March 28, 2008

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Summer Camp Guide 2008

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CONGRESS FOR THE NEW URBANISM

City Shaper

Beloved – and snubbed – at home, Sinclair Black to be nationally honored for lifetime achievement

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

New Urbanism and the Booming Metropolis

Austin welcomes the Congress for the New Urbanism XVI

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Naked City

Unveiling WebberVilla Muse!

Austin, Webberville leaders find common ground in "VillaVille"

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER AND WELLS DUNBAR

Growing Pains Hit West Campus

Area's utilities systems weren't built to support rapid development taking place

BY ANDREA GRIMES

Appeals Court Weighs Plea to 'Correct Miscarriage of Justice'

Rodney Reed's fate goes to Criminal Appeals

BY JORDAN SMITH

Can Austin Meet New Air Rules? Don't Hold Your Breath.

Onward through the smog

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

'Chronicle' Endorsements, Travis County Early Voting

Democratic Primary Run-offs

Beside the Point

Pollen count moves up as sales-tax receipts slide

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Point Austin: Poor Rich's Almanac

Three cheers for Oppel's Statesman

BY MICHAEL KING

The Hightower Report

Come On, Congress, Get Some Gumption; and No Punishment for Exxon Malfeasance?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Lulu B's Vietnamese Sandwiches

The French colonization of Vietnam gave birth to a delicious fusion on bread

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Gourmet on the Go

St. Dalfour's premade meals in a can are perfect when you're on the run

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Texas finalists in the Gallo Family Vineyards Gold Medal Awards, the Loft Bar at Finn & Porter debuts new menu, another Lamberts, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

March 27-April 5

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

music

We Come From the Land of the Ice and Snow

Sword drummer Trivett Wingo hammers out an appreciation of Led Zeppelin III

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

A prostitute-turned-pop-star exposes her Austin roots; Voxtrot readies for round two; and Rock City Icehouse goes to 11

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Van Morrison

Keep It Simple

The Black Crowes

Warpaint

Widespread Panic

Free Somehow

Be Your Own Pet

Get Awkward

Donita Sparks & the Stellar Moments

Transmiticate

She & Him

Volume One

These United States

A Picture of the Three of Us at the Gate to the Garden of Eden

The Miles Davis Reader

Frank Alkyer

Snoop Dogg, Del the Funky Homosapien, Pete Rock

Ego Trippin', Eleventh Hour, NY's Finest
screens

Back in Action

After a moviemaking hiatus, writer/director Kimberly Peirce returns to screen with Stop-Loss

BY CLAY SMITH

On the Road, From San Fran to Taipei

Two new film series globe-hop and bebop

Film News

Austin's hopping again, with TV and film projects set to shoot soon; plus, Smithville's got a Poop Bandit

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

If you're someone who doesn't snicker at the tight, flashy outfits and the flying-saucer-sized sombreros, then you will appreciate Compañeras, about the first all-female mariachi band in the U.S.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

The Ice Storm

Revisiting Ang Lee's The Ice Storm and its survey of the moral dissolution of American life through the Nixon era

Film Reviews

Married Life

This film's wonderful, amoral resignation makes Married Life so deliciously different from other period-set crime stories, and its terrific cast keeps thing percolating.

Run Fatboy Run

Funnyman Simon Pegg stars in this soft and plodgy rom-com: Sadly, this by-the-numbers redemption tale careens uncomfortably from sentimentality to stomach-turning sight gags.

Shutter

Shutter is a shabby American remake of a Thai movie about a couple who sees mysterious images in photographs.

Stop-Loss

A real-world fuse burns throughout the military drama of Stop-Loss, the Austin-lensed film by Boys Don't Cry's Kimberley Peirce that stars Ryan Phillippe.

21

Kevin Spacey plays Mephistopheles to a cadre of M.I.T. whiz kids, who do a better job of counting cards at the Vegas blackjack tables than counting their loot.

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns

Tyler Perry's latest feel-good drama about African-American family relationships scores its best casting with Angela Bassett in the lead, but otherwise falls prey to Perry's slipshod filmmaking technique.

The Unforeseen

Executive-produced by Robert Redford and Terrence Malick, Dunn's award-winning documentary looks at the history of Barton Springs, Gary Bradley's role in development issues, and the relationship of Austin's environmental activism to the world at large.
arts & culture

Who Is Stella Burden, and Why Are They Saying Those Terrible Things About Her?

When the Rude Mechs do a show about acting, they find madness in the Method

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Neon Exodus

For 22 years, the electrified mural on Fifth Street has been a local landmark, but now it's coming down

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

UT School of Music

Ernest and Sarah Butler make the largest-ever donation to a music school at a public university

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Matt & Ben'

This stage comedy is about just who you think it is, only the well-known guys are played by gals

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Brats of Clarence

The Bedlam Faction's latest is a wildly entertaining marriage of Shakespearean history and wacky, absurd humor

Troades

This new adaptation of The Trojan Women is fueled by an earnestness that is the show's blessing and its curse

Jess: To and From the Printed Page

The Ransom Center exhibition reminds us how the written word sparked a cultural revolution in the 1950s
columns

Letters at 3AM

Nations get into deep trouble by following inspirational leaders, left or right

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

It's easy to blush around hunky Cliff Redd

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

The Common Law

Alternative Options for Legal Help

BY LUKE ELLIS

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The first modern water bed, the last chance for witches and their friends to stir up trouble before spring, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Day Trips

Natural Bridge Caverns outside of New Braunfels has expanded their spelunking options with the new Illuminations Tour

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

The Texas men's basketball team is making a believer out of this doubting Thomas

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Big Austin Aztex announcement, U.S. thumps Poland, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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