Nov. 13, 2009

John Anderson

Volume 29, Number 11

ON THE COVER:
news

Questions Unanswered

APD suspends Quintana, fires Dunn – but doubts remain about the Nate Sanders II shooting

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Not About the Cameras

The Sanders shooting has not been justified

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Call Us Ambiguous

Feeling confused? You must be talking to city legal

BY WELLS DUNBAR

City Audit

The city auditor's review of the Austin Revitalization Authority is very mixed

BY LEE NICHOLS

Waller Creek Plan Flows Along

We now have a formal draft of the plan – now it's time for your input

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

The Renewed Relays

East Side Fair attempts to right the wrongs of last year's Texas Relays debacle

BY KATE X MESSER

Cole to Council

Officials and interest groups press councils to upgrade squad-car cameras

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Greenprint Draws a Blueprint for Central Texas

A new tool sheds light on a path toward conservation

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Retirement Opens Another Bench Seat

Judge Perkins ready to hang up his robe

BY JORDAN SMITH

Enviros Applaud EPA Choice for Texas Head

The EPA's new regional administrator has a good environmental track record

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

County Settles One Claim, Rejects Another

Commissioners agree to pay former HR director $40,000

BY AMY SMITH

Cool Cities: AE Task Force

Austin Energy moves one step closer to a generation plan

BY NORA ANKRUM

RECA Gets a Splash of Cold Water

LCRA proposes aggressive conservation measures for these drought-ridden times

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Wheels in Motion for New Bus Fares

Capital Metro approves a fare increase for January

BY LEE NICHOLS

Big To-Do Over New Name for Rail District

Austin-San Antonio rail plan now goes by Lone Star

BY LEE NICHOLS

Del Valle ISD

The Del Valle district would rather not deal with parents

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Nov. 12-19

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

The Hightower Report

Economic Indicators for Real People; and Swine Flu? Shame on You.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food Reviews

Justine's Brasserie

The kitchen serves food until 1:30am, attracting a late-night dining crowd that makes for splendid people-watching

Buenos Aires Cafe

Don't forget to save room for dessert

Shuck Shack

At Shuck Shack, the vibe is consistently summery, but the food is hit-or-miss

TWGGA Grape Camp

For nascent winemakers and grape growers, Grape Camp is invaluable

BY WES MARSHALL

Event Menu

A guide to local foodie events during mid-November

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Austin foodies grace the small screen, and local bakeries sweeten the holidays

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Culture Club

Aaron Mace's Church of the Friendly Ghost rattles the fringes of creative and musical expressionism

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Ashes to ashes: drying off and winding down after Fun Fun Fun Fest

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Fun Fun Fun Fest Stages

screens

Community Building

Ed Radtke's Speed of Life opens the 2009 Austin Asian American Film Festival

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Mighty Finn

AFS Essential Cinema presents the Chilly Humorist of Finland: Aki Kaurismäki

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Screens Reviews

Ballast

A little-seen but highly praised debut film from new director Lance Hammer

TV Eye

The new faces of late-night TV

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Box

Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly goes for full-fledged suspense in this studio thriller.

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men

John Krasinski makes his directorial debut with this screen adaptation of David Foster Wallace's stories.

Bronson

Tom Hardy delivers a searing performance as Britain's so-called "most violent prisoner."

An Education

Everything about Scherfig’s coming-of-age story about a girl in the London suburb of Twickenham in 1961 is spot-on.

Flame & Citron

In this Danish film, two men track down and kill Nazi collaborators in the waning days of the German occupation.

Pirate Radio

This British import exudes about as much outlaw swagger as Tom DeLay in a dance competition.

Splinterheads

Amiable and proficient, this indie romantic comedy is never more or less than reliable.

2012

Big. Dumb. Fun.
arts & culture

Art for Days

Can you handle two weeks' worth of the East Austin Studio Tour?

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Public Art

Two artists are arrested while painting a mural on a wall in East Austin

BY ABE LOUISE YOUNG

Crumb/Spiegelman/Mouly

Three worthies of graphic storytelling set down their pens for a chat at Bass

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Center Stage Texas

Tony nominee David Bologna joins a musical benefit for his old school, kidsActing

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Leave It to Beverly

This send-up of sitcoms can't solve its problems as smoothly as the old shows it spoofs did

Freefall

Cheryl Chaddick's four dances are diverse, a touch raw, and almost unfailingly interesting

La Bohème

A natural and believable cast makes Puccini's enduring romance captivating yet again
columns

Page Two: Civic War

Can a city so dedicated and so divided endure?

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar gets operatic in tiger stripes

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Why didn't they just name the new lezzie version of the Cockpit the Strap-On?

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands north of Decatur are where the wild things live

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Shedding, wedding guests, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Eminent Domain – What Is Fair Compensation?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: East Austin Studio Tour

East Austin, Saturday, November 14, 2009

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Aztex release 14 players after failing to reach the playoffs, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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