Nov. 19, 2010

Volume 30, Number 12

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features

30 Things

The highs, the lows, the lists
news

How Do You Formulate a Grand Prix?

The race to nail down an F1 deal involves multiple entities

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Nov. 18-23

Point Austin: A Hill of Beans

Tom DeLay's story is a profile in political corruption

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: And the Race Begins ...

Council filings remind us there's always another campaign

BY WELLS DUNBAR

WTP4: $300 Million in One Gulp?

Council considers handing over remaining Water Treatment Plant No. 4 funds all at once

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Return of the Prodigal Plans

Council checks in on several ongoing long-range planning efforts

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Chapel of Junk?

Cathedral of Junk is back in business, sort of

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Car2Go Sweeps Austin Off Its Wheels

After a year's courtship with Austin, Car2Go takes it to the next level

BY KATE X MESSER

Highway Bribery

Would you ditch your gas-guzzling ways for cash and prizes?

BY LEE NICHOLS

New Year = New Transit Fares

Bus-dependent riders say Cap Metro favoring suburbanites

BY LEE NICHOLS

A Cure for What Trails You

The National Park Service lends a hand

BY LEE NICHOLS

Holding Fleet to the Fire

City releases audit of Fleet Services department in wake of scrap-tire fiasco

BY JORDAN SMITH

On the Lege: House GOP Goes to War – With Itself

Even in victory, Republicans are divided

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Things Are So Bad That ...

Watson condemns budget process

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

Simmering Water War; and Vote and Run

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food Reviews

La Sombra Bar & Grill

Pisco sours and ceviche galore from the duo that brought you 34th Street Cafe

Phara's

Fairyland atmosphere paired with fairly grand Mediterranean specialties

Jax Neighborhood Cafe

New neighborhood joint serves up the basics

Beer Flights

It's the most suds-erful time of the year

BY LEE NICHOLS

Event Menu

Delicious ways to help you bite into the week of Nov. 18-23

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

New menus, new arrivals, new ventures, and other news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

2010 Thanksgiving Feasts Around Town

Let someone else jockey for oven space – there are plenty of options for taking the family out this year
music

Sibling Harmony

Tiffani and Britani Ginn may not look like they're from Schulenberg on the cover of their new You Can't Take a Bad Girl Home, but their harmonies tell a different tale

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

The fast and the furious: the sentencing of J Kapone, Steve Wertheimer's Hot Rod Revolution, and 'How to Tour in a Band or Whatever'

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

the Octopus Project

Hexadecagon

the Black

Sun in the Day Moon at Night

Murdocks

Distortionist

Hard Proof

Hard Proof

Old 97's

The Grand Theatre Volume One

The Black and White Years

Patterns

Master Blaster Sound System

Master Blaster Sound System

Maneja Beto

Latin Beat

Los Lonely Boys

Keep On Giving: Acoustic Live

Austin Piazzolla Quintet

Libertango

Agent Ribbons

Chateau Crone

Pauline Reese

Just Getting Started

New Mystery Girl

Twist City

Emily Shirley

Tiny Truths

Brooklyn James

Music From the Novel 'The Boots My Mother Gave Me'

Thift Store Cowboys

Light Fighter

Long Woodson

Robyville

Clay McClinton

Livin' Out Loud

Rosehill

White Lines and Stars

the Figurados

Lesson Two

Eric Tessmer

Green Diamond

Spencer Thomas

Gulf Coast Charms

Patty Zumpe McGarrigle Band

Heart of a Man, Blood of Your Mother

Soul Track Mind

Ghost of Soul

Carson Brock

Signs
screens

Hot and Cold

Two new series tap extreme climes, from Buñuel in Mexico to Iceland's endless winter

The Devil's in the Details

Andrew Bujalksi and Cinema Club screen an overlooked John Huston gem

BY MARC SAVLOV

Gift Guide 2010

Two new titles for the TV geek

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

TV Eye: 'If Only' TV

What if Sarah Palin met The Walking Dead?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

The third book of Stieg Larsson's addictive Swedish trilogy is now onscreen.

Guzaarish

In this Bollywood film, a paralyzed man petitions the court to allow his mercy killing.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

This is the finest Potter film yet – darker, funnier, and more epic than everything that has come before.

127 Hours

An unrelenting tour de force thanks to Simon Beaufoy's clever script, Danny Boyle's inspired direction, and James Franco's amazing performance, 127 Hours is primarily an unforgettable examination of the human spirit under extreme duress.

Skyline

In this effects-heavy film, extraterrestrials invade Los Angeles.

Today's Special

This film about a young American taking over his family's Indian restaurant is inspired by an Obie Award-winning play by The Daily Show With Jon Stewart's Aasif Mandvi.

Unstoppable

Denzel Washington stops a runaway train loaded with toxic cargo.
arts & culture

The First To Question

Remembering the ultimate theatre historian, Oscar Brockett, 1923-2010

BY ROBERT FAIRES

John Oliver

The British comedian perseveres through pundits, politics, and Peter Pan

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Ransom Center

UT acquires the archives of celebrated monologist Spalding Gray

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

This revival proves Albee's 1962 drama to be as brutal and unsettling as ever

Birthday Suit(e)

Old friends Hanan Alattar and Michelle Schumann tackle the art song artfully

'Deep End: New Works by Sonya Berg'

Large graphite waterfalls and little empty swimming pools compel the eyes here
columns

Suttle as a Kick in the Head

Formula One development deal well worth more scrutiny

BY NICK BARBARO

Letters at 3AM: The Palin-Obama Convergence

Barack Obama and Sarah Palin are actually the same person

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen talks about quitting smoking. Then quits smoking? Did we read right?

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

The transformative power of Tranarchy! and a bit of a blog shuffle

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts hosts current-day musicians while the Woodstock museum keeps alive the spirit of the '60s fest

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Viagra and pandas, helmets and death, Ohio and East Texas, etc.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Extravagasm Fantasy Ball IX: East of Hedon

ND Austin, Friday, November 19, 2010

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Texas Stars Movember

The Texas Stars grow 'staches to raise funds to fight cancer

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

St. Ed’s hosts Sweet 16, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

Football Watch

Cowboys win! Don't ask about the Texans and Longhorns.

BY MARK FAGAN

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