Feb. 4, 2011

Volume 30, Number 23

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news

A Parliament of Experts

Did 'expert testimony' convict an innocent woman of murder?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Open Meetings, Empty Heads

No talking at City Hall unless we're all invited

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Make Yourself at Home

Neighborhoods split over burgeoning vacation rentals

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Naked City

A nuke offer and a guilty plea

BY JORDAN SMITH

Headlines

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, Feb. 3-10

Austin Water: The High Cost of Saving

Proposed water conservation measures come with a price tag

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Beyond the Super Bowl

Media scholar Robert McChesney tackles the state of journalism on Super Bowl Sunday

BY MICHAEL KING

Teapot Partying With Bailey

The Place 3 council candidate kicks off his campaign

BY MICHAEL KING

LEGELAND

The World According to Voter ID

How to make your vote count if voter ID passes

BY LEE NICHOLS

Have Your Water and Drink It Too

Can the state save water and money at the same time?

BY LEE NICHOLS

What Your Senators Will Be Up To

Committee assignments, redistricting, and more

BY LEE NICHOLS

Bill of the Week

Riddle's voter ID/education/immigration smash-up

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The War on Talking About the Drug War

Border Patrol agent loses job after stating the obvious

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Congress Incorporated; and Mountaintop Tiff

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Quote of the Week

food

Juicebox & Soup Peddler: Story of a Collaboration

Grassroots foodies team up, form tasty Voltron

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

Host your own Tex-Mex Super Bowl party, buy your sweetie a heart-shaped pie or pizza pie, or discover other food news

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Pigskin, rabbit, and more for Feb. 5-10

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Mi Ranchito Taqueria

This could become your go-to Mexican restaurant

Ray's Bar-B-Q

Eating at Ray's is experiencing Texas barbecue history
music

X-Ray Visions

Deep in the fifth dimension, Mark Ryan's Mind Spiders are cutting demos with Buddy Holly

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Courtney Love vs. Boudoir Queen, Jason Reece vs. Conrad Keely, Border Patrol vs. Texas Tornados, and other dream matchups

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Gurf Morlix

Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream

... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

Tao of the Dead

Hosea Hargrove

Ruta Maya, Jan. 28

Rodney Crowell

BookPeople, Jan. 28

Terry Allen & Bob Schneider

Antone's, Jan. 29
screens

You're Going To Want To Remember This

A few words with Nora Ephron: writer, filmmaker, foodie, and turtleneck enthusiast

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Do a Little 'Dance

Austinites past and present converge on Park City

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Barbarians at the Box Office

AFS Documentary Tour: 'For the Love of Movies'

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Tape Worms

A new doc and art show celebrate cassette culture

BY ASHLEY MORENO

SXSW Film Announces Lineup

It's a Win Win for everybody

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye: Crazy for Cop Shows

Cracking The Chicago Code

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Another Year

Mike Leigh directs this brilliantly acted film about the loneliness experienced by those shut out of the family circle.

The Company Men

Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, and Kevin Costner star in this drama about what happens to company men after they part company with the company.

From Prada to Nada

Former Spy Kid Alexa Vega co-stars in this comedy that provides a Hispanic spin on Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.

The Rite

In this supernatural thriller, Anthony Hopkins plays a Vatican-based exorcist who trains a doubting seminary student to drive out the Devil.

Sanctum

When spelunkers rappel into a remote cave and get trapped by storm runoff, the plot and dialogue become as soggy as the characters.

Yamla Pagla Deewana

A father-and-son con-man team come to terms with their estranged family in this Bollywood masala.
arts & culture

'Best of Times'

Sara Hickman rounds up a few pals to help raise funds for Theatre Action Project

BY ROBERT FAIRES

L. Nowlin Gallery

Photographer Lesley Nowlin reflects on two years of running her own gallery

BY ROBERT FAIRES

State of the State

State Theatre reopens for a run of Christopher Titus' latest show

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins

This drama about the Texas writer is informative, entertaining, and inspiring

Anton Nel, Piano, With Martin Burke, Actor

A tremendously memorable day of music that showed the breadth of Nel's skills

'Natasha Bowdoin: The Daisy Argument'

A work that takes Lewis Carroll's text undersea and lets us drown in words
columns

Page Two: A Column Where First We Ramble

Then we let others blow our horn. And with SXSW 2011 only weeks away, there's lots of horn blowing still to come.

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

After a Fashion

The lady behind the big Texas ladies, art shake-ups, and what to do, what to do

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

The Gay Place not only is, but will continue to be ... and better

BY KATE X MESSER

The Common Law

People's Law School

BY LUKE ELLIS

Day Trips

Carlos Moseley fashions colorful art pieces using bits of rock on a slate canvas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Plywood, water, the human heart, the kilogram, and Clint Eastwood

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

TSR FreezeRide

The Texas Ski Ranch holds its yearly wakeboarding extravaganza

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Austin Men's Soccer Associa­tion hosts a preseason outreach event, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

Football Watch

Chronicle prognosticators pick the Pack

BY MARK FAGAN

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