Sept. 16, 2011

Volume 31, Number 3

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features

In Memoriam

Motorcycle Michael, 1954-2011

BY DAN HARDICK

news

Perry the Executioner

Texas leads the country in executions, and Rick Perry holds the record tally

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Rick Perry, Boy Scientist

When it comes to science, the Inquisition's got nothing on the guv

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Come On Down!

Council takes Austin Energy's bonus money and runs with it

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Civics 101

Calendar of civic events, Sept. 15-22

Quote of the Week

Texas Forensics: Politics vs. Justice

The Forensic Science Commission does what it can under A.G.'s limitations

BY JORDAN SMITH

Budget in Plain Sight

Council adopts a budget with the sausage prepared in public

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Drought, Heat, Fires ... Repeat

The plague of wildfires reflect conditions beyond a temporary drought

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Fire Relief and Threat Become Daily Occurrences

Burn bans are now a fact of life

BY ANNE HARRIS

AISD Aims To Change Facilities Process

Carstarphen proposes annual reviews of building repairs

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Travis County Border Conflict Smolders On

Commissioners work precinct boundaries with politics in mind

BY MIKE KANIN

The Hightower Report

Gov. Perry boasts his job numbers, but the facts belie him

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

ACL MUSIC FEST

Austin Eats

ACL's food court, 10 years later

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Restaurants Near Zilker

Chefs' Night Out

Some top local chefs talk about where they go when they eat out

BY MICK VANN

Food-o-File

Bastrop fires level a much-loved chocolatier

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Chow Times

Pig out at restaurant anniversaries and dine with Fido

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Hugos Restaurant y Tequila Bar

Tequila bar first, restaurant second
music

Higher Ground

Stevie Wonder in 10 songs? It's a start.

ACL MUSIC FEST

ACL Music Fest Friday Interviews

ACL Music Fest Friday Reviews

ACL Music Fest Friday Listings

The blurbing of ACL 2011

ACL Music Fest Saturday Interviews

ACL Music Fest Saturday Reviews

ACL Music Fest Saturday Listings

The blurbing of ACL 2011

ACL Music Fest Sunday Interviews

ACL Music Fest Sunday Reviews

ACL Music Fest Sunday Listings

The blurbing of ACL 2011

BMI Stage

BY MARGARET MOSER

ACL Aftershows

Off the Record

Recounting the first decade of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, one year at a time

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

St. Vincent

Strange Mercy

Jackie DeShannon

When You Walk in the Room

Glen Campbell

Ghost on the Canvas

Connie Smith

Long Line of Heartaches
screens

Outtakes Get Their Day in Court

Pamela Yates returns to a haunted Guatemala in Granito: How To Nail a Dictator

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Giving the Sidekick a Spotlight

From behind the shadow of the Ninja Turtles comes 'Casey Jones'

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Meme Weavers

Did two Austin Web designers tap into our unconscious desire to replicate stock photos? Nah – they're just having a laugh.

BY CINDY WIDNER

Film Reviews

Applause

Danish actor Paprika Steen's turn as a fresh-from-rehab alcoholic is a tour de force performance.

Bucky Larson: Born To Be a Star

In this comedy, a Midwestern kid decides to follow in his parents' footsteps and become a porn star.

Circumstance

This Iranian film about two girls who begin a secret relationship is as much a political statement as it is a love story.

Crime After Crime

Emotionally powerful doc about the fight to free a domestic abuse survivor from jail

Drive

Ryan Gosling plays a getaway driver in this seductive mix of brooding arthouse and heist-gone-to-hell genre picture.

I Don't Know How She Does It

Sarah Jessica Parker stars in this comedy about working-mom woes.

Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain

Concert film from stand-up comedian Kevin Hart's "Laugh at My Pain" national tour.

The Last Circus

Two generations of circus clowns, set against the bloody backdrop of Franco's Spain.

The Lion King 3D

Disney has retrofitted its 1994 hit in 3-D for a limited theatrical run.

Magic Trip

This doc about Ken Kesey's famed bus goes all over the place but never seems to end up anywhere all that revelatory.
arts & culture

All Over Creation: Element of Surprise

The joys and importance of 'I didn't see that coming'

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Rappahannock County'

A new song cycle views the Civil War from one small corner of Virginia

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Your Essential Magnificence'

After eight years, a shrine to South Austin arrives on South Congress

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

MilkMilkLemonade

The revival of this gender-play comedy still tastes freshly squeezed

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

This spoof has energy to spare but never feels as spontaneous as it should

Austin Symphony Orchestra With Joshua Bell

Bell's prowess as a violinist recalled the song of the mockingbird
columns

Gay Place: Pride: Lamé, Not Lame

Celebrate the new Ana Sisnett Library at UT!

BY KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

Stephen laments the political heat generated by the fires

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Flat Creek Estate vineyard and winery brings the flavor of Tuscany to the Hill Country

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

'Peanuts,' Paul McCartney, Montezuma Red, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Austin Corn Lovers Fiesta

Hole in the Wall, Friday, September 16, 2011

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

UT Volleyball: Texas Invitational

Senior middle blocker Rachael Adams leads the way for the Horns

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

St. Edward's women's team ranked No. 2 nationally

BY NICK BARBARO

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