Aug. 19, 2011

Volume 30, Number 51

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features

30 Things

The Highs, the Lows, the Lists
news

The Science of Injustice

Capital murder case highlights Texas courts' resistance to physical evidence

BY JORDAN SMITH

Quote of the Week

Point Austin: Magic Numbers

At budget time, the public safety numbers become sacrosanct

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: With Interest

Absent state action, council moves to regulate payday lenders

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Res Publica

Civic calendar of events, Aug. 18-25

Naked City

Constable Says Politics Drove Recall of Warrants

Pre-election antics get off to a roaring start

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Doctor Is In – Then Out

Physician says she was fired for speaking out against bad management

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Still No Pay at the Inn

Florida contractor still withholding payment for Holiday Inn remodeling

BY MICHAEL KING

Headlines

Sparks to Lawmakers: Get Off Your Soapbox

Judge rejects lawmakers' attempts to join ultrasound lawsuit

BY JORDAN SMITH

New Law Forces End of Central Health's Abortion Services

Board says it can't risk jeopardizing its overall health care mission

BY JORDAN SMITH

Forbidden Fruit: Exit, Chased by the Bare

Austin's favorite naughty business closes Downtown location

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Finding the Way to Downtown Parking

A compromise on paid parking hours is steering its way toward council approval

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Obama drags his feet on jobs, and tea party politicians scramble for earmarks

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Seafood With a Conscience

Shoreline should be applauded for taking a step to help preserve our seas without ever making us feel deprived

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

RSVP for a Kitchen Nightmares taping – if you dare

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Enjoy a dance party, pies, beer, Hatch chiles, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Luke's Inside Out

Here you'll find some of the most delectable, exotic sandwiches and appetizers in Austin

Panaderia Chuy

South-of-the-border treats for the south-of-the-river crowd
music

Can't Stop the World

Austin's native contribution to the Go-Go's, guitarist/bassist Kathy Valentine, relives 30 years of Beauty and the Beat

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

Gary Clark Jr. and the Cactus Cafe go under the lens

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Leatherbag

Yellow Television, Patience

Larry Lange & His Lonely Knights

Wiggle Room

Guy Clark

Songs and Stories

Gary Nicholson

Texas Songbook

Deryl Dodd

Random As I Am

Mark Jungers

More Like a Good Dog Than a Bad Cat

Eric Dahl

Live by Your Word

Lisa Schneider, Barbara Nesbitt, Beth Ullman, the Beat Divas, Anam Mila, Anam Milá

Milkwood Thistle Promenade, The Bees, We've Got Tonight, Songs of Food, Love & Mayhem, Reset

Gary Clark Jr.

The Bright Lights EP
screens

Pride of the Eastside

The movers and shakers behind El Gallo want you to rethink how movies get made

BY MARC SAVLOV

Remembering Polly Platt

A collaborative filmmaker, friend to AFF, and mentor to many

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Screens Reviews

The Killing

As with the proto-New Wave French gangster epics of the period, the heist's the thing in this early Kubrick film

Film Reviews

Final Destination 5

In case we've forgotten, this series returns to remind us that death does not like to be cheated.

Fright Night

The new Fright Night isn't a prick on the neck of the 1985 original, but what it does it does well.

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie

They're on TV. They're on tour. And now they're onscreen in a concert film recorded during their summer tour.

The Guard

A daffy, delightful Irish yarn capped by fabulous performances by Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle.

One Day

This gimmicky romantic drama charts 20 years of one British couple's ups and downs in one-day blips.

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D

The family-friendly spy franchise is revived once again, this time with a "fourth dimension" of scratch and sniff.

3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy

What a bizarre, beautiful, and tonally askew sex-and-sadism romp this Hong Kong freak show is.

The Whistleblower

The international crime of human sex trafficking is the subject of this melodramatic and often harrowing drama.
arts & culture

'The Red Shoes'

The aerial arts troupe's circus adaptation of the fairy tale flies again

BY RAVEN HINOJOSA

'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'

The Georgetown Palace Theatre tours its hit musical to the State Theatre

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Lyric Opera

ALO is selling its headquarters and losing its community music school

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Down the Drain

The leads put so much of themselves in this new play that it transcends fiction

Hillcountry Underbelly

You can feel Elizabeth Doss' new play rising from deep in her past and this land

'Merrick Ales: Photography'

Ales has captured panoramic, full-color miracles with his cunning lenses
columns

Page Two: Precious Little Harmony

The only thing the founders agreed on was the need to compromise

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Birthdays of art and birthdays of heart

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

'It's up to you to heed these call-ups': not exactly what the Clash said, but close

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park in El Paso offers a breathtaking view of the Rio Grande Valley

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Charlie the Tuna and Mr. Bubble both turn 50 this year, prostitutes win Oscars too, etc.

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Round Rock Express

Skipper Bobby Jones reaches milestone

Soccer Watch

Longhorns open their regular season this Friday, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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