Feb. 13, 2009

Leah Sharpe

Volume 28, Number 24

ON THE COVER:
news

Municipal Death Match!

With five council seats open, mayor and Place 1 look like the headliners

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Point Austin: Welcome to Hard Times

Ausitn Interfaith's summit addresses economic plans, current crisis

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Choose Your Narrative

Are we flying boldly forward or going back to the future?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the state, and beyond

Res Publica

TFN Looks at the Lege Demagogues

New Texas Freedom Network report on the Lege and the religious right

BY LEE NICHOLS

ON THE LEGE

Straus Offers Welcome to His House

Nosy reporters snoop around the speaker's apartment

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The New Wildcatters

Solar bills are back by popular demand

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Gambling Debate Returns to Capitol

With every legislative session comes a study on the economic benefits of slot machines at race tracks

BY LEE NICHOLS

Craddick's Computer Files Wiped Clean

With Craddick gone, who needs Milton Rister?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

City Counseling

Have we got plans for you

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Cybersecurity: Making the Code Unbreakable

Cyber wars bigger than Star Wars

BY LEE NICHOLS

BFI Waste Flows Downhill

New flow numbers on BFI site may help opposition

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Cole's Posthumous Exoneration Is First for Texas

In clearing Timothy Cole's name, Travis Co. judge does what Lubbock officials refused to do

BY JORDAN SMITH

Alleged Bike Thief Nabbed

Police believe they've landed a big one in bike fancier James Clayton

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

The Hightower Report

The Upside to Downsizing; and Home Depot Exec Blows a Gasket

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Valentine's Pairs

The Chronicle finds out what Austin pastry chef couples are creating for each other

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Local restaurants offer recession-friendly options

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Liquid Assets

Sip myriad Washington wines at next week's Taste Washington! event

BY WES MARSHALL

Food Reviews

Cover 3

Cover 3 has good intentions but isn't playing by the rules
music

Homeward Bound

Ben Kweller ties his Horse to Austin's hitching post

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Off the Record

Marcia Ball turns 60 in style, Bill Baird finds himself in song, and more confirmations for the Austin Music Awards and
SXSW 09

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel

Willie and the Wheel

Nakia

Water to Wine

Gurf Morlix

Last Exit to Happyland

Ruthie Foster

The Truth According to Ruthie Foster

Pat Green

What I'm For

Sumner Erickson

Me, Guitar and a Mic Vol. 1

Pompeii

Nothing Happens for a Reason

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

The Tiffany Transcriptions

Mistress Stephanie & Her Melodic Cat

Take That!

The Sour Notes

Received in Bitterness

The Open Casket

Worst Case Scenario

Low Red Center

Low Red Center

Reverse X Rays

Situation Island

Handbrake

Brillo's Aftermath

Diagnols

Valley of the Cyclops

Rick Reed

Dreamz/Blue Polz

The Eastern Sea, This Will Destroy You, Lymbyc Systym, Wine & Revolution, La Snacks

The Eastern Sea, Field Studies, Carved by Glaciers, Edward the Magnificent, Newfangled
screens

Got Philosophy?

AFS Documentary Tour presents Examined Life

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Great Escapes

AFS Essential Cinema: Children of Abraham/Ibrahim 3: Films of the Middle East & North Africa

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Film News

Is the Texas film scene resuscitating itself?

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Buffy creator Joss Whedon returns to TV with more tough-girl action on Dollhouse

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Academy Award-Nominated Animated Shorts 2009

The Academy gets animated.

Billu Barber

New Bollywood film.

Chocolate

This spicy Thai actioner comes from the director of Ong Bak.

Friday the 13th

The latest coming of Our Man in the Hockey Mask was filmed in Austin.

He's Just Not That Into You

A Baltimore-set romantic comedy roundelay based on a bestselling self-help book.

The International

This conspiracy thriller starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts never gets past second gear.

The Pink Panther 2

Steve Martin returns as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, but no Beyoncé in sight. Smart girl.

Push

This sci-fi actioner about warring clairvoyants is generically incomprehensible with cyberpunk overtones.
arts & culture

Garth Fagan Dance

The man who choreographed The Lion King comes to Austin with dances full of surprises

BY JONELLE SEITZ

Blanton Museum of Art

An immersive new work of art turns the Blanton's white atrium into a cool pool of blue

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Rude Mechs

Grrl Action is getting its very own space next to the Off Center: The Off Shoot

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Wanda's World

A new tween musical tackles middle school anxieties with personality and quirky humor

The Shadow Box

Of the play's three stories about people dying, only one comes to life in this show

The Miró Quartet

An inspiring celebration of Mendelssohn's 200th birthday by the string quartet at UT
columns

Page Two: First Do No Harm

Our Constitution allows elected officials to follow principled beliefs while limiting the power of demagoguery

BY LOUIS BLACK

Playing Through

There have been many great stoner moments in the history of sports

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Oops!

Letters at 3AM

I am not my thoughts; I am not my feelings

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen has his hard hat; now all he needs is an Indian, a cowboy, an Army guy, and a motorcycle cop

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Just Oxtails Soul Food on Houston's south side has turned Southern cooking into an art form

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Now is a good time to bone up on the rights we do have

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Queen Elizabeth's YouTube channel, the truth behind daylight saving time, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Employer Identification Number for My New Business?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Burlesque for Peace's Valentine's Day Extravaganza

Artseen Alliance, Saturday, February 14, 2009

BY THE LUV DOC

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