May 15, 2009

Volume 28, Number 37

ON THE COVER:
news

Headlines

Point Austin: About Those Voting Rights

Colorblind ain't the same as blind

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: McCracken's Downfall

What was the big idea?

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Eastside Police Shooting: One Man Dead, One Wounded

Officials ask for calm and patience from the community

BY MICHAEL KING

ELECTION 2009

It's 'Mayor Leffingwell' Now

Twenty-point lead evokes Monday McCracken concession

BY WELLS DUNBAR

McCracken to Martinez to Cole

Dispatches from the campaigns

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Place 2: Martinez in a Landslide

Easy sailing with 85% of the vote

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Power of Boxes

Some precincts can turn an election; others can't

BY LEE NICHOLS

Place 1: Surprising Riley Avalanche

Cavazos vows to stay involved in community

BY LEE NICHOLS

Strayhorn, Ingalls, and the Comeback That Wasn't

After running an attack-filled campaign, Strayhorn gracious in defeat

BY MICHAEL KING

Place 5: An Easy Walk for Spelman

Spelman brings his public-policy knowledge to council

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Place 6: Quiet Victory With Crab Cakes

Incumbent Sheryl Cole's victory feast

BY NORA ANKRUM

ON THE LEGE

Travis Co. Delegation: Progress Report

Local legislators fill us in on their work this session

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Softies for Austin

Is Austin-bashing a thing of the past?

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

House Committee Narrowly Passes Voter ID

Will voter ID survive a floor debate?

BY LEE NICHOLS

Capitol Chemistry

Please Legislate and Govern Me

Legelines

Quickies from the Capitol

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Energy Drain: Wrangle Over Renewables

Greens uneasy about energy task force

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Developing Stories: The State Eyes an Eastern Campus

And about that regional plan …?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

City Counseling

Light work at this week's City Council

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The Kinkster Returns: This Time as a Democrat

He's at it again

BY MICHAEL KING

Tom Schieffer for Governor: The New Plain Vanilla

The former ambassador considers running for Texas governor

BY LEE NICHOLS

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Good times for good citizens, May 14-21

The Hightower Report

Reining in Corporate Tax Dodgers; and Doping Racehorses to Win Fast Bucks

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

2009 Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll

A year's worth of Austin's best eateries

Event Menu

Your local food events, May 15-16

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Temple Stone

Japanese psych warlords Ghost won't be as illusive as their name suggests after Saturday's show at Mohawk

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Off the Record

Mourning the loss of two Austin music giants, Stephen Bruton and Randall 'Poodie' Locke

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Meat Puppets

Sewn Together

Steve Earle

Townes

Scott H. Biram

Something's Wrong / Lost Forever

Cyril Neville

Brand New Blues

Omar Kent Dykes

Big Town Playboy

Slaid Cleaves

Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away ...

Daniel Francis Doyle

We Bet Our Money on You

Loxsly

Tomorrow's Fossils

Coma in Algiers

Your Heart Your Body

The Wooden Birds

Magnolia

Iron & Wine

Around the Well
screens

Follow the Leader

Has Austin's ON Networks found the golden formula for the new media age?

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Straight From the Horse's Mouth

Revisiting Bud Shrake's 1985 interview with the Chronicle

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

The Medium Mash

Previewing MALI Women's Film & Performance Arts Festival

BY CINDY WIDNER

Screens Reviews

A Grin Without a Cat

The title of Chris Marker's radical magnum opus is a reference to Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat, which like revolution is seen only in parts, not the whole.

TV Eye

Saying goodbye to this season's shows and a reluctant hello to a summer of reality shows

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

Angels & Demons

The chase is on, but there's no Holy Grail to be found in this suspenseless trail of decoded symbols.

Next Day Air

A misdelivered package of concealed cocaine kicks off events in this comic film starring Donald Faison, Mike Epps, and Mos Def.

Rudo y Cursi

Y Tu Mamá También actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna reteam for this cautionary tale about soccer-playing brothers.
arts & culture

Give 'Em a Hand

The nominees for the 2009 Austin Critics Table Awards

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Oceana'

Beat the heat with a cool dip in the new Vortex show, and swim with mermaids and selkies

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Carlos Rivera Pineda

Remembering the visual artist and longtime cultural affairs administrator who died May 4

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Funniest Person In Austin Contest

The competition's so fierce for the 2009 finals, it's not even funny ... but it is!

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Arts Reviews

The E Word

Sharon Sparlin's new play about evolution is dynamic, but who is its true audience?

Cinderella/Mi Madre y Yo

Mothers danced in both Long Center venues on Mother's Day, but oh, what different moms

Lauren Levy: Beneath the Palm of My Hand

Levy's latest work is no less compelling for moving from three to two dimensions
columns

Page Two: R.I.P.

Edwin 'Bud' Shrake and Stephen Bruton

BY LOUIS BLACK

After a Fashion

Anne covers Spazio, and Your Style Avatar makes a sneak appearance

BY ANNE HARRIS

Playing Through

If a tie is like kissing your sister, then what does that say about soccer?

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Day Trips

The motto at the Big Bend Ranch State Park is 'unforgiving and unforgettable' for good reason

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Remembering friends and loved ones

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Only one woman fought in the Revolutionary War, only prostitutes dance the tango, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Should I Take the Breathalyzer?

BY STEPHEN TOLAND

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