July 16, 2010

Volume 29, Number 46

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news

Best-Laid Plans

How does the patchwork of separate plans for the future of Central Texas fit together? No one knows.

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Not Quite Fleet

City management is still trying to catch up with the mess at Fleet Services

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: What the Memos Didn't Say

City management says it's solving the problems at Fleet – let's hope so

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Take a Boardwalk With Me

While Council takes off, the bond battle heats up

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, July 15-22

Holy Uproar Over Eastside Teardown

Neighborhood fights demolition of former Eastside convent

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

DNA Lab to Be Put Under Microscope

An upcoming audit of APD's lab could be just the beginning

BY JORDAN SMITH

Sanders Family to Settle With City?

City proposes settlement as case heads to trial

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Lights of Texas Are Upon UT

What is UT doing about its light pollution?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Headlines

Informal Classes Set to Open New Chapter

Popular UT program gets second chance in life

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

MetroRail in Search of Riders

Cap Metro moves to fill Red Line's empty seats

BY LEE NICHOLS

The Hightower Report

Franken v. Roberts; and Stomping on America's Workers

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food Reviews

Tacos and Tequila

The fabulous cocktails, cool atmosphere, and plenty of garage parking will make this a favorite spot for meeting friends for drinks

Nuernberg Brauhaus

Head to the east side of Pflugerville for some of the best local German food

Wholy Bagel

Wholy hell, there's finally a decent bagel shop in town

The Jalopy

You'll find fresh and flavorful sandwiches at this spot on a shady Downtown corner

Food-o-File

Simmering controversy between two Sixth Street businesses is boiling over

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Iconic local restaurant closes, farmers' market relocates, fundraising party for Barr, and two Austin sweet spots get some screen time

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Beacon Blues

Since 1970 at the One Knite, Jimmie Vaughan's worn the smile of a blues savior

BY BILL BENTLEY

HARVEY PEKAR: 1939-2010

Stairway to Cleveland

My dinner with Harvey Pekar – three weeks ago

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

The Department of Homeland Security tries to take down YellowFever and KAOS Radio. Somewhere Harvey Pekar is laughing.

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Harvey Pekar Archive

Texas Platters

Alejandro Escovedo

Street Songs of Love

Blaze Foley

Sittin' by the Road

Phranchyze

The Black Larry Bird

Riders Against the Storm

Speak the Truth

Hollywood Gossip

Dear as Diamonds

Stonehoney

The Cedar Creek Sessions
screens

The Latin Beat

Guanabee's Cindy Casares covers the news from a unique angle

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

I Would Have Filmed Shorter If I'd Had More Time

AFS Doc Tour presents Doxita: Life Is a Progress, a program of documentary shorts

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Family Album

A chaotic childhood inspires the Safdie brothers' Daddy Longlegs

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Screens Reviews

Daria: The Complete Animated Series

Yes, it's a period piece, but this cult hit still hits the mark

TV Eye

TV was full of big surprises last week

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Too bad this sumptuously appointed film unfolds on a screen instead of a catwalk.

The Girl Who Played With Fire

The world's favorite bisexual, black-leathered, dragon-tatted, hog-riding hacker is back in action.

Inception

Nolan's first film since The Dark Knight is a heist picture with an inventive twist.

The Nature of Existence

This documentary treks the globe posing life’s big questions to one and all.

Predators

This Robert Rodriguez-produced film doesn't try to be a sequel to the Schwarzenegger picture but, instead, is a new story about humans hunted by the merciless Predators.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Nicolas Cage plays a master sorcerer who selects a seemingly average guy to become his protégé and save New York City from his arch-nemesis.

Standing Ovation

Not reviewed at press time. This musical is about a group of junior high students competing in a nationwide music video contest.
arts & culture

That Obscure Object of Delight

Zach's dreamy Chaperone speaks to the enthusiast in us all

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Swift Solos'

olive Dance Theatre's tribute to pioneering breaker Ken Swift

BY BARRY PINEO

Austin Chamber Music Festival 2010

Week two brings to Austin two eminent string quartets and a rockin' jazz trio

BY MICHAEL KELLERMAN

HARVEY PEKAR: 1939-2010

Harvey Pekar and Bob Swain

Remembering the man behind American Splendor and the local theatre director

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat

This provocative play about behavior in wartime is not for the faint of heart

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

This opera focused on the mind but had just as much to say about the heart

'The Cartoon Utopia'

Regé's drawings vibrate with a vision of life seen through a scanner brightly
columns

HARVEY PEKAR: 1939-2010

Page Two: Work and Splendor

R.I.P., Harvey Pekar

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: A Fallen Catholic in a Fallen Church

I can't hide from my sins and, now, neither can the church

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

In memory of a friend

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Is it too hot to crawl? You'll find out this weekend.

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Medford Collection of American Western Art fills the corridors of the Lufkin City Hall

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Mick Jagger on DiCaprio's vuvuzela playing, virginity, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Anarchy Championship Wrestling: From Innocence to Insanity 4!

ACW gets a (Chris) Hero

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Soccer Watch

Aztex-St. Louis preview, plus the Ghana curse

BY NICK BARBARO

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