Feb. 20, 2009

John Anderson

Volume 28, Number 25

ON THE COVER:
news

Dumping the Water Pump

Should Austin's conservation success forestall WTP 4?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

ON THE LEGE

Local Reps and Their Committees

Strama tapped to oversee Technology Committee

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Sticker Shock Over Governor's Mansion Repairs

The historical building may be endangered but so is the state's pocketbook

BY LEE NICHOLS

Renewed Push for Judicial Reforms

Shining a light on the Texas judiciary

BY JORDAN SMITH

On the Road (and Rail) Again

Watson's take on transportation reform

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Topless Tax Sequel, Part III

The Lege's Titty Tax refuses to die

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Media Watch: Local News

The Statesman and its suitors, and the TV shuffle

BY KEVIN BRASS

Wheels Finally Turn on Bicycle Road Map

City releases updated Bicycle Master Plan

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Later for Wildflower Commons

Council delays Wildflower Commons development hearing until August

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Fundraiser for Pat Crow

The woman who orchestrated scores of progressive political campaigns now needs your help

BY AMY SMITH

Another SBOE Voice for Creationism

The SBOE's Ken Mercer chimes in on creationism and evolution

BY LEE NICHOLS

Pitching the Comprehensive Plan

Three teams vie to plan Austin's future

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Headlines

Res Publica

Point Austin: Levy Steps Back ... and Shoots Long

Running the city is easier campaigned than done

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Alternating Current

At campaign time, the policy choices just get tougher

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

What's the Word for Wall Street Greed?; and Why America Needs a Truth Commission

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Agricultural Convergence

Food, art, politics, and culture come together in the garden for local restaurants and for Austinites, as well

Food-o-File

Join in for another Artz Rib House fundraiser, and get involved in making Fat Tuesday official

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Your local food events, Feb. 22-28

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Arpeggio Grill

The new Arpeggio Grill does Mediterranean right

Sushi Innovations

New trends in local sushi keep Austinites fresh

BY KATE THORNBERRY

music

Queen Bee

Buzzing with the queen of the bumblebees, Lucinda Williams

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Paying tribute to the Texas Tornado, working out at the Music Gym, and Trail of Dead's Justice for all

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Andrew Bird

Live shot

Zombi, Diagonal, Satyricon

Spirit Animal, Diagonal, The Age of Nero

Songs From a Dutch Tour: The Book

TaylorChip

Dan Auerbach

Keep It Hid

Antony & the Johnsons

The Crying Light

Enrico Rava

New York Days
screens

All Access

Austin's B-Side Entertainment rethinks how to get a movie to the masses

BY MIKE KANIN

The American Con of Bootstrap Optimism

Kelly Reichardt talks about Wendy and Lucy, her prescient tale about a girl and a dog, a rock and a hard place

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Screens Reviews

The Exterminating Angel

Rules of the Game (1939) played ball and jacks compared to Buñuel's The Exterminating Angel

TV Eye

KEYE's Mr. Fix-It can help you with your DTV conversion troubles

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Profligate spending may be out of step with the times, but don't short-sell the comic charms of Isla Fisher.

Delhi-6

New Bollywood film.

Fired Up

This new teen sex comedy is both sexist and prudish.

Wendy and Lucy

From the director of Old Joy comes this minimalist story about a girl (the elfin Michelle Williams) and her dog getting by in society's margins.
arts & culture

Rocketing Through Hard Times

Yellow Tape and other small theatre groups blast past the black hole of the recession

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

Austin Symphony Orchestra

The Arkansas Symphony's Galen Wixson has been hired as ASO's new executive director

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Seventh Annual Black History Month Concert

Austin gets a rare chance to hear one of Duke Ellington's concerts of sacred music

BY ROBERT FAIRES

McCallum Fine Arts Academy Orchestra

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? In this case, back up a Beatles cover band.

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Cyrano de Bergerac

This worthy production of Rostand's play reveals the rock star in its romantic hero

Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart

This update of a Greek tragedy has a modern look but the same old sense of the inevitable

Hamlet

The revival of Stephen Mills' Shakespearean ballet is rich in visuals and moving passion
columns

Page Two: Tiny Tornadoes

SXSW time allows us to go soaring off fearlessly into our imaginations

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

After a Fashion

Cruising the highways and bar-ways in search of a stiff drink and a late-night enchilada

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Playing Through

Have marathoners found the Answer?

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Gay Place

Turn day into nighttime and night into daytime

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The salt lake La Sal del Rey in central Hidalgo County is as inhospitable as it is beautiful

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Squids mate in February, genetic mutation causes blue eyes, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

People's Law School

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: 'Misprint' Magazine's Third Annual Beard & Moustache Competition

Mohawk, Friday, February 20, 2009

BY THE LUV DOC

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