May 8, 2009

Volume 28, Number 36

ON THE COVER:
news

'Chronicle' Endorsements

May 9 Municipal Election

ON THE LEGE

Sniffing Sine Die

Taking stock of the 81st Lege

BY MICHAEL KING

Environment/Energy

A Few Green Sprouts

BY LEE NICHOLS

Buying Time

The federal stimulus money rides to the state's rescue – until the next session

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Drug Laws

A Mixed Bag

BY JORDAN SMITH

SBOE

Grabbing McLeroy's Chair

BY LEE NICHOLS

Criminal Justice Reform

Slow Train A-Comin'

BY JORDAN SMITH

TYC Sees Light at End of Tunnel

Youth Commission just might catch a break

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Voter ID

The Fight Continues

BY LEE NICHOLS

Contradictory Keller Conclusions

To impeach or not to impeach

BY JORDAN SMITH

LegeLines

Quick hits from the Capitol

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Reproductive Rights

'Choose Life' – and Defund Women's Health Care

BY JORDAN SMITH

Dinosaur Daze

Creatures of the House

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

County Land Use

Slow Crawl to Nowhere

BY LEE NICHOLS

Redoubling Against Redistricting

Wentworth trying to avert another DeLay disaster

BY LEE NICHOLS

Transportation

TxDOT's Continuing Troubles

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Education

Lots of Reform, No Money

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Media

We Can Has Shield, Too?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Grading the Campaign Ads: Who Did Their Homework?

Which candidates did their homework?

Campaign Finance Flare-Up

When is a run-off not a run-off?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Carole's Top 10 Greatest Hits

In our hearts she's No. 1 with a bullet

BY AMY SMITH

Ticketing a (Campaign) Violation

The anonymous Brewster Nation tickets Downtown parking

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Election Night Campaign Parties

Chain-Saw Frenzy

Fear of a Springs PARD massacre is about trust as well as trees

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

City Counseling: Sprinting to a Compromise

Council and joggers 'give a little bit' on street closures

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Getting a Move on Mobility

A peek at Austin's new Strategic Mobility Plan

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

City Hall Hustle: What Time Is It? It's Brewster Nation Time!

The McCracken week that was

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Res Publica

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

The Hightower Report

Hiding the Facts on Global Climate Change; Lloyd Blankfein's Big Hair

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Food Reviews

Nonna Gina's Italian Restaurant

Buda's Nonna Gina's is Italian, friendly, and good

J Black's

Despite the grownup Greeks,
J Black's has some of the best bar food in town

The Screaming Goat

This place at the end of the alley promises tacos and cold beer, and it delivers

Pie Slice

The Austin dessert craze includes the treats at Pie Slice

Food-o-File

Fried-chicken fans rejoice, Perla's and Max's come to Austin, and more

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

This weekend, head to Waterloo Park for barbecue shenanigans

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Tres Chicas

The Latin ladies have it, but the Krayolas want it back

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

Crew54 hits the streets and documents the ATX hip-hop underground, Austin's all-American Idol contestant, and Ohn dials in a new music platform

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Phases & Stages

Bob Dylan

Together Through Life

Thee Oh Sees

Help

New York Dolls

'Cause I Sez So

Peter Doherty

Grace / Wastelands

St. Vincent

Actor

Depeche Mode

Sounds of the Universe

Röyksopp

Junior

Empire of the Sun

Walking on a Dream

Metric

Fantasies

the Veils

Sun Gangs
screens

The Constancy of Sorrow

Native Texan Kevin Reynolds taps loss of innocence, from Cold War Commies to The Count of Monte Cristo

BY MARC SAVLOV

Getting Creative With Constraints

AFS Documentary Tour presents the 10 Under 10 shorts program

BY ANNE S. LEWIS

Bud Shrake's Adventures in the Film Trade

'Midnight rambling, creative gambling': Louis Black's 1985 interview with Songwriter screenwriter Bud Shrake

BY LOUIS BLACK

Film News

'Film News' explains what the new film incentives bill means; plus news from Rick Linklater, Andrew Bujalski, and Owen Egerton

BY JOE O'CONNELL

Screens Reviews

DVD Watch

Joyless v. Joyful: The case against Pulling and for Gavin & Stacey

TV Eye

TV Eye gets schooled by readers, Paul Saucido and Stephen Mills on the air, and this Twitter's for you

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Goodbye Solo

This small marvel of a film by American portraitist Ramin Bahrani is a large-hearted examination of human curiosity and kindness and the limits of both.

Shall We Kiss?

Quintessentially French in its preoccupation with the vagaries of l’amour, Shall We Kiss? is painfully dunderheaded about the proclivities of the human heart.

Star Trek

Star Trek is an immensely satisfying origin story that introduces the characters we know – before we knew them.

Sugar

Sugar, by the makers of Half Nelson, follows a major league hopeful's path from a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic to stateside spring training and single-A ball in rural Iowa.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Wolverine is a noisy mess, full of Hugh Jackman's seriously killer snarl but utterly devoid of the borderline-subversive smarts that made Bryan Singer's X-Men films so resonant.
arts & culture

Evolving Dialogue

Can Sharon Sparlin's play get science and religion to stop yelling and start talking?

BY ELIZABETH COBBE

Recreating the Domain

Six artists' walking tours of the Domain make visiting there more surreal than ever

BY JAMES RENOVITCH

Lordy Rodriguez

The lush maps created by this visual artist aren't real, but they are worth exploring

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Allisyn Paino

One of Ballet Austin's leading ballerinas is bidding farewell to the spotlight

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Let Me Down Easy

In Anna Deavere Smith's personal journey to confront mortality is a gift of grace

A Number

Half the fun of Different Stages' absorbing production is talking about it later

Austin Symphony Orchestra With Sarah Chang

A rich concert that showed how much Peter Bay's time on the podium has meant to ASO
columns

Letters at 3AM

Having a personal relationship with an impersonal God

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

This week, fashion goes viral

BY ANNE HARRIS

Day Trips

Prause Meat Market in La Grange makes barbecue the 105-year-old-fashioned way

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

If black people freak you out, don't bother reading ...

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

Oops!

Playing Through

This is what 24 hours of nonstop pingpong looks like

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

British 'krimmies,' weaselly wolverines, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Police Roadblocks & DWI

BY LUKE ELLIS

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