Oct. 23, 2009

Volume 29, Number 8

ON THE COVER:
news

'The Austin Chronicle' Endorsements

BY THE CHRONICLE EDITORIAL BOARD

Hard Times in the Land of Plenty

Service nonprofits and their funders face the economic gale

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Beside the Point: Trust Us, We're the Water Utility

AWU's vows to deliver on WTP4 and conservation just don't wash

BY NORA ANKRUM AND AMY SMITH

City Hall Hustle: Let's Move On

Looking beyond the WTP4 controversy

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Oct. 22-29

Modern School Lessons: Reading, Writing, and Real Estate

The sale of a historic Central Austin estate puts private schools in jeopardy

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Where Cap Metro Jumped the Track

Cap Metro's new interim CEO tells CAMPO what's what

BY LEE NICHOLS

AE's Long Road to Reducing Emissions

AE's generation plan doesn't please all

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Kerr Draws EEOC Complaint

Fire Marshal/Battalion Chief Don Smith charges reverse discrimination

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Fire Contract May Herald New Hiring Policy

Firefighters close to signing a contract

BY WELLS DUNBAR

APD Examines Bias in Sanders Investigation

The focus has narrowed on an Internal Affairs investigator

BY JORDAN SMITH

Perry on Willingham

Perry continues defense of Willingham execution

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Media Bosses Get It Bassackwards; and Goofing Up Health Care Reform

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Viva la Vida

The 26th annual Día de los Muertos celebration has a new twist this year

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Margaret Vera Profile

Margaret Vera's creative vision permeates and informs Stubb's restaurant and music venue

BY MM PACK

Green Corn Project Grow Local/Eat Global

This once-a-year event provides nearly all of the funding the Green Corn Project needs to help install sustainable organic gardens

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Wine of the Week

Penfolds' Koonunga Hill line includes six reds and three whites, including a cuvée of its famous Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Think pink this month, gear up for winter veggie delivery, and try out organic burgers

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Cocktails for charity and beer just because

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Mothers of Reinvention

White Denim's Fits of maximum R&B

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Off the Record

Touring Austin's new clubs and digging into Heavy Light Records

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Rosie Flores & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts

Girl of the Century

Woven Bones, the Tunnels, Sour Notes, Open Casket, Scrabble Robot, Deadly Companions, the Extravaganza, the No No No Hopes

The Minus Touch EP, the Tunnels, Never Mix Never Worry, the Open Casket/Scrabble Robot, Deadly Companions, Too Dumb to Die, the No No No Hopes

The Guud, MSG Crew, RX Family and Diamond Mine, Ramon Ramirez, ESG

The Guudness, The Giants, Diamond Minds, Volume One: @ The Entry Level, Everyday Street Gangsta

Lyle Lovett

Natural Forces

Joel Guzman & Sarah Fox

Conjuntazzo
screens

AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

Where the Writers Roam

The 2009 Austin Film Festival

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Things Are What You Make of Them

The deliciously cracked comedies of Bob Byington

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Auteurs Stake a Claim on the Small Screen

Mitchell Hurwitz and Matthew Weiner made their names in TV. Have they gotten too big for it?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Vamping on an Old Folk Myth

Strigoi's surprising take on bloodsuckers in post-Communist Romania

BY MARC SAVLOV

What the Puck?

A Yankee sport finds an unlikely home in Central Texas

BY MARK FAGAN

Recommended at AFF

Can't make up your mind what to watch? Here are eight good bets.

Shine a Light

'Zebrowski's World: The Poster Graphics of Leszek Zebrowski'

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

What the Hell Is Rue McClanahan Doing With All Those Cats?

The bizarro relics of the Found Footage Festival

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Screens Reviews

In a Dream

A fascinating portrait of an artist and adulterer

TV Eye

Fall TV's flotsam and jetsam

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Adventures of Power

All Power wants is to be the best possible air drummer he can be.

Astro Boy

This American-bred Astro Boy remains true to the heart and soul of the Japanese original but lacks its raw animation and emotions.

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

Unlike Twilight, the other vampire series based on young adult novels, Cirque du Freak isn't afraid to laugh at itself or the conventions of the genre.

The Dungeon Masters

From the filmmaker who make the Roky Erickson doc, You’re Gonna Miss Me, comes this astute and empathetic survey of Dungeons & Dragons gamers.

Good Hair

In this thoughtful documentary, Chris Rock touches on – if by no means produces a definitive telling of – many facets of the highly charged topic of African-American hair.

Main aur Mrs Khanna

A happily married Indian couple in Australia hits marital strife when work separates the two in this Bollywood romance.

More Than a Game

Before joining the NBA, LeBron James was a high school star who climbed the heights with a core of teammates, all of whom are documented here.

Play the Game

A young man tries to teach his dating techniques to his lonely, widowed grandfather (Andy Griffith).

The Scenesters

The Stepfather

Watch out for those "family values" guys who sweep Mom off her feet and move into your house. They may not be who they seem.
arts & culture

There Will Be Blood

... And bloodsuckers and zombies and ghosts and murderers all over our stages this week

BY ROBERT FAIRES

2009 B. Iden Payne Awards

The crowd came to honor local theatre but left impressed by Austin's strong comedy scene

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Smothers Brothers

Tom, the elder Smothers Brother, talks about comedy, his heroes, and politics

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Staged by the Bell

If you watched Saved by the Bell as a kid, you'll have a darn good time at this staged send-up

Salon Concerts 20th Anniversary Season Opener

This concert's three virtuosi showed us why nothing trumps a live music experience

'Tell me everything, as you remember it.'

A dreamlike exhibition of memory and the continual erosion thereof
columns

Page Two: Dangerous Demons

Why do we have to hate those with whom we disagree?

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: Georges Méliès' Tricks and Treats

Creating the possibility that anything could happen onscreen was the great contribution of Georges Méliès

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After A Fashion

Stephen picks a peck of peckish and goes tête-à-tête

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Don't be an outcast – listen to OutCast!

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Got a pie emergency? Give the Pie Peddlers in Glen Rose a call.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Pasta, Juggalettes, and much more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Eminent Domain – How Does the Condemnation Process Start?

BY CHRIS JOHNS AND LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Last chance to catch UT at home, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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