Jan. 11, 2008

Volume 27, Number 19

ON THE COVER:
news

The Downtown Austin Plan

The city unveils its Downtown Plan in progress

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

What's Next for RG4N and Northcross?

Wal-Mart-fighters regroup

BY LEE NICHOLS

The March Primaries and After: The Filing Report

Flurry of last-minute filings

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Naked City

Point Austin: The Process

There's been audible grumbling that city manager selection process has been insufficiently "public"

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Just like your college-ball hopefuls, several city manager picks won't go the distance

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Reefer Madness

On the alcohol-marijuana equalization movement's frontlines with Mason Tvert

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

The Luxury of Chinese Labor; and Taking Care of the Smithsonian

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Rice Bran Oil

Deep-frying may lower cholesterol

BY MICK VANN

Food-o-File

Returning chefs, restaurants anew, and requests for canned-food donations from Caritas of Austin

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

III Forks

Coddled and comfortable at Austin's best steak house

Fuegos

More is better at this new eatery
music

Indefinable Magic

Ernie Durawa's Monstas keep another grim demon at bay

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Greg Ginn and SST Records start fresh in Taylor, Possessed by Paul James stars as The Folk Singer, and KOOP Radio catches fire (again)

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Horse + Donkey

Horse + Donkey

The Crack Pipes

Live Shot

Ernest Gonzales

While on Saturn's Rings

Cerronato

Raíces y Ramas

The Gougers

A Long Day for the Weathervane

Meryll

Happened

Johnny Dango & the Stillwater Pioneers

Let's Go Pioneering!

The Lucky Tomblin Band

Red Hot From Blue Rock

Paul Banks

Paul Banks

The Will Evans Project

The Will Evans Project
screens

Energy Forward

Sofia Resnick gets her kee-op! on at Master Yi Martial Arts Academy

BY SOFIA RESNICK

God Is My Co-Producer

AFS Documentary Tour presents Audience of One

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Talk to the Hand

The first ever Puppet Parts Film Festival

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

TV Eye

It's ba-ack: The season debut of The Wire marks the return of appointment television

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

'My First Movie: Take Two' and 'Cinema of Obsession: Erotic Fixation and Love'

Stephen Lowenstein, Dominique Mainon and James Ursini

Film Reviews

The Bucket List

Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman play characters who have only a short time to live. Promises, promises.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Julian Schnabel's unorthodox but true story about a protagonist who is stripped of all self-movement and expression is equal parts reverie, despair, and social experiment.

One Missed Call

This American horror remake of Takashi Miike's eponymous Japanese original is a dud.
arts & culture

Anything Goes

That free-for-all spirit is part of the kick of FronteraFest

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Long Center: Who's playing

Austin's new performing-arts center releases the performance schedule for its first few months

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Honors for a Blanton exhibition, Blue Lapis Light, and a Round Rock tuba player, plus a bundle of joy for a local choreographer

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

When (More) Pigs Fly!

With this Naughty Austin revue, it ain't about the story; it's about the songs – and the costumes

'Roy Lichtenstein Prints 1956-97'

AMOA's exhibit reveals how our desires are formed by primary colors, Benday dots, and thick black lines

'Jorge Macchi: The Anatomy of Melancholy'

This Argentinean artist's work may not grab you immediately, but its understated lyricism will linger
columns

Page Two: Once in a Lifetime

Obama and Clinton are the future – a real future that is better than any fabricated past

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar remains new-year-fabulous in fur despite others' mauling, pushing, and vomiting

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Battle of Sabine Pass is known as one of the greatest battles, yet it has been largely overshadowed by other Civil War engagements

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

The Cowboys' faithful are blindly optimistic entering the playoffs

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

What smells worse, Limburger or body odor?

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

It's the new year – check your credit history

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

News on Hope Solo, Greg Ryan, Luís Figo, Alexi Lalas, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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