Aug. 14, 2009

Volume 28, Number 50

ON THE COVER:
news

Ten Seconds to Death

What we know – so far – about the police shooting of Nathaniel Sanders II

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Healthy Town Hall

While we wait for federal reform, the health-care work goes on

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Don't Know Much About History, Or ...

Historic districts come to council, and the acreage gets tied in a knot

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

Res Publica

Citizens calendar, Aug. 14-19

Lighting a Fuse

Critics see Big Brother in proposed data-sharing center

BY WELLS DUNBAR

AISD Braces for Challenging School Year

After rocky start, district tries to smooth out bumps

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

An Ethical Pecan to Crack

Former City Council Member Brewster McCracken hits a Pecan Street Project roadblock

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Cap Metro Accelerates Plans for Fare Hike

Transit agency seeks fare increases

BY LEE NICHOLS

Veterans' Clinic

Doggett and health-care reform opponents have a conversation

BY LEE NICHOLS

Here We Go Again

Does Austin need a cancer survivors plaza?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Armed for Court-Martial Combat

One court-martial down, another one on the way

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Reefer Madness: A Victory for Proportional Sentencing

The House Judiciary Committee has voted to end the disparity between sentences for crack and powder cocaine

BY JORDAN SMITH

Media Watch: 'Statesman' Off the Market

After entering final negotiations to sell the paper, Cox Newspapers walks away from the table

BY KEVIN BRASS

Cause of Brees' Death Still Unknown

Former Austin Bar Association president and mother of pro quarterback Drew Brees dies in Colorado

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

Genetically Engineered Invasion; and Big Oil Powers Up in D.C.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food-o-File

Coffee, tea, or ... cheese?

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

A guide to some August foodie events in and around Austin

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Perla's

A SoCo seafood joint serves up delicious oysters in land-locked Austin

Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol should make your short list of El Salvadoran places to dine

Red Onion Market

Setting the North Austin standard for delicatessens

PopSoCools

With at least two more months of summer left, it's not too late to enjoy paletas
music

Livin' On

Up on the 13th Floor, the 10-CD Sign of the 3 Eyed Men lives on and on and on

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Green Day brings its 21st Century Breakdown to San Antonio

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

The Strange Attractors

Sleep and You Will See

Willie Nelson

American Classic

Owen Temple

Dollars and Dimes

Buttercup

The Weather Here

Iron Age

The Sleeping Eye

John Arthur Martinez

Purgatory Road

Mark Stuart & the Bastard Sons

Bend in the Road

Booka & the Flaming Geckos

Baghdad Texas

David Newbould & Friends

The Long Way Home

Hickoids

Waltz-a-Cross-Dress-Texas
screens

The Hidden Costs of Free

Is free Wi-Fi killing coffeehouse culture?

BY MARC SAVLOV

Shout It Out

On location: Project: Rant

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Barfly on the Wall

On location: Fourplay

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

The Festivals Are Coming! The Festivals Are Coming!

aGLIFF and Fantastic Fest kick into high gear

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

George Lopez goes live

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Adam

Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne co-star in this love story about a guy with Asperger's Syndrome and the girl who lives next door.

Bandslam

A citywide battle of the bands provides the grist for this endearing youth film that was shot in Central Texas.

District 9

District 9 is a wrenching, riveting, occasionally violent, often heartbreaking, socially conscious science fiction film, and, best of all, a love story.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Hasbro brings their boy toys to life with this story about an elite fighting squad.

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

Jeremy Piven stars in this swift-moving, cynical, equal-opportunity offender about a team of used-car liquidators.

In the Loop

In the Loop is a scabrous and funny study of how an offhand remark by a career politician can metastasize into an international conflict and, ultimately, war.

Kaminey

Estranged twin brothers must reunite and help one another out of trouble in this new Bollywood film.

Life Partner

This new Bollywood film is a comedy about different views of marriage.

Shrink

A well-chosen cast props up this otherwise shallow story that stars Kevin Spacey as a therapist who turns to pot in the wake of a personal crisis.

Spread

Sex, money, and status are the names of the game in this Hollywood tale about a young Lothario and a woman who uses similar wiles.

Thirst

The new film from the South Korean director of Oldboy is a stunning feast for the senses but veers off-track with its overlong meditation on vampirism.

Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love

Seeming more like an electronic press kit than a bona fide documentary, this profile of the Senegalese singer is both welcome and lacking at the same time.
arts & culture

A Claimed Space

Mexic-Arte blazed a trail in Texas by making a place for Mexican culture in a museum

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Naomi Schlinke and Sydney Yeager

The two artists talk painting and the turbulence that's common to their work

BY MADELINE IRVINE

First Night Austin 2010: Up in the Air?

Wait, it's Christmas, not New Year's, that the Grinch steals, right?

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

A Shadow of Light

Musicians get away with revamping one another's work all the time – and it's great

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

House of Several Stories

Imagine That's inaugural Equity production is a House united by brilliance

Orestes

Cambiare's Orestes is refreshingly fast but, tragically, a bit loose
columns

Oops!

Letters at 3AM

America's ideal of liberty shaped the country's finest authors

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

And Stephen said, 'Let there be SoCo,' and there was SoCo. Stephen saw that the light was good.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

The higher the hair, the keener the queen!

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The glass-bottomed boats at Aquarena Center in San Marcos allow a glimpse into the underwater world

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Tarzan, Farrah Fawcett, Pink Floyd, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Signed a Lease But Never Moved In. Can I Get My Security Deposit Returned?

BY LUKE ELLIS

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