Oct. 9, 2009

Volume 29, Number 6

ON THE COVER:
news

Faces of Homelessness

Another Downtown attempt to find answers

BY MARC SAVLOV

Point Austin: Some Spare Change on Panhandling

Austin tries to balance street-level charity and public order

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: What's Your Incentive?

Citizens question the city's standards for drawing employers

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Oct. 8-15

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Gilliam Retires

Will a change in leadership give Cap Metro the fuel it needs to move forward?

BY LEE NICHOLS

Precinct 4

Former council member seeks seat on commissioners court

BY AMY SMITH

MetroRail Watch

How long will we wait for the train?

Throwdown at Travis High

LULAC, NAACP square off against principal

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Dispatches From Denmark

Katherine Gregor blogs daily from Copenhagen as the city prepares to host the U.N. Climate Change Conference

Justice Can Wait

On eve of hearing, Perry reshuffles the Forensic Science Commission

BY JORDAN SMITH

Dem Candidates Make Beeline for the Bench

Civil district court judgeships will likely be secured in the March primary

BY JORDAN SMITH

Sanders Shooting

Independent investigators criticize internal review of APD shooting

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Hyatt Riot; and The Chicken War

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Thai Me Up – Thai Me Down

'Tis the season for Thai in Austin

Austin Cocktail Throwdown

La Condesa mixes this year's Official Drink of Austin

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

TRIO at the Four Seasons' Todd Duplechan won the Texas Chef Showdown last week during Go Texan Restaurant Round-Up, and the event's produce proved that even corporate restaurants are supporting local food sources

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Foodie events in and around Austin during the month of October

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

Called 'undervalued treasures' by James Halliday, all three of these McWilliam's Wines compete handily with wines twice their price

BY WES MARSHALL

music

Off the Record

Shit happens: Hosing off and cleaning up after the glorious mess that was the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival

BY AUSTIN POWELL

ACL Live Shots

screens

The Last Laugh

Remembering the late underground comic Mitch Hedberg

BY MARC SAVLOV

It's a Landslide ... Tie!

AFS Documentary Tour: Harvard Beats Yale 29-29

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Go Greek: AFS Essential Cinema

AFS Essential Cinema: From the Shadows: Greek Independent Cinema

BY MARC SAVLOV

Into the Woods, With a Canister of Film

The 2009 Art Outside festival

BY ASHLEY MORENO

'Beeswax' Buzzes Back Into Town

Andrew Bujalski's homegrown film gets a local theatrical run

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Game On, Game On Austin

So much supreme awesomeness to be had at this free, all-ages event

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

TV Eye

Charting where Austin community television has been and celebrating where it's going

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Beeswax

This Austin-shot indie from Andrew Bujalski is a remarkably naturalistic slice of life.

Couples Retreat

Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau prove they are no longer swingers, but since this film is the only new national release this week, it's sure to be "money."

Crude

Expert documentarian Joe Berlinger sheds light on the epic environmental lawsuit filed by 30,000 Ecuadorans against the oil company Texaco, which is now owned by Chevron.

The Invention of Lying

Ricky Gervais lies through his teeth for laughs.

Paranormal Activity

Should you believe the viral marketing hype about this techno-era haunted-house movie that's been playing sold-out midnight runs? Or Marc Savlov?

Paris

Paris, from the French director of When the Cat's Away, follows a half-dozen-plus Parisians and their interconnectedness.

Revanche

Austria’s nominee last year for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is a taut yet unpredictable psychological thriller that deserves wide appreciation outside its homeland.

Séraphine

This is a rapturous, utterly engrossing account of the life of early 20th century French artist Séraphine de Senlis.

We Live in Public

The Internet-based social experiments of Josh Harris, the original dot-com visionary kid, are profiled in this cautionary documentary.

A Woman in Berlin

This is that rarest of wartime dramas: an intimate, sorrowful glimpse into the heart and loins of the hellish aftermath of war when sex is used as a weapon.
arts & culture

Are You Experienced?

Why art that actively engages audiences is quintessentially Austin

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later'

Zach Theatre joins a national presentation of the epilogue to The Laramie Project

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Water Works'

The charming and fun aquatic ballets at Barton Springs Pool return on video

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Peter and the Wolf

Playwright Allison Gregory schticks it to the kids' classic in a new stage adaptation

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Frost/Nixon

The show is at its best when its two leads are locked in combat like boxers in a ring

Season Opener: Swan Lake (Act II) and The Firebird

Ballet Austin's fowl-centric program bagged a comforting swan and powerful Firebird

'Organic: Basic Inspirations'

In this show, the eye of the beholder is in the beauty as much as beauty is in that eye
columns

Page Two: And It Was All Right

Notes on a life saved by rock & roll

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Letters at 3AM: The Missiles of October

Reflections on the Cuban Missile Crisis

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen's Home Alone adventure was not at all like Macaulay Culkin's

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

This week, when you see red, you see love

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Brazos Indian Reservation began as an effort to provide native Texans with a homeland, yet ended in tragedy

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Playing with dolls, killing widows, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

I Don't Want the Government to Take My Property

BY LUKE ELLIS AND CHRIS JOHNS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Longhorn goalkeeper Alexa Gaul named Big 12 defensive player of the week, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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