March 30, 2007

Volume 26, Number 30

ON THE COVER:
news

A Whacked-Out System

Inmate's lawsuit focuses on secret and unreasonable Texas paroles

BY JORDAN SMITH

Developing Stories: Concord – At Last

Up from the muck at Concordia

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

State Representative: Let's Hang the Artist!

Borris Miles decides he is the arbiter of taste and free speech at the Capitol.

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

WilCo Budget War Goes to Appeals Court

Constable, county at odds over timing and legality of funding cuts

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Naked City

On the Lege: Budget Rollout

The budget battle begins at the Capitol

BY AMY SMITH

Reefer Madness: A Modest Proposal

Houston Rep. Harold Dutton offers up Legislation for downgrading criminal penalties associated with possession of small amounts of pot

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: One Step Forward

To leave Iraq is a political journey

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside The Point

Concordia pushes council to the limit

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Stand Up To War; and Ignoring Paris

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

In Good Taste

The Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival and the value of terroir

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Eat, Drink, Laugh, and Learn With Kate MacMurray

With Kate MacMurray

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

What's cooking in the Central Texas food scene.

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

March 30-April 5

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Dueling Banjos

Is old-time music Austin's next big thing?

BY MARK RUBIN

TCB

Permits, or lack thereof, cause a huge to-do between FactoryPeople, SXSW, and various city agencies, while musicians spin some hot-rod yarns and the King of Sixth Street abdicates his throne

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases & Stages

King of Leon

Because of the Times

Trio Mediaeval

Live Shot

Charlie Louvin

Charlie Louvin

Nas

Hip Hop Is Dead

Air

Pocket Symphony

Teo Leo & the Pharmacists

Living With the Living

various artisits

Radio On

Neil Young

Live at Massey Hall
screens

Safe Cracking

Longtime screenwriter and first-time director Scott Frank on The Lookout

BY DARCIE STEVENS

AFS Essential Cinema

Spaces Between Realities: The Films of Michael Haneke

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Film News

More on the original Alamo Drafthouse's big move; plus, will a $40,000 incentive be enough to keep the Lights on in Austin?

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

War and remembrance: Part I

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Blades of Glory

This ice-skating comedy demonstrates that just because Will Ferrell is game for anything that might draw a laugh, it doesn't mean he should follow through with every idea that comes his way.

The Hills Have Eyes II

This sequel to last year’s remake is as witless and simpleminded as the irradiated humanoids that serve as the franchise’s bad guys.

The Lookout

The Lookout, an odd caper story, marks Scott Frank’s directorial debut after years of working as a screenwriter on movies like Get Shorty and Out of Sight.

The Namesake

Mira Nair's complex meditation on family, relationships, and identity traces the saga of two generations of an Indian-American family, as outlined in Jhumpa Lahiri's bestselling novel.

The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair

Documentary from the filmmakers who made Gunner Palace details the story of Yunis Abbas, an Iraqi journalist falsely detained for nine months at Abu Ghraib.
arts & culture

Larger Than Life

The late Luis Jiménez created art on a grand scale – and lived life that way, too

BY ROBERT FAIRES

UT Chamber Singers/Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble: Vox Americana redux

American choral music earns more big love in 2007 with back-to-back concerts of American vocal works by the UT Chamber Singers and the Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Texas Medal of Arts Awards: The stars at night are big and bright ...

Stars fall on Austin April 3 as the Texas Cultural Trust Council hands out its annual Texas Medal of Arts Awards to some of the Lone Star State's greatest cultural heroes

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts: School of rock

For the second time in two years, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts – a true school of rock – will be auditioning students in Austin

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Two Austin choreographers take over New York's Ballet Builders, two new pieces of Austin public art get dedicated at once, and Arts on Real blows out four candles on the cake

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

La Víctima

The passionate revival of the 30-year-old Chicano Movement classic La Víctima has to be Teatro Vivo's strongest production to date

'2007 Texas Biennial, Butridge Gallery'

The Chronicle's visual-arts writers review the second Texas Biennial in dialogue and find the work at the Dougherty Arts Center to be diverse but presented awkwardly
columns

Page Two: SXSW Is for Lovers

Looking for clarity in the hate-intoxicated haze

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Our latest batch

Letters at 3AM

People in the small towns of the West and Midwest are watching their communities, and their way of life, shrivel and die.

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen takes issue with "guys"...

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Independence Coffee Company handcrafts its coffee the old-fashioned way – one small batch at a time

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Getting married – what about a prenup?

BY MEGHAN GRIFFITHS

Luv Doc Recommends: Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival

MLK & Congress, Saturday, March 31, 2007

BY THE LUV DOC

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Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

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