March 20, 2009

Volume 28, Number 29

ON THE COVER:
features

SXSW DAILY: THURSDAY

Gay Place

Where the queers at? SXSW!

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

SXSW DAILY: FRIDAY

Gay Place

Where the queers at on Friday? SXSW!

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

SXSW DAILY: SATURDAY

Gay Place

Where the queers at on Saturday? SXSW!

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

news

Just Watch the Livestock

Texas schools' sex ed favors 'don't ask, don't tell ... and keep 'em ignorant'

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Removing the Mask

Hard times reveal the way things actually work

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Bored by campaigning? Don't show.

A funny thing happened on the way to the candidates forum

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Res Publica

Naked City

ON THE LEGE

Stingulus: Rick Perry and the $555 Million He Doesn't Want

Perry's stingy rejection of the stimulus money might backfire

BY LEE NICHOLS

Proposed Bills Address Death Penalty

Meanwhile, Texas' death machine churns stronger than ever

BY JORDAN SMITH

Voter ID's Sails Will Lose Wind in House

House Dems eager to stick a fork in voter ID bill

BY LEE NICHOLS

LegeLines

Odds and ends from the Capitol

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Special Session Especially Likely?

With the session at the 60-day mark, bills are running out of time

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Low-Income Women Could Take a Hit

Budget rider targets Planned Parenthood

BY JORDAN SMITH

Bill Would Ban Arms to Drug Cartels

Carona aims to stop gun-running to Mexico

BY JORDAN SMITH

Downtown Austin Plan: Why Do It?

At least three council members question cost

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

City Counseling: If It's Too Loud, You're Too Old

Stop, hey, what's that sound?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

BFI Landfill Is for the (Dead) Birds

A homeowner near a BFI landfill thought the scourge of vultures was bad enough – then they turned up dead

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Ghost Mall? Retail Bagpipes Sound a Dirge for Highland Mall

Retail bagpipes sound a dirge for Highland Mall

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Corporate Control of Independent Scientific Research; and Death, Taxes ... and Debt Collectors

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Local Hangover Cures

Defeating the porcelain god and that pounding brain

BY MICK VANN

Biscuit Breakfasts in Austin

The best places to grab a biscuit breakfast in Austin

BY MM PACK

Event Menu

Your local foodie events for March 21-28

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Austinites rake in foodie honors, and Downtown food keeps getting better

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

2008-09 Austin Music Awards

Quintessence

Quincy Jones has lived a career that would make his hero, Duke Ellington, proud

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Uncontrollable Urge

Devo's 21st century 'de-evolution' hopefully won't get anyone arrested

BY MARGARET MOSER

SXSW 2009

Wednesday Music Preview Guide

Thursday Music Preview Guide

Friday Music Preview Guide

Saturday Music Preview Guide

Off the Record

The Future Is Unwritten: 360 Degrees of South by Southwest

BY AUSTIN POWELL

SXSW Records

The Decemberists

The Hazards of Love

M. Ward

Hold Time

Glasvegas

Glasvegas

Peter Bjorn & John

Living Thing

Ashu

Sigh of an Angel

Brother Ali

The Truth Is Here

Phosphorescent

To Willie

School of Seven Bells

Alpinisms

Pack of Wolves, Kylesa, Tombs, Absu, Megazilla, Wolves in the Throne Room, Earthless

Betrayer, Static Tensions, Winter Hours, Absu, Please, Please, Sorry, Thank You, Black Cascade, Live at Roadburn

Handsome Furs, Obits, Vetiver, Red Red Meat

Face Control, I Blame You, Tight Knit, Bunny Gets Paid

Callers, Balmorhea, J. Tillman, Here We Go Magic

Fortune, All Is Wild, All Is Silent, Vacilando Territory Blues, Here We Go Magic

Danny Schmidt

Instead the Forest Rose to Sing

Elvis Perkins in Dearland

Elvis Perkins in Dearland

Justin Townes Earle

Midnight at the Movies

Richard Swift

The Atlantic Ocean

Frank Turner

Love Ire & Song

Julie Doiron

I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day

Bishop Allen

Grrr ...

Wavves

Wavvves

POS

Never Better

K'Naan

The Truth Is Here

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

Fruit

Vivian Girls

Vivian Girls

Women

Women

Gomez

A New Tide

Deradoorian, Violens, Abe Vigoda, Ettes, Suckers

Mind Raft, Violens, Reviver, Danger Is

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears

Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!

