July 2, 2010

Jason Stout

Volume 29, Number 44

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news

Kicking the Tires at Fleet

City whistle-blower confirms that the trouble at Fleet Services has been much worse than scrap tires and bad record-keeping. And nobody in charge wanted to hear it.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Something Must Be Done

City Manager Marc Ott needs to clean up Fleet Services management

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Big Thinkers

Council's pre-vacation litany looks toward the biennium

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, July 2-8

The Flickering Search for an AE Chief

How many stakeholders does it take to screw in a light bulb?

BY NORA ANKRUM

A Glimpse at AE's GM Candidates

How might these Californians take on Austin's challenges?

BY NORA ANKRUM

Funding Questions Follow Cap Metro's Court Win

Court victory creates more tension between labor and transit agency

BY LEE NICHOLS

GOP Gets Back to Basics

Travis County Republicans' attack-ad attack

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Empty Seats on the Red Line

Cap Metro going down with the ridership

BY LEE NICHOLS

End of the Road for Eastside Urban Renewal?

Urban Renewal Board doesn't relish extending life of ARA

BY LEE NICHOLS

TDS, Balcones to Split City Recycling Work

Split vote over decision to abandon bid process

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Don't Go Into the Light

It's time to lighten the load of light pollution

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Packing Heat in the Windy City

Supremes give thumbs-down to Chicago handgun ban

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

The Chamber of Commies; and BP's Steady Flow of BS

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Dining del Lago 2010

What a difference some rain makes! The water is blue, the hills are green, and several new restaurants are cooking near area lakes.

Marfa Bites

Take a break from Austin's humidity in Marfa's cool oases

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

How quickly can you make an online reservation for Uchiko?

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

This week, celebrate our nation's birthday and several eateries' anniversaries

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Crossroads 3

I went up to the Crossroads – and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – fell down on my knees

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

Firsthand accounts of the Warped Tour and Delaney & Bonnie from the Riverboat Gamblers' Mike Wiebe and Bobby Whitlock, respectively

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

The National

High Violet

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Mojo

Various Artists

Twistable Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein

Devo

Something for Everybody

Ratatat, Sleigh Bells

LP4, Treats

Azar Lawrence, Jason Moran, Paul Motian, Steve Coleman

Mystic Journey, Ten, Lost in a Dream, Harvesting Semblances and Affinities
screens

When Bad Movies Attack

James Nguyen's underground oddity Birdemic cries fowl

BY MARC SAVLOV

When That Bump in the Night Becomes Flesh and Blood

Pondering pure evil in Cropsey

BY MARC SAVLOV

Reanimating a Monster Franchise

Producer Robert Rodriguez on Predators

BY MARC SAVLOV

In Print

This foldout design book is both ridiculously fun and the perfect primer for kids or adults curious about Japan's giant monsters

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

More summer shows

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

I Am Love

Tilda Swinton brings a haunting mix of ethereality and carnal gravitas to this fearlessly melodramatic Italian movie, which she also co-produced.

I Hate Luv Storys

In this Bollywood film, an assistant to India's biggest romantic filmmaker is scornful of love, but then the cynic meets a female production designer who lives for love.

The Last Airbender

M. Night Shyamalan's live-action film is based on a popular animated series on Nickelodeon, and although the movie retains the series' mythology, it loses all its humor and suspense.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

This new chapter in the series splits the difference between kickstarter Twilight’s stylish camp and follow-up New Moon’s turgid drama, but still does not come up a winner.
arts & culture

Increments of Destruction

Chris Jordan's 'Running the Numbers' at Austin Museum of Art

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Austin Improv

Three of Austin's top improv troupes get to play away this summer

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Acia Gray

Local rhythm tap legend to be honored with a major national award

BY ROBERT FAIRES

CreateAustin

Two years after seeing it, City Council endorses the cultural master plan

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

re:Psyche

A fine creative team works to reimagine a myth, its own play, and love itself

Austin Goes Classical

This week of musical events expanded our sense of what classical guitar can be

'That Summer Feeling'

Davis Gallery artists offer vistas of Texas and beyond into which you can escape
columns

Page Two: Making Their Marks

Austin loses two legends in one week

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: Dead and Alive on the Fourth of July

A eulogy spoken over the coffin of our empire

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After A Fashion

Despite being rejected by Facebook, Your Style Avatar is still fortunate and worldwide

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Your Gay Place blows shit up reeeeeeal good

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Lost Maples Cafe anchors downtown Utopia as a community center, visitors' center, and diner

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Tom Cruise, cell phones, and much more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Protest High Property Taxes

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks

Auditorium Shores, Sunday, July 4, 2010

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

The Final Buntier

Veggie hot dog eating contest

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Aztex host Puerto Rico; WC quarterfinals preview

BY NICK BARBARO

World Cup Watch

A rundown of local viewing parties
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