Feb. 1, 2008

Volume 27, Number 22

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VMU IN REVIEW

Mixed Use, Mixed Emotions

An anniversary review of Austin's vertical mixed-use program discovers a range of responses to density, change, and planning

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

To Opt, or Not?

How one neighborhood-planning team carefully weighed VMU's power to change its surroundings

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Preserving What's Left

A 2,400-acre spot south of Buda could be the latest conservation easement purchased to maintain the health of the Edwards Aquifer

BY JACOB COTTINGHAM

Prosecutor Times Four

Part 1: Meet the candidates for Travis County district attorney

BY JORDAN SMITH

ELECTION NOTES

Dems Hunting Daugherty in Precinct 3

Dems Hunting Daugherty in Precinct 3, Voting Rolls Mystery Part 2: The County's Side, and Voter ID Bill Redux

BY LEE NICHOLS

Voting Rolls Mystery Part 2

The county's side

BY LEE NICHOLS

Voter ID Bill Redux

BY LEE NICHOLS

AISD's Fingerprints

Teachers speak out against having to get fingerprinted

BY JUSTIN WARD

Naked City

Point Austin: Union Goons

In Coxworld, the unions are always the enemy

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Duckmobile politics

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Reefer Madness

Is "Extreme Ecstasy" a serious or pretend problem?

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

The Economic Trepidations of the Rich; and Molly Ivins

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Mardi Gras

Have your cake, and laissez les bons temps rouler!

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Feb. 2-3

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Patricia Bauer-Slate's new company offers local, natural, and organic school lunches, and the Gallo Family Vineyards host third Gold Medal Awards

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Kenobi Restaurant and Sushi Bar

The new Kenobi emerges as a power player in Austin's upscale Asian fusion scene

TC Noodle House

Not-to-be-missed noodle house outdoes the owners' first establishment, Tien Hong
music

A Market of Multitudes

Selling less of more is the new music industry economic paradigm

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Off the Record

Announcing the 2007-08 Austin Music Awards lineup; Charlie Sexton brings sexy back; and KOOP Radio returns to the airwaves

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Live Shots

Van Halen

Little Richard

Little Richard
screens

John Sayles

The evolution of American music and Southern race relations in Honeydripper

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Big Time, Small Screen

Local filmmaker Ya'Ke's 'The Second Coming' screens on HBO

BY TODDY BURTON

Film News

We're No. 1! We're No. 1!

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

The floodgates are opening with a whole host of premieres and returning shows

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Honeydripper

John Sayles’ new drama is about life in a destitute African-American cotton-farming town in Jim Crow-era Alabama and the music that gave the region its mythology.

Meet the Spartans

The working title says it all: Not Another Scary Epic Teen Date Movie.

Over Her Dead Body

In this DOA romantic comedy, Eva Longoria Parker plays a ghost who haunts her former fiancé-to-be when it's time for him to move on.

Persepolis

This remarkable animated film tells a contemporary story about an Iranian girl’s coming-of-age while navigating the usual pitfalls of adolescence and the Islamic revolution of the Eighties.

Rambo

In his fourth cinematic outing, Rambo's tasked with saving Christian missionaries in Burma.

Sharkwater

Rob Stewart, a marine biologist and underwater photographer, makes up for in passion what he lacks in narrative subtlety in this cautionary documentary about the eradication of the planet's sharks.
arts & culture

About This Long

Measuring the creativity of the 2008 FronteraFest Long Fringe

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Glynda Cox: In Memoriam

The co-owner of beloved arts venue Chicago House and one of the great moms of the arts scene has passed

BY ROBERT FAIRES

David Mamet: Textual Perversity From Chicago

For his first residency at UT, Mamet discusses his work and career in a public conversation

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Colosseum: There Will Be Oil

Arts on Real goes WWE with six seminaked, well-greased men wrestling for a championship title

BY BARRY PINEO

Arts Reviews

Porgy and Bess

Zach's ambitious new staging of the Gershwin opera says a lot about those things that matter more than money

FronteraFest Short Fringe Week Two

Wednesday's show offered plenty of pleasant surprises in the form of good laughs and provocative moments

'The World Is Making Us Look Bad'

Can two failed ideas ever amount to greatness without creating more junk?
columns

Oops!

Page Two: Kings of Mean

The worst legacy of this administration is the terrible behavior it fostered in its citizens

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters @ 3AM

Walking nervous breakdowns are so "normal" they're barely noticed

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Keep in mind that Stephen's views on death and dying are filtered through his D&Gs

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Roy T's Old Salado Bakery is the home of legends, delicious pastries, and more

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Can soccer flourish in Austin? The Austin Aztex are about to find out.

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Elvis Presley had a sense of humor, selective categorizations of sectarian violence in Iraq, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Avoid Foreclosure Nightmare

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

U.S. Men vs. Mexico, Arsenal vs. Man U, and the Aztex vs. El Paso

BY NICK BARBARO

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