Oct. 31, 2008

Volume 28, Number 9

news

Shoot the Messenger!

VA tries to fire whistle-blower doctor

BY LAUREL CHESKY

'Chronicle' Endorsements

Nov. 4 General Election

The Small-Business Amendment

Why I'm going to vote for Prop. 2 (even though we endorsed against it)

BY NICK BARBARO

Halloween Mask Instructions

BY WELLS DUNBAR AND RICHARD WHITTAKER

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Res Publica

Go, go, good citizen, go: Oct. 30-Nov. 6

CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Can Everyone Just Calm Down?

Goofs and spoofs highlight early voting period

BY LEE NICHOLS

Liveable City

Nonprofit group releases report advocating passage of Stop Domain Subsidies charter amendment

BY MICHAEL KING

Schools Gear Up for E-Day

AISD schools brace for Nov. 2

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

What the Polls Show

Who's on first? Depends on what day it is.

BY LEE NICHOLS

WilCo Gets Wires Crossed

WilCo gives wrong info to 3,000 voters

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Green Party Ticket Hits Texas

Green Party candidates the only prez contenders to visit Lone Star State

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Travis Voters Smashing Record

Travis keeps racking up high voting numbers

BY LEE NICHOLS

Law vs. Jones: 3rd Court Race Has Political History

You be the judge: Is it time for Law to get on down the road?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Voter Applications on the Hook in Harris

Harris County election official accused of voter suppression

BY LEE NICHOLS

Republicans Are So Naughty

Cornyn & Co. is stealing our stuff!

BY LEE NICHOLS

Campaign Gravy Fattens Coffers

The usual suspects drop a load of late money into Keel campaign

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Winograd Fixes Austin: NKE Knows Best

Nathan Winograd makes his case for 'taking back' the animal center

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

More FLDS Woes for CPS

State Child Protective Services took more than 400 children into custody after the FLDS raid last summer; they’ve since dropped 415 of those cases

BY JORDAN SMITH

Local Agencies Still Responding to Ike

Red Cross tries to replenish coffers that were drained in 2008

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Reagan High Stands Up and Fights

Reagan High doesn't want to follow in Johnston's footsteps

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Bloodthirsty Chief of Bat City

Don't drink and drive: APD's Art Acevedo is out for blood on Halloween

BY JORDAN SMITH

Making Designs On a New Library

Three finalists offer up some rough concepts for a new central public library

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Point Austin: The Stakes

From the statehouse to D.C., the journey begins with a single vote

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Halloween Spelman

Former council member 'informally' declares for Place 5

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

A Knee-Jerk Attack on Poor People; and Why Are We Bailing Out Extravagant Executive Pay?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Away From the Book Fest

Hit the pavement around the Capitol for a Texas Book Festival lunch break

BY KATE THORNBERRY

A Fresh Look at Halloween Candy

Head to Lammes and other local shops for your Halloween goodies

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food for Thought

Hit the pavement around the Capitol for a Texas Book Festival lunch break

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Mourn closing Austin eateries, but check out the new ones, too

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Local food events for Oct. 30-Nov. 6

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Control

Gretchen Phillips admits she wasn’t Just Comforting that girl

BY CINDY WIDNER

Faded Love

Sybil Rosen reveals what it was like to be Living in the Woods in a Tree with Blaze Foley

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Off the Record

Ben Kweller saddles up in Austin, Willie Nelson and company share one last night in the Backyard, and Bavu Blakes and others gear up for election night

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Hacienda

Loud Is the Night

Rodney Crowell

Sex & Gasoline

Warren Hood

Warren Hood

The Lonesome Heroes

Crooked Highway

Monte Montgomery

Monte Montgomery

Kalu James

Dim the Lights

Devin the Dude

Landing Gear

DJ Jester the Filipino Fist & Ernest Gonzales

Get Busy

the Golden Boys

Goodbye Country
screens

For Mature Audiences Only

How did Kevin Smith prep to make a movie about two kids making a porn? Years of research.

BY MARC SAVLOV

Lost World, Found Footage

AFS' Avant Cinema celebrates the radical art of Bruce Conner

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Keeping It Weirder Still

Austin shatters world record for 'Thriller' dance

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

Henry Rollins takes his particular brand of political activism on the road

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Changeling

Clint Eastwood directs Angelina Jolie in this Depression-era-set mystery/thriller/proto-feminist drama based on a true incident.

Fashion

This new Bollywood film set amid the world of haute couture tells the story of one supermodel's rise, fall, and resurrection.

Golmaal Returns

In this Bollywood comedy sequel, a housewife's suspicions about her husband's infidelity lead to a preposterous cover-up.

Happy-Go-Lucky

British director Mike Leigh's latest is an uncharacteristic story about an indomitably joyful woman – a lovely state of being, perhaps, but not necessarily of dramatic interest.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

College approaches, but that's no reason to stop singing and dancing.

Rachel Getting Married

Anne Hathaway tears up the screen in Jonathan Demme's new film about a self-absorbed woman who wreaks family havoc while out of rehab to attend her sister's wedding.

RocknRolla

Director Guy Ritchie once more delivers a kinetic and consequence-free tribute to the criminal lifestyle.

Saw V

Jigsaw and his traps live on for another installment of demented torture.

Splinter

Apart from its shape-shifting fungal porcupines from outer space, this horror film has little else to recommend.

Trouble the Water

This film about the human toll of Hurricane Katrina is one of the best and most inspirational things to come out of the disaster.

What Just Happened

Robert De Niro stars in this Barry Levinson comedy as a Hollywood movie producer beset with problems ranging from two ex-wives and unhinged actors and directors to perpetual worry.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Kevin Smith finds a new soulmate in actor Seth Rogen, who stars in this movie that blends Smith's telltale comedic raunch with large dollops of sweetness.
arts & culture

2008 B. Iden Payne Awards

A strong sense of community at possibly the funniest Payne Awards ceremony ever

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Zach Theatre

Just in time for Zach's diamond anniversary, a pair of million-dollar donations

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Frankenstein: A Trouble Puppet Show

In this puppet retelling, the monster is a hybrid of human and plant tissue

BY HANNAH KENAH

Arts Reviews

Dug Up

Cyndi Williams pens a gothic ghost story, and what a demented, dramatic tale it is

Night of the Living Dead

Is this stage adaptation playing George Romero's zombies straight or for camp?

Susan Collis: Why Did I Think This Was a Good Idea

The first exhibition in Lora Reynolds' new gallery tricks the eye in delightful ways
columns

Page Two: Proposition Puzzle

A series of shapes that all fit together, although not like jigsaw pieces

BY LOUIS BLACK

After A Fashion

Love is in the air, and it is distinctly Paisley-shaped

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Playing Through

Finding the rhythm of footbag

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Day Trips

Many endangered whooping cranes make the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge their winter home

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Gay up that vote, y'all

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Controlling coyotes with chocolate, the Snickers 'Marathon,' and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

2008 Election Questions

BY LUKE ELLIS

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