Sept. 26, 2008

Volume 28, Number 4

ON THE COVER:
news

UT's Brackenridge Tract: For Love or Money?

West Austin readies for another battle over redevelopment

BY JACOB COTTINGHAM

Another Ill Wind

Ike's aftermath leaves Red Cross, schools, charities picking up the pieces

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Res Publica

Your civic agenda, Sept. 25-Oct. 2

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Obama Office Open for Business

Obama wasn't there, but Benjamin McKenzie was

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Wanna Vote? Better Register Soon.

Hurry, hurry! Register to vote before the big day.

BY LEE NICHOLS

Better Zed Than Dead?

Complaint filed against House Rep. Zedler

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Barr Barks Up Wrong Tree

Libertarian prez hopeful loses effort to keep Obama and McCain off the ballot.

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Postpone the Debate? Let's Debate It ...

WTF, McCain?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Politics Take Back Seat to Ike

Partisanship goes out the window in wake of storm

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Yogurt Shop DNA

After months of testing, the state knows a lot about who doesn't match the new DNA evidence

BY JORDAN SMITH

Jimmy Fennell Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping, Sexual Misconduct

The former Georgetown Police sergeant's conviction casts doubt on his innocence in the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites

BY JORDAN SMITH

Nix to Negativity

Overheard at the broadcasters schmoozefest: Crisis? What crisis? Have some candy.

BY KEVIN BRASS

Austin's Energy Future ... and You!

Citizens to play a large role in determining where Austin gets its energy in the future

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Pickens and Pope

Possibilities open up when the Sierra Club can find common ground with a Texas oilman

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

81st Lege

The upcoming legislative session looks to be a doozy

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Reefer Madness: Drug Czar or Drugged Czar?

Walters appears to be winning the war on fantasy

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Under Water

James Galbraith on the prospects of an economic bailout

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: It Will Be Mayor May Before you Know It

Plugging the holes in the city's campaign finance ordinance

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Arming the World; and Another Bush Mess to Clean Up

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Harmonic Convergence

Threadgill's perfectly weds Austin's music and food cultures

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Street Food Near Zilker Park

If the ACL food court isn't enough, check out these nearby eateries

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-o-File

Maria Maria brings Roberto Santibañez to Austin, renovations continue in local eateries, and more delicious news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Eat chiles to your heart's content at the Sunset Valley Farmers Market, and head to the swanky Taste of Sixth Street benefit in support of local businesses

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Out of the Mouths of Children

The return of the Butthole Surfers – don't call it a reunion!

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Rainin in Paradize

Manu Chao, changing the world one neighborhood at a time

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

Gearing up for the 2008 Austin City Limits Music Festival

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

The Lovely Sparrows

Bury the Cynics

Low Line Caller

Hi Def Soft Core

The Calm Blue Sea

The Calm Blue Sea

The Diamond Center

Claws and Flaws

Pillow Queens

Kookoolegit

The New Year

The New Year

Naked Empire

Bottom Feeders

Silver Pines, the Lemurs, the Laughing, Sex Panda

Forces, Million Little Bits, Jungle, Suncopters

Militant Babies

We'd Rather Have Nothing Than Settle for Less

Calhoun

Falter.Waver.Cultivate

Scrappy Jud Newcomb

Ride the High Country

the Lost Pines

Middle of the Morning

John Inmon

Songs for Heavy Traffic

Infinite Partials

End of Begin

ACL FEST

ACL Fest Friday Schedule

Friday's full lineup

ACL Fest Friday Picks

The blurbing of ACL 2008

ACL Fest Friday Interviews

ACL Fest Friday Reviews

ACL Fest Saturday Schedule

Saturday's full lineup

ACL Fest Saturday Picks

The blurbing of ACL 2008

ACL Fest Saturday Interviews

ACL Fest Saturday Reviews

ACL Fest Sunday Schedule

Sunday's full lineup

ACL Sunday Picks

The blurbing of ACL 2008

ACL Fest Sunday Interviews

ACL Fest Sunday Reviews

Austin Kiddie Limits

For the young'uns

BY MELANIE HAUPT

ACL Aftershows

When the sun goes down

ACL's Food Court Continues to Expand Its – and Our – Horizons

Take an ACL break Austin-style with local eateries and portable fine dining

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Restaurants Near Zilker

When ACL's food court isn't enough

Barton Springs Pool Info

Take a dip

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

screens

Burn, Baby, Burn

On Fahrenheit 451 and why good democracy should make you feel bad

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

A New Vision of Television

Critical theorist Sharon Ross talks about 'tele-participation' and the joys of tough women on TV

