May 11, 2007

Volume 26, Number 36

ON THE COVER:
news

Walking the Lege

With two weeks left, the 80th runs into foul weather

BY AMY SMITH

TYC: Will the Lege Drain the Gulag?

State government starts long, protracted, and expensive era of oversight, litigation, and structural changes to discredited agency

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Cool City: Acting Locally, Cooling Globally

The Austin Climate Protection Plan takes form

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

T. Don Hutto: Homeland Security Bars U.N. Inspector

Homeland Security clangs detention center's door shut on U.N. investigator Jorge Bustamante

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

QSA Builds Voice at UT

Queer Students Alliance gains clout, solidifies on-campus legitimacy

BY KATE GETTY

May 12 Special Election

The Chronicle endorsements

Naked City

Point Austin: Impeach the War

Kucinich's formal move against Cheney one more political weapon

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Going where no analogy has gone before ...

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Developing Stories

City plans ahead for sustainable funding of Austin's new flagship Downtown library

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Reefer Madness: North Dakota Hemp Heads Toward Federal Showdown

State's farmers stuck in web of federal bureaucracy

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

More Corporate War Against Workers; and Slamming the Door on Iraqi Refugees

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Kick the Can and Bag the Bag

A guide to preparing homemade pet food

BY FRAN MOODY

Bocaditos

Bark for Peace Organic Vegan Dog Treats

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-o-File

Remembering Cheers the German shepherd as well as Natural Insect Repellents for Pets, People, and Plants

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

May 11-20

Food Reviews

music

Collective Wisdom

The Tonewheel Collective spins off Austin's indie scene of tomorrow

BY DOUG FREEMAN

TCB

Stories from the Ritz's punk heyday and a former Adult now on tour with Kelly Clarkson, and the 2007 ACL Fest sounds just like Tom Thumb's blues

BY CHRISTOPHER GRAY

Phases and Stages

Bjork, Tori Amos

Volta, American Doll Posse

Elliott Smith

New Moon

Tim Buckley

My Fleeting House

Patti Smith

Twelve

the Saints

Imperious Delirium

Nine Inch Nails

Year Zero

Arctic Monkeys

Favourite Worst Nightmare
screens

In the Mood for a MomRomCom?

The Alamo Drafthouse is serving up It Happened One Night and Sabrina for Mother's Day

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

If You Attend One Unconference This Summer ...

PodCamp San Antonio, May 19

BY MARRIT INGMAN

Film News

Incentives in the Senate: Does Steve Ogden want to censor filmmakers shooting in Texas?

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

News From the Front

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Film Reviews

Georgia Rule

Despite the presence of three acting powerhouses – Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman, and Lindsay Lohan – this movie about three generations of "difficult" women never rings true.

Lucky You

This romantic drama is set against a Las Vegas background and stars Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore, but it rolls snake eyes all the way.

The Other Conquest

This amazing-looking Mexican epic is a work of historic fiction by a first-time filmmaker, and focuses on the aftermath of the takeover in 1519 of the Aztec empire by Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortés.

28 Weeks Later

This continuing story of a populace that fears infection from a "rage virus," forges ahead with panic-paced sequences of graphic, random violence.

Waitress

Despite a storyline that involves an unplanned pregnancy, various affairs, spousal abuse, maternal ambivalence, and food-service employment, Waitress is an optimistic comedy about getting past your mistakes and making the best of life.
arts & culture

Mr. Not So Frivolous

Wallace Shawn bares all about writing, why he does theatre, and that play with all the sex in it

BY SPENCER PARSONS

Long Center: Grand gift takes campaign over the top

The Long Center received $5 million from the Sybil B. Harrington Trust, which put the organization over its $77 million fundraising goal

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Art of the Pot: Art for your hands and mouth

Art of the Pot is bringing out the goods for its annual weekend studio tour and sale with work by 15 ceramic artists, each of whom bring something unique to the table

BY RACHEL KOPER

A Special Evening With Stephen Mills: With him, it's special all the time

As Ballet Austin presents a Special Evening With Stephen Mills, some of the artists from the ballet explain why they think their artistic director is a special guy

BY BARRY PINEO

Arts Reviews

Trash Anthems

Each of the seven short plays written by Dan Dietz in Shrewd Productions' Trash Anthems unfolds like a gift being opened, full of surprising scenarios and sympathetic characters

The Page and the Caterpillar

For years, Second Youth Family Theatre has set the standard for children's theatre in Austin, but its latest show, The Page and the Caterpillar, doesn't quite live up to that standard

'Over 21: Pages and Marginalia'

Oscar Gillespie's stunning and intricate prints, as exhibited at Slugfest Gallery, wouldn't be more compelling if they were printed in the artist's own blood
columns

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Our latest batch

Letters at 3AM

Freedom is beautiful and dangerous: That has been the theme of American writers since the beginning

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

This week, your Style Avatar sounds a bit like Homer in the Flaming Moe episode of The Simpson's: Mow, Mow, Mow, mow, mow

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Windy Hill Winery north of Brenham makes eight wines using locally grown grapes with good results

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

An old-school potato clock and a famous appendix on ice

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Can I see my employment personnel file?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Lightning home opener, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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