Oct. 1, 2010

Volume 30, Number 5

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news

Comp Plan Combo Platter

The comp plan process reaches critical density

BY NORA ANKRUM

Point Austin: Introducing the Constitution

Texas Civil Rights Project remains a 20-year work still in progress

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Tweetfully Yours

The City Council considers food, names, and form-based code

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Oct. 1-7

Limited Access: Cap Metro Gets Tough on Paratransit

Cap Metro changes could leave disabled customers without a ride

BY LEE NICHOLS

Judge To Review Willingham Case

Baird sets hearing for Oct. 6-7

BY JORDAN SMITH

That Dog Don't Hunt

Smelling a rat, appeals court throws out conviction

BY JORDAN SMITH

Running the Numbers

Today only: Council holds off-campus meeting

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Reefer Madness: Marijuana Still the No. 1 Hit

Drug warriors ignore the rise in alcohol abuse

BY JORDAN SMITH

Gov. Good Cher?

Is the Perry campaign courting men in drag?

BY MICHAEL KING

AISD Teacher Raises Unlikely

No added bonuses with bonuses this year

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

ACC Annexation Vexation

Would-be ACC taxing districts say they'd rather not be

BY LEE NICHOLS

The Hightower Report

Who's Doing the Surging in Afghanistan?; and BPreening

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Follow the Lederhosen

Celebrating Oktoberfest all over Central Texas

BY LEE NICHOLS

Food Reviews

Pars Deli

This is refined, amazingly complex, and authentic Persian food that tastes like it came from a favorite grandmother's table

Event Menu

Celebrate food in festivals and with foundations this fall

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Congratulations abound in the foodie community this week

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Don't Let Me Fall

One ancient, cracked 45 opens the doors to the church of the Relatives

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Scott Newton and Ginger Leigh go under the lens

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Hosea Hargrove

Tex Golden Nugget

Chris Gates & Gatesville

Welcome to Gatesville

Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses

Junky Star

Pink Nasty

Pink Nasty

Austin City Limits: 35 Years in Photographs

Scott Newton and Terry Likona
screens

Where 'Friend' Is a Four-Letter Word

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin explores the fractious founding of Facebook in The Social Network

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

At the Drive-In

An East Austin art compound reviews the magic of outdoor screening

BY MARC SAVLOV

Fantastic Fest '10

RZA, Ryan Reynolds, and more stars walk the red carpet

In Play

The PlayStation Move makes a play for the Wiimote's fan base

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

TV Eye: Rich Rewards

David Cross is wickedly funny in The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Anjaana Anjaani

This Hindi romantic comedy is set in San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Freakonomics

The runaway nonfiction book that improbably spent two years on The New York Times bestseller list is now, just as improbably, a movie.

Hatchet II

There's a hatchet-wielding psycho in the Louisiana swamps. So what else is new?

Jack Goes Boating

Philip Seymour Hoffman directs and stars in this drama about a nebbishy middle-aged man with minimal social skills.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

The director of Watchman and 300 makes his first 3-D animated movie about a young owl caught between warring factions.

Let Me In

This terrific American remake of Swedish vampire stunner Let the Right One In retains the original's keen sense of adolescent angst and mystery.

Red White & Blue

Filmed in Austin, this horror film is a love story and hyperviolent revenge freakout that is well-performed and well-made.

Robot

A Telegu science-fiction film.

The Social Network

This retelling of Facebook's first contentious steps is a blisteringly entertaining film formed of a lovely amalgam of David Fincher's direction, Aaron Sorkin's screenplay, and Jesse Eisenberg's spotless performance as Mark Zuckerberg.
arts & culture

Wide-Angle Lens

The Ransom Center captures photography's history with striking breadth and focus

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The 24-Hour Sketch Brawl

Ten teams fight to see how much funny they can cook up in one day

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Paved Paradise Redux: The Art of Joni Mitchell'

John Kelly brings back his Joni Mitchell tribute before retiring it for good

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Frankenstein

A puppet-driven hodgepodge romp through Mary Shelley's most famous work

Vigil

This play about death is so funny you feel healthier after than you did before

Cuando los Disfraces se Cuelgan / Carmina Burana and Kai

Completeness from Delfos Danza Contemporánea, mixed results from Ballet Austin
columns

Page Two: Our 30th Year

Unrelated histories and unresolving fantasies

BY LOUIS BLACK

The Gay Place

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Historic dance halls in Texas still offer a cold beer and a welcoming dance floor

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar weighs in on this week's fashion week, then eats a steak

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Luv Doc Recommends: Band Together for Hope

Spider House Ballroom, Saturday, October 2, 2010

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

T-Mobile City Chase

Urban adventure race invades Austin

Soccer Watch

Aztex near first-ever playoff appearance, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

Football Watch

Horns lose embarrassingly to UCLA, and more

BY MARK FAGAN

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