Jan. 9, 2009

Volume 28, Number 19

ON THE COVER:
news

Welcome to the 81st

Will a new speaker and more Democrats spell 'change' at the Capitol?

BY MICHAEL KING

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Respublica

Citizens' calendar, Jan. 8-15

Point Austin: Welcome to 2009

From foreign wars to local follies, the world still turns

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: McCracken's Gambit

Was McCracken's challenge to Leffingwell a shrewd move or petty politics?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Yogurt Shop Saga: New Unknown DNA Evidence

The DNA of yet two more unknown males has been discovered

BY JORDAN SMITH

Activists Raise Concerns About FBI Informant

BY DIANA WELCH

DOJ: 160 Ways Austin Police Can Improve

Department of Justice issues recommendations for improving APD

BY JORDAN SMITH

Charter School Approval Sparks More Debate

Williamson County charter school wins approval, but the charter school issue in general remains contentious

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

T. Don Hutto: Lipstick on a Doberman

WilCo commissioners voted to renew the T. Don Hutto contract, apparently because it's good for children

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Looks Like a Straus Waltz to House Speaker

With the help of House Democrats, San Antonio Republican locks up votes for speaker

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

Speculators and Our Food: E-I-E-I-O!; Airlines Outsourcing Our Safety and Jobs

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Keeping Those Weight-Loss Resolutions

Diet-friendly dining to start off the new year

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-o-File

Begin the new year with new local restaurant openings, count the dollars local charities collected last year, and more Central Texas foodie news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Your local foodie events for Jan. 8-10

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Daily Grill

This California-based outlet might be steep for classic American diner fare, but its $2 kids meals are a hit
music

Seek and Destroy

One Swordsman's 'diary' highlights of three months on the road with Metallica

BY TRIVETT WINGO

Off the Record

The best things in life are free, at least on Red River for the first week of January

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Fucked Up

The Chemistry of Common Life

Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm

2 Man Wrecking Crew

Femi Kuti

Day by Day

Los Campesinos!

We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
screens

The Obsessive

AFS Essential Cinema presents the early films of Brian De Palma

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Into Thin Air and Back

AFS Documentary Tour presents Stranded: I've Come From a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Being Bad Never Looked So Good

Austin Public Library tackles Tough Guys and Feisty Femmes in a new film series. And it's free!

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Screens Reviews

Funny Face: Centennial Collection

Hepburn and Astaire say, 'Bonjours, Paris!' in the still-spry Funny Face

TV Eye

'TV Eye' scratches its head over the Golden Globe nominees

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Gran Torino

Clint Eastwood directs and stars in what could be a perfect career-capper due to the perceptive way the character he plays seems to be a culmination of all the roles he's played before.

Revolutionary Road

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio co-star in this drama set 50 years ago in suburban Connecticut about a married couple who yearns to stand out from its peers, but whose tragedy is that they are cut from the same cloth.

The Wrestler

In the latest film from Darren Aronofsky, Mickey Rourke rips his tattered name from the dustbin of history with his portrayal of an aging professional wrestler.
arts & culture

A Revolution of Spirit

Ritual jazz theatre pioneer Sharon Bridgforth premieres a new work, her last in Austin

BY ABE LOUISE YOUNG

Carol Burnett

The great comedienne explains what made her show work and why recent attempts don't

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Museum of Art

For the third time in 25 years, AMOA's plans for a new museum are put on hold

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Last Five Years

Jason Robert Brown's musical anatomy of a relationship gets a tender, wistful staging

Marjorie Moore: Remains

Moore frames the remains of birds with such beauty and care as to be heartbreaking
columns

Page Two: Inertia, Inverted

It isn't the outside world but oneself that most often determines the nature of experience

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Stephen's holiday star stocking ... or star stalking?!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Playing Through

Did UT's performance in the Fiesta Bowl prove them to be the No. 1 team in college football?

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Gay Place

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Kids of all ages will love the life-sized dinosaur replicas at Dinosaur World

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Good-looking partners, 'anal' SUVs, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

My Lawyer Won't Return My Call

BY LUKE ELLIS

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