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Volume 28, Number 27

news

Eye of the Media Storm

On the block, the Statesman fiddles while the industry burns

BY KEVIN BRASS

ON THE LEGE

One Pol's Stimulus Is Another's Crack Cocaine

When it comes to the stimulus, state lawmakers split along party lines

BY LEE NICHOLS

Dutton Retreats on Swap Squabble

Fighting for the right to switch committee seats

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

LegeLines

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

On Tap: Voter ID Rumble

Voter ID debate returns to the Senate floor

BY LEE NICHOLS

Stop the Discharge

Bills would prevent development discharge into aquifer

BY JACOB COTTINGHAM

City Rejects FixAustin Charges

City allays concerns about decreased animal shelter capacity and an animal crematory

BY PATRICIA J. RULAND

Winter Soldier in Austin

Iraq and Afghanistan veterans shared their stories when the Winter Soldier hearings came to town

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Meet the New Superintendent to Be

Superintendent finalist gets quick introduction to Austin

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The View From Minnesota

St. Paul surprised by Carstarphen's decision to head south

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

The Super Meets Her Public

Early signs are good for new superintendent

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

City Counseling: How Many Librarians Equal One Firefighter?

Fire Department budget cuts

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Reefer Madness: Treatment Works

Bill would divert low-level drug offenders from prison and save a bundle of money

BY JORDAN SMITH

Bike Master Plan Hits the Street

The public is now weighing in on details of the plan, which goes to council in May

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Cool City: Solar Subtleties

Cost of solar array depends on how you look at it – and when

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Point Austin: Give Perry a Brain Scan

Governors who reject federal stimulus money need their heads examined

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: The Unopposed

Candidates like uncontested elections, but it's a roll of the dice for the citizens

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Events for good citizens, March 5-12

The Hightower Report

Who's Making Our Medicine?; and Blackwater Metamorphosed

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Mexican Food 101

Whether your cheese is white or yellow, Austin's embarrassment of Mexican food riches is only matched by its love of barbecue

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

The Gospel Truth

BY MICK VANN

¡Viva Mariachi!

Spice up your evenings with Austin mariachi

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Food-o-File

A fire is put out at the Belmont, while Ate Cafe, La Tavola, and the Mighty Cone start blazes of their own

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Your local food events for March 7-11

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Ballroom Dancing

Not all the music industry linchpins coming to South by Southwest 2009 are musicians

Off the Record

Exploring international affairs at SXSW 09 with Canada House and Dart Music, plus the triumphant return of the Reality Sandwich to the Hole in the Wall

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Morrissey

Years of Refusal

Neko Case

Middle Cyclone

U2

No Line on the Horizon

Sam & Dave

The Original Soul Men

The Pretenders

Stubb's, March 1

Flogging Molly

Stubb's, Feb. 28
screens

SXSW INTERACTIVE

How to Speak Geek

SXSW Interactive has landed. Can you talk the talk?

BY MIKE KANIN

Generation Overshare

What happens when the line blurs between our online and offline lives?

BY MARC SAVLOV

Stats Man

FiveThirtyEight.com's Nate Silver on the state of the nation

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Don't Be Hatin'

How the Internet helps us all to get along ... or not

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Web Prez

Crafting campaign, inside and out

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Gloves Off

The perils of being a female blogger

BY SOFIA RESNICK

We Were Promised Jet Packs (and a Whole Lot More)

When will technology catch up to the movies?

BY JOSH DUTY

Don't Fret the Technique

'Guitar Hero' goes mobile

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Jimmy Leets World

Graffiti Research Lab's James Powderly takes technology to the street

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Crossing Over

Bloggers parlay their online success into print

BY MELANIE HAUPT

To the Nines

Previewing the 2009 Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards

BY MARGARET MOSER

TV Eye

Opposites attract in a new mystery series starring a crime writer and a cop

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Class

There's no climactic rendering of "To Sir With Love" in this French classroom drama, just pedagogy in action, exquisitely observed.

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience

The tween music sensations take to the big screen.

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

The director of Doom takes on another video-game franchise, this time one about a female martial artist seeking justice.

Watchmen

Although this hotly anticipated film has ideas galore, it remains bizarrely cold and uninvolving.
arts & culture

State of Wonderment

The Texas Biennial's first outside curator describes what he saw in Lone Star art

BY ANDREW LONG

'Monty Python's Spamalot'

The debonair leading man sheds his suavity to play the comically clueless King Arthur

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Conspirare

A PBS special puts you right in the midst of this celebrated choral ensemble

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Skate! A Night at the Rink'

Forklift's skating party disguised as a modern dance show returns to the rink

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Warpstar Sexysquad

Yellow Tape's over-the-top, rockin' homage to sci-fi is damn entertaining and funny

Rachmaninov Vespers

Conspirare gave a balanced, brilliant performance of this jewel of sacred choral music

The Austin Symphony Orchestra With Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway

The great flutist made Dell Hall his home and seemed to be playing for old friends
columns

Page Two: Wild & Free

Surveying the SXSW landscape

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Stephen has already tried burning it at both ends, so that's not it ...

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

The Fort Boggy State Park wildlife area mixes recreation with a tranquil landscape

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

South by is sooooooo gay ...

BY KATE X MESSER AND ASH BELL

Playing Through

Pops Mensah-Bonsu makes the leap from the Austin Toros to the San Antonio Spurs

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Utah loves porn, cheesy larva, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Volunteer Legal Services – Free Weekly Legal Clinic

BY LUKE ELLIS

Luv Doc Recommends: Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz

Opal Divine's Freehouse, Sunday, March 8, 2009

BY THE LUV DOC

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