July 24, 2009

Jason Stout

Volume 28, Number 47

ON THE COVER:
news

Sara Hensley Turns Over a New Leaf

The new PARD director has big ideas – to realize them, she'll have to raise big bucks

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Point Austin: Stepping on Your Punchline

When free speech becomes hate speech

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Small Council, Huge Agenda

Maybe they could use a few more members after all ...

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens calendar, July 23-30

Pearce Closing: Scorched Earth, Uncertain Horizon

Pearce community is trying to work through the closure crisis

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Judge to Irving

Will the Irving decision affect elections in Austin?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Can Austin Avoid the Stigma of Dirty Air?

The Clean Air Force aims to keep the Austin area out of the ozone

BY LEE NICHOLS

Social Studies 'Experts' Don't Know Much About History

State Board of Education strikes again!

BY LEE NICHOLS

Usual Suspects Bankrolling GOP Primary Campaigns

Friends with money giveth to Perry and Hutchison

BY LEE NICHOLS

City Budget

Public safety spared; fee increases and other cuts likely

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Perry and the Demise of Safe Passage

Cycling advocates scratch their heads at Perry's veto of the Safe Passage bill

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Is the D.A. Hiding Evidence?

Judge Baird wants some answers from an assistant district attorney

BY JORDAN SMITH

MetroRail Progresses; 'Dillo Regresses

Dicking around with the 'Dillo

BY LEE NICHOLS

Debate on Posthumous Pardons Continues

Sen. Rodney Ellis has requested an opinion from Attorney General Abbott

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Remaking Trade Policy; and Wall Street's Fee Scammers

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Have Food, Will Travel

West Texas' wee oasis of fine dining is just six hours of driving from Austin

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food Reviews

Black Sheep Lodge

Black Sheep Lodge is still pulling in a crowd every night, despite the fact that the liquor license has arrived, so you now have to pay for your drinks

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

Wrangham posits that cooking and the dietary benefits it confers played a crucial role in hominid evolution and the entire arc of human social development

Food-o-File

Sweet news from Panaderia Chuy, Sticky Toffee Pudding Co., and Treat

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Local foodie events for July 24-29

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

March of the Flower Children

The last interview with Seeds frontman and oh-so-brief psychedelic Austinite Sky Sunlight Saxon

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Off the Record

Coma in Algiers hand-delivers its goods, while Tia Carrera and Ignitor pay their last respects to Room 710

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada

Coconut Rock

The Mars Volta

Octahedron

Rusted Shut

Dead

D-Madness

Equinox/Funk Fest

Two High String Band

Hot Texas Bluegrass Burrito

Ted Hadji

The Particles Don't Care

David Ducharme-Jones

Weeds

Fatback Circus

Dark World

King Fisher

Sweet Tea & Cigarettes

Watch Out for Rocks

Beasts With Hearts of Gold

Language Room

One by One

The Blue Hit

Move In

The Soldier Thread

Shapes

Til We're Blue or Destroy

Til We're Blue or Destroy
screens

What Would Jean-Luc Do?

In a post-digital world, is cinema dead or just rebooting?

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Love Connection

Michael Moore hearts Austin and two of its funniest filmmakers, Bob Byington and Ben Steinbauer

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

After Life and Liberty

Andrew Shapter's Happiness Is

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Screens Reviews

TV Eye

Remembering Walter Cronkite

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

(500) Days of Summer

This romantic comedy is a deeply funny, seductive, and surprisingly honest dramatization of the ways we snooker ourselves into incompatible love.

Luck

New Bollywood film is an action thriller featuring characters who court Lady Luck.

The Ugly Truth

In this formulaic battle of the sexes, no one will be mistaking Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler for Hepburn and Tracy.
arts & culture

Street Connections

Reclaiming the humanity of people living on the streets by telling their stories

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Paul Mooney

This cutting-edge comedy legend talks about Richard Pryor, SNL, and race

BY STEVE BIRMINGHAM

American Repertory Ensemble

Coming soon to a computer or TV screen near you: dance and classical music from ARE?

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Music Man

Even in the record heat, Zilker Theatre Productions' revival delivers a good time

The Rivals

This 1775 English comedy of manners is reset in 1980s America and suffers for it

'Colby Bird: Cold End'

This stark exhibit conjures a melancholy introspection rare in art about male identity
columns

Page Two: Variation on a Theme

Following the logical threads of a revolution

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Playing Through

The reason we need to explore the heavens is the same reason we need to sing arias and write poetry and hit baseballs – to transcend our lesser selves

BY THOMAS HACKETT

After a Fashion

Was Austin Fashion Week a "Fashion Week"?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Set up the spankin' machine for Charlie's and 'Bout Time!

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Terry Jones of Jewett in Leon County is a shade-tree sculptor who destroys illegal firearms in the making of his art

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Saltwater crocodiles, Beatles, toddlers, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Composting Your No. 2s? Austin Officially Welcomes the 'Humanure' Movement

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Irish Tunes

B.D. Riley's Irish Pub, Sunday, July 26, 2009

BY THE LUV DOC

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sports

TDF Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

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