Jan. 8, 2010

Volume 29, Number 19

ON THE COVER:
news

Reinventing Airport Boulevard

Can 'form-based zoning' transform a suburban drag into walkable neighborhoods?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Point Austin: Health Care Is the Least of It

The debate in Washington and at home is about how to be a workable country

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: New Year Wish List

From cops to condos, we got your splash pads right here

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Jan. 8-14

And They're Off!

Primary filings reveal a who's who of contenders

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Central Library Design Aims for Adaptability

Architects hope new library will suit surroundings and patrons for long time to come

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Reefer Madness

The 8th Circuit has ruled in favor of the DEA's opposition to hemp farming

BY JORDAN SMITH

Does the Open Meetings Act Go Too Far?

Pflugerville joins other Texas cities in challenging portions of the Texas Open Meetings Act

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Fero Helped Make, Break Political Careers

Kelly Fero was a trusted adviser to many politicians

BY AMY SMITH

City Launches Carbon Calculator, Hosts Climate Expo

The Climate Protection Program starts off 2010 with a bang

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Congressional Scorecard

Environment America takes a look at the enviro votes of 2009

BY LEE NICHOLS

The Hightower Report

Helpful New Year's Resolutions; and Let's Chuck the Bottle

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Beanitos

A healthy, homegrown snack debuts in the new year

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

It Takes Guts to Throw a Kidney Party

Jim and Carole Wal­lace celebrate another year of life

BY MM PACK

Food Reviews

Little Deli & Pizzeria

A neighborhood favorite stays solid with the addition of stone-baked pizzas

The HighBall

The HighBall offers a hip vibe and a great view of Austin's skyline along with its retro entertainment and varied (and evolving) menu

Food-o-File

2009 ended in a flurry of culinary activity

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

This week, Austin foodies tailgate, tango, and do their best Elvis impersonations

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Naked If I Want To

Magnum opus on one of rock & roll's Rosetta Stones: 1967's Moby Grape

BY LOUIS BLACK

screens

Neorealism, Now and Then, in Troubled Lands

AFS Essential Cinema: Children of Abraham/Ibrahim 4

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Crossover Artist

Rocker Ryan Bingham on his Crazy Heart acting debut and Golden Globe songwriting nod

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

In Print

David Thomson brings both film scholarship and fandom to these slim summaries of stars Bette Davis, Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart, and Ingrid Bergman

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

We're a long way from Rob and Laura Petrie. Here's why that's a good thing.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Broken Embraces

Penélope Cruz stars in Pedro Almodóvar's latest, which plays like the lost love child of Douglas Sirk and Alfred Hitchcock.

Crazy Heart

Jeff Bridges scores in this performance as a fading country & western star who has cashed in most of his chips.

Daybreakers

The vampire community goes into crisis when humans have been hunted to near-extinction; Ethan Hawke plays a doctor working to create a blood substitute.

Harmony and Me

This Austin-made gem by Bob Byington is a sharply written and acted observational piece about a heartsick guy played by Justin Rice.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The real Parnassus of this story is director Terry Gilliam, who salvaged his movie despite the sudden death of his star, Heath Ledger, midway through shooting.

Leap Year

From the director of Shopgirl comes this despairing and barely mediocre rom-com starring Amy Adams.

Youth in Revolt

Teen angst is on the docket in this Michael Cera vehicle that's pleasant but never delivers on the revolt promised in the title.
arts & culture

The FronteraFest Way

Christi Moore's top rule for producing the annual festival: Just say 'yes'

BY ROBERT FAIRES

A Voice of Her Own

The onetime Ballet Austin dancer creates an outlet for her choreographic work

BY JONELLE SEITZ

Culture Flash!

Henson supports The Jungle, Margraff's back, and coming soon to a cinema near you: The Intergalactic Nemesis

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

'Chill'

This group show of D Berman Gallery artists brightens the beginning of 2010
columns

Page Two: The Place and the Time

Reasons for writing, and a pass at a Moby Grape discography

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Stephen discovers holiday luv and something to fit his wrist at a chain store

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Go, Barry! Trans-appointee! Go, Barry!

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Port Aransas Brewing Co. serves up an award-winning burger to go with its handcrafted beers

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Gumby's family tree, stray animals, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

(Re)United Soccer Leagues? Plus Stoke, Barcelona, and a 3-D World Cup.

BY NICK BARBARO

NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle