May 2, 2008

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Living Maya

Austin becomes a hotbed of past and future Maya knowledge

BY ROB D'AMICO

'Chronicle' Endorsements

May 10 municipal elections

BY THE CHRONICLE EDITORIAL BOARD

Place 1: Who's on first ... and who's paying for it?

Think Austin politics is weird? Here's the genuine article

BY LEE NICHOLS

Grading the Campaign Ads

These ads aren't exactly Super Bowl material

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Austin Interfaith Pins Down Candidates

Fight against poverty at top of agenda

BY LEE NICHOLS

Place 3: Sour grapes?

That depends on your definition of "developer"

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Billboard Battle Continues

Does keeping Austin scenic mean keeping the billboards right where they are?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Urban Coyotes: Meet the neighbors

Keeping coyotes at bay without messing with the ecosystem

BY MELISSA GASKILL

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Developing Stories: Council holds line on TODs and affordable housing

Council holds line on TODs and affordable housing

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Reefer Madness

The dope on Clinton, Obama, and McCain

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: The Way We Were

In Austin's politics of nostalgia, the truth is a frequent casualty

BY MICHAEL KING

Beside the Point

With shrinking sales tax receipts, so much for shopping ourselves outta recession

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Authorizing Torture; and Fencing Off Our Democracy

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

'Mildred Pierce' Pie Social

Local restaurants and caterers provide a feast of pies to benefit Stephen Moser

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Tarrytown Farmers' Market

Talulah Bleu Tarrytown Florist hosts the West Austin Tarrytown Farmers' Market on Saturdays

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

Cookies, cupcakes, and ice creams – oh, my!

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

May 3-7

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food Reviews

Taste Select Wines

Downtown Austin's wine bar business is surging; come have a Taste

Mr. Catfish

Deep-fried happiness
music

Miss Understood

Carolyn Wonderland through the looking glass

BY MARGARET MOSER

Ruins of the Realm

Talking turkey with James McMurtry

BY DAN OKO

Off the Record

Tim O'Connor closes the Backyard, Grupo Fantasma spice things up for Latino Music Month, and Hacienda strikes a chord with the Black Keys

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Reissues

Mission of Burma

Signals, Calls, and Marches, Vs., The Horrible Truth About Burma

The Replacements

Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, Stink, Hootenanny, Let It Be

Various

The George Mitchell Collection: Volumes 1-45

Otis Redding, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Whiskeytown

Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings Soul (Collector's Edition), Street Survivors (Deluxe Edition 30th Anniversary), Strangers Almanac (Deluxe Edition)
screens

Don't Everybody Panic, but Online Sketch Troupe Backpack Picnic Has Definitely Gone What They Call 'Viral' and Is Also About to Contaminate the Alamo Drafthouse

Online sketch troupe Backpack Picnic has definitely gone viral

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Exit Music for a Film Fest Producer

Sending off South by Southwest's Matt Dentler

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

Salute Your Undershorts

The secret Hollywood history behind No Pants Day

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Asia Fest Mini Film Fest

Watching movies at this weekend's Asia Fest

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

TV Eye

It's spring-cleaning at "TV Eye," and we're clearing out the inbox

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Screens Reviews

Alain Delon: 5-Film Collection

Former French marine and Sinatra-esque tough guy Alain Delon burned froid et chaud with the best of them

Film Reviews

Deception

In this so-called erotic thriller, busy New York City power brokers partake in a decadent sex club that eventually proves fatal.

Graduation

This high school bank-heist caper flunks out.

Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay

Everyone's favorite stoner pals are back; this time running from the law after being mistaken for terrorists.

Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr.'s sly take on Marvel Comics' cold warrior elevates everything about this film.

Made of Honor

Heart-on-the-sleeve sweets mix with pure raunch as Dr. McDreamy stars in this mean-spirited and uncomfortably blue romantic comedy.

Meet Bill

Aaron Eckhart stars in this middle-aged wake-up call whose message – trust yourself and find your inner child – is tired but expressed with a whole lot of enthusiasm.

Priceless

Amélie's ingratiating Audrey Tautou co-stars as a gold-digging gamine on the make in the south of France.
arts & culture

First, Free Comic Book Day, and Then – Ka-Baam!!

Comic books and comedy improv go hand in hand, sometimes with repulsor rays

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Karen Kuykendall Tribute: More bouquets for the missing diva

Zach Theatre hosts a memorial tribute to the beloved performer, patron, and local legend

BY ROBERT FAIRES

ACC Dance Department: The joys of discovery

ACC's dance program is noteworthy for its strong faculty and the way they help young choreographers find their voice

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts on Real: Theatre under threat

Escalating property values may cause the Eastside's classiest warehouse theatre to close its doors for good

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Doubt

Zach Theatre's production constantly escalates in tension as gripping scene follows gripping scene

La Caja Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

This museum-within-a-museum's miniature works are less engaging and absorbing than the large works by the same artists

'Folded, Torn, Cut, Woven, and Pulled'

Five artists let the paper do the talking in this intimate show at the Blanton Museum of Art
columns

Page Two: The Immersion Method

Dream double bills and the great and simple pleasure of film viewing

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Stephen lines up some fat rails of white powder for deserving fundraisers

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Frank Buck's Zoo in Gainesville may not be as well known as its larger-than-life namesake, but it is impressive nonetheless

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

Pitching Chico and Johnny Save the World

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Ben and Jerry take a $5 ice cream making class, a tasty treat can double a python's liver size, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Fifi Becomes Cujo – Responsibility to Render Aid or Stop Attack?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Soccer Watch

Austin Aztex play their first game ever, and more

BY NICK BARBARO

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