May 4, 2007

Volume 26, Number 35

ON THE COVER:
news

Greenbacks for Green Space

City moves to make development pay more for parks

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Benzene Questions at Crestview Station

Benzene discovered in groundwater under portion of former Huntsman chemical-testing facility property, potential snag for Crestview Station developers

BY LEE NICHOLS

Primarily Primates: AG Folds on Apes

Lawyers representing warring factions in bitter dispute over operation of Hill Country primate sanctuary square off over conditions of settlement between attorney general and sanctuary's board and management

BY JORDAN SMITH

Red Ink on Second Street: Default or Confusion?

Something's fishy Downtown, and local retailers say it stinks

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Supremes to Hear Case of Mexican National on Death Row

Convicted and sentenced to death for 1993 gang rape and murder, Jose Medellin has argued his case should be overturned.

BY JORDAN SMITH

Supremes Examine Capital Punishment, Mental Illness

How mentally ill does a prisoner have to be in order to deem execution cruel and unusual punishment?

BY JORDAN SMITH

May 12 Special Election

The Chronicle endorsements

Naked City

On the Lege

Voter-ID bills protect voters ... by keeping them away from polls

BY AMY SMITH

Developing Stories

Why can't Jennifer Kim find a co-sponsor on council for a resolution to explore a public-private partnership for the redevelopment of Northcross Mall?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Point Austin: You Think Austin's Weird?

Consider the ballots beyond city limits

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

The dark storm of budget season looms on the horizon

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Stamping Out the Free Press; and Democracy v. ZIP Code 10021

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Finding God in the Gumbo

Once in the Ninth Ward and now in the Hill Country, the Smoking for Jesus Ministry serves up Real New Orleans Style fare with a side of spiritual nourishment

BY MM PACK

Digesting the Buffalo Gap Wine and Food Summit

What happened during a weekend in heaven

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Chocolate and the surprising tang of dill pickle popcorn: Need we say more?

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

May 3-10

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Mann's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Perhaps the friendliest barbecue joint in Austin

In Print

Disbrowe, Paula
music

The Pearl King

Formed through irritation, time, and friction, yet gorgeous, imperfect, and universally valued: Oliver Rajamani

BY DAVID LYNCH

TCB

The Backyard's parking quagmire, Chris Cornell outshines those other guys, and more

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Texas Platters

Sly & the Family Stone

The Collection

Beaver Nelson

Exciting Opportunity

Jack Ingram

This Is It

Nathan Hamilton

Six Black Birds

Girl in a Coma

Both Before I'm Gone

various artists

KVRX Local Live Vol. 11:Assacre to Zookeeper

Book of Shadows

... And Then We All Woke Up

Ornette Coleman

To Whom Who Keeps a Record

Pinetop Perkins

Born in the Honey:The Pinetop Perkins Story
screens

A Nerd in King Vidiot's Court (or in Uncle Rico's Van)

Jon Gries will not pull a "Tiffany-mall-tour-type thing" and act above the crowd at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown; he will enjoy Napoleon Dynamite and Joysticks along with you

BY CARSON BARKER

Spiro's Experiment

The Austin Film Society Documentary Tour: 10 Under 10 and Its First Five Years

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Crew Stories: Dan Eggleston

Dan Eggleston

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Healing power

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Civic Duty

The line separating civic duty from vigilantism is the focus of this paranoid thriller set squarely in the new age of terrorism.

The Invisible

This thriller directed by David S. Goyer serves up teen angst with its supernatural thrills.

Kickin' It Old Skool

Jamie Kennedy wakes up after a breakdancing injury put him in a coma 20 years ago. That's when this film's real trauma begins.

Next

Nicolas Cage plays a man who can see into the future – a talent the FBI wants to put to use capturing terrorists.

Spider-Man 3

When cascading through the cityscape, Spider-Man 3 still makes us gasp with delight, but on Earth those gasps come solely in reaction to the cynical dreariness of the script.

The TV Set

David Duchovny and Sigourney Weaver star in this dyspeptic drama about the work of creating television shows.
arts & culture

Water This Cottage Industry

Shopping at Handmade Austin Women's spring show is a good way to keep our cool local craft scene blooming

BY RACHEL KOPER

C. Denby Swanson: A play for Clifford

Austin playwright C. Denby Swanson has received a prestigious national grant to develop a play based on the life of Clifford Antone with the Zachary Scott Theatre Center

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Free Comic Book Day: Hey kids! Free books with words and pictures!

Free Comic Book Day, which began with the opening of the first Spider-Man film, has been so successful for the comics industry that it's still here for Spidey's second sequel

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Playwrights @ UT: An Edgar for Dietz, a Wendy for Ramsey

It was a good week for playwrights at UT as a student received a new prize for young women dramatists and a faculty member earned an honor from the Mystery Writers of America

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Shakespeare Festival: Raising the Curtain for ASF

The Austin Shakespeare Festival has been invited by gaming guru Richard Garriott to perform regularly at the Curtain, his scaled-down replica of the Globe Theatre

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'American Fiesta': New York not quite bowled over

Steven Tomlinson's American Fiesta made its Big Apple debut at the Vineyard Theatre on April 25, and the response from New York critics was less than ecstatic

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Moonlight and Magnolias

With its quick tempo, rapid-fire jokes, and backstage look at Gone With the Wind, Austin Playhouse's Moonlight and Magnolias is accessible, short, and extremely entertaining theatre

Steel Magnolias

Thanks to an ensemble of fine actresses, Austin Playhouse's new production of Steel Magnolias is a breath of fresh Louisiana air
columns

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After a Fashion

Austin is graced by the sexy people, old and young

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Boca Chica Beach might be the most unspoiled public beach on the Texas coast

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Sexy table legs and not-so Puritans

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Teenage workers – can my 14-year-old work?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Arena Rock

Wranglers share hot dogs and tax brackets with their fans

BY JEREMY MARTIN

Soccer Watch

Debate over the player of the year, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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