Nov. 6, 2009

Volume 29, Number 10

ON THE COVER:
news

Climate, Meet Mobility

Copenhagen is all about green transport – and Austin should be, too

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Denmark Photo Album

Point Austin: Abandoning Illusions

Chris Hedges on the inevitable consequences of empire

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Will the Shill

The ex-mayor says this may be your last chance to snap up a condo

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Nov. 5-12

Stars Aligning in Planetarium's Favor

Austin Planetarium group's persistence may finally be paying off

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Saving Rain Forests, From Austin to the Amazon

Nonprofit links people to people for a sustainable future

BY AMY SMITH

Media Watch: Sammy Allred Back on the Air

Shake, rattle, and roll in local radio

BY KEVIN BRASS

City, Firefighters Shake Hands on Tentative Contract

Both sides say they're satisfied with the deal

BY MICHAEL KING AND WELLS DUNBAR

City Counseling: At Council

City addresses loophole that denied benefits to employees' same-sex partners

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Election? Apparently.

Texas has 11 new amendments and a thimbleful of voters

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

CodePink Red After Albright's Planned Parenthood Soiree

Peace activists unwelcome at speech by former secretary of state

BY MICHAEL KING

Cap Metro Board Taking Shape

CAMPO's recommendations open up a slot to be filled by the city

BY LEE NICHOLS

Nonprofits Not Impressed by Cap Metro Proposal

Cap Metro draws fire over proposal to start a nonprofit for low-income riders

BY LEE NICHOLS

The Yogurt Shop Saga

Springsteen and Scott are free men – for now

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Smarting Over 'Smart Choices'; and Afghanistan's Biggest Loser

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

'Man's Temptation'

An evening with Kermit Lynch

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Foodie news about town

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Foodie events and benefits around town

Food Reviews

Frank

Artisan sausage debuts in Austin, all wrapped up in bacon
music

FUN FUN FUN FEST

Preview

The blurbing of Fun Fun Fun Fest

Interviews

Fun Fun Fun Fest Phases

the Jesus Lizard

Head/Pure, Goat, Liar, Down

Mission of Burma

The Sound the Speed the Light

Times New Viking

Born Again Revisited

Why?

Eskimo Snow

Broadcast & the Focus Group

Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age

The King Kahn & BBQ Show

Invisible Girl

Lucero

1372 Overton Park

Russian Circles

Geneva

Off the Record

Fun facts from the Festivus for the rest of us

BY AUSTIN POWELL

screens

Sorting the Family's Dirty Laundry

AFS Documentary Tour revisits Alan Berliner's 1991 film Intimate Stranger

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Bucking Categorization

Character actor Sam Rockwell slips into a new guise in the goofy comedy Gentlemen Broncos

BY MARC SAVLOV

Lady Diane

Diane Keaton takes her life to the stage

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

TV Eye

"TV Eye" to The Vampire Diaries: "Bite me."

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani

This new Bollywood film is a romantic comedy.

Aladin

Bollywood takes on the famous fairy tale to create a family-oriented adventure fantasy.

Chelsea on the Rocks

Icon on icon: Abel Ferrara documents the history and decline of New York's fabled Chelsea Hotel.

The Damned United

The Damned United is much more than a soccer movie; it's practically Shakespearean in its depiction of the tragedy of Brian Clough, manager of the Leeds United Football Club for only 44 days.

Disney's A Christmas Carol

The novelty of this motion-capture rendition of Dickens classic eventually gives way to emotionally bland storytelling.

The Fourth Kind

This pseudo-mockumentary starring Milla Jovovich echoes both The Blair Witch Project and The X-Files.

Gentlemen Broncos

With this new film, Jared Hess elicits none of the naive charm or flagrant silliness of his earlier movies, Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre.

The Men Who Stare at Goats

Army experiments in the paranormal become a warped platform on which George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Spacey run narrative circles.

New York, I Love You

The central thesis in this ominibus of short films is that New York is not its landmarks or its landscape; New York is its people.

Ong Bak 2: The Beginning

Martial artist Tony Jaa directs himself in this follow-up film that still delivers the moves but lacks a coherent story.

(Untitled)

High art is both lampooned and championed in this knowing satire that stars the ever-eccentric Adam Goldberg.
arts & culture

The Art Is Formally Known as Prints

A somewhat kaleidoscopic glimpse of Austin's screen-printing scene

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Compagnie Julie Dossavi/Trey McIntyre Project

World-class choreographers from Paris and Houston dance into Austin the same week

BY ANDREW LONG

Stephen Sondheim

Three musical directing pros appraise the artistry of this master of the musical

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Trojan Women

A version that shows us in the women of Troy the brutalized women of our own time's wars

Under the Gaslight

The cast invests hook, line, and sinker in the earnestness of this old-school melodrama

Katie Maratta & Owen McAuley

An indoor/outdoor show where vast landscapes an inch high meet extremely eerie interiors
columns

Page Two: Lost Diamond

Robin Shivers' life defined what makes Austin the kind of community it is

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: Johnny and Speedy

John Ertha was the first in my experience to embody the passion, courage, mind, and rascality that could be: a man

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar delivers a hardy dose of dish on a certain tattoo phenom

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Miss Rebecca Havemeyer rolls out a new revue

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Bob 'Daddy-O' Wade's sculptures made of junkyard parts or shiny urethane can be found in the most unusual places

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Cough remedies, lionfish, defenestration, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Eminent Domain – The Government Made a Low Offer – What Next? (Part 2)

BY LUKE ELLIS AND CHRIS JOHNS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Both St. Edward's teams to see postseason play, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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