Jan. 29, 2010

Jana Birchum

Volume 29, Number 22

ON THE COVER:
news

Imagining Austin

Austinites begin a new comprehensive plan for the city's future

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Point Austin: Revenge of the Cyborgs

Speech may be free, but justice costs real money

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Anyone for Unemployment?

Once again the growth conundrum: If we don't Hanger together, we'll all hang separately

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Jan. 28-Feb. 4

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Heritage Trees: Size Does Matter

Heritage tree ordinance would protect Austin's oldest, biggest trees

BY LEE NICHOLS

Council Preview: In the Mix

This week's council agenda

BY WELLS DUNBAR

AISD Ponders a Budget Fix

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

MetroRail Watch

Capital Metro sets yet another goal for the launch of MetroRail

BY LEE NICHOLS

The AE Generation Plan's Latest Monkey Wrench

Spooky, scary: Will rumors of deregulation derail Austin Energy's plan?

BY NORA ANKRUM

Generation Plan: The Good, the Bad, and the Holy

Reasons for (cautious) optimism toward passage of AE's plan

BY NORA ANKRUM

Children's Zone: Can Harlem Come to Austin?

Travis County groups are competing to become part of a grand experiment

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Fundraising Battle in Precinct 4

City Hall influence showing up in county commissioner's race

BY AMY SMITH

Ruling: 'A Raging Flashflood of Corporate Money'

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

State Gives Almaguer Deadline for Tire Cleanup

Tire shop owner must comply with state law, says TCEQ

BY JORDAN SMITH

Keller Keeps Her Robes, for Now

Special judge says Keller's conduct in execution case doesn't warrant removal

BY JORDAN SMITH

County Permits TXI Aggregate Mine

Controversial sand and gravel mining project wins approval

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Nader's Novel Idea; and Reining in the Gods of the Fed

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Beer Flights

Shiner Fröst and Real Ale's Phoenixx ESB are seasonals worth your money

BY LEE NICHOLS

Food-o-File

Locations, ownership, and staff of local restaurants get shaken up

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

If Andiamo's pre-Valentine's dinner isn't up your alley, consider entering Boomerang's Fastest to Eat a Pie contest

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

East Side Show Room

East Side Show Room may become a victim of its own popularity

Beets Living Foods Cafe

Beets Living Foods Cafe beats the odds and offers a first-rate raw-food experience

Ho Ho Chinese BBQ

Great barbecue and fresh seafood cooked in a light style will have us going back to explore more facets of Ho Ho's mega menu
music

Everyday Magic

Lee Barber returns to that place you go to find a song

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Rod Kennedy's 80th birthday

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Jon Dee Graham

It's Not as Bad as It Looks

Bear Claw, English Teeth, Red Leaves, the Eastern Sea

Bear Claw, English Teeth, Trouble in the City of Water, the Eastern Sea

Danny Barnes

Pizza Box

Kirk Van Praag

Town Crier

Spot

Nae Plumb Nor Square, In the Bag

Snowbyrd

Diosdado

Ernest Gonzales

Been Meaning to Tell You

the Texas Sapphires

As He Wanders ...

David Israel

Say Goodbye to Sorry

Love Collector, Woodgrain, the Kill Spectors, Cruddy, the Lovetaps, Beautiful Supermachines, the Distant Seconds

My Baby Goes Waaah!, Woodgrain, the Kill Spectors, Cruddy
screens

Bravo/Brava

Paul Soileau trips the light (and the dark) fantastic in his multimedia performance pieces

BY KATE X MESSER

Make 'Em Laugh (And, Yes, Even Learn)

The Alamo Drafthouse inaugurates a new film appreciation series with Ninotchka

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

In Play

Beauty and the beasts: why Bayonetta wins and Army of Two's blood-soaked bromance is passé

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

TV Eye

A new PBS show examines technology's effect on work, pleasure, and the very idea of what it means to be human

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Edge of Darkness

This thriller marks a middling comeback for Mad Mel Gibson

La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet

A lovely, enthralling examination of the Paris Opera Ballet from Frederick Wiseman.

Legion

God loses faith in humanity and sends a legion of angels to start the apocalypse.

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

An unsatisfying film/experiment/prank that combines the forces of Werner Herzog and David Lynch.

Tooth Fairy

Due to a misdeed, a tough hockey player, played by Dwayne Johnson, must serve as a tooth fairy for a week, tutu and all.
arts & culture

Manufacturing Fizz

What makes L'Étoile a light, bubbly Champagne of operas

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Headlong Dance Theater

This Philadelphia troupe's mix of theatre and movement creates something tasty

BY ANDREW LONG

Fusebox Festival

The 2010 lineup promises a Fusebox as wild, novel, and thrilling as ever

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Endgame

Palindrome Theatre's debut squeezes all the meaning it can from Beckett's bleakness

'aRrrrrrr, play us a song there, Matey'

The chamber concert's piratical theme was cheeky, but the music was tremendous

'Ideas of Mountains'

This Creative Research Lab exhibition is a peak of no small aesthetic excitement
columns

Letters at 3AM: Behold The Maslin

The Maslin is not a person but, rather, a function of virtually every book-review staff in the Western world

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Our Style Avatar doles out the sweet love

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

More Rebecca Havemeyer than you can Soileau

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Flying Saucer Pie Co. in Houston keeps patrons' tummies satisfied with 15 different varieties of pies

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Raccoons, the Beatles, biblical weapons, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Hope for Haiti Benefit

Antone's, Sunday, January 31, 2010

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Aztex players signed, season tickets on sale, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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