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Volume 29, Number 49

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news

Promises, Promises

Two Austin neighborhoods vie to bring down federal dollars to help transform communities

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Point Austin: Hanging Together or Apart

Sanders vote less about money than community, race, and justice

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: In the Shadow of Sanders ...

Council facing less dramatic agenda this week

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Aug. 5-12

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Sanders Settlement Collapses

City Council rejects payment to family, will proceed to trial

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Former Fleet Services Manager Says Scrap Tires Only a Symptom

Fired whistle-blower says management has ignored serious problems for years

BY JORDAN SMITH

Climate Protection: City in No Hurry To Cool It

Checking in on the Climate Protection Program's progress – or lack thereof

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

A Closer Look at AISD's Ratings

Many schools improved over the last year – but not all

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

City Website Redesign: Pick Your Fave

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Getting the Formula Just Right

Austin's Formula One track faces engineering hurdles

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Cap Metro Survey Shows Drop in Satisfaction

Express and UT shuttles make for happier customers

BY LEE NICHOLS

Media Watch: Shiver Me Timbers

Pirate radio station tells FCC to go walk a plank

BY KEVIN BRASS

The Hightower Report

Wall Street's Mom-and-Pop Bankers; and Don't Go Barefoot in GOP's Grassroots

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Mike Rila Cooks With Fire

Savory experiments in robotics

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Explodes Over Historic Sixth Street Entertainment District; S'mores Served

Watching Ghostbusters is now a civic duty

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

Champagne through a straw!

BY WES MARSHALL

Event Menu

A guide to foodie events around town

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Austin restaurateur Parind Vora soldiers on after fire, and more foodie news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Nasty Dogs & Funky Kings

Rockpalast, German for DVD gold mine

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

Pulling back the (iron) curtain on Fun Fun Fun Fest and the Flying Balalaika Brothers in time for the 40th anniversary of the Armadillo World Headquarters

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

the Arcade Fire

The Suburbs

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

Couldn't Stand the Weather

Colin Gilmore

Goodnight Lane

the BlueBonnets

Boom Boom Boom Boom

Patricia Vonne

Worth It

Miranda Dodson

Change a Thing

the Apple Trio

the Apple Trio

Amy Annelle

The Cimarron Banks: A High Plains Emanation

Ginger Leigh

Better Than Well – Live at the Saxon
screens

Emily Hagins' Unsucky Movie Career

Austin's zombie girl taps into vamps for her third feature

BY MARC SAVLOV

On the Download

New in downloadable games: DeathSpank and Limbo

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

What Are You Looking At?

A rundown of our staff's most recent pop-culture fixations

Screens Reviews

The Eclipse

A curious little Irish film that mixes relationship drama with a ghost story and only gets it half right

TV Eye

The Big C offers a clear-eyed, sometimes comic look at cancer

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Aisha

Bollywood takes on Jane Austen's Emma.

Dinner for Schmucks

Corporate climbers get their schadenfreude on in this new Steve Carell comedy.

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

A kidnapping caper with only three characters and one basic location, this masterful British film ratchets up the suspense to mind-frying proportions.

Flipped

Rob Reiner's best film in a decade is another coming-of-age story set in small-town America.

Middle Men

Middle Men journeys backward in Internet history to 1995 when two coked-up ne'er-do-wells created the first dial-up, porn-on-demand website.

The Other Guys

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg star in this buddy cop comedy that takes some digs against corporate criminals.

Step Up 3D

Not as exciting as the two previous installments, this new dance film is overwhelmed by the 3-D.

Twelve

The private-school kids on New York's Upper East Side are definitely not all right in Joel Schumacher's sordid tale of young promise gone wrong.
arts & culture

Theatre in the Round (Rock)

Penfold Theatre makes its entrance up north – where it's always wanted to be

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Blue Theatre

Despite fire damage, the Eastside venue's managers say the show will go on

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Metamorphoses'

Zach's take on Greek myths takes flight with help from Blue Lapis Light aerialists

BY BARRY PINEO

Arts Reviews

Melancholy Play

A funny, charming, truly sweet staging of a play that's not melancholy at all

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

City Theatre's solid staging gets an extra charge from Rachel McGinnis' Maggie

Escher String Quartet

Despite flashes of fire, this concert by ACMF's 2010 quartet-in-residence felt cold
columns

Page Two: Between the Lines

What editors blog about when they blog about editing

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar detests Snooki so much he dedicates half of his column to her

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

The Gay Place Blog wants you! Bloggers sought!

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Harriet Ann Moore Page Potter Ames is known as the bravest woman in Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The criminal justice system, Barry Manilow™, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Austin's Urban Livestock Movement – Chickens & Goats Anyone?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Micro Championship Wrestling

AFS Cinema, Friday, August 6, 2010

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

National Pro Fastpitch Softball Series

Cat Osterman and Jennie Finch lead a gold-medal cast of Olympians in a four-day fastpitch softball series

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Streaking Aztex host Tampa Bay, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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