Aug. 29, 2008

Volume 27, Number 52

ON THE COVER:
news

'Budge It!'

Roll the dice, and take a spin through the city's fiscal future

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Res Publica

This week's civic agenda, Aug. 28-Sept. 4

Family Court Feud: Public Defenders for CPS Cases?

Two civil court judges hope to ensure better legal representation for indigent families

BY LAUREL CHESKY

Bus Drivers Back at the Table

No one's headed to the picket lines yet, as Cap Metro negotiators have agreed to return to negotiations with the bus drivers' union

BY JUSTIN WARD

AISD Takes a Tax Bite to Voters

School board hammers out a budget

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

AE Defends Biomass Plant

Biomass likely to go forward despite some public opposition

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Yogurt Shop DNA Remains a Mystery

After four months of searching, a match still has not been found for the DNA that defense attorneys hope will exonerate their clients

BY JORDAN SMITH

City Hall Firestorm: Still Burning?

Minority contracting could be the meat of dispute between city manager and Hispanic leaders

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Smith Takes 'TM' Helm

Monthly presses on in wake of layoffs, shrinking budget

BY KEVIN BRASS

More Heads Roll at KEYE

Weatherman Byron Webre among the latest cuts

BY KEVIN BRASS

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Naishtat Challenger Pulls Out

Given the long odds of a GOP victory in HD 49, Republicans don't bother finding a replacement candidate

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Complaint Filed in HD 52 Race

Round Rock chamber's charity foundation offices serve as Daniel's campaign headquarters

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Corte Courts Controversy Over Residence

San Antonio House rep lists vacant lot as his home address

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Doherty Polishes Energy Credentials

When it comes to oil, Doherty knows the drill

BY LEE NICHOLS

Point Austin: Denver Stakes

What Obama signifies for the rest of us

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Everybody Now – Diversity is Good

What if they threw a race riot and nobody came?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Newsvertisements; and Mighty Monsanto Gives Up

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

In Memoriam

Austin mourns the loss of a percussionist, restaurateur, and friend

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Hot!

Winners of the 18th annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Contest

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

The posh, new mulberry opens in the 360 Condos while other Austin favorites get face-lifts

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Local food events

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Scheming Beagle Port 2004

Stone House Vineyard produces Scheming Beagle, a Texas Port that stands above the rest

BY KATE THORNBERRY

music

Off the Record

Paying tribute to the Mayor of South Austin, the Boxing Lesson takes one on the chin, and a historic occasion for the Continental Club

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Let There Be Rock

AC / DC's first gig on American soil? Austin's Armadillo World Headquarters!

BY MARKY BILLSON

Phases and Stages

the Verve

Forth

Sigur Rós

Með Suð í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust

Lykke Li

Youth Novels
screens

AGLIFF

A Festival in Transition

Twenty-one years on, aGLIFF reinvents itself

BY CLAY SMITH

Previewing aGLIFF

aGLIFF Reviews

The High Cost of Rocking

Braving bullets in Heavy Metal in Baghdad

BY MARC SAVLOV

Night, Termite

Manny Farber, defender of cinephila against the cinephiles

BY SPENCER PARSONS

2008 Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund Recipients

Where $103,500 in cash, services, and stock went

La La Love You

Alex Holdridge does the impossible and makes Los Angeles impossibly romantic in 'In Search of a Midnight Kiss'

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

Making sense of the situation at ME TV

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The House Bunny

A Playboy bunny who's been ejected from the mansion becomes a sorority house mother.

In Search of a Midnight Kiss

In Alex Holdridge's lovely new film, two twentysomething Los Angelenos wander the streets together on New Year's Eve, walking and talking amid the stunning black-and-white cinematography.

Mamma Mia! Sing-Along

Karaoke for dancing queens everywhere.

Patti Smith: Dream of Life

Fashion photographer Steven Sebring made this impressionistic documentary over the course of 12 years with Smith's full participation.

Rock On!!

New Bollywood film tells the story of four friends from an unsuccessful rock band who reunite years later.

Traitor

This Don Cheadle movie is a rare Hollywood creature: an action picture with ambiguity, a blockbuster with more questions than answers, a shoot-’em-up thriller with a sense of moral and geopolitical ambivalence.

Transsiberian

With Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, and Ben Kingsley, this train-set suspense movie also is full of sharp character studies.
arts & culture

A Diva's Best Friend

Stuart Moulton knows what becomes a legend most. Just ask Carol or Charo or Eartha or Elaine ...

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Elaine Everlasting

There's no stopping the indefatigable Ms. Stritch, and why would you want to?

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'A Bronx Tale'

Chazz Palminteri revives the show that made his name as a one-man stage drama

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Paula Poundstone

The comedian sticks it to staged politics and fears for a news anchor's health

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Radio Silence: a word opera

Zell Miller III's hip-hop opera is fascinating when it isn't flying by so quickly

The Positively Serene Death of Sir Ritter Hans Von Wittenstein Zu Wittenstein

Aggressive Muse's adaptation of Ondine is long, bloated, and lacking in precision

WorkSpace: Fabián Bercic

Meditate on this: a Zen garden made of perfectly smooth, shiny plastic
columns

Page Two: The Art of Surprise

S.R. Bindler's Surfer, Dude continually pulls off the unexpected

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM

Russia has gone from a crippled to a powerful nation, using the model of what might be called "national capitalism"

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen goes to San Francisco, hunting for Trannyshack and rolling papers

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Welcome Gay Place's guest blogger, Steve Rivas

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Hostyn might be the most interesting place in Texas that you have never heard of

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

John Razook on preseason football, the curse of Barry Switzer, and the Texans' poor choice of a moniker

BY JOHN RAZOOK

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Booze for voters, reduction in semicolon usage, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Back to School – Can My 15-Year-Old Still Work?

BY LUKE ELLIS

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