Jan. 15, 2010

Volume 29, Number 20

ON THE COVER:
news

The Long Vindication

After 35 years and a lengthy sentence for robbery, Ronnie Barrs remains determined to prove his innocence

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: The Army Saves the Day

The Corps of Engineers speaks, and Travis County and TXI hang fire

BY MICHAEL KING

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Jan. 14-21

What Would John Galt Do ... About Global Warming? Deny It.

Is John Mackey's 'John Galt' complex putting Whole Foods' bottom line on the line?

BY MICHAEL KING

Clearing the Path to Posthumous Pardon

A.G. opinion gives Timothy Cole supporters hope that Gov. Perry will issue a posthumous pardon

BY JORDAN SMITH

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Driving While Campaigning: Bill White Talking (Around) Climate Action

The gubernatorial candidate gamely navigates the politics of climate change

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Are They Dreaming? Local Republicans Rattle Awake.

Travis GOP aims to turn county blue

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Texas Lege: The Shape of Things to Come

Wentworth predicts redistricting disaster

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Precinct 4: It's Good to Be the Incumbent

Challenging an incumbent is a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it

BY AMY SMITH

Democratic Endorsements: SAD

Democratic clubs kick off endorsements

Frozen Assets: AWU and the Busted Pipes

Winter weather poses infrastructure challenges

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Conjuring the Radical Dr. King

A new MLK Day event emphasizes the reverend's lesser-known orations

BY KATE X MESSER

The Hightower Report

Horse and Sparrow Economics; and Freedom to Protest

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Peace Through Pie

A sweet honoring of Martin Luther King

BY TONI TIPTON-MARTIN

Food-o-File

Austin farmers' markets are on the move, and several Downtown restaurants shuffle chefs

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

A guide to Austin-area foodie events – smackdowns, socials, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

High-quality wines from the Languedoc region, found locally

BY WES MARSHALL

Food Reviews

Gourdough's

Yes, these doughnuts definitely make your ass look fat, but who cares?
music

Sarah's Muse

Sarah Jarosz, 'tweener' no more

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

The Parlor family serves pizza by the slice at the Monarch, Zeale gets down with Grooveline Horns, and crunching numbers for South by Southwest

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Ray Wylie Hubbard

A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C)

Patty Griffin

Downtown Church

Dana Falconberry

Halletts

Shotgun Party

Mean Old Way

Jeff Bridges, Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses, Townes Van Zandt, Waylon Jennings, Colin Farrell

Crazy Heart Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

the Sour Notes

It's Not Gonna Be Pretty

Robert Glasper

Double Booked
screens

The Body as Canvas, Readying for Life in a Kill Zone

AFS Documentary Tour presents Tattooed Under Fire

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

He's Not a Lawyer, But He Plays One on TV

Austin actor Mehcad Brooks on his circuitous path from star athlete to Southern vampires and L.A. law on an Irving soundstage

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Screens Reviews

Top Gear: Seasons 11 and 12

There's a joyous skin-of-their-teeth incompetency any time Top Gear's hapless hosts get near a steering wheel

TV Eye

ABC's new show The Deep End lawyers up

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Chance Pe Dance

A struggling dancer lives out his dream of becoming professional in this Bollywood feature.

The Lovely Bones

Peter Jackson forgets to imbue his living characters with emotional weight, and instead focuses on this story's visually stylized netherworld between life and death.

A Single Man

Tom Ford ditched fashion designing for filmmaking with this smart adaptation of the Christopher Isherwood story about a grieving gay man in 1962 California.

Zombie Girl: The Movie

This is a "making of" documentary about the 2005 filming of the zombie film Pathogen, made by then-12-year-old Austinite Emily Hagins.
arts & culture

Everybody Must Get 'Stoned'

Improv Guru Keith Johnstone brings his Maestro to the Long Center

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

The Horton Foote Prize

Honoring one writer by taking care of others

BY ROBERT FAIRES

La Fenice

After a seven-year hiatus, the Austin Commedia Society is up to its old tricks

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Surfin' UFO

Another blast of otherworldly wonder and weirdness from Electronic Planet Ensemble

Voice Dance Company

The debut of Gina Patterson's new company had everything you need in choreography

A New Year's Conspirare Classic

A choral welcome to the new year that opened one up to all time and all creation
columns

Page Two: Home Fires

Revisiting the smoking ban and the return of Otto Binder

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: Critical to the Success

Pakistani public opinion runs strongly against the United States, even though our president insists we're partners fighting a common enemy

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Oops!

After a Fashion

On updo, blue rinse, hillbilly teeth, and Karl Rove, as only Your Style Avatar can muster

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Is the Prop 8 trial our Brown v. Board of Education?

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Several historic bridges around the state have been recycled as pedestrian promenades

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Harry S. Truman's mother, little blue pills, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Stool Pigeon Featuring the Stories of Charlie Hodge and Becca Peterson

ColdTowne Theater, Saturday, January 16, 2010

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

The Aztex have found a home in the USSF Division II soccer league, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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