Oct. 17, 2008

Volume 28, Number 7

ON THE COVER:
features

Best of Austin 2008

The Carmadillo

Austin's Best New Little Armored Ride

BY KRISTINE TOFTE

The Cola Sisters Speak

Arcie and Shasta's Best Public Access TV Show

BY MEGHAN RUTH SPEAKERMAN

news

'Chronicle' Endorsements

Nov. 4 General Election

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Events for good citizens, Oct. 16-22

Point Austin: Unpropped

Prop. 2 is about much more than a vote against the Domain

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Puttering Around

Saving Muny (again) and watching the economic clouds

BY WELLS DUNBAR

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Staking Out the Senate

A few Dem wins could temper the Republican majority's agenda

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Dems Building Serious War Chests

Who'd a thunk? Democrats are actually outraising Republicans in some hot House races.

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Quorum-Buster Ponders Craddick's Fate

Will the House Speaker keep his job, or will the Craddick casualties see him get his comeuppance?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Don't Vote on Election Day!

Do yourself (and everyone else) a favor this year: Vote early

BY LEE NICHOLS

Cornyn vs. Noriega

Cornyn and Noriega debate nothing to talk about

BY LEE NICHOLS

Great Works of Political Fiction

Donna Keel claims not to know Tom Craddick – that's weird, right?

BY LEE NICHOLS

New Plan Aims to Heal Insurance Ills of Small Biz

Nonprofit launches project to help small businesses provide health coverage

BY DIANA WELCH

More Reasons to Shed Tears for TIERS

Health and Human Services' TIERS program still plagued by rising costs and poor quality

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Nukes Not So Nice for Texas Groundwater

South Texans are banding together to demand tougher regulation of uranium mining

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Reefer Madness: Drug Laws Are So Fifties

Advocacy group calls for a return to the Seventies on sentencing

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

The Myth of Georgian Democracy; and McCain, the Anti-Maverick

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Screens

Film Reviews

Call + Response

Documentary pairs celebrities with musicians to inform viewers about the issues of child slavery and human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world.

Flow: For Love of Water

Documentary about the degradation of the world’s water supply through environmental indifference, chemical irresponsibility, mass privatization, and corporate chicanery.

Karzzzz

A remake of the 1980 hit Karz, this new Bollywood film is about reincarnation.

Quarantine

An L.A. apartment building is quarantined in this new horror film, and a news crew's videotape may be the only proof of the strange goings-on.

The Secret Life of Bees

Despite the sincere coming-of-age story at the heart of this movie rife with singers-turned-actresses, there's no denying the pleasures found in the film's soulful matriarchy.

Sex Drive

Sex Drive is part endearing emo love story, part gross-out semen gag-fest, and, very occasionally, a smart, inspired, non-sequitur-laden hoot.

W.

Oliver Stone’s Bush portrait is a tale of two movies: one a humanizing portrait of a failure as a young man, the other a damning but unsurprising look inside an administration gone loopy on ideological zealotry.

What We Do Is Secret

Darby Crash, the L.A. punk rock junkie godhead leader of the Germs who died of an overdose in 1980, is revivified in this long-gestating but strangely sterile biopic.

Year of the Fish

Year of the Fish is an animated fairy tale for adults that transposes the story of Cinderella to a Chinatown massage parlor.
arts & culture

Arts Reviews

Caroline, or Change

Zach Theatre's fine staging should be required viewing at this historic moment

An Evening of New Dance

The work here, while not so new, showed that area black dance is living and diverse

Modern Art. Modern Lives. Then + Now

AMOA's dual exhibit of art made a century apart shows some things never change
columns

Page Two: The Best of Austin

A concept in search of an author; characters in search of a form; memory in search of meaning

BY LOUIS BLACK

Day Trips

Enjoy a tour through the best weird places around Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Really. What does this Pride Coalition do?

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Playing Through

UT inherits the curse that goes along with their No. 1 ranking

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Approval ratings and violence, horses and food, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Jury Duty – What If I Don't Show Up?

BY LUKE ELLIS AND KATHERINE HOWARD

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