July 30, 2010

Volume 29, Number 48

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news

Democracy Incorporated

Writer Ed Burns on education, totalitarianism, and the possibility of community

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Point Austin: Deciding What To Settle For

City Council poised to prolong the Sanders / Quintana agony

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: So How was Your Vacation?

Council comes home to the budget, the Sanders debate, and plenty more

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, July 29-Aug. 5

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

City Budget: Scrubbed and Squeaky Clean

The budget gets balanced, saved by the sales tax – and some scrubbing

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Campaign Cash: Who's in the Money?

Some war chests are full; some are empty

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

WDP, Labor Department Form Partnership for Workers

New alliance aims to improve working conditions in Texas

BY MICHAEL KING

Ordinance Targets Demolitions Posing as 'Remodels'

Remodeling projects must fit narrower definition

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Who to Blame for Faulty Fire Science?

Will Forensic Science Commission let Fire Marshal's Office off the hook for flawed science?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Formula One Moves on to Step Two

Formula One reveals location, money man

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Watson Takes Cap Metro Wheel

New CEO's first order of business is to clean up transit agency's image

BY LEE NICHOLS

So Long, Austin CarShare

Austin's original car-sharing program skids to a stop

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Climate Change Crosses County Lines

Study predicts how climate change will affect Texas' future water needs

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

The Hightower Report

Surprise! The People Speak.; and Superbugs Go Agro

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Have Pen, Will Travel

A tale of two cities, Italian-style

BY WES MARSHALL

Restaurant Review

Somnio's delicious local cuisine vacillates between homestyle and chef-inspired

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Event Menu

Slow money now, wine-pairing dinners later

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

More local frozen yogurt, the city's Restaurant Recyclers, gluten-free in Mama Fu's Asian House, more East Austin trailer dining, and other foodie news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Found in the Ground

Mother Falcon takes flight – past Paganini

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

UT and KUT's communications about the Cactus Cafe remain off-grid, while David Kimbrough Jr. reinstates his late father's legacy at TC's, and Alejandro Escovedo goes viral from the Stone Pony in Asbury Park

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Susan Cowsill

Lighthouse

Big Boi

Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

M.I.A.

Maya

Robert Plant

Robert Plant & the Band of Joy
screens

Into the Valley of Death, and Back Out Again

Filmmaker and war photographer Tim Hetherington talks about his yearlong embed in Afghanistan

BY MARC SAVLOV

Bringing the Funny

The Funniest Filmmaker(s) in Austin crowned

Aural Education

John Pierson's Master Class airs on KUT

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Screens Reviews

The Only Son & There Was a Father

Two early films from Yasujiro Ozu

TV Eye

American Idol hosts Austin auditions, Geeks Who Drink toast The Simpsons, and more

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

Voices are given to the live-action animal performers who romp through this four-footed James Bond spoof.

Charlie St. Cloud

Zac Efron breaks free of his High School Musical routine with this unusual drama about a young man overcoming grief.

Countdown to Zero

This documentary offers a blunt assessment of our fate as a result of nuclear weapons – whether through an act of aggression, accident, or madness.

The Killer Inside Me

Director Michael Winterbottom makes some fatal storytelling miscalculations in this screen adaptation of Jim Thompson's novel that stars Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba, and Kate Hudson.

Ramona and Beezus

Beverly Cleary's beloved Ramona Quimby makes a pleasing leap to the big screen with this adaptation.

Restrepo

This documentary, which chronicles the 15-month deployment in Afghanistan of about a dozen U.S. soldiers, is an example of photojournalism at its finest.

71: Into the Fire

This South Korean war film commemorates the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, and the 71 college students who, in 1950, held the line against North Korean soldiers.
arts & culture

'Early Girl'

Paladin Theatre Company gives women a chance in the spotlight

BY BARRY PINEO

The Dionysium

A metaphysical grudge match to settle the question: Do ideas exist independently?

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Austin Chamber Music Festival 2010

There's no better way to get to know a musician than chamber music

BY MICHAEL KELLERMAN

Arts Reviews

Austin Chamber Music Festival: Raul Jaurena & the Texas Tango Five

The standing-room-only crowd made it clear that it takes five to tango

The Virgin w / 10,000 Arrows

Debutantes & Vagabonds' theatrical production invites you to take a piece of the artist
columns

Page Two: By Vote or by Violence

How will naysayers and protesters 'take back the country'? And from whom?

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: For All Reasons

Terry Allen's music reflects the Lubbock mindset

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar narrowly escapes a poke in the eye by ... something, while wearing faux faux Versace

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

I'm From Driftwood wants to know where you're from

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Real Ale brewery tour in Blanco is a beer lover's dream come true

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Spices, typography, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

The Round Rock Express

Avoid long concession-stand lines with the Bypass Lane

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Aztex host Miami with a lot on the line, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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