Sept. 9, 2011

Volume 31, Number 2

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news

Changing Course

AISD shifts to community-based model for prepping younger kids for college

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

City Hall Hustle: The Fires This Time

Austin's feverish summer a tinderbox for rumination

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Calendar of civic events, Sept. 8-15

LegeLand: Firefighters Hosed by the State

Perry's slash-and-burn handiwork is visible for miles

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Headlines

Fire Relief

Fire brings out the kindness in others

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Pet Rescue Work Turns 'Surreal'

Bastrop residents hope to reunite with their pets

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

The Re-education of Historic Tax Breaks

AISD looks for reforms to next year's historic property program

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Two Inmates Set To Die This Month

September could boost Perry's execution tally

BY JORDAN SMITH

Funding Travesty Cripples Health Clinics

The state severs its ties with Planned Parenthood

BY JORDAN SMITH

Baird Announces for D.A.

Former judge vows to bring reforms to office

BY JORDAN SMITH

Color Me Yellow (Button)

If you drink too much, here's how not to get towed

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Throwing the Book at Scholastic Inc.

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

New Chef, New Menu Items at Whip In

Martine Pelegrin helps 'Whip Indianize' comfort-food classics

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Wine of the Week

Spanish Wines Still a Bargain

BY WES MARSHALL

Chow Times

This week: Down, set, Hatch; barbecue; bourbon; and books

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

The Lone Star State keeps shining on food TV, are you next?

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Afin Modern Japanese Tapas Bar

In the crowded Austin sushi market, genuine value for your dollar is what sets Afin apart
music

Water to Wine

One lifetime and 34 seconds is all it took for Nakia to find his Voice

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Off the Record

Electric Lounge's second act on the Eastside, catching up with Scratch Acid and Austin's other Voice contestants

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Ume

Phantoms

Pure X

Pleasure

Mr. Lewis & the Funeral 5

Delirium Tremendous

Stereo Is a Lie

Stereo Is a Lie

The Paper Shapes, La Guerrilla, Gentlemen Rogues, Dead Black Hearts, Chronolung, Codename Boris

Be Vigilant, Adios Lala Land?, Gentlemen Rogues, The Southern Front, Chronolung, Codename Boris

Black Red Black

Black Red Black

Ron Westray & Thomas Heflin

Live From Austin
screens

Step Right Up

The terror and the wonder of the Museum of the Weird

BY MARC SAVLOV

Celebrating the Past, Looking to the Future

Slacker 2011 premieres, and Richard Linklater's newest project picks up Paul Dano

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Community Arcade

How the Texatron will bring us together

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Screens Reviews

Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam

Not many people can say they created a music movement out of thin air

Film Reviews

Apollo 18

This secretive film's premise is that it reveals suppressed footage of the U.S. government's secret mission to the moon.

Contagion

Steven Soderbergh and an all-star cast remind us to be very afraid.

5 Days of War

Renny Harlin directs this explosion-heavy film about the Russian-Georgian crisis of 2008.

Higher Ground

Oscar-winning actress Vera Farmiga makes her debut as a director with this film in which she also stars as a woman who struggles with religious faith.

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan

Hindi romantic comedy is set in Northern India.

Shaolin

In this rousing film, a compassionate Buddhist philosophy underpins what might have been just another Hong Kong period piece about power-mad warlords and their blood-spattered brinkmanship.

Shark Night 3D

These sharks are as bland as their comely victims.

Warrior

Knockout performances by the three central characters and powerfully effective fight sequences are the key ingredients that spur this male weepie.
arts & culture

Imagine, Nation

Using play to map the emotional terrain of 9 / 11

BY ROBERT FAIRES

All Over Creation: Follow What Leader?

It's a new era for Arthouse and AMOA, but who will guide them through it?

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

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

Ivins' return from the grave passionately reminds us not to stop caring

'Texas Wax Encaustic Group Show'

The melted materials employed here make for a hellishly good show

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf

The classic choreopoem becomes a tight ensemble piece in seven-part harmony
columns

Letters at 3AM: The Second Story

Remembering the cowardice and dysfunction of the White House on 9 / 11

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

The meat and potatoes of – as well as the beef with – Austin Fashion Week

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place: Gay as the Day Is Long

From Long to Fiesta and night to day, Austin Pride rolls on

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park in Conroe salutes 13 Texas Revolution battle flags with a memorial to those who carried them

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Rin Tin Tin, Genghis Khan, alcohol consumption, and more fine facts

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Alamo Drafhouse & Parkside Present: Rolling Roadshow - 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'

San Jacinto & Sixth, Sunday, September 11, 2011

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Round Rock Express Fire Relief Aid

The Express pitch in to help victims of the Central Texas fires

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Longhorns continue to shine, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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