Sept. 11, 2009

John Anderson

Volume 29, Number 2

ON THE COVER:
news

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT

Can This District Be Saved?

The revival of the Warehouse District is rooted in Austin's history – and its popularity is also its peril

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Scenes From the Warehouse District

Ending the Water War

What if enviros and the city partnered on water conservation?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Headlines

Point Austin: Did You Work Last Weekend?

Reflections on the value of Texas labor

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Discount Government, Part II

Historically low city tax rates bite back in the longer run

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Res Publica

Citizens calendar, Sept. 10-17

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Sex Ed: Parents Just Don't Understand

Survey shows that local parents overestimate their influence on teens' sex ed

BY JORDAN SMITH

Hogwarts at Austin High?

Some Austin High parents say the Academy of Global Studies should be its own school

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Obama's School Daze

Local schools react to the hubbub over Obama's school speech

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

MetroRail Watch

How long will we wait for the train?

GALVESTON

A Year Later

Galveston marks Ike anniversary with celebrations of recovery and rebirth

BY KATE X MESSER

State Facilities Head Leaves for Consulting Gig

Former city employee steps in as interim director

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Austin to Grow Green Roofs

New city-appointed group explores strategies for encouraging green roofs

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Reefer Madness: Seeds vs. Suds

Marijuana: A safer alternative to America's favorite social lubricant?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Innocent Man Put to Death?

Report questions forensic science that led to possibly innocent man's execution

BY JORDAN SMITH

Envision Next Session

Having lost its two big battles at the Lege, Envision Central Texas retrenches to win the war

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

The Hightower Report

New Elephant-in-Chief?; and Man vs. Wall Street

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Indie Pizzas II

The return of indie pizzas!

BY MICK VANN

Food Reviews

Wine of the Week

Cheap wines with funky labels and screw-tops

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

French, Indian, and Gulf of Mexico seafood newcomers; restyled Japanese surf with American turf; and postprandial treats for both humans and canines

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Foodie events for Sept. 10-24

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

I Built My Girlfriend's iPod

Stranded on a desert island? At least you have your iPodSolar.

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

Creative Opportunities Orchestra pays tribute to Tina Marsh, local bands find new ways to finance their recordings, and the many hats of Stop the Truck

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Behemoth

Evangelion

Reigning Sound

Love and Curses

Jay Reatard

Watch Me Fall

various artists, Jim James

Crayon Angel: A Tribute to the Music of Judee Sill, Tribute To

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson: Walking on a Wire (1968-2009)

Michael Jackson

Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection

The Miracles

Depend on Me: The Early Albums

The Supremes & the Four Tops

Magnificent: The Complete Studio Duets
screens

The World Is Flat

How King of the Hill helped make Texas three-dimensional again

BY CINDY WIDNER

Crafting the Autobiography of Another Man

AFS Documentary Tour: The Windmill Movie

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

TV Eye

The Sundance Channel debuts a new four-part series that goes behind the scenes at Fashion Week

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

All About Steve

Sandra Bullock plays it kooky in this romantic comedy in which she stalks a CNN cameraman (Bradley Cooper) with whom she's smitten.

Gamer

Gerard Butler stars in this futuristic thriller set in a multiplayer online gaming universe.

It Might Get Loud

Masters of rock guitar – Jimmy Page, the Edge, and Jack White – gather for a summit of the generations, caught by the lens of An Inconvenient Truth's Davis Guggenheim.

Lorna's Silence

Belgium's Dardenne brothers deliver another striking film marked by its realistic milieu and moral quandaries.

9

9 is a beautifully and imaginatively animated fable, whose vague story about social cooperation is not equal to its visual grandeur.

The September Issue

This intriguing documentary observes Anna Wintour and her staff at Vogue put together the magazine's September 2007 issue, its biggest issue ever.
arts & culture

Corps de Garbage

Allison Orr's latest dance pays tribute to the working folks who take out the trash

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Cultural Arts Division

Learn from the city how public art happens and how the downturn is affecting local creatives

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival

In its eighth year, the annual Austin comedy festival did this city proud

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Personnel Changes

With the record heat, August brought the departures of three executive directors

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Confidence Men / Start Trekkin'

Improvised Mamet as sharp and fast as gunfire; Trek a bit slow getting to warp speed

Here We Are: Christa Palazzolo and Brian Halloran

The painters' craft in service of art doesn't get much better than in this two-person show

Chuck Close: A Couple of Ways of Doing Something

This show of portraits invites us to linger over and study faces, to really see them
columns

Letters at 3AM

We share a collective amnesia about the 1950 U.S. law that permitted the concentration camp internment of known Communists and others "liable to become subversives"

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Page Two: Hard Filter

Has perception become reality?

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

In between TV marathons, Stephen Skip-Bos to his Lou all over town at the functions he can still make it to

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Get on back to school with your queer self

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

George Kalesik is the sign king of the 'Watermelon Capital of Texas'

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mice, cats, Taft, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Avoid Future Dispute With Your New Landlord

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, Thursday, September 10, 2009

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Aztex lose final home game of the season, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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