Sept. 19, 2008

Volume 28, Number 3

ON THE COVER:
features

Something the Grackles Made

The life and works of Mr. Pants

BY CINDY WIDNER

news

Iraq Comes Home

Wounded Warriors return to the Thin Blue Line

BY JORDAN SMITH

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Res Publica

Your civic agenda, Sept. 18-25

Aquifer Board Seeks to Expand Its Regulatory Reach

Groundwater agency wants to tighten its grip in western Travis County

BY JACOB COTTINGHAM

Let the Super Search Begin

Twelve upcoming forums give the public a large role in finding AISD's new superintendent

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

UT Students Ignite Streetcar Passions

A UT forum on light rail got heavy last week

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Bus Drivers Cry Foul Over 'Union-Busting Tactic'

Bus drivers don't like StarTran's 'final offer,' but they're still on the job

BY LEE NICHOLS

Outlook Good for Police Contract

Both sides appear satisfied with the recently negotiated employment contract for Austin police

BY JORDAN SMITH

Bike Lanes: Not Just for Bikes Anymore

Road work on Exposition highlights difficulty of preserving safe road space for bicycles

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

The Sad Case of the Cactus Planter

Judge Sam Sparks ruled against Planet K in its attempts to save its beloved junked car (aka Ralph)

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

KXAN Airs Its Time Warner Laundry

KXAN broadcasts its disgust with Time Warner

BY KEVIN BRASS

Healthcare District Budget, New Clinic Get Green Light

County commissioners sign off on building new Braker Lane clinic, despite neighborhood opposition

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Barr Too Big for His Libertarian Britches

In snubbing Ron Paul, Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr may have lost his base

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Bolton's Thick Blue Line

Bolton wins law enforcement endorsements, despite opponent's law-and-order ties

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Ike Won't Spike the Vote

The show must go on: Storm damage won't stop people from casting ballots

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

GOP Oil Spiel Not So Slick

Contrary to what John Cornyn would have us believe, speculators are to blame for the oil price spike, says new report

BY LEE NICHOLS

Officials' Silence Speaks Loudly at Hutto Forum

A forum on the T. Don Hutto immigrant-detention center will go on despite no participation from Hutto supporters

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Point Austin: Charlie Wilson's Chair

When the legend becomes fact, endow the legend

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: What Would Sarah Do?

Railin' on Palin's veep credentials

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

FDA Gives In to Food Torturers; and Protecting the Integrity of Our Votes

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

SLOW FOOD

Slow Food Nation '08

Slow Food Nation works to support local food tradition, and it tastes good, too

BY MM PACK

Slow Food Nation '08 Photo Gallery

Event Menu

Sample sausages and wines on the Kiolbassa & Kab trail, bourbons at Jasper's, and spa treatments at the Belmont

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Big Brother puts the squeeze on more than just juice

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

The Mansion at Judges' Hill

The Mansion's intimacy and opulence are hard to top

Galloway Sandwich Shop

Galloway's isn't about sandwiches but delicious, Southern soul food
music

They're a Little Odd and Don't Know It

Randy Newman likes Billy Joel?

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Lunacy and Sorrow

David Berman pokes the Silver Jews out of his shell

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Off the Record

Charlie Sexton and Stephen Bruton hang with the Dude, and Haunting Oboe Music's calender year

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Josh Allen

Orpheus

The Black Angels, School of Seven Bells, the Young, Camp X-Ray, Anais Mitchell & Rachel Ries

Doves, Silent Grips, the Young, Camp X-Ray, Country EP

Alex Coke, Tina Marsh, Steve Feld, Ron Westray, Joe LoCascio

It's Possible, Medical Cures for the Chromatic Commands of the Inncer City Blue Canoe, Ghosts

Delbert McClinton

Rocking the Boat: A Musical Conversation & Journey

Bruce Robison

The New World

Eve & the Exiles

Blow Your Mind

Drew Smith's Lonely Choir

Drew Smith's Lonely Choir

Susan Gibson

New Dog, Old Tricks

Bubba Hernandez

Dancing en Fuego

Steam Heat

Austin Funk

Redd Volkaert

Reddhead

The Van Buren Boys

Planet Kickass

Pimpadelic

She's Dead

Toadies

No Deliverance

Hot Club of Cowtown

The Best Of

Rob Roy Parnell

Let's Start Something

Brandon Rhyder

Every Night

Roger Creager

Here It Is

Jason Allen

The Twilight Zone

Honeybrowne

Mile by Mile
screens

Continental Drift

Scenes from the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

The Bike Stuff

The traveling 2008 Bicycle Film Festival rolls into Austin

BY ROB D'AMICO

Beware: Bigfoot Ahead

The homegrown horror of The Wild Man of Navidad

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Film News

Carolyn Banks makes her directorial debut in Bastrop

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

The presidential debates are coming, and so are the Emmys

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Edge of Heaven

This Turkish film is a transgenerational, transborder microcosm of modern cultural melding.

Ghost Town

A sweet, old-fashioned kind of picture content to burrow into the quiet spaces, where boring, ordinary adults live and fitfully try to love again. Oh, and occasionally talk to dead people.

Lakeview Terrace

By-the-book domestic thriller about the consequences of moving into a neighborhood lorded over by a rules-happy sociopath with a gun and a badge.

Righteous Kill

There's nothing righteous about this tired and tiresome good cop/bad cop NYPD procedural.

Stealing America: Vote by Vote

This documentary account of Election Day 2004 thinks it has the answer: conspiracy and treason, Republican-style.

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys

One-man moviemaking machine Tyler Perry drops his usual cross-dressing comedics for this melodrama about two family dynasties – one black, one white – rocked by scandal.

Up the Yangtze

Canadian documentary effectively personalizes the effect of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River and the 2 million it displaced.
arts & culture

Artists as Developers

A symposium gives creative types a new role in rebuilding neighborhoods

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

'Pressure': Pedaling Art

Lance Armstrong shows off his cultural side with an exhibit of bike art

BY ANDREW LONG

Ben Aqua and Faith Gay: Bound for Big D

Two Austin artists will do residencies at Dallas' new Centraltrak art facility

BY RACHEL KOPER

Austin Symphony Orchestra: The Music Goes 'Round and 'Round

ASO's first commissioned work uses Dell Hall to envelop the audience in sound

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Macbeth

Austin Shakespeare's staging is strong but at times is lost in its own sound and fury

Amadeus

At the opening of this Austin Playhouse show, some actors hadn't done the work

The Politics of War

This show of political art by Robert Levers and Chris Reno is as timely as it gets
columns

Page Two: Theatre of Cruelty

The backdrop of reality that belies the McCain-Palin pageant

BY LOUIS BLACK

Playing Through

The ladies of the Austin Valkyries women's rugby team will lay you out on the field and then buy you a beer an hour later

BY THOMAS HACKETT

After a Fashion

Barbara, Jenna, and Ranch dressing? What do you think this week's column is about?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

NatureFest in Bastrop's Fisherman's Park will celebrate the opening of Wilbarger Paddling Trail on Sept. 27

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Hurricane relief in a hurricane glass

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Hurricanes, typhoons, and hemophobia

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Homeowners' Associations – What Gives Them the Right?

BY LUKE ELLIS

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