Aug. 31, 2012

Volume 32, Number 1

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news

Headlines

Point Austin: Uncivil Service

City Manager still overreacting to civil service proposal

Then There's This: Pool Plan Panned and Lauded

Council to consider grounds for improving Barton Springs

BY AMY SMITH

A Whiff of Prosperity

City's proposed budget reflects daylight beyond the tunnel

BY MICHAEL KING

Civics 101

Quote of the Week

Wildfire Prevention Waiting for Ignition

City of Austin's wildfire prevention efforts lag behind the threat

BY JORDAN SMITH

Council: The Budget Sing-Along

City Council plans for the Sept. 12 budget adoption

BY MICHAEL KING

Peaceful Streets Founder Arrested

Citizen documentarian claims arrest was in retaliation for NYE filming

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Paul Ryan's budget has been deemed 'serious' by the powers that be

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

22nd Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival Winners

Congratulations to all our hot sauce contenders

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

These complex and impressive wines won't complicate your finances

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Farm to markets continue to grow

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

Grape-stomping goodness, Marfa hosts a climate change and sustainability symposium, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine

Willie Abraham's Taj Mahal is worth a detour from your regular flight path

in.gredients

This zero-waste, packaging-free grocery store is more than just sustainable and convenient, it's en.joyable
music

One Way or Another

Dikes of Holland, Austin's Red Devil detonators

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Playback: Cheer Up Charlie's Sounds Off

The Rashomon view of Cheer Up Charlie's

BY KEVIN CURTIN

DVD Reviews

Beatles

Yellow Submarine

the Who

Quadrophenia

various

We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash

Big Easy Express

Big Easy Express

Band of Heathens

The Double Down: Live in Denver Vol. 1, The Double Down: Live in Denver Vol. 2

Robert Plant

Live From the Artists Den

Fela Kuti

Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense / Berliner Jazztage '78

Muddy Waters, Rolling Stones

Live at the Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1981
screens

Brand on the Run

Synergy is the name of the game at Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of the Alamo empire

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Fall Film Festival Season Takes Flight

Programming updates from AFF, Fantastic Fest, and aGLIFF

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

An Eclectic Send-Off to Summer

Contemporary French film the focus of new Essential Cinema series

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Rise and Shine

Mike Birbiglia on getting 'Sleepwalk With Me' made

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Film Reviews

The Ambassador

With daring, gonzo filmmaking, this documentary film penetrates the blood-diamond trade in the Central African Republic.

The Apparition

A supernatural presence is released during a college experiment.

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

Takashi Miike remakes Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 film about a penniless samurai who commits the ritual act of suicide.

The Last Ride

The last few days in the life of Hank Williams are portrayed in this plausible film re-creation.

Lawless

Abundantly violent yet decidedly listless, there’s very little kick to this moonshining picture from director John Hillcoat and musician/screenwriter Nick Cave.

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure

They look something like Teletubbies but, presumably, without the hallucinogenic charm.

Robot & Frank

This weird, winning little movie explores what happens to the essential self as the memory goes.

Sleepwalk With Me

In his directorial debut, Mike Birbiglia plays a struggling comic who begins sleepwalking shortly after he moves in with his longtime girlfriend.

Thunderstruck

NBA star Kevin Durant appears as himself in this family film wherein a stroke of magic causes him to swap talents with a klutzy 16-year-old.

2016: Obama's America

Dinesh D'Souza, the conservative author, expounds on the president's past, and discusses what he thinks America would look like if Obama were to be re-elected.
arts & culture

How Sweetlamb It Is

The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival's founder returns to power

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

All Over Creation: The Same but Different

Reruns on TV may be the same old thing, but onstage they show us something new

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Steve Brudniak: Back From Samsara'

The artist's new solo show at ACC is a warp of the worlds

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Reviews

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

An abusive husband gets a shot of Southern discomfort in this hysterical revenge comedy

Cabaret

The intimacy of this well-acted production also makes you aware of its tight budget

Classically Speaking

Focusing on Haydn and Mozart, La Follia did a lovely job linking classical to baroque
columns

Page Two: On Anniversaries and Loss

A new print year begins as we celebrate an exceptional life

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM: The System Ain't the System

The goal of oligarchy is to utterly disempower the workforce

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion: Diary Of A Collection

What goes in before the clothes go on

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place: Proud Wet Decadent Burn

It's the month of big fests and we are trotting to keep up

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

The Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum tells the story of one the birthplaces of popular music

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Coming Out Unscathed

You're kind of a superhero when you're unconscious

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

UT Football Season Opener

A new football season and a new UT football column

BY MARK FAGAN

Soccer Watch

Longhorns split a pair and host Texas Invitational

BY NICK BARBARO

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