Sept. 24, 2010

Volume 30, Number 4

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news

Slow Burn

City's climate protection plan sputters in 2010

BY MICHAEL KING

Point Austin: Learning From Experience

The things they won't tell you in Texas schools

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Go Foodie and Multiply

Council sings happy food trails to you

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Sept. 23-30

AISD: Matching Buildings to Kids, or Vice Versa?

AISD aims to resolve under- and overcrowding issues with its facilities master plan

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Down and Out in Texas

New data puts Texas among states with highest poverty rates

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Sanders Lawsuit: 'A Deal Is a Deal'

Family attorney argues city's rejection of settlement was breach of contract

BY JORDAN SMITH

Waterboarded in South Austin

Polly Parsons is still getting hassled by water supplier

BY AMY SMITH

Commission Jerks Bradley's Chain

Chairman loses bid to close arson case on Cameron Todd Willingham

BY JORDAN SMITH

Keller Keeps Foot in Courtroom Door

The judge continues to fight 'warning' issued by SCJC

BY JORDAN SMITH

Running the Numbers

A packed agenda yields some interesting figures

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Pocketful of Coal; and Go for the Feingold

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food-o-File

The seductive aroma of smoking meat wafting over Downtown last weekend came from Texas Monthly's first Texas BBQ Festival

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

UT football pregaming, olive oil, and lucha libre? You do the math.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

Box wine finally deserves the frugal connoisseur's choice

BY WES MARSHALL

Food Reviews

El Mesón Mexicana y Tequilería

The food here is too exceptional to not be fully supported by consistent service and comfortable ambience

Bess Bistro on Pecan

Check out Bess for the welcome atmosphere, friendly and efficient service, and well-executed menu with something for everyone

Spartan Pizza

Spartan Pizza does the Greek gods proud with its pies
music

Melodymaker

Slayer's oracle originates from Palestine, Texas, for 15 years now

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

Tuning in to KOOP Radio, dropping out for the Pixies, and turning up for HAAM Benefit Day

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Grinderman

Grinderman 2

Buke & Gass

Riposte

Raul Malo

Sinners & Saints

Michael Franti & Spearhead

The Sound of Sunshine

the Black Crowes

Croweology

Torche

Songs for Singles

Brian Wilson

Reimagines Gershwin

Efterklang

Tripper + Springer, Parades + Under Giant Trees
screens

Passion Project

Fantastic Fest and its home base the Alamo Drafthouse have only gotten bigger, but its heart – pure and pulpy – stays the same

BY MARC SAVLOV

The Movie Bug

Touching down at the Toronto International Film Festival

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Great Are the Myths

Edward Norton introduces Leaves of Grass to Austin

BY CINDY WIDNER

TV Eye: Under the 'Boardwalk'

A new HBO series explores seedy, Prohibition-era Atlantic City

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Alpha and Omega

This 3-D animated film is about two wolves trying to find their way back to their pack.

Devil

A group of strangers takes a ride with the devil on an elevator to hell.

Leaves of Grass

Edward Norton plays dual roles as twin brothers from Oklahoma in this off-kilter mash-up of comedy and drama that co-stars Susan Sarandon and Richard Dreyfuss.

Lebanon

This brutally real-feeling Israeli film about the war in Lebanon in 1982 received the top prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2009.

The Tillman Story

Documentary about the high-level cover-up of the circumstances surrounding the death of NFL star turned Army Ranger Pat Tillman.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Oliver Stone delivers an enlivening and wickedly entertaining take on the occasional angels and plentiful demons that have run the country into financial ruin.

A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

Surprisingly, Zhang Yimou's Chinese remake of the Coen brothers' debut film, Blood Simple, winds up something of a limp noodle.

You Again

A high school loser who reinvents herself as a successful adult regresses when she returns home in this comedy starring Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, and Betty White.
arts & culture

Engagement

UT's new Visual Arts Center connects its art department with the world

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Shakespeare Around Austin

Productions this fall show us there's no limit to how the Bard's plays get done

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'... Might Be Good'

Wendy Vogel takes over as editor of Austin's online visual arts journal

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash

Your chance to dance with Jack Black, and votes pour in for the Paramount

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Imaginary Invalid

At St. Edward's, Molière's satire is a tight two hours of irreverent, blue humor

Hamlet

Shakespeare's best-known play is performed too fast for the audience to absorb

'Paper 2'

A thoughtfully hung show that draws one deep down a river of paper-based beauty
columns

Page Two: New Jersey Reverie

Autumn rain, returning memories

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: Beginnings

How I learned that writing for publication wasn't just about me

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

After a Fashion is people!

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Friends in need need you now

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Pine Creek Country Inn creates a European-style retreat among the towering pine trees of East Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

San Marcos Pet Fest 5K & Fun Run/Dog Jog

Do it for the pups

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Aztex final regular season home game, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

Football Watch

Horns win a big one in Lubbock, and more

BY MARK FAGAN

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