Volume 26, Number 46
ON THE COVER:
The Austin streetcar has a consensus it still needs champions
BY KATHERINE GREGOR
City makes biofuels-conversion progress, as it works to implement Austin Climate Protection Plan, strives to meet goal of carbon-neutral fleet by 2020
BY DANIEL MOTTOLA
Local author Lou Dubose commuting to D.C. as new editor of The Washington Spectator
BY LEE NICHOLS
Attorney Bill Aleshire hired to press for more vigor in Sheriff's Office animal cruelty and neglect investigation into Williamson County Regional Shelter
BY PATRICIA J. RULAND
Trailer court moves to eject Nubian Queen Lo-La
BY DIANA WELCH
City manager's retirement a curious affair
BY MICHAEL KING
Can council seize the reins at City Hall?
BY WELLS DUNBAR
Country-of-Origin Labeling; and George's 'Excessive Punishment' Doctrine
BY JIM HIGHTOWER
Dining around Central Texas
Willie Nelson's Country Peach Cobbler Ice Cream
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
Doctor Kracker Flatbreads and Snacker Krackers
BY KATE THORNBERRY
Can I interest you in some rum, frozen margaritas, gelato, and/or Butter Beer?
BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD
Meat Puppets, Chapter 3: Curt and Cris Kirkwood, reunited, and it feels so good
BY DOUG FREEMAN
Wining and dining with Trish Murphy, talking tapes with Natrix Natrix Records, and much more
BY AUSTIN POWELL
Meat Puppets Reviewed
Rise to Your Knees
Atlantic Records: The House that Ahmet Built, Los Zafiros: Music from the Edge of Time, The Supremes, Reflections: The Definitive Performances 1964-1969
Our Love to Admire
Keep Reachin' Up
Sirens of the Ditch
Locals finding success at SuperDeluxe.com
BY MARC SAVLOV
Here's to Holly Hunter
BY BELINDA ACOSTA
Captivity, wherein 24's Elisha Cuthbert is abducted and tortured, is the kind of film that gives torture porn a bad name; it's just soulless, hateful, and freakishly monotonous.
Like Napoleon Dynamite, Eagle vs Shark is a little wisp of a movie, a lightweight feature loaded with montage and hung on the multidimensional performance of Loren Horsley as Lily.
While there’s nothing offensive about the wholesomeness of this new version of John Waters' 1988 cult classic, you wish that it didn’t feel as if every hair were in place.
Although Tsai Ming-Liang's I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone is nearly wordless and slow moving, the film’s characters are compelling and its pace hypnotic. (AFS@Dobie)
Newest Adam Sandler comedy Chuck & Larry is a movie full of weak moments, contrived to the point of painful, that quickly turns from wild farce to gay-agenda movie.
Introducing the Dwights is a difficult film to watch. Ostensibly a comedy, it’s really just a collection of awkward stage performances set off by scenes of familial dysfunction.
The multilayered Paprika, the newest animated film from Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers) captures the childlike, helter-skelter chaos and curiosity of the human mind better than any other animated film.
Not reviewed at press time. This madcap Bollywood comedy stars Khan as a "date doctor" and his real-life best bud Govinda, who needs a little help from the doc.
arts & culture
City Theatre Company's first year is a lesson in building a new stage and mounting a season at breakneck speed
BY ELIZABETH COBBE
The Rude Mechs' greatest achievement? Maybe scoring funding for Grrl Action from nonprofit heavyweight Impact Austin.
BY BARRY PINEO
What time is it? 1 a.m. i.e., the fiercely enjoyable brain warp that is improv duo Chris Trew and Tami Nelson
BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER
Curator Anne Ellegood explains her picks for this year's New American Talent exhibit at Arthouse
BY RACHEL KOPER
The City Theatre Company's production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is not scintillating, but it is sufficient
The Austin Chamber Music Festival's Principally Precocious was a concert with glorious personality: thoroughly welcoming, energetic, and mischievous
Christine Gray's paintings at Okay Mountain recall old Dutch still lifes but delightfully play with our perceptions
In our civic dialogue, grace and respect have all but disappeared
BY LOUIS BLACK
If I hadn't become a writer, I'm sure I would still keep the scribbles and torn scraps that I jot down like fragments from an inner life
BY MICHAEL VENTURA
The outlook sure looks rosier when the dress sizes start to drop
BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER
Nacogdoches has more history in its little finger than most other Texas cities have in all of their city limits
BY GERALD E. MCLEOD
Flipping off Ed Sullivan and flagging down Morse
BY MR. SMARTY PANTS
'Security freeze' your identity-theft worries
BY LUKE ELLIS
Letters to the editor, published daily
Lightning, Tornados, Dynamo, and more
BY NICK BARBARO