May 1, 2009

Volume 28, Number 35

ON THE COVER:
news

'Chronicle' Endorsements

May 9 Municipal Election (Early Voting, April 27-May 5)

Lee & Carole & Brewster & All of Us ...

Five candidates for mayor jockey to be first among equals

BY WELLS DUNBAR

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

City Unions vs. McCracken

Campaign fireworks flare

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Carole's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3

Throughout her career, Strayhorn has sung the same song, each with a different beat

BY JORDAN SMITH

Upcoming Candidate Forums

Dumb Strategy, Flawed Execution

BY MICHAEL KING

Point Austin: On Voting, Endorsements, and Sincerity

It's put up or shut up time at the municipal polls

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Herd Instinct: Rounding Up the Strayhorns

Who's voting for Strayhorn, and why?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Citizen's calendar, April 30-May 7

ON THE LEGE

School Accountability Gets Green Light

Can school accountability measure save Pearce and Reagan?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

McLeroy Gets a Dressing Down

SBOE chair called on the carpet

BY LEE NICHOLS

LegeLines

Quickies from the Capitol

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

A Good Excuse to Grandstand

The usual anti-abortion bills sally forth

BY JORDAN SMITH

Houses Passes Wrongful Conviction Bill

The Tim Cole Act increases compensation for the wrongfully convicted

BY JORDAN SMITH

Whittling Away at SBOE's Power

Fancy footwork moves Howard's SBOE bill from House to Senate

BY LEE NICHOLS

Student Safety Bills Get Mixed Reviews

Bills tracking violence on campus have uncertain futures

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Where Did Austin's Affordable Housing Go?

A new study shows that middle-class families are being priced out of Central Austin

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

City Counseling: Face the Music

One man's music is another man's noise complaint

BY WELLS DUNBAR

AISD: A Chat With the New Super

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Developing Stories: Protecting the Waterfront (Part 2)

Council vote to determine future of waterfront

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Reed Appeal Unearths Grisly Details on Fennell

Jimmy Fennell has a frightening history of violence against women – yet he's not the one on death row

BY JORDAN SMITH

The Hightower Report

Time to End a Banker Boondoggle That Hurts Students; and Making a Mockery of U.S. Representational Democracy

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food Reviews

La Condesa

Neo-Mexicano has arrived in Austin via La Condesa

Trading Post Wine Bar & Grill

Head to the Trading Post for high-end comfort food in an unfussy atmosphere

South Austin Comes Together for Ruben Rodriguez

Help a well-loved Austin chef with mounting medical costs associated with a brain tumor

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Wine of the Week

Portugal's Vinho Verde region produces delicious wine at a reasonable price

BY WES MARSHALL

Cinco de Mayo Event Menu

Local food events for May 3-9

Food-o-File

Austin is drowning in coffee, and the Blue Bonnet Cafe is Still Cookin' After 80 Years

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Sonidos del Barrio

Part 1, the overview, of Latino music in the Austin mainstream

BY MARGARET MOSER

Bare Necessities

Tenor titan Sonny Rollins still peeling bark

BY RAOUL HERNANDEZ

Off the Record

Mayoral candidates sound off on the future of Austin music, Scott H. Biram gets back on his feet, and unveiling the lineups for the Austin City Limits Music Festival and Pachanga Latino Music Festival

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases and Stages

Dengue Fever

Live Shots

Etta James

Live Shots

Los Lobos

Live Shots

Napalm Death, Cattle Decapitation, Lions of Tsavo, Pack of Wolves

Napalm Death, Cattle Decapitation/Pack of Wolves, Lions of Tsavo
screens

Trickery Flickery Mock

Master Pancake makes the movies hurt so good

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Making 'Room' in the Cult Canon

Tommy Wiseau's so-bad-it's-sublime debut feature

BY MARC SAVLOV

Gov. Perry Signs Film Incentives Bill Into Law

Troublemaker Studios plays host to supporters of HB 873

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Screens Reviews

Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts

It's appropriate – hell, it's necessary – that a documentary about Philip Glass provide sound as crisp and clear as the sharpest images onscreen, and this one does, with aural textures you can almost feel against your skin

TV Eye

Bea Arthur blazed trails in Maude. But is there room in contemporary TV for strong, feisty, older women?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

American Violet

This moving message film tells a story about a miscarriage of Texas justice.

Battle for Terra

An animated tale of a peace-loving race of creatures known as Terrians, who are invaded by alien humans.

Fighting

This film is set amid the world of underground street fighting where the plays bob and weave for love and respect.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Matthew McConaughey stars as an oily womanizer who does an about-face in this purported romantic comedy.

Is Anybody There?

Michael Caine stars as a magician who's come to live in a retirement home when his mental faculties start to fail.

Lymelife

This suburban melodrama arrives with an impressive pedigree but little originality.

Not Forgotten

This unusual U.S.-Mexico border film is a thriller starring Simon Baker and Paz Vega, and it's screening in Austin prior to its national release.

Obsessed

Idris Elba and Beyoncé co-star as a married couple whose happy life is disrupted by a stalker.
arts & culture

Outside the Bachs

Classical sounds new when Austin artists do the composing

BY ROBERT FAIRES

L. Nowlin Gallery

It's not an easy time to open a gallery, but for Lesley Nowlin, it's the right time

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

Symposium on Early Texas Art

Texas art isn't an oxymoron, and the members of CASETA will gladly tell you why

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Austin Arts Hall of Fame

The Austin Critics Table has honored seven more pioneers in the Austin arts community

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Free Comic Book Day

There's a comic for everybody among the 40 titles available in the eighth annual giveaway

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

The Method Gun

With this play about theatre and tigers, the Rude Mechs earn their stripes forever

Age of Arousal

The play tempers talk of ideals and suffrage with lots of wit, action, and absurdity

Camp Bosworth: Three Day Bender and Other Stories from the Big Bend

This Marfa artist captures Texans' love of guns and beer in witty wooden sculptures
columns

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

'Offended liverwurst,' kosher Kate Moss, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

Gay Place

Gay Place is all splashy for Splash

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

After a Fashion

While the Style Avatar is away, the Avatarette shall play

BY ANNE HARRIS

Playing Through

Both pro wrestlers and their fans are looking for the same thing: acceptance

BY THOMAS HACKETT

The Common Law

Legal Issues for Website Owners (part 3)

BY CHRIS JOHNS

Day Trips

At the Sea Life Center in Port Isabel, each tank serves as a window to the underwater world off the Texas coast

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

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