Jan. 21, 2011

Volume 30, Number 21

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news

One More Detour on Holly Street

Power plant demolition delay reprises neighborhood history

BY AMY SMITH

Point Austin: Budgets Are Moral Documents

When the rulers call for sacrifice, who do they mean?

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: If You Don't Build It, They Will Still Come

The welcome mat can only hold so many people

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Jan. 20-27

Making the Best of a Bad Voter ID Bill

Dems hope to turn a lemon into lemonade

BY LEE NICHOLS

Bill of the Week

Brutal budget process in store

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Election Challenge Drags On

Howard fighting to retain her seat

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Park Is in the PUD-ing

Council approves Park PUD despite neighborhood opposition

BY WELLS DUNBAR

AE's Nuclear Option

The seduction of the South Texas Project

BY NORA ANKRUM

Death Penalty Off the Hook

Preemptive strike against wrongful conviction fails in murder trial prehearing

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Insurance Industry Scam

A Q&A with whistle-blower Wendell Potter

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Closing Schools Won't Fix AISD Budget

We have the Legislature to thank for this mess

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

A Banker Who Gets It; and The Corporate-Funded Merry-Go-Round

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Hidden Capitol Kitchens

Living life on the Lege is difficult enough without having to figure out what's for lunch

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Food-o-File

Good food news for smart cookies with a little Southern comfort and help with your New Year's resolution

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu: Jan. 20-26

Beer, chili, and pizza: no need to hibernate

Food Reviews

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Hop on over to the hopping Hopdoddy, but we hope you'll be careful hopping off those stools
music

The Laziest Girl in Town

Asleep at the Wheel's feminine ideal is pregnant with possibility

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Heralding the return of the Wagoneers and Recover

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Reissues

El Gusano

Fantasia del Barrio

Tammi Terrell

Come and See Me: The Complete Solo Collection

Iggy Pop & James Williamson, The Coba Seas

Kill City, Unreformed

Bachelorette

The End of Things, Isolation Loops

The Jayhawks

Tomorrow the Green Grass: Legacy Edition, Hollywood Town Hall
screens

Slack to the Future

Slacker at 20

BY MARC SAVLOV

More Blue To View

East Side Drive-In trailer park expands to include actual drive-in, the Blue Starlite

BY MARC SAVLOV

Buckle Up

Carancho opens new Cine las Americas series

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

In Play

Austin indie developer Twisted Pixel clone-bombed by a gaming giant

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

TV Eye: Insiders Trading TV Tips

TV insiders Noah Hawley and Kyle Killen trade tips

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Dhobi Ghat

The lives of four people in Mumbai intersect in this Bollywood film, and are forever changed.

Lemmy

Motörhead founder Lemmy Kilmister is the subject of this thorough and entertaining rock & roll documentary.

Somewhere

Filmmaker Sofia Coppola makes a dreamy, beautifully shot statement about the slow-burning dread of a truly hollow man, but Somewhere lacks the dry humor of Lost in Translation.
arts & culture

Co-Lab Oration

Talking with community arts instigator Sean Gaulager

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

'Renaissance & Response: Polyphony Then and Now'

The Austin chorus sings the praises of four classical composers – with new music

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Museum of Art

After nine years at the helm, AMOA's director takes his leave

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Planet of the Mermaids

A hot band plays cool music for a wild sci-fi film that may or may not be a put-on

Going With Jenny

Like the couple in it, this new play about marriage has charm but could use a spark

Austin Symphony Orchestra

This program devoted to the New World Symphony altered our sense of the work
columns

Page Two: Eyes Wide Open

Obama supporters aren't as disillusioned as polls and pundits would have you believe

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Fish tickle Your Style Avatar as he does math and learns about paying it forward

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Lock up your tender morsels. This weekend, Austin is loaded for bear.

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Market Square in San Antonio brings a little bit of the Mexican border culture to Central Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

John Lennon, GABA, chimps, frazil ice, and out-of-this-world real estate

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

UT Women's Basketball

UT looks to get off the Big 12 schneid

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

New pro league announced

BY NICK BARBARO

Football Watch

Chronicle prognosticators need redemption

BY MARK FAGAN

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