Nov. 7, 2008

Volume 28, Number 10

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ELECTION WRAP-UP

President-Elect Obama

Ending the politics of fear and hate

BY MICHAEL KING

Cornyn Holds Off Noriega Challenge

Noriega missed it by a million

BY LEE NICHOLS

Texas House: GOP Hangs On to a Whisker-Thin Majority

Dems come oh so close to rocking the House

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Craddick's Grip Goosed

Who'll be the next House speaker?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

WilCo

Close calls suggest WilCo is turning, well, purple anyway

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

No Regrets for a Disappointed Doherty

Larry Joe Doherty didn't win the race, but he made it winnable, which was no small feat

BY LEE NICHOLS

Precinct 3 Upset

Dems may have Libertarian to thank for victory

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Travis Bench Is Solid Blue

Dems pick up another local judicial post, plus another high-court seat

BY JORDAN SMITH

Despite Loss, Prop. 2 Makes Its Point

The amendment lost – but not without sending a message

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

AISD

Voters support pay raise

BY MICHAEL KING

Nov. 4 Election Results

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Point Austin: We Won!

Celebrating 'the fierce urgency of now'

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Still a City to Run

Election hangover keeping you awake? Just read this agenda ... zzzz.

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Res Publica

Post-election funk? There's still plenty for good citizens to do this week: Nov. 6-13.

ATU Strikes, After StarTran Rejects Compromise

Can Mike Martinez's proposal avert a bus strike?

BY LEE NICHOLS

Yogurt Shop Murders: A Rare Moment of Amity

The DNA evidence may still be an unknown, but at least both sides now know – and agree on – what to do with it

BY JORDAN SMITH

Another Dream Deferred on East 11th

Popular Eastside restaurant closes doors, raising questions about the ARA's purpose

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Is Memory Hijacking Texas' Justice System?

Eyewitness identification methods based on false assumptions about memory are putting innocent people behind bars

BY JORDAN SMITH

Ben Wizner on Taking On the CIA

The ACLU lawyer was in town recently at a screening of Secrecy

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

One Mother Makes a Difference; and What We Could Do With $700 Billion

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food-o-File

As one local foodie chapter closes, another reopens, and a local chef goes on to fresher endeavors

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Nov. 7-8

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Longhorn Po-Boys & Falafel

Don't pass up the burgers at your favorite gyro joint

Sugar Mama's Bakeshop

Olivia O'Neal uses only the freshest ingredients for her delicious cupcakes

Olivia

Try the South Austin foie gras at this hip new spot

Dahlia Cafe

Home-style cooking at its best
music

Red River Shore

Lifting the Dylan sideman vow of silence, Lone Star-style

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Off the Record

Putting on the gloves for round three of Fun Fun Fun Fest, Dangerous Toys go platinum, and Okkervil River stands for a fire demon

BY AUSTIN POWELL

FUN FUN FUN FEST

Fun Fun Fun Fest Saturday Picks

Blurbing Fun Fun Fun Fest one act at a time

Saturday Interviews

Saturday Reviews

Food! Food! Food! Fest

Eat. eat.

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Fun Fun Fun Fest Sunday Picks

Blurbing Fun Fun Fun Fest one act at a time

Sunday Interviews

Sunday Reviews

Texas Platters

Asylum Street Spankers

What? And Give Up Show Biz?

Dremnt the End

Dremnt the End

The Pons

In the Belly of a Giant

The Summer Wardrobe

Cajun Prairie Fire

Benko

Welcome to the Follow Through

Fluoxetine

Two Weeks & Holidays

Red Leaves

By Road or Rail

Stereokitsch

Get It Goin'

Fingerpistol

Young and Beautiful

The Service Industry

Keep the Babies Warm.

Sleepercar

West Texas

Black Bone Child

Black Bone Child

25 Smokin' Figurados

Divine Spirits, Holy Smoke

Last Ride In

Washed Up: The Story of Captain Chokebone

The Teeners, Iron Age, Hatred Surge

Rocket Reducer No.1, The Way Is Narrow, 'Servant' b/w 'Bestial'

The Action Is

Space Fire

Candi & the Cavities

Your Father Doesn't Play Handball

Ethan Master of the Hawaiian Ukulele

So Real

Fight Bite

Emerald Eyes

The Frontier Brothers

Space Punk Starlet
screens

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Voting Booth

AFS Documentary Tour presents Election Day

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

At Home at the Easel, If Nowhere Else

A new documentary captures Austin's homeless population finding purpose in art

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Film News

Joe R. Lansdale talks about the Bubba Ho-Tep sequel, King of the Hill gets canceled … again, Owen Egerton and pals sell a script, and more

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Screens Reviews

Le Doulos & Le Deuxième Souffle

Cowboy gangster Jean-Pierre Melville almost always chose to die and almost always violently

TV Eye

Investigating Journalism

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Ashes of Time Redux

Dreamlike, confounding, yet possessed of a stunningly complex sensual and narrative poetry, Wong Kar-Wai's Chinese film is absolutely gorgeous.

Filth and Wisdom

Madonna's film-directing debut, which stars Gogol Bordello charismatic frontman Eugene Hutz, is a slight and philosophically dubious effort.

The Haunting of Molly Hartley

A frighteningly dull updating of The Omen and Rosemary's Baby for the Gossip Girl set.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

The slapstick humor remains, as does the slack plotting, in this animated sequel that's nevertheless fun for all.

The Other End of the Line

In this cross-cultural romantic comedy, a telephone operator in India travels to San Francisco to meet the man she falls for over the phone.

Repo! The Genetic Opera

This cyber-gothic opera set in an unsavory world of the near-future stars Sarah Brightman, Paul Sorvino, and Paris Hilton, among others.

Role Models

In this comedy, two cranky men, played by Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott, are forced by court order to take part in a child-mentoring program.

Soul Men

Samuel Jackson and Bernie Mac play a couple of washed-up and forgotten R&B backup singers, who are on an improbable road back to fame.
arts & culture

Working Playwright

Steven Dietz just wants to get in, roll up his sleeves, and make the words better

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Tutto Theatre Company

Dustin Wills' new play reconsiders Hamlet through a quintet of Ophelias

BY HANNAH KENAH

Dame Edna

The Australian gigastar visits Austin after missing a January gig due to illness

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Rude Mechs

The Rudes' next show gets tapped for a prestigious New Play Development Project

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Lyric Opera

ALO teams with KMFA and KLRU to get its season opener on public radio and television

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Unbeaten

Everybody wins in Shannon McCormick's highly enjoyable one-man show about football

Frankenstein: A Trouble Puppet Show

A creative adaptation that offers the pleasure of seeing good puppeteers at work

Peat Duggins: Black Room

This museum room of a future race is an interior space addressing the outside world
columns

Page Two: Opportunity Born Anew

In working together as Americans, there is hope

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3am

Holden died a good death: just whiskey and a fall, no melodrama or fakery

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen is a supahstahhhhhhhh!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Smitty's Juke Box Museum has amassed an impressive variety of jukeboxes from as far back as 1926

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Two big dykes take over our town

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Quadruplet armadillos, 20 million on wheels, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

My Neighbor's Dog Won't Stop Barking – What Can I Do?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Playing Through

Shannon McCormick and Graham Reynolds' Unbeaten revels in the camp aspects of football in a loving way

BY THOMAS HACKETT

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