March 13, 2009

Volume 28, Number 28

ON THE COVER:
news

Downtown Condos: What's Up?

Developers deliver the lowdown on the economy and the future of Austin's new high-rises

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Point Austin: Indelicate Balances

Political compromise depends on who's holding the cards

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Who reads the 'Statesman'? Not its editors.

Statesman lets its bias show

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

Local news briefs

Res Publica

Citizen affairs, March 12-19

ON THE LEGE

After All-Nighter, Senate Passes Voter ID

A marathon session delivers a GOP partisan priority

BY LEE NICHOLS

TxDOT Defies Stimulus Stipulations

After some arm-twisting, TxDOT halfheartedly addressed 'economically distressed areas' last week

BY LEE NICHOLS

Staying Abreast of Tax Debate

'Titty tax' law hangs in the balance

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Getting With the Program

Dukes files bill to shore up Texas film industry

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Needle Exchange Clears Committee

Needle-exchange program could finally see daylight

BY JORDAN SMITH

Doggett Refutes McCaul Op-Ed

Doggett calls the bill 'imperfect but responsible'; McCaul calls it a 'Trojan horse'

BY LEE NICHOLS

School Bill Put to the Test

Omnibus school bill doesn't make the grade, critics say

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Nurse Ratios Stir Debate

Bill filed to counter Howard's RN proposal

BY LEE NICHOLS

LegeLines

Odds and ends from the Capitol

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Carstarphen on Tour: Reagan High

The would-be superintendent meets more stakeholders

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

CITY COUNSELING

Walking on the Water

Running hot or cold on the boardwalk

BY WELLS DUNBAR

It's All About the Process

City delays vote on hiring comprehensive planning consultant

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

And the Candidates Are ...

Cheaper by the dozen: Twelve file in mayoral and City Council races

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Hard Bargaining at KLRU

KLRU has hit a snag in contract negotiations with employees

BY NORA ANKRUM

Adding Insult to Brain Injury

Brain injury lab and its former director on the skids

BY LAUREL CHESKY

The Hightower Report

Words for Wall Street Greed; and Corporatist Court Favors Mountaintop Destruction

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Texas Culinary Icons

Austin is the place to try true Texas treats, from chicken-fried steak to frozen margaritas

BY MICK VANN AND VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Shiner at 100

After 100 years, the Spoetzl Brewery still shines

BY LEE NICHOLS

St. Patrick's Day Revels

St. Patty's Day isn't all about the booze, but booze is good, too

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Wheatsville Co-op celebrates its 33rd anniversary, and Zoot reopens at its new location

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Your local food events for March 14-17

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

SXSW MUSIC

Never Say Goodbye

Past and present mash up at the 2008-09 Austin Music Awards

BY AUSTIN POWELL

SXSW 09 Picks 2 Click

A septet of local acts with (inter)national appeal

Off the Record

Blaze's blues strike a chord with the SXSW Film 09 and dropping out for the Black Angels' Psych Fest 2

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Leatherbag, Golden Bear, Lee Simmons, PJ & the Bear, Focus Group, Georgian Company

Tomorrow, Everest, Doniphan Nights, PJ & the Bear, Focus Group, Answer, Answer

Jenny Wolfe

After School

Michael Martin Murphey

Buckaroo Blue Grass

Joe Ely

Live Chicago 1987

Wideawake

Something That We Can't Let Go

The Dark Water Hymnal

As Above, So Below

Mrandmrsmays, Diana Cantu, Lili & Walter, Joanna Barbera

Mrandmrsmays, You're All I Ask, Lili and Walter, Carnival Beginning
screens

SXSW FILM

Good Company

Welcome to Austin and SXSW Film 09

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Film News

Welcome to the great state of South by Southwest

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Every Step They Take

Kathryn Bigelow dramatizes the dangerous business of bomb detonation in The Hurt Locker

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

The 11th Hour

Tim McCanlies eyes the finish line

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

The Bee's Knees

Andrew Bujalski's uncommon process

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Magnificent Obsession

Charting the unlikely ascension of Troll 2 from crappiest movie ever made to cult darling

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Watchmen

Three documentaries shine a light on playing to the audience

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Boys Who Like Boys

Two takes on the bromance in Humpday and I Love You, Man

Found Film

The rehatching of Tobe Hooper's 1969 debut, Eggshells

BY LOUIS BLACK

An Expanding Definition of Family

Karen Skloss' personal documentary explores mothers and daughters and the choices they make

BY SARAH JEAN BILLEITER

Animated Ladies

Signe Baumane and Sarah Jane Lapp illustrate their points

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Rock and a Hard Place

Exploring the elusiveness of fame and the ethics of the mash-up in 24 Beats per Second

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

It Came From Down Under

Aussie films swarm SXSW 09

BY DARCIE STEVENS

Shot on Location

For All Mankind filmmaker Al Reinert goes walking on the moon one more time

BY ROBERT FAIRES

In a World Where ...

Plumbing the depths of Joe Dante's Trailers From Hell

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Cutting Edge

Trailer maker Mark Woollen talks shop

BY SPENCER PARSONS

We Thank You Very Sweetly

Remembering once and forever Munchkin Clarence Swensen

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

A new workplace sitcom addresses the tough questions. Like, if eyeballs explode at minus 20 degrees Celsius.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Breaking Habits

Documentary on life high in holy orders

The Curse of La Llorona

Latest Conjuring spin-off is a pale imitation of James Wan's original

Hagazussa

Witchcraft and oppression in late-medieval Austria

Hellboy

Hellboy is back, and this time he's R-rated

Her Smell

Elisabeth Moss is a the center of a rock and roll tornado in this heartbreaking ballad of self-destruction

Little Woods

Tessa Thompson takes all the tough choices in a grimy tale of downtrodden life

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

Latest in the Ip Man series moves away from the Wing Chun legend himself

Penguins

Chilly nature documentary has a cuddly heart that's perfect for young animal lovers

Peterloo

A political massacre loses all urgency in this bloodless period piece

Starfish

The end of the world becomes a powerful, music-driven metaphor for grief, loss, and healing

Teen Spirit

Pop fable never feels like a smash hit

Wild Nights With Emily

Molly Shannon breaks the myth of the staid Emily Dickinson with this vibrant biopic
arts & culture

Sold on the Cool

The Blanton's 'Birth of the Cool' is midcentury modernism made sexy

BY ROBERT FAIRES

David Box: Box on sax

An Austin musician takes Adolphe Sax's horn back to its classical roots

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Ray Donley: Lost and Found

A rare local showing of the Austin artist's work includes his first sculpture

BY ROBERT FAIRES

T.J. & Dave: Masters of the All Made Up

One of improv's leading duos is on Film at SXSW and live at Spider House

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Fences

City Theatre Company delivers a strong production of August Wilson's 1987 Pulitzer winner

Heroes

A strong ensemble abets this witty but quiet play about three old French soldiers

Haven Gallery & Fine Gifts

The gallery does a nice job of mixing styles and types of artwork, all of it handmade
columns

Page Two: The Incredibles

SXSW Film lines 'em up

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM

How far are you willing to go to make a picture?

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen gears up for SXSW and spring: Should he choose the pink crocodile or the one-shoulder with ruffles?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Bigfoot Wallace lived a life as big as Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

South by So Gay

BY KATE X MESSER AND ASH BELL

Playing Through

The Aztex look to turn Austin into a soccer town

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Starbucks in church, Brits tortured Obama's grandfather, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

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