July 10, 2009

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Volume 28, Number 45

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news

McMoldy High School?

For one McCallum High student, every day is a sick day

BY NORA ANKRUM

City Hall Hustle: Songs in the Key of Council

Players in proposed music department singing off different pages

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Developing Stories: Great Public Spaces Summit

Dancing in the streets, singing odes to streetscapes

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Headlines

Naked City

ON THE LEGE

Special Session: In and Out in a Jiffy

Lawmakers passed two key bills – then they went home

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Martinez Corners Cornyn

Martinez queries Cornyn on Sotomayor

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Rejiggering the Sunset Process

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Climate Bill

Doggett worries that the climate bill may be worse than doing nothing

BY LEE NICHOLS

AISD Working Out Technology Costs and Kinks

Austin ISD goes on computer-buying spree

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Drought Prompts Call for Conservation

With Lake Travis and Barton Springs hit hard by the drought, the call for more conservation funding grows louder

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Cap Metro Shifts Routes, Riles Drivers

Transit agency says budget crunch prompted changes

BY LEE NICHOLS

Enter Austin Post

New online venture seeks to create a 'conversational democracy'

BY KEVIN BRASS

Res Publica

Citizens calendar, July 9-15

The Hightower Report

Lessons of the 'Booze Indicators'; and Perking Up CEO Pay

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Fried Chicken, Part III

The third installment of our fried-chicken adventures

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

New stoves and local nonprofits garner support despite difficult economic times

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

An overview of local foodie events for July 10-14

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

India Kitchen

This South Austin Indian oasis does not disappoint

Fricano's Deli

Attention to detail makes this North Campus hangout a success
music

The 1821 Club

Tuning in to the future of Austin's music scene today

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Better Than the Van finds a place to crash in Austin, as does Ola Podrida's David Wingo, while Leeann Atherton goes big in Japan and Martín Perna stays up late with the Roots

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Live Shots

screens

On the Download

Dispatches from Wii's Virtual Console

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Sitting in a Tin Can, Where Hell Is Still Other People

Pondering the existential self in writer/director Duncan Jones' Moon

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

The Fall Guy

Legendary stuntman Gary Kent to read at BookPeople

BY MARC SAVLOV

Family Is for Life

Austin Film Festival to honor Arrested Development's Mitchell Hurwitz

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

Remembering the televised Michael Jackson: intimate and iconic

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Brüno

Sacha Baron Cohen's Brüno is less specific and less interesting than Borat – and therefore less funny.

The Girl From Monaco

This French film is equal parts sex farce, Mai-Decembre romance, middle-aged white male fantasy, and wannabe Hitchockian intrigue.

The Hurt Locker

An elite bomb-dismantling squad in Iraq tread the fine line between keeping themselves alive and coming back for another adrenaline rush.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

So a mammoth, a sloth, and a saber-toothed tiger walk into a Mesozoic Age ….

Moon

A man (Sam Rockwell) and his computer (voiced pitch-perfectly by Kevin Spacey) – alone on a moon-based work station of the future – plumb the depths of identity and inner space.

Short Kut: The Con Is On

In this Bollywood comedy, two con artists connive their way up the movie-industry ladder.
arts & culture

Running the Funny

Club manager Margie Coyle has kept the laughter going for 20 years

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Bill Maher

The political satirist weighs in on Republican sex scandals and Texas secession

BY STEVE BIRMINGHAM

'The Doyle and Debbie Show'

The creator of the hit country music satire reveals its Grand Ole Opry roots

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Black Snow

Tutto Theatre and Bulgakov's satire are a wonderful marriage of zany energy and deep meaning

Love, Janis

This double-sided tribute to Janis Joplin works as engaging story and rocking concert

'Big Chief, You da Prettiest!'

A subtle nod to the longevity and cultural relevance of the Mardi Gras Indian tradition
columns

Page Two: Rules of Disorder

The best democracy is a messy one

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

After a Fashion

Where will Stephen make over Carole Keeton Etc. Etc. now that Pink is closing?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Gay Place bids Ash Bell Godspeed, adieu, and a fond farewell

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

Playing Through

Is football a sport only for men? The women who play for the Austin Outlaws think not.

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Day Trips

Approximately 300,000 bats live year-round underneath the Waugh Drive bridge in Houston

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Common Law

My Neighbor Wastes Water, and It's Driving Me Crazy

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Eating feces, rubbing humps, and much more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Bastille Day Celebration

French Legation Museum, Saturday, July 11, 2009

BY THE LUV DOC

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