Nov. 20, 2009

Volume 29, Number 12

ON THE COVER:
news

AE's Coal Conundrum

Energy planners and the fight over Fayette

BY NORA ANKRUM

Point Austin: Once More Into the MUD

What we get when we annex unplanned development: plenty of entertainment

BY MICHAEL KING

Developing Stories: Greening the Neighborhood

Mueller development wins LEED for Neighborhood Design

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

City Hall Hustle: He's Making a List ...

The Hustle checks in on the mayor's campaign agenda

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Car2Cute

Smart cars are hitting Austin's streets

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

MetroRail Watch

Waiting, but not holding our breath

BY LEE NICHOLS

Bradley Spars With Lawmakers

New head of Forensic Science Commission is all fired up

BY JORDAN SMITH

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Nov. 19-24

Dam Break at AWU?

An assistant director is placed on leave amid allegations of discrimination

BY AMY SMITH

Fair Squared

The Women and Fair Trade fair makes its annual trek to Austin

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

No Wastewater in the Lake, Please

Austin area officials oppose discharging treated wastewater into Lake Travis

BY LEE NICHOLS

Trial Date Set for Nona Allen

Case moves forward with evidence of potential gender-based discrimination

BY CAITLIN MEREDITH

Roy Butler, 1926-2009

Two former mayors die within two days

Hampton Runs for Republican-Dominated Court

Dem candidate has extensive experience with death penalty cases

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Battle of the Green; and Taxpayers Art Museum

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Animal Farm

Sebastien Bonneu and Countryside Farm

BY MM PACK

Holiday Treats for the Locavore Carnivore

With local meats, you and your holiday guests can eat healthily and humanely

BY MICK VANN

Thanksgiving Roulette

Feast around town

Ideal Holiday Wines for Turkey, Venison, Duck, Goose, Rabbit, and Other Game

For those of you who love the intense flavors of quality game, the world is full of wines that match it perfectly

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Openings, licenses, and more foodie news around town

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Nov. 19-30

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

All Times Through Paradise

Introducing Austin's patron saint of musicians, Saint Cecilia

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

Can you hear me now? Local musicians and OTR get some much needed hearing aid while Jody Denberg signs off from KGSR.

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Arc Angels

Living in a Dream

Amy Atchley, Carley Wolf, Teri Joyce, Julia Magness & the Original Bells of Joy

Pretty Muse, Set Sail, Kitchen Radio, The Bells Ring On

Adrian & the Sickness

B.F.D.

The Laughing

Fever

The Fire Marshals of Bethlehem

The World From the Back Seat

Frank Smith

Big Strike in Silver City

Asylum Street Spankers

God's Favorite Band
screens

GIFT GUIDE 2009

Playing the Field

The lowdown on the season's new games

Console Wars: The Saga Continues

Sizing up the video-game platforms

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Goodbye to All That

Revisiting Kyle Henry's University Inc. and a film community's cri de coeur

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

TV Eye wonders where to find the positive images of women in TV

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Antichrist

Lars von Trier lives to affront again. Chaos, indeed, reigns.

The Blind Side

John Lee Hancock, director of The Rookie, scores with another sports drama, this time concerning a true football story.

The Messenger

Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster play two members of the military's casualty notification team, which delivers bad news to soldiers' next of kin.

Planet 51

In a switcheroo, animated aliens fear the human in their midst.

Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire

Much like the title character Precious, this rough-hewn movie overcomes the unlikely odds for its success.

Until the Light Takes Us

This music documentary chronicles the history, ideology, and aesthetic of Norwegian black metal.
arts & culture

Forgotten Radical

Thornton's plays are Wilder than you might remember

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'The 101 Dalmatians Musical'

Tony Award-winning Director Jerry Zaks describes going to the dogs

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Singers

Area high school poets get to share the concert stage with old-school masters of verse

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Pride and Prejudice

UT credibly brings the Jane Austen novel to life onstage, if in a rather rushed fashion

'Over and Under'

Jenny Hart weaves together threads of mystery and wonder in this exhibit of embroidery
columns

Page Two: Kid Eternity

A tale of teenage luck in New Jersey

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: Auschwitz Up the Block

To retain our humanity, we remember the unthinkable

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Gay Place

Sisters on the Edge and free Thanksgiving

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin sets the standard for small-town art museums

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

After a Fashion

Go way back to the deconstructive Eighties as Your Style Avatar takes a chain saw to Barbie

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Times New Roman, Keith Richards, and much more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Eminent Domain – Can I Keep the Government Off My Property?

BY CHRIS JOHNS AND LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Two former Aztex players to play in MLS Cup Final, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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