The Krayolas

Long Leaf Pine (No Smack Gum)

Willie Nile

House of a Thousand Guitars

Alela Diane

To Be Still

Dent May

The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele

Mark Olson & Gary Louris

Ready for the Flood

The Felice Brothers

Yonder Is the Clock

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Cursive

Mama, I'm Swollen

Riverboat Gamblers

Underneath the Owl

Lady Sovereign

Jigsaw

O+S

O+S

Marco Benevento

Me Not Me

Crystal Antlers

Tentacles

Sheet Music

Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age

The Strange Boys

And Girls Club

PJ Harvey & John Parish

A Woman a Man Walked By

Bosque Brown

Baby

Indigo Girls

Poseidon and the Bitter Bug

Kat Edmonson

Take to the Sky

Razorlight

Slipway Fires

Telekinesis

Telekinesis!

Iran

Dissolver

Titus Andronicus

The Airing of Grievances

SXSW DAILY: THURSDAY

2008-09 Austin Music Awards Show

Austin Music Hall, Wednesday, March 18

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Ballroom Dancing

SXSW Panels

Day Party Crawl

Off the Record

SXSW music news and carryings-on

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Live Shots

Bogart & the Addictives

The Parish Downstairs

Cut off Your Hands

Vice

The Boat People

Buffalo Billiards

Anni Rossi

Central Presbyterian Church

Hacienda

Headhunters

Gallows

Emo's Main

Rye Rye

La Zona Rosa

Hello, Bogot√°!

Speakeasy

The Agency Group

Back Alley Social

'Mojo' Recommends

The best British music at SXSW as selected by 'Mojo' editor-in-chief Phil Alexander

Ice Cream Man Presents!

Thursday's Flavor: Still Flyin'

BY MATT ALLEN

My SXSW

BY SUZANNA CHOFFEL

SHOWCASE PREVIEWS

Spotlight: Dirty Projectors

The psychotic musical plays on

BY DARCIE STEVENS

Spotlight: Foot Patrol

Fetish funk and rubber soles

BY GREG BEETS

Spotlight: Erin McCarley

SXSW 08 success story returns for her encore

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Spotlight: BeauSoleil

Cajun licks with Michael Doucet

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Spotlight: Ben Harper & Relentless7

Unloading both sides of the gun

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Spotlight: The Bar-Kays

Hot buttered soul that aims to please

BY GREG BEETS

SXSW DAILY: FRIDAY

Live Shots

Dirty Projectors

SXSW showcase reviews

Dappled Cities

SXSW showcase reviews

Descartes a Kant

SXSW showcase reviews

Flower Travellin' Band

SXSW showcase reviews

Quincy Jones

Keynote address

Grizzly Bear

SXSW showcase reviews

K'Naan

SXSW showcase reviews

Doug Sahm Tribute

SXSW showcase reviews

Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguar/Dead Oceans Showcase

SXSW showcase reviews

Red Red Meat

SXSW showcase reviews

Total Abuse

SXSW showcase reviews

Off the Record

Playing in Traffic with Los Lonely Boys, Daniel Johnston, Roky Erickson's Ice Cream Social, and Dan Auerbach

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Ballroom Dancing

SXSW Panels

Day Party Crawl

'Mojo' Recommends

Mojo showcasers prog the rock

Ice Cream Man Presents!

Ice Cream Man slings the Love Language

BY MATT ALLEN

My SXSW

What it took for one metal band to make it from Tehran to SXSW

SHOWCASE PREVIEWS

Ponderosa Stomp

Where the past comes alive

BY GREG BEETS

Margaret Cho

What wouldn't the Renaissance woman do?

