Sept. 18, 2009

Volume 29, Number 3

ON THE COVER:
news

Riding to the End of the Line

Can Cap Metro weather the recession, balance its books ... and run the buses and trains on time?

BY LEE NICHOLS

Point Austin: A Few Choice Words for Capital Metro

Wyatt firing just the latest in string of management fiascoes

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: And So the Money Goes

Final City Budget Adoption Not Quite So Final

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens calendar, Sept. 17-24

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Developing Stories: Goodie Basket Development

The Grayco South Shore PUD proposal adds public benefits for height

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

DNC Does the Texas Waltz

National Dems have high hopes for Texas ... one of these days

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Point, Counterpoint

The debate over WTP4 goes to a public forum

BY NORA ANKRUM AND AMY SMITH

Sanders Shooting Fallout

Defense raises profiling questions about officer's actions

BY JORDAN SMITH

Nay to Ney Landscape Plans

Hyde Park residents fear PARD landscaping plan could harm Elisabet Ney Museum

BY AMY SMITH

Separation of Church and Taser

Did APD get rid of a cop because of his religious beliefs?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Forensics Under Fire

Apparently forensic science isn't so scientific after all – senators gathered recently to figure out what to do about it

BY JORDAN SMITH

Eco Hotel vs. Historic Preservation

A new hotel poses challenge to Warehouse District

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Landfill Will Top Mount Bonnell in Height

TCEQ OKs landfill's march toward Austin's highest point

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

One Fiscal Year Down, Another on the Way

Council gives thumbs up to 2010 budget

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Hide the Sponsor; and Online Voter Registration

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food-o-File

A capacity crowd stands up for small, sustainable family farms at Pamela Walker's book signing

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Chocolate and kielbasa in the Hill Country

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

In the right hands, the pinot blanc can become a sexy wine with lightly perfumed aromas and just enough acid to keep it clean and interesting

BY WES MARSHALL

Food Reviews

Cypress Grill

Authentic, tasty, and fairly priced, the Cypress Grill is highly recommended for folks who love Louisiana cooking

Garrido's

The latest from former Jeffrey's Executive Chef David Garrido is this Mexican restaurant across from Austin Music Hall, and its budget-conscious menu touts tiny but pleasant selections
music

Into the Wild

Balmorhea might not be one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred, but it scored the movement

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Off the Record

Austin's Monster of Folk strolls down Mermaid Avenue, inside Woxy's DJ booth, and beating the drum for HAAM Benefit Day

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

George Strait, James Hand

Twang, Shadow on the Ground

The Band of Heathens

One Foot in the Ether

Jack Ingram

Big Dreams & High Hopes

Lee Barber

Thief and Rescue

Delbert McClinton

Acquired Taste

Creative Opportunity Orchestra

The Creative Opportunity Orchestra
screens

Temperatures Rising

Dumped and disowned, Cabin Fever 2 gets a one-off screening to benefit the Austin School of Film

BY MARC SAVLOV

Players' Guide

What's what in Austin gaming

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Screens Reviews

TV Eye

TV Eye picks its favorite Emmy nominees

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Rust never sleeps, and metal never dies in this doc about the band Anvil.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

A zippy, lippy animated adaptation of the popular children’s book.

Cold Souls

Paul Giamatti plays Paul Giamatti, sans soul.

The Creek

Super-low-budget horror film about a not-so-friendly ghost.

Dil Bole Hadippa

Bollywood bombast meets Just One of the Guys.

The Horse Boy

This locally produced film is an intimate and endlessly inspiring look at one family's struggle to cope with autism.

The Informant!

Soderbergh's corporate whistleblower comedy is tuned in the key of Richard Lester.

Jennifer's Body

There are few laughs and even fewer scares in Diablo Cody's followup to her smash hit Juno.

The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry

The Love Boat's MacLeod captains a very different kind of ship in this Christian-themed period film.

Sorority Row

Things go badly when these sorority sisters try to cover up a prank gone wrong and a serial killer enters the fray.

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself

Tyler Perry's Madea delivers a couple of young delinquents to their only living relative, a shady nightclub singer who must rise to the occasion.

Whiteout

Kate Beckinsale plays a U.S. marshal who must investigate a murder in Antarctica and wrap it up quickly because winter is starting in three days.
arts & culture

AMODA's Operandi

Just what, exactly, is the Austin Museum of Digital Art up to these days?

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

'bobrauschenbergamerica'

Like the artist it salutes, this theatre piece is a wild mash-up of iconic Americana

BY HANNAH KENAH

Austin Cabaret Theatre

For its ninth season, the cabaret company moves into a new home at the Long Center

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'The Jungle'

Connor Hopkins distills Upton Sinclair's sprawling novel down to paper and strings

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

Arts Reviews

The Collection

In the true spirit of Pinter, Hyde Park Theatre's production is delightfully maddening

Measure for Measure

Setting Shakespeare's play in 1920s Savannah makes for a more resonant and timely drama

The Trash Project

In turning sanitation workers into dancers and machines into giant birds, this work thrilled
columns

Page Two: Drowning in Triviality

Instead of addressing our real problems, partisans fight over manufactured nonsense

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar calla-lilies about

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Cele Store in northeastern Travis County continues a barbecue tradition that goes back to dirt roads and farmers' tans

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Waiter! There's a drag king in my show tune!

BY KATE X MESSER

The Common Law

Can the Landlord Change the Tenant's Door Lock?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Doodling, idiots, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

College season races by as the Aztex's season comes to a close

BY NICK BARBARO

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