Oct. 10, 2008

Volume 28, Number 6

ON THE COVER:
news

Taking Back the House

Texas Democrats say this could be their November

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Res Publica

Your citizen's calendar, Oct. 9-16

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Davis Stays on the Ballot

Despite attempts to kick her off, Dem candidate Wendy Davis will stay on the Senate District 10 ballot

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Allure of the Poll Dance

We can't look away from the poll numbers, though maybe we should

BY LEE NICHOLS

NARAL Supports Bolton, Maldonado

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas PAC throws its support to the candidates it believes will fight for women's rights

BY JORDAN SMITH

Dems Rake in the Dough

Central Texas Republicans just can't keep up

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Getting a Ticket Beats Going to Jail

APD nips arrest policy to address jail overcrowding

BY JORDAN SMITH

Media Watch: Boob Tube Drama

KXAN, Time Warner battle not exactly a ratings booster

BY KEVIN BRASS

Klein in Town to Talk 'Shock'

Author/activist Naomi Klein will be in Austin this week to discuss the bailout and other upbeat topics

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Keller Immune to Justice

'Killer' Keller off the hook for closing courthouse doors

BY JORDAN SMITH

Emerald City Blues

The parking-lot crisis

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Happy Trails for Dahlstrom Ranch

Aquifer property targeted for conservation

BY JACOB COTTINGHAM

Point Austin: Ounces of Prevention, Or

How is a Health Clinic Not Like an Investment Bank?

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Involuntary Blood Drive

Council creates new jail blood policy ... then raises its own eyebrows

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights; and Wall Street Bank Robbers

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Bánh Mì

Sampling bánh mì all over Austin

BY MICK VANN

St. Elias Mediterranean Festival

Get your fill of Mediterranean treats at St. Elias Mediterranean Festival

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

This weekend, head to Gruene for music and wine or Salado for chocolate and art

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Our Food writers take a driving tour of Austin's sweet shops

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Uncorked Tasting Room & Wine Bar

Creative food choices and an excellent wine selection can be found at Uncorked
music

Up From the Skies

Dana Falconberry's debut long-player gets "Fluorescent"

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Black Belt of the Rodeo

Paula Nelson will kick your ass

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off The Record

Making the rounds for the third annual HAAM Benefit Day, while the Black Angels walk with a zombie

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases and Stages

Metallica

Death Magnetic

TV on the Radio

Dear Science

Blitzen Trapper

Furr

Lila Downs

Shake Away

Ladies and Gentlementhe Fabulous Stains

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains

Replacements

Tim, Pleased to Meet Me, Don't Tell a Soul, All Shook Down
screens

A Sunny, Funny Fest

Previewing the 2008 Austin Film Festival

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Bewitched

AFS Essential Cinema: I Married a Witch: Fredric March's comic curse

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Triumph of the Underdog

Film Fight III: Writers in the Movies

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

Choosing sides between KXAN and Time Warner Cable, and a different kind of Choice on PBS

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

An American Carol

Michael Moore and left-leaning Hollywood are the subjects of this spoof that's missing only one thing: comedy.

August Evening

This quiet, contemplative gem of a film paints a painfully accurate portrait of familial love, loss, and healing-by-degrees among the migrant communities bordering San Antonio.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

It may be a family-friendly trifle, but it's nevertheless a silly, if guilty, pleasure to watch.

Billy: The Early Years of Billy Graham

A Depression-era biopic about the formative years of the influential Christian evangelist Billy Graham.

Body of Lies

Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe star in Ridley Scott's new film about the different types of CIA operatives fighting the global war on terrorism.

Chris & Don: A Love Story

The 30-year-long love affair between writer Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bachardy is lovingly documented.

City of Ember

Despite some inventive production design and a comically villainous turn from Bill Murray, this film based on a young-adult novel never really picks up much steam.

Drona

This new Bollywood film is a fantasy tale.

The Duchess

Keira Knightley stars as the titular Duchess, a legendary wit and arbiter of taste, but the film is a curiously inert: a whole lot of pomp and incircumstance.

The Express

The story of Ernie Davis, the first African-American Heisman Trophy winner, is full of heart-pumping stadium heroics and quiet acts of dignity.

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

This comedy starring Simon Pegg is based on Toby Young's memoir about working at Vanity Fair.
arts & culture

The Choice Is Yours

Rubber Repertory's Casket of Passing Fancy makes you 500 offers you can't reuse

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Cyndi Williams

The Austin playwright unearths the inspiration for her spooky new play

BY HANNAH KENAH

Viva La Diva/3 Mo' Divas

Two different trios of African-American sopranos sing in Austin in two weeks

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Acting great Charles Dutton closes out BAM, and Cap City holds a comedy caucus

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Jeffrey Dell: Big Pelt

These prints address the fact that looking at hair is fascinating and creepy

Always ... Patsy Cline

TexARTS' tribute to the country legend is so good it's downright bodacious

A Thumping Raging Explosion of Light and Marvelous Texture

Yellow Tape's latest doesn't thump or rage but whispers something wonderful to you
columns

Letters at 3AM

All those brilliant 'financial instruments' turned into monsters that no one can stop

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Oops!

After a Fashion

Your tricky riffin' Style Avatar gets all pre-Halloween grim and invites you to his birthday party, which was not supposed to happen

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Sausage lovers will be in hog heaven at Fischer's Meat Market in Muenster, Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

What does this Pride Coalition purport to do if not PRIDE?

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Playing Through

There's an adage in sportswriting: the smaller the ball, the better the writing – which doesn't bode well for soccer

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Eggplants, fountain pens, and gas, oh my!

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

The Nuts & Bolts of Jury Duty

BY LUKE ELLIS

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