Jan. 18, 2008

Volume 27, Number 20

ON THE COVER:
news

Can Austin Waste Not?

City vows to cut landfill-bound garbage to zero

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Media Watch

Austin is No. 1 in digital video recording

BY KEVIN BRASS

Citizens' Committee Shuffles AISD Bonds

A recap of the plans so far

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

TPPF Conference

Conservative conference points toward next Legislature

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Election Notes

Asked Again

Commissioners Court again considers a public defender's office

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

RG4N Vows to Fight On

The movement to stop the Northcross Wal-Mart rallies the neighborhood troops

BY LEE NICHOLS

Naked City

Point Austin: The Process, Part II

After some procedural and PR bumps, City Council moves to name a new city manager

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

A look at the CM finalists, and the search

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Foreclosing on Renters; and The Olympics: Let the Spying Begin

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Make It Gourmet Dog Food Seasoning Blend

Dogs need variety, too

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Wine of the Week

Christian Moueix makes a few wines for the rest of us

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

New Austin Javas sprouting about town, beer and veggie pies for all, and a once-in-an-lifetime foodie vacation

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Jan. 18-22

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

music

Sister Bobbie

'Sister Bobbie' puts the 'Family' in Willie Nelson and Family

BY DOUG FREEMAN

'Honeydripper' Blues

Next-generation Austin bluesman Gary Clark Jr. relives 1950 with John Sayles' big-screen blues, Honeydripper

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Alejandro Escovedo scores his own life and Man From Plains, Backspin Records relocates, and UT's Center for American History archives Tary Owens' legacy

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Willie Nelson

Moment of Forever

Seth Walker

Seth Walker

Good Times Crisis Band

Select a Gather Point

Prey for Sleep

... A Bitter Beginning
screens

Changes in the Weather

As Burnt Orange cools down, UTFI heats up

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Here's Blood in Your Eye

Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors eviscerates the 512

BY MARC SAVLOV

'Honeydripper' Drops on Austin

This week marks two occasions to catch John Sayles' latest close lens on the American experience

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

Golden Globes were a big bust, but the new Terminator series opens an impressive can of whup-ass

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film News

Tween sensations Vanessa Hudgens and Alyson Michalka set up shop at Austin Studios

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Film Reviews

Cassandra's Dream

Woody Allen is still making movies at the rate of at least one a year. The problem is that he doesn’t make good movies at the rate of one a year.

Cloverfield

Cloverfield is a pure-blood, grade A, exultantly exhilarating monster movie in the grand tradition.

First Sunday

Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan play petty criminals who spend a night reckoning with the lord when they rob their neighborhood church.

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

Uwe Boll, the Timex watch of contemporary filmmakers (he takes a licking but keeps on ticking), strikes again.

The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of … V8?

There Will Be Blood

This powerful character study and origin story is rooted in American soil.

27 Dresses

We predict a happy union between 27 Dresses and cable TV, forever rerunning with commercial breaks tailor-made for laundry-loading and sandwich-making.
arts & culture

Art for Healing

The stunning art collection of the Dell Children's Medical Center

BY REBECCA S. COHEN

Catherine Lee

Back in her home state full-time, the noted artist shares her work and what she's learned in 30 years of making art

BY RACHEL COOK

Jake Foster In Memoriam

The production manager for the choral group Conspirare has died

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Dame Edna: Hold your horses, possums

The Australian megastar is forced to cancel her January trip to town but vows to visit in November

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Beirut

Vortex's revival confronts issues of the body – as object, as weapon, and as prison – head on

Garden District

Despite some flaws, Different Stages mounts two Tennessee Williams' dramas in riveting and entertaining fashion

Donna Huanca: Secret Museum of Mankind

The artist's self-proclaimed graveyard of old art doesn't make for a tight show, but it's an ambitious one
columns

Page Two: The Moment Belongs to the Music

John Sayles' 'Honeydripper' takes flight

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops

Letters @ 3AM

Before the presidency is anything else, it's a job – a job that requires a dash of corruption

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Is Stephen a closet furry? And what did Dr. Twink diagnose?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Forbidden Gardens Chinese Cultural Museum in Katy offers a miniaturized view of Chinese culture and history

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Bill Adorno back-swims his way to serenity at Barton Springs every morning

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

echnical information doubling every four years, famous skiffle musicians, laughing orangutans, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Texas Homestead Exemption – What Is It?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

U.S. Women earn a first-round Four Nations Tourney win, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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