Jan. 30, 2009

Todd V. Wolfson

Volume 28, Number 22

ON THE COVER:
news

A Cacophony of Passions

Why the City Council changed the boards and commissions system – and what still needs to be done

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Point Austin: Left Unstated

A few omissions in the governor's State of the State

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Safety in Numbers

The mayoral race gets cracking, so getcha program here!

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

News briefs from Austin, the state, and beyond

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the state, and beyond

Respublica

Lake Austin Shoreline Shortcuts Raise Alarm

A new grassroots group aims to draw City Council's attention to environmental concerns of Lake Austin

BY JACOB COTTINGHAM

PUD Ordinance in Action

The new South Shore District PUD tests the new PUD ordinance

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

On the Lege

It turns out that the State Board of Education knows more about science than real scientists!

BY LEE NICHOLS

Delisi Jingles the Keys to TxDOT's Highways

TxDOT board Chair Delisi delicately lays out goals for agency

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

TPPF: Sneering at Workers and 'Blowing Up' Public Policy

At its annual conference, the Texas Public Policy Foundation sticks to its mantra of less government, fewer taxes

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Over Their Dead Bodies

The Texas Rangers want to expand – the dead will just have to move

BY LAUREL CHESKY

FLDS Evidence in Dispute

Attorneys squabble over evidence taken during last spring's Yearning for Zion raid

BY JORDAN SMITH

Reefer Madness: Don't Talk About It

El Paso City Council's resolution calling for an 'open debate' on legalizing drugs draws threats of funding cuts

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Obama Must Be Even Bolder Than FDR; and Bringing Fairness to the American Workplace

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Alain Braux

Chef Alain Braux brings health and flavor together for Peoples Rx

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food Reviews

Corazon at Castle Hill

Lovers of Castle Hill Cafe fret not: With a pleasant makeover and a refocusing of the menu, Corazon is a lovely offspring

Drungo Ice House

With more than 30 years of experience between them, Michael Hall and Chip Tait have succeeded in establishing a comfortable, casual neighborhood ice house

Liquid Assets

Colombia Crest's Two Vines line provides oceans of wine for less than $10 a bottle

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Feb. 16 is the day for changes on the restaurant news beat, Mighty Fine is the place for families during the recession, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Your local foodie events for Feb. 6-8

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

I Could Be So Happy

Heartless Bastards vocal quake Erika Wennerstrom moves The Mountain from Austin

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Announcing the 2008-09 Austin Music Awards lineup and sneaking past the velvet rope at Pangaea, while Andrew Kenny trades American Analog Set for the Wooden Birds

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Live Shots

screens

From Penitentiaries to Picture Shows

Spiderwood Studios founder Tommy Warren follows the dream

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Sick, Twisted, and Seriously Funny

Austin animator Lance Myers finds a new home with Spike & Mike and on that wacky World Wide Web

BY MARC SAVLOV

Reopened for Business

Make Watch Love Film party celebrates Austin Studios' remodel

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Film News

An Oscar, a zombie, and a film incentive walk into a bar ...

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

DTV transition day is looming. Are you prepared?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Che: Part Two

Steven Soderbergh concludes his two-part biopic with Che's Bolivian endgame.

New in Town

A strident Renée Zellweger stars in this forgettable fish-out-of-water comedy.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Despite being the third entry in the Underworld series, this is a prequel story about the age-old war between the vampires and the werewolves.
arts & culture

Skimming a Long

A roundup of the 2009 FronteraFest Long Fringe

The Showstoppers

Zach Theatre's youth troupe applies its serious talent to premiering a new musical

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Barbara Smith Conrad

A week of celebration for the great mezzo where her career was launched against all odds

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Creative Research Laboratory

This exhibition exploring cultural modification will keep evolving over time

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Dancing at Lughnasa

This revival of Brian Friel's lyrical drama is a reminder of the power of memory

FronteraFest Short Fringe, Week Two

A high-speed train of spoken word, crackling improv, and raw poetry

Annette Lawrence: Free Paper

Artfully crafted stacks of junk mail address time, the environment, and much more
columns

Page Two: Balancing Act

Several tiny steps in search of a dance to winter – and a dance toward launching into reverie

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM

Every dollar we print is a prayer that China won't turn us away

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen finds the natural 'Segway' between Critical Mass and SaladShooters

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

This week has been declared by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network as No Name-Calling Week

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Jean and Price Daniel Home and Archives is about as close as you can get to seeing the Texas Governor's Mansion these days

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Sophomore guard Kat Nash is having a breakthrough year for Gail Goestenkors' Longhorn squad

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Feet muscles, 'gateway' bands, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

How Do I Start My LLC?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: FronteraFest Long Fringe's 'The Dick Monologues'

Blue Theatre, Saturday, January 31, 2009

BY THE LUV DOC

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