Jan. 19, 2007

Volume 26, Number 20

ON THE COVER:
news

On the Waterfront

As development accelerates along Town Lake, Austin faces urgent choices

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

On the Lege

New Comptroller Combs signals a very different style from the combative Strayhorn

BY AMY SMITH

Developing Stories

The Heritage neighborhood suspects it's receiving political payback from the city manager

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Naked City

Point Austin: Act Against the War

Doggett:"We have to do everything we can"

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

This week's cold spell had a chilling effect on public discussion of crucial items

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Immigration Surrealism; and A Little Help for Their Friends

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

On Leaving Paradise for an Oasis

An Austin foodie falls in love with Marathon and West Texas' other boutique towns

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

In Print

The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa

BY MICK VANN

Event Menu

Jan. 20-27

Wine of the Week

No code needed for Da Vinci

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

This one goes out to the ones who didn't just consume this holiday season

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

HORSE + DONKEY

Echo Chamber

Horse + Donkey collides with Echo & the Bunnymen's Heaven up Here

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Go Insane

Lindsey Buckingham swears he's not mad

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

TCB

Ghostland Observatory goes to the opera, Friday Night Lights goes to the Broken Spoke, SXSW goes to France, and everyone else stays home because of the ice storm

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

the Shins

Wincing the Night Away

various artists

How Low Can You Go? Anthology of the String Bass (1925-1941)

Nellie McKay

Pretty Little Head

the Earlies

The Enemy Chorus

Ron Sexsmith

Time Being

Menomena

Friend and Foe

Vietnam

Vietnam

Eleni Karaindrou

Elegy of Uprooting
screens

The Serene Life

David Lynch meditates on Inland Empire

BY MARK FAGAN

The Fifth Austin Jewish Film Festival

Jan. 20-26

Four for the Weekend

Rules of the Game remastered; a Bruno S. double feature; and The Hitcher reaches its destination

Film News

Incentives, the end of Sinus, Screen Door, and more

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Who needs enemies?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

St. Elsewhere: Season One

ER? Grey's Anatomy? Scrubs? Hapless interns all.

Film Reviews

Arthur and the Invisibles

Live-action/animation hybrid from Luc Besson features a host of hip vocal talent but little more.

Guru

Bollywood film about a visionary entrepreneur and his love life.

Letters From Iwo Jima

In his companion film to Flags of Our Fathers, Clint Eastwood again shows the process by which young soldiers become unwitting fodder for their country's war effort.

Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation 2007

The boys are back with their hyper-filthy animation show.
arts & culture

An Opera for Wartime

Philip Glass' Waiting for the Barbarians arrives when its message is urgently needed

BY ROBERT FAIRES

see. hear. speak. two: ColdTowne's festive three-way (on film, in music, and on stage)

ColdTowne presents the second edition of its own comedy festival, see. hear. speak.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?: Tragedy defined

With The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, playwright Edward Albee proves he is still able to shock us, move us, and create a true tragedy

BY BARRY PINEO

CreateAustin: Mapping our future, artswise

Help determine what Austin's cultural scene will look like in the future by getting involved with CreateAustin

BY ROBERT FAIRES

365 Days/365 Plays: Week 11

The yearlong festival of plays by Suzan-Lori Parks continues with seven plays performed by the UT Department of Theatre and Dance's Performance as Public Practice program

Arts Reviews

A Beautiful View

For much of Daniel MacIvor's A Beautiful View, its two characters keep finding and losing each another, but in the end, though something is lost, something beautiful is found again

Trickster

Vortex Repertory Company's latest production, about those weaselly mythological misfits who pull pranks and break rules, Trickster, is an extravaganza
columns

Page Two: Persistence of Revision

Fascism, Frank Capra, and how legend becomes history

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM

This is the number of deaths a year caused by how we do (or don't do) health care. A decade of that, and it's as though terrorists nuked Chicago.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Huzzah! Stephen is back, jingling his balls and getting all Carrie on yo' keister.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Los Adaes, the first capital of Texas, once stood on the edge of the world stage

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The LAPD goes 007

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

My car was wrecked – now what?

BY BROOKS SCHUELKE

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BY NICK BARBARO

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