May 30, 2008

C.S. Jennings

Volume 27, Number 39

ON THE COVER:
news

'Chronicle' Endorsements

June 14 City Council run-off

BY THE CHRONICLE EDITORIAL BOARD

The Honorable Charlie Baird

Judge Charlie Baird is ruffling official feathers at the Travis County Courthouse

BY JORDAN SMITH

Green With Ambition

Why we need a master developer – not a project developer – to mastermind Seaholm East

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Quote of the Week

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Beyond City Limits

Llano Springs Ranch

The Vandivier family wins the Leopold Conservation Award for their restoration of an Edwards Co. ranch

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Ogling the 360 Condo Crowd

Up close and personal with Downtown's newest high-rise residents

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Lovable Livability

Love (and trophies) for Austin's leaders of livability

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Happenings

Council Packs More 'P' Into Every PUD

Proposed PUD ordinance changes may give council more mastery over master-planned developments

BY KIMBERLY REEVES

Those Mothers!

High-court ruling favors mothers over the Lone Star State

BY JORDAN SMITH

Border Security Expo

Immigrant rights activists and border security entrepreneurs mix it up in Austin

BY ANDREA GRIMES

Beside the Point: Riptide!

Fast-moving development deal on deck

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

The Toxic Corruption of Our Political System; and Herbert Hoover Revisited

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Read to Eat

Traverse the world of food from your poolside perch this summer

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Boundless Nutrition Oatmega-3 Bars

Trevor Ross cooked up his own protein bar, and they're available to you

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Zhi Tea

This formerly online-only tea resource is opening its physical doors this summer

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-o-File

Restaurant closings dot the Austin landscape, while Zax and the Belmont expand their hours and menus

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu: May 29–31

Sarah's Party and Ararat's Mid-East Fusion light up the weekend with fundraising and fire dancing

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Rock & Roll Summer Reading

Off the Record

Only in Austin: Green Day heats up Emo's, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall dine at Eddie V's, and Los Lonely Boys visit the Saxon Pub

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Kacy Crowley

Cave

Charles Potts Magic Windmill Band

The Golden Calves

Chris Brecht

The Great Ride

KVRX Local Live Vol. 12: Technicolor Yawn

KVRX Local Live Vol. 12: Technicolor Yawn

Dubb Sicks

Steven Markus Bernstein

Distant Sky

Tovah, Erin Ivey, Kimbo, Annabella

Escapologist, Sweet Little E.P., Spokes, Say Goodnight

Golden Arm Trio, Book of Shadows, Dirac C

Cult of Color, The Cosmic Doctrine, Dirac C
screens

Guess Who's Coming to Terrorize Your Night

UT alum Bryan Bertino's nerve-shattering debut, 'The Strangers'

BY MARC SAVLOV

Zen and the Art of Winning Championships

Richard Linklater profiles living legend Augie Garrido in Inning by Inning

BY ASHLEY MORENO

Funny Ha-Ha in a Half-Dozen Languages

AFS Essential Cinema presents Making the World Laugh: Global Comedy

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

TV EYE

'TV Eye' has lost its love for Lost

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Bra Boys

Russell Crowe narrates this insider's documentary about Australia's Bra Boys – a family of brawlers whose exploits are legendary.

The Fall

Astonishing and hyperstylized images mark Tarsem's stunning but mournful movie, which is also layered with fairy-tale subtext and thickets of moral and motivational ambiguity.

Sex and the City

The new feature stands on its own (typically stilettoed) feet, while holding fast to the series’ singular mix of the giddily ribald and brutally confessional.

The Strangers

First-time writer/director Bertino, a UT alum, scares up a solid horror-film success with this debut outing.

The Wedding Weekend

This earnest, well-acted ensemble film is a seriocomic meditation on what it means to be an American male approaching the dreaded four-oh.
arts & culture

Bats Left, Sings Right

With help from Esther's Follies, Austin Lyric Opera turns Strauss' Viennese waltz into a Texas two-step

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Lance Letscher: Newly industrious

The Austin artist's current work signals new shifts in the collages for which he has gained national notoriety

BY MADELINE IRVINE

Robin Lewis: If it's springtime, it must be Hitler

The TexARTS artistic director gets to goose the goose-steppers one more time in a regional production of The Producers

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Culture Flash!

A new theatre company gets Broadway vets to teach teens in Austin, and an older one gets a new artistic director and a new name

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

Underneath its vulgar, profane surface, Bert V. Royal's look at the Peanuts gang as teens still honors its source material

The Love Sonatas

Much has been invested in mounting Manuel Zarate's five-play cycle, all to answer the basic question: What is love?

Atelier 2008: Selections from the Department of Art & Art History Faculty at the University of Texas at Austin

The exhibit has moments of direct correlation that would not have been achieved without guest curator James Elaine
columns

After a Fashion

Wake for the living; Stephen wants to see what you're going to wear.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Playing Through

The visiting Big Easy Rollergirls Roller Derby squad hopes they are up to the monumental task of defeating the Texas Rollergirls' Hotrod Honeys

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Oops!

Page Two: Running in Place

Movie-serial style coverage plagues the most thrilling, genuine, and troubling Democratic contest in decades

BY LOUIS BLACK

Day Trips

The Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue program out of California is humanely removing donkeys from the Big Bend Ranch State Park

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

An ex-Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan writes a sex book as a woman, 10% of Brits think George W. is their leader, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Big Night Out? Try Deferred Disposition

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Austin Poetry Slam Benefit

The Scoot Inn, Saturday, May 31, 2008

BY THE LUV DOC

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