animal

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Bohemian Rhapsody

Patti Smith's 12-year take

BY CINDY WIDNER

Ice Ice Baby

Slap Shot and sweaters in August, oh my

BY CHRISTOPHER BOND

TV Eye

A British soap plucks the best bits from American teen shows to make for an addictive good time

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film News

Claire Danes eyes an Austin shoot

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Film Reviews

Death Race

All the busted heads and blasted gaskets can't turn this makeover of a cult classic into anything but a real drag.

Elegy

In this smart adaptation of Philip Roth's A Dying Animal, Ben Kingsley and Penélope Cruz turn the table on the standard May-December romance.

Hamlet 2

The manic comedian Steve Coogan plays a high school drama teacher who pens a scandalous remake of the Bard's classic in an attempt to save his Tucson class from budget cuts.

The Longshots

Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst directs Ice Cube and others in this sports movie about the first girl to play Pop Warner youth football.

Mirrors

Spooky stuff crosses over from the mirror world to the real world, and it places Kiefer Sutherland in a world of hurt.

Mister Foe

Equal parts sweet and perverse, this Scottish coming-of-age story about a teenage voyeur is unpredictable and compelling and premieres exclusively in Austin.

The Rocker

Rainn Wilson's goofy, puppylike charm makes this comedy about overage, overweight rockers passing on the glories of rock & roll to the next generation a palatable exercise.
arts & culture

Talkin' the Walk

Hip-hop theatre artist Zell Miller III speaks truth about radio, race, and fatherhood

BY KATHERINE CATMULL

Nikolas Wallenda

A member of the first family of acrobats on circus life, danger, and that famous name

BY BARRY PINEO

Primordial Fish

Austin sculptor Bob Bacon trucks a 3-ton steel fish to Black Rock City

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Voces de Vivo: Voces de la Cultura Latina

Four very different short dramas that share a similar sense of wonder about life

Katie Pell: Tiny Acts of Immeasurable Benefit

Pell's not-tiny work invites you in and leaves you with a feeling of abundant energy

'Cynthia Camlin: Extremities'; 'Marianne Green: Silence and Sound'

These two exhibits celebrate natural wonders exquisitely with expert technique
columns

Page Two: Years, Dreams, and Ghosts

How we succeeded in business without really trying

BY LOUIS BLACK

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After a Fashion

Is a punt better than a drop kick? Check out these exciting calendar listings, courtesy of Your Style Avatar.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

The Gay Place

It's back to school, fool. Find your LGBT allies!

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Fort Richardson State Park outside of Jacksboro mixes the story of the Old West with outdoor recreation for the modern family

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

If an athlete's character is defined by failure, not success, what does a manic obsession with success say about the character of a nation?

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Frankincense, adverbs, and porn, oh my!

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Avoid hassles and disputes with your new landlord

BY LUKE ELLIS

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