April 11, 2008

Volume 27, Number 32

ON THE COVER:
news

District Eternity

As Ronnie Earle steps down, he looks back on his life's work

BY MICHAEL KING AND JORDAN SMITH

ELECTION

Lehmberg Delivers TKO in Final Round

Lehmberg wins by a mile

BY JORDAN SMITH

Surprise Win in Railroad Commission Race

The also-ran won the race

BY AMY SMITH

Daniel Takes District 52

Dee Hobbs outspent and outvoted in Republican primary run-off

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

April 8 Run-off Results

Pat Forgione's Last Sales Job

AISD spins the wheel on bond election

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Did Campaign Ad Cross the Line?

Ah, the finer print of election laws

BY LEE NICHOLS

Upcoming Candidate Forums

Spend an hour researching the candidates

Hundreds of Children Removed From FLDS Compound

State officials descend on West Texas polygamist sect after allegations of abuse

BY JORDAN SMITH

Where's the Streetcar?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Pet Sterilization Dogs City and Retailer

Hey, kitten, wanna get spayed?

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Point Austin: Dude, Let's Go Bowling

You can tell a lot about newspapers by what they don't cover

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

Council OKs permanent housing for homeless you need a car to access

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Tony Mazzocchi; and Read the Fine Print

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves ... and Austin, Too!

The Austin chapter of Les Dames D'Escoffier is fulling its mission to create a supportive culture in its community to achieve excellence in food, beverage, and hospitality professions

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival's Sunday Fair

This favorite family-friendly outdoor food party will be staged on the beautiful grounds of San Gabriel Park in Georgetown, rain or shine

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

The Return of Kate MacMurray

Remembering her father with film, food, and wine

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Out with the old and in with the new: Longtime Statesman food editor retires, and local restaurants are boosting their new seasonal menus

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

April 11-13

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Musicophilia

ASH's (unofficial) specialty services now include Austin's prime resource

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Mohawk welcomes Red River Flats to the neighborhood, Ego's sings karaoke, and a tribute to pianist Doug Hall

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

James McMurtry

Just Us Kids

Bruce Hughes

Shorty

Southern Drama, Maggie Walters, Aimee Bobruk

Little Broken, Midwestern Hurricane, The Safety Match Journal

Jo Carol Pierce

Dog of Love

3 Balls of Fire

Jet Set Guitars

Jad & Nao

Half Monster

Joe Ely & Joel Guzman

Live Cactus!

Marcia Ball

Peace, Love & BBQ

Robin Ludwick

Too Much Desire

Two Timin' Four

Dark Before the Dawn

Mice & Rifles

Beginner's Luck

Pataphysics

Take a Look out Your Window

Palm School Choir

Gold

Afrofreque

Fresh Soul Frequencies

Kriminals

The Games We Play

Ray Reed

Where the Trinity Runs Free

Black Earth

That's Right. We're Goin' Ballz Deep

Whitman

Torch Songs

Horse Operas!

This Is an E.P.

Mission Giant

Golden Triangle

Alpha Rev

The Greatest Thing I've Ever Learned

Scott Reynolds & the Steaming Beast

Adventure Boy
screens

Sparkle and Shine

Stephen Moser remembers Valley of the Dolls with something between a smirk and a smile

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

CINE LAS AMERICAS

The Audacity of Promoting Necessary Cinema

Previewing Cine las Americas 2008

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Papa Brasilia

Nelson Pereira dos Santos Retrospective

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Cine las Americas Previews

Film News

Jennifer Aniston eyes Texas

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

This Con's for You

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Backseat

Two buddies take a road trip to Montreal in this shaggy dog tale that was an Austin Film Festival Audience Award winner.

CJ7

Known for his manic comedic style, Chinese filmmaker Stephen Chow tries his hand at a kids movie, but sadly, the result is a cutesy and sentimental story we've seen dozens of times before.

The Counterfeiters

Winner of this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Film, this brisk Austrian film uncovers the moral choices faced by WWII concentration-camp victims selected to work on the Nazi effort to create bogus currency.

The Ruins

Four friends on a Mexican vacation discover something evil among the Mayan ruins.

Sex and Death 101

This serial-killer comedy, which screened during Fantastic Fest, is a self-indulgent, snarky, scattershot affair.

Smart People

Smart people, dumb choices: It's true for both the characters and the filmmakers in this acerbic comedy that stars Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, and Ellen Page.

U Me Aur Hum

The director and co-writer also stars in this new Bollywood film about a love that grows deeper over time.
arts & culture

That Was Then; This Is Now

The latest version of 'New Art in Austin' shows how much has changed in three years

BY SALVADOR CASTILLO

UT Department of Theatre & Dance: Gotta sing! Gotta dance!

The new Musical Theatre Pilot Project aims to prepare UT undergrads for belting for Broadway

BY BARRY PINEO

Art City Austin: Everything old is new again

The annual art fair once known as Fiesta and the Austin Fine Arts Festival makes its debut after reinventing itself

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

Margo Sawyer colors a Houston park, the 2009 Texas Biennial calls for entries, and prizes for a playwright and a scenic artist

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Method Gun

The Rude Mechs' latest pays at times comic, at times touching tribute to the strange craft of acting and its practitioners

Key Changes

Austin Script Works' 10th festival of 10-minute plays by member writers is, as always, a mixed bag but fun

Call to Color: Cult of Color

The ballet based on Trenton Doyle Hancock's art may be problematic thematically, but it's still an enthralling experience
columns

Page Two: Righting Wrongs

A position checklist of pragmatic politics

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters @ 3AM

Snippets of conversations about movies from the Filmcraft collection

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen rents a duster and gets down with the nouveaus and old-veaus in H-Town

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Playing Through

Tiger Woods is to golf what Shakespeare is to theatre

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Day Trips

The South Llano River State Park has something for just about everybody

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

The word ‘banzai’ means ‘10,000 years,’ literally; Jessica Simpson wears socks for good luck; and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Nuts and Bolts of Filing Your Tax Return

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

State high school championships, Man U goes for a double, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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