Jan. 13, 2012

Bret Brookshire

Volume 31, Number 20

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news

Excited About Life

Friends keenly mourn the death of Esme Barrera

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Nothing From Something

In Austin politics, the more things change, the more they stay the same

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point: 'Mission of Affordability'

AE brings a half-baked rate increase to City Council

BY AMY SMITH

Headlines

Civics 101

Quote of the Week

Primary Prospects

A rundown of primary election battles shaping up

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

More Confusion in Redistricting Case

High court hears arguments; primary date up in the air

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

School Tax Hike Likely for November Ballot

AISD Board of Trustees mulls a much-overdue teacher pay raise

BY NICK BARBARO

Court Upholds Ultrasound Law

Appeals court says state's new anti-abortion law is reasonable

BY JORDAN SMITH

Formula Farrera

Formula One cranks up sustainability engine

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Groups Plan To Sue To Save Salamander

WTP4 threatens survival of the Jollyville Plateau Salamander, eco groups charge

BY AMY SMITH

Sword of Escamilla Dangles Over City Hall?

Unabated rate discourse, post office roast, and more

BY MICHAEL KING

Austin's Violent Start to the New Year

Police record three murders within first week of 2012

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Corporate cash and the 2012 elections

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Mayor's Fitness Council Challenges Austin Restaurants To Develop Healthy Entrées

Is fast food possible without the fat? Can you dine out on a diet? Find out.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Book Review

Braux's latest book offers belt-tightening recipes

BY MELANIE HAUPT

Food-o-File

New noms flock to the South First strip

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

Foodie events, Jan. 12-18

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

French Quarter Grille

You'll roux the day if you skip the crème brûlée
music

Five O'Clock Land

Closing Encore Records is no walk in the park for Chuck Lokey

BY ADAM SCHRAGIN

One, Two, Tres, Cuatro: I Heart Austin

Austin's music scene takes another heart-punch after the murder of Esme Barrera

BY MARGARET MOSER

Free Week Live Shots

screens

Our Bloody Valentine

Movie makeup artist Matt Valentine reps Austin on SyFy's reality competition show Face Off

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Measuring Up

Slamdance to show Evan Roberts' '33 Teeth'

BY TOSHIO MERONEK

Screens Reviews

Jean-Luc Godard's Histoire(s) du Cinéma

Few filmmakers would be able to mount a discourse on the 20th century's art and thought process as broad and extensive as this

Film Reviews

Business Man

Carnage

Roman Polanski directs this chamber piece about the demise of social decorum that's adapted from the play God of Carnage.

The Devil Inside

A woman tries to determine whether her incarcerated mother is criminally insane or demonically possessed.

The Divide

This is an apocalyptic narrative about a group of people holed up in a bomb shelter who are under attack from biohazard baddies.

8 Murders a Day

The drug-related violence occurring in Juarez, Mexico, is the subject of this impassioned documentary.

The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep reunites with her Mama Mia! director to play Margaret Thatcher.

Joyful Noise

Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton duke it out in the homespun world of gospel-music competition.

Nanban

This Tamil comedy is a remake of the 2009 Bollywood blockbuster 3 Idiots.

Pariah

Pariah tells the specific but universal story of a black teenage girl who is a virginal lesbian, budding writer, and nonconformist.
arts & culture

Alone in the Lab

FronteraFest gives solo performers plenty of room to experiment

BY DAN SOLOMON

Who Needs a Dragon Tattoo?

Taylor Stevens continues the renaissance of ass-kicking heroines in The Innocent

BY SARAH SMITH

Austin Lyric Opera

With the sale of the Heller Opera Center, ALO is back in the black

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Children's Hour

Design takes center stage in Different Stages' revival of Lillian Hellman's drama

Return of the Herd of Harpsichords

This La Follia concert was to the harpsichord what a fine wine tasting is to vino
columns

Letters at 3AM: James Hillman (1926-2011)

Remembering James Hillman

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Christmas and New Year's (recently) past with Your Style Avatar

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

This week, Gay Place dotes on the goat and the bunny

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: A Mind-Boggling Variety of Sensory Input

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Anarchy Championship Wrestling

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Soccer Watch

It's gonna be a dogfight for the fourth and last Champions League spot and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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