Sept. 28, 2012

John Grubbs

Volume 32, Number 5

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news

The Life and Death of Schools

Educational warrior Diane Ravitch takes on the "school reform" movement

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Point Austin: The Devil and Gov. Perry

'Spiritual Warfare' is no substitute for the earthly obligations of government

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Aquifer Angst

Will the city poop out on its fight to block a wastewater permit?

BY AMY SMITH

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Headlines

Consider 'The Source'

Houston crisis pregnancy center, with Perry's help, hopes to become new provider in Texas Women's Health Program

BY JORDAN SMITH

The New Waller Creek

The Waller Creek revitalization design contest goes public

BY MICHAEL KING

Advocates Prepare for Showdown on Single-Member Districts

Two districting activist groups do outreach for the November election

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Fayette's Fate Up in the Ozone

AE proposes to sell its Fayette interest, but it may not fly

BY MIKE KANIN

City Council: 'All Free Men ... Have Equal Rights'

Gay rights, public school finance, cab franchises, endangered species, and more

BY MICHAEL KING

SXSW Eco Adds Some Star Power

Jessica Alba joins the lineup

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Early Warning: The Lege Is Coming!

The Trib Fest previews the next Lege, and it ain't necessarily pretty

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report: Life Is Beautiful in MittWorld

In which Mitt Romney lives in fairy land

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Culinary Networker Extraordinaire

Cooking with a message: community, diversity, ambition

Feed Your Belly and Your Brain!

SXSW Eco preview: Food & Agriculture

BY JESSI CAPE

Food-o-File

Barbecue nirvana at this year's 'Texas Monthly' fest

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

Sept. 28-Oct. 4

Food Reviews

Salty Sow

Successful restaurateur duo strike again
music

If I Had My Way

Guitar hero Evan Johns lives!

BY MICHAEL CORCORAN

Playback: HAAM-er Time

Being a musician doesn't always come with a choice, and rarely includes health insurance, so HAAM Benefit Day remains paramount

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Texas Platters

Balmorhea

Stranger

Bavu Blakes, Phranchyze, Kydd Jones, Cory Kendrix

Sanct Ep, Phranye West, The Righteous EP, Free Beer

Tomás Ramírez

Tres

Vallejo

Brothers Brew

Pong

Live at the Continental

Lymbyc Systym

Symbolyst
screens

aGLIFF Sheds Its Skin

Introducing the Polari Film Festival

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Fantastic Fest 2012 Awards

Big winners include 'I Declare War,' 'Flicker,' and 'Vanishing Waves' Interviews (Rian Johnson! Karl Urban!), reviews, and photo galleries galore

Fatalistic Filmmaking

Alex Karpovsky hits the road to find the comedy behind his anxiety

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Film Reviews

Bachelorette

This comedy about four female friends on the eve of one’s nuptials is at times dangerously funny.

Dredd

Rebooted, and in 3-D.

Hello I Must Be Going

The marvelous Melanie Lynskey, for once, gets the starring role in this movie about a woman who gets blindsided by divorce.

Hotel Transylvania

There's no need to put a stake in the heart of this animated film full of familiar monsters; it's already deadly dull.

House at the End of the Street

This scary-house movie starring Jennifer Lawrence is a strictly middling nonshocker.

Liberal Arts

When a Manhattanite returns for a visit to his old liberal arts college, he falls hard for a student 15 years his junior.

Looper

Crackerjack thrills, time travel, violence, humor, and action: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis are characters who share the same morally conflicted core.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

This film adaptation of the bestselling, much-loved YA novel about young social outcasts finding their way is marred by its its sunny optimism.

Pitch Perfect

Despite the cookie-cutter dysfunction seen in this college girls' a cappella group, this film film can be a lot of fun.

Won't Back Down

Two mad-as-hell mamas take back their public school from the bureaucrats and unions that seemingly enforce the status quo.
arts & culture

'Facing East 2012: A Retrospective'

DiverseArts' series capturing 48 hours in the life of East Austin takes a look in the rearview

BY ROBERT FAIRES

All Over Creation: When the Truth Hurts

After suffering through a friend's lousy show, is honesty the best policy?

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Just Outside Redemption

For celebrating one of the rare wins in hate crimes legislation in Texas, this play is worthy

Middletown

Everything you expect from a Hyde Park Theatre production and not what you expect at all

Tom Huck: 'Hillbilly Kama Sutra'

Raise a jug of moonshine to printmaker Huck for his exquisite care in depicting backwoods redneck sex
columns

Oops!

After a Fashion: Happy 60th

Your Style Avatar occasionally must offer a mea culpa. Get in line ...

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

We are coming down from Pride and amping back up for ESHHH

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Get lost in the Barton Hill Farms corn maze

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: The Iron Fist of Fashion

In Austin, fashion is based on the following question: Will I sweat in it?

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Hornucopia

Vinceable: Can this really be the end for VY?

BY MICHAEL CORCORAN

Soccer Watch

UT opens Big 12 play with two road wins, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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