Jan. 23, 2009

Volume 28, Number 21

ON THE COVER:
news

The Informant

Revolutionary to rat: The uneasy journey of Brandon Darby

BY DIANA WELCH

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Point Austin: 'Embrace What Is Right'

On Obama, what it means … and what it doesn't

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: And They're Off!

Leffingwell announces, and the mayoral sparring begins

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Res Publica

Reefer Madness: Ill Will

DEA torpedoes effort to secure FDA-approved marijuana

BY JORDAN SMITH

On the Lege: Senate Fight

Dems lost the debate on the two-thirds rule, but not without a fight

BY LEE NICHOLS

Sunsetting TYC: Will It Stick?

The Sunset Commission's close vote makes TYC's Lege fate hard to predict

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Reed Loses Another Appeal

Yet another setback for death row inmate Rodney Reed

BY JORDAN SMITH

A Lesson in False Confessions

The Texas Criminal Justice Integrity Unit and a proposed Senate bill address the problem of false confessions

BY JORDAN SMITH

Campaign Money Fattening Local Coffers

The latest campaign finance reports show who's supporting which candidates for mayor and council

BY WELLS DUNBAR

'The Good Life' Says Goodbye

Shrinking economy forces monthly magazine to close shop

BY AMY SMITH

Media Watch: KXAN Bucks the Wave: Covers the News

KXAN bucks the wave – covers the news

BY KEVIN BRASS

Talk First Battles Rise in Teen Pregnancy

Planned Parenthood's new program targets parent education

BY JORDAN SMITH

Swimming in Controversy

University of Houston professor at center of controversy over how best to save drowning victims

BY LAUREL CHESKY

The Hightower Report

Why the Homeland Security Department Is So Beloved; and Put Some Bite in Our Financial Watchdogs

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Sueños Latinos

The Culinary Institute of America's San Antonio campus raises awareness of Latin American cuisine

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Zoot relocates after 20 years, inauguration sweets from Austin, and more tasty tidbits

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Your local foodie events for Jan. 24-26

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Hyde Park Market, Deli & Organic Grocery

With 150-plus beers, Boar's Head meats, and pork rinds, Hyde Park has struck gold

Changos

This Mexican restaurant has been serving up tacos with fresh ingredients for 10 years now
music

This Euphoria

David Garza returns Dream still intact

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Phases & Stages

The Gourds

Haymaker!

The Archibalds

Easy Living

Ume

Sunshower EP

Built by Snow

Mega

Woozyhelmet

Get Down

Athens v. Sparta

The History of the Peloponnesian War

Various

Business Deal Band Lotto

Greyhounds

¡No Más!

T Bird & the Breaks

Learn About It

various artists

13 Crack Tracks: Austin Bands Perform Songs from the Crackpipes Songbook

Public Offenders

Drop Jewels

Paradox

Called to Mind

T Jarrod Quartet

Jazz Offerings to the Schnauzer King

Robert Earl Keen

Undone: A Musicfest Tribute to Robert Earl Keen

Randy Weeks

Going My Way

Christopher Cross

One World Theatre, Jan. 18
screens

Secular Cinema in the Holy Land

Screenwriter Noah Stollman talks about how to make a movie about Jerusalem without taking on 2,000 years of tumult

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Becoming Che

Benicio Del Toro on the method, the madness, and the merchandising

BY MARC SAVLOV

Remembering Ana Sisnett

Austin loses a beloved activist, artist, technomama, and true friend

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

TV Eye

TNT's Trust Me could use a dose of David E. Kelley

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Chandni Chowk to China

In this Bollywood action comedy, a mistaken identity takes a humble cook on a crazy journey from India to China.

Che: Part One

Steven Soderbergh’s filmmaking legacy is his aesthetic daring, and his latest – as massive and imperfect as it is – just might be his most daring work to date.

Hotel for Dogs

Hotel for Dogs is a family-friendly operation, and all the pooches in the pic provide ample opportunities for poop jokes.

Inkheart

This fantasy adventure, in which characters come to life when the books they're in are read aloud, boasts a strong cast and an ingrained love for reading and the well-told tale.

My Bloody Valentine 3D

This horror film is a full-on, old-school, gore-hound heaven – a supersaturated arterial goregasm with zero socially redeeming values for anyone other than first-year med students.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Fat rent-a-cops are just naturally funny, right? Comedian Kevin James snags his first onscreen solo lead with this merry mall mayhem.
arts & culture

Hall Overhaul

A renovated Bass reopens to a world much changed in the 20 months the venue was closed

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Matt Stokes: These Are the Days

The fine-art world of Austin investigates the city's sweet punk rock traditions

BY RACHEL KOPER

Austin Lyric Opera

A local operatic production gets a trip to the ball: a showing on public television

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Classical Organizations

Classical companies respond to the economic crisis before the fat lady can sing

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Spaceman:Dada:Robot

A song cycle with its head in the stars and a sense of wonder makes space cool again

FronteraFest Short Fringe, Week One

A night full of the unexpected surprises that make FronteraFest worth going to

Warren Oates in the Economic Crisis of 2008

The weathered character actor serves as outsider hero to this group show's artists
columns

Page Two: Up, Up, and Away

Do Obama's sky-high approval ratings and unprecedented support indicate unrealistic expectations?

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Stephen ponders self-immolation

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Playing Through

If hot-rodders can still remake battered old cars into things of brazen beauty, the rest of us can get to work remaking America into something equally bold and brave

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Day Trips

The Texas Panhandle has many treasures to behold

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

This weekend honors the works of two pivotal Austin lesbians

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

International Year of Astronomy, Gen. Patton's nine lives, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Consider an LLC?

BY LUKE ELLIS

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