May 29, 2009

Volume 28, Number 39

ON THE COVER:
news

Nathaniel and Li'l Nate

The two lives and untimely death of Nathaniel Sanders II

BY JORDAN SMITH

Point Austin: In Memoriam

How can we best honor those who have died in our names?

BY MICHAEL KING

City Hall Hustle: Taking Out the Trash

Delayed 'Master Plan' for Solid Waste Department is tip of the landfill

BY WELLS DUNBAR

Headlines

Naked City

News briefs from Austin, the region, elsewhere

Res Publica

Citizens' calendar, May 28-June 4

ON THE LEGE

Chubbing Republicans Over the Head

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Senate Bills in Flames

Chubs and piggybacks.

BY LEE NICHOLS

LegeLines

BY THE NEWS STAFF

TAKS Scores

Pearce's best chance of survival lies with the Legislature

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Budget Nears Passage

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Who Really Wants Voter ID?

BY LEE NICHOLS

Fruits of Their Labor

How labor-related bills have fared this session

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

House Shoots Down Medical Accuracy

Failed amendments to Senate Bill 283 would have – God forbid – mandated that sex ed be medically accurate

BY JORDAN SMITH

Reproductive Health

Funding for reproductive health is intact – as is an increased allotment to Alternatives to Abortion

BY JORDAN SMITH

Developing Stories: May's Plan-a-Thon

Public meetings on Downtown plans produce mixed – or uncertain – results

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Brack Tract Plan

UT has big plans for its West Austin property

BY JACOB COTTINGHAM

Texas vs. Planet

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

Beleaguered PARD Considers Dousing Trail of Lights

What are the holidays without that special twinkle at Zilker?

BY KATHERINE GREGOR

TXI Mines Another Headache for Webberville

Residents don't want a gravel mine in the neighborhood

BY JACOB COTTINGHAM

U.S. House Investigates Local Lab

Whistleblower Robert Van Boven has finally gotten some attention in high places

BY LAUREL CHESKY

The Hightower Report

Take the Tax Money and Run; and The Supreme Court Scorecard

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Lazy, Hazy Daze of Summer Reading

NadaMoo!

NadaMoo! is Austin's own vegan ice-cream alternative

BY KATE THORNBERRY

Liquid Assets

Cuervo Silver does a credible job of nipping at the heels of the big boys

BY WES MARSHALL

Food-o-File

Jeffrey's revitalizes its classics, and El Chile continues to expand

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

Event Menu

This week's local food events

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

Pachanga!

Cinco de Mayo month Part III – the hombres: from Jovita's Mayo Pardo to Ruben Ramos' Mexican Revolution, Del Castillo, Joel Guzman, y más

BY MARGARET MOSER

Off the Record

A fond send-off for D-Madness, stuffing the piñata for the second annual Pachanga Latino Music Festival, Hayes Carll helps rebuild the Crystal Beach, and roaming the Flatladers' Hills and Valleys

BY AUSTIN POWELL

Texas Platters

Fireants

Fireants

Floramay Holliday

Dreams

Dustin Welch

Whiskey Priest

Monahans

Dim the Aurora

The Able Sea

The Able Sea

Myrna Cabello, King Air, Cleve and Sweet Mary Hattersley, Albert & Gage, Patty Finney

Letting Go, Pieces Fall to Pieces, Totally, The Songs of Tom Peterson, Midnight Radio

Power Squid

P.S. I ♥ U

Superheavygoatass

Nemesis

Street Light Suzie

Red River Revival
screens

The General Specific

AFS Essential Cinema: Love on the Largest Continent: Ten Asian Films

BY MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN

What Comes 'Up' ...

Director Pete Docter on the intersection of uplift and melancholy

BY MARC SAVLOV

Batter Up

Richard Linklater's 'Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach' debuts on DVD

BY LOUIS BLACK

TV Eye

Jay just won't stay away

BY BELINDA ACOSTA

Film Reviews

The Brothers Bloom

Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo are cast as the best con men in the world whose current swindle involves an eccentric heiress (Rachel Weisz) in this sophomore effort by the writer/director of Brick.

Dance Flick

The next generation of the Wayans clan delivers one more spoof – this time of dance movies.

Drag Me to Hell

Sam Raimi makes a triumphant return to the "splatstick" horror genre he more or less invented with The Evil Dead and its two sequels.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

In this comedy sequel, the CG action moves to Washington, D.C., as the Smithsonian's exhibits are put into storage during a renovation.

Outrage

The objective of this documentary by Kirby Dick is to out closeted gay and lesbian policymakers, whose hypocrisy harms the GLBT community.

Tyson

Mike Tyson tells his life story in his own words in this documentary by longtime friend James Toback.

Up

Pixar tops itself with its new animated film that offers so much more than its promotional promise of a fantastical movie about a house that flies on balloon power.
arts & culture

The Game-Changers

The 2009 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame

BY ROBERT FAIRES

'In the Can With Martha Kelly'

Kelly's homegrown talk show, whether online or live, is refreshingly candid and funny

BY STEVE BIRMINGHAM

The Latino Comedy Project

The LCP gets its first nod from Emmy for an ad campaign it did for MTV Tr3s

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Freakshow-a-Go-Go

Austin Drag Collective goes beyond drag in this eclectic spectacle of performance

BY CINDY WIDNER

Arts Reviews

Hay Fever

A racing pace and broad acting don't always serve Noël Coward's urbane comedy

The Long Now

Beth Burns' play has the seed of a unique love story, but it still needs developing

Practice, Practice, Practice

Repetition isn't always good or funny, but in this show, it can change your point of view
columns

Page Two: Return to Forever

From creationism to red-baiting, the right kicks it old school

BY LOUIS BLACK

Oops!

Gay Place

Gay Standard Time and getting pumped for Pride

BY ASH BELL AND KATE X MESSER

Playing Through

If words were fastballs, Austin Chronicle spelling bee champ Geoff Thevenot was Hank Aaron

BY THOMAS HACKETT

After a Fashion

Stephen goes to Galveston only to be pwned by a bicycle

BY STEPHEN MACMILLAN MOSER

Day Trips

T.J. Mabrey is dedicated to bringing an appreciation of art to Lampasas

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

Underwear ringtones, YouTube footage explosions, and more

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Common Law

Deferred Adjudication – How Long Will It Stay on My Record?

BY LUKE ELLIS

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