May 22, 2009

Volume 28, Number 38

ON THE COVER:
news

Gun Crazy!

Barack Obama may not be coming to get your weapons – but he's sure doing wonders for gun & ammo sales

BY JORDAN SMITH

Developing Stories: Chipping at the Waterfront

Revised waterfront ordinance returns to City Council today (Thursday, May 21)

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Cap Metro: One Deadline at a Time

A MetroRail update – and an update on the next update

BY LEE NICHOLS

Yogurt Shop Case Takes Another Turn

Defendant's bond hearing delayed

BY JORDAN SMITH

ON THE LEGE

When Good Things Happen to Bad Bills – and Vice Versa

Bad bills fly, while good bills die

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Topless Tax Bottoming Out?

Two competing bills at play over admission fees at topless clubs

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

LegeLines

Quickies from the Capitol

BY THE NEWS STAFF

Thumbs Up for State-School Reforms

At long last, some changes afoot in state schools

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

House Tweaks Death Penalty Law

Kenneth Foster Act aims to clean things up

BY JORDAN SMITH

Back to the Drawing Board

Council rejects proposals for the creation of city music and arts departments

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Bicycle Master Plan Gets a Tune-Up

If it's May, it must be Bike Month

BY DANIEL MOTTOLA

Bike Thief Draws Four-Year Sentence

Clayton cops a plea deal

BY ROB D'AMICO

Sunset Comes in Many Colors

How agencies are faring at the Sunset Advisory Commission

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Downhill for Webberville

A bill to help Webberville fight the landfill has found few friends

BY LEE NICHOLS

No Place for Perkins on Paroles

See what happens when you dis sex toys?

BY JORDAN SMITH

What Ever Happened to Prince Albert in a Can?

People generally call 911 for help, but one guy is calling to make terroristic threats

BY JORDAN SMITH

Media Watch: KLRU's Numbers Don't Add Up

The recession has hit at KLRU

BY KEVIN BRASS

Point Austin: The Super Looks Back

Retiring Pat Forgione considers a decade mostly well spent

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Fiery Colors

Reorganizing the AFD is about money ... and justice

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond

Res Publica

Good times for good citizens, May 21-28

The Hightower Report

Too Big to Punish?; and Begging for Regulation

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Burger Bonanza

While higher-end restaurants may be struggling in the current economy, the local burger business is booming

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Burgers We Love

The best burgers from established beef palaces

Food-o-File

Emotions flow at Tower of Salsa benefit, and Texas recognizes the good will of Les Dames

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu: May 22-25

Local food events
music

A Gathering of Tribes

Timmy Hefner sleeps in a fortress of vinyl just to bring you Chaos in Tejas

BY AUDRA SCHROEDER

Off the Record

Striking down the Thunder of Gods Festival

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Southbound, MC Overlord, Crew 54, Xrabit + DMG$, Nemesis, Phranchyze

Seasons Change, MC Overlord, Crew 54, Hello World, When the Day Breaks, Errybody Hates Me!!

Opposite Day

What Is Is?

Black Nasty

Shark Tank

Dale Watson

The Truckin' Sessions Vol. 2

Chili Cold Blood

Chili Cold Blood

Ricky Stein

Crazy Days

Woodsboss

Woodsboss II

No Show Ponies

The End of Feel Good Music

Leo Rondeau

Down at the End of the Bar

The Daylight Titans

Boom and Chime

Precious Blood, Monarchs, School Police, Prom Nite, Superhouse, Don Harvey

Top of the Holler, Those Words, Those Frames, Circles, Dressed for Success, Fever Medicine, A Dance in Red

Some Say Leland

Fifty Miles Into the Main

The Seas

Let's Fake It

Chief Rival

Chief Rival

The Gary

Chub

The Great Nostalgic

The Great Nostalgic
screens

That Thing They Do

The Paramount Summer Film Classics' season of stars

BY KIMBERLEY JONES

The Long Con

After kicking around for months, The Brothers Bloom finally makes its mark

BY JOSH ROSENBLATT

Film News

News from Cannes and nearer climes

BY JOE O'CONNELL

TV Eye

What's In and What's Out

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Girlfriend Experience

Steven Soderbergh directs this DV-cam look at the life of a high-end Manhattan call girl (played by porn star Sasha Grey).

The Limits of Control

Jim Jarmusch tells an elliptical, European-set story about a loner and the criminal activity in which he's involved.

Terminator Salvation

Despite a couple of good action sequences, Terminator Salvation is loud, talky, and entirely lacking any sort of soul or sense of good old summer-matinee fun.
arts & culture

Not Weird but Real

Celebrated British artist Edward Povey has good reasons for making Austin his new home

BY ROBERT FAIRES

The Hideout

A team of local improvisers has acquired the home base for Austin's improv revolution

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'Anagenesis'

Anthony Garza fuses animals and man-made structures to make monumental nature paintings

BY RACHEL KOPER

2009 Funniest Person in Austin Contest

From a strong field of 14 comics, Bryson Turner took this year's comedy crown

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Blanton Museum of Art

Ned Rifkin, former Smithsonian undersecretary of art, is the new director of the Blanton

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

Oceana

The Vortex's latest theatrical immersion in myth sinks you down 20,000 leagues

Romeo and Juliet

The heart of this Tejano-style retelling is not the lovers but the people around them

Wood & Steel: Works by Caprice Pierucci and Randall Reid

Both artists here bend and even break rules to elevate humble materials into art
columns

Page Two: Looking Up

Along the path back to wonder

BY LOUIS BLACK

Letters at 3AM

'A brilliant cascade of cause and effect' can describe my life

BY MICHAEL VENTURA

After a Fashion

Your Style Avatar is back. In black.

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

A guide to the Big Bend region of Texas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place

Can you feel it? Pride is coming.

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

Playing Through

Sixteen-year-old Chelsey Sveinsson is on her way to becoming an elite runner

BY THOMAS HACKETT

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Catfish hate cold water, Americans chew less, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Deferred Adjudication – What Is It?

BY STEPHEN TOLAND

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