Oct. 2, 2009

Volume 29, Number 5

ON THE COVER:
news

Travis County 'Death Spiral'

Facing a personnel dilemma, the commissioners respond: Fire everybody!

BY AMY SMITH

Point Austin: A Green and Democratic Place

Local activists kick off co-op project with a visit from Omar Freilla

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: All Things Bright and Comprehensive

One man's diversity is another woman's usual suspects

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar: Oct. 1-8

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Developing Stories: A Long Route to Go

Will we vote on urban rail in November 2010?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Cap Metro

Cap Metro board reluctantly passes budget

BY LEE NICHOLS

MetroRail Watch

How long will we wait for the train?

Watching Jay Like a Hawk

Transit agency's eye follows union leader's moves

BY LEE NICHOLS

SBOE

Dem candidates for the SBOE hope to fight Cynthia Dunbar with the moderate Republican vote

BY LEE NICHOLS

Council Sleeper

You'll be on the edge of your seat for this week's council agenda

BY WELLS DUNBAR

AISD

Rejected by AISD, Community Education Partners blames an academic paper – and sues its author

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Solar Withdrawal Symptoms

Austin Energy's solar rebate program is out of money – are Austin's solar installers out of luck?

BY NORA ANKRUM

Reefer Madness: Kicking the Drug War Habit

More of the same under Obama's new drug czar?

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Health Care Tidbits; and Loco for Local

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

ACL's Food Court Keeps the Crowds Nourished and the Good Times Rolling

Take an ACL break Austin-style with local eateries and portable fine dining

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Restaurants Near Zilker

Lee's Beer Flight

Beer news from Austin and Central Texas

BY LEE NICHOLS

Food-o-File

How 'bout them apples?

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Central Texas foodies are already fully in fall mode, with upcoming events that include the fifth annual Texas Fall Fest & Wine Auction this weekend and an Octoberfest party at Zax next week

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant

Fortune: We welcome you to Austin

Tarbouch Lebanese Grill and Hookah

With a little tightening of the ship, Tarbouch may yet avoid the rocks

Flying Falafel & Po-Boys

Try this UT-area eatery for an interesting balance between Mediterranean fare and New Orleans standards
music

What About Bob?

Don't hate Bob Schneider because of his Lovely Creatures

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

David Garza maps The Road to ACL, inside Ghostland Observatory's new crash pad, and other strange insights into this weekend's festival

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Box Sets

the Beatles

The Beatles, The Beatles in Mono

ACL MUSIC FEST

ACL Music Fest Friday Picks

The blurbing of ACL 2009

ACL Music Fest Friday Interviews

ACL Fest Friday Review

ACL Music Fest Saturday Picks

The blurbing of ACL 2009

ACL Music Fest Saturday Interviews

ACL Music Fest Saturday Reviews

ACL Music Fest Sunday Picks

The blurbing of ACL 2009

ACL Music Fest Sunday Interviews

ACL Music Fest Sunday Reviews

Austin Kiddie Limits

BY MELANIE HAUPT

ACL Aftershows

ACL's Food Court Keeps the Crowds Nourished and the Good Times Rolling

Take an ACL break Austin-style with local eateries and portable fine dining

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Restaurants Near Zilker

Barton Springs Pool Info

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

screens

Gender Studies

Kino goes back to the classroom with How to Be a Man and How to Be a Woman

BY JAMES RENOVITCH AND KIMBERLEY JONES

Tough Enough

Whip It director Drew Barrymore and scribe Shauna Cross roll with the punches

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

See You Next Year, Fantastic Fest

Thanks for all the memories, FF. Oh, the bleary, beery memories.

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

TV Eye likes what it sees in the new Fall lineup

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Boys Are Back

Clive Owen is a widower in Australia who learns to become a hands-on dad to his sons.

Capitalism: A Love Story

Michael Moore wants to know where our money went.

Do Knot Disturb

New Bollywood comedy.

Fame

Fame: Some stories live forever. It's more or less the same story as before, just a different generation.

Lord, Save Us From Your Followers

Dan Merchant seeks to uncover why the gospel of love is dividing America.

My One and Only

Renée Zellweger stars in this 1950s-set story that's based on George Hamilton's memories of his early years traveling with his mother while she searched for a new husband.

Pandorum

Two crew members wake up aboard a spaceship with no knowledge of their identities or their mission in this horror/science-fiction amalgam.

Surrogates

Bruce Willis is a cop in a future society where human beings live in isolation and interact through robots.

Toy Story & Toy Story 2: 3-D Double Feature

"To infinity and beyond" gains new dimension in this 3-D-improved double feature.

Toy Story in 3-D

Toy Story 2 in 3-D

The addition of 3-D perks up this second entry in the series.

Under Our Skin

This documentary probes the human, medical, and political dimensions of Lyme disease, its treatment, and diagnosis.

Wake Up Sid

New romantic comedy from Bollywood.

Whip It

Drew Barrymore makes her directing debut with this Austin-set story about the modern age of roller girls.

Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg

Gertrude Berg, the woman behind the radio and TV icon Molly Goldberg, is profiled in this documentary.

Zombieland

A hilarious script and seamless performances make this a quite tasty zomcom.
arts & culture

Setting the Table

New director Ned Rifkin wants to bring more people to the feast that is the Blanton

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arthouse

It takes a village to raise a city

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Sara Medina-Pape

Remembering the longtime costume designer and teacher at St. Edward's University

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Personnel Changes

A leap to Conspirare from the Blanton and a resignation at Zilker Theatre Productions

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Jungle

Puppets add humanity to Upton Sinclair's story, retold here with a lean, mythic power

Three Days of Rain

Few young stage companies risk as much or succeed as well as Penfold Theatre Company does

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

For real spelling bee champs, see Spellbound. For their comic counterparts, see this.
columns

Page Two: Slow Drift

The eternal winter of our discontent

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

This week: Your Style Avatar was brought to you by the letter "E"

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Highway 16 winds through the heart of Texas like the seam of a colorful quilt

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Set your harmonics for another month's queer convergence, as Gaytober begins

BY KATE X MESSER

The Common Law

New Traffic Laws

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Drunk sex, anal glands, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Last chance to catch the Aztex in action this year and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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