April 10, 2009

Volume 28, Number 32

ON THE COVER:
features

Early Closing

Sprung for spring
news

The Bicycle Thief

Police say James Clayton befriended – then ripped off – many Austin bicyclists

BY ROB D'AMICO

Point Austin: Madness in Many Packages

From Highland Mall to PACT, the lunatics are at large

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Reading Place 1

Cavazos or Riley? You decide.

BY WELLS DUNBAR

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Campaign Trailin'

Cop-shop talk on the campaign trail; and City Council candidate forums

BY WELLS DUNBAR

ON THE LEGE

Texas Lyceum: Stimulus Funds Debate Reverberates

How do you persuade Rick Perry to do the right thing?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

TechnoLegeBacklash: Strama Slags Twitter

At least one legislator thinks Tweeting is for the birds

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

House Passes Journalist Shield Law

Will law protect bloggers and their sources, too?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

LegeLines

What your legislators are up to this week

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Experts Weigh In on Voter ID

The House Elections Committee heard public testimony on the voter ID bill

BY LEE NICHOLS

Workers' Comp Weakened

The Texas Supreme Court upholds Entergy v. Summers decision

BY LEE NICHOLS

House Backs Strip-Club Tax

You may be adding 10% to your strip-club budget soon

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Highland Mall Hysteria Over Texas Relays

Has reaction to Relays weekend revealed Austin's true colors?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Critical Mass Arrests

Recent arrests spawn debate about safety of Critical Mass and motives of traffic cops

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Eyewitness ID

Will Senate Bill 117 prevent wrongful convictions?

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Watching You Watch Ads; and Obama's Third Surge in Afghanistan

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Res Publica

Citizen's calendar, April 9-16
food

Local Pork Gets Schooled

Austin restaurants and businesses are prepped to help you eat local and use everything but the oink

BY MICK VANN

Cissi's Market

The new wine bar offers a superb wine list for the connoisseur and the neophyte alike

BY WES MARSHALL

Wine of the Week

This region's wines are pure, delicate, and elegant

BY WES MARSHALL

Event Menu

Local food events for April 11-15

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Food-o-File

Adam Cotorceanu plays with his latte at Quack's, while spring brings changes around town

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Beyond the Bourbon Legend

The bottle didn't let Jason Boland down, and neither did his workingman's honky-tonk

BY DOUG FREEMAN

Off the Record

If a Downtown venue closes down for the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, does it make a sound?

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Black Dice

Repo

The Coathangers

Scramble

Doom

Born Like This
screens

Foreign Affairs

New on DVD

Last Call With Lou

Remembering actor Lou Perryman

BY MARC SAVLOV

Crowded Canvas

Video artist Max Juren stakes his claim in the YouTube nation

BY ASHLEY MORENO

Film News

Friday Night Lights gets renewed for two more seasons, and the House passes the incentives bill. Are things looking up for the Texas film industry?

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

R.I.P. ER? Yawn. 'TV Eye' thinks replacement drama Southland could be even better.

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Black Balloon

This prize-winning Australian film is a moving, youth-oriented work, featuring lovely performances by Toni Collette and Gemma Ward.

8 x 10 Tasveer

In this supernatural Bollywood thriller, a man has the ability to see a dead person's past by staring into 8-by-10 glossies.

Moscow, Belgium

Barbara Sarafian’s jaundiced but stoic portrait of exasperated middled-age womanhood is the big revelation of this Belgian import.

Observe and Report

With more of a resemblance to The Cable Guy than Paul Blart: Mall Cop, this Seth Rogen comedy about a bipolar mall security guard is decidedly dark.

Tokyo!

This triptych of short films by directors Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, and Bong Joon-ho is a gorgeous, sprawling mess.

12

Essentially a Russianized version of the courtroom drama 12 Angry Men, 12 is a moral powerhouse that's both intellectually riveting and indescribably poetic.
arts & culture

There Can Be Only One

Fronting and posting at B-Boy City 16

BY RACHEL KOPER

The Oxford Project

Peter Feldstein talks about photographing an entire small town across a 20-year span

BY ROBERT FAIRES

David Mark Cohen New Works Festival

Comedy and collaboration were distinguishing elements in the 2009 New Works Festival

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Lou Perryman

Remembering a character actor's character actor

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

A Flea in Her Ear

This Feydeau farce is like an apple pie: familiar, and it tastes good going down

Circumstantial Playground

The debut of ReleaseMotion Dance Project was flawed conceptually but showed promise

Texas Biennial 2009 – DIY: Double Wide

This group exhibition spins an intriguing narrative of fusion and confusion
columns

Page Two: A Pleasant Summer Afternoon Outing

With an all-too-familiar rant recalled and reoffered

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Letters at 3AM

Obama's bank policy is good for bankers and reckless for us

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Stephen pulls a rabbit out of
his ... hat

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

Chandor Gardens mixes the open space of a formal English garden with the intimacy of a Chinese garden and transformed one man's dream into a magical, picturesque setting

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Race walk, do not walk, to see Adelina Anthony!

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

Playing Through

If you haven't caught the NBA-level talent playing with the Austin Toros, don't miss the game on Friday

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Cardboard Diners Club cards, Jerry Lewis loves clowns, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Tax Return – Can I Get an Extension?

BY LUKE ELLIS

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