Jan. 22, 2010

Volume 29, Number 21

ON THE COVER:
news

Can't Get There From Here

While suburban rail spends and stumbles, Cap Metro's transit-dependent riders wait at the end of the line

BY LEE NICHOLS

Point Austin: How Much for a Hanger?

Austin ponders the latest corporate incentive proposal

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: CURE-ing the Density Bonus Gridlock

Planning Commission wants more time to sort out public benefits

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Jan. 21-28

Fed School Funding

Teachers' unions say Race to the Top places too much emphasis on testing

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Conservatives Take Another Swing at Social Studies

Curriculum vote pushed to March

BY LEE NICHOLS

Comp Plan

There's still time to influence the vision for Austin's future

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Cap Metro Changes Bus Routes, Hikes Fares

A few bus route changes and new rates take effect

Nonprofit Offers Free Tax Assistance

BY AMY SMITH

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

The Primary Candidates

Local and statewide candidates hit the campaign trail

Campaign Finance Reports

Cash makes the contender

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Junk Science Conundrum

Legislators ponder how to keep questionable forensics out of the courtroom

BY JORDAN SMITH

Rodney Reed Case Back in Court

Death row inmate's attorneys file brief seeking hearing on evidence

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Global Game That Never Ends; and A New Name for Occupation

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

From Beer to Infinity

Austin gets ready to host the nation's first-ever cooperatively run brewpub

BY LEE NICHOLS

Food-o-File

Winning piemakers, new restaurant openings, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Wine, beer, and farmers' markets for the upcoming foodie week

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Crawfish Shack & Oyster Bar

Laissez les bon temps rouler you to Hiep Nguyen's authentic Crawfish Shack & Oyster Bar

TRIO Wine Bar Happy Hours

The food is inventive, the wine list inspired, and the prices can't be beat
music

Slanted & Enchanted

Matador Records magnate Gerard Cosloy turns the 'live music capital' into a Casual Victim Pile

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Off the Record

A flashback from Red River's seedy past, the Sour Notes hit a sweet spot, and Patty Griffin gets Grounded in Music

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Spoon

Transference

Sunset

Gold Dissolves to Gray

DJ Jester the Filipino Fist

The Inside Story

Arson Optics

Plant the Seed

YellowFever

YellowFever

Hickoids, Texas Music Extravaganza, Larry Lange & His Lonely Knights

The Hairy Chafin' EP, The San Antonio Sound, San Antonio Serenade
screens

Plastic Platoon

Paul Hanley and Kieran Healy on their 10-year tour of duty to make a stop-motion Vietnam epic starring action figures

BY MARC SAVLOV

Making Media-Watching a Little Less Wonky

UT's online journal FlowTV seeks a balance between accessible and academic

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Feral Cinema Released Into the Wild

The Chronicle's Marc Savlov teams up with forces from I Luv Video and the Austin Underground Film Society to celebrate films on the fringe

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Screens Reviews

The Brigitte Bardot Classic Collection

Brigitte & Birkin, oh my ...

TV Eye

Caprica, a prequel series to SyFy's Battlestar Galactica, is out of this world

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Book of Eli

In a post-apocalyptic time, Denzel Washington is the lone man who carries the world's last remaining Bible.

Extraordinary Measures

Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford play a parent and a scientist who fight time, man-made obstacles, and each other to find a cure for a rare childhood disease.

The Maid

In this acclaimed drama from Chile, the maid in question is a compelling enigma.

Namo Venkatesa

This is a new Telegu-language romantic comedy.

Red Cliff

Tens of thousands of arrows darken the sky in John Woo's epic retelling of an ancient Chinese battle.

The Spy Next Door

Jackie Chan plays an undercover CIA agent who turns out to be a disastrous babysitter for his girlfriend's three kids.

To Save a Life

This well-meaning but ineptly made message movie teaches that with the help of Jesus Christ, you, too, can prevent teenage suicides.

A Town Called Panic

This whimsical, Belgian import is an animated stop-motion fantasy that uses childhood toys as characters who find themselves in all manner of goofy yet compelling adventures.

Veer

Veer is the name of an Indian man who courageously fights against the British Empire in this Bollywood epic.
arts & culture

In the Game

For her first museum work, Jade Walker steps up to the plate and swings big

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Selkie Project'

Two artists use the seal-creatures of Celtic myth to get back to the sea

BY KATHERINE CATMULL

East Austin Studio Theft

The burglary of an Eastside metal arts studio hurts more than the owners

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Art Work

Local artists convene for a conversation about art, labor, and the economy

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Eurydice

The best way to describe Different Stages' retelling of the myth: beautiful

'David Bates Since 1982: From the Everyday to the Epic'

A great showing of nearly three decades in the evolution of this Texas artist
columns

Page Two: Reform School

Why throwing the bums out doesn't work

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar: A-one and a-two!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Grab your pole and some worms and head on down to the fishing house at Easy Street Marina on Lake Travis

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Austin's rainbow of queer diversity comes together.

BY KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Tigers in Texas, Meryl Streep, and much more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Still waiting for the Aztex schedule to be released. Meanwhile, in Africa ...

BY NICK BARBARO

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