Aug. 21, 2009

Volume 28, Number 51

ON THE COVER:
news

Twisting in the Wind

Austin Energy is trying to find the right price for renewable energy – but that's much easier said than done

BY NORA ANKRUM

Point Austin: Let Them Eat Sprouts!

John Mackey weighs in on health care – and recommends lots of spinach

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Look Who's (Not) Talking

City Council considers limits on citizen communications

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

USDA and Synthetic Organics; and Chevron Runs but Can't Hide

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens calendar, Aug. 20-27

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

All Aboard the Rails With Trails Plan

If MetroRail ever arrives, trails could follow

BY LEE NICHOLS

Changes for Cap Metro's Disabled Riders?

Cap Metro announces more cost-cutting proposals

BY LEE NICHOLS

MetroRail Watch

How long will we wait for the train?

BY LEE NICHOLS

Forecast Calls for Conservation

Stage 2 watering restrictions are now in effect

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Budget Buzz

Unexpected good news on the budget front means better prospects for city employee incentive pay

BY WELLS DUNBAR

CRP Requests Outside Investigation of Sanders Shooting

Panel asked whether police had probable cause to 'interfere' with Sanders and friends – much less shoot them

BY JORDAN SMITH

Fired TEA Employee Files Appeal

Former director of science curriculum disputes TEA's 'neutrality' on creationism

BY LEE NICHOLS

food

The No. 3 Bus Pub Crawl

On 2008's tour, we drank too much, missed a couple of buses, were much too loud, and finally stopped when we were cut off. This year was the same concept, but a better-paced, thoroughly enjoyable drinking experience.

BY LEE NICHOLS

Cask-Brewed Ales

Beer snobs flock to these local spots for 'real' ale

BY LEE NICHOLS

Event Menu

Tastings, a benefit, a birthday

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

The Austin foodie network is heating up just in time for the Hot Sauce Festival

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Rise Above

SST Records' Greg Ginn jams econo in Taylor, Texas

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Off the Record

Premios Texas prompts OTR's inaugural Summer Vinyl Awards

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Live Shots

Bonnie Bishop

Saxon Pub, Aug. 13

The Hex Dispensers

Beerland, Aug. 14

German Masters Hoot Night

Club de Ville, Aug. 15

Hot Summer Jam 2009

Travis County Expo Center, Aug. 15
screens

Once Upon a War Story

Quentin Tarantino rewrites the spaghtetti western with a side of sour Krauts in Inglourious Basterds

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Pilot Program

The Latino Comedy Project eyes a move to TV with El Channel

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Galavisión to Air the Premios Texas Awards

Austin's Spanish-language stations take the stage

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

TFPF Announces Grant Recipients

Two Austinites nab $10,000 grants

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

TV Eye celebrates the return of Mad Men

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Inglourious Basterds

In this World War II movie, Quentin Tarantino weaves together multiple storylines that coalesce into a literally explosive finale that daringly rewrites history.

Paper Heart

Ultra-introverted mumblenerd comedian Charlene Yi shines in this faux documentary that problematically blurs the line between staged, improvised, and "real" events.

Ponyo

In this animated adventure by the Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki, a 5-year-old boy forms a friendship with a goldfish princess who longs to be human.

Post Grad

Bland to the point of pointlessness, Post Grad follows the inane highs and lows of a perky young optimist.

Shorts

A magic wishing rock becomes the undoing of an entire community in this appealing new kids romp from Robert Rodriguez.

Soul Power

The "Rumble in the Jungle" was the main event, but this concert in the Congo was a hell of an undercard.

Tetro

Francis Ford Coppola embraces smaller-scale filmmaking with this story about the reunion of estranged brothers in Buenos Aires.

The Time Traveler's Wife

This romance is based on a popular novel in which the comings and goings of a time traveler wreak havoc on his marriage.

X Games 3D: The Movie

Extreme sports documented.
arts & culture

Third Time's the Charm

Andrea Ariel keeps going back to the Gyre, diving deeper and finding deeper truths

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'A Couple of Ways of Doing Something'

Chuck Close gets in Austin's face with new examples of his pioneering portraiture

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Rude Mechanicals

The Rudes blast off for the final frontier with this year's Eye Ball

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Bernadette Nason

A local storytelling star gets a chance to spin a yarn on a national stage

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

As You Like It

The Scottish Rite Theatre does As You Like It the way Barry likes it

¡No Se Paga! We Won't Pay!

Teatro Vivo's kitchen-sink farce runs a little rough but funny

'Jana Swec and Jared Theis'

This two-person exhibition at D Berman Gallery is a brilliant yet subtle pairing
columns

Page Two: Love, Grace, and Tears

Borne aloft by Jefferson Airplane

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar celebrates 10 years of telling you what's what

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Alamo Village, where John Wayne shot The Alamo, has lost the 93-year-old matriarch who kept the movie set and Western-themed park open for nearly 50 years

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Gay Place: So hot right now.

BY KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Jack London, inbred turtles, and much more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Things to Think About When Signing a Lease

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

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