April 6, 2007

Volume 26, Number 31

news

Developing Stories: Private Projects, Public Benefits

Could developers become Austin's new benefactors?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

No Concord for Northcross?

RG4N directs its ire at the city manager's office

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

After the (SXSW) Party: Where's the Fire?

Party shutdowns unleash backlash against SXSW

BY JORDAN SMITH

Kealing: Equal but Separate Plans

Parents of magnet and comprehensive program students have differing visions for Eastside middle school

BY JUSTIN WARD

Naked City

Point Austin: Hold That Bus!

New labor deal proposed for Cap Metro waits for willing riders

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

City Council is showing classic old reruns this week

BY WELLS DUNBAR

On the Lege: Itty Bitty Steps

Minority Dems savor a few budget victories, and other news from the Capitol

BY AMY SMITH

Reefer Madness

Anti-drug congressman turns pro-medipot lobbyist

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Family Values, and Inescapable TV Ads

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

New & Noteworthy

Full Quiver Farms Farmstead Cheese

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-o-file

Young couples keeping CSA fresh; plus, openings around town

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

April 5-13

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Chez Gladys

At first, Lebanese emigrant Gladys Naufal shared her authentic home-style Middle Eastern dishes with family and friends

The Woodland

Opened in the waning hours of 2006, it's housed in the site formerly occupied by the restaurant 7. And Lamberts. And Liberty Pie.

Dog Almighty

Born of a few dirty-water carts at Second and Congress, it now boasts three locations
music

Amber Current Flowing From My Mind

Drowning Johnny Bush's spasmodic dysphonia in a "Whiskey River"

BY JIM CALIGIURI

TCB

Here comes trouble with Attack Formation, Peel, Waterloo Records' silver anniversary, and a Brown Whörnet beat down

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price

Last of the Breed

Dale Watson

From the Cradle to the Grave

Bonfire of Roadmaps

Joe Ely

Billy Joe Shaver, David Ball, Dickie Lee Erwin, Chip Taylor

Greatest Hits, Heartaches by the Number, Poppin' Johnny, This Side of the Big River

the Laughing

Tiger Cry

Jana Hunter

There's No Home

Grady

A Cold Cup of Poison

Devin the Dude

Waitin' to Inhale
screens

GRINDHOUSE

The Cinema of Possibilities

Low budget or big, the energy and imagination of the grind-house circuit is reborn in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's tribute

BY LOUIS BLACK

Carpenter's Apprentice

Robert Rodriguez on "Planet Terror"

BY MARC SAVLOV

Austin Film Society Documentary Tour

Fish Kill Flea

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

TV Eye

War and Remembrance: Part II

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Grindhouse

Grindhouse, which was filmed in Austin, raises the bar for movie showmanship and the theatregoing experience.

The Hoax

Playing the con artist Clifford Irving, who notoriously forged the autobiography of Howard Hughes, Richard Gere has one of the best roles of his career.

Meet the Robinsons

While Disney’s latest animated feature might not be a sign of the apocalypse, it’s at least a sign that Disney needs to find some decent writers.

Nomad

This historical sword-and-sandals epic is set in 18th century Kazakhstan.

Puccini for Beginners

A lesbian on the rebound falls for both a guy and a gal in this rom-com with roots in old Hollywood screwball comedies.

The Reaping

Pardon the pun, but audiences will reap little from this satanic backwoods juju thriller.
arts & culture

The Laboratory of Playmaking

Artists from different realms join forces to concoct new strains of performance in UT's New Works Festival

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Playing of the Shrew

Ballerina Allysin Paino reveals more about taming Kate for Ballet Austin's 'Shrew'

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Ruth Denney: In Memoriam

Ruth Denney, one of the most influential arts educators that Texas ever knew, died March 26, little more than a week before her 93rd birthday

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Shakespeare Festival: Playing in a theatrical mecca

A dream comes true for the Austin Shakespeare Festival when it gets to perform the Bard's As You Like It in Richard Garriott's replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

BY BARRY PINEO

Arts Reviews

My Child, My Child, My Alien Child

My Child, My Child, My Alien Child reveals poet-performer Zell Miller III in Richard Pryor mode, spinning tales of fatherhood in richly comic, broadly accessible style

'Texas Biennial, Okay Mountain'

The 2007 Texas Biennial exhibition at Okay Mountain generates color and a communal spirit while raising questions about festivalism and appropriating sources

'Texas Biennial, Site 1808'

The 2007 Texas Biennial exhibition at Site 1808 boasts strong outdoor artwork, but the use of PODS didn't quite realize its potential
columns

Page Two: The Heroic and the Holy

Grindhouse squeezes transcendent kicks from a classic form

BY LOUIS BLACK

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After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar discovers Voxtrot

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The beautiful and peaceful Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Rio Grande City is steeped in history, religious and otherwise

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Houston screws down the Texas Two Step

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Tax return – can I get an extension?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

European Champions League quarterfinals highlight a busy week in soccer, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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