Jan. 14, 2011

Volume 30, Number 20

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news

This Way to the Big Top!

From budget disaster to hysterical bloodletting, the legislative circus is back in town

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER, WELLS DUNBAR, LEE NICHOLS AND JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Pride Brought Low

Remorseless as ever, Tom DeLay finally encounters a little bit of justice

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Park Pud? Pick Your Punch Line.

Developer scales down plans for office tower

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

BY MICHAEL KING

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Jan. 13-20

Headlines

Holly Won't Go Lightly

Nobody said this demolition job would be cheap

BY AMY SMITH

Marshalling Funds for Supportive Housing

Council proposes community discussions on homelessness

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Before You Head to the Bus Stop ...

Check out Cap Metro's new fares, routes, and policy changes

BY LEE NICHOLS

Duty vs. Gattis: Williamson County Fireworks

Judge accused of trying to hide unauthorized hiring

BY MICHAEL KING

Will Texas Be Safe for Romeos and Juliets?

Senate committee recommends not implementing federal sex offender law

BY JORDAN SMITH

Long-Awaited Testimony Rejects Arson Conclusion

Forensic Science Commission hears expert testimony on Willingham fire investigation

BY JORDAN SMITH

Lege Land: Budget Imbalancing Act

Texas faces $4.3 billion revenue shortfall

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Lege Land: Let the Show Begin

Watson proposes longer wait between budget drafting and final vote

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

Can Ron Rein in the Fed?; and Wall Street Casino Grand Reopening

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food-o-File

A week off reveals a gastronimical glut of foodie news from Royal Blue to barbecue

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Pies and pints

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

We've got zero doubts about these Zins

BY WES MARSHALL

Food Reviews

Vino Vino

New dishes share the spotlight with the unique wines at Vino Vino

Cherrywood Coffeehouse

Continuing to capitalize on Real Food promise

Papalote Taco House

Tacos, sopes, and noms, oh my!
music

The Gray Band

How can a band singing almost exclusively about serial killers engender so much life?

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

Snapshots from Free Week on Red River

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Free Week Live Shots

screens

Bloody Beautiful Illusions

Alejandro Jodorowsky, surrealism's topo sangre, on Truth, Beauty, and the Internet

BY MARC SAVLOV

Size Matters

Tiny Furniture opens AFS' new Best of the Fests series

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Screens Reviews

'Shock Corridor' and 'The Naked Kiss'

Sam Fuller had the inside scoop on American culture

Film Flam

The Austin Studios campus expands, SXSW Film adds venues and a tribute to Ain't It Cool News, and more

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye: Owning It

Oprah Winfrey expands her brand to a new network

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Blue Valentine

Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling play a pair of lovers from first meet to last fight.

Country Strong

It's Nashville-on-the-rocks as Gwyneth Paltrow takes a starring turn as an alcoholic singer trying to make a comeback.

The Dilemma

Ron Howard's latest is a decidedly honest comedy-melodrama about love and friendship.

The Green Hornet

This Hornet's a cheesy and borderline-boring cream puff of a vigilante.

Rabbit Hole

In the wake of their child's death, a couple tries to claw their way back to "normal" life.

Season of the Witch

Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman play 14th century knights commanded to transport a witch believed to be the source of the Black Plague.
arts & culture

Press Forward

Two exhibitions capture printmaking's experimental drive

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Wura-Natasha Ogunji: The Epic Crossings of an Ife Head'

Finding the origin point for this Austin artist's journeys

BY ROBERT FAIRES

On the Funding Front

Eleven area artists and cultural organizations earn support for 2011 projects

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Humble Boy

With this comedic riff on Hamlet, the production's strength is in the acting

Austin Secrets

This improv show respects the sentiment and courage behind the secrets it tells

'Angie Renfro: Industry!'

Renfro's oils render empty machinery and industrial sites as things of beauty
columns

Page Two: Quotation Nation

Taking issue with citations

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: Life as We Don't Know It

Our planet casts a shadow

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Taking an e-puff with Your Style Avatar as he muses about Courtney Love's catfight with an Austin designer

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Andy Campbell is God

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Texas Museum of Automotive History at Fair Park in Dallas takes visitors on a journey through 100 years of heavy metal

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Shemp, 'O Holy Night,' bathrooms vs. kitchens, and House Bill 81

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

University of Texas Men's Basketball

UT hosts Sooners then Aggies

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Messi named player of the year again, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

Football Watch

Go Jets!

BY MARK FAGAN

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