Aug. 7, 2009

Volume 28, Number 49

ON THE COVER:
news

Christmas Carols With Walter Cronkite

Holiday memories of the legendary TV newsman

BY KEVIN PHINNEY

What's Next for the ARA?

As the longtime director departs and an audit looms, does the Eastside nonprofit have a future?

BY LEE NICHOLS

Point Austin: Work in Progress

Susan Herman of the ACLU on the long fight for liberty and justice

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Council Kix Pix to Click!

Music, water, and fusion in the air

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

A Plan and the Man With Its Fate in His Hands

The repurposing of Pearce Middle School

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

AISD Accountability Ratings

Some make the grade; some don't

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

AISD Budget: Holding the Line

Funding the new school year

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Wheels Within Wheels

Council's boards and commissions appointments are always good conversation fodder

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Health-Care Hysteria Dogs Doggett

Critics of health-care reform exercise their vocal cords in U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett's general direction

BY MICHAEL KING

Media Watch: Unwinding the Twine at KUT

Listeners protest cutbacks of legendary DJs Paul Ray and Larry Monroe

BY KEVIN BRASS

No Criminal Indictment in Sanders Shooting

The criminal investigation into Nathaniel Sanders' death has come to a close

BY JORDAN SMITH

Waiter, There's a Lawyer in My Soup

Austin attorney blasted for trying to extract money from several restaurants

BY AMY SMITH

Judge and OAS Find T. Don Hutto Lacking

Judicial oversight of the T. Don Hutto immigration detention center ends soon – then what?

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

The Hightower Report

Neighbors and Fruit Trees; and Some Peace of Mine?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Knife Sharpest

The Stuckey family has been keeping Austin sharp for years

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

Light Mediterranean wines cool off Austin's hot, dry summer

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Food news from in and around Austin, from farming to freebies

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

This week's local foodie events

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

ZOOT

Bee Cave begins to refine its palate

Get Sum Dim Sum

Dim sum without carts?
music

Journey Through the Past

Down the digital rabbit hole of the Neil Young Archives Vol. 1

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

Room 710 goes out with a bang as roundball ruckus takes over Red River, an all-American night at the ballpark, and more confirmations for the 2009 Fun Fun Fun Fest

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Spoon, the Authors, Mercers, Lennings, We'll Go Machete

Got Nuffin', the Authors, Hovercraft, Geographic Tongue, We'll Go Machete

Oikos, Mother Falcon

Oikos/Mother Falcon

Joe King Carrasco

Rancho No Tengo

the Alice Rose

All Haunt's Sound

Invincible Czars

Fortissimo
screens

Occupational Hazards

Close encounters of the clerking kind at Vulcan and I Luv Video

BY MARC SAVLOV

A First-Class Seat to Stargazing

Austin's Beef & Pie Productions shines a light on Richard Garriott's space travel in Man on a Mission

BY MARC SAVLOV

Something Woolly This Way Comes

The Wild Man of the Navidad premieres on DVD

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

The Emmys bump two writing categories from the live telecast. Bad move.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Aliens in the Attic

A group of kids save their vacation home from extraterrestrials while keeping their clueless elders out of the loop.

The Cove

This marvelously made agitprop documentary exposes the dark secrets that underpin the world’s dolphin mania.

Julie & Julia

Meryl Streep is irresistible as Julia Child as is Nora Ephron's direction, but Amy Adams' Julie Powell is a dud – a mousy, grouchy irritant.

Little Ashes

Robert Pattinson costars as Salvador Dalí in this sexually speculative history of the artist's student years spent with friends, Federico García Lorca and Luis Buñuel.

Love Aaj Kal

This Bollywood musical romance is the story of a young couple in London that discovers a laissez-faire attitude toward marriage and romance won't suffice.

O'Horten

This strange little Danish gem tells the story of the aptly named Odd Horten, a man cut from his moorings when he's forced to take retirement at age 67.

A Perfect Getaway

This is a smartly paced and ultimately pure exploitation head trip that's a lot of fun if you can get past its third-act meltdown.
arts & culture

Get Back

Francisco Matto created bold modern art with the timeless graphic style of the past

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Amy Grappell's 'Quadrangle'

The Austin filmmaker's video installation unveils an unusual family history

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Zach Theatre

Zach selects an architect for its third theatre and starts renovating a fourth space

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

This Michener Center grad wins a second major prize and more national notice for her drama

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Dear Frailty

Arthur Simone's Dear Frailty uncovers a dark and twitchy side of humanity

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Summer Stock Austin's Sweeney Todd, aside from a few tech mishaps, is a bloody good thrill of a show

New American Talent: The Twenty-Fourth Exhibition

You'll find striking examples of people depicted in this rush of new artistic creation
columns

Page Two: Printing the Legend

A brief history of Austin's improbable weekly, 28 years on

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

In the beginning, Stephen created the Austin and the fashion. And the fashion was without form and was void, and darkness was upon the face of South Congress ...

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Congratulations on your retirement, Lee Manford!

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Steam trains played a leading role in the development of Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Elephants, fizz, orange juice, tankinis, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Laid Off and Never Got Paid?

BY LUKE ELLIS

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