Aug. 23, 2013

Volume 32, Number 52

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features

BACK 2 COOL

Back 2 Cool Reunion

We return to the Griffin School, 11 years later to see what the new school year will bring

BY KATE X MESSER

Sharpening More Than Just Pencils

Sometimes 'Back to School' means way more than Trapper Keepers and book bags

BY JORDAN GASS-POORÉ

news

The Egg & I

How an experimental treatment for major depression introduced me to the medical magnet and the return of 'energetic' medicine

BY GREG HARMAN

Point Austin: Finding the Right Ratio

Budget debate considers best approach to police staffing

BY MICHAEL KING

Then There's This: Even More Reason to Buy Local

City may restore funding that was cut to indie business group

BY AMY SMITH

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Much Heat, Some Light at Forum on APD Shooting

APD Chief Art Acevedo comes under sharp questioning at town hall forum

BY MICHAEL KING

Peaceful Streets Summit: Avoiding Vertical Video Syndrome

Police watcher summit spills lots of rhetorical blood but little in the way of achievable action

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

City Budget: Open Season on 'Vacancies'

Council has little thirst for raising property taxes

BY MICHAEL KING

Council: Google Fiber, Music, Monuments, and More

CMs take on high speed Internet, but don't expect a quick meeting

BY AMY SMITH

City Deflates Tube Business After Blowup

Code Compliance shuts down Eastside Tubes' walkway

BY ELIZABETH PAGANO

Windmill State of Mind

A Q&A with the authors of a new book on the story behind Texas wind power

BY NORA ANKRUM

Special Prosecutor Named to Probe Perry's PIU Motives

Attorney Michael McCrum has worked both sides of the legal arena in white-collar crime cases

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Renegade Regent

House committee investigates claims that Wallace Hall abused his office

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Wal-Mart Clan Buys Tex-Mex Site

BY AMY SMITH

The Hightower Report

Militarizing America's police forces

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

2013 AUSTIN CHRONICLE HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL

Salsa Town

Meet Austin's civic leaders in mouth burn

Scott Willis Wants to Be the Tito of Tequila

Sipping tequila with the spirited founder of 512

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-O-File

Dai Due sets up shop on Manor Rd., and thumbs up for A-OK Chinese

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Events

Aug. 23-29

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Fusion Confusion at La Mancha Tex-Mex Tavern

But the quest for a great plate of food is no impossible dream
music

Reservoir Dogs

Churchwood's Beefheart blues

BY MARGARET MOSER

Playback

Austin Music People wants to meet up

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Texas Platters

A magnificent seven Texas Platters
screens

Back to 'School of Rock'

Get schooled on the film by Mike White, Jack Black, and Richard Linklater in time for its 10th anniversary

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Better Than OK 'Computer'

Andrew Bujalski's 'Computer Chess' is an unlikely winner

BY DAN SOLOMON

Another Dimension

UT3D program launches this fall

BY JOEY KEETON

Dropbox Like It's Hot

The data storage giant is opening its second U.S. office in town later this year

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Film Reviews

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

A hardscrabble, heartbreaking, love-and-death affair is gorgeously captured in David Lowery's Texas feature.

Computer Chess

Andrew Bujalski’s Austin-made film is a boldly original, black-and-white portrait of computer culture in the early Eighties.

In a World …

Lake Bell wrote, directed, and stars in this ambitious comedy about about a female voiceover artist trying to make it in Hollywood.

Jobs

Ashton Kutcher plays Apple visionary Steve Jobs in this unrevealing biopic.

Madras Cafe

Political spy thriller from India.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Paranoia

This techno-thriller starring Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, and Gary Oldman arrives inert.

The World's End

Twelve pints in 12 pubs – what could go wrong for the Shaun of the Dead gang?

You're Next

What begins on a familiar slasher/home-invasion note quickly escalates into a hellishly suspenseful, take-zero-prisoners affair.
arts & culture

Improv-Educated

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival makes more room for Austin's increasingly savvy audiences

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Om Shanti – Once Upon a Time in Bollywood'

The cinematic musicals of India dance their way onto the stage in Austin

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Studio Visits: Isabella Bur

Talk of doughnuts, divorce, and departures in a borrowed studio space

BY ANDY CAMPBELL

Arts Reviews

Zeus in Therapy

Tutto Theatre's stage adaptation of Douglass Stott Parker's poetry is less a play than a cool presentation of poems

The Motherfucker With the Hat

A German Requiem

Texas Choral Consort's performance proved how strikingly different Brahms' Requiem is and how compassionate
columns

Letters at 3AM: Just Since April

Secret surveillance efforts fly in the face of our Constitution

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

Gay Place: Big Top

See you at the Circus – in your red tutu, we hope

BY KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

How the chicken-fried steak was invented in Lamesa, Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: An Unhappy Spirit

It's not easy to get a hippie in-law to stay at a hotel

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

Maakies

BY TONY MILLIONAIRE

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

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