Nov. 14, 2008

Volume 28, Number 11

ON THE COVER:
news

Drying on the Vine

Water shortage forces family farms into survival mode

BY JACOB COTTINGHAM

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Your good citizen guide for Nov. 13-20

Point Austin: Nobody in Charge

For the Cap Metro chaos, blame a feckless board

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: All Kinds of Trash

Don't ask, don't tell ... the council or anybody else about the landfill deal

BY WELLS DUNBAR

ELECTION WRAP-UP

Election Wrap: Building a New House?

Texas Dems see a bright light at the end of a long, dark tunnel

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Libertarians Can't Lose for Losing

Despite losses, Libertarians won big this election

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Let the Race Begin

The House speaker candidates are off and running

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Taking On the Texas Two-Step

Remember that confusing dual primary/caucus thing last March? Now's your chance to get rid of it!

BY LEE NICHOLS

One Sneaky Grandma

The story behind Carole Keeton Strayhorn's election eve phone call

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Precinct 3 Travis Co. Commissioner: Huber Wins Southwest Austin

Huber gets a little help from Obama

BY LEE NICHOLS

Otherwise Like-Minded Voters Split on Prop. 2

Proposition 2 created a big divide among voters who typically agree on most things

BY LEE NICHOLS

Gay Gut Punch

After election euphoria, grim reality sets in for GLBT community

BY KATE X MESSER

The Travis County Vote

By region

BY NICK BARBARO

There's Hope for Texas Democrats

Texas trending Democratic – at least in the urban areas

BY LEE NICHOLS

Harris County's New Favorite Color

... Is blue

BY LEE NICHOLS

Reefer Madness: Even More Popular Than Obama

Voters turned out in record numbers for a certain plant

BY JORDAN SMITH

APD vs. Cyclists

Cops are cracking down on law-breaking bicyclists

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Who Ya Gonna Call? Not 311.

If you're an AT&T U-verse customer, you don't get to call 311

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Proposed Southwest School Boundaries Spark Concerns

Parents fear a new middle school in Southwest Austin will fracture a community

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Last Goodbye to Aquarena Springs

Texas State plans to trade in Aquarena Springs' renowned Fifties kitsch for turn-of-the-century simplicity

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Staking Out the Brack Tract

West Austin residents participate in Brack's planning process but question whether their concerns will be taken to heart

BY JACOB COTTINGHAM

The Hightower Report

Help Stop Mountaintop-Mining Madness; and Pricing Fans Out of the Game

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Indie Pizzas

Put aside all emotions, and take a slice of these New York-style pies

BY MICK VANN

Pizza Wines

Sugary American-style pizzas need something more than Chianti

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Dough tossing, (more) restaurants closing, coffee pouring, wine drinking, and more local tidbits

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Nov. 14-20

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Blanton Museum Cafe

The Blanton follows the trend of pairing high art and gourmet treats
music

Strawberry Fields Forever

Future Clouds & Radar float to the magical kingdom of … Peoria?

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Off the Record

Fun Fun Fun Fest kicks up some dust in Waterloo Park while Carlos Santana sets up shop in the Warehouse District

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Fun Fun Fun Fest Live Shots

Adolescents

Saturday

All

Saturday

Bishop Allen

Saturday

Black Heart Procession

The Black Heart Procession

Centro-matic

Saturday

The Dead Milkmen

Saturday

Deerhoof

Saturday

El Paso Hot Button

Saturday

Tim Fite

Saturday

Magnetic Morning

Saturday

Mammoth Grinder

Saturday

The National

Saturday

Parts & Labor

Saturday

Young Widows

Saturday

Z-Trip

Saturday
screens

Are You There, World?

Watching Charlie Kaufman try to work it all out

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

She's My Heroine

Happy birthday to three of cinema's femmest fatales

BY MARC SAVLOV

FJA 4-EVER

Famous Monster of Filmland Forrest J Ackerman gravely ill

BY MARC SAVLOV

Screens Reviews

Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

A moving and vital document of an extraordinary but little-known artist

TV Eye

Looking back at the best and worst of election night 2008

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Camille

Not screened for critics but described as a "honeymoon-gone-awry road movie" starring Sienna Miller and James Franco.

Dostana

New Bollywood film is set entirely in Miami and is a romantic comedy about two men who pose as gay roommates to rent an apartment, which sends the wrong signal to women.

House

In this Christian horror film, a mad killer who claims to have slain God, torments two couples seeking shelter.

Let the Right One In

This multi-award-winning Swedish film might be summarized as a vampire tween romance, but that cheap and tawdry sum-up does zero justice to the magnificent emotional resonance of this gem. A discussion of the adaptation follows the film.

Quantum of Solace

It's grim, dark, and relentlessly violent – James Bond as Terminator rather than Templar – but it delivers the goods in bloody high style.

Synecdoche, New York

Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s first venture as a director is audacious, ambitious, and amazing; it’s also intricate, self-referencing, and all-encompassing: in a word, a masterpiece.
arts & culture

Improvisation on Four Legs and a Seat

Eighty Texas artists accept Damian Priour's invitation to riff on the idea of chair

BY KATHERINE CATMULL

Blanton Museum of Art

The companion facility to the UT museum's gallery building is finally complete

BY ROBERT FAIRES

testsite 08.5 ~ Temporary Services

A Chicago art group brings Austin punk and the mighty congresswoman together

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Arts Survey

Answer a few questions, and you might help the city ramp up its arts programming

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Fantasmaville

Raul Garza's timely drama challenges the change that's brewing in Austin

Cinderella

ALO's version, set in 1930s Hollywood, is the definition of audience-friendly

3 New Artists

The name of the show doesn't have to be creative, because what's on the walls is
columns

Page Two: And Everyone and I Stopped Breathing

What if the government isn't broken?

BY LOUIS BLACK

Gay Place

Let's protest the propositions!

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Playing Through

Tough decisions on draft day for the Austin Toros

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Day Trips

Sea Turtle Inc. in South Padre Island continues the work of Texas conservationist Ila Loetscher

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

The Rockettes: The shape of things to come ( … to an Erwin Center near you)

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Royal fruit, no pants, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

My 'Eccentric' Neighbor Is Driving Me Crazy

BY LUKE ELLIS

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