Sept. 5, 2008

John Anderson and Ken Hoge

Volume 28, Number 1

ON THE COVER:
news

Deadlocked Over Density

Neighbors say ARA's development plans for East 11th Street would clash with existing homes and businesses, including the historic Victory Grill

BY LEE NICHOLS

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Res Publica

Your make-a-difference calendar for Sept. 4-10

Anti-Abortionists Want More Health-Care Money

New threats to women's health care emerge in both Texas and D.C.

BY JORDAN SMITH

AISD Puts Faith in Voters

Teachers' paychecks – and the tax raise they require – are in voters' hands this November

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

AISD Superintendent Search Begins

The public will play a large part in determining the criteria for choosing AISD's next head honcho

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

In WilCo, Making a Pass Is OK ... Unless You're Gay

Alleged dirty talk in a parking lot could land a WilCo man in prison

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

SDS Campaign Launches Online Videos

Chamber expected to weigh in on ballot amendment that would halt city subsidies for private retail developers

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Arrest Fest at the RNC

Throw a rock up in St. Paul, and you'll apparently find someone being arrested – actually, don't throw any rocks in St. Paul

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Saving the City Auditor From Political Pressure

This November, voters will consider a City Charter amendment to help the city auditor keep it real

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Point Austin: Meet the Republicans

The Republicans hold their convention while licking their wounds

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Wood Waste to Burn

With big, bad biomass behind them, council faces the bigger and badder city budget

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Name That Drug!; and Cashing In on Payday Loans

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Central Market Cooking Classes

Classes for teens ensure no ramen in college

BY ROSALIND FAIRES

Event Menu

Sept. 5-10

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Torchy's Tacos expands yet again, and Z'Tejas serves up green chile dishes for charity

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

A sampling of velvety Australian reds

BY WES MARSHALL

Food Reviews

Jade Leaves TeaHouse

Given a greater business flow, Jade Leaves can overcome some bumps with the shoots

Lux Bakery & Cafe

Lux blends coffee, sweets, and sandwiches into a multiethnic stew
music

They Call Me Hurricane

Newly discovered session tapes from 1979 document Stevie Vaughan before the Ray

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

The Low Lows make a fresh start in Austin, Jon Dee Graham returns to the stage, Tim Kerr and Mark Arm talk Monkeywrench

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases and Stages

The Stills

Oceans Will Rise

The Walkmen

You & Me

The Charlatans

You Cross My Path

Rodriguez

Cold Fact

Carrie Rodriguez

She Ain't Me

Re-Up Gang, Ice Cube, GZA, K-Salaam & Beatnik

Clipse Presents: Re-Up Gang, Raw Footage, Pro Tools, Whose World Is This?

Curtis Mayfield

Movin' on Up: The Music and Message of Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions 1965-1973
screens

Ghosts Are Good Company

AFS Essential Series: The Third Wave: Contemporary German Cinema

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

The Heat Is On

Homicide vet Melissa Leo wins raves for Frozen River

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Film News

The locally shot Kings of the Evening screens at the Highland

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

A middling Bar and a wealth of questions

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Brand Upon the Brain!

Another ambitious, audacious entry in the canon of Canadian auteur Guy Maddin

Film Reviews

Babylon A.D.

Vin Diesel stars as a mercenary hired to escort a woman with a dangerous virus out of Russia.

College

New frat-house comedy is timed for the new semester.

Disaster Movie

We're running out of genres to spoof: This time it's disaster movies.

Frozen River

In order to make ends meet, two women in upstate New York smuggle illegal aliens across the St. Lawrence River into the U.S. in this unusually thoughtful and expertly acted movie.

The Little Red Truck

A chronicle of the work of the Missoula Children’s Theatre, which travels the country to introduce children to the joys of musical theatre.

Surfer, Dude

Matthew McConaughey joins with the director of Hand on a Hard Body in this ode to near-naked bodies, weed, and surf-speak. Oh, and it's also a work of fiction.
arts & culture

Five.Foot.One 2 'Five.Two.Ten'

Tiny dynamo Andrea Ariel works up short dances

BY BARRY PINEO

Elaine: The Extended Cut

The incomparable Ms. Stritch on humor, happiness, Tennessee, Beckett, and bad directors

BY ROBERT FAIRES

James Housefield

An appreciation of AMOA's adjunct curator as he leaves Austin for California

BY RACHEL KOPER

The Long Center

The new Long Center managing director is the old Paramount executive director

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Conspirare

The Austin choral ensemble's new CD of Tarik O'Regan music is set to captivate the world

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Mothers of Invention

Onetime Austinite Laura Poe delivers a tasty satire about genetically engineered food

Alice in Wonderland

A straight-up, well-executed adaptation of Lewis Carroll's book from City Theatre
columns

Page Two: Terms of Entitlement

Austin growth

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops

After A Fashion

Your Style Avatar's north star for fall fashion is Neiman Neiman Neiman

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Stonehenge? In Texas? Yup, yonder down in Odessa.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

The Pride Coalition is finally going to coordinate what seems like a natural fit: Austin's annual Pride Fest

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Playing Through

Let's see Michael Phelps do a decathlon

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Cheap sushi, brake lights, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Chickens, Goats, & Urban Ranches?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Will's Mad Hatter Boat Party

Riviera Marina, Saturday, September 6, 2008

BY THE LUV DOC

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