Oct. 3, 2008

Volume 28, Number 5

features

It Came From the Back Yard

House of Torment's yearlong scare tactics pay off in Halloween screams

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

news

The Man in the White Hat

Larry Joe Doherty rides into the battle for CD 10

BY LEE NICHOLS

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Res Publica

Voter registration's only the top of the iceberg – here's the rest of your civic agenda for the week, Oct. 2-9

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

So You Think You're Registered?

Thousands of voters mess this up every Election Day. Do yourself a favor, and double-check your registration before the Oct. 6 deadline.

BY NORA ANKRUM AND LEE NICHOLS

Tickling Voters' Fancies

Want that little something extra with your voter registration card? Got to Burlesque the Vote.

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

On Nov. 4, Who Will You Hail To?

City Hall Hustle

No Exceptions for Ike-Displaced Voters

A voter-registration deadline extension looks unlikely

BY LEE NICHOLS

Say Goodbye, and Watch the Debate

The TCDP bids adieu to district judges Jeanne Meurer and Margaret Cooper, then staggers over to the debate-watching party

Gomez to Lead Cap Metro Board

Travis County commissioner moves to top board seat at transportation agency

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

The Pecan Street Project

Austin and AE form high tech partnership for the next big challenge in clean energy

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Making It, Weirdly

A little elbow grease and perseverance pays off for creative entrepeneur Luke Iseman

BY LAUREL CHESKY

TPJ Campaign Complaint Leads Back to WilCo

Texans for Public Justice says Chief Justice Kenneth Law has engaged in illegal fundraising practices – but that's not all

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Innocence Project Seeks Justice

Timothy Cole died before his false conviction could be overturned, but his family – and the victim of the real attacker – still seek closure

BY JORDAN SMITH

Mueller Revisits Affordability and Density

Planners return to the drawing board to add and diversify housing stock at Mueller

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Point Austin: Money for Nothing

After the bailout, what then?

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Ocean's Seven

When the joint is hoppin', the cool cats and kitties come knockin'

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Chocolate That Isn't; and Bush's Farewell Gift to Chemical Bosses

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food-o-File

Some local dining landmarks we missed, along with news on Hill-Berts and the Cocktail World Cup

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Urban Roots

Urban Roots gets kids growing vegetables and growing up, too

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Wine of the Week

If a great wine under $10 is your Holy Grail, the search is over

BY WES MARSHALL

Food Reviews

Emerald City Press

Stop by Emerald City Press for espresso soft-serve and fresh flowers with your morning coffee

Event Menu

Oktoberfest celebrations, dinner at the Texas Culinary Academy, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Off the Record

Songs in A&E: Recovering from the 2008 Austin City Limits Music Festival and revving up for the third annual HAAM Benefit Day

BY AUSTIN POWELL

ACL Live Shots

screens

Taste of Asia

Previewing the Austin Asian American Film Festival 2008

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Human Traffic

New rockumentary Call + Response aims to do something about modern slave trade

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Trial and Error, Rewarded

The days- and nights- and years-long journey to make August Evening

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Democracy's Feet of Clay

AFS Documentary Tour presents Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Film News

Save the Texas film industry with a Spaghetti Western fundraiser with the stars and under the stars at Star Hill Ranch

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Masterpiece Theatre loosens the corset, plus first reactions to fall's new slate of shows

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Appaloosa

Ed Harris takes a turn behind the camera again in this Western in which he co-stars with Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger, and Jeremy Irons.

Battle in Seattle

The 1999 protests at the WTO meeting in Seattle provide the backdrop footage for this character drama.

Blindness

Julianne Moore brilliantly leads the strong cast in this sci-fi parable which takes us to the depths of human degradation before letting in the light.

Fireproof

God helps a firefighter, played by Kirk Cameron, to repair his marriage.

Flash of Genius

Based on the true story of Robert Kearns, who invented the intermittent windshield wiper only to have his idea stolen by the Ford Motor Co., is a real David and Goliath story.

Kidnap

This new Bollywood film is an action thriller.

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

Michael Cera and Kat Dennings star as the titular bridge-and-tunnel kids at the heart of this New York City after-dark romantic comedy.

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

This French box-office sensation is a send-up of Sixties spy films.

Religulous

Bill Maher walks with the angels in this documentary, which he uses as his pulpit to proselytize the gospel of doubt.
arts & culture

Learning Curve

Lessons from the Long Center's first six months

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Conspirare

Austin's celebrated choral ensemble is taping a concert for broadcast on PBS

BY ROBERT FAIRES

2008 B. Iden Payne Awards

Big love for UT in this year's nominations for the annual ACoT theatre honors

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Lora Reynolds Gallery

The contemporary-art dealer has a new home in a busy district of Downtown

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Chaddick Dance Theater

After a stellar career in San Francisco, a choreographer follows her heart to Austin

BY HANNAH KENAH

Arts Reviews

Cloud 9

Mary Moody Northen Theatre serves an impeccably acted, entertaining way to question your perspectives

Blackbird

Capital T and Hyde Park Theatre deserve better than this David Harrower script
columns

Page Two: To Whine Is to Love Again

The GOP masterfully weaves a tapestry of deceit

BY LOUIS BLACK

After A Fashion

Stephen remakes his nephew: Can the world handle another style-happy Moser?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Bugle Boy in La Grange offers an intimate setting for the audience and artists to connect

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

God, we love Barney Frank ... (and the bailout does have its bright side)

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Playing Through

At 10 years old, Robert D'Lorm didn't learn how to box to beat up the bullies at school; he learned how to box so he wouldn't have to

BY THOMAS HACKETT

The Common Law

Trying to Avoid Jury Duty?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

A surfing president, oil by accident, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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