Sept. 30, 2011

Jason Stout

Volume 31, Number 5

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news

Attempting to Comply

With a new name and a new boss, Code Compliance tries to become more 'people-friendly'

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Point Austin: Voter Suppression Made Easy

Hold the election when everybody votes? No way.

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Rock the Vote! ... Not

Given a choice to move elections to November, Council holds fire in May

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Quote of the Week

Ignorant voters make bad decisions

Civics 101

Calendar of civic events, Sept. 29-Oct. 6

Headlines

Fun With Animals

While wildfires raged, so did arguments among local animal activists

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Library Plans Evolved With the Cyber-Times

Library plans are both eco-friendly and tech-savvy

BY WELLS DUNBAR

How Green Is Our Austin?

The city turns green with 100% renewable energy

BY AMY SMITH

Talking Down the Pipeline

Austin hearing highlights debate over tar sands pipeline

BY MICHAEL KING

No Indictment in Officer-Involved Shooting

Former yogurt shop suspect was fearful of cops

BY JORDAN SMITH

A.G. Denies Release of Perry's Clemency Memos

Abbott reverses Cornyn's position on open records

BY JORDAN SMITH

Morton Murder Case Takes Another Turn

Defense pushes for release of Michael Morton

BY JORDAN SMITH

Last Supper No More

State ends last-meal requests on death row

BY JORDAN SMITH

AISD: Open Embargo, Find Plan

Carstarphen's AISD reveals a process inside a plan inside an embargo

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Hightower Report

Don't blame Wall Street – you're just not spending fast enough

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Cuban Joints

Wine of the Week

Chase down this little rascal

BY WES MARSHALL

Food Events

Lederhosen let loose in Fredericksburg, baking for Bastrop fire relief, and Frankenfoods

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Shake-ups on Sixth

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Zax Restaurant & Bar

Zax still serves it
music

The Hatchett Man

Local bookers like Charlie Hatchett Jr. built this city

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

The Hamburg Sound: OTR retreats to Germany's Reeperbahn Festival as Frank Hendrix sells Emo's

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Scott H. Biram

Bad Ingredients

Carolyn Wonderland

Peace Meal

Ray Bonneville

Bad Man's Blood

Dark River

Songs of the Civil War Era: Interpretations by Austin's Finest Musicians

Sunny Sweeney

Concrete

Elaine Greer

Annotations

White Denim

Live at Third Man
screens

Fantastic Fest Awards

You're Next and Bullhead come out big winners

Film History, With a Fresher Date Than Usual

Austin Cinematheque opens season with Uncle Boonmee

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

Film Reviews

Abduction

Twilight's Taylor Lautner makes his bid for solo action stardom.

Courageous

In this faith-based drama from the makers of Fireproof, four policemen struggle with their roles as husbands and fathers.

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Tsui Hark directs this delightful mystery film that's part spectacular period piece and part Sherlock Holmes.

50/50

50/50 accomplishes the near-impossible: It's a feel-good cancer comedy.

Force

In this new Hindi film, a renegade cop doles out his own justice.

The Interrupters

The Hoop Dreams filmmaker, Steve James, has a new documentary about a group working to halt crime in Chicago.

Killer Elite

Action-film icon Jason Statham is stuck in an overlong, perfunctory thriller.

Thunder Soul

Thunder Soul tells the story of the Kashmere Stage Band, and before the film is through this high school band you’ve never heard of will have earned a top spot on your personal hit parade.

The Tree

Charlotte Gainsbourg stars in this uneven and overly metaphorical Australian drama that is nevertheless strange and moving.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

This is the rare horror comedy that near-perfectly balances its blend of grue, guffaws, and gag reflexes.

What's Your Number?

Anna Faris does more nose-scrunching than acting in this abrasive comedy about people acting stupidly.
arts & culture

All Over Creation: Classical Alchemy

How Austin is transmuting the music of old into dance, art, and comedy

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'The Mozart Project'

Via innovation and homage, Ballet Austin makes new dances from old tunes

BY JONELLE SEITZ

Arts Reviews

Hamlet

Austin Shakespeare fuses matter and art in a well-balanced take on the tragedy

'Mike Egan: The Death of 1977'

Egan's stunning, simple graphic images of skulls bring Yard Dog to life

Samuel Barber: American Romantic

Conspirare revealed how this composer does go gentle into that good night
columns

Page Two: Fact-Free Follies

More fun from the wacky world of right-wing zealots

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Perhaps Stephen can send Rick Perry's hair some of that Platinum stuff he got in the mail

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place: Best Of-ing

Oh, gays. There is so much to do!

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Big Tex stands tall over the State Fair of Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Clark Kent's namesakes, Lincoln's last meal, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Luv Doc Recommends: Gagarazzi: A Lady Gaga Burlesque and Variety Show

The HighBall, Friday, September 30, 2011

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

TXRD Playoffs

The banked-track battle of the season

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

The new Aztex, UT women in Big 12 play, etc.

BY NICK BARBARO

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