Nov. 5, 2010

Volume 30, Number 10

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features

30 Things

The highs, the lows, the lists
news

Michael Arena: Previous Coverage

Criminally Innocent

How can you be exonerated of a crime that never happened?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Big Wounds, Small Comforts

The early lessons of a backlash election

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Waste Not, Want Not

Council considers closing loopholes in recycling code

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Nov. 4-11

Graves Wakes From Justice System 'Nightmare'

After almost two decades behind bars, Graves declared innocent

BY JORDAN SMITH

DeLay Trial: How Soft Money Gets Hard

DeLay trial begins

BY JORDAN SMITH

AISD Braces for Budget Talks

AISD could be facing a $30 million shortfall in the next school year

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

A Cure for the Two-Party Hangover

Washington rally offers political street rally

BY ABE LOUISE YOUNG

A Race To Stop the 'Race to the Bottom'

Austin does its hand at restoring sanity

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

ELECTION WRAP-UP

Perry: Onward and Fed Upward

Is Perry eyeing something bigger and better than his Texas victory?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

GOP Keeps Grip on High Court

Austin attorney loses bid to break lock

BY JORDAN SMITH

ACC Wins Some, Loses Some

Hays and Elgin ISDs vote to become part of ACC taxing district

BY LEE NICHOLS

GOP Takes Travis Seat in House Rout

Bolton loses while Howard squeaks by

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Commissioners Court: Incumbents Stay Put

Some precinct returns reflect red discontent in blue county

BY AMY SMITH

Mobility Bond: Ready, Set, Go

Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads.

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Travis Judicial Dems Win One, Lose One

Democrat secures county judicial race, while Republican wins 3rd Court seat

BY JORDAN SMITH

Doggett Defeats the Doctor

Dem congressman manages narrow win

BY LEE NICHOLS

Same Board of Miseducation?

Republicans to represent Travis County on SBOE

BY LEE NICHOLS

The Hightower Report

Save the Billionaires; and Monsanto Takes a Tumble

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Taco Wars

Three homegrown chains thrive on the competition

BY RACHEL FEIT

Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival

Has the food trailer fad gotten away from you? Catch up at this weekend's trailer food fest.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Beer Flights

New brews bring much good news to choosy brew consumers

BY LEE NICHOLS

Event Menu

Local foodie events for the week of Nov. 6

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Chef winners, restaurant openings, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

FUN FUN FUN FEST

Preview

Fun Fun Fun Fest by the blurb

Interviews

Comedy

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Reviews

Mastodon

Jonah Hex EP

High on Fire

Snakes for the Divine

Kylesa

Spiral Shadow

GWAR

Blood Pit of Horror

Suicidal Tendencies

No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family

Best Coast

Crazy for You

Butcher Bear & Charlie

Carbomb

Magic Kids

Memphis

Peelander-Z

P-TV-Z

Kaki King

Junior

Deerhunter

Halcyon Digest

Off the Record

Fun Fun Fun Fest by the numbers and Asleep at the Wheel's Top 40

BY AUSTIN POWELL

screens

God Save the Screen

Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly spent seven years hunting Mohawks for their mad, mammoth compendium, Destroy All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film

BY MARC SAVLOV

Go Big or Go Home

Drafthouse Films gets into the distribution game with Four Lions

BY MARC SAVLOV

Everything's Coming Up Polish

Highlights from the fifth annual Austin Polish Film Festival

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

SXSW 2010 Alums on the Big Screen and Small

Screening news for Marwencol, Strange Powers, and Lovers of Hate

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye: Forgotten Heroes

The Longoria Affair chronicles a moment in Mexican-American history most people have never heard about

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Action Replayy

This Bollywood film mixes science fiction and romantic comedy.

Due Date

Road comedy hits the sweet spot with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis.

Fair Game

The performances of Sean Penn and Naomi Watts make this film rendition of the Valerie Plame affair a study in acting.

Four Lions

This very black comedy about a group of bumbling jihadists is farce that ain't foolin' from the mind of British satirist Chris Morris.

Golmaal 3

Warring siblings are the subject of this Bollywood comedy.

Inside Job

This documentary, which is narrated by Matt Damon, illuminates the U.S. economic crisis with detailed yet engaging analysis.

Megamind

This animated film is vibrant and exceedingly clever, but also a rather slight thing for such mega-sized proportions.

Red Hill

Genuine passion for the Western genre is displayed in this Australian take on High Noon that stars True Blood's Ryan Kwanten.

Saw 3D

This seventh film in the horror series promises to be the last.
arts & culture

Arts Reviews

Hunter Gatherers

Modern couples revert to savagery in a savagely funny diorama come to life

The 'It' Program

Musical theatre struts back onstage at Texas State to rave reviews

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Hunter Gatherers

Modern couples revert to savagery in a savagely funny diorama come to life

The Crucible

Despite its faults, City Theatre's staging stirs up strong emotions

Voices of Rhythm

Spoken word added spark, but dance still spoke the loudest in Tapestry's show

The Chris Trew Project

The comedian's trifecta in Waterloo Park includes shaving off half his beard

BY STEVE BIRMINGHAM

Anne Akiko Meyers

The world-class violinist pays a record price for a world-class violin

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Celebrity Autobiography'

The twaddle peddled by celebs in memoirs is even funnier when read aloud

BY ROBERT FAIRES

columns

Page Two: That Was Then

The case for improving the quality of strategic political fictions

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: Who's That Girl?

Singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom is an inimitable genius

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

It's the SoCo Social Club, 10 years after

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

The Gay Place hosts a Fagnetic Fields party!

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Mission Nuestra Señora del Refugio was the last Spanish religious outpost established in Texas and the last one to be closed

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

The Common Law

Can the City Inspect My Backyard?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Spam in Hawaii, toads in China, and more in here

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars Back to School – College Tour

Cat Osterman returns to the 40 Acres

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Aztex fallout continues, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

Football Watch

Another tough week for football in Texas

BY MARK FAGAN

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