BY KATE X MESSER

The Arc Angels

The official reunion has begun

BY JIM CALIGIURI

The Sonics

Ancient garage-rock back from before the Summer of Love

BY AUSTIN POWELL

The Drones

Savage punks from the Australian outback

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Mr. Lif

Positive MC gets second lease on life

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

SXSW DAILY: SATURDAY

Live Shots

The Sonics

SXSW showcase reviews

Mayyors

SXSW showcase reviews

Alash

SXSW showcase reviews

Scottish Arts Council Showcase

SXSW showcase reviews

Flatstock 20

SXSW showcase reviews

T Bird & the Breaks

SXSW showcase reviews

Pilar Diaz

SXSW showcase reviews

The Felice Brothers

SXSW showcase reviews

Tombs

SXSW showcase reviews

Tarantist

SXSW showcase reviews

Absu

SXSW showcase reviews

Solange & the Hadley St. Dreams

SXSW showcase reviews

School of Seven Bells

SXSW showcase reviews

Off the Record

Surprise, guess what Bay Area metal behemoth played Stubb's after all?

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Ballroom Dancing

SXSW panels

Day Party Crawl

'Mojo' Recommends

Blur guitarist returns to SXSW for some BBQ.

Ice Cream Man Presents!

R&B raunch, an ice cream flavor you never knew existed.

BY MATT ALLEN

SHOWCASE PREVIEWS

Spotlight: The Cannabinoids Featuring Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu takes you higher

BY THOMAS FAWCETT

Spotlight: Rachel Goodrich

Tinker Toys in the attic

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Spotlight: The Wooden Birds

American Analog Set's Andrew Kenny takes solo flight

BY DARCIE STEVENS

Spotlight: Amplified Heat

Classic. Power. Trio.

BY DANIEL MEE

Spotlight: Kat Edmonson

Kat Edmonson redefines jazz and pop

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Spotlight: Dead Prez

Still revolutionary and gangster

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

screens

SXSW 09 Film Awards

And the winners are ...

Help Me Help You

Career advice and self-help evangelism at SXSW

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

SXSW 09 Film Reviews

SXSW Interactive Bytes

TV Eye

'TV Eye' puzzles over Kings and ponders 10 years in print

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

SXSW DAILY: THURSDAY

SXSW Film

Reviews and Interviews

SXSW DAILY: FRIDAY

SXSW Film

Reviews and interviews

SXSW DAILY: SATURDAY

SXSW Film

Reviews and interviews

Film Reviews

Circus

This is a Kannada-language romantic thriller from India.

Duplicity

Julia Roberts and Clive Owen star in this new thriller about schemers and double-dealers.

The Great Buck Howard

Appearing as the has-been mentalist Buck Howard, John Malkovich delivers another memorably eccentric performance.

I Love You, Man

Paul Rudd stars in this "bromance" comedy in which sweet scenes of male camaraderie contrast with moments of gross-out humor.

The Last House on the Left

Two parents take revenge on the scum who raped and savaged their daughter in the remake of Wes Craven's grisly horror landmark.

Miss March

Two-fifths of the Whitest Kids U'Know comedy troupe wrote, star in, and co-directed this nubile sex romp about a road trip to the Playboy mansion.

Race to Witch Mountain

In this updated remake of the beloved Disney series of family movies, two siblings with supernatural powers seek refuge with a cabbie and a UFO specialist.

SXSW 2009 Film Festival

Go out and explore. With so many options, it's hard to go wrong.
arts & culture

Such Stuff as Screams Are Made On

Austin punk gets the museum treatment, but does the scene come off as dead or alive?

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Todd Barry: Todd Barry Rock City

The veteran stand-up comic isn't a rock star, but he played one on TV

BY STEVE BIRMINGHAM

Andrew Jeffrey Wright: Making us believers in art

The pop sensibility and humor of this Philadelphia artist feel a lot like Austin

BY RACHEL KOPER

Long Center for the Performing Arts: Light that first candle!

As the performing arts venue turns one, Marvin Hamlisch sings "happy birthday" to it

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Shooting Star

Stories told this well don't come around very often, and this one deserves to be seen

Bombs in Your Mouth

Two siblings mourning their jerk of a dad are cause for hilarity rather than grief

Tom Molloy: Lucid

Tom Molloy's drawings are delicate but have the power to give you nightmares
columns

Page Two: Hymn to My Own

The untalented, the ungifted, the slow, and the lost

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar is all agog at the gods of film and music

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

The Gay Place is queer for SXSW!

BY KATE X MESSER AND ASH BELL

Day Trips

Enchanted Rocks & Jewelry sits near the center of one of the richest geological areas in Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Playing Through

At the Boot Camp Challenge, 'what you hate the most works the best'

BY MARK FAGAN

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas

BY LUKE ELLIS

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