Sept. 4, 2009

John Anderson

Volume 29, Number 1

ON THE COVER:
features

'Best of Austin' 2009

The Landslide

Happy Anniversary to Us

news

A New Lease on Life for Pearce? Not Exactly.

Pearce has been repurposed – but for what purpose?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

What About Reagan?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The New Council

Changes to citizen communications and zoning hearings spark controversy

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Both Roads and Transit

Central Austin roads are at capacity, and we need to find better ways to move

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

More Dem Candidates for Judge

Contenders begin jockeying for the March Democratic primary

BY JORDAN SMITH

Cool City: Getting Down With the Grid

Everybody's excited about the Pecan Street Project – they're just not sure what it is

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

MetroRail Watch

How long will we wait for the train?

Logical Error

Cap Metro's rail and budget travails

BY LEE NICHOLS

Driving Safety

Council considers mandatory distances for drivers passing vulnerable road users and a ban on text-messaging behind the wheel

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Kerr 'Clarifies' AFD Safe Driving Policy – Again

In response to criticism, the fire chief has further tweaked AFD's safe driving policy

BY JORDAN SMITH

Reefer Madness: The Great Capitol Hemp Heist

See what happens when you try to separate a hemp lobbyist from his inner woody hurd fibers?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: It's Not About Sharon Keller

Sharon Keller, Todd Willingham, and unjustifiable homicide

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Discount Government

That beeping you hear is the rollback rate, backing up

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens calendar, Sept. 3-10

The Hightower Report

Corporations Co-opt Local Food; and All the Wine That's Fit to Drink

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

19th Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Contest

If you didn't make it to the fest to sample salsas, take this list of winners to the grocery store

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

With summer drawing to a close and school picking back up, there's good foodie news all around

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

screens

The Places They Go

Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival 2009

Film Reviews

Extract

Mike Judge, the writer/director of Office Space, mines the workplace for more satiric comedy.

The Final Destination

This new addition to the ongoing film series takes a terrific premise and turns it ho-hum.

Halloween II

Rob Zombie's sequel to his 2007 remake of the original Halloween features Michael Myers coming back to town to wrap up some family business.

Humpday

Shelton’s winner of Sundance’s Special Jury Prize starts an interesting conversation about sexuality, but ultimately doesn't add much to the dialogue.

World's Greatest Dad

Bobcat Goldthwait directs Robin Williams in this comedy that harpoons pious sentimentality.
arts & culture

Arts Reviews

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

In this battle for Narnia, Aslan is taken down by a lack of vision and weak direction

Anxiety

Fear not, this artistic examination of what worries us will reward your attention.
columns

Page Two: Dreams for Sale

On magic, gremlins, and health care reform

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Gay Place

The Gay Place Blog, along with all the Chronicle blogs, gets all fancy

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The best day trips are the ones in the planning stages. Here are a few gems to consider.

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Common Law

How Much Will I Owe If I Break My Lease?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Sausage and mash, Franken Berry, crocodiles, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Out of Bounds Comedy Festival Headliners

ND Austin, Sunday, September 6, 2009

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

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