June 19, 2009

John Anderson

Volume 28, Number 42

ON THE COVER:
news

Not So Cool

Austin's 2009 Climate Protection Program update confirms progress on energy – but reflects a feeble citywide effort

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Special Session Is the Only Thing That's Certain

The when and the what are still unknown

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Another Round

AG's Office asks state Supremes to review unconstitutional stripper surcharge

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Three More Casualties of Austin's Growth

A deadly accident in West Campus highlights the dangers of construction work in Texas

BY MICHAEL KING

Not Everyone Profits From ROT Rally

Last weekend was all about noise and headaches for some Congress Avenue merchants

BY AMY SMITH

Bike Plan Passes: 2020, Here We Come

Austin can peddle unfettered toward its bright, bikeable future

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Fun and Games With the City Budget

The city takes its budget process on the road

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Remixing the Music (Department)

The city is still trying to hit the right note with Austin's music scene

BY WELLS DUNBAR

AISD Efficiency Study Thwarted by Math

About that 'efficiency' ...

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

AISD Takes a Peek at Its Budget

It looks like the reserves will be taking a hit

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Point Austin: They Died in Your City

Austin is built by workers subject to institutionalized injustice

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Trouble Abhors a Vacuum

There's always room for argument at City Hall

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, June 18-25

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Headlines

The Hightower Report

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Anderson Lane: Tex-Mex Rules This Road

Anderson Lane: enough Tex-Mex to keep it interesting

Supper Underground

Supper Underground redefines the dinner-party experience

BY RACHEL FEIT

Wine of the Week

Texas summers are the right time for dry Rosé wines

BY WES MARSHALL

Event Menu

Local foodie events for June 18-25

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

A Girl Named Soo

'Never the Pretty Girl'? Surely not BettySoo!

BY MARGARET MOSER

Save Me From What I Want

Annie Clark births slow jams, a tin man, and a baby pony

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Another sad and confounding week in the live music capital: City Council takes steps to create a music department as APD pulls the plug on Shady Grove, and Tina Marsh succumbs to breast cancer

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Iggy Pop

Préliminaires

Phoenix

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Dinosaur Jr.

Farm

Flipper

Love, Fight

Mos Def, Aceyalone, Tanya Morgan, Method Man & Redman, Eminem, Toki Wright

The Ecstatic, The Lonely Ones, Brooklynati, Blackout 2, Relapse, A Different Mirror

Jeff Buckley

Grace Around the World

Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood

Live at Madison Square Garden

Iron Maiden

Flight 666 The Film
screens

A Recipe for Revolution

Food, Inc. serves up some scary facts on food production in America

BY NORA ANKRUM

Hey, Look Me Over!

AFF and the Blanton team up to bring underseen films to Austin

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Screens Reviews

The Charles Dickens Masterworks Collection

Muck and maggots and food slopping down chins, or: The World According to the Original Chuck D

Film News

Austin Studios lands a long-term tenant; Robert Rodriguez talks about a live-action The Jetsons; and more

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

PBS' POV kicks off a new season with New Muslim Cool

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Away We Go

See it for the many lovely performances, although the film’s vision of Gen-Y nesting is liable to leave you up a tree.

Easy Virtue

In this adaptation of an early Noël Coward play, Jessica Biel is the American newcomer whose brash attitudes disrupt the British decorum of her new mother-in-law (Kristin Scott Thomas).

Enlighten Up!

The filmmaker, a yoga practitioner, documents a skeptic’s journey into the big om.

The Proposal

The Proposal doesn't reinvent the romantic-comedy wheel, but Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds ensure that it's a likable cut above the usual fare.
arts & culture

Role-Play Playing

When improv asks, 'Can we get a suggestion for something you'd slay a dragon with?'

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Pollyanna Theatre Company

Kids loved Emily Cicchini's play about patterns so much that it's spawned two sequels

BY HANNAH KENAH

Chris Bonno

A former Funniest Person in Austin on the comedy life in Los Angeles

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Tina Marsh

Remembering the beloved singer and founder of the Creative Opportunity Orchestra

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Teacher, Teacher

Max Langert's educational farce is a grade shy of being the zany romp it means to be

Iolanthe

The people in this show love Gilbert and Sullivan, and you can feel it in every moment

'Off the Edge: The Experimental Prints of Cynthia Brants'

Brants' restless exploration of printmaking has created a lush and compelling body of work
columns

Letters at 3AM

Bad exists in dialectic with good

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Playing Through

Practically every coach Thomas Hackett had as a kid was a psychotic or pervert. Or both.

BY THOMAS HACKETT

After a Fashion

Stephen: like a little fawn in the Houston meadow

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Dietz Bakery in Fredericksburg continues a family tradition that is three generations old

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Pride lasts all month long

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Martin Luther King Jr.'s influence on Star Trek, Harry Houdini's influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Will I Ever Get My Security Deposit Back?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Party at the Moontower

, Saturday, June 20, 2009

BY THE LUV DOC

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