Feb. 23, 2007

Volume 26, Number 25

ON THE COVER:
news

To the Lighthouse

After 20 years, WTP4 returns to a still unanswered question: Do we need it?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

TPCN Flack Attack: No Nutritional Content

Tax-funded anti-abortion group uses PR campaign to smear Chronicle, rather than truly responding to our story

BY JORDAN SMITH

Naked City

Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond

Point Austin: The Lege Provides

"Alternatives" to health care

BY MICHAEL KING

Developing Stories

The Concordia redevelopment highlights the need for the city to do more than plan from the dais

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Council Watch

"Planned Unit Development" doesn't necessarily imply responsible planning.

BY WELLS DUNBAR

On the Lege

Austin Rep. Elliott Naishtat is leading charges to protect both seniors and children this session

BY AMY SMITH

Reefer Madness

Judge supports bid to grow research pot

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Jennifer and the Pork Board; and Women of Wal-Mart Fight Discrimination

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

As Many Culinary Influences as Islands

Austin's Philippine "turo-turo" uprising

BY MICK VANN

Food-o-File

And the Academy Award for best brownie goes to ... Mary Louise Butters!

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Memories of Philippine Kitchens

Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan

Fine Filipino Food

Karen Hulene Bartell
music

The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades

Timbuk 3's Barbara Kooyman looks to a brighter future with Texamericana.org

BY MARGARET MOSER

Come Together!

SXSW 07 International Bands Supplement

TCB

UK grime dirties up Red River, Explosions in the Sky take to the airwaves, and a local drummer makes his bid for "News of the Weird"'s Least Competent Criminals.

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

Explosions in the Sky

All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone

Michele Solberg, Suzanna Choffel, Lisa Richards, Greezy Wheels

Christopher House Songs, Shudders & Rings, Mad Mad Love, String Theory

Leatherbag

Nowhere Left to Run

Sparkle Motion

Sparkle Motion

Storyville

Live at Antones

Sleep Good

Far From the Sea

The Lovely Sparrows

Pulling up Floors, Pouring on (New) Paint

Sparrow House

Falls

Full Stride

Full Stride

Brent Fariss & Bill Thompson

August - September
screens

Just in Time for Nader '08

Henriette Mantel and Steve Skrovan on An Unreasonable Man

BY SHAWN BADGLEY

Ways to Spend Your Time and Money in the Next Couple of Weeks

Including the Animation Show, Oscar parties at the Alamo, and Third Coast Activist Research Night

BY MARC SAVLOV

'SXSW Presents'

Reel Shorts

TV Eye

The Black Donnellys knock off Studio 60

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Alfred HItchcock: The Early Years of the Master of Suspense

Lions Gate and StudioCanal have beaten Criterion to the punch with this intriguing if uneven collection

Film Reviews

Amazing Grace

Unfortunately, what makes British abolitionist William Wilberforce a great man is also what makes him dull: his single-minded righteousness.

The Astronaut Farmer

This note-perfect film by the Polish brothers almost could be a relic from another age, an inspirational drama about staying true to one’s dreams no matter the social, economic, or emotional cost.

Bridge to Terabithia

This excellent screen version of the Newbery-winning novel is not about fairies and enchanted forests but about kids who feel as though they don't fit in.

Factory Girl

Sienna Miller nails Edie Sedgwick's gamine naivete in this biopic, but the film feels far too pat for its own good.

Ghost Rider

The movie adds little to Marvel's source material, but to be fair, there wasn't a surfeit of originality in the comic book to begin with.

Starter for 10

This British coming-of-age drama and romantic comedy is fairly predictable, although the charming actors manage to keep the story’s characters just this side of stereotype and mediocrity.

Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls

Despite the fact that Tyler Perry relies on contrivances and sentimentality, he manages to spin a good yarn in the process.

An Unreasonable Man

This documentary is a far cry from the dry polemics one might expect from a survey of Ralph Nader's career as a consumer activist and political candidate.
arts & culture

Touched by Fire

For half a century, Ishmael Soto has used flame to transform copper, clay, and bronze into works of wonder

BY ROBERT FAIRES

ProArts/ACC: Keeping Boyd's dream alive

To honor a man whose name was synonymous with community, ProArts Collective and Austin Community College have jointly established the Boyd Vance Scholarship Fund

BY BARRY PINEO

Amparo Garcia-Crow: Write this way

Playwright and screenwriter Amparo Garcia-Crow appears to be on a roll, given the way her recent work has been garnering attention from coast to coast

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Bach Vocal Music: His wondrous way with the human voice, exhibits A and B

Bach is in the air most splendidly this week, in concerts by La Follia and UT's Chamber Singers that testify anew to the composer's magnificent way with the human voice

BY ROBERT FAIRES

365 Days/365 Plays: Week 15

The yearlong festival of plays by Suzan-Lori Parks continues with seven plays performed by the UT Players

Arts Reviews

Macbeth

In the Mary Moody Northen Theatre production of Macbeth, the famously ambitious duo who murders its way to the top might well be the friendly couple next door

La Dispute

The funny lead performances in Capital T Theatre's La Dispute, combined with Mark Pickell's manic, energetic staging, provide an hour that's as light as a feather and just as beautiful

'The Sirens' Song'

Arthouse's exhibition "The Sirens' Song" is seductive, luring viewers with artworks that hint at storylines and inviting them to make plot from paint
columns

Page Two: Sugar or Salt?

Severed heads, barbecue, and SXSW

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

This week, Stephen manages to connect Barbara K, the Shangri-Las, and Joey Buttafuoco. Go figure.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Cookin' good with Ho Chi Minh and rappin' with the birds

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Family and Medical Leave Act – Do I Qualify?

BY VANESSA GONZALEZ

Day Trips

Harrold's Model Train Museum in Tyler is the greatest collection of model trains in the state

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

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sports

Soccer Watch

Champions League round of 16 kicks off, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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