April 18, 2008

Volume 27, Number 33

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features

GREEN CRUSH!

Green Crush!

A random sampling of our enviro-faves

BY NORA ANKRUM

Head of the Class

Brandi Clark's groundbreaking works of staggering green-ness

BY KATHRYN O'SHIELDS

Rocking the Bottom Line

Chris Searles lays down the beat for a sustainable local economy

BY NORA ANKRUM

He's a Rebel!

The Rhizome Collective's Scott Kellogg

BY SOFIA RESNICK

Deliciously Ambitious

Progress Coffee's Joshua Bingaman

BY SOFIA RESNICK

Slumber Party!

Natalie Marquis brings the green to Habitat Suites

BY DARCIE STEVENS

Dream a Little Dream

Randy Jewart reaches for the sustainable culture stars

BY NORA ANKRUM

The Outdoorsy Type

Scott Johnson wants to see you with an electric lawn mower – and he's got the hookup

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Soul Train

Texas Impact's Bee Moorhead keeps the faith

BY NORA ANKRUM

So Many Crushes, So Little Time

More greenies to love

BY KATHRYN O'SHIELDS

news

CLIMATE PROTECTION

Cool Austin, Cool Planet

This Earth Day, the ambitious Austin Climate Protection Plan celebrates a first year of slow, quiet, but impressive progress

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Austin Climate Protection Plan Year One Highlights

A progress report on Austin's war on global warming

The Local Politics of Climate Protection

Q&A with Will Wynn on his efforts to fight global warming

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Retired Teachers Preach the Gospel of Green

Won't you be my green neighbor?

BY JAMES SCOTT BANKSTON

Where You Can Stick Your Styrofoam

Cycled Plastics takes those recyclables that nobody else wants

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Yogurt Shop Murder

New evidence could hobble state's murder case

BY JORDAN SMITH

Villa Muse

Villa Muse still weighing its options

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Election News

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Beside the Point

An election year brings out the best in River City politics

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

A CEO Perk for Perks; Why Not 'Drink Local'?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Opal's Goes Green

Owner Michael Parker does the right thing

BY WES MARSHALL

Gardens Build Community

The Sustainable Food Center digs community gardens

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-o-File

Four days of wining and dining with the best

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

April 18-20

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Gypsy Italian Bistro

New Italian bistro on Barton Springs Road restaurant row

Dim Sum at Chinatown

Some of Austin's best dim sum
music

OLD SETTLER'S MUSIC FESTIVAL

Sad Songs Say So Much

Old Settler's Fest headliner and soul survivor Bettye LaVette loves country but the bad old days not so much

BY THOMAS FAWCETT

Old Settler's Music Festival Preview

Bluebonnets and bluegrass: the Old Settler's Music Festival, still picking, still grinning

The Waybacks Reviewed

Loaded

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Bearfoot Reviewed

Follow Me

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Off the Record

Hayes Carll searches for Ooga Kabooga Juice, Alejandro Escovedo finds a friend in Houston, and introducing the lineup for the 2008 Austin City Limits Music Festival

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Vallejo

Thicker Than Water

Murdocks, Loxsly, Housewife, Cry Blood Apache

Roar!, Flashlights, Triangulation, Northern Travelers

George Strait

Troubadour

The Band of Heathens

The Band of Heathens

Thank You Friends: An Almost There Records Salute to Big Star

Thank You Friends: An Almost There Records Salute to Big Star

the Krayons

Hindsight is 20/20

What Made Milwaukee Famous

What Doesn't Kill Us

Diasporic

Mass Appeal
screens

The Serious Play in Saving the World

Gaming gets on the sustainability bandwagon

BY JON LEBKOWSKY

You Do It to Yourself, and That's What Really Hurts

Humans wreak havoc on Mother Earth, one disaster movie at a time

TV Eye

What to Watch on Earth Day

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Dark Matter

A Chinese student studying theoretical cosmology in the U.S. also has a lot of dark matter occupying his head, and not even the assistance of faculty wife Meryl Streep can prevent it from taking over.

The First Saturday in May

This documentary follows six horse trainers and their experiences on the 2006 trail to the Kentucky Derby.

The Forbidden Kingdom

There are plenty of comic moments and some seriously kickass fight scenes in this film that co-stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Freaks and Geeks alum Jason Segel stars in this new sex comedy from the Judd Apatow production factory.

Prom Night

A remake of the Eighties horror film in name only, Prom Night is a nearly bloodless slasher film with few surprises.

Street Kings

This new crime drama starring Keanu Reeves is directed by the screenwriter of Training Day and based on a story by crackerjack crime novelist James Ellroy.

Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?

Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me fame chases after the world's most wanted man and comes up empty but fulfilled.

Young@Heart

Even though this documentary about a choral group of lovable octogenarians whose perform songs by Sonic Youth and the Talking Heads sounds gimmicky, it is really about something to which we can all relate: our own mortality.

Zombie Strippers

The filmmakers score an A+ for the title of this tongue-in-cheek horror film that stars porn star Jenna Jameson and horror fixture Robert Englund, even though its best special effects come courtesy of breast implants.
arts & culture

Growing Pains

Rapidly expanding Austin Green Art works to sustain its mission and identity

BY NIKKI MOORE

Austin Lyric Opera: 'Carmen' glee-a

ALO makes its long-awaited move into the Long Center with opera's favorite libertine

BY MICHAEL KELLERMAN

In Memoriam: Francis Hodge

The man who wrote the book on directing plays and was an influential teacher at UT has passed on

BY ROBERT FAIRES

ProArts/ACC: A legendary deal where roads cross

The community college and community organization team again to tell the tale of bluesman Robert Johnson

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

On the Town

High spirits, drive, and lively interplay make this musical comedy a peppy peach of a show, a real swell treat

Assassins

The debut of UT's Musical Theatre Pilot Project is a visual treat, well performed, and with plenty of fun moments

Erin Cone: New Paintings

Cone's portraits of women, rendered as planes of color and shadow, are revelations of composition and rendering
columns

Page Two: Humanity in Its Habitat

As part of the natural world, we can be neither celebrated nor condemned

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

After a Fashion

There's always room at the inn for Stephen

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Odessa Meteor Crater is the site of a serious intergalactic impact

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

If one were to design an Olympic miler, 15-year-old Chelsey Sveinsson would be the result

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Panama hats originated in Ecuador, Winnie the Pooh's real name, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Every dog gets one bite?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

U.S. women beat Canada, high school state championships, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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