Jan. 16, 2009

Volume 28, Number 20

ON THE COVER:
news

Trouble at Station 15

Austin firefighter sues city after officials stonewall unequal treatment

BY CAITLIN MEREDITH

Disagreeing to Agree

With contract negotiations suspended, Austin firefighters look inward for a change

BY MICHAEL KING

A New Day

81st Legislature opens with unity in the House, mutiny in the Senate

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Point Austin: MUD Rising

Canyon Creek voting-rights lawsuit goes to the Supremes

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: The Return of Jason Carole

Grandma the budget slasher is back for a mayoral campaign sequel

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Respublica

Citizen's calendar, Jan. 15-22

Bill Would Rotate UIL Events Out of Austin

Father and son lawmakers call for holding high school state competitions in other areas of the state

BY LEE NICHOLS

AISD Report Cards Go Online

Students beware ...

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Yogurt Shop

Defendants in yogurt shop murder may get an opportunity to bond out of custody while awaiting second trial

BY JORDAN SMITH

Green Party Leader Holloway Dies

Local activists mourn the loss of one 'passionate and steadfast' friend

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Is Texas Bad for Kids?

A new report from Texans Care for Children shows kids faring poorly

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

RNC Aftermath

Austin protester pleads guilty in Minnesota

BY DIANA WELCH

Hackers Attack the Netroots

Progressive bloggers regroup after hackers debilitate several sites

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

The Death of Journalism; and Who Pays for CEO Mismanagement?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Cooking With the Seasons at Rancho la Puerta: Recipes From the World-Famous Spa

Cooking with the Seasons offers a seasonal assortment of enticing yet very simple recipes and menus

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Liquid Assets

Riesling white is the new black

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Check out foodie wishes for the new year, local foodie fundraisers, and the Year of the Ox

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Your local foodie events for Jan. 21-23

Food Reviews

Whisk Handcrafted Cuisine

The cozy atmosphere and satisfying cuisine at Whisk will transport you to the sun-splashed Mediterranean

Paggi House

Paggi House is the tastiest example of old Austin co-existing with new Austin
music

Middle Americana

Boardroom song-craft? The Austin Songwriters Group Songwriters Symposium gets down to business.

BY DOUG FREEMAN

She Was Just 17

The best way to approach music as an under-21 female: Play it

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

It has begun: Breaking down the full South by Southwest band list and learning the secret handshake at the Austin Moose Lodge No. 1735

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Free Week Live Shots

screens

A Republic of Indie in a Netflix Nation

How Austin's homegrown video stores are faring against the big red giant

BY MARC SAVLOV

Austin Goes to Park City

Zombies and Mongols do the 'Dance

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film News

Local docmaker Heather Courtney heads to Afghanistan, and the 2009 Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Inauguration Day might not count officially as a national holiday, but it certainly feels like a brand-new day

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Bride Wars

Best friends become enemies when a scheduling snafu places their two weddings on the same day.

Defiance

In this true story, Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber play two Jewish brothers who escape into the forest to elude capture by the Nazis and wind up birthing a small village of escapees.

Last Chance Harvey

Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, and a strong supporting cast elevate this simple tale of two middle-aged discontents who grab a last chance at love.

Not Easily Broken

In this film based on a novel by pastor and bestselling author T.D. Jakes, a couple hits a rough patch in their marriage but eventually discovers that their vows are "not easily broken."

Notorious

In Notorious, the life of hip-hop artist Christopher Wallace, aka Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls, assumes the shape of the standard biopic formula.

Timecrimes

Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo's first feature film is a tremendously entertaining bit of Kafka that whirlpools down into The Twilight Zone – and one helluva blast to watch.

The Unborn

A young woman is possessed by the spirit of her twin brother who never made it to term in this film directed by esteemed horror writer David S. Goyer.
arts & culture

Risk Immersion

Time again to sink deeply into FronteraFest's exhilarating experiments in performance

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Israeli/Palestinian Comedy Tour

Four stand-up comics aim to ease cultural tensions with a few swift salvos of laughter

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

American Repertory Ensemble

ARE's new program aims for fewer people so it can put more of them inside the magic

BY ROBERT FAIRES

See. Hear. Speak.

The other performance festival in January lines up primo comedians

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Miss Witherspoon

This satire on reincarnation amuses but has trouble transcending its own gags

Red Light Winter

The script's faults and poor production choices hinder Displaced Theatre's debut

A Grand Affair

With work by 30 artists, this show is like a mixed chocolate box of visual delights
columns

Page Two: Hope Jr.

Only the foolish expect a rebirth of wonder from Obama, but a restored sense of decency is a good start

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Letters at 3am

Everyone knows there's something extraordinary in the air, and everyone wants it to mean what they want it to mean

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar kicks ass. But you knew that already.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Whew! It feels like fresh panties, this "change" and "hope" thing.

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Port Isabel Lighthouse still offers a commanding view of South Padre Island and Laguna Madre more than 150 years after it was built

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Other than getting on an airplane, there's no place in Austin where you can go as fast, safely, as you can at the Driveway Austin Motorsports Academy and Retreat

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

L.A.'s car population, 'so help me God,' and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Partnership or Corporation?

BY LUKE ELLIS

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