March 27, 2009

Volume 28, Number 30

ON THE COVER:
news

Believing the Children

In 1992, Fran and Danny Keller were convicted of multiple counts of child sexual abuse at their Oak Hill day care center and sent to prison for 48 years. It's likely they were innocent. Indeed, it's very likely that no crime ever occurred – except an absurd and overzealous prosecution

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Legitimate Public Concern

The Keller prosecution is an enduring stain on Austin's honor and sense of justice

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Circling the Wagons

Local pols start sorting candidates

BY WELLS DUNBAR

ON THE LEGE

Pity the Family-Planning Clinic

Budget rider targets specific family-planning operations

BY JORDAN SMITH

Cyclists Hope for Safe Passage

The Safe Passing Bill would make roads safer for cyclists and other vulnerable road users

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

When to Stop Punishing Schools

Accountability bill slowed by important questions

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Creationists Get Creative at the Capitol

Two new creationist-backed bills take aim at science education

BY LEE NICHOLS

Adding Teeth to Hazing Laws

Student hazing has a body count

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

LegeLines

Odds and ends from the Capitol

BY THE NEWS STAFF

AISD: Carstarphen Seals the Deal

Folks, we've got ourselves a new school superintendent

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Cap Metro

As if Cap Metro's budget crisis and MetroRail delay weren't bad enough

BY LEE NICHOLS

Yogurt Shop DNA Saga Continues, Part 2

Travis Co. D.A.'s office still considering new DNA evidence

BY JORDAN SMITH

City Counseling: Back to the Dais

Home-business advertising and oversight of tax increment financing for Seaholm are among this week's council items

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Res Publica

Good times for good citizens, March 26-April 3

The Hightower Report

A Blue-Green Victory for America; and The Milkman Delivers

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Retirement and the City

Retirement is tough. Living Downtown makes it all better.

BY LINDA BALL AND FORREST PREECE

Liquid Assets

Downtown, a nice drop of wine is never too far away

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Rachael Ray enjoys herself in Austin, and wholesale and online custom bakeries proliferate

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Local food events, March 28-April 2

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

2008-09 Austin Music Awards Encore

Austin Music Hall, Wednesday, March 18

Off the Record

Nothing's shocking: reveling in the aftermath and glow of South by Southwest 09

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Live Shots

Devo

SXSW showcase reviews

Big Boi

SXSW showcase reviews

PJ Harvey & John Parish

SXSW showcase reviews

Beach House

SXSW showcase reviews

Silversun Pickups

SXSW showcase reviews

Peter Murphy

SXSW showcase reviews

Justin Townes Earle

SXSW showcase reviews

Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds

SXSW showcase reviews

The Wooden Birds

SXSW showcase reviews

Érika Machado

SXSW showcase reviews

The Decemberists

SXSW showcase reviews

Jimmy Webb & the Webb Brothers

SXSW showcase reviews

The Cannabinoids featuring Erykah Badu

SXSW showcase reviews

The Knux/Dead Prez

SXSW showcase reviews

Futomomo Satisfaction

SXSW showcase reviews

Doug Sahm's 'Mendocino'

SXSW panels

Neil Young Archives

SXSW panels

Woodstock: Untold Stories

SXSW panels

Primal Scream

SXSW showcase reviews

Lady Sovereign

SXSW showcase reviews

Wovenhand

SXSW showcase reviews

The Bar-Kays

SXSW showcase reviews

Rosalie Sorrels

SXSW showcase reviews

The Strange Boys

SXSW showcase reviews
screens

SXSW Film Reviews

Red Carpet Rodeo

The stars smile pretty for SXSW

Under the Stars and Maybe Some Space Aliens

The LBJ Library screens sci-fi classics

BY MARC SAVLOV

Film News

New projects from Robert Rodriguez and Tim McCanlies; plus Danny DeVito plus Limoncello, together forever

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Screens Reviews

Frankly, My Dear: Gone With the Wind Revisited

The chief aim, it seems, of Molly Haskell's terrific new book is to make it okay to admit to liking Gone With the Wind

TV Eye

Lessons learned at SXSW Interactive

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Crossing Over

Various characters who are ensnared within the dogged machinery of the American immigration system become the subjects of this multistrand narrative.

EK: The Power of One

This Hindi action film tells the story of a professional assassin who is accused of killing a politician.

Gomorrah

The viral progression of organized crime in Naples, Italy, is starkly portrayed in this violent and deglamorizing gangster movie.

The Haunting in Connecticut

Essentially a substandard rip-off of The Amityville Horror, this spook house drama should be condemned.

Knowing

It's up to Nicolas Cage to save the world in this movie about a man who deciphers a cryptic artifact that predicts major disasters, past and future.

Monsters vs. Aliens

In this animated film, a misfit band of monsters unleashed from quarantine defend Earth from an alien invader.

Scott Walker: 30 Century Man

The fascinating documentary explores the overlooked career of this influential yet enigmatic music legend.

Sunshine Cleaning

Two sisters try to remedy the financial and emotional paralysis of their lives by starting a company that specializes in crime-scene cleanups.
arts & culture

Research and Development

Back in the performance laboratory of the David Mark Cohen New Works Festival

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Paul Taylor Dance Company

Call them contemporary or modern, but Paul Taylor's dances are always masterful

BY ANDREW LONG

Anton Nel

The concert pianist shows off the Hamburg Steinway he chose for Dell Hall

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Candidates Forum on the Arts

Candidates for mayor and City Council will outline their positions on cultural matters

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck's tale of the Great Depression is delivered with beauty and power

Holy Cross Sucks!

Rob Nash plays 29 characters over four years of high school and makes it look so easy
columns

Page Two: SXSW 09: An Intelligence-Impaired Introduction

In which six wise men give up on the elephant and go down themselves

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM

We may come to regret there are so few intelligent conservative voices making themselves heard

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen saunters, sashays, and gets sassy at SXSW

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Gay Place

Gay Place is giving away tickets and looking for Pride interns.

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

Day Trips

Mason isn't your normal small Texas town

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Dog fetches meteorite, prank faxes in space, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Tax Break for Selling Your Home?

BY LUKE ELLIS

Playing Through

Rhonda Robinson gave it her all at the Austin Turfcats cheerleader tryouts

BY THOMAS HACKETT

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