Feb. 6, 2009

Volume 28, Number 23

ON THE COVER:
news

ON THE LEGE

Big Tex Budget Blues

The money debate begins: 'Every Texan for himself' vs. 'All in this together'

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Nurses Workload Fight Just Begun

BY LEE NICHOLS

House Committees

Less is more

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Strama Steers Clean Car Bill

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Dukes Moves to Boost Film Incentives

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Dunbar Will See Opposition in 2010

BY LEE NICHOLS

Senate: Patrick Gets Promoted

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

City Counseling

The Wildflower controversy, the Leffingwell noncontroversy, and more

BY WELLS DUNBAR

ANC: Do More With Less

ANC members see breath of fresh air in new Parks director

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Mistrial, Retrial for McKay

Jurors drop bomb on prosecutors' case against man accused of bomb-making

BY DIANA WELCH

TPWD Film: Watching the Rivers Flow

Texas Parks & Wildlife hopes a new documentary will encourages Texans – and legislatures – to conserve

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Oh, Hecht!

State Supreme Court Justice says he was denied justice from Ethics Commission. Fancy that.

BY JORDAN SMITH

How to Turn Purple to Blue

Voter registration drive could turn Texas Democratic

BY LEE NICHOLS

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the state, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizen's calendar, Feb. 5-12

Point Austin: The Way of the Strayhorn

Carole's for Austin. Is Austin for Carole?

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: The Hustle for Place 1

Who are the new coalitions?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

The Cluelessness of Wall Street CEOs; and Grumpy Bushites

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Tea Gets Hot in Austin

Austin's new cup of tea

BY LINDSEY GOODWIN

Cake Envy: Paloma Efron's Coco Paloma Desserts

Paloma Efron's decadent cakes – and her home workshop – are the envy of Austin

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

R.I.P.

Mourning Roger Mollett

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Artz hangs on while Starlite shuts down, Woodland expands, and Izzoz Tacos makes a grand entrance

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Your local foodie events for Feb. 7-28

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Blood on the Tracks

The ballad of Griff Luneburg and Cactus Cafe

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Off the Record

Diving into Club 1808, the Real Heroes' Chinese democracy, and Ray Benson on Willie, Wexler, and the Wheel

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Bruce Springsteen

Working on a Dream

Andrew Bird

Noble Beast

Animal Collective

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Various

The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 11B:1971

Nesuhi Ertegun

Hommage á Nesuhi

Broken Social Scene

Bass Concert Hall, Jan. 31
screens

Fan Favorite

How the geekdom came together to save a love song to Star Wars from the dark side

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Slow Magic of Stop-Motion

Henry Selick on adapting Neil Gaiman's Coraline

BY MARC SAVLOV

Old Dog, New Tricks

Turns out there's life yet in Showbiz Pizza's animatronic band of animals, the Rock-afire Explosion

BY ASHLEY MORENO

Screens Reviews

Magnificent Obsession

This is the film that heralded Sirk's astonishing end-career run of gloriously over-the-top women's pictures

TV Eye

Looks like the government – and the people – will have a little more time to prepare for the DTV transition

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Academy Award-Nominated Live-Action Shorts 2009

Good things come in small packages.

Coraline

An unparalleled master of the phantasmagoric image returns with this children's film.

Fanboys

This shaggy comedy is an earnest, sweetly geeked tribute to fandom.

Taken

Call it the last cinematic gasp of the Bush era.

The Uninvited

A generic creeper that does nothing to improve upon the South Korean original.
arts & culture

Retracing Their Steps

Two choreographers explain why it's tough to get old dances back on their feet

BY JONELLE SEITZ

In Memoriam

Remembering one of the Vortex Repertory Company's most stalwart supporters

BY HANNAH KENAH

'Sister Moses'

Dancing history to life

BY HANNAH KENAH

UT Performing Arts Center

Modlin Center for the Arts' Kathleen Panoff to University of Richmond: Gone to Texas

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

FronteraFest Short Fringe, Week Three

An atypically reflective evening of experiments, explorations, and excerpts

Rigoletto

ALO's straightforward staging of the Verdi classic offers the thrill of a tale told well

Business in the Front, Party in the Back

Heyd Fontenot's new paintings of naked people show the artist's looser, sloppier side
columns

Page Two: The Message

Republicans try to rewrite a history of privileging party over principle

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Bachelorette parties in gay bars: Sure. Why wouldn't we want to celebrate your wedding?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Belatedly celebrating National Pie Day

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Practitioners of parkour strive for efficient movement for its own sake

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Scrabble champions, Manila (hemp) folders, grapefruit-scented sweat, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

President Obama's Oath Mishap

BY LUKE ELLIS

Gay Place

Is there a proposition against love?

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

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