Nov. 21, 2008

Volume 28, Number 12

ON THE COVER:
news

Campfire Horror Story

How Carole Keeton Strayhorn and the state destroyed a healing camp for kids

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Unaccountable

In the public school testing frenzy, responsibility and consequences flow only downward

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Everybody's on Vacation

The complicated business of hiring a city auditor who's already the city auditor

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Res Publica

Your do-good guide for Nov. 20-27

Austin Unchained

Think globally, shop locally, and we'll all be better for it

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Cap Metro Aftertaste: No Love Lost

Wounds still fresh from Cap Metro/ATU conflict

BY LEE NICHOLS

Live Music Task Force (of Millions)

There's the 15-member task force, which makes its recommendations to council this week, and then there's you – what are your plans for saving Austin music?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Fate of the Texas Two-Step

Texas Dems held the final hearing last week gathering testimony opposed and in favor of the Texas Two-Step

BY LEE NICHOLS

Solid Waste: Who's Driving the Train?

City staff's landfill-expansion decision has violated – at least in the spirit – a resolution passed by council. Now everybody wants to know why.

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Who Wants to Be 'Anybody but Craddick'?

A front-runner has yet to emerge to defeat Craddick

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

An End to TYC's Problems ... and to TYC?

The Sunset Advisory Commission recommends drastic action to remedy the problems plaguing the Texas Youth Commission: dissolve the agency

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

TFN Report: Texas Scientists Support Evolution

Scientists overwhelmingly reject "creation science" and "intelligent design"

BY LEE NICHOLS

The Hightower Report

Public Works Work; and Big Oil's Charm Offensive

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food Reviews

Málaga

This tapas bar may have moved into a bigger space, but it still manages a packed house

Thai Fresh

Thai Fresh is like a mini farmers' market in Bouldin Creek

Cookie Lounge

Head to Cookie Lounge for customized, fresh-from-the-oven, gourmet treats

mulberry

Meet one of the newest residents at the 360 Condominiums

Event Menu

Nov. 22-25

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Another lightning round of local food news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Music Deportment

The Live Music Task Force recommends a Music Department under Austin government. Time for the Austin music community to put its many heads together.

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Off the Record

Weighing in on the Live Music Task Force's recommendations to City Council and casting a ballot for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

The Cure

4:13 Dream

Of Montreal

Live Shot

AC / DC

Black Ice

Gojira

The Way of All Flesh

Frida Hyvönen

Silence Is Wild

Ray LaMontagne

Gossip in the Grain

The Pretenders

Break Up the Concrete
screens

Inside the Mind of the Muscles

Jean-Claude Van Damme on being Jean-Claude Van Damme

BY MARC SAVLOV

A Less Wild Side to Argentina

AFS Essential Cinema: More Than Buenos Aires: Film Renaissance in Argentina

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Screens Reviews

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold

"I've got the last good lay in an aging whore!" said Martin Ritts of his famously troubled star, Richard Burton

TV Eye

Hulu, Sling, YouTube, the DVR – it's the age of the hybrid viewer

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Bolt

Bolt is a canine who plays a cybernetically enhanced dog on TV but has no knowledge of how to cope in the real world in this new animated film.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Vera Farmiga is a knockout in this otherwise predictable and emotionally manipulative story about the horror of the German concentration camps.

Fuel

Fuel is a two-hour infomercial for biodiesel and the virtues of other alternative energy sources that won the Audience Award for a documentary at Sundance.

JCVD

Jean-Claude Van Damme is the JCVD of the title, and in this career-adjusting film, the Muscles From Brussels advances from laughingstock to smart, respectable action-film star.

My Name Is Bruce

Cult star Bruce Campbell directs and stars here as himself, but the actor is mistaken for his popular character Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy and is forced to fight a real monster.
arts & culture

Welcome to My Studio

The East Austin Studio Tour offers a rare chance to see where artists work and live

BY KATHERINE CATMULL

Creative Research Laboratory

UT artists play prospectors, panning for new ideas out of the notion of space

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Salon Concerts

A violin and a cello made together in 1863 Paris are reunited in 2008 Austin

BY HANNAH KENAH

Arthouse

Curator Elizabeth Dunbar opened her latest exhibit on Friday, gave birth Saturday

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Ophelia

This Hamlet seen through the eyes of Ophelia – rather, five Ophelias – is astounding

The Three Sisters

A revival that is surprising and funny and offers the rich joy of Chekhov done well

The Living

Three painters show work that will have you thinking about what it means to be alive
columns

Page Two: Everybody Plays the Fool

Neither party is sainted, and dominance tends to encourage the worst of political habits

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3am

Obama won the election through a uniquely American combination of inspiration and cash

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen parties … for kids, mind you, kids

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Turn last week's national protest local at the Transgender Day of Remembrance

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

New Mexico has many lovely hotels to choose from

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Patsy Izaguirre and Amanda Houston may not have won the Texas School for the Blind's Braille Rallye, but they had already achieved something far more important: friendship

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Saving the Marx Brothers' childhood home, energy-draining migraines, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

You Become Responsible When You Co-Sign a Loan

BY LUKE ELLIS

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