Aug. 12, 2011

Volume 30, Number 50

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features

30 Things

The Highs, the Lows, the Lists
news

Time Bandits in Uniform?

APD officers question whether union 'leave time' deal violates their contract

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Eat the Heat

Capital Area Food Bank extends its reach and relevance

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Cole on Water

The mayor pro tem considers WTP4, transparency, and necessity

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Res Publica

Civic Events, Aug. 11-18

Quote of the Week

Naked City

West Lake Comes Out Swinging Against LCRA

West Lake Hills wants to regain control over its wastewater line

BY MIKE KANIN

Workers Fight Unpaid Holiday (Inn)

Construction workers stiffed on pay – and wait for restitution

BY MICHAEL KING

End of the Road for Baylor Street Art Wall?

When renowned street artists and local graffiti artists collide

BY RAMON MARTINEZ

Time To Tweak Code Compliance

Wildlife Habitats could see reprieve with revisions

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Heat Wave Renews Call for Renewable Energy

Solar and wind could do the job more efficiently, advocates say

BY LEE NICHOLS

First Project Under New Ordinance Gets Nod

Project in Barton Springs Zone wins unanimous council approval

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

Both the feds and the corporations are abandoning the middle class

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Mapo Doufu Beatdown

Yum, like it hot

BY MICK VANN

New Products From Cocoa Puro

Do yourself a favor and visit Tom Pedersen's booth at the Downtown Farmers' Market

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Wine of the Week

Chablis – The Thinking Person's Chardonnay

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

More Lone Star master sommeliers, Hatch chiles return, and foodies see if their brains are bigger than their stomachs

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

The harder they come, the harder they nosh

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Free as a Bird

Andrew Kenny, leader of the American Analog Set, watches his phoenix rising in the Wooden Birds

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Off the Record

Sad Days, Lonely Nights: Visiting the Sahara Lounge and The Jon Dee & Friend Show

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Jean Caffeine

Geckos in the Elevator

Christian Bland & the Relevators

The Lost Album

My Education / Theta Naught

Sound Mass

Reverse X-Rays

RXR

The Calm Blue Sea

The Calm Blue Sea

Quin Galavis

Should Have Known You

Michael Martin Murphey, Brad Dunn & Ellis Country, The Duqaines, Wheeler Brothers, Jubal's Lawyer, T Jarod Bonta

Tall Grass & Cool Water, Ranch Cat, The Duqaines, Portraits, Ashley and the Wonderful Confidence, White Lines

Bad Chapters

Edge of Collpase

Old Gray Mule

Forty Nickels for a Bag of Chips

Lex Land

Were My Sweetheart To Go
screens

TOBE HOOPER

The Spine Tingler

Horror pioneer and first-time novelist Tobe Hooper plays with the medium and metafiction in Midnight Movie

BY LOUIS BLACK

Monster Movies

Tobe Hooper on his new film, Djinn

BY LOUIS BLACK

Things That Make You Go Boom

Bellflower's broken hearts and homemade bombs

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Screens Reviews

In Print: Paul on Mazursky

The Seventies couldn't have asked for a more empathetic chronicler of the human condition than filmmaker Paul Mazursky

Film Reviews

Aarakshan

The story of Prabhakar Anand, a legendary educator, is told in this new Indian film.

Bellflower

Hellaciously original, this low-budget, post-apocalyptic film looks like no other in recent memory.

The Devil's Double

Saddam Hussein's decadent and monstrous eldest son Uday forced Latif Yahia to serve as his body double, and this movie recounts his experience.

Dhada

New Telugu-language romance and action film.

The Future

As an unsparing portrait of disaffection among the small-paycheck, faux-creative class, Miranda July's film is on the mark but her performance grates nevertheless.

The Help

Based on a bestseller, this Southern civil-rights era story about white women and their black maids is saved by the film's deeply moving cast.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The special effects in this prequel may be infinitely more elaborate, but they hold little of the charm and "humanity" of the original.

30 Minutes or Less

Jesse Eisenberg reunites with his Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer for this action comedy about a hapless victim forced to rob a bank or be blown up.
arts & culture

Little Big Plan

The Austin Creative Alliance proves it can think big by thinking small

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Blanton Museum of Art

The UT museum acquires 12 works by Texas artists through an art lottery

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Harry Ransom Center

The papers of director Peter Masterson and actor Carlin Glynn land at the HRC

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Cow Parade Austin

Ornately decorated fiberglass cows are herded into Austin for a good cause

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

An artist turns editor, a play tours Oz, and calls for new work

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Servant of Two Masters

A straight-up goofball comedy makes an ideal outdoor summer show

The Imaginary Invalid

City Theatre's satire can't decide what – or when – it wants to be

'Audrey Fox: Ephemera'

A coffeehouse exhibit boasts tasty nectars in the form of nature paintings
columns

Page Two: No Virtue

The vicious circle of constitutional desecration

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: An Extraordinary Silence

Oddly, American progressives don't protest Obama's war in Pakistan

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Oops!

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar's new lease on life as an affirming and supportive avatar starts, ahem, with Fashion Week

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Oh, the planets are aligning for some late summer fun, darlings, we promise

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Pizzitola's BBQ is an East Texas-style barbecue joint with a funny name in the heart of Houston

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Vampire bats, watermelon, and more to sink your teeth into

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: 20th Annual Buck Owens Birthday Bash

Continental Club, Friday, August 12, 2011

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Reel Paddling Film Festival

The best paddling films of the year, and more

Soccer Watch

UT soccer gets started with a friendly, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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