Sept. 25, 2009

Volume 29, Number 4

ON THE COVER:
news

Panhandlers for God

Not all street solicitors are created equal – some owe their souls to the company church

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: More Water Under the Bridge

Reading the political currents flowing through WTP4

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Sounds like a Plan ... of the Plan ... for the Plan, or ...

A budget's work is never done

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens calendar, Sept. 24-Oct. 1

Developing Stories: The Norwood Posse Wants You!

Travis Heights neighbors have revived the Norwood House restoration effort – are they too late?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Chamber Raises a Glass to WTP4

WTP4 supporters are a who's who collection of business interests

BY WELLS DUNBAR

A Virgin Walks Into a Civil Rights Debate ...

The State Board of Ed circus is back in town

BY LEE NICHOLS

Smith Prescribes a Spoonful of Tort Reform

Lamar Smith calls for tort reform in the health care bill

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Cap Metro Not Budging on Budget

Board hears earful on inaccessible bus stops

BY LEE NICHOLS

MetroRail Watch

How long will we wait for the train?

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Police dropped charges against AISD senior Mamadee Kamara – but that didn't stop the district from acting as judge and jury

BY JORDAN SMITH

Permission to Approach the Bedroom ... er, Bench?

Death row inmate denied retrial, despite evidence of affair between judge and prosecutor

BY JORDAN SMITH

Will Border Crackdown Cause Ranger Drain?

Perry dispatches Texas Rangers to the border

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Media Watch: Animal Stories and Snacking Trends

If you think TV news is quite dumb enough – you have no idea

BY KEVIN BRASS

The Hightower Report

Stimulus Naysayers Cash In; and Arms Wide Open

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Annies: Day & Night

Two very different sides of a popular Downtown eatery

Food-o-File

Food news about town

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Foodie events around town, Sept. 25-Oct. 2

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Casa Maria

After sampling one of Casa Maria's fat, homemade flour tortillas, I began to perceive that looks can be deceiving
music

Of a Lifetime

Gregg Rolie, the voice of classic rock, and originally, Journey

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

Gimme shelter: Red Eyed Fly's 10-year anniversary, the Happen-Ins' Southern harmony, and HAAM Benefit Day.

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Monsters of Folk

Monsters of Folk

Big Star

Keep an Eye on the Sky

Monotonix

Where Were You When It Happened?

the Cave Singers

Welcome Joy

Lightning Dust

Infinite Light

the Feelies

Crazy Rhythms, The Good Earth
screens

Sex, Thugs, and Thanatos

The mad, bad bounty of Fantastic Fest 2009

BY MARC SAVLOV

Northern Exposures

Reflections on the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Screens Reviews

TV Eye

What did Tweets tell us about this year's Emmy Awards?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Amreeka

In this delightfully human and sweetly comic ode to the contemporary immigrant experience in a post-9/11 “Amreeka,” a Palestinian mother and son create a world of possibilities.

The Baader Meinhof Complex

This gripping lesson in the recent history of terrorism is an electrifying, morally complex story of the evil that true believers do in the name of the greater good.

Big Fan

In this dark new film from the screenwriter of The Wrestler, a New York Giants fan and regular caller to a sports radio talk show snatches rededication from the jaws of disillusionment.

Bright Star

Jane Campion's achingly immediate yet eternal story about the love between tubercular poet John Keats and the literal girl-next-door, Fanny Brawne. It affords the filmmaker another rich opportunity to scratch beneath the surface of female sexuality.

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

This collegiate coming-of-age comedy is about as exciting as near-beer.

Love Happens

You can probably guess what happens when Aaron Eckhart's widower meets Jennifer Aniston's lovelorn florist.

Wanted

In this Bollywood remake of the 2006 Telugu movie, a mob hit man loses his sangfroid when he falls in love.

What's Your Raashee?

From the Indian director of Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India comes this confection in which a a young man's romantic ideals meet up with reality.
arts & culture

Plan, Be

The citizens who spent years dreaming up CreateAustin are now working to make it real

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The 24 Hour Roman Reconstruction Project

Arthouse creates a cardboard scale model of ancient Rome twixt one midnight and another

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Geppetto Dreams Puppet Company

It's hard out there for a puppet

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Actual Lives

David Dauber on how he came to direct the company defined as 'crip theatre with attitude'

BY HANNAH KENAH

How to Have a SUCCESSFUL Career in Art

D.L. Tolar and Edward Povey lay the foundation for going pro and getting your art seen

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

bobrauschenbergamerica

This theatrical tribute to the artist is a glorious jumble, an exuberant hodgepodge

Rabbit Hole

A fine cast moves briskly and precisely through this wise and touching tale of loss

New Talent

These new artists render visuals so distinctively, they seem like old hands at painting
columns

Page Three: Clear as Water

Simple as 1, 2, 3?

BY NICK BARBARO

Oops!

Letters at 3AM: The Script Needs a Rewrite

Cinema history as it's been commonly taught is just plain wrong

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

It's always a fiesta in Texas, but what is it when your Style Avatar goes to Fiesta Texas?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Around the world in a gay!

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Possum Kingdom State Park is one of the most popular boating and fishing spots in North Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Moonshine, pipes, Frank Zappa, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

New Traffic Laws – Turn Off Cell Phones and Buckle Seat Belts

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Aztex dispense player awards, UT and St. Ed’s start conference play on the road, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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