March 9, 2007

Volume 26, Number 27

news

How Cool Is Austin?

With a deep, collective breath, the city rolls out a world-class – but as yet unproven – climate-protection plan

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

I-35 Makeover Update

Plan in the works for making bridge over I-35 between Sixth and Eighth streets more hospitable to pedestrian traffic.

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Minimum-Wage Delays

Republican pork tax breaks are holding up the much ballyhooed minimum-wage raises Democrats promised

BY CHERYL SMITH

Naked City

On the Lege

News from beneath the pink granite dome

BY AMY SMITH

Point Austin: Locally Cool

Austin embarks on a long but hopeful journey

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point: Time Is on Her Side

When it comes to zoning cases, perhaps less is more

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

More Monkeyshine From Exxon; and Making an Honest Dip

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

So, Basically, Breakfast Tacos and Free Beer

Enjoying good food and drink for $10 a day during SXSW

BY KATHY MCCARTY

Grub Us Up and Grub Us Down, Cookie

Eating the cowboy way with breakfast at Auditorium Shores and dinner at the Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo

BY BARBARA CHISHOLM

Food-o-File

Remembering Russell Altenhof; plus, the Food Network finds us so irresistible that they'd like to put us on a plate and sop us up with a biscuit

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

March 9-14

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

music

Wooly Bully

Simple, the 2006/2007 Austin Music Awards

BY JIM CALIGIURI

SXSW Wednesday Picks & Sleepers

TCB

Beyond borders with Austin's Lonesome Heroes, U2 tribute band Mysterious Ways, Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey, and a bunch of SXSW international bands with their fingers crossed.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

SXSW Platters

Razorlight

Razorlight

Future Clouds & Radar

Future Clouds & Radar

Peel

Peel

Grand Champeen

Dial T for This

Wolf & Cub

Vessels

The Holmes Brothers

State of Grace

Sunny Sweeney

Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame

LoneyDear

Loney, Noir

The Broken West

I Can't Go On, I'll Go On

Lily Allen

Alright, Still
screens

SXSW FILM

SXSW Film 07

March 9-17

State Fair

Recognizing the pictures, but also the kinds of spirits who appreciate them: the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards

BY STEVE UHLER

Road Movies

Lisa McWilliams' Mobile Film School

BY C. AMBER PEARCE

This Month Only

From turtles to "The Next Tim Day"

Like Out of a Movie

The legend of Alejandro Gomez Monteverde

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Before the Flood

In the struggle between local environmentalists and developers, Laura Dunn's documentary reminds us, Barton Springs was only the beginning

BY MARRIT INGMAN

Property Value

Andrew Garrison on how Houston artists and inner-city neighbors rebuilt a community

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Call-and-Response

Marcy Garriott on the intricate dance between documentarian and subject

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Battle of the Jam Bands

Bob Ray and Werner Campbell's five-year rock & Roller Derby adventure

BY MARC SAVLOV

Perfect Liberty

To find themselves, the subjects of this year's rock docs found that they had to follow their own sound

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

We Have Met the Future, and It Is Us

Film on the Web, part II: the movies

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Looking More Closely When Others Look Away

On directors examining structure, storytelling, and how pictures can move us

BY NORA ANKRUM

Different Stages

The divergent paths of one disease, in life and on film

BY DAVE MARSH

Michael & Us

Canadian filmmakers Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine set out to celebrate a lion of the left. They ended up with something a little different.

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

The Few

A former Marine's unfiltered photography leads an American documentary crew into Darfur

BY DIANA WELCH

Taking the 'Us' out of It

Michael Tucker hears the voices calling him back to the war in Iraq

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

... Vs Liger?

New Zealander Taika Waititi doesn't mind if you compare his charmed comedy to Napoleon Dynamite

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

In Stereoscope

Sarah Lipstate's songs – and shorts – of innocence and experiments

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

TV Eye

So long, Sarah; hello, Halfway

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Believe in Me

Despite all its clichéd moralizing and blatant borrowings, the movie does offer a few clever twists on an old sports-movie formula.

Iraq in Fragments

This multiaward-winning documentary was two years in the making and tells stories about modern Iraq in the words of civilians of various ethnicities.

Miss Potter

This Renée Zelweger movie about the life of Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter lacks dramatic tension and a sense of purpose.

300

Both Frank Miller's comic about the legendary battle of Thermopylae and Zack Snyder's cinematic adaptation are bloodthirsty affairs, awash in spectacle.
arts & culture

What's Past Is Prologue

Recreating classic tap routines from the screen and stage opens an exciting new future for Tapestry Dance Company

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'My Trip to Al-Qaeda': Lawrence Wright's journey from page to stage

Lawrence Wright's experiences in the years he spent researching The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 have become the basis for a one-man theatrical work

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Gallery Lombardi: A little farther from the train tracks, but the art still rocks

Gallery Lombardi has left its longtime home on Third Street for new digs on West Seventh, but you can expect the same great salon-style group shows for which it's known

BY BARRY PINEO

Arts Reviews

Slaughter City

Rarely has Austin seen a play or production with as much of a social conscience as Naomi Wallace's Slaughter City, as staged by the UT Department of Theatre & Dance

The Glass Menagerie

Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie may have been done to death, but the strong cast of the Austin Shakespeare Festival production makes this masterpiece come alive again

'Owen McAuley: New Work'

Owen McAuley's late-night landscapes lit by street lamps and other artificial sources are all strikingly beautiful, but some struggle to achieve a sense of mystery
columns

Page Two: Let's Get Lost

An invocation on the eve of South by Southwest

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Something's burning a hole in Stephen's pocket as he carouses a number of Austin retail delights

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Port Arthur's the home of Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Common Law

Family and Medical Leave Act – options if FMLA leave is denied

BY VANESSA GONZALEZ

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

How to keep your moons sparkling

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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sports

Soccer Watch

Houston Dynamo advances to semifinals, Irish breakfast at Fadó, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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