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Volume 29, Number 51

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news

Grim History

Author traces Texas prison system from its roots in plantation slavery

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Hell or High Water

WTP4 opposition increasing – and increasingly not on the same page

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Reefer Madness: A Crack at Correcting Sentencing Disparity

New law may indicate course change for drug sentencing

BY JORDAN SMITH

Council Preview: Rewriting the Historic Zoning Standards

Stemming the flow of tax abatements to owners wanting historic zoning

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Aug. 19-26

AISD Polishing Sales Pitch for Tax Election

Voters in November may be asked to chip in for education

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Hyde Park Shuffle

Griffin School moves into a church, which moves into another church, and so on

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

No More Cutting Class

UT's informal classes program finds two new homes

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Austin Interfaith Gets Out the Vote

Ambitious campaign aims to change the headline issues

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Ethanol by Rail Fuels Concerns

Cap Metro rail line may replace trucks for fuel delivery

BY LEE NICHOLS

Forensic Science Commission Draws Heat

Former FSC chair all fired up over outdated arson science

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Mobile Food

Some tips on getting a foot in the door of the trailer business

BY MICK VANN

Following the Milk

Take a trip with Whole Foods' anniversary cheeses, from udder to market

BY MM PACK

Event Menu

You'll have plenty of time to work on your Hatch chile recipe after the grape stomps

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Is it hot enough for you yet? Heat things up with Hatch chile, Home Slice, and the Food Network.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

'You Coulda Walked Around the World'

The LBJ of Lone Star songwriters lays siege to the Cactus Cafe

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

Sign of the Times: Emo's partners with Antone's as the Cactus Cafe's iconic years draw to a close and Daytrotter moves to town

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

KB the Boo Bonic

Scars Are Sexy

Dale Watson

Carryin' On

Old Gray Mule

Sound Like Somethin' Fell Off the House

American Graveyard

Hallelujahland

Sahara Smith

Myth of the Heart

Paula Nelson

Little City

Amanda Pearcy

Waitin' on Sunday

Paula Held

Drive

Claire Small

How Do You Like Love?

Vanessa Lively

Canto y Cantera

Amber Lucille

All the Beauty and the Love
screens

Happy Accidents

That a car crash of a video shoot turned viral is only half the story. What a long strange trip it's been for Winnebago Man.

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Great Scott!

Edgar Wright and his Scott Pilgrim cast touch down in Austin

BY MARC SAVLOV

TV Eye

TV Eye eyes the noms for outstanding writing

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Cairo Time

Patricia Clarkson gives a glorious performance in this film about a woman's unexpected discovery of love.

Farewell

Loosely based on historic events surrounding the end of the Cold War, this French espionage film shows how some spies are just regular folks.

Life During Wartime

Todd Solondz revisits the family from his film Happiness, but the characters are all played by different actors, and the result is no less disconcerting.

Nanny McPhee Returns

Emma Thompson stars as the titular nanny in this family film, which she also wrote.

The Switch

Jennifer Aniston does the turkey-baster thing with a donor's sperm, but seven years later the joke is on her.

Wild Grass

Alain Resnais' glorious-looking film spirals in its subjective viewpoints with a main character who may be mad or merely madly in love or perhaps maddened that love has somehow eluded him.

Winnebago Man

Cast aside any preconceived expectations you might have regarding this documentary and remember simply this: Winnebago Man is one of the best films you’re going to see all year.
arts & culture

Austin Sonata Limits

Bion Tsang and Anton Nel bring a little class(ical) to the Austin City Limits studio

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Paula Poundstone

The comedian talks about the importance of reading in her life

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'I Witness'

Via dance, Tutto Theatre explores how witnessing can lead to awakening

BY KATHERINE CATMULL

Arts Reviews

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Penfold Theatre's first show in Round Rock delivers a pleasant evening of laughs

'Spaghetti Modern'

In this group show riffing on Austin culture, the secret is in the source
columns

Page Two: Ringing True

The Constitution and the films of Joan Micklin Silver stand above the noise as the alt-weekly series concludes

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Stephen attends a bash and sews a bag

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Las Vegas, N.M., is a nice little town on the Gallinas River surrounded by a scenic landscape and full of unique attractions

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Who does it in the dark? aGLIFF.

BY KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Oops!

Luv Doc Recommends: Aye Eye Ball

The Off Center, Saturday, August 21, 2010

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Banked- and Flat-Track Roller Derby Weekend

Both local leagues in action

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Soccer Watch

Aztex look to start another win streak and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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