April 24, 2009

Volume 28, Number 34

ON THE COVER:
news

What's Wrong With Cap Metro ... and What's Right

The transit agency is good at a few things – like digging itself into a public relations ditch

BY LEE NICHOLS

'Chronicle' Endorsements

May 9 municipal election (early voting, April 27-May 5)

ON THE LEGE

Campus Gun Bill in Crosshairs

A lot of folks are fired up about a bill that would allow guns on Texas university campuses

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

A Commonsense Solution to Stupidity

Lawmakers craft a scheme to force Perry to accept federal unemployment-insurance dollars

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Family Planning Survives House Budget

Funding for family-planning centers reamins intact – for now

BY JORDAN SMITH

A House United, for Once

House unanimously passes its version of a budget

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

LegeLines

A roundup of this week's Capitol capers

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Diversion Program for Vets Clears Committee

Bill proposes treatment, not jail, for vets who run afoul of the law

BY JORDAN SMITH

One Fish, Two Fish, Poison Fish

Bill calls for health warnings on certain types of fish

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Carole's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

The many faces of Carole

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Do the Hustle for Mayor

BY WELLS DUNBAR

City Counseling

It may not be loud, but it's comprehensive

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Protecting the Waterfront (Part 1)

New Waterfront Overlay draft ordinance advances the public good and pleases no one

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Flat-Track Snack Attack: Frito-Lay vs. Crackerjack

A Texas Rollergirl defends her name

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Two Snapshots, One Problem

Hispanics won battles this week that they shouldn't have had to fight

BY MICHAEL KING

'Killer' Keller Digs Herself Deeper

The courthouse doors might close at 5pm, but Judge Keller's problems won't quit knocking

BY JORDAN SMITH

Reefer Madness: Eye for an Eye, Ounce for an Ounce

Will the Lege downgrade the punishment for pot possession this session?

BY JORDAN SMITH

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Point Austin: Torture and History

Revelations of the Bush torture programs are only the first step

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: The Hustle Gets Mohawked

Chronicle mayoral forum draws beers, voters, and rhymes

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Hightower Report

Wall Street and Washington: Here We Go Again; and J.P. Morgan Creates Jobs With Bailout Money

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

Res Publica

food

Newflower Farmers Market

Austin's newest member of the green grocery club is one-stop shopping for the eco-conscious Southies

BY MICK VANN

Food Reviews

Cannoli Joe's

If you're thinking Cannoli Joe's is a typical buffet, you couldn't be more wrong

The Good Knight

If ever an Austinite sent up a prayer for a civilized place to get both a decent cocktail and a decent meal, the Good Knight is the answer to that prayer

Liquid Assets

The economic downturn has created an unexpected windfall for local wine lovers

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Dining options in Austin's far-flung suburbs are definitely improving

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

Steady yourself: This week is chock-full of liquor, wine, and beer happenings

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Monk-Think

It's Black Monk Time – again. Shave your head!

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Sounding off on the ripple effect from City Council's changes to the Austin City Code regarding live music at restaurants, while Vega makes some noise with Crystal Castles

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Little Walter

The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967)

the Vaselines

Enter the Vaselines

Swervedriver

Raise, Mezcal Head

Moby Grape

The Place and the Time

Pearl Jam

Ten

Sweet

Action: The Sweet Anthology

Erasure

Total Pop! Deluxe Box - The First 40 Hits

Beth Orton

Trailer Park (Legacy Edition)

Cat Stevens

Tea for the Tillerman, Teaser and the Firecat

Serge Gainsbourg

Histoire de Melody Nelson

Isaac Hayes

Black Moses, Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak)

Buddy Holly

Down the Line: Rarities

Thin Lizzy

Jailbreak, Black Rose, Still Dangerous
screens

Big Time

Gigantic director Matt Aselton's indie Cinderella story

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Ashes of Time

Smoke 'em while you still got 'em at Rolling Roadshow's The Maltese Falcon

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Film News

Incentives update, Linklater's baseball film, and what Tom Copeland's been up to

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

Talented on the inside

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Crank: High Voltage

If Takashi Miike happened to be possessed by the spirit of Chuck Jones, the result might turn out something like this sequel.

Earth

This nature film is derived from the Planet Earth miniseries and is edited with an eye toward the kid-friendly audience.

Gigantic

Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel play would-be lovers who are stymied by life and the outsized personalities of their fathers (played by Ed Asner and John Goodman).

The Informers

Bret Easton Ellis' collection of linked short stories are translated for the screen, but the result is less than zero.

Paris 36

This French film set in late-Thirties Paris is something of a backstage drama, but it's marred by glossy reminiscing and melodramatic politicizing.

The Soloist

Although Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. are terrific in the leads, this drama plays its tune with a heavy hand.

Valentino: The Last Emperor

The fashion designer Valentino is the subject of this intimate portrait.
arts & culture

To Be Conversant

Fusebox Festival gets Austin talking – with leading artists from all over the world

BY HANNAH KENAH

Toxic Audio

This a cappella quintet blows up cabaret with jaw-dropping vocals and irreverent humor

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Barbara Jordan Statue at UT

The statue honoring the former congresswoman and UT professor is unveiled

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Art City Austin

The big outdoor art fair is spreading the love, via partnerships and pink notes

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Dialogues of the Carmelites

Austin Lyric Opera meets the challenge of Poulenc's work with economy and emotive power

Queenie Pie

This Ellington opus may not look much like opera, but it sure swings like the Duke

The Pajama Game

St. Ed's gives this Fifties musical an energetic revival – in Act I, at least
columns

Letters at 3AM

Homer, the epic poet of ancient Greece, invented the cinematic close-up

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Erotic art, kissing, flying, substation cake, and sperm on the tip of the tongue

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Playing Through

At only 18, UT's Stacey-Ann Smith has everything it takes to be one of the world's fastest track and field athletes

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Day Trips

The Elm Creek Cafe serves delicious country-style comfort food, including its lauded grilled quail and dewberry pie

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

This week, UT honors the life of incomparable stateswoman Barbara Jordan. And so do we.

BY KATE X MESSER AND ASH BELL

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

'Hawley's Comet, ashy cheeses, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Legal Issues for Website Owners (Part 2)

BY CHRIS JOHNS

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