Aug. 28, 2009

Volume 28, Number 52

ON THE COVER:
news

Cast Away

Pure Castings, Zavala Elementary, pollution, jobs ... and the neighborhood

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Point Austin: Another War for Sale

NPR covers 'Iran and the Bomb' – from A to B

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point: Pray for Drought

The unexpected blessings of global warming

BY MICHAEL KING

Headlines

The week's big news, here and elsewhere

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res publica

Citizens calendar, Aug. 27-Sept. 3

Homelessness in San Antonio and Austin

Could a unified campus for homeless services work as well here as in San Antonio?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

KeyPoint to Investigate Sanders Shooting

The decision has not escaped criticism

BY JORDAN SMITH

What Will New AISD Budget Mean About Next Year's?

After struggles over staff pay, the budget is ready – and Carstarphen's ready to look to the future

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Introducing ... Lee's Long List

BY WELLS DUNBAR

What Part of 'No' Don't You Understand?

12th Street corridor residents oppose convalescent center

BY LEE NICHOLS

Sirens at AFD

A new fire department policy mandating safe driving practices has sparked controversy

BY JORDAN SMITH

Caging Children

A new study from the LBJ School suggests that it's a bad idea

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Race to the Judicial Starting Line

Judicial candidates emerge with the primary six months away

BY JORDAN SMITH

Bastrop Murder Linked to Woodside Trails History

Teenager accused of murder was boy at center of Woodside Trails controversy

BY JORDAN SMITH

Keller's Lawyer Shifts Blame

Judge Sharon Keller's attorney says Michael Richard's lawyers are to blame for his execution

BY JORDAN SMITH

Cap Metro's Budget Blues

Cap Metro prepares for cutbacks but finds a little dough to continue printing a schedule book

BY LEE NICHOLS

The Hightower Report

Starbucks' Identity Crisis; and Right-Wing Loopiness

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

To Market, to Market

So you want to sell your food product?

BY MM PACK

El Chipotle Sauces From Sgt. Pepper's

Sgt. Pepper continues to bring the heat

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Brew News

Local brew-head news

BY LEE NICHOLS

Food-o-File

Austin burgers and bakeries are in good hands, and several foodie contests just wrapped up

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Local eateries celebrate chiles, beer, sweet treats, boobs, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

This Time Just the Girls

The ladies of Austin hip-hop hold court

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Jesse Dayton walks with a Zombie, while T Bird & the Breaks spice things up for the annual Hot Sauce Festival

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Sam Baker

Cotton

Hot Club of Cowtown

Wishful Thinking

Porterdavis

Porterdavis

Danny Malone

Cuddlebug

Bonnie Bishop, Alexa Woodward, Trio Del Rio, Hilary York

Things I Know, Speck, This Time Around It, In the Dark

Scan Hopper

Scan Hopper

White Widow

Black Heart

Blackholicus

Megaforte

Toast

The Mad Science

The Iveys

The Iveys
screens

Still Life, All Shook Up

Naked Lunch's models are a bunch of sketchy posers

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Something Wilder

AFS Essential Cinema: Censors, Drop Your Scissors! Billy Wilder's Later Comedies

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Will Work for Laughs

Mike Judge clocks in with Extract

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

Feeling Bullish

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Departures

This Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film is a gentle and comedically nuanced exercise in mourning from Japan.

Mystery Team

The Mystery Team is a crime-solving trio of clueless high school seniors, brought to us by the five-person troupe called Derrick Comedy.

Taking Woodstock

The director of Brokeback Mountain looks for peace and love in another decade and finds it at the legendary festival through the story of one key participant.
arts & culture

Off the Cuff and in Your City

A roundup of Austin improv schools

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Reviews

Flush

Ariel Dance Theatre's Gyre Project ends on a visually thrilling but confusing note

Jerry Bywaters: Lone Star Printmaker

The landscape shapes us, say these prints by the Texas regionalist, and we are it

First Night Austin

The recent resignation of its director won't stop the New Year's Eve event from rockin'

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'The Dragonfly Queen'

Composer Chad Salvata takes his Dragonfly Princess to the next stage of her evolution

BY ROBERT FAIRES

columns

Letters at 3AM

The prose themes of Willa Cather are timeless

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Old men shouldn't throw stone canes in glass nursing homes …

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

The 'Best' isn't 'til next week...

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Texas Discovery Gardens is a hidden gem among the museums of Dallas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

License plates, Ferrari, cacti, and hyenas

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Subletting Your Apartment – Can You Do It?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

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