July 3, 2009

Volume 28, Number 44

ON THE COVER:
news

All That Remains

Roxanne Paltauf vanished three years ago, leaving her family with only memories and investigators with few clues

BY JORDAN SMITH

AISD Staff Shake-Up

One day into the new superintendent's tenure, things already look different

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Expect the Unexpected

Summertime and the living is ... frenzied

BY AMY SMITH

Transit Union Resists Giving Up Pay Raise

Cap Metro's budget woes fail to impress union

BY LEE NICHOLS

Political Sage Creekmore Fath Dies

Longtime Austin resident served under FDR

BY AMY SMITH

Lyceum Poll: Texans Full of Surprises

Texans may be learning to love their gays – not as much as their voter ID, though

BY LEE NICHOLS

Developing Stories: Learning From Denver

More insights from the Congress for the New Urbanism

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

New Urbanism Comes to East Riverside

Tranforming car-heavy Riverside into a pedestrian-friendly place to live and work

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Special Session Could End in Fireworks

Governor wants a short and sweet special session

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

$4 Million Later

Lab leaves town, plagued by accusations of faulty research, money waste, and mismanagement

BY LAUREL CHESKY

Manor Expressway: Oh, the Vehicle Miles You'll Travel!

Cash and criticism for the $623 million toll road

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Ott Tackles Austin's Racial Divide

The city manager won't abide changing the subject when it comes to I-35

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

The Hightower Report

Republicans on Health Care; and Wall Street's Gas-Pump Robbery

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Headlines

Naked City

Res Publica

Citizens calendar, July 3-9
food

Lake Eats Revisited

We take a trip down Ranch Road 620 for new bites on the scene

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Steiner Ranch Steakhouse

When a group of six spends more than $400 on dinner, most of the food should be at least as impressive as the saddles

Cafe Blue

Cafe Blue's Sunday brunch is highly recommended, but the rest still needs to be worked out

Wine of the Week

Terredora di Paolo offers delights from the birthplace of wine

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Despite our Natural Grocers fumble, readers keep tipping us off to great new eateries around town

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Foodie events for July 4-8

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

STYLER AND SCARBOROUGH

I Write the Folk Songs

From 1980s MTV Robert Plant look-alike to New Age icon, Marshall Styler knows his way around an eBay melody

BY MARGARET MOSER

Hooping

Eighty-eight keys are too heavy, too melancholy, says computer-key stroker Laura Scarborough

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Explosions in the Sky commemorates the Fourth of July, Harlem signs with Matador, floating down to Whitewater on the Horseshoe, and paying tribute to Sky Sunlight Saxon and the King of Pop

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Wilco

Wilco (the album)

Vieux Farka Touré

Fondo

Son Volt

American Central Dust

The Low Anthem

Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

Jeffrey Lewis

'Em Are I

Hanne Hukkelberg

Blood From a Stone
screens

Tough Crowd

The setup: 21 depressives, neurotics, and social misfits walk into a book. Meet comedy's all-stars.

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Split Decision

At last week's open forum, the film community gathered to discuss the future of Austin Studios

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Contracting and Expanding at KLRU

The lights go out on KLRU2 as a new channel takes the stage

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film News

Local singer-songwriter Jesse Dayton tries on a new role as a psychobilly vampire in Rob Zombie's Halloween II; plus news on Gary Kent, the TXMPA, and Turk Pipkin

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

How much is that male escort in the window?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Kambakkht Ishq

Not reviewed at press time. This Hollywood-set battle of the sexes stars two Bollywood stars.

Management

This romantic comedy about a saleswoman and her stalker strains credibility.

Public Enemies

Michael Mann's film is a human-scale biopic of the gangster folk hero John Dillinger.

Whatever Works

Confessions of a cranky misanthrope.
arts & culture

Classics Comeback

Are the great dramas of yore reclaiming their place on Austin's stages?

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Dune Shack Summer'

An Austin artist's residency in a Cape Cod dune shack yields an art show and a book

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Hideout Improv Marathon

In hour 40, these improvisers were still in top form: fresh, focused, and incredibly funny

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Geppetto Dreams Family Puppet Workshops

Twice-monthly summer sessions let kids create puppets of their very own

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Department of Angels

A bureaucratic heaven, as envisioned by a couple of charming clowns, is sweet

A Love Supreme – The Music of John Coltrane

Turtle Island Quartet's tribute to the jazz genius was fresh and thrilling

'The Lining of Forgetting: Internal and External Memory in Art'

This thought-provoking exhibition plays off memory's elusive, fluid nature
columns

Page Two: Hypocrisy and Health Care

Toward a list of ingredients for stew

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Letters at 3AM

At the crest of Beatlemania, 18 and hungry for life was some kind of way to be

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar cleverly distills this weekend's news overkill, so you don't have to

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Pendery's World of Chiles and Spices offers 'gourmet spices for the discerning chef'

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Fort Worth cops open up a six-pack of whoopass just in time to celebrate the anniversary of Stonewall

BY KATE X MESSER AND ASH BELL

Playing Through

Spectator sports can crush our most ardent hopes and dreams, and that's a good thing

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Small places with big names, solving the mystery of white meat, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Austin Water Restrictions

BY LUKE ELLIS

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