Feb. 27, 2009

Autumn Spadaro

Volume 28, Number 26

ON THE COVER:
news

Bringing the Group to the Vision

As Pat Forgione prepares to say farewell, he looks back on his AISD decade

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Looking for a School Chief

AISD zigzags its way to a new superintendent

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

ON THE LEGE

Watson Surveys Stakeholders on Cap Metro Reforms

Now is the time to act, senator says

BY LEE NICHOLS

Pregnant Pause

Anti-abortion group is poised to siphon big chunk of indigent health-care funds

BY JORDAN SMITH

We're in the Money

Federal stimulus money is headed to Texas – now legislators have to agree on what to do with it

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

LegeLines

Odds and ends from the Capitol

BY THE 'CHRONICLE' NEWS STAFF

Union Bristles at Cap Metro Shuffle

Are the wheels coming off the bus?

BY LEE NICHOLS

Winter Soldiers Bear Austin Witness

Iraq veterans to testify about ongoing war

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

City Counseling: Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Laura Hall Out on Bond

Hall is out of jail after serving only a fraction of her sentence for her role in covering up Jennifer Cave's murder

BY JORDAN SMITH

Defense Appeal Targets Attorney Minton in WilCo Homicide

Brandon Threet's appeal attorney says Roy Minton dropped the ball

BY KEVIN BRASS

Judge 'Killer' Keller to Face Trial

Bad karma over refusal to hear appeal of death row inmate

BY JORDAN SMITH

Whether to Laugh or Cry: Sex Ed in Texas

A new report takes an unprecedented look at the state of sex ed in Texas public schools

BY JORDAN SMITH

Forensic Fallibility

A new report shows that forensic science ain't all it's cracked up to be

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Board Games

The AISD trustees play superintendent poker – by uneven rules

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Hustler's Diary

While you were watching your 401(k)

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Good times for good citizens: Feb. 27-March 5

The Hightower Report

Guess Who; and Some Bankers You Might Like

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food Reviews

Fion Wine Pub & Bistro

Those living near Steiner Ranch have a treasure in their back yard

Whip In

Not your typical highway stop-and-shop, here you'll find specialty beers, obscure wines, and locally packaged gourmet foodstuffs

Chen's Noodle House

Zhao 'George' Chen's knife-cut noodles make us swoon

Wine of the Week

Michel Chapoutier's biodynamic wines offer a reasonable introduction to the Rhône

BY WES MARSHALL

Event Menu

Your local food events for Feb. 27-March 5

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

La Condesa celebrates its VIP opening, and Elizabeth Wins­low and Stephanie Scherzer introduce us to Farmhouse Delivery

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Off the Record

Mining the vaults of Austin City Limits, navigating the SXSW grid, and hanging with Jenny Wolfe After School

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Parlor Game

The family that plays together makes pizza together

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Texas Platters

Lucinda Williams

La Zona Rosa, Feb. 20

... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

The Century of Self

Steve Bernal

Decibels

Zeale, COD, Choszen, K.J. Hines

Haterz and Robotz, Ova the Stove, Volume 3, Welcome to the Greene Party, Capital City

Ikillcars

At Ease With Your Haste

The Teeners

"Gold"

Teen Cool/Gun Crazy

Teen Cool/Gun Crazy

Black Panda

Shake Me

The Black

"Little Hits" b/w "China"

Sunset

"Loveshines II" b/w "I'm Not a Perfect Person (Looks Like I Fucked Up Again)"
screens

Reclaiming Texas History, One Home Movie at a Time

The missionary zeal of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

The Bus Stops Here

The How's Your News? crew rolls out its unique brand of reportage on MTV

BY CLAY SMITH

Film News

There's life in it yet: The ailing Texas film industry is looking awfully sparky these days. We like.

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Screens Reviews

What Makes Sammy Run?

Read the book ... and leave this DVD to the television archives where it belongs

TV Eye

Oscar postmortem and mayor hopefuls on cable access

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

I've Loved You So Long

Kristen Scott Thomas is unforgettable in this French film about a woman who has to live with her self-hatred after committing a heinous crime.

Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation 2009

Again it's time for the annual unveiling of this tasteless-and-proud-of-it cartoon collection.

Two Lovers

Joaquin Phoenix (in what he claims is his last film role) stars as a nebbishy New Yorker caught between two very different women.

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail

Just what's needed in the big house – Perry's pistol-packing granny.

Waltz With Bashir

This Israeli filmmaker creates a dreamy, animated psycho-documentary about his attempt to recall buried memories of his participation in a massacre while serving in the military.
arts & culture

Culture Club

Dances inspired by three legendary women cross cultures and generations

BY JONELLE SEITZ

Bill Cosby

The comedy legend recalls one memorable night when a woman stopped laughing

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Austin Arts at the Armory

Three local art galleries represent at this year's Armory Show in New York City

BY RACHEL KOPER

'Birth of the Cool'

Bargains, film, and live jazz jazz up the Blanton's toast to midcentury modernism

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

An Ideal Husband

Austin Shakespeare delivers a gorgeous production that savors Wilde's wit

Sherlock Holmes

John Carroll imbues the great detective with a gravitas true to Conan Doyle's creation

IF+D

IF+D is a good gallery with a deep vision of the role of art and laughter in your home
columns

Page Two: Grand Schemes and Enthralling Documents

Film, conspiracy theories, and conspiracy theories on film coalesce as SXSW looms

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Letters at 3AM

In Screenworld, face-to-face engagement is devalued, yet one is never alone

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

All style, all the time, from the Houston Ballet Ball to the Oscars

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Bob's Oil Well in Matador has been a roadside attraction since the 1930s

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Hate Prop. 8? Stop bitching, and start lobbying.

BY KATE X MESSER AND ASH BELL

Playing Through

The Longhorns miss Augustin's leadership skills more than Durant's gaudy numbers

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Accuracy of the musical memory, Lincoln questions the divinity of Christ, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Need Legal Advice? – Call LegalLine - Austin's Free Legal Hotline

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: 2009 Texas Heritage Songwriters' Homecoming Concert

Paramount Theatre, Sunday, March 1, 2009

BY THE LUV DOC

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