Sept. 2, 2011

Volume 31, Number 1

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features

The Austin Ch30nicles

How landing in Austin after Katrina was made just a bit easier

30 Things

The highs, the lows, the lists
news

This Is Your City Budget

More police, vanishing grants, rising costs, and ... Jazzercise?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Drought? What Drought?

Just because we have a huge water supply doesn't mean we have to use it

BY AMY SMITH

City Hall Hustle: When's the Next City Election?

Council weighs shifting ballot choices to November

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Civics 101

Quote of the Week

Headlines

New Map Poses Challenges for Huber

BY MIKE KANIN

WTP4 Work-Stop Costs Go Under a Microscope

Auditors scrubbing CDM costs estimates on postponing plant construction

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Poison in the Park

Plants and trees in Stacy Park began to die after a Parks and Rec volunteer sprayed herbicide

BY JORDAN SMITH

History Removed

Art-deco facade disappears from 1940s building

BY AMY SMITH

Stripper Tax Ruling Reversed

Plaintiffs may move case to another court

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Worst Fears Confirmed for Women's Health

Family planning providers formally told they've lost funding

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Austin Ch30nicles

The time when the 'Chronicle' stated the wrong outcome of Kirk Watson's testicular cancer

Sparks Rules for Women

The larger question of whether the law should be thrown out entirely remains unsettled

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Rick Perry is like Michele Bachmann, with better hair

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

21st Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival Winners

Feel the burn! Texans show they can take the heat: red, green, and summer.

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Chow Times

This week: Work on your barbecue and beer bellies, get a taste of the world, and eat for the cure

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Roll On Sushi Diner

Culinary experimentalists will appreciate this mischievous take on Americana
music

30 Rock

Thirty recordings for 30 years of music Chronicling

BY MARGARET MOSER, RAOUL HERNANDEZ AND AUSTIN POWELL

Off the Record

Gimme All Your Lovin': Emo's heads East as John Kunz looks back; plus, Whiskey Shivers' single malt success

BY AUSTIN POWELL

The Austin Ch30nicles

Remember That Issue ... When Nick Balanced Louis?

Texas Platters

Krum Bums

Cut the Noose

Robert Earl Keen

Ready for Confetti

Reckless Kelly

Good Luck & True Love

Slaid Cleaves

Sorrow & Smoke – Live at the Horseshoe Lounge

Kevin Fowler

Chippin' Away

Hundred Visions, Adrian & the Sickness, the Angel Babies, Sands Hollow, Follow That Bird

Last Cab From Tunis, Criminal Dog Days, Blew My Speakers, "Watch Yourself" b / w "The River's Edge", "Wooden Bones" b / w "Antlers"
screens

Something Wild

AFS Essential Cinema: Hong Kong New Wave Cinema

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Start It Up

At Austin Startup Week, money and a good idea may mean the next big thing in tech

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Eye on aGLIFF 24

Austin's favorite LGBTQ fest kicks off

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

The Austin Ch30nicles

John Pierson recalls when the Chronicle published Rick Linklater's Dazed and Confused diary

Film Reviews

Bodyguard

In this thrice-made Hindi film, a tough bodyguard's exterior hides a hidden romantic's heart.

Colombiana

A professional assassin by day, a vigilante by night: Zoe Saldana is Luc Besson's latest femme fatale.

The Debt

Helen Mirren stars in this film that's part espionage thriller and part moral meditation, though the emphasis leans more toward the former than the latter.

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice meets a considerably tamed Van Wilder for a mediocre romp in the Hamptons.

Mankatha

This Tamil action thriller involves organized crime and cricket competitions.

Our Idiot Brother

Paul Rudd plays a well-meaning pothead who couch-surfs among his family, leaving nothing but chaos and good vibes in his wake.

Point Blank

In this frenzied French thriller, a man races to save his wife's life – and then races some more.

Saving Private Perez

This Mexican black comedy about a drug lord who gathers a posse to rescue his captured brother in Iraq is a huge hit in its homeland.

Seven Days in Utopia

Robert Duvall and Lucas Black join forces for this film version of psychologist/golfer David Cook's memoir, Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia.
arts & culture

Be Prepared

The secret to improv's split-second successes is in years of training

BY ROBERT FAIRES

All Over Creation: Die Another Dad

Puzzling out the meaning of the theatre's Summer of Dead Dads

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Austin Ch30nicles

Shannon Sedwick recalls the Chronicle's recognition of Esther's Follies' first star

Arts Reviews

'From Specifics, From Concrete Evidence, From Things'

These fine photographs reveal the power of objects in our material world

Hair

Little City fields a big, strong tribe for its go at the love-rock musical

Dos Pocitos

Teatro Vivo teaches us how to preserve the past in a future South Texas
columns

Page Two: Delusions and Grandeur

Delusions and Grandeur

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Stephen attended Fashion Week and despite reservations, liked it just fine

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

We're here, queers!

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Cadillac Ranch is the most popular art installation in the Texas Panhandle

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Common Law

Rental House Foreclosed – What are Tenant's Rights?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Out of Bounds Comedy Festival

Stateside at the Paramount, Monday, September 5, 2011

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Brewskee-ball

League starts ninth 'skeeson'

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Longhorns soccer off to an impressive start, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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