July 31, 2009

Volume 28, Number 48

ON THE COVER:
news

Crash-Scene Budget

The budget balances, and stitching is transparent

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Calling All Citizens

The Comprehensive Plan and the waterfront need engaged Austinites

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

A Plan to Plan for a Zero-Waste City

Leadership will determine the success of long-range strategy

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

GreenChoice Affordable After All?

GreenChoice Batch 6 customers may soon get a break on their utility bills

BY NORA ANKRUM

Nine (So Far) Vie to Fill Court Vacancy

Will Perry appoint someone with a chance of winning the election?

BY JORDAN SMITH

City Brokers Peace Accord With Budget Lodge

City settles lawsuit filed against the crime-magnet motel

BY JORDAN SMITH

Appraisal Reform at the County? Never Mind ...

Commissioners won't challenge appraisal district's undervalued commercial property

BY AMY SMITH

Double Murder: The Dark Side of Reefer Madness

A dispute over drug money may have led to the recent West Campus murders

BY JORDAN SMITH

Health-Care Showdown

Health-care reform rally draws a big crowd of people on both sides of the issue

BY LEE NICHOLS

Point Austin: The Bottom Line on Health Care

Congress needs to act for universal health care

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: The Magic Water Bullet

What water do we need, and when do we need it?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Dog-Sniff Jurisprudence; and Gov. Goober's Border Cams

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens calendar, July 30-Aug. 6
food

Austin's Summer Refreshment Treasure Map

Beat the heat by visiting one of Austin's many shaved-ice havens

BY RACHEL FEIT

Cheese in the Heart of Texas

Austin's getting cheesy

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

The Austin food community is gearing up for the opening of what promises to be a really good foodie movie, Julie & Julia

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

A guide to local foodie events in Austin

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Do Right Woman

Polly Parsons, only child of Gram Parsons, comes full circle in Austin with the Hickory Wind Ranch, sober living for women

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Room 710 prepares to shut its doors, Amy Cook goes under the lens, and introducing The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Followed by Static, The Snake Trap, Explosion Horse, Naw Dude, Bulemics, TV Torso, Transmorgraphy

Followed by Static, The Snake Trap, Explosion Horse, Naw Dude, Burn Baby Burn, TV Torso, Transmorgraphy

New Roman Times

On the Sleeve

Headdress

Lunes

Darling New Neighbors

Rocket

Powell St. John

On My Way to Houston

Leeann Atherton

Heart Traveled Road

Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township

Yearbook
screens

Been There, Done That

This year's TFPF panelists still remember the trenches

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

Chris Kattan shows real range in the charming IFC miniseries Bollywood Hero

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film News

The martini shot

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Screens Reviews

Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine

This feature-length documentary explores Bourgeois' heady and challenging body of work

Film Reviews

The Collector

From the writer and director of Saw 4-6 comes this horror film about a handyman who tries to rob his employers' home but finds it rigged with a lethal maze.

Funny People

With this story about comedians which stars Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen, filmmaker Judd Apatow rewrites his own songbook in the key of James L. Brooks, a tricky mix of humor and heartfelt.

G-Force

In its gadget-lust and obvious Transformers envy, G-Force is a loud and stupid Jerry Bruckheimer production, and its guinea pig spies are similarly crude.

Orphan

A married couple adopts a child who turns their lives into a horror show in this atmospheric, above-average but overlong addition to the "cuddly hellspawn" genre.

The Stoning of Soraya M.

This impassioned work of persuasion is like a splatter film made for the Lifetime network, a screed against stoning made for audiences who already agree.

Unmistaken Child

This documentary is a full-immersion glimpse into the ancient traditions of Buddhist reincarnation and one that no filmmaker has ever before explored with this level of freedom and insight.
arts & culture

'Libres y Lokas'

Masked wrestlers and drag queens work side by side in this multimedia installation

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

'Orestes'

A contemporary playwright explains what drew him to adapt an ancient Greek tragedy

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Tartuffe

City Theatre Company updates Molière's satire in a cheeky yet entertaining fashion

Jorge Caballero & Virtuosi

The classical guitarist and a few gifted friends created an engrossing evening of music

'Carol Marine: New Paintings'/'Suzanne Lewis: Dune Shack Summer'/'Lesley Nowlin: Guatemala'

The three exhibitions in two neighboring galleries is like the Neapolitan ice cream of art
columns

Page Two: Field of Dreams

Summer in Vermont singing Gram Parsons' Grievous Angel

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM

We did not fall from the Garden; we journeyed away

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen softens with age ... at least for this column.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Reports of its drifting off into the sunset greatly exaggerated, Foodies rides again

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The top eight state park swimming holes in Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Elapids, Alaska, ginger ale, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Does the Setback Ordinance Apply to My Garden Shed?

BY EVAN JOHNS AND LUKE ELLIS

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