Nov. 27, 2009

Volume 29, Number 13

ON THE COVER:
news

Unstable Element

Are Austin's water fluoridation policies dangerous? It depends who you ask.

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Point Austin: Angels Wanna Wear Our Red Shoes

If GOP dominoes refuse to fall, maybe the Dems can take advantage

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Water on the Brain

Council wades into the conservation wetlands

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Nov. 26-Dec. 3

Developing Stories: Driving in Two Directions

CAMPO's trends vs. centers debate is shaping our future

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

MetroRail

Cap Metro announces progress on MetroRail

BY LEE NICHOLS

MetroRail Watch

Congrats, MetroRail – the arm goes up one notch

BY LEE NICHOLS

Judges Seek Alternatives to Incarceration

A review of federal sentencing guidelines reveals room for improvement

BY JORDAN SMITH

Carstarphen's Vision

AISD superintendent envisions a brighter, smarter district

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Some Guy Named Schieffer Drops Out of Guv's Race

Withdrawal announcement opens a whole new ball game for Dems

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Buying Local

Local businesses form a united front – just in time for the holidays

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

GIFT GUIDE 2009

Politics Gift Guide

Giving and goading this holiday season

The Hightower Report

A Monopoly on Voting; and Ideas for Banking Reform

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Crackdown

If local eggs are outlawed, will only outlaws have eggs?

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Holiday baking contest winners, Empty Bowls filled for Capital Area Food Bank, and helping hands for the holidays

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

This week, foodies can run for Caritas and drink for Meals on Wheels

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Beer Flights

The Texas craft-brewing scene has finally reached a benchmark: It's gotten big enough to have a book written about it

BY LEE NICHOLS

Brew News

Brewery openings and Texas winners and losers

BY LEE NICHOLS

music

Steel Bluebonnet Determination

Robin Shivers, founder of HAAM, worked behind the scenes, and yet was one of the Austin music scene's most important faces

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Casting the annual ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and paying tribute to poster artist extraordinaire Bill Narum

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 17

KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 17

Neckbone, Lil' A & Lil' Nash, Gerald G

Filthy Rags Ridin Muzik, Loyalty Is Everything, What's Really Hood

Brazos

Phosphorescent Blues

Lymbyc Systym

Shutter Release

Nelo

Two Years Ago

Sons of Hercules

A Different Kind of Ugly

Uncle Bruno

Uncle Bruno

Shelley King

Welcome Home

Norah Jones

The Fall

Jeff Lofton Quartet

Los Lonely Boys, El Tule, Hector Ward & the Big Time, Willie Alvarado

1969, Volumen II, Freightline Funk, Willie Alvarado

Two Tons of Steel

Not That Lucky

Reid Wilson & His So-Called Friends

Country Music Revolution

Clay Nightingale

Clay Nightingale

Brandon Jenkins

Brothers of Dirt

Shallows A.D.

Alien Nation

The Deaf Ears

Live Forever

Candi & the Strangers

Candi & the Strangers

Distance Runner

A Lesson in Gravity

Baby Robots

Probably Portions & Portions
screens

Born Digital, But Then What?

UT professor Craig Watkins on the migratory patterns of the Internet's first flock

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

The Balancing Act of Being in Two Places at Once

I'll Come Running director Spencer Parsons on his states of mind

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

GIFT GUIDE 2009

Just Can't Get Enough

DVD box sets

TV Eye

TV Eye may not love Ray Romano, but she's liking him an awful lot in his new show, Men of a Certain Age

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

De Dana Dan

In this Bollywood comedy, two men come up with a dognapping plan in order to raise money quickly to satisfy their rich girlfriends.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wes Anderson's delightful animated film has room for both existentialist dread and a grinning joie de vivre.

Kurbaan

A married Indian couple, who are both university professors living in the U.S., get caught up in some urban terrorist actions.

Ninja Assassin

No amount of fighting sticks and throwing stars can elevate this silly tale or its Korean pop-lite star Rain.

Old Dogs

Mork and Vinny Barbarino star in this witless comedy about middle-aged men caring for a couple of 7-year-olds.

The Road

Cormac McCarthy's bleak, end-of-days novel survives the transition to the screen with remarkable veracity.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Edward and Bella are back for more thwarted young vampiric love.
arts & culture

'Bacchae' to the Future

How in (a Greek) god's name can the Rude Mechs re-create Dionysus in 69 in '09?

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Kelly Fearing

At 91, this Austin artist keeps making and showing art, including a new exhibit at UT

BY MADELINE IRVINE

Okay Mountain/Rude Mechs

The two local art groups are off to make mischief at a pair of international festivals

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Bill Narum

Remembering the artist who helped fuse the worlds of art and music in Austin

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Skin of Our Teeth

A quick-tempoed, caricaturish style serves Thornton Wilder's play well most of the time

Noriko Ambe: Artist Books, Linear-Actions Cutting Project

Ambe's precise blade, cutting the flesh of books, makes them less and more than they were
columns

Page Two: Tales of the Pioneers

Hanging with Roller Derby queens and pulp fiction masters

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Stephen weighs his priorities: Purple cashmere or other people?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Gay Place is thankful for you ... and free dinner at Charlie's

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

If plans proceed, the Mineral Wells Fossil Site may become only the fourth public park in the U.S. where visitors can keep the fossils they find

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

James Brown, pants in Paris, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Do-It-Yourself Divorce in Texas

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Electric Skaterland

Austin births a Roller Derby renaissance

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Soccer Watch

There's turmoil in the United Soccer Leagues, but the Aztex remain unaffected, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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