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

IndiePix Rolls Out a Two-Disc DVD of 'Hell on Wheels'

The ladies of Roller Derby show some derring-do promoting the new release

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

TV Eye

At this year's Emmy Awards, cable won, and reality lost. Sorry, Heidi.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Last Laugh: Deluxe Restored Edition

Best known for his vampires, devils, and death-dealers, F.W. Murnau traffics here in the evils of capitalism and human cruelty

Film Reviews

Choke

Choke, a forgettable adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s 2001 novel, features Sam Rockwell as a man of many hats, all of them off-putting.

Eagle Eye

Too bad it's autumn: With its frenetic car chases; near-erotic fascination with explosions, gadgets, and guns; and disposable storyline, Eagle Eye is the very definition of a summer blockbuster.

Forever Strong

The film tells the story of a volunteer American rugby coach who inspires his team.

Humboldt County

This fine ensemble piece – thoughtful and cheering, even giddy in stabs – presents a seriocomic, sympathetic portrait of a pot-growing family operating along the coast of Northern California.

I Served the King of England

The new film from Czech New Wave hero Jirí Menzel presents a whimsical version of 20th century European history.

Igor

Pixar this animated outing isn't, but neither is it Mary Shelley's VeggieTales.

Johnny Got His Gun

Austin-bred actor Ben McKenzie stars in this one-man show of Dalton Trumbo's timeless anti-war novel.

The Lucky Ones

Tim Robbins effectively heads an engaging threesome of Iraq war vets as they travel across America on a road to personal growth.

Miracle at St. Anna

Spike Lee fights the good fight but loses the battle in his bloated and muddled World War II epic that pays tribute to the Army's Buffalo Soldiers.

My Best Friend's Girl

Dane Cook stars in this rom-com about a serial womanizer who accidentally falls in love with his best friend’s girl.

Nights in Rodanthe

This movie which reunites Richard Gere and Diane Lane is hardly the best chick flick around, but it’s the flick with the best chick by far.

Towelhead

Alan Ball's film is guaranteed to discomfit and dismay with its dangerous plunge into an adolescent girl's discovery of sexuality and self-identity.
arts & culture

A Stage of Their Own

TexARTS has yet to find its audience in Austin, but outside it is another story

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Latino Comedy Project

The sketch troupe says bye to Bush by serving up its best jabs at W one last time

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Tere O'Connor

Don't fret over getting this choreographer's dances, and you'll be richly rewarded

BY ANDREW LONG

New Music Ensemble

Three artists reunite on an opera they first worked on together 30 years ago

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Conspirare CD sells big, ASO executive director leaves, and learn to advocate for the arts

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Marisol

Vestige Group has the pieces of an interesting puzzle, but most don't fit together

Austin Symphony Orchestra With Leila Josefowicz

Peter Bay programmed a rich, innovative concert to kick off ASO's 98th season

Past: Paused

A two-man, two-nation photo show where everything new is old again – and vice versa
columns

Page Two: Spinning Tales

The GOP masterfully weaves a tapestry of deceit

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Letters at 3AM

This two-year-long campaign of such unprecedented intensity may have been the best proving ground for Barack Obama's candidacy

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

While Stephen is fetching, he didn't fetch much

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Stoneleigh Hotel in Dallas is one grand lady that has received more than just a face lift

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

A young man was bashed on the bus

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Playing Through

Shana Young may be only 14, but she'll leave you in the dust out at Iron Rock Raceway

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Are you registered to vote in November election?

BY LUKE ELLIS

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