Sept. 3, 2010

Volume 30, Number 1

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features

'Best of Austin' 2010

news

Point Austin: Water, Water (Plant) Everywhere

The arguments over WTP4 have petrified

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Milk Cows and Cash Cows

AE's uncertain future means wobbly program budgets

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Sept. 2-9

All Things Budgetary ... and WTP4

The proposed plant dominates budget discussions at the dais

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Music Venue Owner Fights Lawsuit 'Blitzkrieg'

Multiple firms claim money owed for work on Backyard, Austin Music Hall

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Louis Malfaro and 18 Years of AISD Politics

The teachers' union veteran looks back as he moves forward

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Panel Targets Roots of Wrongful Convictions

Recommendations on improving witness identification and evidence testing head to the Lege

BY JORDAN SMITH

Track to the Future

Tilke GmbH unveils design for F1 track

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Back to (Informal) School

UT's informal classes programs gets new lease on life

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Debate? Check. Debaters? Er ...

Perry plans to skip Oct. 19 gubernatorial debate

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

More Debate Hate

Abbott leaves debate decisions to his campaign

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

Wall Street's Ethical Dilemma; and Big Banks' Inside Job

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Lots of Winners at the Hot Sauce Festival

The 20th annual Hot Sauce Festival judges crowned old and new winners alike

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Take a bite out of these fun foodie happenings

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

screens

aGLIFF 23 Preview

Violent Ends

Fifteen years after first inception, Machete hacks its way into theatres

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film Reviews

The American

George Clooney stars in this thoughtful thriller from the director of Control, the biopic about Joy Division's Ian Curtis.

Going the Distance

Drew Barrymore and Justin Long explore the difficulties of long-distance relationships in this rom-com.

Machete

Robert Rodriguez fulfills his early promise with this Mexploitation action film that also catapults Danny Trejo into full-fledged superhero status.

Mao's Last Dancer

In this film based on a true story, a Chinese ballet dancer defects to the U.S. when he falls in love with a Houston dancer while on tour.

Takers

This Los Angeles-set heist movie stars lots of well-muscled men.

We Are Family

This Bollywood film is a Hindi adaptation of the Julia Roberts movie Stepmom.
arts & culture

Arts Reviews

Dead White Males

This critique of public education loses grade points on acting choices

The Odyssey: A Rock Musical

This adaptation of Homer's epic is faithful to a fault and rough around the edges

'Fired Up!'

This ceramic, glass, and steel art's beauty and wit will knock you on your ass
columns

Page Three: Counting Backward

Life is what happens to you

BY NICK BARBARO

Gay Place

So many queer (events), so little time

BY KATE X MESSER

The Common Law

Can My 15-Year-Old Work During the School Year?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

A look back at the first 1,000 'Day Trips'

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Oops!

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Round Rock Express

Last homestand as Astros' AAA affiliate

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Aztex close in on league lead, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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