April 17, 2009

Volume 28, Number 33

news

Two Years Gone – How Many Left to Save the Planet?

This Earth Day, urgent evidence of global warming should kick the Austin Climate Protection Plan into higher gear

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

ON THE LEGE

Budget Uses Stimulus to Hide Flaws

Why solve today what you can suffer in 2011?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Fighting the Green Fight

A roundup of this session's environmental legislation

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Betty's 'Icky Poo' Boo-Boo

Betty Brown's ignorance catches media attention far and wide

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

What's in the Capitol Bins?

Legislators are recycling more than ever

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

LegeLines

What kept your lawmakers busy this week

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Single-Stream Recycling

Why is Austin losing money from recycling when Dallas and San Antonio are making money?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Thirty Days Away: What the C&Es Tell

Who's paying the big bucks to see their candidate win?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Carole's Greatest Hits

When Strayhorn was Rylander on the LRB, she screwed Travis County

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Targeting Wrongful Convictions

Bills attempt to right the wrongs that put Texas at the forefront of wrongful convictions

BY JORDAN SMITH

Pocket Parks Popping Up All Over Town

Miniparks stake out green space in a crowded city

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

To the Cyber-Barricades!

Time Warner wants to meter broadband, and the techno-peasants are revolting

BY KEVIN BRASS

Reefer Madness: Saint or Salvia?

One man's medicine is another man's monster

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: Astroturf and Grass

More than one way to spark a demonstration

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Behind the Numbers: Who's Still Got Cash?

A look at who's financing the candidates

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

The week's biggest little news blips

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

Res Publica

The Hightower Report

Reactivating the CCC for National Recovery; and Pothole Advertising

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

24 and Counting

A plethora of foodie events at the 24th annual Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Cathy Cochran-Lewis

Cathy Cochran-Lewis has been instrumental in putting Austin on the global culinary map

BY MM PACK

Food-o-File

Wheatsville starts a 'Gro-op,' and the Alamo Drafthouse premieres its namesake beer

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Local food events for April 16-22

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

OLD SETTLER'S MUSIC FESTIVAL

Bluegrass Up in Her Head

On another Old Settler's weekend, festival perennial Sarah Jarosz is out of braces and into big-time bluegrass

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Record Reviews

BY JIM CALIGIURI

Off the Record

Freddie's Place unplugs, crate digging for Record Store Day, the second coming of Arc Angels, and sitting stage left at Austin City Limits

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

UGK

UGK 4 Life

the Flatlanders

Hills and Valleys

Bill Callahan

Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle

Wayne Hancock

Viper of Melody

Seth Walker

Leap of Faith

Willie Nelson

Naked Willie

Uncle Lucious

Pick Your Head Up

Elvis

Heavily Decorated

Del Castillo

Del Castillo

Black Cock

Robot Child With a God Complex

Doug Sahm

Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm

Johnny Goudie & the Little Champions

El Payaso

The Story Of

Until the Autumn

Fastball

Little White Lies

Tee Double

Bio-Music
screens

CINE LAS AMERICAS

Lights, Camera, Latin!

The 12th annual Cine las Americas International Film Festival

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Ecuador v. Big Oil

Joe Berlinger documents the case against Chevron in Crude

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Cine las Americas Previews

Chile on the Menu

Cine las Americas screens Chilean Cinema of the Post-dictatorship era

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Roof-Riding to an Uncertain Fate

First-time feature filmmaker Cary Fukunaga captures the immigrant experience in Sin Nombre

BY MARC SAVLOV

Gold for Green

Laura Dunn's environmental doc wins UT award

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

TV Eye

Hodgepodge of Happenings

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Dragonball: Evolution

Live-action versions of animé/manga hits are notoriously hard to pull off, and Dragonball: Evolution proves no exception.

Everlasting Moments

Swedish master Jan Troell's period drama tells the story of a woman who learns new ways to see herself and her life as she discovers the art of photography.

Hannah Montana: The Movie

"Pop it, lock it, polka dot it," sings Miley, while also learning worthy messages about responsibility to family, community, and Mother Earth.

Harvard Beats Yale 29-29

Even if you're familiar with the details of this legendary game, this suspenseful cultural documentary draws you to the edge of your seat and beyond, back into 1968 itself.

17 Again

Tween idol Zac Efron graduates into a nonsinging and nondancing world in this body-switch movie, and the result should keep ’em coming back for more.

Sin Nombre

Winner of dual awards for directing and cinematography at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, this immigrant drama is suffused with gritty realism, poetic imagery, and melodramatic hokiness.

Skills Like This

Winner of the SXSW Audience Award in 2007, Skills Like This is the story of a would-be writer and his impulsive, overnight career as a bank robber.

State of Play

Starring Russell Crowe, this American redo of a great BBC miniseries about investigative journalism and nefarious institutions neither embarrasses the original nor is superior to it in any way.
arts & culture

God Save the Queenie

Duke Ellington's almost lost opera of a Harlem beautician gets rescued and a makeover

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Testperformancetest

A new multiyear program will ensure that Austin sees what's on the cutting edge

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Dialogues of the Carmelites'

Soprano Virginia Zeani recalls working with Francis Poulenc as a beautiful dream

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Boy Returning Water to the Sea'

Poet Andrea Selch saw so much in Kelly Fearing's artwork, she had to write about it

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Mister Z Loves Company

Rubber Repertory's revival is a marriage of depravity and delight, of filth and fantasy

Austin Art Space Gallery & Studios

Austin Art Space offers happy art rainbows hidden in a strip mall

Arthuriosis

Getalong Gang's heavy metal opera rocks Camelot with badass-itude and lots of hair
columns

Page Two: Long Days of Journeys Into Nights

In quest of a simple metaphor

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar's Lindsay Lohan connection. You knew there had to be one.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

South Shore Park on Lake Bastrop preserves a corner of the Lost Pines for all to enjoy

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Ahh, the bear necessities!

BY KATE GETTY AND KATE X MESSER

Playing Through

Brian Davies looks to stoke the local urban cyclo-cross scene

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Twittering terrorists, 'Facial Expressions of Chicken,' and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Tax Deadline Hangovers

BY LUKE ELLIS

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Chapter One: A Team Is Born

A season preview for the Austin Aztex and the United Soccer Leagues

BY NICK BARBARO

USL First Division 2009 Forecast

Predicted order of finish, last season's record, and more
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